Guns N’ Roses ended an Abu Dhabi concert early Sunday night due to singer Axl Rose falling ill.
“I’ve been throwing up for about the last five hours,” he said at the show’s outset. “So instead of canceling, I’m gonna do the best show we can for you.” That amounted to 20 songs; the band has typically performed 28 songs on their current Not In This Lifetime Tour.
“Wanna thank All the fans, the band n’ every1 4 their concern n’ well wishes,” the legendary frontman wrote on Twitter early Tuesday. Felt lame explainin’ myself earlier on at the gig but really didn’t know how things would play out n’ we really wanted to do r best 4 the fans.”
<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”en”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Wanna thank All the fans, the band n’ every1 4 their concern n’ well wishes! In Johannesburg w/plenty of time 2 b ready 4 the show! This flu or whatever is a wild ride! Comes in waves. Ur ok till ur not! <a href=”https://t.co/gfbLR7YemW”>pic.twitter.com/gfbLR7YemW</a></p>— Axl Rose (@axlrose) <a href=”https://twitter.com/axlrose/status/1067347486350692353?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>November 27, 2018</a></blockquote>
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Rose also praised the Abu Dhabi crowd and noted he’s in Johannesburg and ready for the band’s Nov. 29 gig. “This flu or whatever is a wild ride!” he wrote. “Comes in waves. Ur ok till ur not!”
Rose’s comments arrived after initial explanations from his bandmates. “Abu Dhabi, you guys were fucking great tonight!” guitarist Slash tweeted after the show. “Axl was severely ill. But you all were hugely supportive. Thanks for that. We’ll see again next time! Cheers! iiii]; )”
Bassist Duff McKagan also weighed in on Twitter, writing that “Axl Rose pulled a damn miracle…the man was beyond ill, and pulled off something I’ve never seen in my 40 yrs of playing. You all pulled him thru.”
Guns N’ Roses’ Sunday concert was the third to last of their multi-leg Not In This Lifetime Tour, which kicked off in April 2016 and reunited Rose, Slash, and McKagan for the first time since 1993.
The tour has been highly lucrative for the seminal hard-rock band. Guns N’ Roses grossed $188.4 million with 1.70 million tickets sold in 2016, making their tour the year’s fourth-highest grossing worldwide, according to Pollstar data.
They raked in even more in 2017, netting $292.5 million with 2.68 million tickets sold; only U2 grossed more worldwide.
After their Johannesburg gig, Guns N’ Roses heads back to the U.S. to perform their final schedule Not In This Lifetime Tour gig, at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium on Dec. 8.