“By the time we went on stage, everybody had been drinking all night,” says singer Richard Gwaltney of a recent House of Blues gig featuring his Guns N’ Roses tribute band Dust N’ Bones.
“About halfway through the set, a fight broke out. A few people said there was a guy groping someone else’s girlfriend, but a good friend of mine claims the moshing just turned a little too serious. I asked the crowd to calm down, but they started right back up after we began playing again. At that point, about a third of the crowd was thrown out.…
“It was nearing the end of the set, like, the second-to-last song, and we were supposed to stop, at which point the fighting erupted again. I don’t know why. Everyone I knew was thrown out by then.”
What does Gwaltney say about House of Blues’ security staff?
“They were pretty immediate about throwing offenders out. I especially remember this small blonde woman being the first bouncer in the mix. She just dove in and took control.”
Gwaltney says his resemblance to Axl Rose doesn’t always earn him the attention he desires.
“In March, I saw Metal Skool – now Steel Panther – and they started playing ‘Sweet Child o’ Mine.’ I went up to the front of the stage, kinda hinting at them to let me up there, but a bunch of chicks crowded the stage. Then, during the song, the guitarist thought I was one of the chicks. He was shaking his junk in my face.”
Dust N’ Bones appears with Atomic Punks on Saturday, June 28, at the Belly Up Tavern.