August 17, 2010 / 4:52 AM / 9 years ago

Axl Rose's Twitter page hacked

Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses performs during the Sweden Rock Festival 2010 in Solvesborg, Sweden, June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix Sweden

LONDON (Billboard) - If you believed Axl Rose’s Twitter account on Sunday night, the Guns N’ Roses frontman had unilaterally canceled the band’s upcoming European tour.

The message stated: “All upcoming Guns N’ Roses dates are officially canceled. Please contact your place of purchase for any refunds.”

Someone had hacked into his account, though it always seemed likely to be a hoax: Rose is not active on Twitter and this is the first post in three months. Rose’s other messages were posted via iPhone and this latest tweet was via mobile web. It was also curious that it had the British spelling of “canceled.”

Nevertheless, it proved disruptive as GNR’s tour partners in the U.K. and Europe had to investigate the announcement. Ticket holders who saw early media reports of the supposed cancellation will doubtless be seeking refunds.

The 26-date trek kicks in England off with a pair of headlining stands at the Reading and Leeds festivals on August 27 and August 29 respectively. It wraps at Barcelona’s olympic stadium on October 23.

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