A day which will live in infamy… July 2, 1991.
Guns N’ Roses were playing the Riverport Amphitheater (which is now the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater) and during their performance of ‘Rocket Queen’, singer Axl Rose noticed a fan with a video camera and told security to take the camera. After multiple requests, Rose took matters into his own hands and jumped offstage to tackle the fan and confiscate the camera. After getting into a wrestling with the fan and venue security, Rose got back on stage and told the crowd:
“Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home” and threw the microphone to the stage. GN’R guitarist, Slash told the crowd that Rose had broken the microphone and that the band would be leaving the stage.
This set off angry fans, a riot began and lasted for 3 hours, leaving a dozen fans injured. Rose was eventually arrested over a year later for inciting a riot but was cleared of all charges. The band would not perform in St. Louis until 2017 on the Not In This Lifetime… tour.