Axl Rose has performed with Guns N’ Roses on their big reunion tour kick-off despite breaking his foot.
The frontman recently reunited with guitarist Slash and bass player Duff McKagan for their first performance together since 1993, delighting over 250 lucky fans with a ‘secret’ gig at West Hollywood club the Troubadour last week.
The singer was wheeled on stage before sitting on a throne that Foo Fighters Dave Grohl used to perform after breaking his leg last year.
HUGE THANK YOU to Dave Grohl for the use of his rock Throne! An amazing gesture!Words rn’t enough!! Makes all the difference up there!🎙🎛🔥🎸🎯💥
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 10, 2016
The show, which also featured keyboard player Dizzy Reed, guitarist Richard Fortus and drummer Frank Ferrer, served as a mini warm-up for the rockers, who were set to launch their highly-anticipated tour with their first of two gigs in Las Vegas on Friday night.
However, hours before showtime, Rose announced he was struggling with a broken left foot and shared X-rays of his injury online.
This is what can happen when you do something you haven’t done in nearly over 23 years,”Internal Fixation” (ง’̀-‘́)ง https://t.co/jFTz3MQw82
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) April 8, 2016
“This is what can happen when you do something you haven’t done in nearly 23 years,” he explained, revealing he sustained the injury after slipping during last week’s gig.
He underwent surgery and has since been fitted with a cast, which he is expected to perform with for the next few weeks, reports TMZ.com.
The band is also set to head to Mexico City to play before their headlining sets at the Coachella festival in California later this month.
They will then embark on the 20-date Not in This Lifetime tour.
— Guns N’ Roses (@gunsnroses) April 8, 2016
News of Rose’s fracture emerged shortly after his former manager claimed Guns N’ Roses will only cash in on their reunion tour if they complete the entire trek.
Vicky Hamilton told Rolling Stone magaizne she has her doubts about whether the live shows will run smoothly, and as a result, she advised fans to catch them in action sooner rather than later.
However, she alleged the veteran rockers have a clause in their tour contract which will affect their pay if they bail on the live dates.
“That’s kind of anyone’s guess (whether the reunion will last), but I hear through the grapevine that they’re not going to get paid unless they make it through the tour, so there’s some incentive to play the whole tour,” she told the publication.
“It’s hard to tell if they’ll make it through it. I’d say if you want to see it, try and make it to one of the first shows.”
Hamilton admitted she hasn’t spoken to Rose since falling out in the late 1980s, but she remains friendly with other members of the band, and she is convinced there is some truth to rumours suggesting Rose will step in to front AC/DC in Brian Johnson’s absence.
Asked about the speculation, she said: “Yeah, I do think it’s true. At least I hear it’s true. He may change his mind in the end and cancel or whatever, but I think his intention is to play it.”
Johnson was forced to quit AC/DC’s North America tour in February after doctors told him he’d risk permanent hearing damage if he continued.
The band postponed a string of shows, but are committed to completing their Rock or Bust tour with guest vocalists, according to reports.
Rose and the remaining members of AC/DC have yet to comment on the claims.