Living up to half of their name last week, Guns N’ Roses was detained by officials at the Canadian border, according to E! News.
The rockers’ tour bus was entering the country from Philadelphia on July 15 when Canadian authorities stopped them and searched it.
Lead singer Axl Rose later recounted the story onstage in Toronto on Sunday night (July 18). He clarified that no one had been arrested, Guns N’ Roses was merely detained for a brief period of time.
In the end, though, everything was all roses and the band made it to their show with no harm done.
“You did what? What? ‘Oh, yeah, we found a gun. So we weren’t exactly arrested, we were detained,” Rose told the audience at Toronto’s Roger Centre, where they performed a sold-out show that night. “They were very nice. They were very nice. They were very understanding. You know, it happens. You can forget you had a f—ing gun. Wasn’t my gun.”
A representative for the rock band released a statement confirming the incident — Guns N’ Roses were detained at the border, and a gun was on the bus, but the weapon didn’t belong to any of the band’s members.
“Yes, this indeed happened on Friday, July 15, as they were crossing the border coming from the Philadelphia tour stop on the 14th,” the rep said.
Guns N’ Roses are currently on their “Not In This Lifetime” tour, which started in June and will continue through November, with dates from North to Latin America. The Latin American portion of the tour was recently confirmed by the band on their Twitter account, with stops in Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, and Costa Rica.
Their opening acts vary throughout the tour; the legendary Lenny Kravitz joins them for several dates this month, The Cult support them in New Orleans and Arlington, and Skrillex pays the Nightrain a visit in Houston.
Earlier this year, Axl Rose dropped the news of a Guns N’ Roses tour on an unsuspecting fan outside an Atlanta hotel, according to Alternative Nation.
Responding to the fan wishing him luck on the band’s upcoming reunion shows, Rose said, “Thanks man, but we’re gonna do a whole tour.”
Later, in a candid interview in June, the frontman went a little more in-depth about what’s to come for Guns N’ Roses, hinting at new music coming soon, according to Pitchfork.
“I got a lot of stuff together, and I played some stuff for Slash and Duff and they liked it, and they might be on it,” he revealed.
He and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash hadn’t spoken in nearly 20 years before this tour, but things seem to be moving more smoothly now, and he complimented his bandmate. A U.K. tour is in the works for the band as well.
Slash gave listeners of Joey Kramer’s radio show a bit of insight into the “Not In This Lifetime” tour during a phone interview recently, Rolling Stone reports. As the tour began, the group were still riding the high from their reunion shows in California and Las Vegas, and still in a bit of shock that a tour was really happening.
“Everybody’s getting along, everybody’s playing great. We were all pretty positive that that would never happen so it’s still sort of blowing our minds,” Slash said of his bandmates. “It seems so surreal to me, but everybody’s really getting along great and I think everybody’s come a long way and it’s all cool.”
Guns N’ Roses detainment at the border seems as if it was just a tiny hitch, and fans have nothing to worry about. The band is back and maybe stronger than ever on this reunion tour.
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