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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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Re: 1987.10.08 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Apr 11, 2018 9:12 am

Review in Sounds Magazine:

Jack Barron wrote:THIS SONG is my favourite," screams part-man-mostly-dog guitarist Slash, Guns N'Roses' mascot pimple. "It's for all you thrashers out there and it's dedicated to BLOW-jobs and ANAL sex. It's called 'You're F – ing Craaaazeee!'"
The rhythms thunder out like a plutonium powered amplified vibrator. Guns N'Roses skid around the stage like they've got sticks of TNT stuck in every available orifice, and the jammed audience inside Hammersmith Odeon burst apart at the seams like some gigantic hair cushion.
Good Lord. From under what stones have these people crawled?
It never ceases to amaze me how, with a minimum of publicity and virtually no radio play, the new anodised wave of metaloids from the USA continually manage to fill a hall the size of the Odeon. Like it or not – thrashcore rawk is probably the burgeoning underground music of the '80s, even more so than hip-hop.
And to emphasise that they're the heirs to punk's ability to incite through offensiveness, Guns N'Roses took to the stage to the strains of Sid's version of 'My Way'. Vicious had his chorus swiftly amputated by singer W. Axyl Rose who barked "Turn that F – ing row off and let me play my music."
And what of this music? Guns N'Roses are a modern sleaze band of the sort that probably thinking fishnet stockings are for catching mackerel. Yet they're able to slip into all variants of rock – metal, thrash or grunge – with ease and Slash plays the guitar like he's got 500 fingers. In a year, I guarantee, they'll be performing in a stadium near you. The destination of Guns N'Roses is megatropolis.
The reason for such a rash predication is that the band actually have some anthemic songs that ignore the trad themes of lumpenmetal. Instead their ouvre addresses the high and lows, victims and victors, of Grossville USA where people die from ODs as often as Prince shaves. All of this is relayed through the bourbon and crushed glass vocals of W. Axyl.
For once in rawk here's a guy, not quite as daft as his headband, who can sing well except for those occasional moments when his larynx shoots up into the stratosphere to give heart attacks to pilots of passing Jumbos.
So, from under what stones have these people crawled? The Strolling Bags Of Bones. Mick and Keith have a lot to answer for. Their brain-damaged bastard sonic sons are reaping a terrible revenge.
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