By Jon Wiederhorn
About four-and-a-half minutes into the power ballad “November Rain,” the piano Guns N’ Roses vocalist Axl Rose was playing started to make stray, dissonant noises.
The singer commanded, “Stop!,” then blurted. What the f— was that?” as the instrument continued to play unintended high, tinkling sounds. In the past, such an episode might have ended in a performance-ending tantrum, but at the performance at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas, Rose was determined to persevere.
“Can we stop it please?” he pleaded to a piano tech offstage. “Well it’s not… Wow, the piano’s broken,” he concluded.”
Controlling his frustration, the frontman launched back into the song as the piano continued to malfunction. By the time the electric guitars kicked in the errant sounds weren’t as noticeable.
I don’t mind ghosts of gremlins, but they should probably learn the f—in’ song,” Rose joked after the band finished the tune.
The Guns N’ Roses vocalist’s good-spirited approach to the mishap reflects the success of the band’s comeback Not in This Lifetime tour. And he seems disappointed that the long-awaited reunion with guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan is coming to an end.