Axl Rose Breaks Foot; Tonight’s Guns N’ Roses Show to Go On
Axl Rose has a fractured foot, but that won't stop tonight's tour-opening Guns N' Roses reunion performance in Las Vegas, the band's publicist confirms.
Rose revealed the injury via Twitter, saying "this is what can happen when you do something you haven't done in nearly over 23 years." He also posted a video with more information, including details on his prognosis from a Santa Monica foot specialist. She pinpointed the break at Rose's fifth metatarsal.
Rose has had the bones realigned through surgery, with a plate and screws inserted to stabilize the foot. He will appear tonight (April 8) at the opening of the new T-Mobile Center wearing a cast, with a doctor's order to keep weight off his foot.
"He's having a set, I think, designed for the stage," Rose's doctor says, "so he can perform for everyone still." She also confirms that Rose will have to limit the amount of weight he puts on the front part of his foot "for about four weeks – and then we will let him gradually progress from there."
The show tonight kicks off a two-month, 20-city tour that will see Guns N' Roses play shows in stadiums across North America this summer. The dates, their first with both Slash and Duff McKagan in the band since 1993, has been dubbed the "Not in This Lifetime" Tour.
Guns N' Roses played a warm-up gig earlier this month at the Troubadour in Los Angeles. There, they revealed a reworked lineup that also includes longtime members Dizzy Reed (keyboards), Richard Fortus (guitar) and Frank Ferrer (drums). Melissa Reese, another keyboardist, made her debut with Guns N' Roses that night, as well.
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