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'I was throwing up' - Axl Rose says he was sick onstage at this week's Chicago show

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Axl Rose onstage in Mexico City, March 2020 (Image credit: Alejandro Melendez/Getty Images)

Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose has taken to Twitter (opens in new tab) to reveal that he was ill during the band's set at Chicago's Wrigley Field on Thursday night.

"I got to the show feeling great, but started getting sick pretty early on," says Axl. "It progressed to where I was throwing up and was light headed. Wouldn’t have been surprised if I’d fallen off the front of the stage.   

"I’d be fine then not, fine again then not all night. Was pretty crazy but the crowd was great n’ I was in a great headspace n’ we had fun. Luckily the COVID test was negative.

"Def messed with my vocals in places. Just glad we got thru it n’ it didn’t mess with the show too bad. I’m a lot better now. Seems most likely to be food poisoning. Looking forward to Milwaukee!"

Guns N' Roses' next show is at Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, on Saturday evening, one of seven remaining dates on the North American leg of their We're F'N' Back! tour. 

The band have also announced the next month's scheduled shows in Mexico have been postponed due to government shut down of large gatherings and COVID restrictions. The shows will be rescheduled for 2022, and tickets remain valid for the new dates. 

The band's shows in New Zealand in Australia in November are still scheduled to go ahead, although the chief executive of Wellington's Sky Stadium, one of two venues on the NZ leg of the tour, has told the New Zealand Herald (opens in new tab) that he fears the shows may also be postponed. Both countries are currently battling Delta outbreaks. 

"Given that tour was due to start in October in Australia, you'd have to say that it's unlikely at this stage, but that final decision has not yet been made," said Shane Harmon.      

Guns N' Roses US tour dates

Sep 18: Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater Summerfest
Sep 21: St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Sep 23: Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
Sep 26: Baltimore, MD – Royal Farms Arena
Sep 29: Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Oct 02: Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena
Oct 03: Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena

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Fraser Lewry
Fraser Lewry

Online Editor at Louder/Classic Rock magazine since 2014. 36 years in music industry, online for 23. 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.