Philadelphia Inquirer: 'Health Problems' Prevented AXL ROSE From Leaving New York City

The official reason for Friday's (Dec. 6) cancellation of GUNS N' ROSES' concert at First Union Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is that a member of the band — that is, the notoriously erratic frontman Axl Rose — was having "health problems," the Philadelphia Inquirer has reported.

The group, with the exception of Rose, was still lodged at the Ritz Carlton in Center City (Philadelphia) yesterday afternoon. As of last night, Rose had still not checked in. A source at the First Union Center told the Inquirer speculation was that Rose had stayed in his New York hotel room to watch a basketball game.

A GUNS N' ROSES spokeswoman declined comment yesterday, but said that she expected the band to make a statement tomorrow (Dec. 9).

Meanwhile, the following item appeared in today's edition of the New York Post:

"Axl Rose never got to the birthday party photographer David LaChappelle threw for his transsexual muse, Amanda Lapore, at Spa Thursday night (Dec. 5). The GUNS N' ROSES frontman arrived at about 3 a.m., but he was wearing a fur coat, and the club has a policy against fur. One of the women in Axl's entourage checked her fur at a nearby parking garage, but angry Axl stalked off as his friends went in to find Robert Downey Jr., who confessed he was a big fan of LaChappelle's photos of Lapore's fake breasts. Downe asked if he could kiss them. Sure, she said. So he did."

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