Guns N’ Roses fan 'hit in nose' by microphone thrown by Axl Rose at concert
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A woman thought her face had been 'caved in' after claiming a microphone struck her during a Guns N' Roses gig.
Rebecca Howe, from Adelaide, Australia, was enjoying the rock band's concert at Adelaide Oval on Tuesday (29 November), when frontman Axl Rose threw his mic into the crowd.
The fan said that the lead singer hurled it into the crowd after the band’s last song, 'Take Me Down To Paradise City'.
However, while Mr Rose has done this same stunt countless times over the years, this one didn't go according to plan.
Instead of a hyped up fan catching the mic and screaming with excitement, it smashed into Ms Howe's face, leaving her with a bloody nose.
Speaking about the incident, she told Adelaide Advertiser that she thought her face had 'caved in'.
“I was in Diamond Standing, so it wasn’t even right at the front, and it was the very last song, 'Take Me Down To Paradise City',” Ms Howe recalled.
“He took a bow and then he launched the microphone out to the crowd … and then bang, right on the bridge of my nose."
Ms Howe was in so much shock from the incident that she began hyperventilating.
She went on: "My mind went, 'Oh my God, my face is caved in'.
“What if it was a couple of inches to the right or left? I could have lost an eye … what if it hit me in the mouth and I broke my teeth?
“If my head was turned and it hit me in the temple, it could have killed me.”
Responding to the incident Mr Rose said he felt it had been taken out of context.
In a statement published on social media, though, the 60-year-old said he would no longer throw the mic into the crowd.
"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.
"If true obviously we don't want anyone getting hurt or to somehow in anyway hurt anyone at any of r shows anywhere.
"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.
"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.
"Unfortunately there r those that for their own reasons chose to frame their reporting regarding this subject in a more negative n' irresponsible out of nowhere light which couldn't b farther from reality. We hope the public and of course r fans get that sometimes happens.
"A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding."
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