The November 24 show in Cleveland got off to a rousing start with opener Sebastian Bach, who relived some of his ’80s hits and played some new material to the general approval of the crowd.
Things quickly went south however, almost the moment the EODM hit the stage. According to John Soeder, pop critic for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the audience wasn’t quite sure what to make of the band.
Soeder told MTV News, “My impression was, and I don’t want to belittle the GN’R fans, but they didn’t really get the inside-joke quality of the EODM -or the facial hair,” a reference to the thick, Village People-style handlebar mustache worn by Eagles frontman Jesse “The Devil” Hughes. Soeder went on to say that the band left the stage to “a few boos, some spare applause, but definitely no cheering.”
After a two-hour wait for GNR to appear, Rose hit the stage swinging. He reportedly asked the audience, “So how’d you like the Pigeons of Shit Metal? Don’t worry, that’s the last show they’re playing with us.”
And that was that. End of the line for Eagles of Death Metal.
Apparently unfazed by the incident, EODM released a cheeky statement on November 27 that played on the names of several GN’R hits.
Besides, with a full slate of European and U.K. tour dates on their plate beginning in January and running through March, it’s a safe bet the band ain’t crying in the cold November rain.