Guns N’ Roses POSTPONES concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis due to unspecified ‘illness’
Guns N’ Roses have postponed their concert at Busch Stadium in St. Louis set for Saturday, September 9, due to an unspecified illness within the band.
The show at the stadium, which has a seating capacity of 46,000 for concerts, is being rescheduled.
‘Hang on to your tickets, the event organizer is working to reschedule the concert,’ a representative for the St Louis Cardinals said in a statement to Fox 2 KTVI.
‘You will receive an update via email as soon as the status of the event changes or the new date is announced.’
In an initial statement addressed to ‘Gunners’, the band confirmed the postponement and also urged fans to ‘hang on to your tickets.’
It revealed that ‘fans who are unable to make the rescheduled date will be eligible for a refund.’
Neither the Cardinals front office or Guns N’ Roses have elaborated on who came down with the illness or the seriousness their condition.
Fox 2 KTVI shared footage of the concert stage being taken down at Busch Stadium on Friday afternoon via a YouTube feed.
Earlier this month, lead singer Axl Rose, 61, apologized for being ‘a little horse’ during one of their performances in New York, but still the show went on.
The band — Axl Rose (lead vocals), Duff McKagan (bass), Slash (guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboards), St. Louis native Richard Fortus (guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums) and Melissa Reese (keyboards) — last performed in the city in 2017 at the Dome at America’s Center.
Guns N’ Roses has had a somewhat contentious relationship with St. Louis since the so-called Riverport Riot, which happened at their show at the old Riverport Amphitheatre (now named Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre) on July 2, 1991.
Things got tense when Rose noticed a photographer taking pictures of the show, despite photos being prohibited.
Rose called for security to get the camera and eventually jumped into the crowd himself and began throwing punches at people.
Eventually, Rose got pulled out of the melee by crew members and returned to the stage where he grabbed the microphone and said: ‘Well, thanks to the lame-a** security, I’m going home!’, and then slammed the mic on to the ground and stormed off.
When the concert ended, it didn’t take long before some fans started going out of control ripping out chairs and throwing pieces of equipment from the stage.
Rose later stated that the Guns N’ Roses security team had made four separate requests to the venue’s security staff to remove the camera, each of which were ignored, and that members of the band had reported being hit by bottles from the audience.
Afterwards, GNR was banned from playing St. Louis, which held up until their show on July 27, 2017, as part of the Not in This Lifetime… Tour.
The Guns N’ Roses World Tour 2023 kicked off in June in Tel Aviv, Israel, and they have proceeded to play nearly 20 show across Europe that included stops in Spain, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Scotland, Germany, and the UK, among others, until July 22 in Athens, Greece.
After a brief break from the road the band reconvened for the North American leg with a show in Moncton, Canada on August 5.
Since then they have made their way into the U.S., playing stadiums and arenas across the East coast and Mid West, with their last show going off in Lexington, Kentucky on Wednesday, September 6.
Considering the next stop on the tour is Tuesday, September 12, at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, the person who came down with the illness will have had four days to recover, from the time of the announcement of the postponement.