Axl Rose has responded to recent reports that the singer accidentally smacked a woman with a microphone while they were performing in Australia, injuring her.
The frontman of Guns N’ Roses declared on Twitter on December 2 that he would stop throwing his microphone into the audience to end shows, as he has done for “over 30 years.”
“It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at r show in Adelaide Australia possibly being hit by the microphone at the end of the show when I traditionally toss the mic to the fans,” Rose wrote.
Rebecca Howe, a concertgoer, alleges she was struck in the face with Rose’s microphone while she was performing in Adelaide on November 29, leaving her with two black eyes and a bruised nose, according to a story published by the Adelaide Advertiser earlier in the week.
“If true obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of r shows anywhere,” Rose added in the statement. “Having tossed the mic at the end of r show for over 30 years we always felt it was a known part of the very end of r 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 r performances,” the singer added.
“Unfortunately there r those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative n’ irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn’t b farther from reality,” Rose noted. “We hope the public and of course r fans get that sometimes happens. A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.”