Rock icons not late, they claim

Rock icons Guns N Roses have continued their battle with the organisers of Reading and Leeds.

Now the dust has settled on Guns N Roses appearing on British soil, we can reflect on what might have been. Extended solo, costumes and a battle with promoters added up to a lavish, over the top but ultimately unsatisfactory show.

Sadly, Guns N Roses seemed limp and out of shape. Appearing 58 minutes late at Reading - and a half hour at Leeds - pushed the patience of both fans and organisers to the limit.

Sparking a war of words, the American group have blasted the organisers of the twin site festival. Using his Twitter page, Axl Rose has continued to explain his motives and even argued that the band weren't late.

"Our start times at the Reading And Leeds Festivals factually had nothing to do with us as the previous bands came offstage when they did and we went on within our contracted and documented changeover time period," he claimed.

Continuing, Axl Rose argued that the changeover time is always lengthy and that festivals across the world run over. "If you are aware of our changeover time, the average length of our show and the general nature of how these types of festivals run all of which are no big secrets... why book us?"

Guns N Roses have played the festival before, appearing at Leeds during the summer of 2002. This time, however, organisers simply pulled the plug prompting a sit in protest from the band.

"Is it (booking the band) simply because the lineup on our nights at both festivals sold well?" he wrote.

"So it's a cash grab with no respect for the fans or the band and somehow an unwanted inconvenience for the cities and law enforcement."

Meanwhile, Reading and Leeds boss Melvin Benn explained to the NME that his hands were tied by time restrictions. "We have a curfew and I wasn't able to extend the curfew so we had to stop," he said.

"It's straightforward stuff, really. Every band is under the same curfew restrictions. It's not about one band or another band."

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