Guns N' Roses booed for city mix-up

Lead singer Axl Rose (above left) and guitarist Slash of rock band Guns N' Roses perform in Brisbane, Australia.
Lead singer Axl Rose (above left) and guitarist Slash of rock band Guns N' Roses perform in Brisbane, Australia.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

SYDNEY • Rock legends Guns N' Roses apologised on Wednesday after confusing the southern city of Melbourne with Sydney on their Australian tour.

Concertgoers booed the American rockers when guitar technician McBob said hello to "Sydney" at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday night as he introduced the group on stage. "Sydney, you wanted the best but they're stuck in traffic, so here's what you get," he said.

The group later tweeted from their official account: "Melbourne! Accidentally after 30 years McBob made an error, we're truly sorry. Thank you for coming out tonight!"

Lead guitarist Slash apologised on Twitter for the "Spinal Tap intro" while bassist Duff McKagan added: "Don't b2 hard on McBob 4saying 'Sydney' in the intro... his wife and fam r fom here. Hell catch it plenty!"

There has been a long-time rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities. While Sydney is the nation's financial centre and boasts of its iconic harbourfront that features the Opera House and bridge, Melbourne prides itself as Australia's cultural and sporting capital.

The veteran band last performed in Melbourne in 2013.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on February 16, 2017, with the headline 'Guns N' Roses booed for city mix-up'. Print Edition | Subscribe