1988-08-06 Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

STED: Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

INFO: Publikum var meget vilde ved dette show og der var ikke nok sikkerhedsfolk til at klare dem alle. Axl stoppede “Mr. Brownstone” så han kunne bede publikum om at træde tilbage så ingen ville blive mast. Men hver ny sang, gjorde dem endnu mere vilde. Lige før “Jungle” gik Izzy over til Axl og fortalte ham at det ville ende galt. Da en masse fans rendte på scenen, så måtte de ende deres show tidligt.

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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. Three nights later in Westport, New York, the Gunners topped that with a show Axl describes as “just, like, psycho.“(link)

Efter deres show gik bandet forbi de nødhjælpstelte, hvor de sårede tilskuere blev tilset. De blev chokeret over at se et publikum på denne måde, så det var noget de talte om bagefter.

Slash: “After we got offstage, the medic’s booth outside was just loaded with kids,” Slash said. “Man, they were fucking dropping out there. It made me remember when I used to go to festivals and it was heavy. You had to be strong. When the whole crowd sways, you have to hold on to your own and go with it. It’s rough out there. It’s like the world is about to explode. It came back to me when I saw those kids, all bloody.”

Izzy: “Yes, there was nearly a riot [in Saratoga]. But I get off on that vibe, where anything’s just about ready to crack. When there’s like twenty thousand people and they have three security guys. God—that was fucking intense, man. It was just on the fucking edge of twenty thousand people coming down on the stage.”

Tim Collins: “In August, Guns now had the number-one single, the number-one album, and the most requested video on MTV. They were going through the roof. Rolling Stone joined the tour, and ended up putting Guns on the cover, not Aerosmith. (I caught hell for this from my band.) Business-wise, we were nervous about all this, because we expected their manager to want to renegotiate our deal with them. At every show, we waited for him to bring this up, ask for maybe $25,000 and a percentage, but he never did. But at the same time, Alan Niven was obviously angry about the deal, and every night he got more and more belligerent toward me, yelling at me, picking fights about stage space. We’d tell him: ‘Joey Kramer’s not gonna move his drums for Steven Adler. Joe Perry isn’t going to move his amp for anyone.’ There were a lot of little scuffles over power. We would have done the $25,000, but he never asked. Frankly, I think he was sticking to his original bargain because he had a code of honor that a deal was a deal.”

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