Author Topic: READING/LEEDS Festival Organizer Would Not Book Current GN' R Lineup Again  (Read 1959 times)

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The organizer of the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals has told NME.com that he would not consider booking the current lineup of GUNS N' ROSES again.

GUNS N' ROSES headlined the Reading and Leeds festivals in August 2010 and came onstage an hour late at Reading and 30 minutes late at Leeds, with both shows cut short due to venue curfews.

GUNS N' ROSES lead singer Axl Rose said from the stage at Leeds as the band's set was halted, "We would like to play a few more songs for you tonight but someone is telling us the show's over." He also launched an F-bomb at the festival's promoters before leaving.

Meanwhile, at Reading, Rose staged a sitdown protest when the band's set was stopped at midnight. The curfew had already been extended half an hour for the group at that point.

Many members of the crowd jeered the band when it arrived onstage 60 minutes late, while a number of audience members also left before the set even started. According to Gigwise.com, the crowd continued to disperse throughout the band's performance.

Melvin Benn, chief executive of organisers Festival Republic, who had previously said that he would definitely book the band again, told NME.com that he would not invite GUNS again in the band's current incarnation.

"I wouldn't have the current lineup, certainly not at the moment. It doesn't feel right," he said.

When asked if he'd consider booking the band's original lineup, Benn replied, "Of course, if it was the original lineup, I would definitely consider it and if they could tell the time, it would be fantastic. With the original lineup, it would be something very special. We'd have to give them all a watch each, but we'd certainly try to get them if they reformed."

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Good for them! Just because they can't conform to the same time restrictions as generations of other bands doesn't mean they have to be publicly abused and humiliated.

It's not like there's an absence of people wanting to play Reading and Leeds.  :roll:

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I was there at Reading, and what was ridiculous was that at 2am when we left, they were still blasting out dance music from the PA just as loud as the band's had been, after just making a big show of kicking off a band for breaking their noise curfews. There were numerous people all hanging out asking why they were still playing music if the curfew was so strict.

Not condoning them turning up late, but it's obvious the organisers just wanted to have some controversy for the newspapers, and they could have let them finish their set.

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I was there at Reading, and what was ridiculous was that at 2am when we left, they were still blasting out dance music from the PA just as loud as the band's had been, after just making a big show of kicking off a band for breaking their noise curfews. There were numerous people all hanging out asking why they were still playing music if the curfew was so strict.

Not condoning them turning up late, but it's obvious the organisers just wanted to have some controversy for the newspapers, and they could have let them finish their set.

Absolutely. Drama sells. Guilty parties all around, from what I'm reading.