Axl Rose - Axl Rose Agrees 'Late Clause' For Rock In Rio Gig
Rocker Axl Rose has agreed to adhere to a lateness clause in his contract for Guns N' Roses' headlining slot at Brazilian festival Rock in Rio due to his reputation for tardiness.
The frontman is famously bad at keeping to set gig times, often arriving on stage hours after the allocated slot and causing trouble for event organisers.
The band was reportedly fined $108,000 (£72,000) by officials at London's O2 Arena last October (10) after Rose's late stage appearance meant the rockers went over the venue's strict 11pm curfew.
And while negotiating the group's contract for its upcoming performance at Rock in Rio later this year (11), organisers insisted a clause be drawn up in a bid to prevent the rocker from turning up late, according to Blabbermouth.com. Rose kept fans waiting for two hours at the same festival in 2001.
Rock in Rio's vice president Roberta Medina tells Brazilian magazine Epoca, "(Guns N' Roses' appearance was) the hardest to arrange on the history of the festival. Bands are usually on time, but Guns is a different case. Latenesses like the one in 2001... can make the public feel uncomfortable and cause them to possibly start a riot."