The Time Axl Rose Was Arrested During A Guns N’ Roses Show

Guns N’ Roses released their debut studio album entitled ‘Appetite for Destruction’ on July 21, 1987. The album became very popular and commercially successful thanks to its hit singles, ‘Welcome to the Jungle,’ ‘Paradise City,’ and ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ It received critical acclaim and hit the charts worldwide, which brought great fame to the band members.

As a part of the album’s promotion, GN’R started their Appetite for Destruction Tour on August 14, 1987, which ended on December 19, 1988. During their tour, they also performed opening acts for iconic bands, such as The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, and Aerosmith. Although every Guns N’ Roses concert can be unforgettable for their fans, their Atlanta concert was quite exceptional.

Axl Rose Said’ F’ck You’ To A Police Officer

Before Guns N’ Roses’s concert in Atlanta, on November 22, 1987, the band’s frontman Axl Rose did something very familiar for hardcore GN’R fans which was not acceptable for law enforcement. The police officers approached the tour’s promoter Charlie Brusco and said that Rose punched an African American police officer which got him into serious trouble.

The police stated that he could be released if he apologized to the officer but Rose responded to this offer in his own way. Of course, he refused to apologize and said ‘F’ck you!’ to the cops. He was arrested due to physical assault during the band’s performance. The Atlanta concert was canceled, and it turned into a nightmare for the band members and their fans.

The concert’s promoter Charlie Brusco talked about the situation, saying:

“First strike, he hit an Atlanta police officer. On the second strike, he hit a female Atlanta police officer. On the third strike, he hit a black female Atlanta police officer. He’s going to jail. If he apologizes to the police officer in writing, we’ll let him go.

Axl Rose responded:

“F’ck you, you f’cking jag-off cop.”

Consequently, the reason behind Axl Rose hitting the officer hasn’t been explained yet, but everyone knows why he didn’t say sorry; a person like Axl Rose has never been afraid of going to jail or court. In this way, Rose created yet another unforgettable memory for GN’R members and fans by being arrested during the band’s 1987 Atlanta show.