Axl Rose Tantrum Led To Riverport Riot & “Fuck You, St. Louis” Message On Use Your Illusion

On July 2, 1991, Guns N’ Roses played at the Riverport Amphitheater in Maryland Heights, Missouri, just outside of St. Louis for a “Use Your Illusion Tour” stop.  Here’s a few photos of Axl Rose that night before all hell broke loose.

Axl Rose Guns N' Roese St. Louis Riverport Riot

Halfway into the concert during the performance of “Rocket Queen“, Axl had a heated confrontation with a fan that was filming the show before actually jumping in the crowd and assaulting him.  After being pulled out of the audience by members of the crew, Axl said,

“Well, thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m going home!”

He then slammed his microphone on the ground and left the stage.

The angry crowd began to riot and dozens of people were injured.  Rose was charged with having incited the riot, but police were unable to arrest him until almost a year later on July 12, 1992 when U.S. Customs officials apprehended him at JFK International Airport for the St. Louis County warrant.  Here are some photos of his arrest.

Guns N' Roses Riot St. Louis Axl Rose Arrest

Axl Rose Arrest St. Louis Missouri Riverport Riot


Here’s Axl’s mugshot taken two days later on July 14, 1992 at the Saint Louis County Intake.

Axl Rose Mugshot Guns N' Roses St. Louis County

In his defense, Rose stated that the Guns N’ Roses security team had made four separate requests to the venue’s security staff to remove the camera, all of which were ignored, that other members of the band had reported being hit by bottles from the audience in the arena and refusing to enforce a drinking limit.  Consequently, in the booklet of the “Use Your Illusion” amidst the “Thank You” section of the album insert, Axl left the city of St. Louis a little message, “Fuck You, St. Louis!”, check it out…

Guns N' Roses Fuck You St. Louis Use Your Illusion Album Credits Thank You

Four counts of assault and one count of property damage were brought against Axl Rose but the judge determined that he did not directly incite the riot and the charges were eventually dropped.  That didn’t stop Axl from expressing his feelings for St. Louis with this shirt…

Axl Rose St. Louis Sucks Shirt Guns N' Roses

Axl even sarcastically wore a St. Louis Cardinals baseball hat for a quick second in the “Don’t Cry” and then burned it.

Axl Rose Fuck You St. Louis Cardinals Hat Don't Cry Video

“Fuck You St. Louis” – love, AXL

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