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- Posted on Aug 28th 2010 5:45AM by Jody Thompson
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Axl Rose, looking out of condition in a silver suit and seemingly struggling to sing, made no apology as he eventually took to the main stage at Reading Festival at around 10.30PM before 80,000 disgruntled festivalgoers.
Opening with the title track from their lacklustre 'comeback' album 'Chinese Democracy,' the boos didn't stop either as his band went through the motions of performing a headlining festival set.
Rose, looking bloated and red, could barely reach his trademark high notes or hit his mark with the lyrics.
With an oddly high-pitched, nasal whine, the band didn't get even get better during legendary songs such as 'Welcome to the Jungle' -- complete with embarrassingly lame fireworks -- and simply seemed to have an eye on the weekend's pay cheque.
The band played on however to diminishing returns, and the plug was eventually pulled on them at midnight when the band overran the site sound curfew by half an hour.
The band tried to play an encore of 'Paradise City,' but the sound had been turned off and Axl and co eventually gave up, performed a perfunctory bow and walked off.
Thousands of fans, many swearing out loud at Rose and others genuinely upset at the car crash unfolding in front of their eyes on the Main Stage, reeled away in disgust after just a few songs and headed to the NME/Radio 1 Stage, where LCD Soundsystem were giving a lesson in how to headline a festival.