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#1 Posted on 8.11.02 0746.51
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia Thursday was supposed to be a very big night for Guns N' Roses fans: the long-awaited launch of the group's first U.S. tour in nine years.

Unfortunately, it never happened. The concert was suddenly canceled, before the doors even opened, and a riot ensued.

Groups of ticked-off kids converged at the gates of Vancouver's General Motors Place arena. Fueled, in some cases, by strong drink and marijuana, they hoisted the long metal security barriers outside and rammed them through the glass entry doors. They threw bottles and rocks. They were angry about paying $80 for tickets and then getting blown off, and they yelled things like, "F--- Axl, I wanna see Buckethead!" (Buckethead being one of the band's three guitarists, the mysterious guy with the Jason mask.)

After about 20 minutes of all this, a phalanx of cops waded in with attack dogs, and things got really ugly. Those fans who escaped the police onslaught with nothing more than a faceful of pepper spray might be said to have been the lucky ones. Wielding their riot batons with seeming abandon, the cops walloped legs, arms, heads, whatever available extremity presented itself. They ganged up to pummel people even after they'd fallen to the ground. One young man was smashed in the face and had his teeth knocked out he stumbled away in a daze, holding them in his hands, with blood pouring from his mouth.

Even as the crowd began to disperse, police continued to chase and hit and kick individual stragglers. As one young woman told a local TV news crew, "I thought, 'Oh my God, they hate every single one of us.'"

A police spokeswoman on the scene was also interviewed. She said the crowd was out of control, and described the police response as "a proper use of force."

Meanwhile, inside the venue, the members of Guns N' Roses were unaware of what was going on outside. They were simply bummed about the show's cancellation. Bassist Tommy Stinson, loitering by a backstage buffet table, said, "Axl is gonna be pissed."

Because frontman Axl Rose was up in the air on a plane as Stinson spoke, en route from Los Angeles to Vancouver. According to Guns' management, his flight's departure from L.A. had been delayed by mechanical troubles. He had been scheduled to take the stage with Guns N' Roses at 9:30 (following sets by two opening acts: the Philadelphia band CKY [see "Guns N' Roses Handpick Some Jackasses As Tour Openers") and Beastie Boys DJ Mix Master Mike). When the GM Place managers learned, at around 8:00, that Rose hadn't even arrived in town yet, they called off the show.

The Guns camp says the aborted Vancouver show will be re-scheduled. Whether or not that'll help dispel the grim vibe surrounding this incident remains to be seen. The Canadian date was supposed to mark the triumphant return of a great rock band. It wasn't supposed to go like this.

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#2 Posted on 8.11.02 0837.29
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Man. That sucks.

Out east all we hear about Vancouver is that it's full of Granola Crunching Tree Huggers and Junkies (and really good weed). This incident and the post-Stanley Cup loss riot show that Vancouverites can raise hell with the best of them.

And, apparently, L.A. cops have nothing on Vancouver's boys in blue. There's something very wrong when you pay $80 to see a concert and not only do you not see that concert, but you come home with your teeth in your pocket...
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#3 Posted on 8.11.02 0909.21
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Damn, it's like GNR never left us. Are you sure it's not 1992 again?
And why the hell was Axl not even in town until the day of the show, but the rest of the band was? Something doesn't jive there.
I'm holding tickets for GNR in Boston next month. I'm keeping the Ticketmaster number handy, in case of refund.
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#4 Posted on 8.11.02 1454.10
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Hahahaha 80 bucks. SERVES 'EM RIGHT. Hahahahaha.
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#5 Posted on 8.11.02 1512.23
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    Originally posted by tomvejada

    VANCOUVER, British Columbia Thursday was supposed to be a very big night for Guns N' Roses fans: the long-awaited launch of the group's first U.S. tour in nine years.

Does anybody see anything wrong there?

(Hint: Can you launch a US Tour in Canada?

At least call it a "North American Tour" or Something. Guess they failed Geography)

(edited by Excalibur05 on 8.11.02 1512)
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#6 Posted on 8.11.02 1604.30
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Tickets were 80 BUCKS?????? WTF????

I would be pissed knowing Axl's past history. There is no excuse for not being there the day of the show to do promos, interviews, etc. to talk up the start of the tour.

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#7 Posted on 8.11.02 1653.31
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    Originally posted by tarnish

    Man. There's something very wrong when you pay $80 to see a concert and not only do you not see that concert, but you come home with your teeth in your pocket...

Man, I gotta stop reading this page while I am work. having your teeth removed with such violence is obviously horrible (i have recurring nightmares about my teeth... NOT fun), but the way this is written made me burst out laughing. The image it brings to my mind cracks me up.
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#8 Posted on 8.11.02 1712.56
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I might have to turn over from VH-1 Classic and see if they actually have video of Tommy talking about it.

Geez, I can't wait for him to finish this cash run and fund the Replacement's reunion tour!!! Okay, I might be exaggerating a LITTLE bit. (Axl did put the kibosh on a reunion tour because he might have needed Tommy in the studio if the mood hit him . . .)
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#9 Posted on 8.11.02 2349.00
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$80?!!? How much would they charge for the real band?
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#10 Posted on 9.11.02 0006.56
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Yeah, but thats $80 Canadian, which is like what? $2.87 American?
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#11 Posted on 9.11.02 0041.42
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    Originally posted by Simba
    Damn, it's like GNR never left us. Are you sure it's not 1992 again?

My friend and I had this exact same conversation at work. What better way to start a GNR tour, than to bring back that old GNR feeling?

Also, you can Click Here to check out the story I read about this. It doesn't mention the injuries, but then again I can't imagine the venue would want to advertise the treatment it's clientele received.
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#12 Posted on 9.11.02 0320.08
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Those bozos learned nothing from the 1992 Montreal riot, did they? Additionally, why the devil was Axl flying in just before the tour, anyhow?

Excalibur05: Technically, it's the Chinese Democracy World Tour, not just a U.S. tour as MTV reported.

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