Watch Axl Rose take a tumble during Guns N' Roses show in London's Hyde Park

Axl Rose falling onstage
(Image credit: Luca Petrelli)

A Guns N' Roses tour wouldn't be a Guns N' Roses tour without the occasional mishap, and while the days of late arrivals and audience riots might be long behind them, the band are still capable of producing moments of unscripted magic.

This weekend it was Axl Rose's turn, as Guns N' Roses played the latest British Summer Time show in London's Hyde Park. During the second song of the set, Use Your Illusion I's Bad Obsession, Axl took a tumble while stepping backwards towards the drum riser, but swiftly rebounded to his feet uninjured, and carried on with the song.

"Me and my mate starting pissing ourselves laughing when Axl fell over," commented YouTuber ukilledmydog. "Was so glad he just laughed it off and made a joke about it after the song. He was in such a good mood last night." 

Meanwhile, some commenters drew comparisons between Axl and US President Joe Biden, who took a tumble during an Air Force Academy graduation ceremony in Colorado last month.

"When's he running for US president?" asked Addy_Butt_Plugg, while jackslacker4180 described the moment as, "A very uncoordinated Joe Bidenesque performance."  

For their part, the band posted a message on social media after the show that neglected to mention the fall. "London! You really F'N' rocked with us in Hyde Park," it said. "Thank you, Gunners!"

The next show on Guns N' Roses' world tour is at the Deutsch Bank Park in Frankfurt, Germany, on July 3. 

Guns N' Roses world tour 2023 dates

Jul 03: Frankfurt Deutsch Bank Park, Germany
Jul 05: Bern BERNEXPO, Switzerland
Jul 08: Rome Circo Massimo, Italy
Jul 11: Landgraaf Megaland, Netherlands
Jul 13: Paris La Defense, France
Jul 16: Bucharest National Arena, Romania
Jul 19: Budapest Puskás Arena, Hungary
Jul 22: Athens Olympic Stadium, Greece

Aug 05: Moncton Medavie Blue Cross Stadium, NB
Aug 08: Montreal Parc Jean Drapeau, QC
Aug 11: Hershey Hersheypark Stadium, PA
Aug 15: East Rutherford MetLife Stadium, NJ
Aug 18: Pittsburgh PNC Park, PA
Aug 21: Boston Fenway Park, MA
Aug 24: Chicago Wrigley Field, IL
Aug 26: Nashville GEODIS Park, TN
Aug 29: Charlotte Spectrum Center, NC
Sep 01: Saratoga Springs Saratoga Performing Arts Center, NY
Sep 03: Toronto Rogers Centre, ON
Sep 06: Lexington Rupp Arena, KY
Sep 09: St. Louis Busch Stadium, MO
Sep 12: Knoxville Thompson-Boling Arena, TN
Sep 15: Hollywood Hard Rock Live, FL
Sep 17: Atlanta Piedmont Park, GA
Sep 20: Biloxi Mississippi Coast Coliseum, MS
Sep 23: Kansas City Kauffman Stadium, MO
Sep 26: San Antonio Alamodome, TX
Sep 28: Houston Minute Maid Park, TX
Oct 01: San Diego Snapdragon Stadium, CA
Oct 06: Indio Power Trip Festival, CA
Oct 08: Sacramento Aftershock Festival, CA
Oct 11: Phoenix Chase Field, AZ
Oct 14: Seattle Climate Pledge Arena, WA
Oct 16: Vancouver BC Place, BC

Tickets are on sale now.

Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 38 years in music industry, online for 25. Also bylines for: Metal Hammer, Prog Magazine, The Word Magazine, The Guardian, The New Statesman, Saga, Music365. Former Head of Music at Xfm Radio, A&R at Fiction Records, early blogger, ex-roadie, published author. Once appeared in a Cure video dressed as a cowboy, and thinks any situation can be improved by the introduction of cats. Favourite Serbian trumpeter: Dejan Petrović.