ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - It looks appears as if Guns N' Roses will make their long-awaited return to St. Louis after all. The band hasn't been to St. Louis since 1991 when a riot broke out at Riverport Amphitheater Which is now the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that it now appears a formal announcement for a concert date is imminent. Electronic billboards have popped up around town teasing that they will play St. Louis. Another sign says "Patience," referencing a Guns N' Roses song. The billboards are near Lambert St. Louis International Airport and in St. Charles, Ballwin, Valley Park and other areas.
The same billboards have just appeared in cities across the country. The tour dates on the band's website do not include any US locations. It is possible that more US tour dates will be announced soon.
Guns and Roses made an announcement on their website in March that St. Louis would be a stop this summer on the, "Not in this Lifetime" tour." July 2, 2016 marked the 25 year anniversary of the “Riverport Riot.” The band had a change of plans on April 1st. The band posted a provocative image on their website that day saying, "April Fools?" Was that all part of an elaborate joke? It would have taken weeks and mislead thousands of fans in the Midwest. That is not beyond the band who was famously ejected from town.
The fan at the center of the "Riverport Riot" talked to FOX 2 last spring. Bill “Stump” Stephenson was taking photographs at the 1991 concert, even though photography was prohibited.
Axl Rose called for security to get the camera and eventually jumped into the crowd himself. The concert ended and fans started ripping out chairs and throwing pieces of equipment from the stage.
There’s no word if the 1991 riot had anything to do with the 2016 St. Louis date being dropped.
Neil Diamond's 50th anniversary tour will make a stop in St. Louis. He'll perform at the Scottrade Center on April 12th. Tickets go on sale next Friday, December 9th.