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Promoters Sue Guns N’ Roses, Saying Group Provoked Riot

July 11, 1991

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) _ Concert promoters are suing Guns N’ Roses, saying the heavy-metal rock group provoked last week’s concert riot that injured more than 60 people and heavily damaged a new ampitheater.

The plaintiffs filed the lawsuit Wednesday in St. Louis County Circuit Court against lead singer Axl Rose and MOGOBO, the group’s corporate name.

The lawsuit says the band agreed in its contract ″to refrain from conduct which defendants knew ... would be provocative and dangerous to members of the audience.″

It says Guns N’ Roses violated its agreement by using insulting and profane language, confronting the audience, interfering with security and stopping its performance.

Plaintiffs included Riverport Performing Arts Centre and Contemporary Productions Inc., the booking agent and promoter.

The lawsuit asks that judgments against Guns N’ Roses be equal to any awarded to injured concert-goers.

Two people also have filed suit against Riverport Amphitheatre, alleging they were injured during the July 2 melee. Police said concert-goers rioted after Rose jumped on a fan to protest his taking photographs.

More than 60 people were injured in the riot.

The crowd threw bottles, tore chairs and demolished two large video screens. Damage was estimated at up to $300,000.

Rose has said the riot resulted from poor security.