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April 27th, 2002
Legendary rock gods GUNS N' ROSES are to play this year's CARLING LEEDS FESTIVAL on August 23, it was revealed today.

It will be the band's first UK gig for nine years and comes in the run-up to the release of their long-awaited new album 'Chinese Democracy'.

It's not yet been confirmed whether or not they will also play the Reading leg of the festival which also takes place on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Althought the full line-up in will not be officially announced until Monday evening, NME.COM understands that Foo Fighters will be another headliner at the festival, playing both the Leeds and Reading legs.

Guns N' Roses have had a troubled history of late and cancelled a European tour for the second time last year.

The cancellation was blamed on delays to the release of the new album, which frontman Axl Rose has been working on for the past five years. It will be the band's first volume of new material to be released since 1991.

However, the band did manage to play a couple of gigs at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe on January 29 and 30 as part of their faltering comeback campaign. Almost a year before that, they'd played a one-off gig at Brazil's Rock In Rio festival and had also played again at the Las Vegas Hard Rock Cafe New Year's Eve 2000.

The full Carling Reading and Leeds Festival line-ups will be revealed by NME.COM on Monday, along with that of sister festival the Glasgow Gig On The Green.

Source(s): http://www.nme.com/  
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