Guns N’ Roses officially cancels St. Louis show

Published: Sep. 8, 2023 at 1:35 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 21, 2023 at 10:21 AM CDT
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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV) - Guns N’ Roses has canceled their St. Louis concert.

The band was scheduled to take the stage at Busch Stadium earlier this month. At the time, the band said they would be rescheduling the show and asked ticketholders to hold onto their tickets until a makeup date was released. Now, the band has announced the concert has been canceled.

“Event organizers have been working diligently to reschedule the show to take place on the current tour but unfortunately they were unable to find a new date that worked,” read an email announcing the cancellation.

Tickets purchased through the St. Louis Cardinals or will be automatically refunded to the original payment method within 10 days. Anyone who purchased tickets through an alternate site or ticket provider should contact their point of purchase.

In a statement, Axl Rose said, “I am, as is the band, really bummed we’re forced to cancel our show in St. Louis. The history, the memories, the return to share that bond with our fans. It sucks!!”

Tickets still remain for the Sept. 23 Guns N’ Roses concert at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City.

When the concert was originally postponed, an email sent by the Cardinals organization stated “illness” was the reason for the postponement.

The stage for Guns N' Roses inside Busch Stadium the Friday prior to the Sept. 9 concert.
The stage for Guns N' Roses inside Busch Stadium the Friday prior to the Sept. 9 concert.(KMOV News 4)

Many fans found out about the original postponement after they had already made the trip to St. Louis. Carla King and her partner had booked VIP tickets, along with a hotel, and had driven more than 10 hours from Michigan to see the show.

“We’re just going to hang out, check out some things here, go visit the Arch,” King said.

She said she wasn’t upset at the musicians and planned to try and make the trip again in a few weeks if the concert gets rescheduled.

“That band, they’re human. They’re just as fragile as we are,” she said.

Some businesses Downtown were disappointed not to have the concert crowd in town for the weekend, especially with the St. Louis Cardinals out of playoff contention. Steve Webb, a manager at The Broadway Oyster Bar, said business in August and September had been down from most years as a result. A concert canceling was another blow for him and his staff.

“When you have people waiting, restaurant full, that’s always a good thing,” he said.

Webb also pointed out jokingly that the band’s frontman Axl Rose has had a somewhat contentious relationship with St. Louis. In 1991 a riot broke out at the band’s concert at Riverport Amphitheater when Rose jumped into the audience to seize a camera from a fan. The fan accused Rose of punching him.

“Maybe Axl’s feeling the effects of 30 years ago. Maybe he’ll get over it one day,” Webb joked.

The Gateway Grizzlies minor league baseball team is offering free tickets to Saturday’s home playoff game for fans who are missing out on the concert. The team on Facebook invited those who had concert tickets to “rock with the Grizzlies instead” for a chance to still get out of the house on Saturday night.