1988-02-02 The Ritz, New York, NY

STED: The Ritz, New York, NY

INFO: Dette show var et MTV special, også udsendt på mange FM radiostationer. GnR spiller med Great White. En fuld video eksisterer af denne optræden. Slash stagediver efter ‘Rocket Queen!’ En klippet udgave af showet blev vist på MTV.

AUDIO/VIDEO: Ja/Ja (Soundboard)
VARIGHED: 63min.


01. It’s So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Out Ta Get Me
04. Sweet Child O’ Mine
05. My Michelle
06. Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
07. Welcome To The Jungle
08. Nightrain
09. Paradise City
10. Mama Kin
11. Rocket Queen


the ritz



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.”

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