Guns N’ Roses Detained for Gun Possession at Canadian Border
When the members of Guns N' Roses were on their way to Canada, they were stopped by the country's customs officials on Friday after a gun was found in their possession. The band's vocalist, Axl Rose, confirmed the incident as they performed in Toronto's Rogers Centre last Saturday night.
Before kicking off the song "Out Ta Get Me," the band's front man had a short chat with the audience. As he paced back and forth the stage, he told the story of how the band was detained at the Canadian border.
The audience members cheered as Rose narrated the details of the incident. He clarified that they were only detained and not arrested. He also told the crowd that the gun didn't belong to him, according to Billboard.
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The amusing anecdote shared by the charismatic vocalist was later on confirmed by a representative of the band.
"Yes, this indeed happened on Friday, July 15, as they were crossing the border coming from the Philadelphia tour stop on the 15th," the spokesperson said in a statement to Billboard.
Still, despite the hold-up at the border, Rose praised the customs officials for being very understanding of the situation. In a way, he also admitted that it was the fault of the band and the crew for forgetting about the gun that is kept in their possession while they're on tour.
According to Rolling Stone, the gun belongs to a member of the Guns N' Roses' touring company, and not to Rose or his current bandmates Slash, Duff McKagan, Dizzy Reed, Richard Fortus, Frank Ferrer and Melissa Reese.
The band's concert at the Rogers Centre is part of its Not in This Lifetime tour, which started in June. It is the only venue in the Canadian leg of the tour. For this week, the band is scheduled to head out to Massachusetts and New Jersey.
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