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1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

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1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:36 pm

Date:
February 1, 1993.

Venue:
Calder Park Raceway.

Location:
Melbourne, Australia.

Setlist:
01. Welcome to the Jungle
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Live and Let Die
04. Attitude
05. Bad Obsession
06. Double Talkin' Jive
07. Civil War
08. Patience
09. November Rain
10. Yesterdays
11. You Could Be Mine
12. Sweet Child O'Mine
13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
14. Don't Cry
15. Paradise City

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

Quote:
I remember just seeing a fucking sea of people. It was a big huge gig, Rose Tattoo was on it, and that was a band that really meant a lot. I’d discovered them when Guns first came together [Faster Louder, September 2012]
You know, I guess I missed all of [the problems during the gig caused by heat, lack of water and poor amenities]. I never really heard any of that stuff. I remember it being really hot and that there was a lot of people needing water. [...] I was having all these crazy dreams about tornadoes and stuff and then we had to take a chopper out there, a helicopter, and there were some stormy skies. When we landed I remember some of the crew telling us there had been tornadoes, which was kind of weird. If I’d known they even had tornadoes down there I probably wouldn’t have got on the helicopter [Faster Louder, February 2013]
Next concert: 1993.02.06.
Previous concert: 1993.01.30.


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Re: 1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:38 pm

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Re: 1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

Post by puddledumpling on Sat Sep 29, 2012 3:07 pm

Press conferences are usually pretty uptight affairs but this clip is fun to watch. What a great way to welcome GNR to Australia. I love Norman's hairstyle.
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Re: 1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

Post by Soulmonster on Sat Apr 14, 2018 8:12 am

Tony Jones wrote:The Rundown: Notorious Guns N' Roses concert recalled 25 years on

"The area later became a saturated and smelling swamp due to the heavy rains and the urine."
Disturbing stuff.

It could easily be a line lifted from a TV news report covering a natural disaster in some far flung part of the world.

The damning assessment was part of a 100-page finding from the Victorian Ombudsman into what is arguably the worst concert ever staged in Australia.

The Guns N' Roses tour of 1993.

It wasn't what happened on stage at Melbourne's Calder Park that had authorities up in arms, but what happened off it.

In Episode Four of Nine's "The Rundown" the band's long time manager, Doug Goldstein, pulls no punches when he recalls the day.

"It's important to me, crowd safety... We pretty much knew," Goldstein said.

The concert never really stood a chance of succeeding.

Mother nature turned on a howler, temperatures above 40 degreees. Then came ferocious winds and driving rain.

Joining Goldstein on "The Rundown", famed radio rock jock Lee Simon who, at the last minute, was enlisted as the MC for the day.

Twenty five years on, he remembers the debacle all too well.

"It was just a dreadful way to endure a show", Simon tells "The Rundown" host Tony Jones.

Fans were left stranded.

There was simply no public transport available to get the drenched fans back to town.

"A stream of people actually walking along the Calder Freeway and Tullamarine Freeway... And It was like a scene out of the Living Dead," Lee Simon recalls.

Because of the excessive heat that day, dehydration became a huge problem.

Suddenly, a bottle of water cost in the range of $7. Quite excessive for that time.

In fact Mr Whippy was to feature in the ombudsman's report for selling water at an exorbitant price.

But the problems didn't end with the cost of water or the fury that the weather was unleashing on the unsuspecting fans.

While the band roared on stage, barely missing a beat, there was trouble in the Guns N' Roses camp.

In short: lead singer Axl Rose had disenfranchised himself from the rest of the band. In particular lead guitarist, Slash.

"I kept them, kind of, separate. Probably the best thing I ever did for that band was not let Axl know how the other band (members) couldn't stand him because the positions that he'd put them in," Goldstein said.

"He'd leave the stage and they'd have to stand on stage and continue to play."

Remarkably, Michael Jackson was partly responsible.

"He (Slash) came to my room and said: 'Hey I'm flying to Paris to do a pay-per-view with Michael Jackson'.

"I said: 'Okay, you know that your lead singer has just told the world about the molestation and you're talking about someone who's been accused of child molestation'," Goldstein warned.

"He said 'I don't care'."

So split was the band, Rose travelled to Calder Park on a separate helicopter to the rest, stayed in a different hotel and entered the stage from the opposite side.

On that infamous day, fans were screaming for refunds.

Fast forward 25 years, it's unlikely any of those fans would trade their experience.

Goldstein goes on to reveal in "The Rundown" the deal that convinced Slash to perform with Jackson.
Source: https://www.9news.com.au/2018/09/07/16/23/guns-n-roses-fans-recall-infamous-australia-concert-twenty-five-years-on
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Re: 1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

Post by Soulmonster on Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:39 pm

Replaced a wrong review and added a new review.

They refer to The Rundown, I don't know if this is the show where Goldstein first implied Slash playing with MJ hurt Axl, or if he is saying it again. I think I remember there was an interview about this not too long ago.
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Re: 1993.02.01 - Calder Park Raceway, Melbourne, Australia

Post by Blackstar on Sat Sep 08, 2018 2:17 am

@Soulmonster wrote:
They refer to The Rundown, I don't know if this is the show where Goldstein first implied Slash playing with MJ hurt Axl, or if he is saying it again. I think I remember there was an interview about this not too long ago.

Doug Goldstein has been telling the MJ story at every opportunity in the last few years (the most recent time before this one was on the GNR Central podcast last year) but I think it's the first time he has done it in reference to this particular concert.
When he had first brought it up he was vague about the timeline and it sounded like he was talking about Slash playing on MJ's 1991 album (which was relatively long before the scandal broke out). On the GNR Central podcast he said it was about Slash guesting at one of MJ's concerts. Slash played with MJ in Sept. 1992 (Spain) and at the New Year's Eve concert in Tokyo. That was also before the scandal broke out, but closer chronologically - and also close to the Rundown show.
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