On Saturday night, legendary rock band Guns N’ Roses had the plug pulled on their concert mid-song, but they kept playing with a little help from the crowd regardless of the interruption.
Guns N’ Roses have been back on tour this summer with stops across the nation. In the 1980s and 1990s, the band were arguably one of the biggest acts in the world. However, inner turmoil between band members, especially lead singer Axl Rose and guitarist Slash, led to the group’s early demise. The band broke up by 1996, and the original members didn’t play live together for decades.
Finally, a few years ago, Guns N’ Roses reunited and have gone on tour again with the original lineup. Fans of the band that have never seen them play live are finally getting to see them rock out in person these days. Yet last night, fans had to fill in and sing along to the band’s hit song “Paradise City” since the venue pulled the plug on the concert.
The band made a stop at the BottleRock Napa Valley music festival on Saturday in Napa, California. The festival notoriously has a strict 10 p.m. curfew because of nearby neighborhoods close to the venue. When event organizers say they have a strict policy of no music after 10, they mean it. Guns N’ Roses fans found that out the hard way last night.
Guns N’ Roses Fans Fill in for Singer Axl Rose
This isn’t the first time musicians have been abruptly cut off in the middle of one of their final songs at the festival. But Guns N’ Roses is the most recent band to have the dreaded 10 p.m. curfew interrupt their encore song. Sure enough, as the clock struck 10 the microphones turned off last night. But the band kept playing through their stage amps and the crowd took over the vocals as everyone kept rocking.
During a 6-minute long version of their classic single “Paradise City,” Guns N’ Roses brought out a guest musician. None other than Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters and Nirvana joined the band for the lively encore. However, about three minutes into the song the band gets muted.
The band didn’t skip a beat as they continued to play on. Fans could still hear the music pumped out through the band’s own amps, but the vocals were completely silent. Most fans of the band know every word to the popular song though, so they chimed in and finished out the last three minutes for Axl Rose and company.
In fact, multiple other musicians have faced the same 10 p.m. cut off as Guns N’ Roses. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the BottleRock festival was cancelled. But in 2019, Neil Young had the plug pulled in the middle of his final song “Rockin’ in the Free World.”
Additionally, this isn’t the first time Dave Grohl experienced the strict curfew. In 2017, Foo Fighters got cut off mid-song as well. That’s now twice with two different bands now that Grohl has had the plug pulled on his performance.