Axl Rose Sings with Broken Foot on Dave Grohl’s Throne

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Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose did not let a broken foot stop him from performing with his band on their reunion tour at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on April 8. He sat on the rock ‘n roll throne that Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl sat on during concerts when he was recovering from a broken leg.

The throne is decorated with guitar necks and stage lights and has a stirrup that allowed Rose to elevate his injured foot. Rose thanked Grohl for his generosity in loaning him the throne so he could perform.

Rose fractured the fifth metatarsal bone in his foot when he was performing a warm-up concert at the Troubadour in Los Angeles recently. He had to have surgery to have a metal plate inserted to reinforce the bone. Rose will be unable to put weight on his foot for a month.

Guns N’ Roses reunited for their first arena show in 23 years on April 8. During the show, Rose sometimes tapped his good foot to the music, but he was forced to remain seated and could not do any of the dancing for which he is known. Being forced to remain seated during the concert did seem to have one positive effect: it allowed Rose to focus exclusively on his vocal performance.

The Las Vegas set list contained songs from throughout Guns N’ Roses’ career, beginning and ending with their 1987 debut album, Appetite for Destruction. The band performed “It’s So Easy,” “Paradise City,” “Welcome to the Jungle,” “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” and several other hits.

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The group performing included original members Rose, guitarist Slash, and bassist Duff McKagan. Rose had said for decades that he was completely opposed to the idea of performing with his former Guns N’ Roses bandmates, but they worked out their differences and decided to reunite. The rest of the lineup for the “Not in This Lifetime” tour includes guitarist Richard Fortus, drummer Frank Ferrer, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, and new keyboardist Melissa Reese.

Rose’s doctors expect his foot to be healed in time for stadium dates this summer, but he will still need to be seated for performances at Coachella and in Mexico City later this month. has tickets to performances by Guns N’ Roses, as well as many other musical acts and sporting events.