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1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

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1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Sep 25, 2011 12:40 am

Date:
August 16, 1988.

Venue:
Giants Stadium.

Location:
East Rutherford, USA.

Setlist:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Paradise City
04. You're Crazy
05. Out Ta Get Me
06. Welcome to the Jungle
07. Sweet Child O'Mine
08. Used to Love Her

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

Notes:
Video footage for the 'Paradise City' video was shot at this gig.

Quotes:
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 autobiograohy, p 233]

Next concert: 1988.08.17.
Previous concert: 1988.08.13.
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Re: 1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

Post by 666 on Tue May 15, 2012 4:16 am

This was the second time I saw GNR.
The color footage of Paradise City was filmed during this show.

They were opening for Aerosmith but for this show Deep Purple also played. The stadium was almost completely full for GNR, the opening band. That was unheard of
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Re: 1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Tue May 15, 2012 4:43 am

Was it a good concert?
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Re: 1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

Post by 666 on Tue May 15, 2012 4:57 am

Energy wise, it was incredible. GNR opened and played a short opening set but the crowd were WAY into them. Moreso then Deep Purple or Aerosmith. When they left, it was a near riot situation because the crowd wanted more. They were thisclose to being huge and you could feel it. It was an amazing time.
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Re: 1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Apr 08, 2018 5:45 am

From Raz Cue's biography:

I arrived to my luxury box just as the boys kicked in with "It's So Easy." A oppressively hot and muggy day meant Axl must've been burning up in his leather outfit, but was forced to stick it out for at least a couple of tunes so they could capture enough live footage for the "Paradise City" video. Axl constantly viped away sweat and picked hair from teeth after every headbang, It was after this show that a hat, bandana, or some sort of headband became a staple of his stage wear. It's something I realized when watching images shot three days later - the black-and-white footage of the sea of pulsating humanity during the song's double-time part - at Castle Donnington, England. I have no way of knowing for sure, but the Giants Stadium gig might have been the first time Guns N' Roses ever played a stadium. It was for sure the first time I heard "Used To Love Her." Either way, the band rocked a good set, but not even close to the best show I had seen from them[Raz Cue, "The Days of Guns, & Raz's", 2015, p. 266].
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Re: 1988.08.16 - Giants Stadium, East Rutherford, USA

Post by Blackstar on Wed Dec 12, 2018 10:02 pm

MTV Special about this concert:



TRANSCRIPTION:

Voice-over: The sky was filled with rockets and flairs but the real fireworks were all on stage. Three generations of hard rock heroes, first Guns N’ Roses, then Deep Purple, then Aerosmith. Rock and shocks on 50,000 fans till the wee hours of Wednesday morning. And did the crowd love it?

Male concert-goer: Then we got Deep Purple that were classic and Aerosmith is, like, all around. Great, and Guns N’ Roses has got potential there. Great new group coming up.

Female concert-goer: My parents came to see Deep Purple and I’m coming to see Deep Purple.

Voice-over: If this one-night-only lineup wowed the fans on hand, it also brought back memories for the bands.

Brad Whitford (Aerosmith): When we were in our apartment in (?), we were listening to Machine Head.

Steven Tyler: Actually, ss a matter of fact, that’s the album that spurred a lot of my writing on the first album. It was that attitude...

Duff: When we were all 12-13-ish, I listened to Aerosmith and stuff. I mean, they were the band.

Ian Paice (Deep Purple): ... really simple in those days. I’m really easy, you know.

Voice-over: And what did Deep Purple make of being the grand old men of this hard rock summit?

Roger Glover (Deep Purple): I always feel uncomfortable when people say that they’re influenced by us or stuff like that. You can see it in music, but to actually say, “Oh yeah, we thought of that first” would be kind of hypocritical, because most of the stuff that we came up with we borrowed from other people as well.

Voice-over: As the hot young band on the bill, Guns N’ Roses were, of course, the object of much fond speculation among their elders.

Steven Tyler: It’s real easy for a band to go out, and buy the image, and watch other bands performing and kind of mimic it and pick it up. But these guys seem to have it, you know, right down the bone.

Roger Glover (Deep Purple): Well, they seem to be doing it all wrong right from the start.

Ian Paice (Deep Purple): (Laughs)

Voice-over: And how about the Guns themselves? Do they ever worry about getting too deeply into the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and burning out before their time?

Slash: If you worry about stuff like that, then it puts a real damper on just your music, period.

Duff: Yeah.

Slash: You just go on day in-day out and just do it day by day, and just be...  you know.

Duff: Plus, we’re not the type of people to think ahead. Period, I guess, you know.

Slash: That’s why we’re like this (laughs).

Voice-over: The fans seem to agree with that. In the end, these three bands whose careers spanned twenty years, all seem very much of [cut]
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