Published Aug 30, 2010Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose is a promoter's worst nightmare, as his tendency to antagonize security or simply go MIA has previously resulted in more than a few riots. On Friday night (August 27), Guns N' Roses ended their performance at Reading Festival on a sour note when the band refused to leave the stage after promoters pulled the plug on their set.
According to Metal Insider, the band came on stage an hour late, meaning that they quickly overran the event's curfew. They refused to cut their set short and kept playing until the organizers switched their instruments off. Rather than accepting defeat, GN'R took out a megaphone and an acoustic guitar and attempted to play "Paradise City."
After the show, Rose wrote on his Twitlonger account, "In regard to Reading we feel at the very least the fans deserve an apology from those responsible for the nonsense. We'd also like to thank the fans for being so great, singing along n' not tearing the place apart!!"
BBC Newsbeat reports that a similar incident happened on Sunday night (August 29) when the band played the Leeds instalment of the festival. Once again, GN'R arrived late on stage - this time by 30 minutes - and ran over the curfew.
This time, the organizers asked the band to stop, but didn't pull the plug. Still, that didn't stop GN'R from criticizing the festival, as Rose once again took to Twitlonger and 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 was a con."
See a video from the awkward ending to Friday night's show below.