Guns N’ Roses Fan Claims ‘Where’s Izzy’ Sign Destroyed By Security, Band Denies Involvement
"Where's Izzy?" It's the infamous sign from the Guns N' Roses "Don't Cry" video and a sign that is back in the headlines after a fan claimed her poster with the comment was confiscated and destroyed at a recent show in Nashville.
Caroline Campos came to the band's Nashville performance with the sign and she reports that all seemed be well until security entered her area, confiscated the sign and tore it up. In her Facebook posting, Campos detailed the account.
"If you know about #gunsnroses and you've seen the 'Don't Cry' music video, you get it. If not, its a reference to #izzystradlin who left the band and is not currently touring with the other 4 original members. So when the original drummer #stevenadler came out to play his set, I held up my sign with cheers from most of the people in my section. Axl looked at my sign and started laughing and said 'That's a good question!' He seemed to appreciate the sign. I put the sign away during actual performances so I wouldn't block the people behind me, only held it up between songs when the lights came on," stated Campos.
She adds, "About 10 to 15 minutes later, while #GnFnR was playing 'November Rain,' our section got swarmed by security AND stage crew (with headsets on). They went row by row asking, 'Who has the sign?? Who has the Where's Izzy sign?' Most everyone in my section acted like they had no idea. Eventually they made it to the row behind me and saw the sign tucked under my chair. A guy in jeans and a black shirt tapped my shoulder and said, 'Is that your sign? You need to give it to me.' I said, 'Why? Who are you?' He showed a badge and said, 'I'm with the band and they've asked for the sign to be removed.' I said, 'We aren't allowed to have signs?? But I read that..' and he cut me off and said "You can't have THAT sign. Give it to me.' I gave it to him and he walked away folding and ripping it up."
In the time since the post, a representative for the band revealed that they had nothing to do with the sign being confiscated. The rep told Ultimate Guitar, "GNR would never make this request. Izzy is family."
After that, Campos spoke with Team Rock about the incident, revealing that it was Fernando Lebeis, a member of Axl Rose's management company Team Brazil and son of the singer's personal assistant, who had the sign removed.
"I saw that the band commented they had nothing to do with my sign being removed. While it's totally possible they had nothing to do with it directly, someone sent me a message that it was 'probably Fernando,'" stated Campos. "I Googled 'Fernando Lebeis' and immediately recognized him. I don't want anything out of this except to tell the story of a disappointed fan and to say I am not lying. I have no reason to."
She adds that since the incident occurred, she's faced backlash from Guns N' Roses fans, but she insists that her sign was meant as a tribute to the "Don't Cry" video and not a dig at current guitarist Richard Fortus, who is currently holding down the other guitarist slot opposite Slash.
As for Stradlin, earlier this year he denied any involvement in the current Guns N' Roses incarnation. Stradlin has been working on new music of late and recently recorded a track with fellow former Guns drummer Matt Sorum.
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