“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,” the group’s publicist said in a statement to Blabbermouth.net.
The statement went on to detail the logistical troubles that led to the embattled rock act’s 2:40 a.m. performance at the Rio de Janeiro festival on Oct. 2, citing System of a Down’s 1:15 a.m. finish and “inadequate cover” that shut down the stage’s soundboard.
“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,” the statement continued.
In his interview with Globo.com’s Extra, Medina had stated that the band lacked a “respect for the public.” The delayed show wasn’t Guns N’ Roses’ first tardy trip to the Rock in Rio stage: the group’s 2001 appearance also came two hours late.
Fans who stuck around for this month’s early-morning show were graced with a rare performance of “Use Your Illusion II’s” “Estranged,” reportedly its first in 18 years.
Prior to today’s statement, the Axl Rose-fronted rockers made their feelings on punctuality clear in a Facebook update.
“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,” the band posted on Oct. 7. “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.”