Rock legends Guns N' Roses apologised Wednesday after confusing the southern city of Melbourne with Sydney on their Australian tour.
Concert-goers booed the US rockers when guitar technician McBob said hello to 'Sydney' at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday night as he introduced the group on stage.
"Sydney, you wanted the best but they're stuck in traffic, so here's what you get," he said.
After fans were kept waiting almost an hour for the band to take to the stage, they were unimpressed when Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan did eventually appear.
According to the New Zealand Herald, there was a 'chorus of boos' following the gaffe and one fan even yelled back at the rockers, reminding them: 'You're in Melbourne!'
Fans took to Twitter to comment on the gaff.
— Sarah Golding (@voiceofgolding) February 14, 2017
— Lisa (@thechalmi) February 14, 2017
The group later tweeted from their official account that they were 'truly sorry'
Accidentally after 30 years McBob made an error, we're truly sorry. Thank you for coming out tonight!
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) February 14, 2017
Lead guitarist Slash apologised on Twitter for the 'Spinal Tap intro:
Melbourne, thank you for an awesome fucking evening! Apologies for the Spinal Tap intro! But, we had a great fucking time tonight! Cheers!
— Slash (@Slash) February 14, 2017
While bassist Duff McKagan added, "Don't b2 hard on McBob 4saying 'Sydney' in the intro...his wife and fam r fom here. Hell catch it plenty!":
Melbourne! WOW!! 70k strong 2nite. Don't b2 hard on McBob 4saying 'Sydney' in the intro...his wife and fam r fom here. Hell catch it plenty!
— Duff McKagan (@DuffMcKagan) February 14, 2017
There has been a long-time rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne, Australia's two largest cities.
While Sydney is the nation's financial centre and boasts of its iconic harbour-front that features the Opera House and bridge, Melbourne prides itself as Australia's cultural and sporting capital.
The veteran band last performed in Melbourne in 2013.
(With inputs from agencies)
Published Date: Feb 15, 2017 12:47 pm | Updated Date: Feb 15, 2017 01:12 pm