Axl Rose In Onstage Protest After Guns N’ Roses Arrive Late At Reading Festival
August 27, 2010
NME.com reports: Guns N’ Roses’ Reading Festival set ended in chaos tonight (August 27), when the sound was cut after the band overran by more than an hour.
The band, led by Axl Rose, took to the stage over an hour after schedule, at 10:30pm (BST), to play their headline slot at the festival. Despite earlier warnings from festival organiser Melvin Benn that he would not tolerate the band playing past 11:30pm, they still managed to play the majority of their set until roughly midnight – when they walked offstage after playing ‘Night Train’.
However, as the band tried to return for an encore, the sound was cut. Led by Rose, they still tried to launch into ‘Paradise City’, though only the drums could be heard as all other instruments had been switched off. As the crowd started to sing the track, Rose tried to greet members of the audience while singing through a megaphone – watch fan footage of the incident below.
The band continued in this way for roughly five minutes, before finally coming together on the stage to bow and walk off.
Earlier in the day, Rose had tweeted: “Bkstage at Reading. Tour’s ON! Our apologies 4 any inconvenience. Peace!”
However, he failed to apologise to the crowd for being late, and barely spoke to the audience during the gig. He received a hostile reaction from some parts of the crowd throughout the gig, with some booing after every song and repeatedly chanting, “What a twat”.