Rose Still Raging About Reading And Leeds Debacle
GUNS N' ROSES frontman AXL ROSE is refusing to end his feud with the organisers of the Reading and Leeds festivals in England, insisting he and his bandmates honoured their start-time contract and did not deserve to have their weekend (27-29Aug10) sets cut short.
Rose was furious when the plug was pulled on the rockers' shows and has entered into a war of words with event boss Melvin Benn, who has publicly stated the band started their sets on Friday and Sunday nights late and overran the festival's curfew.
Now, the Welcome to the Jungle singer is firing off at claims he and his band were tardy.
In a new post on Twitlonger.com, he rages, "Our start times at the Reading and Leeds festivals factually had nothing to do with us as the previous bands (who were great, by the way) came off stage when they did and we went on within our contracted and documented changeover time period.
"Whatever other nonsense anyone's choosing to write would appear intentionally false. Having the fans or our show penalized for how the event was ran or simply the natural flow of events those evenings and for such minimal amount of overtime along with distortions and falsehoods by media, the promoter and or event organizers regarding the events seems a bit draconian and more than unfair to the fans.
"A simple question: 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? Is it simply because the lineup on our nights at both festivals sold well? 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?
"If we're not wanted and just being used to line someone else's pockets or for fictitious tabloid fodder at the fans' and our expense, we're fine with going elsewhere. God forbid we would force ourselves on anyone... We gave 100% and from where we stood it seemed as if the both the fans (who rocked!) and our camp were having fun and making the most of things."