Guns N’ Roses, the iconic rock band known for their electrifying performances, recently closed out the Glastonbury festival. While their set received a warm reception from fans, it drew mixed reviews from certain UK publications, including The Telegraph and The Independent. Rather than ignoring the criticism, Guns N’ Roses decided to confront the critics head-on, engaging in a Twitter exchange.
Unleashing a Fierce Response
As Guns N’ Roses faced criticism of their Glastonbury performance, they chose not to remain silent but instead sent out a bold tweet quoting their own track “Chinese Democracy” and addressing the journalists directly. The tweet stated: “…it would take a lot more hate than you,” with the critics tagged.
— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) June 27, 2023
This direct engagement with the critics surprised many, as it showcased the band’s willingness to stand up for themselves and address negative reviews head-on.
A Clash of Words
One of the journalists, Neil McCormick from The Telegraph, responded to the band’s tweet by questioning the fans’ reactions and likening it to the fervor of offended fans of K-pop boy bands when faced with a negative review. McCormick defended his perspective, emphasizing that he was present in the crowd during the performance and challenging the band’s followers.
The exchange on Twitter highlighted the tension between music critics and passionate fans, as well as the artists themselves who often find themselves at odds with reviewers.
A History of Confrontation
This is not the first time Guns N’ Roses have engaged in verbal battles with music critics. Their song “Get In The Ring” from the 1991 album “Use Your Illusion II” serves as a prime example of the band’s willingness to confront their detractors directly. The song features explicit lyrics aimed at specific journalists who had criticized the band in the past.
Guns N’ Roses’ readiness to confront critics showcases their fierce determination and refusal to be silenced, regardless of the platform or medium.
GnR fans going off like offended teenieboppers cos someone doesn't love their heroes as much as they do, boohoo. This is every critic's Twitter timeline after they've given a K-pop boyband a bad review. It's 3 stars ffs. And yeah, I was in the (slowly shrinking) crowd. Were you? https://t.co/fA8gaOLXkc
— Neil McCormick (@neil_mccormick) June 28, 2023