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1987.06.19 - The Marquee, London, England

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1987.06.19 - The Marquee, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Sep 25, 2011 8:01 am

Date:
June 19, 1987.

Venue:
The Marquee.

Location:
London, England.

Setlist:
01. Reckless Life
02. Out Ta Get Me
03. Anything Goes
04. It's So Easy
05. Mr. Brownstone
06. Nightrain
07. My Michelle
08. You're Crazy
09. Paradise City
10. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
11. Move to the City
12. Mama Kin

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

Notes:
The first show outside of the USA. 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door' played for the first time.

Quotes:
When we first played The Marquee in London, it got crazy. I don't mind stage-diving, I really don't. I like the guys who jump onstage and then jump right off. That's great. But when they get up there and start dancing, we kick 'em up. People look at the security guards and see what they're doin' because if the guards don't get 'em, we'll get 'em and it might not make the band look too good. We'll trash any dude who tries to stay onstage with us! I got photos of me holding up guys in my arms and literally throwing 'em back in the crowd in London. [Superstar Facts, 1988]
Those were the first publicized live shows we did as a signed band. I was born in England, and it was very important to me to play in front of an English audience. The version of 'Mr. Brownstone' on the live album was recorded at one of those gigs. I was just playing a Led Paul through a half-stack back then, but it sounded so cool [Guitar World, January 2000]
Those Marquee shows were loud and hell-bent; what I remember, I remember fondly [Slash's autobiography, p184]
Up to then, the only place I had been outside of the United States was Vancouver, Canada [...] After the first Marquee gig sold out in record time, they added a second date. That sold out just as fast, so they added a third night. By the time we arrived in London, we were minor celebrities. We found we had become the "it" band the youth of England had been looking for to fill the void left by Hanoi Rocks. [...]. In that period of the band's career - and with pent-up energy from half a year or virtually no gigs - nobody fucking rocked with as much purpose and sneer, or with the same level of recklessness and bad intentions. [...] At soundcheck before the first show on June 19, 1987, we ran through a cover song. We played it just once, but somehow our feelings found a vessel in this Bob Dylan song and our emotions just came pouring out [Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 123-124]
On Thursday, June, 11, we were ready to perform our very first gig in Europe [Steven got the wrong date]. During the sound check, the guys started into a rocking song that I wasn't sure I head heard before. I was like, "Wow, this is a cool new tune." It had a haunting familiarity to it that I couldn't quite place. Sinc Axl wasn't there yet, Izzy and Duff started singing it the second time around and only then did I realize it was 'Knockin' on Heaven's Door.' I smiled, "Oh yeah, it's that song." I realized we were taking the classic Bod Dylan tune and rocking out on it, taking it solidly under our wing into Guns N' Roses territory. That night we recorded it live [...] The first show was great, although there were only about thirty people there [/i][Steven's autobiography, "My Appetite for Destruction", 2010, p. 126]
Next concert: 1987.06.22.
Previous concert: 1987.03.29.


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Re: 1987.06.19 - The Marquee, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 02, 2012 10:36 pm

Opening up with Reckless Life and one of the new album, a thumping rocker called Out Ta Get Me, GN'R were met with a hail of plastic beer glasses and a shower of gob. I remember wincing as a big, sticky lump of phlegm stuck in Izzy's hair. Axl was having none of it. "Hey, if you're gonna keep throwing things we're gonna leave!" Jeers rang out, but by the end of the third song, You're Crazy, the barrage was over. Guns N' Roses had passed the test.

The Cult's singer, Ian Astbury, was so impressed that he went backstage after the show to invite the band to tour with his band in America. But Ashbury's enthusiasm wasn't shared by Sounds writer Andy Hurt. When Axl saw Hurt's review of the gig, in which his singing was likened to the squealing of a hamster with its balls trapped in a door, he was livid and led the whole band to the Sound's office in Mornington Crescent, north London. "Andy Hurt?" he raged. "He fucking will be if I find him!" But the reviewer was absent, so Axl contended himself with a warning note left with another member of the staff [...]
[20 Years of Appetite, Classic Rock Magazine, JUly 2007]
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Re: 1987.06.19 - The Marquee, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Nov 23, 2014 8:23 pm

Review from Xavier Russel:

Sleaze comes to London in the form of Smog Angeles' latest exponents of 'Fashion-Made Hard Rock'- Lines n' Noses (whoops, sorry, I mean Guns N' Roses).

Believe me readers, I'd been looking forward to this gig for a long time, having already been mightily impressed with the lads' Live ?I*@ Like A Suicide EP. I was sure that this show wuz gonna be a real smoker, but - shock-horror-it ended up being a bit of a, dare I say it, CHOKER!

So where did the band go wrong? Well, as they used to say on that old Colt 45 commercial, and I quote, 'Never bolt a Colt'. And that's exactly what happened here in The Marquee tonight - Guns N' Roses blew it, pure and simple.

Some punters down the front obviously saw through the bullshit that was spewing forth and proceeded to spit and throw the odd can of beer at lead singer W. Axl Rose, who returned the compliment by saying, "Fuck you, pussy".

He really did look well and truly pissed off, and this incident ended up putting a downer on the show as a whole.

On the plus side Guns N' Roses do write good time rockin' toons, it's just a pity they all sound like Aerosmith outtakes mixed in with the odd hint of Rose Tattoo. Hell, I'm not complaining, I love both those bands, but did Guns N' Roses really need to do a cover version of the Aerosmith classic Mama Kin? I think not.

The 'best number of the night award' went to the brilliant It's So Easy, which just reeked of the Lightning Raiders (RIP), who were playing this sorta music back in the late 70s.

It has to be said that I left The Marquee in a very confused state, coz here was a band that has just made a truly wonderful album, the up and coming Appetite For Destruction, which I love, yet at the same time it's sad they just couldn't reproduce that rawness live. I blame it on those beer cans that were hurled at Axl!
Source: http://classicrock.teamrock.com/reviews/1987-06-19/guns-n-roses-review-of-their-first-ever-uk-show
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