Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose recently blasted the Russian President Vladimir Putin and dedicated the band’s just-completed European tour to late Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins. In a Twitter statement marking the end of the trek, Axl also thanked the European fans for showing “love and support” to the Ukrainian people, to whom Rose dedicated “Civil War” at the shows.
European tour wrapped on July 15 in Hanover, Germany. The band will pick up again in September in South America. The legendary band had launched its long-rumored and long-awaited reunion tour with an April 2016 club show in Hollywood and appearances in Las Vegas and at California’s Coachella festival.
Axl Rose slams Vladimir Putin
Rose went on to praise Ukraine’s “noble and horrifying fight for freedom” and condemned Putin’s government as “an increasingly totalitarian regime ran by a callous, lying, murderous, little man with outdated ambitions and no regard for human life.”
Rose wrote: “I’d like to thank everyone that came out to r shows in Europe!! U were AMAZING!! We hope u had fun n’ hope to see u again sooner than later!! I also want to thank everyone in London for being so understanding of r challenges and apologize again to r fans in Scotland for having to postpone r performance there. Rescheduling or being forced to cancel rn’t things that r done lightly especially with r fans, the size of the endeavor and everyone from the fans, the cities, the venue’s, the promoters, the crews n’ everyone involved taken very seriously into consideration.”
He continued: “I’d like to thank Carrie Underwood and her team for coming all the way to the UK for r shows at Tottingham!! YEAH!!! She’s AMAZING!! AND in this case a REAL lifesaver!! At least someone could sing!!
“It’s just a simple gesture n’ it’s awkward dealing with the gravity of something like this but in an effort to pay r respects we’d like to dedicate this tour to our friend Taylor Hawkins. Taylor was a really great guy and it was always great to see him! He was a great n’ always welcome part of touring these last few years! This is such a horrible thing and r hearts go out to his family, friends, band mates and everyone who love him.
“I’d also like to thank everyone for showing such love and support during the tour for the people of Ukraine and their noble and horrifying fight for freedom against an increasingly totalitarian regime ran by a callous, lying, murderous, little man with outdated ambitions and no regard for human life.
“Looking forward to seeing everyone in South America!! See you SOON!!!”
The band is now reportedly working on a new studio album — the first under the Guns N’ Roses banner since 2008’s “Chinese Democracy” and the first to feature Rose, Slash and McKagan since 1993.
— Axl Rose (@axlrose) July 16, 2022