Guns N' Roses Glasgow Green: Why has the gig been cancelled, what has Axl Rose said, will it be rescheduled, what happened in London?

Thousands of fans were left disappointed after the legendary rockers cancelled the only Scottish gig of their world tour.

The Guns N’ Roses gig had already been delayed for two years due to Covid restrictions, with many eager to see the band’s ‘classic’ lineup of Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan.

And anticipation was growing last week as the band played a triumphant three hour, 27-song set at Dublin’s Marlay Park, featuring a string of greatest hits, including eight songs from legendary debut album ‘Appetite For Destruction’.

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But on Tuesday (July 5), many were left with an unwanted free night – and transport and accommodation costs – as the gig was cancelled at the last minute.

It came just a few days after American alternative rockers The Red Hot Chili Peppers also scrapped their huge Glasgow gig at the city’s Bellahouston Park at the final moment, blaming an unspecified illness.

What reason was given for the Guns N’ Roses gig not going ahead?

Just after 9pm on Monday (July 4), the day before the gig was set to take place, ticket holders received an email informing them of the cancellation.

Shorty after the news was confirmed on the Gun N’ Roses Twitter account, stating: “Sadly, due to illness and medical advice, GN’R will not be able to perform in Glasgow. We appreciate your understanding and patience.”

Axl Rose was meant to be taking to the stage this evening in Glasgow.Axl Rose was meant to be taking to the stage this evening in Glasgow.
Axl Rose was meant to be taking to the stage this evening in Glasgow.

Will the Guns N’ Roses concert be rescheduled?

Ticket holders have been told that the band are “working on reschuduling option for this show so please hold onto your tickets and wait for a further update”.

Given that the band have a full world tour schedule – and Glasgow Green can only be used for gigs for a short period each year – it seems unlikely that any new date will be some time off.

What did Axl Rose say about the cancelled Guns N’ Roses show?

On Thursday (july 7) Axl Rose released a statement on his social media account. It said: “I’d like to thank everyone for their well wishes! It’s greatly appreciated! We apologise for the inconvenience of postponing Glasgow.

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"I’ve been following doctor’s orders, getting rest, working w/a vocal coach and sorting out our sound issues. Seems good so far. Thanks again for everyone’s concern!

"At the end of the day it’s about giving you the fans the best of ourselves and the best time we can give you and that’s all I, the band, and crew are focused on. See you in Munich!”

What happened at the London gigs?

Gun N’ Roses played two gigs at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, in London, on Friday, July 1, and Saturday, July 2.

On the first night, concert-goers reported that the doors opened around two hours late, meaning there was no time for the planned performance by support act Gary Clark Jr.

There were even rumours – seemingly unfounded – that singer Axl Rose was suffering from a bout of anxiety and would struggle to appear on stage.

When the band did come on, many crowd members reported problems with the sound, claiming they could hardly hear Rose’s vocals.

They ended up playing 22 songs, significantly fewer than at their previous concert at Dublin’s Marlay Park, with notable song absences including ‘Coma’ and ‘You Could Be Mine’.

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Sound problems also plagued the second show, with Axl Rose telling the crowd that he was “having issues” with his voice after seventh song ‘Estranged’.

The set was even shorter than the previous night, with just 19 songs, and it was the first time since 2014 the band haven’t performed ‘Rocket Queen’.

They also didn’t play ‘November Rain’, the first time the fan favourite has been left off the setlist since 2016.

When are Guns N’ Roses set to play their next show?

The next stop on the Guns N’ Roses world tour is set to be at the Munich Olympic Stadium on Friday, July 8, followed by the San Siro Stadium in Milan on Sunday, July 10, and the HDI Arena in Hanover on Friday, July 15.

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