On August 20, 1988, two people were tragically trampled to death during Guns N' Roses' performance at the Monsters of Rock festival in England. As the band began their set, the 100,000-person crowd surged forward.

Although Axl Rose addressed the crowd in an attempt to get them to calm down, his words were unable to prevent the deaths. GN'R were unjustly vilified for the incident by the media, but the head of security for the festival defended the band, who stopped their performance when the environment became too dangerous.