Guns N’ Roses are scheduled to headline the Reading Festival on Friday, and the Leeds Festival on Sunday, and the band has been warned to play on the festivals’ schedules – and not Axl’s – or risk not playing at all.
Festival organizer Melvin Benn told the BBC, “"If Guns N' Roses decide to take to stage as late as they did in Leeds some years ago, then the performance just won't happen. I've had a very heavy warning from the local councils. There is a curfew - it's a very strict curfew."
In 2002, GnR went on 2 hours late at Leeds and it caused problems for the event with the local council. "We got away with it once," added Benn. "We won't get away with it for a second time. Unfortunately, if the band chose not to take to the stage on time, there's really nothing I can do. I won't be allowed to break the curfew.”
As always, the bottom line remains the bottom line. “The truth is,” continued Benn, “it's threatening the viability of the festival. It threatens the licence. It really is quite important."
Let’s keep an eye on this scene to see what happens….
Here’s fan-shot footage of the set’s opening song from earlier this year.
Guns N’ Roses - Chinese Democracy - Chinese Democracy
Guns N’ Roses – Chinese Democracy
Roberto Clemente Coliseum – San Juan, Puerto Rico – April 15, 2010