Tonight, Guns N Roses returns to Denver for the first time in nearly 25 years. To celebrate, we're flashing back to September 19, 1992, when they played the old Mile High Stadium with Metallica.

The show had been rescheduled after Metallica singer James Hetfield was burned during a concert several weeks earlier. Even with Hetfield wearing bandages on his arms and unable to play guitar, the band delivered a powerful two hour set as the crowd roared on in approval.

After a 45 intermission, GnR took the stage. Halfway through their first song, “Welcome to the Jungle,” Axl Rose threw his microphone down and stormed off.

Struggling to fill time, Slash led the rest of the band through an extended jam session. The crowd began to grow restless and started to boo. Nearly 30 minutes later, Axl Rose re-emerged and finished the show.

The following Monday, legendary Denver concert promoter Barry Fey called a local radio station to deliver his account of the evening. According to Fey, Axl Rose was already headed back to the hotel room after leaving the stage during the first song.

Fey instructed the limo driver to bring Rose back to the venue. When Rose arrived, Fey met him in the parking lot and threatened to file a lawsuit if he didn’t get back on stage and finish the show. According to some accounts, Fey also pulled out a loaded handgun during the “negotiation.”

We’ll probably never know exactly what happened that night in the parking lot, but somehow Fey convinced Axl that the show must go on. Hopefully, GnR will put on a better performance tonight.


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