High drama and low cunning at Reading Festival on Friday. Guns N' Roses took to the Main stage late, but delivered a bombastic run through their greatest hits and numbers from their Chinese Democracy album. The performance featured much loved favourites including Welcome to the Jungle, Mr. Brownstone, It's So Easy and November Rain and no small amount of pyrotechnics.
Having come onstage over an hour late, it was unlikely the band would complete an epic 25 track set list. At midnight, event organisers were forced to invoke a Council-imposed curfew, which prompted complaints from Axl Rose and threats of the band's non-appearance at the Leeds festival the following night. Guns 'N Roses headline performance ended in the bizarre sight of the band staging a sit-down protest while drummer Frank Ferrer repeatedly played the intro to Paradise City and Axl wielded a megaphone. A compelling spectacle from one of the world's most controversial rocks bands.
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BBC Newsbeat 27 August 2010
Guns N' Roses had their Reading Festival headlining slot cut short after turning up on stage an hour late.
NME 27 August 2010
Band run more than an hour over curfew.
The Independent 27 August 2010
Axl flounders as Reading made to wait for its rock fix
The Guardian 28 August 2010
Axl Rose's band arrived late and turned in a dire performance. Thankfully, QOTSA, Biffy Clyro and Egyptian Hip Hop were here to rescue the first day of Reading.
It's still a huge triumph in the face of overwhelming odds.
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