Der NME über den desaströse Guns’n’Roses Auftritt als Headliner beim Reading Festival:
„Axl looks like a hamster trying to be a mobile disco DJ, in silver blazer, black Stetson, and stretched-to-bursting face. He may be corn row-free, but he still looks like a dick. (…)
When Dizzy Reed does a 10-minute piano solo there’s gasps of horror, and hundreds actively start fleeing to LCD Soundsystem or Marina & The Diamonds (die parallel spielten, Anm.) on the other stages. But those people missed out; the sound of embarrassed silence when Reed finishes is priceless.
Those remaining are either grimly fascinated by the sheer awfulness or in it for incredulous giggles.
Definitely one of the most memorable headline sets ever, but for all the wrong reasons. Axl Rose had everything to gain here, to be able to remind people that Guns were one of the greatest bands of all time, and he one of the greatest frontmen. Instead, he reminded people of why he’s ended up becoming one of music’s biggest jokes.“
(Tim Chester im NME über Guns’n’Roses auf dem Reading Festival)
Der NME hat gleich auch noch zwei, drei mehr oder minder Prominente Musiker zum GnR-Auftritt befragt:
Milo Cordell / The Big Pink: „What a total fucking shambles. Disaster.“
Chad Elliott / Funeral Party: „I tried to watch it but I couldn’t bear it. He comes across as one of the biggest fucking arseholes ever. That’s not Guns N‘ Roses. Waste of everyone’s time.“
Marina Diamandis / Marina & The Diamonds: „As I was walking past the Main Stage I caught a bit of that amazing fiasco of an encore.“