Latest Guns N' Roses No-Show Sparks Melee

By | December 9, 2002 at 12:00 AM

Fans at a sold-out rock show became unruly after the group Guns N’ Roses failed to appear, and police were called to the concert arena, officials said.

Witnesses at the First Union Center on Friday night reported angry fans yelling and cursing, some throwing bottles and chairs, and ripping up plants, but a spokesman for the arena operator denied the accounts. Several fights were reported.

Police reported no major injuries.

A spokesman for the arena operator said officials were called shortly after 11 p.m. Friday and told one member of Guns N’ Roses was ill, and that the band would not be able to perform. He said he did not know which member was sick.

Members of the audience, while unhappy, left “in an orderly fashion,” he said. He said police were called only as a precaution.

The sold-out concert drew an estimated 14,000 fans.

On Nov. 7 in Vancouver, police used pepper spray to disperse thousands of irate fans rampaging outside after a Guns N’ Roses concert was canceled because lead singer Axl Rose failed to appear.

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