January 11, 2001 18:15

THE GAME OF THE ROSE

The band get set to play their first show outside the US in years - but some things never change...

THE GAME OF THE ROSE
GUNS N' ROSES are among the first acts to arrive in BRAZIL for their ROCK IN RIO III headline show on Sunday (January 14), and already AXL ROSE is back on top rock star strop form!

NME.COM is out in Rio, and the band, who are expected to arrive at Galeao Airport soon, have already been creating waves, we can report.

Having decided that the accommodation already booked for him wasn't up to scratch, Rose has rented an entire floor of the five-star Intercontinental Hotel for his entourage, and is paying for it out of his own pocket.

Axl himself will be staying in the #1,000-a-night Presidential Suite, which measures 185 square metres, faces the sea and has a huge Jacuzzi. He has requested it to be filled with roses, and champagne and Godiva chocolates have also been requested.

At the festival site, the band have demanded 24 white roses, plus 24 red roses in the dressing room, Cristal champagne in a silver bucket with crystal glasses, silver cutlery, and linen sheets and two boxes of Godiva chocolate in their dressing room.

The Rock In Rio organisers have been bombarded with extravagant demands from some of the bands, which would give Jennifer Lopez a run for her money:


REM asked for a hundred towels in their dressing room. The previous record had been Rod Stewart's, who demanded 70 towels at the first Rock In Rio festival in 1985.
Neil Young demanded no less than 25 dressing rooms for him, his band, crew and friends. One of the dressing rooms is to be used as a gym court and another one is reserved for his dancers.
Newcomers Queens of The Stone Age bizarrely requested 30 black towels, and 30 pairs of black socks.
Oasis are planning an alcoholic feast and ordered red and white wine, vodka and draught beer.
Britney Spears' requests are relatively modest - shrimp salad and grilled crawfish, five sports bottles filled with Gatorade and water, while her dancers ordered gum, chocolate and biscuits.


Meanwhile, rumours have been raging in the city that former GN'R axeman Slash will be in the city over the weekend. However, with no sign of him around town just yet, and no gigs having been announced, it seems that fans are likely to be disappointed.

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