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1992.04.09 - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, USA

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1992.04.09 - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Sep 03, 2012 9:19 pm

April 9, 1992.

Rosemont Horizon.

Rosemont, IL, USA.

01. Nightrain
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Live and Let Die
04. Attitude
05. It's So Easy
06. Patience
07. Double Talkin' Jive
08. Civil War
09. Welcome to the Jungle
10. November Rain
11. You Could Be Mine
12. Coma
13. Don't Cry
14. Bad Obsession
15. Sweet Child O'Mine
16. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
17. So Fine
18. Move to the City
19. Estranged
20. Paradise City

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

Next concert: 1992.04.20.
Previous concert: 1992.04.06.
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Re: 1992.04.09 - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:38 pm

Last Chicago performance with three original members

The band received a priceless introduction: "Chicago! Of all the bands in the world, this is definitely one of them! From Hollywood -- Guns N' Roses!"

Video from the entire concert is widely available on YouTube. "Now we're going to do a medley of Barry Manilow covers for you," Rose says before the band played "Estranged." Blind Melon lead singer Shannon Hoon, who was also from Rose's hometown of Lafayette, Ind., sits in on "Don't Cry." Slash plays Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses" to begin "Patience." The biggest surprise of this show? A pre-"Siamese Dream" Smashing Pumpkins was the opener.

A show the following night was canceled since Rose skipped town -- the Cook County sheriff`s office planned to arrest and extradite him to St. Louis to enforce a bench warrant obtained by the St Louis prosecutor's office.

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Re: 1992.04.09 - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, USA

Post by Blackstar on Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:34 am

Article/ review from Chicago Tribune, April 12, 1992:
Greg Kot wrote:An arena full of rock 'n' Roses Guns seems under control and ready to enjoy its music and itself

In the armpit of an apartment they shared in Los Angeles seven years ago, the five founding members of Guns N' Roses didn't have much use for professionalism as they struggled to remain above the poverty line.

Professionals were the people who played on Toto and Kansas records. Pros were the people who made the last 15 Chicago albums so boring. Professionalism didn't have anything to do with rockin' out, man, and it sure didn't count for much when the rent was due.

No wonder the Gunners' concerts were every bit as loud, greasy and gritty as the Sunset Strip dives in which they parked their amplifiers. The band's slumming charisma soon fetched a following and eventually landed them a recording contract with a major record label.

A couple of billion record sales later, Guns N' Roses arrived Thursday night at the Rosemont Horizon for a sold-out show, and they performed like the professionals few expected they would ever become.

But the Gunners haven't entirely outrun their notorious past, as proven when Friday's sold-out show was canceled because lead singer W. Axl Rose left town rather than be served with an arrest warrant in connection with a riot at a concert outside St. Louis last year.

The group hasn't succumbed to the slickness and drab routine that are professionalism's curse, and most of the credit belongs to Rose.

The singer still acts like-pick one-rock 'n' roll's nastiest 500-pound gorilla or its feistiest 160-pound prima donna. Rose performs only when he feels like it and not a moment sooner, so when he led the troops on stage at exactly 10:50 p.m., well past the announced starting time of "about 9:30," it was both annoying and not particularly surprising.

A litany of "Axl's little moments," from his tempestuous and quickly aborted marriage to the St. Louis blowup, could keep a 900-number in business indefinitely.

But though the singer has become the rock equivalent of a Dan Quayle joke in certain quarters because of his erratic behavior, once on stage Rose goes about his business with a ferocity that few performers have ever matched.

He can't seem to fake his way through a performance, wearing his yearning for a better world and his hatred for the present one like one of his many tattoos.

Hair-trigger temper

Known to have a hair-trigger temper, he has also been diagnosed as manic depressive. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he revealed even more of his private hell: a childhood in which he was sodomized, beaten and turned into an emotional cripple, only to later bury much of the pain in his subconscious.

Bit by bit, Rose said in the interview, he is trying to break open the hidden wounds in his past so he can heal them and get on with his life.

On Thursday, he broke off the concert after two songs to launch into an extraordinary update of this latest chapter in his now public struggle.

First he quieted the raucous crowd by snapping: "You want a cocaine rock 'n' roll party? . . . Well, I ain't here for that."

Then he told of a phone conversation the night before with a friend who admonished him for revealing the family's secret past.

"My past," he said, "is like a car wreck that no one told me about. . . . If we don't deal with this (child abuse) publicly, then we probably won't deal with (it) at all. . . .

"You want a lot of macho man rock 'n' roll? . . . It don't work anymore for me. I can't fake it anymore (because) my life's falling apart."

The crowd stirred restlessly, anxiously wondering just how big of a pall Rose was going to cast over its party.

Then the singer swept his hand out toward the audience and back across the stage.

"If some scrawny 90-pound weakling can get up here and take this . . . on," he said, gesturing at himself, "so can any one of you."

The crowd roared, and the band ripped into a cover of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die," in which Rose sang one line with particular relish: "When ya got a job to do, ya got to do it well"-a professional attitude if there ever was one, albeit with the bite of a pit bull.

Rose unloaded only one other time, when he bristled because a group of young men in the crowd wasn't quite enthusiastic enough for his taste. "Seems to me you're wasting your time," he sneered, "standing there with your pot, acting cool like you're James Dean."

Oiled and lubricated

The Gunners are more like one of Dean's cars: waxed, oiled and lubricated for maximum efficiency, expanded to a humming 12-piece with horns and backup singers for this leg of their two-year world tour.

Gone is the slap-dash drumming of Steven Adler, fired for drug burnout in 1990, and the bored-silly attitude of guitarist Izzy Stradlin, who quit late last year. In their place is a bull of a drummer, Matt Sorum; a keyboardist, Dizzy Reed, who unlike at last year's tour opening show at Alpine Valley has been fully integrated into the arrangements and can finally be heard above the din of the guitars; and the newest addition, guitarist Gilby Clarke, a pal from the old Sunset Strip days of drugs and decadence.

That neon haze has been replaced by a rigorous discipline of rehearsal and temperance, by the looks of this performance. This new band of Gunners creates the impression of being in full control of its faculties, mental and otherwise, and of seemingly enjoying its music and each other.

For nearly three hours, the group explored a broad palette of musical colors, showing a stylistic audacity that few hard-rock bands possess: from lush ballads ("November Rain") to diesel-powered rock ("Nightrain"), a funked-up "Move to the City" to a bluesy "Bad Obsession."

Although the Gunners still pack a gritty, street-band punch-as evidenced by a pile-driving cover of the Misfits' "Attitude"-the emphasis now has swung more firmly in the direction of epic, 1970s-style rock, with many songs pushed toward 7 or 8 minutes and sometimes beyond.

This was arena rock delivered on a grand scale, with more than a few over-indulgences. There was the obligatory drum solo with synchronized lights: thump-thump, blink-blink, ho-hum.

There was Rose sprinting on and off stage to change into his thrift-store gypsy outfits more often than Cher: red hot pants, fringed cowboy gear, camouflage, a leather coat emblazoned with an image of Madonna, a Confederate flag, an American flag.

And then there was a roadie jumping behind Slash as if on cue to stuff a lit cigarette into the guitarist's mouth in midsolo.

While blowing smoke through his tangle of curls, Slash struck more than a few bare-chested, bend-at-the-hip poses with his double-neck guitar. When he wasn't quoting Led Zeppelin's "Heartbreaker" or torching the "Godfather" movie theme, he was ushering in the slamming "Civil War" with references to Jimi Hendrix's "If 6 was 9" or dueting with Clarke on the Rolling Stones' "Wild Horses."

His guitar purred and hummed on a wrenching version of the Gunners' 1988 breakthrough hit, "Sweet Child O' Mine," while Rose turned the word "child" into a desperate three-syllable plea, then a repeated scream.

It was a chilling performance, and a transcendent one. The crowd, already standing on its seats, stomped, hollered and exhorted Rose to keep pushing his voice higher.

Then Slash picked out a few bars of Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed" as a melancholy coda that paved the way for the set-closing "Knockin' on Heaven's Door."

The Bob Dylan tune was beefed up into a gospel epic with a kaleidoscopic arrangement, as Slash spun out one lyrical solo after another, while Sorum kept changing up the tempo and Reed threw in carnival-organ flourishes. By song's end, Rose had no trouble persuading the crowd to join in, turning the Horizon into one big choir loft.

With the grandeur of their music and the intensity of their singer's delivery, the Gunners transcended the doubt of "Sweet Child" and the death that awaits outside "Heaven's Door."

Venting his bile

If in these songs Rose offered some hope, in others he nearly choked on his hostility. When he blasted out "You Could Be Mine," it was difficult to disregard the misogyny. And the sentiments of "Welcome to the Jungle" were prime, circle-the-wagons Guns N' Roses: "You can have anything you want, but you better not take it from me."

There would seem to be only so many ways a songwriter can vent his bile, but as Rose indicated Thursday, he seems in no danger of tapping himself dry.

"I don't care if you're pumping gas or are king of the world," he said to the crowd, "anybody who says you don't amount to (anything) is nothin' but a .. ."

Then he filled in the blanks with the vengeful "Nasty Talkin' Jive."

If Rose is just now discovering the meaning of self-esteem, that doesn't mean he has lost touch with what it felt like to have none.

As long as he holds on to that feeling, Guns N' Roses won't ever be mistaken for Toto.


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Re: 1992.04.09 - Rosemont Horizon, Rosemont, USA

Post by Blackstar on Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:41 am

Articles on the cancellation of next night's Chicago show, as well as of following shows in NA:

Guns N' Roses cancels show after lead singer skips town
- Michael Kates & Angela Bradbery, Chicago Tribune, 4.11.92

It was the perfect wedding gift: two tickets to the young couple's idea of paradise, Friday night's Guns N' Roses concert at the Rosemont Horizon.

But the controversial Los Angeles rock 'n' roll band postponed the sold-out show just 15 minutes before the doors were scheduled to open-lead singer Axl Rose had to skip town ahead of the law, according to the band's record company.

"Can I cry?" Ursula Sandoval asked her new husband Ray as they stood outside the Horizon Friday night. The two 26-year-olds, who married April 1, stood in line for 2 1/2 hours for the tickets.

The Cook County sheriff's office might be upset too. Officials had a warrant for Rose's arrest on four misdemeanor charges stemming from a riot last July during a concert in a St. Louis suburb, according to Geffen Records.

According to a Geffen spokeswoman, the Cook County sheriff's office planned to arrest Rose and extradite him to St. Louis to enforce a bench warrant obtained by the St Louis prosecutor's office.

"Rather than go to jail, Rose left the sheriff's jurisdiction," said Bryn Bridenthal of Geffen.

A Guns N' Roses management representative apologized to fans and blamed "celebrity persecution" by St. Louis authorities.

Neither St. Louis officials nor Cook County sheriff's police could be reached for comment.

The group performed here Thursday night without incident. The Friday show was added several months ago, after the first show sold out quickly.

Hundreds of disappointed and disgusted fans were notified by megaphone at 7:30 p.m. that the show was canceled.

The switchboard at the Horizon headquarters was lit up for hours by fans. Some callers asked for reimbursements for their limousines; others wanted to know if they would be refunded the price they paid scalpers-$125 in one case.

They were told no.

Tickets will be refunded Monday at Ticketmaster outlets for their $25 face value, Bridenthal said.

Rosemont Horizon officials received a phone call from the band's local promoter, Jam Productions, at 7:15 p.m. Doors were to open at 7:30 p.m. and the opening band was in the building, preparing to take the stage at 8:30 p.m.

"The group decided they did not want to perform," said Harry Pappas, executive director of the Horizon. "They gave no reason."

No one at Jam Productions could be reached for comment.

According to Horizon officials, up to 400 fans were outside when the show was canceled. Guards, ushers and other security personnel broke the news to them.

Teenagers who were dropped off by their parents were allowed to make phone calls so they "wouldn't be wandering the street," said a Horizon official.

That was of little good to Steve Stasney, 15, and his three friends from Highland, Ind. The group had been dropped off by one of the boy's fathers at 7 p.m. and told, "see you at midnight."

After the announcement was made, "Everybody was cussing like crazy," Stasney said. "They're good, but not when they do that."

The last Horizon show canceled on short notice was the Madonna show in May 1990. The singer had a sore throat and gave Horizon officials 24 hours' notice.

Tom Nigut, who came from Wilmette with a friend and seven youngsters, said the band's actions were not surprising.

"It's typical of the image they try to give," Nigut said, "punky, cocky, do whatever they want to do."

Guns N' Roses also canceled shows Monday and Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The San Jose Mercury News, 4.12.92

Guns N' Roses canceled a concert Friday night in Chicago after lead singer W. Axl Rose fled town to avoid arrest on charges stemming from a riot at the band's show last year in St. Louis, his record company said.

''He wasn't anxious to spend any time in jail without reason," said Bryn Bridenthal, spokeswoman for Geffen Records. "To suddenly extradite him over a misdemeanor charge, there's no cause."

Geffen also said the band canceled shows scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

Rose was charged with assault and property damage over a riot that followed an aborted Guns N' Roses concert July 2, in which about 40 concertgoers and 25 police officers were hurt.

AP, Chicago

The rock group Guns 'n' Roses canceled a concert here on Friday night because its lead singer, W. Axl Rose, had fled town to avoid arrest on misdemeanor charges stemming from a disturbance at a concert near St. Louis last summer.

The St. Louis County authorities have charged Mr. Rose with assault and property damage because of the disturbance on July 2 in which about 40 concertgoers and 25 police officers were injured. Witnesses said the melee began when he leaped from the stage to snatch a camera from a fan and then stormed off, abruptly ending the show.

Mr. Rose has said that he was trying to stop a fight and that the band was willing to go back on but was told to leave. He has blamed security personnel for the riot.

Band Cancels Show

This week the authorities in St. Louis County asked the Sheriff's Department of Cook County, Ill., to enforce a bench warrant for Mr. Rose's arrest. Officers told the band's managers that Mr. Rose would have the option of surrendering either before or after the show scheduled for Friday night at the 18,000-seat Horizon in suburban Rosemont. Instead, the band canceled the concert about 30 minutes before it was to start, and a spokeswoman for its label, Geffen Records, confirmed that Mr. Rose had fled.

"He wasn't anxious to spend any time in jail without reason," said the spokeswoman, Bryn Bridenthal. "To suddenly extradite him over a misdemeanor charge, there's no cause."

The misdemeanor charges carry a combined penalty of up to four-and-one-half years in jail and $4,500 in fines.

Geffen Records said the band had also canceled shows scheduled for Monday and Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

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