Guns N’ Roses rocker Duff McKagen delights locals as he enjoys low-key dinner at Melbourne restaurant – after a concert goer was badly injured during band’s MCG gig
Guns N’ Roses band member Duff McKagen was out and about in Melbourne on Thursday.
The 58-year-old, who plays bass guitar with the famed American rockers, was spotted enjoying a low-key dinner at Southgate’s Waterfront Restaurant.
Joining him for the meal, reports The Herald Sun, was US pro-wrestler and singer Chris Jericho.
Duff McKagan from Guns N’ Roses (second from right) with PJ Farley, Chris Jericho (second from left) and Jordan Feramisco enjoyed an evening out at the Waterfront Restaurant in Melbourne’s Southgate on Thursday night
The veteran musicians are both in the middle of concert tours.
Jericho, 52, is lead singer with heavy metal band Fozzy.
Meanwhile, Guns N’ Roses played a three-hour 30-song set at Melbourne’s MCG on Saturday, the first stadium show the city has seen since the pandemic.
It comes after Gun N’ Roses show in Adelaide on Tuesday night ended in controversy after a concert goer was badly injured.
The band’s frontman Axl Rose reportedly hit a woman in the face with his microphone after throwing it into the crowd at the end of the band’s last song.
The bass player is in Australia to perform a concert tour with the famed American rockers
Rebecca Howe told the Adelaide Advertiser the mic hit her on the bridge of the nose, leaving her bloodied and hyperventilating.
On Friday footage emerged of the frightening incident.
In the video, which was obtained by The Advertiser, rock star Axl, 60, throws the microphone into the crowd and then triumphantly throws his arms up in the air.
Guns N’ Roses played a three-hour 30-song set at Melbourne’s MCG on Saturday, the first stadium show the city has seen since the pandemic. Pictured: Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses frontman performing with his band in the U.S. in 2016
The moment of impact isn’t shown, but the video does show a minor kafuffle in the crowd – presumably after Ms. Howe was struck by the flying microphone.
Pictured after the event, Ms Howe can been seen with severe bruising on her face, under both eyes and on her nose.
She told the publication she was hit when Axl, real name William Bruce Rose Jr, threw his microphone out into crowd after finishing the song, Take Me Down To Paradise City.
Rebecca Howe was left injured (pictured) after Axl Rose accidentally hit her in the face with his microphone by throwing it into the crowd at the end of the band’s last song In Adelaide
Rose said that he was going to retire his microphone stunt from his regular show routine. He addressed the situation on Saturday, a head of the band’s show, saying he will no longer throw the mic ‘in the interest of public safety’.
‘It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at our 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,’ he wrote.
‘If true obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of our show anywhere.
Rose said in a statement made online on Saturday that he would no longer throw out his microphone into the crowd – after doing the stunt for 30 years at the end of every show
‘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,’ he continued.
‘Regardless in the interest of public safety from now on we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to fans during or at our performances.
‘Unfortunately there are 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 be farther from reality. We hope the public and of course fans get that sometimes happens.
‘A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.’
Fans continued to scrabble to grab the microphone (above) after Ms Howe was struck