Guns N' Roses Cancelled Gig in Portland

Guns N' Roses cancelled a performance in Portland after being told they were not allowed to drink alcohol during the concert. The ruling came from state fire marshals who were on site ahead of the gig to inspect the intended pyrotechnics display. They informed the band that drinking on stage would violate state laws. Having been told that the band promptly cancelled the gig. Axl Rose subsequently issued a statement on Guns N' Roses' official Website explaining the situation and offering an apology for those ticket holders left in the lurch: "It was important for us to play there and it is a shame that what should have been a great night for all of us was not possible due to the actions of two people. I agree with, and ultimately take responsibility for, the end decision not to jeopardize the safety of the fans, the crews, the bands and myself as a result of the methods of these particularly draconian authorities."

He also denied that the cancellation had anything to do with supposedly sluggish ticket sales for the Portland show. After the cancellation, a band spokesperson blamed fire marshals for "making it impossible for the band to perform their show to the usual high standards that their fans deserve." "Our production manager and crew have been in this building with Clay Aiken and Green Day and none of the restrictions imposed on Guns N' Roses were experienced by those artists," the spokesman pointed out. "It is our opinion that they are going out of their way to target and single out Guns N' Roses and the band's loyal fans."

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