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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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