Thursday, December 9, 2010
GN'R Ready to Rock Perth
The wait is finally over with Guns N' Roses set to rock the Perth Motorplex in Kwinana Beach tomorrow night and police say they are not expecting trouble.
Crews began transforming the drag strip into a stage on Wednesday and will complete it tomorrow morning with containers used to bring the production across the Nullarbor from Adelaide.
A spokeswoman for promoters Andrew McManus said about 12,000 fans were expected to flock to the Motorplex to get a taste of the band and enigmatic front man Axl Rose, who have sold more than 100 million albums since 1985.
She would not confirm rumours Rose would fly to the Motorplex by helicopter but said, “it was being seriously considered”.
Kwinana will be the last Australian concert date for the band’s Chinese Democracy tour.
Police will have a strong presence on the evening with 40 officers patrolling the venue and surrounding suburbs, including rail and traffic police, and officers posted at the gate and assisting security.
Kwinana Police officer-in-charge Trevor Troy said police were also considering using a booze bus and police van.
Senior Sergeant Troy, who will be among the police contingent, said he expected no repeat of a violent bikie brawl at the Motorplex in October, which left several Finks gang members in hospital.
“We expect the event to go smoothly, but anyone who behaves badly at the concert can expect us to act and charge them for their troubles,” he said.
“We will be mindful of the incident recently involving the outlaw motorcycle groups who came to loggerheads… we will have staff in the area and behind the scenes, at gates and in the vicinity to assist with security.”
Sen Sgt Troy said revellers should organise a designated driver, taxi or use public transport to get to and from the concert, as police would be tough on intoxicated drivers.
Hard rock bands KoRn and Shihad will also play at the concert.
A free bus will run to the concert from the Kwinana train station from 4:30pm and back following the concert.
posted 2:38 PM