Australia forces Axl Rose to quit 30-year mic throwing tradition

Guns N’ Roses frontman, Axl Rose ends a 30-year mic-throwing tradition, following a fan’s injury at their recent Adelaide show.

On Saturday (December 3), Axl Rose addressed a troubling incident that took place at a recent Guns N’ Roses concert at Adelaide Oval via Twitter: “It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at our show in Adelaide Australia, possibly being hit by the microphone at the end of the show when I traditionally toss the mic to the fans.”

Rose continued, “If true, obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in any way hurt anyone at any of our shows anywhere. Having tossed the mic at the end of our show for over 30 years, we always felt it was a known part of the very end of our performance that fans wanted and were aware of to have an opportunity to catch the mic.”

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According to a report by ABC News, the fan who was injured is a woman named Rebecca Howe, who “suffered bruising to her face and warned other fans to duck for cover after the incident on Tuesday at Adelaide Oval.”

As recounted by Howe to The Advertiser publication in Adelaide, “I was in Diamond Standing, so it wasn’t even right at the front, and it was the very last song, Take Me Down To Paradise City. He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd … and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose.”

Adding to his statement on the incident via Twitter, frontman Axl Rose said, “In the interest of public safety, from now on, we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at our performances.”