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1987.10.06 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England

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1987.10.06 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Oct 16, 2011 11:45 pm

Date:
October 6, 1987.

Venue:
Manchester Apollo.

Location:
Manchester, England.

Setlist:
01. It's So Easy
02. Move to the City
03. Out Ta Get Me
04. Mr. Brownstone
05. My Michelle
06. Rocket Queen
07. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
08. Welcome to the Jungle
09. Sweet Child O'Mine
10. Paradise City
11. Mama Kin

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

Quote:
We did a show in Manchester. The people just stood there, they all stood up the whole time, right. And some of them were singing the songs and stuff but not so much as other places and we're having so much problem with feedback on stage I didn't know the people in the crowd weren't hearing it through the [...] monitor system. And so, we came back and did one song encore and left. We went up to our room, didn't think they liked it. Right? Then about fifteen minutes later they started screaming, we didn't know because we were like three stories up and in this room with securities keeping everybody away from us. The reviews have been "the world's greatest band". We thought they hated us but they were mesmerized [Interview with Axl Rose, December 1987]

Next concert: 1987.10.07.
Previous concert: 1987.10.05.
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Re: 1987.10.06 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:08 pm

Guns arrived in the UK with fellow LA sleaze rockers Faster Pussycat as support act. I travelled up to cold and rainy Manchester for the opening night at the Apollo. Only a thousand people showed up. The balcony was completely empty. But it didn't matter. Kicking off with It's So Easy, GN'R played a brilliant set, and afterwards they were in buoyant mood backstage. Axl showed me a souvenir given to him by a fan who'd made the long journey down from Scotland for the gig. It was a ticket for a show that never was: Aerosmith plus Guns N' Roses at the Edinburgh Playhouse [20 Years of Appetite, Classic Rock Magazine, July 2007]
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Re: 1987.10.06 - Manchester Apollo, Manchester, England

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:15 pm

Review in Sounds Magazine:

Paul Elliott wrote:FUN IN THE DANGER ZONE
THERE'S A plastering of foundation here and there and a few odd silk scarves lovingly wrapped round Taime's mikestand, but Faster Pussycat are only faintly glam in the flesh. They'll never be as pretty as Poison or even, God forbid, Stryper, yet it needn't matter given their ready, bawdy humour and groovy if crude junk riffs.
'Cathouse' was rolling, tacky and bratty, a great opener; 'Babylon' just bared its ass like Beasties on a Dolls fix. But their best shot was the honky-tonkin' 'No Room For Emotion', on which roots showed through the colour dye.
None of this worried Guns N' Roses, though. Seeing them up on a big stage for the first time, it's clear that they've outgrown LA and its stale fashions.
They're around halfway towards becoming a Stones for the '90s; not the latterday relic but the hot, raw, ill-bred R&B band that scratched out Exile, Sticky Fingers and Some Girls. Guns N' Roses have a left hook like AC/DC and a feel for tradition that's as easy and unaffected as Skynyrd. Original? No. Special? Like the very best.
The way Dylan's 'Knockin' On Heaven's Door' swayed out of a haze of cigarette smoke was proof of then-understanding of the workings of great songs. And they have their own too — 'My Michelle', 'Sweet Child O' Mine', 'Paradise City', 'Rocket Queen'.
It can't be denied that Axl's onstage attitude does smack of arrogance, but that's surely a prerequisite for projecting the kind of energy and charisma Guns N' Roses give off.
People can and will make all the cheap and obvious jibes they want, yet behind all the brawling, dog-eating, Star expose bullshit, there's a rock 'n' roll band to treasure.
The single most dangerous band in the world? I don't see it, not with Carnivore around. But then, danger, their hotheaded unpredictability is really only a part of Guns N' Roses.
Not the most dangerous — just close to the best.
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