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January 15th, 2001
Over 200,000 people swelled the crowd at ROCK IN RIO to its biggest yet yesterday (January 14) for the third day of the Brazilian extravaganza, which was headlined by GUNS N' ROSES.

Fans who had queued since Saturday (January 13) were kept waiting an extra hour because Axl Rose demanded that the VIP area, reserved backstage for performers, was emptied before his arrival. He also banned all photographers.

From the stage, Rose slammed the Internet, calling it "a load of crap" [note: he called it "a big garbage can"] . He also said that he regretted not being able to patch up differences with his former band members, "unlike Oasis", who were also performing yesterday. Rose is the only remaining member of the original Guns N' Roses line-up.

The band's set lasted over two hours and 20 minutes, and they played a Brazilian song, 'Sossego', by Tim Maia.

The festival now takes a break until Thursday (January 18), when Britney Spears, Five, *N Sync and Aaron Carter will perform. More artists are due to arrive in the city today.

Source(s): http://www.nme.com/  
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