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1987.10.08 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

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1987.10.08 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:29 am

Date:
October 8, 1987.

Venue:
Hammersmith Odeon.

Location:
London, 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. Welcome to the Jungle
08. Nightrain
09. You're Crazy
10. Paradise City
11. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
12. Reckless Life
13. Mama Kin
14. Sweet Child O'Mine
15. Whole Lotta Rosie

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

Quotes:
We ended our tour on October 8, 1987, in London and it was amazing. The band was really coming into its own; we'd had enough road time by then to know what we were doing. We had become comfortable as players: we knew one another well enough that we didn't have to think much about what we were doing the movement we went on. Once you have that familiarity, you can improvise and build from there and make every show unique. The Hammersmith Odeon show was explosive; die-hard fans that I run into to this day tell me it was the best show of ours they've ever seen. [...] It couldn't have happened in a better venue: the Hammersmith Odeon is the famous room where everyone from Motörhead to The Who to Black Sabbath to the Beatles to Johnny Cash had played; and it's where Bowie did his final gig as Ziggy Stardust in 1973 [Slash's autobiography, p 208-209]
Returning to London on October 8, three months after our first visit, we had a date at Hammersmith Odeon. This was a huge step up. It was a legendary theatre - both the Clash and Motörhead had written songs abut the place. when I found out we would be playing the Hammersmith Odeon, I thought to myself, Whoa, that's it, we've made it [Duff's autobiography, "It's So Easy", 2011, p. 128]
Our last show in England was at the Hammersmith Odeon on October 8, 1987. We opened with 'It's So Easy' and rocked that place, closing with 'Sweet Child O'Mine' into 'Whole Lotta Rosie.' Playing there cemented our popularity, which had grown during the tour. The Odeon seated over thirty-five hundred, five thousand standing room only. From Cream to Van Halen, a lot of the biggest, most legendary bans played there. and it felt amazing when I looked out over the crowd. It was nearly packed, ad those Brits caught one hell of a show. GNR was moving up over hallowed ground to the big time [Steven's autobiography, "My Appetite for Destruction", 2010, p. 138]

Next concert: 1987.10.16.
Previous concert: 1987.10.07.
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Re: 1987.10.08 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:14 pm

The tour concluded with a near-sell out date at London's Hammersmith Odeon, during which Axl spoke at length about a friend of the band's who had recently dies in New York - their roadie Todd Crew. Todd had been with them on their first trip to the UK but had passed out drunk for the whole of that first Marquee gig. Now he had died of a heroin overdose. The band played Bob Dylan's Knockin' On Heaven's Door in his memory [20 Years of Appetite, Classic Rock Magazine, July 2007]
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