Axl Rose said the riot-inducing cancellation of Guns N' Roses' tour kickoff Thursday was done without the band's knowledge and he's considering legal action against the venue.
In an interview with Seattle radio station KISW-FM on Friday, Rose said the building manager of Vancouver, British Columbia's General Motors Place prematurely called off the concert without consulting the band.
"My guys found out over the PA system," Rose told disc jockey Ditch.
"The plug got pulled on us," he said earlier in the telephone interview. "We were fully able to meet our commitments, and we don't really understand what happened."
Rose isn't the only one wondering what went down last week. One thing is sure — Rose was not present at the GM Place when the doors were scheduled to open at 6:30 p.m. He was still in the air, en route from Los Angeles, according to his management company, which cited mechanical difficulties with the aircraft as the reason for the delay.
In the interview Friday, Rose never mentioned any mechanical difficulties and implied that he could have made it to the stage in time for GN'R's scheduled 9:30 start time. The concert was called off around 7:30 p.m.
According to a statement issued by Orca Bay Sports and Entertainment, which manages GM Place, the decision to call off the show was made "when it was recognized that the band could not take the stage at a reasonable time."
Rose added that he was having a legal team look into the situation.
When the crowd of thousands got wind that the show was a no-go, several of them began trashing the place (see "Fans Riot After Guns N' Roses Tour Kickoff Canceled: Kurt Loder Reports"). An early assessment of the damage was estimated at several hundred thousand dollars, Orca Bay's statement read.
Calls to the GM Place and Guns N' Roses' Geffen Records spokesperson, asking who was footing the bill for the damages, were not returned at press time.
Ticket refunds were made available at the point of purchase, according to a spokesperson for promoters Clear Channel Entertainment.
Guns N' Roses' second show of the tour in Tacoma, Washington, went on as scheduled (see "Axl Blows Out Throat, Dons Chicken Bucket For Glitchy Guns Tour Launch").