Video: Axl Rose takes onstage tumble, band plays on

Axl takes a tumble
(Image credit: Julio Fernandez on YouTube)

Axl Rose has taken a tumble. The Guns N' Roses singer appeared to slip onstage during the band's set at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, on Friday night. 

The incident occurred during the extended instrumental section of Knocking On Heaven's Door – the second-to-last song of the band's main set – with Rose slipping as he skipped backwards before falling to the floor, losing his hat in the process. 

The singer appeared to be surprised but unhurt, styling it out before returning to his feet, then fetching a towel to clean the stage in the manner of a basketball court cleaner using a sweat mop. 

The day after the incident, Axl tweeted, "Thank you for all the best wishes and, if I hadn’t had the boots, the straps n’ everything I do for my ankles it would’ve been worse."

Guns N' Roses Las Vegas setlist

It's So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Chinese Democracy
Welcome to the Jungle
Double Talkin' Jive
Live and Let Die
Rocket Queen
You Could Be Mine
Shadow of Your Love
Civil War
Dead Horse
Sweet Child O' Mine
Wichita Lineman
November Rain
Knockin' on Heaven's Door

The Seeker
Paradise City

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.