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2002.04.27 - NME - GN'R To Play Leeds

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Post by Blackstar on Sun May 10, 2020 8:24 pm

G N' R TO PLAY LEEDS

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.

The full line-up will not be officially announced until Monday evening (April 29).

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 on 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.

https://web.archive.org/web/20030415191203/http://www.nme.com/news/101563.htm
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Post by Blackstar on Sun May 10, 2020 8:31 pm

Announcement of the full festival lineup, NME, April 29, 2002:
CARLING WEEKEND BILL REVEALED

NME.COM can exclusively announce the line-up for this year’s CARLING WEEKEND FESTIVAL – and there’s a few surprises.

NME readers’ favourite band The Strokes, winners of three NME Carling Awards this year, are to co-headline the main stage of the festival which takes place in Reading and Leeds over the Bank Holiday weekend of August 23-26.

The Strokes weren’t planning to return to the UK this year, but they have been persuaded to play the Carling Weekend and this will be the only chance to see the New Yorkers again in 2002. By August, the band should also be ready to unveil more new songs which are destined for the follow-up to their hit debut ‘Is This It’. The Strokes and Pulp are the co-headliners at Reading on Friday (August 23) and Leeds on Saturday (August 24), with Weezer and The White Stripes also appearing on those days.

The real surprise is the long threatened return of legendary rock band Guns 'N Roses, who are co-headlining the Carling Weekend at Leeds on Friday, August 23. Due to other commitments, though, Guns 'N Roses will not play Reading.

Jane's Addiction, another rock giant from the past, are also confirmed to play the festival – an exclusive appearance and the band’s first show in the UK for a decade.

Prodigy also return to play their first UK shows in four years, co-headlining Reading on Sunday (August 25) and Leeds on Friday (August 23). Their long-awaited new single, set to be ‘Baby’s Got A Temper’, is due for release in July. US rockers The Offspring appear on the same bill, co-headlining at Reading only.

Foo Fighters headline Reading on Saturday (August 24) and Leeds on Sunday (August 25). Also appearing on this bill are Muse (with their only UK shows this year), Ash, Sum 41, A, Less Than Jake and Andrew WK, with further special guests to be announced.

On the Carling Weekend bill for Prodigy, The Offspring and Guns 'N Roses, NME.COM can also reveal that Slipknot, Incubus and NOFX will be playing.

The headliners of the Evening Session Stage are confirmed as Feeder, as tipped on NME.COM, Spiritualized and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The first act announced for the Dance Stage is The Streets.

Tickets are priced £90 plus booking fee for the weekend, including camping and parking. Day tickets are priced £39 plus booking fee. For tickets call the NME Ticketline on 0870 1 663 663. Calls are charged at national standard rate.
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