Guns 'N Roses: No Booze, No Show
Fri, 10 Nov 2006 11:33:18
Guns 'N Roses fans in Portland, Maine were crushed this past week when Axl Rose and his merry band of hired guns abruptly cancelled a concert scheduled for Monday, November 6th. The official explanation given was that local fire marshals had imposed restrictions that made it "impossible for the band to perform their show to the usual high standards that their fans deserve." But according to the Maine Public Safety Department, what G 'n R need to perform at "high standards" was not pyrotechnics but copious amounts of booze.
Local newspaper The Portland Press Herald reported this week that officials from the fire marshal's office and the public safety department put the kibosh on the concert when they learned that Axl and company planned to drink beer, wine and Jagermeister while performing. When informed that state law required them to keep their booze backstage, the band pulled the plug on the whole show.
While no one in the G 'n R camp has admitted that alcohol was the primary deal-breaker, the band's manager Merck Mercuriadis did note that local authorities "intended to harass our fans, crew and the band through enforcing rules and regulations that are 200 years old." With a flair for melodrama that would make Axl proud, Mercuriadis added that the restrictions would have made the gig "a potential time bomb that would explode." A Guns 'N Roses show with no drunk band members? Unacceptable! The fans would riot in the streets!
The venue for Monday's cancelled show, the Cumberland County Civic Center, has offered full refunds to all ticketholders. There were only 3,000 of them, for a venue that holds 6,500, but Mercuriadis denied that the show was actually cancelled due to poor ticket sales.
The fine for drinking onstage during a performance in Maine is $250.
--The ARTISTdirect Staff