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1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

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1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Dec 10, 2011 11:54 pm

Date:
November 22, 1987.

Venue:
The Omni.

Location:
Atlanta, USA.

Setlist:
XX. Communication Breakdown
XX. Honky Tonk Women

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

Quotes:
Name a city on their tour itinerary, and Guns N' Roses probably have a story to go with it. In Atlanta, Axl jumped from stage to grab a security guard who, Axl says, shoved a friend of his without provocation. The police held Axl backstage while the rest of the band played "Communication Breakdown" and "Honky Tonk Women" with a roadie singing. To avoid a trial, Axl pleaded guilty to assaulting the police and paid a fine [November 1987]

Next concert: 1987.11.24.
Previous concert: 1987.11.21.
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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Wed Mar 23, 2016 2:02 am

As concert promoter Charlie Brusco walked through the back door of the arena shortly after the concert started, he knew something was wrong. “I heard this horrible sound,” Brusco says. “I look up, and one of the guys in the road crew was singing.” A roadie for the band named Big Ron was on lead vocals, because, earlier, Rose had jumped offstage, punched a cop, and been carried away. The Omni’s head of security told Brusco, “First strike, he hit an Atlanta police officer. Second strike, he hit a female Atlanta police officer. Third strike, he hit a black female Atlanta police officer. He’s going to jail.” Brusco begged for Rose to be allowed to finish the show. Finally the security chief said, “If he apologizes to the police officer in writing, we’ll let him go.” Brusco agreed. He was led to Rose, who was sitting at a makeshift booking table wearing his trademark bandanna. Rose dutifully signed his apology, and security brought in the female officer. Then Rose looked up and said, “Fuck you, you fucking jag-off cop.” He was hauled to jail, and the show was canceled. “I don’t think,” Brusco says, “I did another Guns show after that.”
Source: http://www.vulture.com/2016/03/concert-promoters-share-their-gnr-war-stories.html
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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Blackstar on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:06 am

Doc McGhee (manager of Motley Crue) wrote:
Axl Rose was onstage in Atlanta when he saw one of the security guards, who turned out to be an off-duty cop, pushing their fans around. Axl jumped off the stage and started fighting the guard, so security grabbed him and took him backstage. So Slash sang a few songs, and Guns’ drum technician sang “Honky Tonk Woman”—four times, not terribly well. I told security, “Look, let Axl finish the show then shoot him for all I care,” but they called the police. I said to Axl, be nice to the cops and they’ll let you go. Then a cop walked in and asked him for his full name, and Axl said, “Fuck you!”. That was it - he was arrested and in the cells for the night.

Nikki Sixx wrote:
Backstage, 7:45 p.m.
Just got off the massage table here in the dressing room. We were having a few drinks and Doc just came in and said Axl got arrested for jumping into the audience Slash is up there singing a Stones song and it’s not going well. Guess I’d better get ready . . . I think the crowd is probably getting unruly.

11 p.m.
Slash wants to go out ’cause he’s pissed off at Axl, so I’m taking him to a killer strip club. I guess they need to wait for their singer to get bailed out tomorrow. I don’t think I’ll offer Slash any junk ’cause I know he used to have a problem . . . one of us slipping back is bad enough.


Source: Nikki Sixx, The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of Shattered Rock Star, 2008


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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Blackstar on Thu Apr 12, 2018 11:50 am

The Atlanta Constitution, November 24, 1987:






(the mugshot was found on tumblr and posted on mygnrforum by the member The Garden Of Guns N Roses)


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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Blackstar on Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:52 pm

Two nights ago we did a show in Atlanta. At about the second song, I found myself on the way to jail. I won’t go into a lot of detail on that, but, basically, that was a case of people getting pushed around to sit in the back, people getting hurt to sit in the back; and people abusing their authority and guys going “Look, I got the lead singer!”. I’m gonna dedicate this to the “Atlanta’s finest” and to the guys that bailed me out. This is a song called “Out Ta Get Me”! [Concert at Lakeland Civic Center, Lakeland, FL - 11.24.1987]
This guy named Scott, he works in a record store up in Detroit, and he sells records, he’s got a Guns N’ Roses tattoo and stuff, and he comes to a lot of our shows. And the show is in Atlanta, at the Omni, and they make the people... the people can’t get in the aisles, people can’t come to the front of the stage, it’s a big law there; the security will get fined like $25,000 if people are in the aisles or anything. But some of the security doesn’t really seem to care about that, they like the job so they can push around kids. On the Friday night show [11.20.1987] there was this one guy particularly hassling the kids... and the kids don’t know, they come round to the front of the stage, they just think it’s a concert. And this guy like was being overly rough and I jumped off the stage into the pit, leaned on the barricade and grabbed him. [Band interview after the show in Lakeland, FL, 11.24.1987, “A Night In The Jungle”, MTV]
We just recently did a show in Atlanta, opening up for Motley Crue [...], and I [...] actually warned a security guard being a little shit and pushing the kids around, really proving that he was an asshole, and he called me out. So I dived down over the fucking rail, and before I got over the rail, the fucker hit me. So I got him about three times, and now I’m being charged with four counts of assault for hitting police that I never touched. These are the kind of people that can just suck my dick! You know, I’ve got nothing against fucking security. [?] you're out doing your job, but you don’t need to fucking push kids; not my friends that come here. These are the kind of people that get me down. They make me feel that somebody out there is out to get me!  [Concert at UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL - 12.18.1987]
I can think of a few people I wouldn't want to have [Appetite For Destruction] in their collections, like the Atlanta police. I don't want them to even have listened to it at all. [Rock Scene magazine, June 1988]
We played in Atlanta and Axl jumped off the stage to help out a fan who was getting beaten by these security guys. He never made it back on stage so we improvised a seven minute blues jam. ["In The Classic Way", Guitar For The Practicing Musician, September 1988]
During one show, Axl jumped into the crowd to beat up a security guard who pushed one of our friends around, so he wound up going to jail and we had to do the show without him. We had a roadie come out and sing with us, and the crowd really dug it. [Goldmine, May 19, 1989]
In Atlanta I dived in and I had police saying I hit them. I never did, but I had to plead guilty because we didn't have any money at the time. Lie? Yes, I guess I did lie once. I lied and said that I hit four cops. I guess we should reopen the case and take me to trial for perjury. But I didn't have $56,000 to pay them off under the table. ["There's A Riot Going On!", Musician, September 1991]


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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Blackstar on Thu Apr 12, 2018 3:42 pm

After that show, the next time the band was scheduled to play in Atlanta was during the "Skin n' Bones" leg of the Use Your Illusion Tour, on April 15, 1993.

Herald and Review, March 3, 1993:


Eventually, the show was cancelled:

The Atlanta Consitution, April 1st, 1993:


April 2, 1993:




We canceled a show in Atlanta both to let Duff recover and because Axl had been arrested there during the Appetite tour for kicking in the head a security guard whom he’d supposedly seen roughing up audience members. Doug didn’t trust either Axl or the venue’s security and he was probably right on both counts. [Slash with A. Bozza, Slash, 2007].
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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Blackstar on Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:15 am

Axl didn't return to Atlanta for a show until 2011.

That's a better start than the last time I was here. I'm not in jail yet! [Concert at Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA - November 2, 2011]
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Re: 1987.11.22 - The Omni, Atlanta, USA

Post by Blackstar on Wed Jul 25, 2018 6:16 am

I added some more articles and quotes to the previous posts.
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