At Brazil’s Rock In Rio Festival last week, the reconstituted Axl-plus-nobodies version of Guns N’ Roses earned the wrong kind of attention when they took the stage hours late, looking and sounding like straight dogshit. The extreme lateness was nothing new for this band; in fact, it’s practically tradition. But Axl wore a perfectly ridiculous outfit, sounded like a dying baby elephant, and looked like he’d eaten Slash and Duff for dinner that night.
In a new press release, GNR’s publicist explains that the band had to take the stage late because of a rainstorm and technical issues, both of which might be valid excuses if this band didn’t come onstage late to virtually every show since 1989. The statement does not, however, say anything about the apparently disgraceful state of the band itself. Read it below:
Gun 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 1:45AM. GNR’s production was up and ready to go at 2:15AM. Axl Rose got to the venue before 1AM 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. GNR walked onstage at 2:40AM and played for two-and-a-half hours in the pouring rain. GNR would never seek to intentionally disrespect anyone, especially their fans.”