Let’s flashback to 2002, and some of our favorite events, as listed on Wikipedia:
- Rapper C-Murder was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder. Wow, a rapper who wasn’t frontin.’ The contents were pretty much written right on the label.
- Festival goers in Portugal just couldn’t abide the Nickelback, and pelted them with bottles and rocks, forcing the band to quit their set just two songs in. Many saw it as a good choice, as a third song would have surely gotten them killed.
- Britney Spears, at 20, was named by Forbes magazine as the world’s most powerful celebrity. Like Samson, all her powers would soon be lost with a short new ‘do.
- Creed fans in Chicago were angered by (and later sued) singer Scott Stapp, ostensibly for being too drunk to perform. Non-Creed fans believe the concert-goers were angry simply because they actually realized they were at a Creed show.
- Nirvana survivors reconcile long enough to finally amicably cash in on a song they never wrote. They know they’re copyright.
Where Are They Now (or Were They Then)?: Retired semi-professional riot starter, Axl Rose, was not satisfied with his career mayhem stats. Inciting full-blown riots in Atlanta, Riverport, Montreal, and a couple near-riots years earlier had left Axl wanting. So, having almost completely diddled his latest album to death, Axl decided it was time to show the world the results; time to go on tour (or at least book the dates). At the very first concert in Vancouver, Axl was a no-show for his own comeback. What’s a G’n’R fan to do, but RIOT?! It proved hard to top that first show, but by December Axl was back in form and managed to stoke even more public disorder in Philadelphia. We think he can top it though, and we fans in cities around the world eagerly await Axl’s absence on future tours.