No ‘Paradise City’: Guns N’ Roses booed for confusing Melbourne with rival Sydney (VIDEO)
The group were about to perform for 70,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday night when their longtime guitar technician and announcer, known simply as ‘McBob’, made the error.
McBob announced: "Sydney, you wanted the best but they're stuck in traffic, so here's what you get," a play on the ‘Kiss’ line: “you wanted the best, you got the best”.
Goodnight Melton! There will be no encore! pic.twitter.com/cqIlWHV8cN— BRIGGS AKA BIG SIGH (@BriggsGE) February 14, 2017
The crowd’s excited cheers suddenly turned to boos as Slash, Axl Rose and Duff McKagan entered the stage seemingly unaware of the bomb that was just dropped.
The blunder, while understandable as the group had played two shows in Sydney just three days prior, was certainly unfortunate. Melbourne and Sydney residents have an intense rivalry over which is Australia's best city.
Guns N' Roses were 50 minutes late then came out on stage screaming "Sydney" I'm crying— brittany (@brittarabena) February 14, 2017
Guns and roses said Sydney instead of Melbourne. People aren't stoked in the males toilets.— Ash Hull 2.0 (@ash_hull95) February 14, 2017
They haven't played here since 1993. Doesn't matter. 70,000 people boo their heroes. Never change, Melbourne.— David Milner (@DaveMilbo) February 14, 2017
Guns N Roses showed up to a show in Melbourne 50 minutes late, came out on stage yelling "Sydney!" if that's not rock n roll I dunno what is— Bobby George (@BobbyGeorgee) February 14, 2017
The band quickly apologized to fans for the “Spinal Tap” via their official Twitter account:
Melbourne!— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) February 14, 2017
Accidentally after 30 years McBob made an error, we're truly sorry. Thank you for coming out tonight!
When the hate didn’t subside, Slash, Duff McKagan and Axl Rose attempted to put out the fire, reminding fans that McBob’s wife and family are Australian and will likely give him enough grief over his faux pas.
Melbourne, thank you for an awesome fucking evening! Apologies for the Spinal Tap intro! But, we had a great fucking time tonight! Cheers!— Slash (@Slash) February 14, 2017
Melbourne! WOW!! 70k strong 2nite. Don't b2 hard on McBob 4saying 'Sydney' in the intro...his wife and fam r fom here. Hell catch it plenty!— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) February 14, 2017
Melbourne! Didn't notice r intro yday. R sincere apologies!! Really amazing crowd!💥McBob feels horrible pic.twitter.com/4hZ7C9xH0b— Axl Rose (@axlrose) February 15, 2017