Axl Rose says he’ll stop tossing mic into crowd after woman claims injury at Guns N’ Roses show

“We always felt it was a known part of the very end of [our] performance that fans wanted”

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Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose has said he will no longer throw his microphone into the crowd at the end of the band’s concerts, after a woman claimed she was injured by the stunt at their recent show in Adelaide.

The band performed in the South Australian capital on Tuesday (November 29). Some time after the show, a woman named Rebecca Howe told Adelaide Advertiser that she was struck by the microphone; a photo accompanying the report showed swelling and thick bruises on both of her eyes, and cuts to the bridge of her nose.

“He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd… and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose,” Howe said, noting that she was in an area of the crowd that “wasn’t even right at the front”. She went on to say that she began hyperventilating, stressed that her face had been “caved in”.

She continued: “What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye… What if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth? If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”

In response, Rose took to social media with a statement, stressing that he didn’t mean to cause any incident with the stunt – one he’d regularly at the end of Guns N’ Roses shows for years. “Obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of [our] shows anywhere,” he wrote.

“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. Regardless 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.”

Rose went on to hit out at some media outlets for the way Howe’s alleged injury had been reported, saying: “Unfortunately there [are] those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative [and] irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn’t [be] farther from reality. We hope the public and of course [our] fans get that sometimes happens [sic].”

Guns N’ Roses’ Australian tour will end in Melbourne tonight (December 3). Over the first few shows on the run – during which they’ve been paying tribute to AC/DC – Rose reportedly faced issues with fans bringing and flying drones during the set; earlier this week, he issued a statement asking concertgoers to “[play with their] toys somewhere else”.

On Thursday (December 1), it was announced that Guns N’ Roses will headline British Summer Time (BST) Hyde Park for first time in 2023. They’ll perform on Friday June 30, celebrating the London concert series’ 10th anniversary.

Last month, the band released a “super deluxe” box set edition of their two ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums, which included 63 tracks that had been previously unheard. One of those – a ‘2022 version’ of ‘November Rain’ featuring a 50-piece orchestra – was released as a single.

Meanwhile, Slash has continued teasing a follow-up to last year’s ‘Hard Skool’ EP, saying in January that Guns N’ Roses plan to release an “entire record’s worth” of new material, then in February that new music would arrive before the band went on tour in June (it did not), and then in October that their next release will be “epic”.

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Kanye West’s Reddit forum taken over by Taylor Swift memes and Holocaust facts

Some have shared personal stories of relatives who were directly impacted by the Holocaust

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A Reddit community established to unite fans of Kanye West – largely viewed as the disgraced rapper’s “official” Subreddit – has been overrun with posts denouncing West for his recent comments praising Nazism, as well as memes celebrating rival artists (mainly Taylor Swift) and facts about the Holocaust.

At the time of writing, just two of the last 100 posts on r/Kanye share positive opinions on West, and both have been overwhelmingly downvoted.

There are several memes poking fun at those who still insist on defending the raper – most based on the common argument that West is above reproach because he made ‘Graduation’ – while dozens of posts use memes to point out that West is on a downward spiral into fascism.

Many of the humorous posts are also based on West’s longtime rivalry with Swift, as dozens of Redditors have taken to the forum with memes declaring Swift to be the superior artist.

Wait…..so……. from Kanye

Imma let y’all finish… but the bear Jew has the best record of all time from Kanye

We can make this a reality everyone from Kanye

Shout out to Pete Davidson who lost his father in 9/11, suffers from BPD, anxiety and heavy depression, still didn’t became a nazi. from Kanye

“B-But I like his music ” Mf’s when Kanye flies to hitlers mansion in Germany and sieg heils screaming bigotry from Kanye

A bulk of the posts on r/Kanye, though, are serious messages aimed educating West’s fans on tragedies caused by Nazis and other right-wing extremists.

Some have shared personal stories of relatives who were directly impacted by the Holocaust, while others have shared archival documents about the historic genocide, as well as information on the real-world implications of antisemitism and how it spreads in modern settings.

Jewish former Ye fan here: love the Holocaust awareness, but let’s bring some awareness to Jewish culture and current antisemitism! from Kanye

In case anybody wants to learn about how holocaust deniers work to spread their ideas from Kanye

I can’t stop thinking about my bubbe. from Kanye

How it Happens from Kanye

For people who want to learn more about antisemitism, here’s an insightful and entertaining analysis by Abigail Thorn from Kanye

The takeover comes in the wake of West’s interview on Infowars – a talk show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – where he openly praised Adolf Hitler and defended the acts of Nazis. Among the many inflammatory statements he made were the declaration that “we’ve got to stop dissing the Nazis all the time”, and the untrue claim that the Holocaust didn’t happen.

Shortly after the interview, West tweeted an illustration of a swastika inside a Star of David, leading to his third ban from Twitter in less than two months. Parler also came out to confirm that West’s buyout of the company had been shut down.

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Drake pushes New York City shows back to 2023, citing “production delays”

He was set to perform two shows at the Apollo Theater next week

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Drake has postponed his upcoming shows in New York City for a second time, with a statement from the promoter citing “production delays that are just out of our control”.

The rapper had initially booked a single show, set to go down at the iconic Apollo Theater, for the night of Friday November 11. It was postponed the Monday prior (November 7) so that Drake could mourn the loss of Migos rapper Takeoff (who died on November 1), with that news being accompanied with the announcement of a second show. 

The new dates were locked in for Tuesday December 6 and Wednesday 7, however both have now been axed to allow more time for the shows’ production. 

In a joint statement from Drake, SiriusXM and Sound 42, it was explained that the team behind the shows “have been working around the clock” to deliver “an experience our fans deserve”, but just days out from the events taking place, they’ve been hit by “some production delays that are just out of our control”.

The statement continued: “After many difficult meetings and conversations trying to navigate these challenges, we are forced to make the unfortunate decision to push these shows out a little further to allow the necessary time for the work to be completed.”

Drake’s two New York shows have now been rescheduled to Saturday January 21 and Sunday 22, respectively. They’ll still go down at the Apollo, as it’s noted in the statement: “The Apollo has been so incredibly gracious throughout this process and we look forward to bringing a legendary show to this legendary stage.”

Stressing the shows’ significance, they added: “These upcoming shows for SiriusXM are so incredibly special for us. If you are going to play the world famous Apollo Theater, it has to be a world-class production.” Tickets for both shows have sold out.

The shows come in support of Drake’s recent ‘Her Loss’ album – a collaborative effort with 21 Savage, which earned a three-star review from NME – as well as June’s ‘Honestly, Nevermind’ (which also earned three stars).

Meanwhile, it was revealed earlier this week that Future‘s Drake and Tems-assisted ‘WAIT FOR U’ was the third-highest-streamed song on Apple Music this year.

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Pantera Play First Concert in 21 Years: Video and Setlist

Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde, and Charlie Benante performed a 15-song set at the Hell & Heaven festival in Mexico.

Pantera Play First Concert in 21 Years: Video and Setlist
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Pantera — at the least the new incarnation of the legendary band — played their first show in 21 years on Friday night (December 2nd). The long-dormant act performed a 15-song set at the Hell & Heaven festival outside Mexico City. Classic members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass)…

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Pantera Play First Concert in 21 Years: Video and Setlist
Spencer Kaufman

Pantera Play First Concert in 21 Years: Video and Setlist

Philip Anselmo, Rex Brown, Zakk Wylde, and Charlie Benante performed a 15-song set at the Hell & Heaven festival in Mexico.

Pantera Play First Concert in 21 Years: Video and Setlist
Spencer Kaufman

Consequence

Pantera — at the least the new incarnation of the legendary band — played their first show in 21 years on Friday night (December 2nd). The long-dormant act performed a 15-song set at the Hell & Heaven festival outside Mexico City. Classic members Philip Anselmo (vocals) and Rex Brown (bass)…

Please click the link below to read the full article.

Pantera Play First Concert in 21 Years: Video and Setlist
Spencer Kaufman

Jack White mocks Elon Musk’s “free speech” hypocrisy after Kanye West’s Twitter ban

“So you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn’t then? What kind of crybaby liberal suspends someone’s free speech?”

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Jack White has once again taken aim at Elon Musk for his questionable moves at Twitter, mocking the billionaire owner after Kanye West was banned earlier this week.

Musk – a noted supporter and supposed friend of West’s – booted the disgraced rapper from Twitter on Friday (December 2), shortly after the latter tweeted an illustration of a swastika inside a Star of David. Earlier in the day, West appeared on an episode of Infowars – a talk show hosted by far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones – during which he openly praised Adolf Hitler and defended Nazism.

According to Musk, West was banned from Twitter (for a third time in two months) for violating the platform’s policies “against incitement to violence”. In response, White shared an open message to Musk on Instagram, calling the latter out for his perceived hypocrisy.

In opening his post, White wrote mockingly: “So Elon, how’s that ‘free speech’ thing working out? Oh, I see, so you have to CHOOSE who gets free speech and who doesn’t then? What kind of crybaby liberal suspends someone’s free speech? Hmm…”

The former White Stripe went on to reference Musk’s recent move to reinstate Donald Trump‘s account on Twitter – and the fact that Alex Jones also remains banned – continuing: “Conspiracy liar Alex Jones doesn’t get ‘free speech’ either? I see. So you’re learning that these folks incite violence and hatred but Trump… DOESN’T? Hmmm.

“Or is it that liar Jones, and [antisemite] egomaniac Kanye can’t provide tax breaks for billionaires the way the former president could? Or that maybe the controller of this ‘free speech’ is insulted personally? Or that just maybe, there needs to be, oh I don’t know, RULES and REGULATIONS or else you breed chaos?”

White then suggested that Musk’s choice to ban West could be a sign that he’s learning about the necessity of discretionary censorship, quipping that “it’s nice to watch in real time as [Musk] learn[s] that all things need to be regulated, whether that be guns, drugs, alcohol, assembly, or speech because of the danger of someone or something being hurt or destroyed”.

“They’re sometimes called ‘laws’,” White added. “And perhaps you’re learning how harmful it can be when you let dangerous, hateful people say whatever they want on your stage.”

In closing, White noted that he’d blocked users from commenting on the post because it “isn’t a debate forum”, explaining that he’s “talking on [his] front porch, not debating in [a] town square”.

Taking a swipe at Musk’s recent comments about Twitter being “the de facto town square” for the digital age, White finished: “I regulate the platforms I control too. Do the right thing Elon and don’t provide other hate mongers a stage, let them go talk in [a] town square. (And no, twitter isn’t [a] town square owned by the gov[ernment], it’s a private company owned by Elon Musk).”

White similarly hit out at Musk last Monday (November 21), calling Trump’s return to Twitter “absolutely disgusting” and “an asshole move” on Musk’s part. In another open letter to Musk, the artist implored him to “be truthful” and “tell it like it is” – that “people like [him] and Joe Rogan (who gives platforms to liars like Alex Jones etc.)” are financially incentivised to throw their support behind figures spreading hate speech.

White then quit Twitter, joining the likes of Stephen FryTrent Reznor and dozens of other stars.

In the same interview that saw West share overt neo-Nazi sentiments, he was joined by open white supremacist Nick Fuentes, who’d also joined the rapper for a meeting with Trump last week. Trump would later call West a “seriously troubled man”.

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AEROSMITH Cancels Las Vegas Concert; STEVEN TYLER Is ‘Feeling Unwell And Unable To Perform’

AEROSMITH was forced to cancel its concert Friday night (December 2) at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada due to an illness suffered by singer Steven Tyler.
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AEROSMITH was forced to cancel its concert Friday night (December 2) at Dolby Live at Park MGM in Las Vegas, Nevada due to an illness suffered by singer Steven Tyler. A statement from the band shared on social media about two hours before showtime read: " It is with great disappointment that we are...

Watch PANTERA Play First Concert In Over 20 Years At Mexico HELL & HEAVEN METAL FEST

PANTERA has just taken the stage at Mexico’s Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The show, which marks the band’s first live performance in over 20 years, features PANTERA’s reformed lineup, consisting of surviving members Rex Brown (bass) and Philip Anselmo…

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PANTERA has just taken the stage at Mexico's Hell & Heaven Metal Fest. The show, which marks the band's first live performance in over 20 years, features PANTERA's reformed lineup, consisting of surviving members Rex Brown (bass) and Philip Anselmo (vocals) along with guitarist Zakk Wylde (OZZY...
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