1988

1988

“The world’s most dangerous band”

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I 1988, da GnR åbnede for Iron Maiden og Aerosmith, begyndte berømmelsen virkelig at tage fart, og en verdensturne blev stablet på benene, og hele Appetite For Destruction turnéen spillede de i alt for over 2,3 mio mennesker! Det mest berygtede øjeblik dette år, var showet ved Monsters of Rock i England, hvor to fans blev mast til døde under deres show. Der skete også mange andre ting, som du kan læse herunder, som var med til at give bandet øgenavnet “The world’s most dangerous band“. Bandmedlemmerne optrådte også ofte berusede, både før og efter koncerterne.

Januar

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Axl, Santa Monica, CA, 5. januar, 1988

05 – GnR åbner for Great White ved KNAC’s andet velgørenhedshow for børn i Santa Monica, CA. “The Party Ninjas” var et navn, der blev brugt, når en bunke af forskellige rocktyper spiller i “all star jams“. Vince Neil var den store stjerne begge år ved velgørenhedshowet og lukkede showet ved at spille tre eller fire covernumre.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Welcome To The Jungle, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Paradise City, Mama Kin

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10 – Et overraskelsesshow, hvor GnR dukkede op på the Whisky i L.A. for at deltage i “Rock City News Benefit Concert for Ruben Blue“, Hollywood rock magasinet der hjalp en masse folk dengang. På plakaten var også Faster PussycatCathouseThe ZeroesD’Molls og FunhouseVince Neil, der var populær på dette tidspunkt kom ud og sang ekstranumrene. Se GnR’s optræden med “Used To Love Her” med Howard Teman her.

Tony Padilla: “This was a surprise appearance after their first year of touring the Appetite album, which had three huge hit singles when they played this 1/10/88 gig. They showed up to help fight a lame lawsuit against Ruben at Rock City News, the Hollywood rock mag that helped a lot of people then. (I was a contributing writer with the byline of Phantom.) Adler hand was broken and he couldn’t play (or so I heard.) Also on the bill was Faster Pussycat, Cathouse, The Zeros, D’Molls and Funhouse. Vince Neil came out to sing FP’s encore. He was a pretty successful guy at this point and it showed when he stood beside this newer batch of L.A. rockers. This was a little bigger than the average show, but it’s still a good representation of how this part of the scene looked, sounded and felt on any given night. (Tom Cruise wasn’t a rocker and he was never seen at any rock shows.) MC Riki Rachtman wasn’t a TV VJ yet, he was owner of The Cathouse, where FP was the ongoing house band (and singer Taime Downe was Riki’s co-partner). The Cathouse is where throngs of stripper gals went to dance to hard rock songs on Thursday nights and rocker guys showed to score. These dudes would never be seen with their long hair in a mainstream pop dance club playing Michael Jackson–but at the Cathouse, some would even dance!”

Bandet vender tilbage til Rumbo Studio igen med Mike Clink, denne gang for at arbejde på nogle akustiske sange, “Patience“, “Used To Love Her“, “One In A Million“, “Cornchucker” og  en ny version af “You’re Crazy“. Det var meningen at disse sange skulle være b-side materiale eller muligvis en EP. Læs mere her.

14 – GnR optræder som The Drunk Fux sammen med West Arkeen og Del James på Coconut Teaszer i Hollywood. “Yesterdays” spilles for første gang, Axl fortæller de vil prøve at indspille den næste uge. Axl synger “Yesterdays” og “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“, og deler vers på “Honky Tonk Women“.
SætlisteI Got A Line On You, Wishing Well, Communication Breakdown, Scarred For Life,  Sentimental Movie, Yesterdays, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Born To Be Wild, Honky Tonk Women

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21 – Steven’s første show ved The Cathouse i Hollywood efter han brækkede hans arm. Speciel gæsteoptræden af  Vince Neil fra Mötley Crüe på “Whole Lotta Rosie“. Under ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ siger Axl at GnR er på god fod med Jetboy igen, og tilegner sangen til Todd Crew.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Used To Love Her, Patience, Sweet Child O’ Mine, My Michelle, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Paradise City, Whole Lotta Rosie [m/ Vince Neil]

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Duff, Axl & Slas, The Limelight, 31. januar, 1988

31 – Første headliner turne i USA begynder på The Limelight i New York. Sjældent akustisk/elektrisk show. Den eneste kendte optræden med ‘Cornshucker,’ der var skrevet af Duff & sunget af Duff & Axl ved dette show. ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ starter det elektriske sæt. Axl synger få linier af ‘Not Fade Away‘ af The Rolling Stones i begyndelsen af ‘Mr. Brownstone.’ Axl forlader kortvarigt scenen efter den anden version af ‘Patience,’ der var et improviseret jam. Han var sur fordi de oprindeligt ikke skulle have spillet dette show. Bandet jammer så på nogle sange. Under ‘Instrumental Jam‘ efter ‘Patience,’ synges dele af ‘Whole Lotta Rosie‘ & ‘Born To Be Wild‘ af Axl. Roadien Ronnie Schneider synger ‘You Shook Me‘ & ‘Rock And Roll,’ begge Led Zeppelin numre. ‘Rock And Roll‘ byder på ‘Living Loving Maid‘ intro. Igen vender Axl tilbage under ‘Rock And Roll‘ for at hjælpe med på vokaler. SætlisteOne In A Million, Patience, Cornshucker, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Used To Love Her, Don’t Cry,Welcome To The Jungle, It’s So Easy, Not Fade Away / Mr. Brownstone, Patience, Instrumental Jam, Rocket Queen [Instrumental] , You Shook Me, Rock And Roll, Instrumental Jam

Slash: “I remember playing the Limelight. We didn’t take it all that seriously: our plan was to just fly in and use some other band’s equipment. […] we missed our flight because Axl was running late. […] By the time we got to New York City, it was time to go right to the show. […] I’d slept maybe an hour on the plane. […] It was a pretty good night. The only problem was the dreaded moment when we had to play “Sweet Child O’ Mine”. It took me ten minutes to get those first eight notes together. […] I think it was the same night that I stage-dove and the crowd parted like the Red Sea and let me hit the floor.”

Duff: “Two night before [the Ritz] show, we decided to play a semi-acoustic surprise show a a venue in Manhattan called the Limelight, a former church. By the time we headed into the sanctuary, everyone in the band was so fucked up that we lost members one by one as the set progressed. eventually everyone except me and Axl went down. It was a comical gig, but I took something serious away from it. I told myself I would never get so deep in my cups that I wouldn’t be able to play” [Duff’s biografi, “It’s So Easy”, 2011, s.132].

Axl går fra bandet igen i protest efter showet, men tre dage senere var han tilbage igen!

Februar

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The Dead Pool, 1988 (Izzy er ude af billedet)

Imellem februar og marts er GnR statister i Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry film “The Dead Pool“. Se Jim Carrey mime til “Welcome To The Jungle” her. Bandets første scene kan ses her.

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GnR, The Ritz, New York, 2. februar, 1988

02 – Dette show var et MTV special ved The Ritz, New York, NY, også udsendt på mange FM radiostationer. GnR var på samme plakat som Great White. En fuld video eksisterer af denne optræden. Slash stagediver efter ‘Rocket Queen‘ En klippet udgave af showet blev vist på MTV.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Sweet Child O’ Mine, My Michelle, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Paradise City, Mama Kin, Rocket Queen

Duff: “I once had a bad experience with [an active bass]. We were playing a live show for MTV and at the beginning of our first song, “It’s So Easy,” I hit a note and… nothing. The battery was dead. So I threw the bass back to my tech, got my passive Fender Jazz Bass Special and kept on playing.”

Axl: “Something always happen at the end of the show for me for some reason. I don’t know why. It’s like the last song, something happens. You can see on the live MTV thing. Everything was pro except this ??? man that didn’t have a clue at what was going on. The crowd’s hearing the show and everything’s great. We’re hearing spaceships land on the stage, echos, screaming feedback, the drummer doesn’t know – Steven doesn’t know what’s going on.”

Steven: “MTV had contacted our management about taping one of our live performances while in the Apple, and it was scheduled for our appearance at the Ritz on February 2. Label mates Great White opened for us. After their set, it was time for us to hit the stage. I’m all ready to go, and fucking Axl is holding us up. Of all the times for him to do this. MTV was there, and this was huge, but eventually the MTV guys were like, “We gotta go, we gotta get this going, guys”. Axl’s like, “Fuck it. I’m not going on unless I have my bandanna!” Apparently, he couldn’t find it after tearing apart the little hovel they gave us backstage. Of course the rest of the band was avoiding any eye contact with Axl, preferring to wander off, out of earshot, to do their grumbling. Finally, I couldn’t take it anymore. “What’s wrong with you, Axl?” He shrugged me off and continued with his insane tirade. He had all of our roadies looking around for people who had scarves or bandannas. I said, “C’mon, Axl, let’s just go on.” He blurted out, Fuck that. Fuck you. I need a bandanna or a scarf or I’m not doing this. Now, we’re thirty minutes late. The cameramen were tired of standing around and said, “We’re outta here.” I was the only one who was openly begging them to stay: “Please, don’t go, we’ll go on.” I’m sure that’s why I am featured prominently throughout the video, because I showed some respect for the MTV crew. Axl finally found a fucking scarf, some bowder-blue, girly-looking thing, and the show began. He put it on, and he got this Little Rascals Alfalfa look going, because his hair was pushed up, like a ridiculous cowlick, on the back of his head. I’m sitting there playing and just laughing. “You dick, look at you. You couldn’t go on without your scarf, and now you look like you’re in an Our Gang movie.”Someone must have tipped him off, because he finally got wise to it and adjusted the bandanna. In spite of all the drama, the show went off fantastically. It’s become one of the most widely bootlegged performances of the band” [Steven’s biografi, “My Appetite for Destruction”, 2010, s. 156-157]

Slash: “It wasn’t one of our greatest shows by any means: Axl was having vocal problems, and thought we didn’t play badly, we’d play so much better in the recent past. […] That footage is important because it is the essence of the band. The crowd was great.”

GnR turnerer Californien og Arizona med T.S.O.L.  fra 4-12 februar.

04 – Første show med punkrock bandet T.S.O.L. der åbner for GnR i Crest Theatre, Sacramento, CA.

05 – Bandet spiller i Warfield Theatre i San Francisco, CA, hvor Axl takker deres fans for at have hjulpet med at gøre “Welcome To The Jungle“-videoen til et hit, og sikret dem muligheden for at lave en video til “Sweet Child O’ Mine“. Under bandpræsentationen retter Axl sig selv og siger: “I should say I’m introducing the family.” Han fortæller at “Appetite For Destruction” opnåede guld dagen før. Showet blev spillet på Duff’s fødselsdag, og dagen efter er det Axl’s.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Sweet Child O’ Mine, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Paradise City, Used To Love Her, Mama Kin

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06 – Bandet spillet et show på Axl’s fødselsdag i Old Town Saloon, Fresno, CA.

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Axl, Slash ved Montezuma Hall, 8. februar, 1988

08 – GnR og T.S.O.L. fortsætter videre til Montezuma Hall ved SDSU, San Diego, CA. Før ‘Move To The City‘, siger Axl: “It’s a loud fucking place!“. Før ‘Mr. Brownstone‘, siger Axl: “You wanna go dancin’? You wanna go dancin with me? My name… my name is…. my name is Mr. Brownstone!” Efter ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ siger Slash: “Hey you fuckers that grabbed the fuckin’ guitars man… just fucking wind the fuck down. If this ends up sounding like shit you end up looking like a dick to a bunch of fucking people!” Axl siger så: “we’ll wind down on this, this is ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine‘” Axl introducerer ‘Used To Love Her‘ som “noget nyt.” Før ‘My Michelle,’ spørger Axl: “San Diego…is this one of those so-called cocaine cities?! Well, oh yeah, this is crystal meth city, I’m sorry! Well I did some of that about a week and a half ago… did a little blast, was up for 4 fucking days! I was taking like 3 quaaludes and a bottle of Nightrain, I couldn’t come down for shit! Called up my girlfriend, “Hey douchebag what’s happening?” She didn’t like that too well at all. She told me about it like a week later. Anyway, this is for the crystal meth and the cocaine heads, this is a song called ‘My Michelle'” ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door‘ tilegnes Todd Crew og “The Champ.” Før ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ siger Axl: “I’ve changed my opinions about some things. One of them being MTV. Hey look dude, we’ve been number 2 or number 3 all week on there!” Før ‘Patience,’ siger Axl: “They say they’ve got this 11 o’clock curfew, so I don’t think we’ll leave the stage right ‘till we have to. Rather than go off now then come back in 5 minutes we’ll stay up here for 15.” Axl introducerer bandet efter ‘Patience,’ Slash introducerer ‘Paradise City.’
Sætliste: It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out To Get Me, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Used To Love Her, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Patience, Paradise City, Mama Kin

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09 – GnR spiller det første af 2 shows ved Celebrity Theatre, Anaheim, CA.

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10 – Det andet show ved Celebrity Theatre i Anaheim, CA. Bandet spiller en version af “You’re Crazy” først på langsom, der går over i den hurtige version.

12 – De to næste to Celebrity Theatre shows finder sted i Phoenix, AZAxl fortæller publikum, at de vil filme en video for ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine‘ når de rejser tilbage til L.A. Før ‘Used To Love Her,’ siger Axl at Sam Kinison “på en måde” inspirerede sangen. Axl fortæller at Paul Stanley fra Kiss var interesseret i at producere bandet, sagde han at ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ blev nødt til at blive omskrevet for at blive et “pop” hit. Man behøver ikke at sige, at Paul Stanley ikke fortsatte arbejdet med GnR. Dette er den første dokumenterede optræden med ‘Only Women Bleed‘ af Slash. Af ukendte årsager forlader Axl i slutningen af ‘Nightrain‘ scenen, og bandet afslutter showet uden ham. I et interview med Rock Scene Magazine i juni måned (læs uddrag nedenunder), fortæller Axl at disse shows i Anaheim, er han meget stolt af. De spillede over to timer ved hvert show! Axl fik smidt en sikkerhedsvagt ud, og sikkerhedsvagterne blev efterfølgende fyret, fordi de var for grove mod publikum!
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, Sweet Child O’ Mine, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Used To Love Her, Welcome To The Jungle, Patience, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, You’re Crazy, Nightrain, Drum Solo, Blues Jam

13 – Det andet show ved Celebrity Theatre i Phoenix, AZ blev muligvis aflyst pga. Axl’s stemmeproblemer.

From Rock Scene Magazine [June, 1988] – RS: What are some of the select gigs that stick out in your mind? Axl: The Celebrity Theater in Anaheim, both shows, the second show especially because we were on top of it. We played better than I think we’ve ever played, and I don’t know why. It just felt good, the people were into it, and it wasn’t so much that we knew all the people in the crowd. Perkins Palace, the first couple shows were more that way. Anaheim was, like, the crowd we didn’t really know. It was a crazy show and… we just felt good. We cranked it out for over two hours, and that means going over… You’re not really rehearsing on the road, you’re just playing your set, and when you’re an opening band you’re only playing 45 minutes. Then you gotta remember how to play the other songs that you haven’t played. We pulled a couple songs out of the hat, and did both versions of “You’re Crazy.” That was just really fun to do, cause it wasn’t something we had done before, just pulling things out of the hat the way we did. I got a security guard thrown out of the building. The security guards were actually so rough that night, they lost the contract with the building… I liked that. Everything went real smoothly. We had good sound on stage, which is rare.

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Axl & Alice Cooper, Long Beach, CA.

26 – AxlIzzy & Slash spiller “Under My Wheels” på scenen med Alice Cooper i Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA. Lyt her til livenummeret og studioudgaven.

Alice Cooper: “It was 1988. We were playing the Long Beach Arena, our big LA show. Guns N’ Roses were just breaking big. For the encore, we did ‘Under My Wheels,’ and Axl, Slash, and Izzy came up to play. That was the first time ever that anybody ever joined Alice Cooper onstage. They were the only guests ever in 20 years to be allowed on an Alice Cooper stage because that was my holy ground. It was the only time I ever felt comfortable with someone on my stage. My show doesn’t really allow for guests, but I just said, let’s go ahead and do this.”

Marts Hele månedens planlagte turne med David Lee Roth fra den 4-30. marts blev aflyst.

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31 – GnR optræder akustisk med “You’re Crazy” og “Used To Love Her” for første gang på TV i Fox Late Show. Se det her.

Steven Adler: “On March 31, 1988, we did another acoustic performance, with me playing drums, on a show that was called Fox Late Night, a variety show. It featured a black host (Jeff Joseph), so ‘One In A Million’ was out of the lineup. Instead we did a medtempo version of ‘You’re Crazy’ and also ‘Used To Love Her’. […] The reason why I remember that performance so well is because we played ‘Crazy’ the way it was always meant to be played: slower, sleazy, more bluesy, with much more feeling, and not the frantic sped-up version on Appetite. Even though Axl had to censor himself for TV and leave out all the “fuckin’s,” he did a masterful job, and it’s definitely my favourite rendition of ‘Crazy.'”[Steven’s biografi, “My Appetite for Destruction”, 2012, s160]

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11 – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” musikvideoen indspilles i Ballroom, Huntington Park, CA. Se den her.

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Bandet kl. 6 om morgen efter de lange optagelser til “Sweet Child O’ Mine”

23 – Appetite For Destruction når Billboards Top 10.

GnR turnerer med UDOZodiack Mindwarp and The Love Reaction fra 26 april til 11. maj.

26 – UDO og Zodiac Mindwarp åbner showet i Memorial Auditorium, Burlington, IA.

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27 – The Love Reaction og Zodiac Mindwarp åbner showet i Oshkosh Centre, Oshkosh, WI.

29 – UDO og Zodiac Mindwarp åbner showet i Coronado Theatre, Rockford, IL.

30 – UDO og Zodiac Mindwarp åbner showet i Danville Civic Center, Danville, IL. Dette show var et af deres første headliner-turnéer udenfor vestkysten i Danville, IL., ikke langt fra hvor Axl og Izzy voksede op. Slutningen af “Patience” blev spillet kun instrumentalt da Axl ikke dukkede op igen på scenen (tilsyneladende på grund af tekniske vanskeligheder under ‘Paradise City‘). Se videoen her af “Paradise City“, der desværre mangler slutningen.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Blues Jam, Nightrain, You’re Crazy, Guitar Solo, Paradise City, Patience (Instrumental)

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01 – UDO & Zodiac Mindwarp åbner i Toledo Sports Arena, Toledo, OHAxl nævner at hans forældre kom til showet i Illinois aftenen før, og at de stadig prøver at fortælle ham hvad han skal gøre. Før ‘Patience,’ siger Axl at bandet stadig tænker over hvad de skal gøre med sangen, om den skal på deres kommende EP eller om de gemmer den til næste album. Sætliste: It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, You’re Crazy, Guitar Solo, Blues Jam, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Used To Love Her, Rocket Queen, Patience, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City 

03 – UDO åbner i Devos Hall, Grand Rapids, MI. Begge bands spiller for omkring 2000 tilskuere. Slash går ned blandt publikum og spiller, og bagefter kommenterer Axl at det var virkeligt skørt og farligt af ham at gøre det, men han blev dog ikke voldsomt generet af det. GnR gik på omkring kl. 22. og spillede hvad der virkede som en evighed med en masse improvisationer, men anmeldelserne af showet var generelt positive.

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05 – Zodiack Mindwarp and The Love Reaction åbner i Music Hall, Cleveland,OH.

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06 – Zodiack Mindwarp and The Love Reaction åbner i Saginaw Civic Center, Saginaw, MI.

07 – UDO & Zodiac Mindwarp åbner i State Theater, Detroit, MI.

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09 – UDO & Zodiac Mindwarp åbner i Felt Forum, New York, NY. Dette shows højdepunkt, er ‘Don’t Cry,’ der ikke var udgivet på dette tidspunkt. Axl nævner hvordan han har sovet hele dagen væk. Slash headbanger voldsomt sidst i ‘My Michelle‘, hvilket resulterer i, at Axl der står lige ved siden af ham, få en på kassen! Axl fortæller historien bag ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ før de spiller den. “Blues jam“, der sommetider spilles, og nævnes som ‘The Avenger“, er faktisk bare et blues jam. Slash introducerer ‘Nightrain‘ og tilegner den til fans fra New YorkAxl annoncerer de vender tilbage til New York den 16. August med Aerosmith, hvis ikke de dør af en overdosis først!
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Rocket Queen, Patience, Used To Love Her, My Michelle, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Guitar Solo, Blues Jam, You’re Crazy, Nightrain, Don’t Cry, Mama Kin, Paradise City

Interviewer: When I saw you, you were improvising madly, Slash was really working out, Axl was dancing around all while Steven and Duff were plugging away seemingly in their own world. Yet at a certain point, you five stopped on a dime!

Izzy: It’s amazing to me. That night at the Felt Forum in New York when you saw us was a particularly good night. I mean, sometimes we make bad mistakes onstage too. I remember in the old days we’d go so nuts we’d fall right off the stage. Sometimes we’d jump off the stage on purpose. You can’t stay too tight when you do that!

Interviewer: I saw kids getting crunched up to the foot of the stage and having to be rescued by security guards. I saw kids hurling themselves on top of other people right in front of you. Does that happen at every gig?

Izzy: Oh, that was one of the more mellow gigs. In Europe, it’s like a football game. Kids are flying through the air and landing on stage all the time.

Interviewer: How can you keep playing?

Izzy: It’s not easy. Many times I’ll be playing and some big kid will be hurtling through the air at 100 miles per hour right at me. I can’t imagine what that must look like from the audience. But I’m sure it adds an excitement to the show. When these kids go flying past me and I never see it coming, it gives me a rush of adrenalin like you wouldn’t believe.

Interviewer: That’s downright dangerous!

Izzy: Sure it is. But it’s also on the edge and that’s what makes good rock ‘n’ roll.

Interviewer: That’s what I like too. You never know what’s gonna happen at a Guns N’ Roses concert.

Izzy: We don’t even know ourselves from one minute to the next. We don’t even use a songlist anymore.

Interviewer: When Axl rode that bicycle across the stage, people freaked!

Izzy: I had no idea he would do that. It caught me by surprise [Superstar facts, Interview med Izzy, 1988]

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10 – UDO & Zodiac Mindwarp åbner i Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PASætliste: It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Blues Jam, You’re Crazy, Nightrain, Paradise City, Used To Love Her, Mama Kin, Patience, Reckless Life, Don’t Cry

11 – UDO & Zodiac Mindwarp åbner i Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA. Denne sætliste er delvis ukomplet. Hvad der blev spillet mellem ‘Patience‘ & ‘Paradise City‘ er ukendt. Efter ‘It’s So Easy,’ fortæller Axl hvor godt det er at være tilbage i Boston. Han tilegner ‘Out Ta Get Me‘ til: “the asshole who stole my fucking skateboard last night!” Før ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ fortæller Axl en lang historie om at tomle omkring Boston et par år tilbage. Under ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ siger Axl at dette er deres sidste show af deres headliner-turne, og at de vil slutte sig til Iron Maiden i Canada efter dette. Før ‘Mama Kin,’ siger Axl at de vil åbne for Aerosmith den 24, 25 & 26 August i Great Woods. På et tidspunkt under showet, er der en fan der løber på scenen, og Axl banker ham i ryggen med sit mikrofonstativ. Se dokumentar om teatret her.

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Fra den 13. maj til 9. juni åbner GnR for Iron Maiden’s Seventh Tour of the Seventh  Tour sammen med Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction.

13 – GnR’s første show hvor de åbner for Iron Maiden i Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, Canada. Sættet blev forkortet, da de var tvunget til at stoppe efter fans blev ved med at kaste ting mod scenen og på bandmedlemmerne. Axl blev ramt af en øldåse under “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“, og fortalte publikum: “I don’t like warm beer, especially not Alpine.” Axl sluttede showet med ordene: “Fuck You Moncton!!!
Sætliste It’s So Easy, Mr.Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle

14 – Axl fortæller publikum i Metro Centre, Halifax, Nova Scotia, at de begyndte deres Appetite For Destruction turné præcis 9 måneder tidligere d. 14. august, 1987. Før “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” bliver Axl provokeret af en mand fra publikum og udfordrer ham til at komme op på scenen til en slåskamp.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

16 – Bandet i Quebec Coliseum, Quebec City, Canada, spiller et ukendt sæt, men man ved at de spillede “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“.

17 – Axl roser publikummet i Montreal Forum, Montreal, Canada, fordi han synes de lyder som en lille klub i New York. Efter “Sweet Child O’ Mine” fortaller Axl at sidste gang de spillede i Canada blev deres albumcover bandlyst pga. den sjofle forside. Før “Used To Love Her” fortæller han, at de kun har to minutter tilbage af deres tid.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, My Michelle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Used To Love Her

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Slash backstage i Ottowa Civic Center, 18.maj, 1988

18 – Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction åbner i Ottawa Civic Center, Ottawa, CanadaAxl er i et voldsomt humør, og udtaler at han vil dræbe nogen inden “My Michelle.” Under introduktionen, fortæller Axl publikum, at de skal huske deres navn, fordi de vil høre meget til dem igennem de næste par år! Tal lige om forudsigelse! Axl introducerer ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ som: “…a cover song written by a bunch of faggots called Guns N’ Roses, this is Welcome To The Jungle!
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Nightrain, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City

20 – Zodiac Mindwarp & The Love Reaction åbner i CNE Grandstand, Toronto, Canada. Efter “Mr. Brownstone” skriger Slash at det er for koldt for ham. Axl fortæller at “Appetite” fik guld den dag. ‘Out Ta Get Me‘ tilegnes de canadiske embedsmænd der bandlyste albummet. Axl introducerer ‘My Michelle‘ som: “…a song about a different kind of snow.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle

23 – Efter ‘It’s So Easy,’ fortæller Axl at de ikke har været i Winnipeg Arena, Winnipeg, Canada i 8 måneder, siden de turnerede med The Cult. Stor overraskelse, da bandet spiller Nazareth’s “Hair Of The Dog.” De havde set en Nazareth koncert aftenen før dette show. Axl tilegner sangen til deres 20 års jubilæum, og han tilføjer, at han håber at bandet kan holde bare halvt så længe!
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Rocket Queen, Hair Of The Dog, Out Ta Get Me, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Guitar Solo, Paradise City

26 – Bandet spiller for omkring 2500 (plads til omkring 17,500) tilskuere i Northlands Arena, Edmonton, Canada. Det eneste nummer man ved blev spillet her, er “Paradise City“. Axl gloede måbende på alle de tomme sæder. Det rygtedes at Axl kom op at slås med politichefens søn, da denne passerede Axl imellem to trailere. Under Iron Maidens show, startede Bruce Dickinson et skænderi med én fra publikum. De var alle i bandet tydeligt ophidset over det fesne show! Læs en anmeldelse her.

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27 – Showet i Saddledome, Calgary, Canada, spilles uden Duff, der er vendt tilbage til Los Angeles for at blive gift med kæresten MandyStephen “Haggis” Harris fra The Cult overtager hans plads. Axl smider mikrofonen og hopper ned i publikum for at slås med en provokatør under sidste sang.
SætlisteOut Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Guitar Solo [Slash], Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City

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Duff & Mandy

28 – Duff gifter sig for første gang med sin kæreste Mandy Brixx, det holdt dog kun i to år, da de blev skilt den 1. april, 1990.

30 – Axl fortæller publikum i PNE Coliseum, Vancouver, Canada, at de er den mest larmende mængde han har hørt i Canada. På optagelsen af showet kan man høre Axl skriger helt vildt, som om han bevidst prøver at ødelægge sin stemme (mest under “Out Ta Get Me“).
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Paradise City

31 – Bandet vender tilbage til USA igen i Spokane Coliseum, Spokane, WA.

Juni

Ifølge Slash havde bandet allerede skrevet masser af nye sange. To af dem var ‘Perfect Crime‘ og ‘You Could Be Mine‘. Bandet planlagde at gå i studiet i oktober, november og have et nyt album ude i midten af 1989.

01 – Duff er hjemme igen i sin fødeby i Seattle Center Coliseum, Seattle, WAAxl nævner at ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ er deres nye video. Enten Slash eller Izzy spiller en bid af Van Halen’s ‘Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love‘ under bandintroduktionen. Axl fortæller om dengang de spillede på Gorilla Gardens et par år tidligere, og om den bedste pot man kan få i Seattle. Han siger også at han begyndte at skrive på ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ imens han var i byen. ‘Nightrain‘ vinder da Axl spørger publikum at stemme for den eller ‘Paradise City.’
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, It Tastes Good, Don’t It?, Rocket Queen, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain

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03 – “Sweet Child O’ Mine” bliver udgivet i USA på Single. Den bliver bandets første N.1 Single! Om aftenen spiller de i Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT.

05 – Bandet spiller for første gang en sang de arbejder på “It Tastes Good, Don’t It?” i Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA. Axl siger det er en sang de fandt på for sjov. Sangen leder ind i “Mr. Brownstone“. Før “Out Ta Get Me” fortæller Axl at de normalt tilegner sangen til personer den samme dag, men de vil tilegne den i stedet til folk der siger at rockkoncerter ikke er godt for nogen, og hvad de ellers vil bestemme over nogen. Slash spiller dele af ‘Stairway To Heaven‘ & ‘Cat Scratch Fever‘ i hans guitar solo.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, It Tastes Good, Don’t It?, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Used To Love Her, Guitar Solo, Nightrain

06 – Axl ødelagde sin stemme ved dette show i California Exhibition Center, Sacramento, CA. Før showet havde Axl det ikke så godt, men Iron Maiden og GnR var lige begyndt at enes bedre sammen på turnéen, da Axl af uvisse grunde går ind rummet hvor crewet fra begge bands opholder sig, og væltede et af bordene og løb ud igen. Han var tydeligvis frustreret over et eller andet han hørte ved bordet. Læs et avisudklip her.

08 – L.A. Guns overtager GnR’s plads ved showet i Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CASlash & Izzy jammer med L.A. Guns som et slags plaster på såret over det aflyste show pga. Axl’s ødelagte stemme. Axl nægtede at komme ud af sit hotelværelse før showet.

09 – L.A. Guns åbner for Iron Maiden i Irvine Meadows, Irvine, CA.  GnR minus Axl optræder med L.A. Guns som plaster på såret over den nu helt aflyste turné med Iron Maiden. De spiller “Marseilles” og “It’s So Easy” med Duff på vokal. ‘Marseilles‘ blev originalt skrevet af Angel City. De fleste folk tager fejl af ‘Marseilles‘ og tror det er Kiss sangen ‘Nothin To Lose.’Under et af disse to shows går SlashSteven og LA. Guns på scenen med Maiden for at synge omkvædet på ‘Heaven Can Wait.’

15 – Slash & Duff spiller igen med L.A. Guns i Long Beach Arena, CA. Resten af Iron Maiden turnéen fra den 10-29. juni, aflyses mens Axl får tid til at hele sine stemmeproblemer.

Juli

09 – En speaker fortæller publikum i Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, at Axl har stemmeproblemer. Axl fortæller hvordan hans læger har rådet ham til ikke at synge pga. faren for helt at miste stemmen igen. Dette show spilles for at skaffe penge til leukæmifonden, og er et af to opvamningsshows før Aerosmith-turnéen. Man ved at “It’s So Easy” & “Mr. Brownstone” blev spillet.

10 – Opvarmnings-show før Aerosmith turneen i Celebrity Theatre, Phoenix, AZ, hvor Slash eller Izzy spiller kendingsmelodien fra Green Acres før ‘It’s So Easy.’ Axl introducerer Steven som: “…the best drummer in our band!
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Used To Love Her, Guitar Solo, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Patience, Mama Kin, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Nightrain

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Fra den 17. juli til 15. september åbner GnR for Aerosmith på deres Permanent Vacation Tour. Aerosmith var på vej tilbage igen med deres seneste comeback-album, og  fra rehab, så selvom de var tørlagte, bad de GnR om at respektere at de ikke ville have åben druk/stoffer på turnéen, men holde det til omklædningsrummet.

17 – Første show på Aerosmith’s turné i Poplar Creek Music Theatre, Hoffman Estates, ILAxl fortæller at dette er turneen de har ventet på at spille i 10 år. Steven introduceres igen som “…the best drummer in our band!” Axl kommer i slåskamp med nogen under ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine,’ så han misser nogle linjer.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Rocket Queen, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

Slash: “The First night of the Aerosmith tour was tumultuous: it started in Illinois, and while the rest of us showed up early enough to watch them sound-check, Axl was missing in action until half an hour before show-time. I remember Steven Tyler coming up to me and saying, “Hey…so where’s your singer?” It’s become a recurring punch line; it’s his standard greeting whenever he sees me. Axl showed up the very last minute, which obviously caused tension to be high all around, but we played well enough to make up for it” [Slash’s biografi, “Slash”, 2007, s.233]

19 – Axl fortæller publikum i Richfield Coliseum, Richfield, OH, at “Move To The City” bliver udgivet på en kommende EP.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, Rocket Queen, Mr. Brownstone, Guitar Solo, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine

20 – GnR spiller i Wheeling Civic Center, Wheeling, WV.

22 – GnR spiller i Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, MO.

23 – “Appetite” når førstepladsen i USA.

23 – Dagen hvor “Appetite” nåede førstepladsen på de amerikanske hitliste.

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Starplex Amphitheatre, 24. juli, 1988

24 – Før bandet gik på scenen ved Starplex Amphitheatre, Dallas, TX, fejrede bandet og crewet Slash’s 23 års fødselsdag, som han havde dagen før, med en kage hvorpå der stod: “Happy Fuckin’ Birthday, You Fucker.” Slash fejrede det ved at drikke Stolichnaya vodka i stedet for hans sædvanlige Jack Daniels Bourbon, der farvede hans tunge helt sort efter to flasker om dagen. Den eneste der ikke så helt tilfreds ud, var Axl, der havde tilbragt de to sidste dage låst inde på sit hotelværelse, og nægtede at svare telefonen. Mens Slash fik sin kage, varmede Axl sin stemme op ved at synge ind over Queenryche’s “The Needle Lies”  (Lyt her)på fuld volumen. Slash undrede sig over om han var paranoid, eller om det var en hentydning til hans misbrugsproblemer. Axl rejste nu i sin egen bus, fordi han havde brug for “plads”. I et senere interview indrømmede Axl, at det var fordi han ikke ønskede at være sammen med de andre når de tog stoffer eller drak sig fulde.

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26 – GnR spiller i Sandstone Amphitheatre, Bonner Springs, KS. 27 – Axl fraråder publikum i Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA at spilde deres penge på “The Dead Pool“, som bandet medvirker i. Han fortæller også at de blev nødt til at aflyse resten af Iron Maiden turnéen pga. hans stemmeproblemer. SætlisteMr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, Rocket Queen, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, It Tastes Good, Don’t It?

29 – Axl skælder ud på Wisconsins politi i Alpine valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI. Han introducerer “Used To Love Her” med ordene: “this is what you do when your sweet child becomes a pain in the ass.”
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Paradise City, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Used To Love Her, Welcome To The Jungle

30 – Axl takker de 14.000 tilskuere i Val Du Lakes Amphitheatre, Mears, MI, for at hjælpe en plade der siger “fuck” meget til tops. Axl nævner at ‘Used To Love Her‘ blev skrevet som en joke baseret på et andet bands kærlighedssang. Læs en anmeldelse her. Og her.

August

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Interview med GnR i august, 1988

01 – GnR indtager River Bend Music Center, Cincinnati, OHAdam Day får jobbet som Slash’s guitartekniker.

“The rock show of the summer paired a newly sober Aerosmith (no booze or drugs were allowed backstage) with an up-and-coming band that sorely tested that prohibition, Guns ‘N Roses. Yes, the future stadium headliner was an opening act at Riverbend, as Axl and the boys tried to show what they could do in a short, front-of-the-curtain set.”

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02 – Der var omkring 16.800 tilskuere til showet i Market Square Arena, Indianapolis, IN. Før ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ skælder Axl ud på Indiana! Han siger bl.a., at han så AC/DC spille på denne arena omkring 7 eller 8 år før, og han blev arresteret ved det show. (AC/DC showet var den 28. November, 1981) Han fortalte yderligere om alle de gange (20+) han var blevet arresteret på falsk grundlag! Senere fortæller han at bandet muligvis kan give dem et dobbeltalbum til næste sommer! Axl sagde, at det var det mest lydhøre publikum de havde spillet for nogensinde!
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Welcome To The Jungle, Used To Love Her, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Guitar Solo, Paradise City

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Duff & Axl i Philadelphia, 4. august, 1988

04 – Bandet spiller det første af to shows i Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA. Før ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ skælder Axl ud på en parkeringsvagt og en betjent, der prøvede at forhindre ham i at køre ind til showet. Axl fortæller at betjenten sagde til ham: “fuck your civil rights, I’m the law.” Se Axl fortælle om det her.  Axl introducerer Slash som: “the devil with the Les Paul.” En Pro-Shot video blev optaget af dette show.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, Guitar Solo, Blues Jam, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, Used To Love Her

“In Philadelphia, just minutes before a concert, Axl got into a fight with a parking-lot attendant who, Axl says, shoved Stuart, Axl’s younger brother and personal assistant. Doug Goldstein, the group’s tough but temperate and shrewd tour manager, persuaded the police to release Axl in time for the show” [1988.11.17, Interview]

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05 – Andet show i Philadelphia Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA. 06 – “AFD” når førstepladsen på Billboards Top 200 for første gang. Om aftenen spiller de i Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY. Tilskuerne var voldsomme, og der manglede nok sikkerhedsvagter til at holde styr på det hele. En masse fans rendte derfor på scenen, hvilket tvang bandet til at ende sættet tidligt.

“In Saratoga Springs, New York, a local paper reported, “police and security guards are calling it a night they won’t soon forget.” “There was nearly a riot,” Izzy says. “I get off on that kind of vibe, where everything’s just about ready to crack. When there’s 25,000 people and they have, like, three security guys. God, it was intense, man. It was just on that fucking edge of 25,000 people coming down to the stage. When fans began sprinting onstage, the band bailed out” [1988.11.17, Interview med bandet]

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Axl & Steven, Middletown, NY, 7. august, 1988

07 – Axl præsenterer Slash i Orange County Fairgrounds, Middletown, NY, med ordene: “…evil does have its honest side and it’s a man called Slash.” Bandet begynder på ‘You’re Crazy‘ men Axl stopper den og siger at de vil give fansene hvad de vil have, så de spiller ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine‘ istedet.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Patience, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, Guitar Solo, Blues Jam, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle

09 – Endnu et uroligt show i Cayuga County Fairgrounds, Weedsport, NY, som i Saratoga SpringsAxl beskrev dette show som: “just, like, psycho.

11 – Første show af tre i Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI.

12 – Andet show i Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI.

13 – Tredje og sidste show i Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI. Før ‘Patience,’ fortæller Axl publikum at de vil genudgive Live Like A Suicide på en ny EP, “GN’R Lies.” Showet gik meget dårligt for bandet, så de endte deres sæt 5 minutter før tid. Backstage, forårsagede AxlIzzy & Duff en del skader, hvor de smed med flasker og sparkede på væggene.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, Mr. Brownstone, It’s So Easy, Welcome To The Jungle, Patience, Blues Jam, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Sweet Child O’ Mine

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GnR, Giants Stadium, 16. august, 1988

16 – GnR åbner for Deep Purple & Aerosmith i Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ. Sekvenser til ‘Paradise City‘ videoen blev optaget ved dette show. Det blev instrueret helt alene med telefon og høretelefoner af Nigel DickAxl fortæller publikum at der vil være en ny EP ude, med en akustisk version af ‘You’re Crazy.’ Mens Slash introducerer “Blues Jam“, råber Axl til sikkerhedsfolkene, og kalder dem “røvhuller.” Radio annoncer for dette show kaldes “Triple Dynamite.”
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Paradise City, You’re Crazy (Akustisk), Out Ta Get Me, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Used To Love Her

Slash: “We played Giants Stadium on that tour, with Deep Purple on the bill. That stadium is so huge and we had so much room on that stage that we could really run around; we were always good at that. We did a forty-five-minute set and we played “Paradise City” twice because we were shooting it for a video. The crowd just freaked. That stadium can hold eighty thousand, and even though it wasn’t completely full, we’d never played to a crowd that large. The energy was incredible. It was one of those moments when I truly realized how popular we were becoming in the “real” world. It was a moment of clarity” [Slash’s biografi, s.233]

17 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MI. Bandet spiller 4 sange fra den kommende EP “GNR Lies: The Sex, The Violence, The Shocking Truth“.
Sætliste: You’re Crazy, Mr. Brownstone, Used To Love Her, Move To The City, Patience, Guitar Solo, Instrumental Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine 

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19 – Bandet er i England til lydprøven for det kommende Monsters of Rock festival, som headlines af Iron MaidenKissDavid Lee RothMegadeth & Helloween.

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Slash, Monsters of Rock, 20. august, 1988

20 – Dagen oprinder for bandet i Castle Donington Park, Leicestershire, England, hvor de bla. optager til den kommende musikvideo “Paradise City“. Adskillige gange under showet bliver bandet nødt til at stoppe for at bede de 90.000 tilskuere om at slappe af og træde nogle skridt tilbage. Uvidende om hvad der skete blot 15 meter fra scenen, sker det uundgåelige – to fans dør, da de bliver mast under fødderne i mudderet, der næsten skjuler dem. Axl’s besked til tilskuerne før “You’re Crazy“, er nærmest tragisk: “Don’t try to kill each other, ‘cause we’d like to see you here again!” Axl og Lars Ulrich optræder med Megadeth på “Anarchy In The U.K.” Se hele showet her.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, You’re Crazy, Paradise City, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Patience, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Anarchy In The UK [Axl & Lars Ulrich m/ Megadeth]

Izzy: That was… very strange. I mean, I saw it all go down. I stopped the gig three times. Kids were lookin’ at me, givin’ me this real intense look, like “something really, really bad is going down.” You could read it all in their faces. I tried to stop the band… like three times… but they just kept playing, y’know on and on. Then I turned around and I could see the bodies being pulled out [The Face – “The Daze of Guns N’ Roses”, Januar 1990]

Duff: “I think our performance is kind of secondary to what’s happening in the crowd. They have casualties here. Were you out there at all? I think I saw a casualty happen. It was really weird. It was really strange. We had to stop the show. The P.A. system is kind of screwed up and you don’t get time to have a good sound check so we couldn’t really hear ourselves but we pulled it off. I think we did a good show. But I’m still stunned at the size of the audience and what was happening up front. It was real scary. We all went like, “woah!” […] It was kids piled on kids horizontal on the ground. They were unconscious. And more people kept on falling on them. I saw them! It took about 20 minutes to get everybody out. We stopped the show and they finally pulled the last couple of people out and I think they were dead. It was really weird. I saw no life in those bodies at all. […] [‘Patience’s] on the EP. The crowd needed to settle down and that’s a song that says, “ok, everybody relax and listen”[Interview med Duff, Minutes after the concert]

Slash: “At that show we experienced a frenzied reaction like nothing we’d seen before. The festival broke attendance records that year, surpassing the hundred-thousand mark. There couldn’t have been a better place for us to record live footage…except for the fact that two people were trampled to death at the front of the stage during our set. The audience was crazy, just this sea of surging people. Axl stopped the set a number of times in an effort to control the crowd, but there was no calming them down. We had no idea that anyone was actually hurt let alone killed; after we’d done the gig and were celebrating in a nearby pub, Alan came in completely distraught and gave us the news. It was horrible; none of us knew what to do: something that had been a cause for celebration a moment before had become a tragedy” [Slash’s biografi, 2007, s.236]

24 – Axl fortæller publikum ved det første show af tre i Great Woods Mansfield, MA, at de lige er vendt tilbage fra England og har opholdt sig i Boston de sidste tre dage. Axl præsenterer Steven med ordene: “The biggest pot-head I’ve ever seen!” Bandet spiller den instrumentale version af “Ain’t Goin’ Down” efter Slash’s guitarsolo.
SætlisteIt’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out To Get Me, Patience, Welcome To The Jungle, Band Introductions, Guitar Solo, Ain’t Goin’ Down jam, Paradise City, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door

25 – Andet show i Great Woods Mansfield, MAAxl laver en sjov parodi på  Wrestlemania.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, Guitar Solo, Welcome To The Jungle, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Sweet Child O’ Mine

26 – Tredje og sidste show i Great Woods Mansfield, MA.

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GnR i Newark, OH, 28. august, 1988

28 – Axl undskylder til de 19.800 tilskuere for at komme for sent til showet i Buckeye Lake, Hebron, OHAxl: “Sorry about being late, I ain’t used to be up in the fucking daylight, it’s kinda strange! This is something from an EP that will be coming out, this is something called ‘You’re Crazy!‘” Axl ser nogle kameraer under ‘Patience‘ og bliver virkelig vred: “You don’t want me to come down there, fuckface!” Sangen stoppes midlertidigt så Axl kan skælde manden lidt mere ud.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Rocket Queen, My Michelle, Patience, Guitar Solo, Nightrain, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle

30 – Endnu engang er 19.800 tilskuere urolige under showet i Pocono Downs, Wilkes-Barre, PA, og tvinger bandet til at stoppe efter “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“, men genoptages lidt efter.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Welcome To The Jungle, Patience, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

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31 – Axl takker publikummet i Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, PA, for at gøre ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ en #1 single. Han fortæller at Geffen ville skære i sangen, men bandet kæmpede imod, og det lykkedes dem at forhindre det. Axl introducerer Izzy som: “My co-partner in crime for the last 15 years!” Efter hans guitar solo, siger Slash: “This is our first time in, uh, fuckin’ Pittsburgh!” Slash fortæller at ‘Paradise City‘ vil blive deres 4. single.

September

02 – Ifølge en fan der var der i Starwood Amphitheatre, Antioch, TN, blæser GnR Aerosmith af vejen med sin optræden.

03 – Bandet spiller deres første show i St. Louis Arena, St. Louis, MO.

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Axl, MTV Awards, 1988

07 – GnR modtager prisen for “Best New Artist” med deres video “Welcome to the Jungle” i Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA ved MTV’s Video Music Award, hvor de også optræder med sangen, som du kan se herSlash har teen-pornodronningen Traci Lords med på scenen for at hjælpe ham med at tage imod prisen (han datede hende meget kort fordi hun bl.a. fandt ud af han havde et stofmisbrug han ikke kunne stoppe – de gik aldrig i seng med hinanden). Sam Kinison præsenterer bandet, som du kan se her, tidligere på dagen havde Kinison optaget en musikvideo af The Troggs “Wild Thing“, som havde flere kendte musikere med, bl.a Slash & StevenSteven TylerJoey PerryRattBilly IdolSteve VaiRichie Sambora & Jon Bon Jovi og Tommy Lee. Se den video her. Se den vilde liveudgave fra 7. oktober, 1989 i Nassau Coliseum herSam Kinison blev dræbt i en bilulykke i april, 1992.

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08 – Axl’s mikrofon svigter under ‘You’re Crazy‘ i Concord Pavilion, Concord, CA,  og bandet spiller den færdig uden AxlSlash prøver at dæmpe publikum efter dette jam. Axl skælder ud på piger han kalder: “psycho-bitches.”
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, Instrumental Jam, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Guitar Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine

Efter showet samler Nikki Sixx Slash op og de tager begge til Imperial Gardens for at spise aftensmad før de tager videre hjem til Duff. Derefter tager de hen til en klub kaldet Flaming Colossus og Scream Club, før Slash går ud som et lys hos Nikki. Den følgende dag tager de ud til en skydebane og skyder med Nikki’s Baretta .380 og .357.

10 – Axl fortæller publikum i Shoreline Amphitheatre, Mountain View, CA, at han undrer sig over han endnu ikke er blevet vanvittig, og ærgrer sig over der kun er 4 shows tilbage på denne turne. Axl mister åbenbart koncentrationen under sangen, pga. tekniske problemer. Han fortæller før “Move To The City” at GNR Lies EP’en udkommer i Oktober. “My Michelle” tilegnes Aerosmith.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, My Michelle, Paradise City, Patience, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle

12 – Bandet tager en tur til Compton Terrace, Chandler, AZSlash tilegner “Paradise City” til Phoenix.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Guitar Solo, Nightrain, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience

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14 – Under det første show i Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA, synger Axl “Bad Time” som intro til “Sweet Child O’ Mine” (muligvis) for første gang.
Sætliste:  You’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, Guitar Solo, Nightrain, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Welcome To The Jungle, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience

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15 – Andet show i Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, CA, hvor GnR  &  Aerosmith  spillede et udsolgt show for 20.000 tilskuere, var også det sidste show på deres turné med AerosmithAxl & Slash går på scenen med dem og spiller “Mama Kin“. Lyt til den her.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Welcome To The Jungle, Guitar Solo, Paradise City, Used To Love Her, Instrumental Jam, Bad Time [Intro] / Sweet Child O’ Mine, Mama Kin [Axl & Slash m/ Aerosmith] 

Tim Collins (Aerosmith’s manager på denne tid):
“By the end of the tour, Guns N’ Roses were huge.They basically just exploded. We were all pissed that Rolling Stone showed up to do a story on Aerosmith, but Guns N’ Roses ended up on the cover of the magazine. Suddenly, the opening act was bigger than we were. But we felt sorry for them. One, they were so fucked up it was ridiculous. Two, their stupid manager had negotiated a bad deal for them and never bothered to renegotiate it or even complain. Three, they were traveling like Gypsies, their old suitcases held together by twine and gaffers tape. At the end of the tour, we bought them all new Halliburton cases, which their manager took as an insult.”

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17 – GnR åbner for INXS der er hovednavnet ved årets Texas Jam festival i Texas Stadium, Irving, TX, der inkluderede SmithereensZiggy Markey og Iggy PopAxl synger en del af “Drift Away” som intro til “You’re Crazy“. Før Welcome To The Jungle”, siger AxlApologize if, I sound like shit but too many planes and too much cocaine, but you know where the fuck you are?….” Efterfølgende interviews og fra deres biografier, skrev SlashDuff & Steven, at bandet synes det var det værste show de havde spillet indtil da, fordi de både havde hjemve og det regnede (scenen var dog tør).

Duff: “Two days after the end of the Aerosmith tour in September 1988, Guns played a strange festival-type gig at the home of the Dallas Cowboys in Texas. INXS headlined and the opening band included the Smithereens, Ziggy Marley and Iggy [Pop]. I was excited to meet [Iggy]. After the show, Iggy and I both ended up at a party in the hotel suite of Michael Hutchence, the vocalist for INXS. I was nervous as hell to be in a room with Iggy, a guy who had inspired a dream that stuck with me for the rest of my life – a dream that cemented the direction of my life in many ways. So I commenced to get really fucked up. Michael Hutchence was already as famous for dating models and appearing in paparazzi photos as for singing “Need You Tonight,” and I think Iggy felt as out of place as I did – so he joined me. We got fucked up together” [Duff’s biografi, “It’s So Easy”, 2011, s. 136-137]

Steven: “The show was the absolute worst we ever played. For some reason, the guys just weren’t into it and the reason was simple: they wanted to go home. […] To add to our misery, it was raining that day. We were in Texas Stadium, a partially covered arena that had a huge opening over the playing field. From the stag, I could see rain pouring down on the crowd, but we were kept mostly dry, except when it would get gusty. It was the weirdest-looking setup. We played out set in record time. just wanting to get it over with” [Steven’s biografi, “My Appetite for Destruction”, 2010, s. 174-175]

24 – “Appetite For Destruction” begynder sin tre uger som nr. 1 på Billboards Top 200 Albumliste.

Oktober

Bandet tager en par måneders velfortjent puster efter 16 måneder på turné. De arbejder i studiet i oktober og november på den kommende efterfølger til “Appetite“-albummet, og håber på det udkommer i midten af 1989.

25 – Slash medvirker på Sam Kinison’s album “Have You Seen Me Lately?

November

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17 – GnR havner for første gang på forsiden af Rolling Stones‘ magasin nr. 539. Omslaget siger: “Guns N’ Roses Hard Rock Heroes.”

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29 – “G N’R Lies” udgives. Den skulle originalt hedde “Lies! The Sex, The Drugs, The Violence, The Shocking Truth“, men nogen på Geffen opdagede at titlen var for lang, så de ændrede den til “GN’R Lies“. Albummet inkluderer “Live Like A Suicide” plus fire akustiske numre. Ifølge Duff blev de akustiske numre indspillet en aften i studiet da de var fulde! Duff’s sang “Cornchucker” blev droppet fra pladen, da den var for fræk i sproget. Axl fortalte i senere interviews, at selvom han kunne lide måden bandet lød på, hadede han dog sin egen stemme. Hans stemme havde været slidt af den lange turné, og hvis han kunne ville han have indsunget stemmen i en separat optagelse. “One In A Million” får negativ opmærksomhed på grund af teksten. Da “Lies” nåede 2. pladsen blev GnR det første band til at have to albums i top 5 listen på samme tid i 1980’erne.

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30 – “Paradise City” udgives som single.

December

GnR rejser en tur til Japan og spiller 5 mere eller mindre udsolgte shows. Derefter 3 shows i Australien, og et i New Zealand. Ifølge Alan Niven, var der endnu engang nær ved at opstå komplikationer for bandet, da de skulle afsted til Tokyo. Da de var i LAX lufthavn, viste Izzy hvor han havde gemt sin heroin i et lille rum i batteriboksen.  Niven bad ham og at få det af vejen med det samme, og lidt efter kommer han tilbage fra toilettet og stiller sig ved siden af ham og så på alle passagererne der var på vej ind i deres fly – de stod i et reserveret område i toppen af bygningen – og Izzy kollapsede pludseligt! Det viste sig, at han havde slugt heroinen og var bevidstløs hele vejen til Tokyo, ifølge Doug GoldsteinAlan Niven måtte vente på Axl, der som sædvanlig ikke var mødt op. Da Izzy vågnede igen efter 96 timer (!), troede han ikke på at han var i TokyoSteven pegede og sagde til ham: “Ligner det der San Fernando Valley?”

03 – Duff & Steven interviews af Steve Harris på bandets hotel, Roppongi Prince Hotel i Tokyo, hvor de taler om “GNR Lies” og Axl’s udtalelser om at de andre i bandet havde brug for hjælp mht. deres misbrugsproblemer. Lyt til interviewet her. Se videoklip her.

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Izzy tager en lur før showet i NKH Hall, 4. december, 1988

04 – Bandets første show ud af 5 i Japan i NHK Hall, Tokyo, hvor Axl hentyder lidt til publikum om Izzy’s rejse til Tokyo før “Mr. Brownstone” med ordene: “This next song is uh, something Mr. Stradlin put together a long time ago, so we’ll do this one for Izzy tonight.” Før ‘My Michelle,‘ siger Axl: “I haven’t played with the band for about the last 2 months, we’ll see if I can remember this motherfucker, this is something called My Michelle.” Steven har en trommesolo under ‘Rocket Queen.’ Slash tilegner ‘Welcome To The Jungle‘ til “the whole fuckin’ world!” Under ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ fortæller Axl at publikum er mere højrøstede end de fleste mennesker er i Amerika, og at de “sparker røv!” Før ‘Paradise City,’ siger Axl: “We’ll do this one for, uh, Mr. Udo’s patience with us!
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Patience, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Used To Love Her, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Mother / Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Paradise City

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Bandets kreative kunst på bladet, tyder på at der stadig herskede et stærkt had til Poison, mens de ventede på at spille showet i d. 5. december i Osaka

05 – Bandet tager til Osaka og spiller i Festival Hall. Axl:It’s good to be here…this is something we call ‘It’s So Easy’“. Axl tilegner “Move To The City” til Japan. Slash’s intro til “WTTJ” i dette show er sej, men publikum skriger når Axl byder dem velkommen til junglen. Axl:For no other reason than…why not…This is something called ‘Nightrain’“. Axl:On the comedy-thing we have on GnR Lies…It’s what to do about your beloved if they become a fuckin’ pain in the ass. This is called ‘I Used To Love Her‘” Axl:Now we take you from the hickass-midwest, to the wild west, this is…something called ‘heaven’s door‘” Axl under sangen: “Now last night…we got one of the best responses of any size crowds we’ve ever played in Tokyo. So we’ll see, if Osaka can help us out or not. We’ll do this four times…I’ll sing one, and you sing one. If any of you heard the tape from the Marquee, you have an idea what I’m talkin’ about. It’s real easy.” Axl takker for alle breve, og gaver og “unævnelige ting” fra fans, som bandet har modtaget, og tilegner “SCOM” til dem. Axl tilegner “PC” til Osaka.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Blues Jam, Welcome To The Jungle, Nightrain, Used To Love Her, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

07 – Tidligere på dagen oplevede bandet Japans vel nok største fans af bandet – de skulle udvælge hvilke tegninger de synes bedst om. Se del 1 her og del 2 her. Tredje show spilles samme dag i Tokyo i Nakano SunplazaAxl taler om, hvordan de bliver forfulgt af fans i hele JapanSlash spiller en smule af Pink Floyd’s “Mother” før “Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door“, noget som senere på UYI-turnéen bliver spillet før “Paradise City“.  Axl og Izzy duetterer på “Mama Kin“.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Rocket Queen, Guitar Solo, Welcome To The Jungle, My Michelle, Mother / Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Nightrain, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Used To Love Her, Mama Kin, Guitar Jam, Paradise City

09 – Bandet vender tilbage til NHK Hall i TokyoAxl fortæller tilskuerne inden ‘You’re Crazy‘: “Well, while we’re trying to decide which one of us has the worst hangover up here, we’re recording tonight, taping this show for future use. This is something called It’s So Easy.”Før ‘Mr. Brownstone,’ siger Axl: “I did, a lot of interviews yesterday, for Japanese magazines and I get asked this question a lot. It’s about ‘Do I feel responsible to my audience, or responsible for my audience’s actions after being influenced by one of our songs. I don’t, you know, think I’m responsible for what someone decides to do because they, they see or hear and art form. But at the same time we care about our audience and I don’t want to see anybody get hurt or do something stupid; you gotta use your own common sense. You know you can’t fucking go get fucking plastered out of your mind and get in a car and think you’re gonna drive on the fucking freeway, that’s stupid. Maybe you’ll get away with it, maybe you’ll have some great times that you can live to tell about but you know, sooner or later you ain’t gonna live to tell about shit. So anyway, this next song is about a drug called heroin that possibly made this fuckin’ band break up and shut the fuck up asshole [taler til en tilskuer]. Anyway, um, basically this is just about anything that gets in the fucking way of, of you attaining your dreams. This is something called Mr. Brownstone.” Før hans guitar solo, siger Slash: “I drank fuckin’, since we’ve been here, more sake than you fuckin’ probably the entire country has in its whole fuckin’ history!
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Out Ta Get Me, Guitar Solo, Welcome To The Jungle, My Michelle, Rocket Queen

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10 – Det sidste show i Japan spilles i Nippon Budokan i Tokyo. Før ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ fortæller Axl at de har drømt om at spille på Budokan i lang tid. Efter ‘My Michelle,’ undskylder han for at have spillet et kort sæt aftenen før. Efter ‘Mama Kin,’ siger Axl: “Last night, you know, we played like shit!
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, My Michelle, Guitar Solo, Welcome To The Jungle, Used To Love Her, Rocket Queen, Mother / Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Mama Kin, Nightrain, Bad Time [Intro] / Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

I Australien åbner Kings Of The Sun og The Angels.

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14 – Bandets allerførste show i Australien, her ved Entertainment Centre i Melbourne, hvor Kings Of The Sun åbner. Før ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ skælder Axl ud på de folk der siger at GN’R Lies ikke er det sande Guns N’ Roses. Under ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door,’ siger Axl: “No bullshit, you guys are one of the most enthusiastic crowds I’ve seen in a long time!” Efter ‘Welcome To The Jungle,’ fortæller Axl at der er fastsat lukketid, men de spiller lige igennem den tildelte tid uden ekstranumre.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Rocket Queen, My Michelle, Mother / Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Guitar Solo, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

Steven: “Tours in Japan usually lead to Australia, and that’s what ours did. Three days after Budokan we performed the first of two shows at the entertainment Center in Melbourne. It was a huge outdoor arena. The first performance was a sellout. The second was at about two-thirds capacity. I recall those shows fondly because I was able to hone my drum solo until it sounded really tight, light, and playful at first, and then very explosive. We never really planned stuff like that, and I think the solo just grew out of the middle of the song [Rocket Queen] where Duffslapped a cool bass riff and I followed with a flurry of drumming. No one broke back in, so I kept playing, and each performance I’d carve out a little more solo time” [Steven’s biografi, “My Appetite for Destruction”, 2010, s. 182]

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15 – Andet show med Kings Of The Sun som showåbner i Entertainment Centre, Melbourne. Efter ‘You’re Crazy,’ fortæller Axl hvor meget aftenens show dagen før var en af de sjoveste de har haft i længere tid. Før ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ siger Axl: “Usually we dedicated this song to whatever is pissing us off but I had so many drinks last night I can’t remember anything that is pissing me off!” Efter ‘Rocket Queen,’ laver Axl en sjov Slayer-parodi fordi nogen i publikum ønsker en Slayer sang. Axl tilegner ‘My Michelle‘ til “vores venner” i Metallica. Igen spiller Slash ‘Mother‘ som intro til ‘Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door.’ Slash leder endnu et “hey fuckers!” messen efter ‘Welcome To The Jungle.’
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Rocket Queen, My Michelle, Mother / Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Guitar Solo, Nightrain, Used To Love Her, Welcome To The Jungle, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

Steven: Tours in Japan usually lead to Australia, and that’s what ours did. Three days after Budokan we performed the first of two shows at the entertainment Center in Melbourne. It was a huge outdoor arena. The first performance was a sellout. The second was at about two-thirds capacity. I recall those shows fondly because I was able to hone my drum solo until it sounded really tight, light, and playful at first, and then very explosive. We never really planned stuff like that, and I think the solo just grew out of the middle of the song [Rocket Queen] where Duffslapped a cool bass riff and I followed with a flurry of drumming. No one broke back in, so I kept playing, and each performance I’d carve out a little more solo time [Steven’s biografi, “My Appetite for Destruction”, 2010, s. 182]

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17 – The Angels tilføjes til koncerten i Sydney Entertainment Centre, hvor Kings Of The Sun blev smidt ud midt under deres show på Axl’s ordre, pga. Clifford Hoad’s bemærkning i et interview for “On the Street“-magasinet. Han mente at GnR’s ikke var andet end en kopi af Rose Tattoo (de australske rocklegender). Axl’s svar: “Before we get started I wanna say something. We’ve been reading this article backstage and we’d like to apologise for having a puny ass band like Kings Of The Sun open for us. We’re sorry we gave them the opportunity. We weren’t trying to rip off Rose Tattoo just because we included one of our songs in their set  – we just wanted to play some good rock’n’roll.” Under “Nice Boys” opdager Axl at hans mikrofon ikke er i holderen. Uden varsel kaster han sig hovedkuls ned mellem tilskuerne og efterfølges af tre forskræmte sikkerhedsvagter. Se et interview med Hoad 24 år efter her.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Move To The City, Mr. Brownstone, Out Ta Get Me, I Was Only Joking [Intro] / Patience, Rocket Queen, My Michelle, Nightrain, Mother / Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Used To Love Her, Guitar Solo, Welcome To The Jungle, Nice Boys

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19 – Knightshade åbner i Big Top, Mount Smart, New Zealand. Dette er sidste show på “Appetite“-turnéen. Efter ‘Out Ta Get Me,’ smider Axl spande med vand på nogle i publikum, der spytter op på scenen. Han truede med at bandet ville skride hvis spytteriet fortsatte. Under ‘Used To Love Her,’ forlader Axl scenen midlertidigt fordi nogen i publikum smed noget på scenen.
SætlisteYou’re Crazy, It’s So Easy, Mr. Brownstone, Move To The City, Out Ta Get Me, Patience, My Michelle, Rocket Queen, Drum Solo, Used To Love Her, Welcome To The Jungle, Only Women Bleed [Intro] / Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door, Sweet Child O’ Mine, Paradise City

Bandet fandt ud af under flyveturen til Auckland, at Axl var eftersøgt for besiddelse af (mulige) stoffer, hvilket viste sig ikke at være sandt i sidste ende, men da politiet bevogtede Axl’s hotelværelse i Sydney, besluttede de at undvige byen og ændrede deres flyverute til staterne for helt at undgå Australien.

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