Remembering The St. Louis GUNS N' ROSES Riot

Jordan Harper of The Riverfront Times writes: This Friday, July 2, marks the thirteenth anniversary of the St. Louis GUNS N' ROSES riot. We'll not soon forget the smoke and shame, broadcast to the world on CNN, when Axl Rose jumped into the crowd to battle a man with a camera before leaping back onstage to cancel the show. The crowd didn't take it well and proceeded to trash the amphitheater, causing untold damage — not just to the seats and stage but to our hearts and souls as well. A bitter day of frenzy, to be sure. But thirteen years is a long time. Have we healed? Can we, at long last, move on?

Slash, Rose's long-suffering guitarist, seems to have made his peace. Together with Scott Weiland, who compared to Rose must seem like a well-adjusted young man, Slash and other GNR bandmates formed VELVET REVOLVER, whose new album is selling like mad and actually receiving some good reviews (the band also played an incident-free, sold-out show at the Pageant a few months back). Despite the nightmares that must surely still rip him from his nighttime respite, Slash has rebuilt himself. Good for you, Slash. Read more.

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