Axl Rose Says Guns N’ Roses ‘Had A Deal’ To Play Past Curfew At Reading And Leeds Festivals
August 30, 2010
Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose has claimed that the band had a “deal in place” to play longer than their allotted time slots during their headline shows at the Reading And Leeds Festivals over the weekend.
Posting on Twitter, the singer suggested that “miscommunication” or a change of heart could have been to blame for the “war” between the band and event organisers.
He wrote: “So u know, we allegedly had a deal in place pre show w/the city at least at Leeds to do a bit longer performance that was either miscommunication, someone wasn’t informed, changed their mind, didn’t care or [it] was a con.”
Rose’s claims contradict comments by event organiser Melvin Benn following Guns N’ Roses’ set at Leeds Festival last night (August 29). Benn told NME that such a deal had never been in place, adding that “bands often say things like that when they are curtailed”.
The band started their set at 10.30pm (BST), an hour late, at Reading Festival on Friday (August 27) and had their curfew extended by half an hour. They staged a sit-in when the power was cut at midnight.
Last night at Leeds Festival, the band kicked-off their set 30 minutes late before claiming that the promoters had told them they could carry on until 11:58pm.
Prior to Guns N’ Roses’ appearance at the event earlier this month, Benn had warned that he would not tolerate the band playing past 11:30pm.
Earlier today, he said that the feud with Guns N’ Roses was “not personal” and said he would “definitely book them again”.