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1986.10.31 - Ackermann Hall, Los Angeles, USA

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1986.10.31 - Ackermann Hall, Los Angeles, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Sep 24, 2011 10:34 pm

Date:
October 31, 1986.

Venue:
Ackermann Hall.

Location:
Los Angeles, USA.

Setlist:
01. Shadow of Your Love
02. It's So Easy
03. Think About You
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. Perfect Crime
06. Nightrain
07. You're Crazy
08. Welcome to the Jungle
09. Whole Lotta Rosie

Line-up:
Axl Rose (vocals), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitarist), Slash (lead guitarist), Duff McKagan (bass) and Steven Adler (drums).

Notes:
'Paradise City' played for the first time.

Quotes:
Duff: Probably the most memorable show of this sort took place on Halloween, 1986. The Red Hoit Chili Peppers, who were just starting their rise as a national act, and the Dickies were headlining a show at Ackerman Hall at UCLA, and we opened. We still had yet to enter the studio. We were feuding with Geffen about whether we had enough songs to warrant recording, and we still hadn't found a producer we liked. We reached a compromise with the label to put out a limited edition "bootleg" EP, Live! Like a Suicide, and we had finished it just before this show. That night we felt like we were finally making some forward motion. [...] For me, the cool thing about this show was that Black Flag's Henry Rollins watched our entire set from the wings of the stage and came up to us afterward and told us how much he liked our and. I considered him the most credible guy in rock, and he had a reputation as a guy who didn't mince words. He definitely wouldn't fawn over a band just for the sake of doing so. And we got the thumbs up. Kick ass! [Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 119].

Next concert: 1986.12.21.
Previous concert: 1986.10.23.
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Re: 1986.10.31 - Ackermann Hall, Los Angeles, USA

Post by Blackstar on Sun Mar 18, 2018 11:26 am

From Henry Rollins' journals:

I went to a show last night. I went to help the soundman set up his system. What shitty bands. What a poor excuse for music. I looked at the crowd all night. There was nowhere else to go. [...] The show was at a university. Those kind of shows are always a joke. There’s something about colleges that really sets me off. [...]The music, what a mess. All of it was so hollow. The opening band was called Guns n’ Roses, and they blew the headliners off so hard it was pathetic.

The Portable Henry Rollins, 1998

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And from a 2013 article on L.A. Weekly:

Henry Rollins: Halloween, 1986 - A Memorable Night
[...]
By 10-07-86, I was in Leeds, England, making my first solo album. Weeks later, I was back in Los Angeles.
Paying for my own record set me back quite a bit. Later that month, Rat Sound, who built Black Flag's PA system, called me and Black Flag roadie/friend Joe Cole, asking if we wanted to make 50 bucks each setting up the system for a show on Halloween night at UCLA. The next day, there we were, loading the same gear out of the same truck from Black Flag's last show.
Four bands on the bill that night. Chili Peppers headlining. The last band to load in was the opener. They were skinny and their gear was ragged. They had a lot of attitude. Joe Cole asked me, "Should we beat some of these hippies up?" I reminded him that we were working for them.
The doors opened, some people straggled in. The longhairs with the attitude hit the stage and their fans, all 50 of them, were up front. The singer said their first record would be out soon and started playing. Joe and I stood with the crowd and watched what sounded like the Sex Pistols incinerating Aerosmith. It was pretty damn good -- great, actually.
Joe asked me what I thought. I said they were going to be big, judging from the A&R men fluttering around the soundboard. The band was called Guns N' Roses.
It was a very memorable Halloween night.


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