I had a great time at the Guns N Roses show July 9th. Until reading this story I thought everyone would say the same thing. One very clever fan had a rather unpleasant incident at Nissan Stadium. Caroline Campos made a sign that said “Where’s Izzy.” Izzy Stradlin,original member of GNR, left the band in the nineties and during the filming of the “Don’t Cry” video this sign made a brief appearance.
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.
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.”
The band denied involvement in this and it seems like the guy who made the decision to go after the sign 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.”
As a HUGE GNR fan, I say that is awesome Caroline! And don’t you cry toniiiiiiiiiiiight.