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Gas-guzzler; Kanye beats rain at V by being driven to the stage in a Merc.

LAZY US rapper Kanye West was chauffeured to the stage at the V Festival in a luxury Mercedes - even though it was only 50 yards from his dressing room.

He was picked up by the silver car outside his dressing room just before his set at Stafford's Weston Park.

Bemused revellers in the VIP area watched as the star ran into the car, protected from the rain by a security guard holding an umbrella.

"We were walking past the gated artists' area when we saw Kanye run out of his dressing room into the car," says a bemused fan. "His Portakabin was only a few yards from the stage.

"I suppose he didn't fancy braving the British weather all the rest of us were suffering. If I could have been chauffeured around the site, I would have been a much happier person.

"Let's just hope he doesn't bleat on about the environment. He obviously wasn't concerned when he was being driven around in his gas-guzzling Mercedes."

Kanye, who has just announced a gig at Wolverhampton's Civic Hall on December 9, was a huge hit at the festival.

Wearing his trademark sunglasses and a red sweatshirt covered in gold bars, he performed to thousands of rainsoaked music fans.

But instead of being inspired by their stance against the weather, the star was back in his car to be driven back to his dressing room after he finished his set.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Aug 26, 2007
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