It’s a repeat of events first believed to have unfolded in 2010, when gigglers in Canada were ordered to turn Slash shirts inside-out and abandon their top hats.
James Revell attended the GnR show in London’s O2 Arena with his younger brother. On arrival door staff instructed him to take off his shirt and said he wouldn’t be allowed in if he didn’t comply.
The teenager tells NME: “I felt as though my freedom to wear what I want had been taken away from me. I did not react angrily as I didn’t want to spoil the show for my brother.
“I believed they asked me to do it because Axl Rose has some problem with Slash, and if he saw me wearing the shirt he might have stormed off stage.”
Revell says he feels “insulted” and adds he and his brother were only able to watch three songs of GnR’s set before having to leave because of the band’s late start – which Classic Rock revealed can be planned up to 13 hours in advance.
O2 Arena staff confirmed: “We were told by management not to allow anyone in who is wearing a Slash t-shirt. We are asking anyone who is to remove it, and if they refuse they will be turned away.”
The band’s first London show of two was streamed online via a pay-per-view service. They completed their UK tour in the English capital last night, featuring another guest appearance from classic-era guitarist Izzy Stradlin. They threatened to end the late-starting concert when angry fans threw coins and cups towards the stage.
Meanwhile, GnR guitarist DJ Ashba has defended bandmate Rose, telling Celebzter: “He’s actually very misunderstood by the media and people who don’t know him. People like to assume shit. I can only speak for me, but truth is he’s one of the funniest and collect motherfuckers out there. I would take a bullet for him.”