Thousands shut out of Guns N' Roses concert in Wellington

Long queues formed outside Westpac Stadium as fans were told stage crews were having technical difficulties, caused by ...
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Long queues formed outside Westpac Stadium as fans were told stage crews were having technical difficulties, caused by the bad weather.

Thousands of Guns N' Roses fans gathered in the rain outside Wellington's Westpac Stadium, unable to get into the show.

Fans were told technical difficulties, caused by the bad weather, meant they were behind with stage preparations. 

Rumours circulated through the queues that the turnstiles were not working, but a security guard said crews were still preparing the stage at 6pm.

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Thousands of fans were forced to wait in the rain outside the Guns N' Roses concert in Wellington as stage preparations were delayed.

A bit of plastic was added for most of those in traditional rock denim.

Ross and Ailsa Hayes at their first concert. Ever. "We flew up from Oamaru on Tuesday and go back tomorrow," said Ross. "We're lifelong Gunners fans, and we're pretty pumped. I mean we're still standing in the rain an hour and a half after it was supposed to open."

The rain didn't bother most, particularly not, from left, Brianna Reynolds, Patrick Faifai, and Kelsey Reynolds, all from Naenae in Lower Hutt. "Big fans, massive bro. Love Gunners," said Faifai.

Earlier crews battled the terrible conditions to ready the stage.

Ivanka Marta, left, and Jade Johnston came down the line from Otaki. "It's all Jade's fault I'm here, she loves them. But so do I really," Marta said. "It's my first GNR concert. I hope we hear November Rain." Marta's favourite track? Welcome to the Jungle.

From left, Hayden Stanley, Sarah Adams, and Birdie Stuart came up from Fairlie in Canterbury. "We're off to the back of the queue but I'm not bothered about the rain, it'll still be awesome," said Stuart.

"I'm Slash, and he's Duff. There's no way you're getting our names."

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Gates to the show were supposed to open at 5pm, but in the end it took more than 90 minutes before they finally swung open, and the queues began moving.

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Earlier in the day, the band's longtime production manager Dale Skjerseth said the band would take to the stage promptly at 8pm, with their set list to last almost three hours.

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Guns N' Roses lead singer, Axl Rose, rocks the crowd.

Axl gets the crowd involved.

Lead guitarist, Slash, pulls off the perfect windswept look.

Slash and Axl work the stage.

A thirsty fan finishes her refreshment before heading inside the stadium.

Slash and his trademark top hat.

Ivanka Marta (left), and Jade Johnston have come down the line from Otaki to see the concert. "It's all Jade's fault I'm here, she loves them. But so do I," said Marta.

Guns N' Roses fans gather before the concert. Thousands of fans were stuck on the concourse due to delays inside the stadium.

Axl and his hair rock Wellington.

Guns N' Roses fans gather before the bands Wellington concert.

Westpac Stadium was still empty about 6.15pm, however the show was under way by 9.

Some of the many fans, forced to wait in the rain, struggle to get cover from the driving rain.

Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose, lead guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan (far left) rock the crowd.

Giving it all they've got.

Not a job for those afraid of heights.

A fan makes herself known.

Guns N' Roses fan Tony of Palmerston North gets in the mood at Westpac Stadium.

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According to him, the band had outgrown their old habits of notoriously late arrivals or even missing entire concerts.

However, support band Wolfmother were scheduled to start playing at 6.45pm, and at that time the stadium was still largely empty.

Angela Gillies-O'Flaherty wrote on the stadium's Facebook page: "It's now been over an hour standing in the rain and you still haven't opened the gates. This is such poor event management.

The queues gathered on the walkway on Thursday night, shared by Nic Widfeldt on the Westpac Stadium Facebook page.
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The queues gathered on the walkway on Thursday night, shared by Nic Widfeldt on the Westpac Stadium Facebook page.

"No doubt there is a health and safety risk with this many people - everyone - standing here."

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Brendon Gutschlag said: "Sort your technical difficulties out. It rains a lot in Wellington and if your system can't handle it that it is poor performance from your team.

"And a bit more information would be appreciated - one hour standing in the rain is not cool."

Robert Lloyd, of Petone, said he would be meeting his mates at the pub, rather than standing in line outside the gates.

"I'll be going hard once I'm in there."

Robert Lloyd, of Petone, was planning to head to the pub, rather than waiting in line for the gates to open.
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Robert Lloyd, of Petone, was planning to head to the pub, rather than waiting in line for the gates to open.

 - Stuff

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