Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Guns N’ Roses explain Rock In Rio delay

A day after Rock In Rio 4 promoter Roberto Medina called out Axl Rose for Guns N’ Roses late start at this year’s festival, a band representative has offered up the group’s side of the story.

Commenting on GNR’s late start, Medina told Globo.com’s Extra, “Axl came very late and did not respect the public,” citing three things in particular: “I found a lack of commitment, respect [for] the public, [and] the huge delay (they were more than two hours [late].”

"Guns N’ Roses would like to set the record straight on Rock In Rio,” reports the band’s publicist. “The festival's inadequate production and the downpour of rain delayed the event. Anyone who was there knows that System of A Down did not leave the stage until close to 1:15 in the morning. System's extensive stage production did not finish coming offstage until 1:45 a.m. GNR's production was up and ready to go at 2:15 a.m. Axl got to the venue before 1 a.m. and he came ready to go onstage. The inadequate cover of the Rock In Rio stage caused a further delay when the soundboard went down due to water damage and was replaced as quick as possible. GNR walked onstage at 2:40 a.m. and played for two-and-a-half hours in the pouring rain. GNR would never seek to intentionally disrespect anyone, especially their fans."

Now that GNR have taken shots at the festival’s production, we’ll see if Medina is asked to respond and offer more details from his end.

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Rock In Rio 4 – October 2, 2011

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