Who: Guns N’ Roses
Where and when: Main Stage, Reading, 9.30pm (ahem, make that 10.30pm)
Not great. After making the notoriously temperamental Reading crowd wait an hour (despite warnings from the festival he wouldn’t be allowed to overrun), Axl came on unapologetically and proceeded with a set that included lots of ‘Chinese Democracy’ tunes and not one, but TWO piano solos. Boos and the word “cunt” were heard from the bar to the stupid hat stand.
Either ‘You Could Be Mine’ or ‘November Rain’. Or of course the sit-down protest at the end and the literally unplugged rendition of ‘Paradise City’ in the darkness before they left the stage.
The hour-long wait. When it started raining during the second piano solo. The mis-timed pyro during ‘Live And Let Die’.
Kind of one-sided. Axl didn’t say a lot but he probably heard the endless boos and various theories on how his mother spends her spare time.
Brilliant. Despite, or maybe because of, the chaos it was an essential headline show. Arcade Fire may be sublime but they’ll hardly be such a talking point.
6/10. From the unpredictable beginning to the bizarre ending via ‘Sweet Child Of Mine’ it was the kind of spectacle you expect from a bloated rock show, but with so many other long-serving rock acts (from AC/DC and Aerosmith to ZZ Top) managing it this summer without the hissy fits, it doesn’t really fly.
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