Band speak out after they're over two hours late onstage at Rock In Rio

Guns N’ Roses have issued a statement after they were accused of disrespecting their fans by the organiser of Brazilian festival Rock In Rio.

The band, who played at the festival on October 2, have issued a statement to news service Blabbermouth on why they appeared two hours late, blaming the festival’s “inadequate production” and heavy rain. The statement, which also says the band were ready to perform well ahead of their scheduled stage time, ends with a comment from the rockers, which says that they “would never seek to intentionally disrespect anyone, especially their fans”.

The statement comes after Rock In Rio festival organiser Roberto Medina publicly criticised the band, saying that they had “a lack of commitment and respect for the public”.

The sentiments of the statement seem to run in contrary to a message the band posted on their official Facebook page Facebook.com/gunsnroses on Friday night (October 5) which pretty much told fans that the band’s frequent late appearances were just something they will have to put up with.

They wrote:

Love it. Hate it. Accept it. Debate it. You want 8 o’clock shows go find friends or hit a cinema somewhere. Or if you want to be informed go catch the 10 o’clock news. This is Rock’n’roll! Treat yourself, don’t cheat yourself thinking you’re going to go to school or work or whatever you normally do the next day. Oh, and remember before you get high and never want to come down. This is Guns N’ Roses and when the time is right the stage will ignite. Looking forward to sharing that with rockers.

Guns N’ Roses were heavily criticised after they took to the stage over an hour late at Reading Festival in 2010. Organisers ultimately pulled the plug on the set as it overran way past the agreed curfew.

You can watch a video of the aftermath of that show by scrolling down to the bottom of the page and clicking.