Guns ‘N’ Roses singer Axl Rose says the band will stop their tradition of throwing a mic into the audience after a fan got badly hurt.
The rock legend took to Twitter on Saturday morning to speak out about the incident for the first time, and made a powerful promise in response to what occurred.
During a show at the Adelaide Oval on Tuesday, Rebecca Howe was struck on the face by the object, according to Australian media reports.
Axl Rose wrote on Twitter: “It’s come to my attention that a fan may have been hurt at our 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.”
“If true, obviously we don’t want anyone getting hurt … at any of r shows anywhere (sic).
“Having tossed the mic at the end of r shows 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 we’ll refrain from tossing the mic or anything to the fans during or at r performances.”
“Unfortunately there are 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 be farther from reality. We hope the public and of course fans get that sometimes happens.
“A BIG THANKS to everyone for understanding.”
The incident in Adelaide reportedly took place during the band’s final song, Paradise City.
Photos of Howe published in local media appear to show her with bruising under her eyes and cuts on the bridge of her nose.