Axl Rose couldn’t spend one night in Australia before getting sued. On the first night of Guns N’ Roses’ Aussie tour with ZZ Top, Rose threw his cordless microphone into the Perth crowd and broke a fan’s two front teeth. 39-year-old Darren Wright says he plans to file suit against Rose to pay for the AUD 5,000 (about $5154 US) dental costs to repair the damage.
Speaking to The West Australian, Wright recalls the incident that left him bleeding and closer to resembling Danny Brown. “With the bright lights and explosions, I couldn’t see anything,” Wright said. “The next thing I knew, I was whacked in the mouth. I thought I had been punched. I was quite stunned and it took a few seconds to realize what was going on. I could feel bits of teeth in my mouth. Then someone is climbing through my legs to grab the microphone.”
He added that, as a along time fan of Rose, he harbors no ill-will towards the reluctant Hall of Famer. ”I don’t think he intended to do it, but it came at me at a fairly flat and hard trajectory. Those cordless microphones are not light. I’m surprised it didn’t do more damage,” he said. “At the very least, I want someone to pay to get my teeth fixed.”
Tour promoter Andrew McManus originally called Wright to offer his sincere apologies and a signed microphone as a gesture of peace (We’d say that’s a kick in the teeth, but, well…). Wright rejected the autograph, stating, “I don’t think the microphone is going to fix my teeth.”
Guns N’ Roses have two dates left on their Australian tour with ZZ Top and Rose Tattoo. For those planning to attend, mouth guards may be in order.