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Axl Rose's Twitter account was hacked on Sunday to spread false rumours that Guns N' Roses was cancelling an upcoming European tour.

Fans retweeted the message, which remains as the most recent post in the verified but little used axlrose Twitter feed. However a spokesman for the group confirmed that the autumn tour remains very much on.

It seems Axl is too busy doing proper Rock 'n Roll stuff - trashing hotel rooms, helping groupies to make plaster casts of his intimate parts, getting wasted etc. - to worry about an erroneous social media update, a refreshing relaxed attitude in the Web 2.0 era.

It's unclear who actually controls the profile at present, which was likely hacked by a password guessing or perhaps password reset attack. Many other celebs including Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, British politician Ed Miliband have previously fallen victim to Twitter hackers.

Meanwhile, at the opposite end of the musical spectrum, annoying teen warbler Justin Bieber has invited his 4.5 million followers to prank call someone he blames for hacking a friend's Twitter account. Bieber allegedly published Kevin Kristopik's mobile number in a now deleted message that said "Everyone call me [phone number removed] :) or text."

Doubtless thousands of excitable Bieber fans subsequently rang or texted the number, prompting Kristopik to respond via a now deleted Twitter account that "I never asked for it, @justinbieber is a dick."

NME has more on the whole unedifying episode here. ®

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