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1991.12.05 - Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, USA

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1991.12.05 - Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:49 pm

Date:
December 5, 1991.

Venue:
Worcester Centrum Centre.

Location:
Worcester, MA, USA.

Setlist:
01. Welcome To The Jungle
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Live And Let Die
04. Attitude
05. Double Talkin' Jive
06. Civil War
07. Bad Obsession
08. Patience
09. You Could Be Mine
10. So Fine
11. It's So Easy
12. Move To The City
13. Don't Cry
Godfather Theme
14. Sweet Child O' Mine
15. November Rain
16. Rocket Queen [w/ It Tastes Good, Don't It?]
17. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
ENCORE 1
18. Estranged
ENCORE 2:
19. Paradise City

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

Notes:
Gilby's first gig with the band.

Quotes:
Talking about what he remembers from his first gig: yes, a lil... i was hungover. i met up with some friends the night before & had a yager party. it took the edge off [A4D Interviews, August 2011]

Next concert: 1991.12.06.
Previous concert: 1991.08.24.


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Re: 1991.12.05 - Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:51 pm

Review:

GUNS' BLAST-OFF WASN'T WORTH THE WAIT
- Steve Morse, Boston Globe, 12.6.91

WORCESTER -- Guns N' Roses have shown a snotty, kiss-off attitude that's made mincemeat of the Establishment. And last night their fans -- a sellout 14,000 of them -- got a nasty little dose of that meanness, when they were forced to wait a ridiculous 90 minutes between sets for Guns to appear.

Anticipation ran high, but it was almost an anticlimax when the band finally went on at 10:15. To kill time, the group's video crew got their jollies by projecting various female fans' cleavages onto huge overhead screens. "Hey, why don't they ever show any men?" asked a woman sitting down the row. A humble enough question.

Such is life waiting, waiting and waiting some more for one of the world's -- at least the Hollywood world's -- greatest rock 'n' roll bands.

Yes, when they finally did appear, Guns blasted off with a generally torrid shot of hyper-maniacal hard rock, though it wasn't so earth-shaking as to merit the wait.

Maybe it was because Guns were breaking in a new guitarist (Gilby Clarke, who last played with Kill for Thrills) and a new trio of horn players -- three women in skimpy halter tops, who furthered the macho mood. Or maybe it was because the band is back after a monthlong layoff (they rehearsed at the Centrum the last two nights) and didn't quite have all their ammunition in place.

Deadline restraints made it impossible to catch the whole show, but enough was heard to conclude that this particular show would not make you forget Aerosmith or AC/DC. Maybe Guns were in that league during their summer stadium tour, and maybe they'll be in it again soon enough, but last night was a definite hiatus.

Guns burst out with the appropriately nasty "Welcome to the Jungle," as singer Axl Rose, in a red tux coat, red mini-shorts and black combat boots, threw a mike stand across the stage. A Bo Diddley-beat intro to "Mr. Brownstone" (a heroin song) followed, giving way to another retro feel in a cover of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," as mammoth strobe lights belted the crowd and spotlights shone up through wire-chain floor ramps, giving the band a would-be "Silence of the Lambs" menace.

A decent, adrenalized cover of the Misfits' "Attitude" (sung by bassist Duff McKagan) was next. Rose, who gave mini-lectures between most songs, then launched a "Get in the Ring" diatribe against editor Bob Guccione of Spin Magazine, a longtime nemesis of the group. Rose declared that Guns plans to file a lawsuit against the magazine for its "double-talking jive."

Fortunately, lead guitarist Slash kept the show together, firing off rifle- shot leads often laced with mind-splitting feedback and occasional quotes from Jimi Hendrix and the Stones. Slash represents a state-of-the-art synthesis between classic rock and punk -- and it's no surprise he's dubbed as the heart of soul of this band.

Slash thankfully stole the song "Bad Obsession" (the infamous ditty where Axl calls his own mother a four-letter word) and nearly salvaged a fairly saddlebroke version of the Stones' "Wild Horses."

Rose, however, continued his cartoon antics. He changed outfits more often than Stevie Nicks, doffing a red "Rebel"-inscribed jacket emblazoned with a Confederate flag for "Civil War," one of the night's better efforts, at least.

Seattle's Soundgarden opened with a powerful, sludgy Zeppelinesque set that scored highly with the crowd before they were nearly put to sleep by the 90- minute wait for the headliner.
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Re: 1991.12.05 - Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, USA

Post by puddledumpling on Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:17 pm

I attended both shows December 5th and 6th, 1991 at the Worcester
Centrum in Massachusetts and had a very different concert experience. The above review is stereotypically Bostonian: A stick up the ass and brains out on the sleeve to hit everyone else over the head with and only happy when surrounded by "idiots". I believe this petulant author was just another ordinary person working for wages like the rest of us but he didn't belong there.

Worcester is a crossroads of sorts in the New England region - the Centrum being one of the few large venues accessible to Western Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Connecticut and Rhode Island fans. I propose that the average Worcester Centrum audience was made up of people living in rural areas who converged on Worcester for the two nights of Guns N' Roses shows. The camaraderie and networking at tailgate parties in the parking lots and venue before and after the show as well as the interval between Sound Garden and GNR was part of the show for a lot of us who didn't want to be somewhere else. The anticipation, appreciation and warm reception for Matt and Gilby at these two shows was palpable. Gilby was real casual like the cat that he still is in 2012. Seeing the new line up of GNR at Worcester Centrum last November, 2012 reinforced my take on the Worcester audience, although there seemed to be a lot of college students there this time around. A lot of us danced and sang hilariously unlike the shows I attended in Hartford and in New Haven, Connecticut, even to songs from Chinese Democracy, and there was a sizeable cloud of smoke enhancing the light show over the crowd that wasn't from tobacco. I had a great time then and now and I'd gladly go see GNR at the Centrum again.
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Re: 1991.12.05 - Worcester Centrum Centre, Worcester, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:00 pm

puddledumpling wrote:Gilby was real casual like the cat that he still is in 2012.

Probably because he was a bit mellow from the party the day before Smile. See the new quote I have added in the first post.

Thanks for the great review!
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