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1991.07.25 - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, USA

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1991.07.25 - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:08 am

Date:
July 25, 1991.

Venue:
Pacific Amphitheatre.

Location:
Costa Mesa, CA, USA.

Setlist:
01. Perfect Crime
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Bad Obsession
04. Live And Let Die
05. Dust N' Bones
06. Double Talkin' Jive
07. Civil War
08. Patience
09. You Could Be Mine
10. November Rain
11. Welcome To The Jungle
12. 14 Years
Godfather Theme
13. Rocket Queen
14. Sweet Child O' Mine
15. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
16. Estranged

Line-up:
Axl Rose (vocals), Izzy Stradlin (rhythm guitarist), Slash (lead guitarist), Duff McKagan (bass), Dizzy Reed (keyboards) and Matt Sorum (drums).

Notes:
The show is stopped early because of technical difficulties.

Next concert: 1991.07.29.
Previous concert: 1991.07.23.
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Re: 1991.07.25 - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:01 pm

Review:

MORE GUNS THAN ROSES AXL GREASES UP AN ANGRY SHOW
- Dave Wielenga, The Press-Telegram, 7.27.91

Axl Rose arrived at the Pacific Amphitheatre late and angry Thursday night, stomped off the stage early and even angrier, and tossed in a couple of tantrums in between.

Whether or not all this nastiness is necessary may never be known - it has become a staple of Guns N' Roses performances, and why mess with a good thing? The band has elevated its brand of bad-attitude rock and roll to the stratum of superstardom, and amid all the animosity exists a mesmerizing music machine.

For two hours the band - lead guitarist Saul ``Slash'' Hudson, bassist Duff McKagan, keyboardist Dizzy Reed, drummer Matt Sorum and guitarist Izzy Stradlin - supplied a tight and powerful musical springboard for Rose, who sprinted and whirled and danced as he sang a mix of material, some familiar and some from the still-awaited albums, ``Use Your Illusion, Parts I and II.''

Guns N' Roses doesn't work from a set playlist, instead moving from song to song at the whim of Rose - who can get pretty whimsical. This is a guy who took to the stage wearing a red and black kilt, the kind of belt favored by boxing champions, combat boots and a catcher's chest protector.

After opening with ``Mr. Brownstone,'' the band moved into ``Our Obsession,'' then to the Paul McCartney song, ``Live And Let Die,'' then to a bawdy, grinding tune off one of the new albums, ``Dust And Bones.''

It was at this point that Rose, never reluctant to air his complaints onstage (he criticized his band members' drug use and threatened to quit the group during an appearance opening for the Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum in October of 1989) explained why Guns N' Roses didn't begin performing until 9:10 p.m. - 1 1/2 hours after the opening act, Skid Row, had departed.

Basically, he blamed it on overzealous film crews from local television stations, who Rose claimed, in a profanity-laced tirade, demanded interviews and threatened to have him arrested.

``I told them, `You are nothing but parasites. If nothing happens you make it up,''' Rose recounted, adding that the controversy would help him ``go out and sell another half-million records.''

(Fans had their own troubles getting to the 6 p.m. show. Traffic from rush hour, the Orange County Fair, the nearby South Coast Plaza shopping center and the concert created a Sig-Alert in the area.)

But there was no meaningful explanation for the sudden end to the show, which occurred after the band, to the accompaniment of a thunderous ovation, had assembled on stage for an encore.

After the first few notes of what Rose had introduced as a new song called ``The Strange,'' the music stopped, apparently because Rose was dissatisfied with it.

``You can start over any time,'' he said sardonically to his bandmates.

They did, briefly, until Rose threw his microphone to the floor and stalked off stage. He never returned, but Sorum, Slash and Reed came back to collaborate on a brief instrumental jam before pleading that ``we don't know any more songs'' and departing for good.

An announcement to the crowd blamed the situation on ``technical difficulties.''

In between, Rose also delivered a scathing attack on Guns N' Roses former manager and former drummer, Steven Adler, who was banished for alleged drug abuse and is now suing the group.

Another time Rose stopped one of the band's most popular songs, ``Welcome To The Jungle'' to take issue with something that a man seated in the front row was doing - something that Rose, who has been accused of being homophobic because of lyrics to his song, ``One In A Million,'' interpreted as a homosexual gesture.

``When a guy is doing that I don't know what to think,'' sneered Rose. ``I guess I have to remember that we are in L.A.''

It's at moments like these that it becomes difficult to know what to think about Rose, a guy confident enough to perform in shorts and boots and a fishnet shirt - just one of his unusual ensembles - but worried about what somebody's gesture might mean as a challenge to his masculinity, and compelled to react hostilely toward it.

Rose resumed his performance with the same passion and grit - and the same frightening cat-like scream - through songs such as ``Patience,'' ``Sweet Child O' Mine'' and ``Knockin' On Heaven's Door.'' There was no denying the emotion invested in his art.

However, while his unpredictable outbursts give an edge to Guns N' Roses shows, at some point they begin to detract from the messages the songs were designed to deliver. At the end, no one seemed surprised - or even especially angry - when Rose abruptly ended the evening. The overriding emotion seemed to be amusement.

And that is what should really make Rose mad.
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Re: 1991.07.25 - Pacific Amphitheatre, Costa Mesa, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Wed May 07, 2014 7:14 am

Review from Los Angeles Times, July 27, 1991:

POP MUSIC REVIEW : Stop the Presses! Axl's Upset Again : Pop music: A typically intense concert by Guns N' Roses comes to an abrupt end during the encore when Axl Rose leaves the stage in anger.
July 27, 1991|ROBERT HILBURN | TIMES POP MUSIC CRITIC

The drama continues.

Just as it appeared that Axl Rose had gotten through a "homecoming" concert without serious incident Thursday night at the Pacific Amphitheatre, he threw down his microphone at the start of an encore number and stomped off stage.

It was a touchy moment because it was Rose's abrupt exit during a Guns N' Roses concert near St. Louis on July 2 that contributed to an ugly incident.

Apparently upset that the concert had been cut short by Rose's departure that night, an estimated 2,500 fans went on a rampage that left 60 people injured and $200,000 in damages. Police in Maryland Heights, Mo. are expected to announce a decision Monday on whether charges will be filed against Rose or the band in the case.

Cooler heads prevailed Thursday.

Rose had flashed bits of his widely publicized temper in a few, brief verbal outbursts earlier in the evening, but had mainly stuck to music.

So everything seemed to be cooling down nicely on what had been a masterfully intense performance when Guns N' Roses returned shortly after 11 p.m. for the encore.

After announcing "Estranged," a song from the group's upcoming pair of albums, Rose stood at the microphone and waited as the musicians began the song.

But Rose seemed dissatisfied with the intro and asked the musicians to start the song over. A few seconds into the second attempt, Rose headed for the wings. Caught off guard, the other band members stood around awkwardly for a few seconds.

While the others eventually followed Rose off stage, bassist Duff McKagan and guitarist Slash--perhaps wary of a repeat of the St. Louis incident--tried to entertain the crowd by going into a tentative jam.

After about three minutes, however, they set down their instruments and, too, left the stage. "We've run out of songs," quipped Slash.

More to the point, they had run out of a lead singer.

As more than 18,000 fans milled around uncertainly, a voice on the sound system announced that the show was having to end one song early because of technical problems.

There was scattered booing and lots grumbling about Rose, but no noticeable rowdiness.

"What a loser," snarled one male fan in his mid-20s on the way out of the Pacific.

"Axl's act is getting tired," snapped another male, also in his mid-20s.

The outbursts may be tiring fans' patience, but they aren't an act.

Part of the fascinating, yet unsettling nature of this Los Angeles-based hard-rock band--which begins a sold-out, four-night run Monday at the Forum in Inglewood--is its spontaneity.

Like him or not, Rose is what you see--outbursts and all. You can tell from tension on stage and the frequently surprised expressions on the band members face as the drama unfolds each night that he's following his emotions on stage, not a script.

Just as he shares some of his personal torments and demons in his songs, he exhibits them, too, as they unfold in his life on stage.

The fact Guns N' Roses didn't come on stage until shortly after 9 p.m. was an early indication that Thursday's performance was going to be an anxious one.

Because there was a strict 11 p.m. curfew at the Pacific, the concert was scheduled to begin at the unusually early time of 6 p.m. This was presumably to give the band time to do its full show, which has been running about 2 1/2-hours or more on most tour stops.

But that plan seemed in trouble when Skid Row, the opening act, went on stage at 6:50 p.m. and played a crowd-pleasing, but rather one-dimensional set that lasted until 7:40. With even a moderately fast set-change, Guns N' Roses could have been on stage by 8:30 and still have done 2 1/2-hours.

Yet the group's set didn't start until shortly after 9 p.m.--and it was obvious that Rose was in a fury. The early numbers--mostly taken from the two albums due in September, but also including the old "Mr. Brownstone"--were raw and aggressive with Rose racing around the stage and snarling the lyrics in his deepest "Exorcist" voice.

After a half dozen numbers, he finally let the audience in on what had apparently angered him earlier in the day: an encounter with a TV cameraman who Rose suggested tried to interview him when the singer was trying to board a helicopter in Santa Monica for a flight to the Pacific. (Bob Tur, who reports for both KCOP television and KNX-AM, said it was just a coincidence he was at the airport and had no intention of interviewing Rose, who he said berated him with expletives.)

With the brief, but fiery tirade out of the way, Rose seemed calm--except for a couple of separate outbursts against the band's former manager and its former drummer. In a humorous aside, he said his favorite word is "ex"--as in "ex-manager, ex-wife."

A spokeswoman for the band said afterwards that the "official" reason for Rose's leaving the stage at the start of the encore was a problem with the stage monitors--something Rose alluded to at one point during the show. But there were whispers from others backstage that there were other problems.

Though overshadowed for many by the sudden, unsatisfying end, the show included spectacularly emotional versions of both some old songs, including the torrid "Civil Wars," and new ones, including a tender "November Rain" featuring Rose on piano.

Much like two very different attractions in rock--Bruce Springsteen and U2--there is a sense about Guns N' Roses of trying to reach a new level of passion each time the group steps on stage. Because of the curfew and the quick end, the Pacific show--for all the white-heat moments--seemed a bit abbreviated.
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