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Guns N’ Roses Defend Rock In Rio Show

01:01 PM Thursday 10/13/11 | |

Guns N’ Roses doesn’t have the best reputation for being punctual. This time around, GNR has a whole bunch of excuses to explain why the band started its Rock In Rio performance late.

Axl Rose and the band closed out Rock In Rio – Rio De Janeiro Oct. 2 at Cidade do Rock in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

A week later Guns N’ Roses released an official statement to Blabbermouth.net to defend why the band reportedly began its performance two hours late. In its Oct.11 post Blabbermouth pointed out that GNR sent out its statement a day after Rock In Rio festival organizer Roberto Medina told Globo.com’s Extra that Rose’s behavior at the event displayed “a lack of commitment” and “respect for the public.”

The band’s statement is below:

“Guns N’ Roses would like to set the record straight on Rock In Rio. The festival’s inadequate production and the downpour of rain delayed the event. Anyone who was there knows that System Of A Down did not leave the stage until close to 1:15 in the morning. System’s extensive stage production did not finish coming offstage until 1:45 a.m. GN’R’s production was up and ready to go at 2:15 a.m. Axl [Rose, Guns N’ Roses lead singer] got to the venue before 1 a.m. and he came ready to go onstage. The inadequate cover of the Rock In Rio stage caused a further delay when the soundboard went down due to water damage and was replaced as quick as possible. GN’R walked onstage at 2:40 a.m. and played for two-and-a-half hours in the pouring rain. GN’R would never seek to intentionally disrespect anyone, especially their fans.”

Before pointing a finger at the rain, System Of A Down, and the festival’s production and stage cover, Guns N’ Roses posted an Oct. 7 note on GNR’s official Facebook wall telling fans to get over the band’s signature late set times.

“Love it Hate it Accept it Debate it – You want 8 o’clock shows go find F-R-I-E-N-D-S or hit a cinema somewhere … or you wanna be informed go catch the 10 o’clock news … this is Rock N’ Roll! Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself thinking you're gonna 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. ‘You can have anything you want but you better not take it from me!’ This is Guns N’Roses and when the time is right the stage will ignite. Looking forward to sharing that with rockers soon!”

Click here for Blabbermouth.com’s post.

Click here for Guns N’ Roses’ Facebook page.


  1. toogoogetmoo wrote:

    06:15 AM, Oct 14, 2011

    Same sh#t, different century!  Axehole is irrelevant and why people continue spend money to see this idiot is beyond me.  No disrespect to the other musicians in this version of GNR, but it appears that nothing has changed - this band can never seem to get its act together to either start on time or avoid cancelling gigs altogether.  GNR is a shell of its former self and Axehole is a joke!

  2. live concert freak wrote:

    04:58 AM, Oct 14, 2011

    this is Rock N’ Roll! Treat yourself don’t cheat yourself thinking you're gonna go to school or work or whatever you ‘normally’ do the next day."

     Yeah thats right assxle we will drop everything for your music that is 20 years old???  No one would want to sit there for 2 hours while you try to get enough nerves to walk out on stage there little boy!!!!! Your mommy should have taught you better because you still need someone to wipe your face after eating. The best tour you ever did was opening for Aerosmith and that was back in like 87. You just don't get it do you!?! You are living off music from some great musicians 20 plus years ago. Go back under your rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. DeltaSigChi4 wrote:

    07:00 PM, Oct 13, 2011

    The math really does not make sense in saying they were two hours late. IF SOAD played until 115A, how could GnR be two hours late at 240A, being that it would be impossible for them to play first note at 1240A with SOAD still in set. And SOAD not clearing stage until 145A makes the Roberto Medina's statement even more baffling.


  4. Ol' Road Dawg wrote:

    03:40 PM, Oct 13, 2011

    Hey Axehole, the 80's called, and they want their shitty rockstar attitude back...

    Jake Blues:  "I ran out of gas, I had a flat, I didn't have cab fair, there were locusts, ...IT WASN'T MY FAULT!!!"

    "This is Guns N’Roses and when the time is right the stage will ignite."

    Even if you paid for a ticket and had to stand around for an extra 4 hours...


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