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November 7, 2002: Riot ensues after November rain makes Axl Rose no-show at Vancouver Guns N' Roses concert

Nothing lasts forever ... even cold November rain (Image courtesy: Legends of Rock N' Metal Facebook page)

Nothing lasts forever ... even cold November rain (Image courtesy: Legends of Rock N' Metal Facebook page)


By Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter
Thursday, November 7, 2013, 10:17

On this day in weather history, music fans in Vancouver demonstrated little patience when cold November rain grounded the airplane of Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose in L.A., making him a no-show for a concert at Vancouver's General Motors Place.

When the doors didn't open as scheduled at 6:30 p.m., fans started to get worried.

"Don't cry," they told one another as they huddled outside the arena.

"Our estranged front man will be here soon."

At 7:40 p.m., the concert was officially called off, and a virtual civil war broke out.

Vancouver was brought to its nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh-nuh knees, knees as angry fans began smashing windows.

Police were called in to restore order to what some have called a perfect crime -- but that didn't stop people from throwing rocks from the arena's parking lot.

Fortunately, nothing lasts forever, and the crowd eventually dispersed.

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