The band were reportedly “let go” after getting a hostile reception from the audience at a recent gig.
However speaking to NME.COM, Hughes said he was “shocked” by Rose’s reaction when he branded them “The Pigeons Of Shit Metal”, and then sacked them from the stage during a recent gig at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.
“Axl Rose is fucking out of his mind,” raged Hughes. “He wasn’t even there when we played. He got there about 30 minutes after we got done playing. He waltzed on to the stage and went nuts.
“He had a couple of fans thrown out for pissing him off. Then when he called us The Pigeons Of Shit Metal, Tommy Stinson, their bass player took his bass off and goes: ‘Fuck you, that’s it’. And then he threw his bass down. But then Axl picked up his bass and fucking threw it at him dude. It was a fucking circus up there.”
Despite reports claiming that his band were thrown off the tour for the poor reception they received, Hughes said by the end of the show EODM managed to win the fans over.
“When we first walked out there the crowd were jeering but it was because we weren’t Axl Rose,” he admitted. “These kids had been waiting there since seven o’clock for the second coming of Christ and Axl wasn’t there yet. So a bunch of happy go lucky sincere and real deal rock and rollers came out and started playing. The jeers only went on for a little bit. By the end of the set we’d won those fuckers over.”
Despite throwing his band off tour, Hughes claims that his tour manager then received a call later that night from Rose’s management apologising for the singer’s actions and he asked them to return for the remaining dates of Guns N’ Roses‘ three-week tour.
“By the end of the night that guy [Rose] had caused a giant uproar,” said Hughes. “It was like a total mutiny on the part of his band and everyone. I could hear screaming in the dressing room, ‘Those are our friends and you’ve insulted our friends’. Then at 4am in the morning our tour manager gets a phone call which essentially amounted to: ‘Axl’s thought about it, he thought you guys were a band getting shoved on his tour from the label. He’s really sorry and you’re more than welcome to finish the tour’.
“When my manager told me that, I just said, ‘You can tell that motherfucker to go and fuck himself because I will never go through that again’.”
Meanwhile, Hughes confirmed that his band will be returning for a three-month tour of Europe in 2007, including UK dates.
He also said that Queens Of The Stone frontman Josh Homme will return for part of the jaunt.
“I know there’s gonna be some surprise shows,” he admitted. “It’s probably gonna be 50-50 with Josh I think. But like I always say the only way I’m gonna get out of his shadow is if he ain’t standing in my sun. We’re gonna finish our tour in England because that’s where the heart is.”