GN'R 'Not Welcome' At UK Festival

The organiser behind the Reading/Leeds festival says the current Guns N' Roses lineup is not welcome on his lineup - but he'd be tempted if Slash was on board.

GN'R 'Not Welcome' At UK Festival
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The boss at one of the UK's biggest festivals has said the current Guns N' Roses lineup is not welcome on his lineup. Melvin Benn, who runs the Reading and Leeds festivals, told NME that he wouldn't book the current GN'R lineup because they were late for their headline slot in 2010. At the time, the crowed booed the band for making them wait, and at the Leeds event the band "declared war" on the festival promoters for cutting their set short - even when it probably the band's fault for appearing late. "I wouldn't have the current line-up, certainly not at the moment. It doesn't feel right," said Benn. What if he could book the original lineup? "I would definitely consider it, and if they could tell the time, it would be fantastic," he said. "With the original line-up it would be something very special. We'd have to give them all a watch each, but we'd certainly try to get them if they reformed." His optimism might not be enough. Original members, mainly Axl Rose and Slash, have a famously difficult relationship, which could prove too much for a true reunion. Fans are still hoping the original lineup will reform for their forthcoming Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, but conflicting statements from band members and event organisers leave a reunion uncertain.

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    cargath
    King Bluesy wrote: Guys a bitch, cut Axl's set short and wonders qhy they bitched him out. Leeds/Reading is a joke anyway, not one of the better festivals on that side of the planet.
    I guess they had to cut it short, they can't have loud music playing the whole night as long as they'd like. It's Axls fault, because he was late as always. That's not Rock 'n' Roll, that's childish.
    Noob_Brood
    I don't blame Melvin one bit...if I was in charge of a festival I wouldn't want a band that shows such disrespect to the festival organizers or the fans who show up.
    HavokStrife
    I could see that, festivals usually have like 20 some bands playing, and everything's coming down to the minute. Shit, second stage bands get like less than five minutes to break down and set up between sets. No surprise the head of a festival doesn't want the most notoriously late band in the world on the bill. Especially when they're an imposter of the real band, wtf, that's like a Pink Floyd laser light show coming on 2 hours late.
    Abzzz
    Axl & Friends are not welcome, but GNR are very welcome.
    jhart08
    and if they could tell the time, it would be fantastic
    made my day lol
    shredder3386
    jesse1994 wrote: even when it probably the band's fault Lovely grammar
    LOL really? Relax they forgot an "s." Dont lose sleep over it or anything. There is a difference between a grammar mistake and a typo.
    Firewind Raging
    Even festivals have a curfew, they can't just let bands play through the night without risking the police showing up. Axl needs to get it into his head that you can't just do what you want, you have to respect the festival organisers and if you don't, you get your set cut short.
    Powerpro
    Watch them book Slash and the conspirators as the ultimate FU to AXL
    dedbrane
    if i were to run any kind of festival, i would be the same way. the fans pay for these festivals and if bands are going to be late getting on stage, its the bands own fault for being late and should have a shorten set. no band or anyone else for that matter is bigger than anyone else, especially GN'R/Axel Rose.
    Battman1993
    "I would definitely consider it, and if they could tell the time, it would be fantastic," he said. "With the original line-up it would be something very special. Wed have to give them all a watch each, but wed certainly try to get them if they reformed." Umm...I'm pretty sure Axl is the only one who has problems with showing up on time? Maybe the others when they were on narcotics but they're all sober now.
    Von II
    I like how they for once do not go with the flow of Axl's ****ing ego.
    JPScralatchtica
    Bout time somebody stopped allowing Gn'R (Axl) to walk all over them. I don't get it. As far as I'm concerned, they released one good album 25 years ago. They are such a joke. Please let some real talent take the stage.
    iommi600
    Finally, someone that ain't gonna take Axl being late all the time and cutting the concert short if a fly lands on his back.
    spiff-corgi
    Us Brits love punctuality. It's just behind complaining and right ahead of queueing in our top 10 list of favourite things ever.
    neilsus
    i'd see the original lineup even if axl's voice is now shot to shit
    blacklight68
    I was there, i remember standing there (with my drunk unhappy friend unfortunately actually called axel). They were an hour and a half late, axl was terrible when he was onstage and he walked off during nightrain, leaving no original member of the band left. Who wants to book that even if they are on time? And apparently it was because he overslept in his dressing room. Reading especially get massive fines for anytime left playing after midnight because of how many houses there are around. I really don't blame the guy, plus if they were booked i don't reckon anyone would go see them.
    mustaine42
    Does anyone else just not care about GNR anymore? Cuz I sure don't. I give the festival guy two thumbs up for not allowing them onstage. Axl is such a little bitch.
    Insomnia69
    I don't really follow the news on these guys, but that Axl guy seems like a straight up prima donna.
    zn-1
    jesse1994 wrote: even when it probably the band's fault Lovely grammar
    Lovely punctuation. Personally I think it's right that they not be welcomed. You can't just expect to be late and be given the option of playing your entire set when there are other bands that are also going on afterward.
    RATMfan420
    ugh, it would be lovely, but its probably not going to ever happen UG. If I had a dollar every time there was an article with the words "G'NR" and "Reunion", I could probably bribe Axl Rose to reform with the Appetite for Destruction lineup. Seriously.
    Maiden95
    Kudos to this guy honestly. I know Axl has to spend all that time "Getting ready" but so does every other singer...and most of them are on time.
    Skiny boy89
    GREAT! I love that spokesman '' and if they could tell the time that would be fantastic'' LOL! Great stuff, get rid of GnR. Boo!!!
    henboyrules
    It's good that someone's finally standing up to Axl and his egotistical shadow. Honestly, Axl doesn't even sound good anymore, so the fact that he acts this way is even worse than the fact that it's extremely disrespectful to the fans who are the ones who got him that money in the first place. He needs a serious reality check and need to start respecting the fans!
    Chronologo
    He's doing what many guys should be doing, banning Gn'r. It's time for Axl to start behaving like a man not like a childish brat.
    dropclutchfan1
    Axl is a dick and just keeps showing it, if they were late he had every right to cut their set short. As much as I would like to see the old lineup again I know it will never happen.
    Trowzaa
    the_hoodster wrote: They were there in '10, I was at Leeds and they came on maybe 5 minutes after the stage was set up but as for their Reading performance, I don't know why they were late.
    I was also at Leeds in '10. It was at least half an hour after they were supposed to be on because I remembering getting extremely impatient.
    Root Beer
    MegadethFan18 wrote: They were there in '09. He's butthurt that they came on late then bashed the Festival when their set got cut short.
    Gee, I wonder why they got cut short? Maybe because they went in late??? It's their own damn fault, not the venue's.
    Minivirus2
    Fans are still hoping the original lineup will reform for their forthcoming Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction, but conflicting statements from band members and event organisers leave a reunion uncertain.
    ONCE AGAIN , the band members themselves have said it's not going to happen. Why can nobody take that at face value?
    pwrmax
    Playing music past quiet hour involves A LOT of extra fees for the venue and promoter. As well as a lot of headaches for them.
    the_edge17
    shredder3386 wrote: jesse1994 wrote: even when it probably the band's fault Lovely grammar LOL really? Relax they forgot an "s." Dont lose sleep over it or anything. There is a difference between a grammar mistake and a typo.
    Erm they forgot a "was"...
    the_hoodster
    They were there in '10, I was at Leeds and they came on maybe 5 minutes after the stage was set up but as for their Reading performance, I don't know why they were late.
    ProphetToJables
    To the guy saying they were maybe 5 minutes later than the stage set up. They probably delayed set up time to give the band more time to appear.
    Apejack Cuba
    cargath wrote: King Bluesy wrote: Guys a bitch, cut Axl's set short and wonders qhy they bitched him out. Leeds/Reading is a joke anyway, not one of the better festivals on that side of the planet. I guess they had to cut it short, they can't have loud music playing the whole night as long as they'd like. It's Axls fault, because he was late as always. That's not Rock 'n' Roll, that's childish.
    No, you see they had some famous songs 20ish years ago so the other guy's automatically in the wrong. Slash FTW!!!
    MegadethFan18
    They were there in '09. He's butthurt that they came on late then bashed the Festival when their set got cut short.
    eljono123
    I'm tired of Axl, Slash and GnR period. They had their time, now move on. I'm pretty sure Slash is a mod for UG anyways.
    King Bluesy
    Guys a bitch, cut Axl's set short and wonders qhy they bitched him out. Leeds/Reading is a joke anyway, not one of the better festivals on that side of the planet.
    OxMxGxTACOS
    You're retarded enough to give Axl & Friends a headlining spot.. i really don't care how butthurt you are. PS- I thought i was the only one who referred to them as "Axl & Friends" lol everyone should start calling them that to their faces.. because they are by no means Guns 'N Roses.. Axl keeps the name for ego purposes, and he knows no one will pay attention to his sorry ass if he changed the name
    Pit_
    It's funny how people generally think that if the 80's lineup would reform, Axl wouldn't be late anymore. HAH!
    FERAL1975
    shredder3386 wrote: jesse1994 wrote: even when it probably the band's fault Lovely grammar LOL really? Relax they forgot an "s." Dont lose sleep over it or anything. There is a difference between a grammar mistake and a typo.
    True but it's yet another example of how lazily written the articles on UG are.
    skyturnedred
    Only slot I would give them is the first slot of the day around noon. And even then cut their set short if they start late. And just for extra spite, have a local Guns'n'Roses cover band play a 2-hour set after them.