August 28, 2010 15:47

Guns N' Roses still set for Leeds Festival despite Axl Rose's outburst

Frontman made announcement at end of Reading Festival set

Guns N' Roses still set for Leeds Festival despite Axl Rose's outburst

Photo: Dan Dennison/NME

Organisers say Guns N' Roses will play Leeds Festival tomorrow (August 29) - despite their frontman Axl Rose's declaration that the band will not play after the plug was pulled on the band's late-running Reading Festival show.

Video footage of the frontman making the declaration at the end of the Reading set has emerged online – watch it by scrolling down and clicking below.

Rose said: "Unfortunately due to tonight we will not be at Leeds, although we will try and play a bit more now."

However, today a Reading And Leeds Festivals spokesperson told NME that the band were still scheduled to headline at Leeds.

Last night at Reading Guns N' Roses came onstage an hour late. Later they attempted to keep playing without full amplification after the plug was pulled on them.

Festival chief Melvin Benn said: "After failing to take to the stage at the scheduled 9.30pm (BST) time, the performance started at 10.30pm and the band were given permission by the festival to play 30 minutes extra to its scheduled 11.30pm finish until midnight."

He added: "Guns N' Roses wanted to 'extend' the new agreed curfew past midnight but were prevented from doing so in order to comply with the entertainment licence issued by Reading Borough Council."

NME is coming live from both sites at Reading And Leeds Festivals this weekend. Head to NME.COM/festivals for full coverage including news, reviews, videos and picture galleries.

Plus make sure you buy next week's issue of NME to get the definitive review of Reading And Leeds Festivals, either on UK newsstands from September 1 or digitally worldwide.



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