Axl Rose is putting and end to a 30-year Guns ’N Roses tradition.
After hearing that a fan may have been injured by his microphone after he hurled it into the crowd at the end of a recent show in Australia, the Guns ’N Roses frontman revealed he will be hanging on tight to his mic in the interest of public safety.
"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," he wrote.
According to his post, a fan by the name of Rebecca Howe was reportedly struck in the face and suffered two black eyes. While still working to find out if the information is true, Rose has decided to put safety first.
"If true, obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of r shows anywhere," he continued. "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."
He continued, “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.”
Rose’s post has gotten a lot of attention and mixed feelings from fans. Many expressing frustration and belief that his microphone did not actually cause the woman’s black eyes, while others shared fond memories of the well-known tradition and thanks for his concern surrounding fans.