Guns ‘n’ Roses have been touring Australia this week, including a show on the American holiday Thanksgiving, but there was one thing, frontman Axel Rose wasn’t grateful for in a Thursday night (Nov. 24) Twitter post.
In it, he calls out the rogue drone operators spotted overhead at their show at the 27,500-capacity Metricon Stadium in Gold Cost Australia that night, with Rose branding them “intrusive” and telling them to take their “toys elsewhere”. . “
Rose’s full statement reads: “Had a few drones this leg. Last night (Gold Coast Australia) was probably the most intrusive. Was a bit of a distraction as someone obviously thought it was just ok to do it but it came also so close to the front of the stage and actually so over n’ on the stage.”
He continued, “According to the police, it happens more often than not lately, especially with sporting events. It’s not something we’re all used to. A lot of knee-jerk reactions went through everyone’s heads, after thinking about it (like when you live there really isn’t time to really fix things like that) didn’t make much sense.”
Rose then added, “People were mad. No matter how much fun someone is having, you still try to stay focused and do your job and give the fans the best show you can. Anyway… we get the ‘fun’ to get your drone bootleg vid, but we would appreciate it if someone planning to make a drone pirate would take the fans and the band into consideration and play with your toy somewhere else. Many thanks in advance!”
Several of the singer’s followers agreed with Rose, saying drones should be banned and noting restrictions in various countries. In the US, the policy around concerts is still undefined.
There is current legislation on the table that aims to revise an FAA policy to “issue temporary flight restrictions for sporting events” to extend to all events in a stadium, including concerts. About congress.gov, the measure was introduced in 2019 but is still in limbo. The FAA still just lists sporting events as being prohibited events on theirs website.
Guns N’ Roses have a couple of days off before resuming their Australian tour on November 27th and wrapping up on December 10th.
The show last night sounds like it went okay at least Slash posted on Twitter, “The Gold Coast crowd was fantastic tonight! Thank you so much for the fantastic reception, you were all brilliant, cheers! iiii]; )”
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