EDITORIAL - GUNS N ROSES CANCELLATION OF VANCOUVER CONCERT

GUNS N ROSES concert to take place at the GM PLACE on November 7th 2002 CANCELLED at the LAST MINUTE.

Concert was set to begin at 9:30PM. Concert was cancelled at 8:00PM by GM Place managers learned Axl Rose was not even in Canada yet. So the concert was cancelled a few minutes before all the fans where set to enter the venue.

TRANSPORTATION PROBLEMS
The concert was cancelled right before the doors where set to open. At first, news sources reported that Axl Rose has some transportation problems (mechanical troubles at Los Angeles Airport). Now news sources report that Axl Rose just decided to not show up.

RIOT = PUBLICITY
This is a no brainer, a last minute cancellation of a GUNS N ROSES concert is the perfect recipe for a riot, and lots of publicity on all news channels and newspapers. Whether it's good or bad publicity remains to be seen. Most news sources just joke about it and can't stay serious when they talk about it.

Vancouver riot
Source: Global BC
gm place riot
Source: Global BC
angry fans break windows at GM place
Source: Global BC

PLANNED?
Could this have planned in order to get attention to their upcoming tour?  People did get hurt at the riot. Someone's going to have to pay for the damages done to Vancouver's GM PLACE.. GNR will probably have to pay for it, just like GNR had to pay for the damages done to the Montreal Olympic Stadium back in 1992. Makes someone wonder if the cost/benefit would really be worth it.

IRRESPONSIBLE
If this wasn't planned, it only shows the artist's tour promoters and manager's irresponsibility. Listen, when you sell THOUSANDS of tickets to loyal fans, you have the RESPONSIBILITY to show up. The plane's mechanical trouble excuse simply does not add up. It's up to Axl's manager to arrange transportation to the venue. There's just NO excuse for traveling at the opening concert for a tour at the ABSOLUTE last minute. THE BAND REHEARSED ONE DAY BEFORE WITHOUT AXL ROSE WHY WASN'T AXL THERE?

NO WAY TO TREAT THE FANS
Fans buy concert tickets, plane tickets, hotels, rent cars, etc, etc. Fans will get their money back for the concert tickets (if the concert is not rescheduled) less the administrative fees and money lost for their transportation and lodging accommodations.

WHAT A JACK ASS
We still haven't heard the "official" excuse yet. Before you blame Axl Rose (it's too easy to just blame Axl for this), you need to understand that Axl Rose is an artist, not a travel agent clerk. He hires a manager which is supposed to take care of every detail such as travel arrangements and he then hires a tour promoter (in this case Clear Channel Entertainment). Axl's responsibility is to sing, not to make travel arrangements. Being a REAL jack ass is when Axl Rose left the stage in St-Louis (1991) and Montreal (1992)..

CONCERT SET TO BE RESCHEDULED
MTV reports the Vancouver concert is set to be rescheduled. It remains to be seen if this will really happen. Fans in St-Louis and Montreal are still waiting for their concerts to be rescheduled.

GETTING YOUR MONEY BACK
If the concert is cancelled, here are helpful links to get your money back:
1) Clear Channel Entertainment
2) TICKETMASTER.CA   TICKETMASTER.COM
3) GM PLACE

Last edited: Saturday, 17 June 2006 10:13 AM
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