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August 24th, 2002
Guns N' Roses UK comeback suffers from 'very substantial overrun'
GUNS N' ROSES show at LEEDS CARLING WEEKEND was delayed by over an hour last night resulting in a "very substantial overrun" for festival organisers to deal with.

The band were due headline the Main Stage, due on at 10pm following The Prodigy. However, the stage was running approximately half an hour late, fuelling rumours whether the band would actually appear.

They did, but not until after 11pm - over an hour behind schedule. The Gunners then played a set running to almost two hours, not finishing until just before 1am.

Their show, the band's first in the UK in almost a decade, was similar to that on other nights in the tour, featuring a small amount of new songs and their greatest hits.

Eyewitnesses claim that at about 12.15am, just before 'November Rain', Axl announced the council and promoters wanted him to finish the show. He said he didn't want any trouble, but he still wanted to play another 7-8 songs.

He added that he had travelled a long way for the dates, and didn't want to disappoint - much to the crowd's joy.

They played two more songs, when it was announced they had been given more time, and the show continued without disruption, ending with 'Paradise City'.

Melvin Benn, a spokesperson for the festival said in a statement: "It was a very unusual night which due to technical problems resulted in a very substantial overrun. We took a good number of steps to minimise the impact this would have on the local environment and we do not expect this to happen again.

"In view of the many thousands of fans that had waited diligently for the first Guns N' Roses appearance in nine years, and the potential consequences of that meant an overrun became the only option."

Guns 'N Roses headline London Docklands Arena on Monday (August 26).

Source(s): http://www.nme.com/  
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