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1992.09.15 - Metrodome, Minneapolis, USA

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1992.09.15 - Metrodome, Minneapolis, USA

Post by Soulmonster on Mon Oct 01, 2012 12:32 am

September 15, 1992.


Minneapolis, MN, USA.

01. Out Ta Get Me
02. Welcome to the Jungle
03. Mr. Brownstone
04. Live and Let Die
05. Attitude
06. Bad Obsession
07. Double Talkin' Jive
08. Civil War
09. Patience
10. November Rain
11. You Could Be Mine
12. Sweet Child O'Mine
13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
14. Paradise City

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

Next concert: 1992.09.17.
Previous concert: 1992.09.13.
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Re: 1992.09.15 - Metrodome, Minneapolis, USA

Post by Blackstar on Mon Apr 23, 2018 2:12 am

Previews for the show of August 5, which was rescheduled for September 15:
- J.D. Considine, Baltimore Sun, The Pioneer Press, 7.31.92

As much as rock 'n' roll still likes to play at being rebellion incarnate, we all know that it's just an act. Rock is part of the establishment now; it's the music of restaurants and waiting rooms, the sort of thing parents sing along to while the children roll their eyes in embarrassment. And, as such, most rock bands these days exude all the menace and malevolence of a roomful of Rotarians.

Except, that is, for Guns N' Roses.

These guys were trouble from the start. Even before most fans had ever heard "Appetite for Destruction,'' the album's cover - taken from a painting by artist Robert Williams - was getting the Gunners in trouble, outraging women's groups with its apparent misogyny. Geffen Records, the group's label, immediately redesigned the package in hopes of quieting any controversy. But Guns N' Roses was only starting to stir things up.

Since then, the band has been embroiled in a seemingly endless string of scandals. It isn't just the usual range of rock star drugs and debauchery, either, although the band has hardly stinted in that department, as anyone who watched a sloshed Slash and Duff curse their way through the American Music Awards a few years back can attest.

No, what put Guns N' Roses into the bad-boy big leagues was serious business. Forget the drug problems that eventually drummed Steven Adler out of the band or the public punch-outs that muddied Axl Rose's marriage to Erin Everly. Those were minor infractions compared with some of the stuff of which this band stands accused - things like advocating racism (in the song "One in a Million'') or inciting a riot (during a concert last year outside St. Louis).

But as the Gunners launch what ought to be yet another scandal-studded tour, (coming to the Metrodome Wednesday with Metallica and Faith No More), it is worth wondering whether enough is enough. Granted, Guns N' Roses have made great records, but does that entitle the group to act like morons or live like barbarians? At what point does artistic achievement begin to balance out anti-social activity?

Or can any amount of music excuse this band's behavior?

For many older rock fans - those raised on the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and The Who - the answer is as immediate as it is obvious: no way. As far as these listeners are concerned, Guns N' Roses crossed the line too long ago for there to be any hope of coming back now. Why, compared with Guns N' Roses, even bands as dangerous as the Rolling Stones seem like harmless dilettantes. Right?

Obviously. But why this should be the case is somewhat harder to say, since the sins for which the Stones have been celebrated are far worse than anything the Gunners have committed.

Take, for instance, the riot at the Riverport Amphitheater last July. After complaining about the venue's weak security, a petulant Rose became enraged when a fan pestered him for a picture; he and the band finally stormed off, sparking a riot by some 2,500 fans. (A Missouri judge issued a warrant for Rose's arrest in the case.)

Shocking, right? But not when compared with what happened when the Rolling Stones - hoping to cash in on the lucrative peace-and-love vibe of Woodstock and the Monterey Pop Festival - held their own rock festival at the Altamont Speedway near San Francisco. There was nothing weak about the Hell's Angels hired to be the Stones' security crew; the Angels beat several fans senseless and stabbed one man to death. You can even replay the killing at home, now that "Gimme Shelter," a film event, has been issued on video.

Nor was that the only instance in which the Stones' excesses exceeded those of Guns N' Roses. When GNR was accused of racism for using the N-word in the song "One in a Million,'' Rose apologized (albeit awkwardly), saying that he wasn't referring to African-Americans in general. And lame as his excuse may have been, at least he responded to his critics - which is more than Mick Jagger did when Jesse Jackson complained about racist content in "Some Girls.''

So why don't Axl, Slash and Duff get the same respect as Mick, Keith, Bill and Charlie? Part of it is simply generational; in addition to arriving in an age that saw rebellion as chic, the Stones have been around long enough to see most of their past slip into the realm of "youthful indiscretion.''

But mostly, it's the fact that the Stones invariably dispatched their bad-boy antics with a certain bohemian aplomb. Class does tell, and what it told about the Rolling Stones was that they were basically nice lads.

Guns N' Roses, on the other hand, not only come from the wrong side of the tracks, but never lost the baggage that came with that trip. Look at them, and what you see are street kids who, through luck and talent, have become rich and famous but no better adjusted. Read the interviews in which Axl Rose discusses the sexual abuse he endured as a child or Slash speaks dispassionately about the drug problems that almost killed him, and what comes through isn't a sense of heroism or celebrity so much as the sheer determination of survivors.

Ultimately, that's what scares us about this group. Seeing the detritus of broken families, drug addiction and child abuse rise, phoenixlike, to the top of the pops isn't easy in a country that would prefer to sweep such problems under the rug or onto the street.

If popular music really does capture the spirit of an age, perhaps it's time to worry less about Guns N' Roses and more about the world that nurtured them.

"Guns" fans in ticket line not worried about Axl
- Kate McCarthy, Star Tribune

About 70 stout-hearted rock fans camped out on the sidewalk near the entrance to the St. Paul Dayton's ticket office Sunday for first dibs on tickets to an Aug. 5 Guns N' Roses-Metallica concert.

The ticket seekers brought lawn chairs, blankets, pillows, headphones, compact disc players and vast quantities of their primary life-giving commodities - cigarettes and Coke Classic.

Clad in black boots, jeans and jewelry, the concert-goers also sporting a lightning array of heavy-metal T-shirts: Megadeth, Testament, Anthrax, Van Halen, Kingdom Come, Dokken, the Scorpions - as well as the obvious "Guns" and Metallica.

But the fans were nonplussed about the arrest of Guns N' Roses lead singer Axl Rose on Sunday. Rose was picked up by federal agents at New York's Kennedy International Airport on misdemeanor charges filed after violence broke out at a Guns N' Roses concert in St. Louis. Rose, 30, is accused of diving into the crowd and causing a riot.

Violent incidents - as well as vicious lyrics and confessions of drug use - are a G&R trademark, and seem only to further endear Rose to his fans. Along with bedraggled copies of City Pages, ticket seekers Sunday passed around "Appetite For Destruction: The Days of Guns N' Roses," which, the jacket cover purports, "captures the poetry and dark hexagonal of Axl Rose's mind."

"He'll be out by tomorrow, even today - hell, he's probably out by now," predicted line-waiter Jamie Martinson of St. Paul.

Martinson, 21, turner out to be right: Rose was turned over to New York police, but shortly released on $100,000 bail.

Stacie Rettinger, 17, of St. Paul contended the incident "was zero percent Rose's fault."

Second-in-line Rettinger said Sunday evening that her three-day camp-out on Cedar was well worth it. Rettinger will use her salary at Arby's to put out the $30.50 required for a top-flight ticket. She lined up on Friday.

"There are no words to explain Guns N?'Roses," she said. "They have so much energy, they're just incredible, there's no one comparable."

Clovis Bracknis, 20, of St. Paul proudly showed off his homemade leather-and-spikes bracelet as he waited for tickets. A cheerful personal-care attendant for the handicapped, Bracknis tried to explain the allure of heavy metal.

"It's loud, hard, wild and fast," he said. "When a band has the power to get 30,000 people to bang their heads, you've got to respect that."

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Re: 1992.09.15 - Metrodome, Minneapolis, USA

Post by Blackstar on Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:25 am

Reviews from The Minneapolis Star Tribune:
Jon Bream wrote:Guns N' Roses N' Metallica N' Faith No More N' 50,000 screaming headbangers party down

"They Said It Would Never Happen," barked the ads for the concert featuring Guns N' Roses and Metallica.

GNR and Metallica are the two biggest rock bands in the world at the moment. Could they play on the same bill? Imagine the Rolling Stones and The Who playing together 20 years ago. Who would open -- Guns or Metallica? Clash of the egos?

They said it would never happen. Well, party on, dudes!

That's what the scene was like Tuesday when Guns N' Metallica stormed the Metrodome.

In the past 12 months, the Dome has played host to many big-time events -- the World Series, the Super Bowl, college basketball's Final Four -- but last nights blockbuster concert would have to rival the World Series as the event that lived up to all expectations.

A sellout crowd of 50,000 partied in overdrive to the thundering, exhilarating rock music probably not aware that there was thunder, lightning and pouring rain outside.

It may have been a traveling show business package of rebellious rock 'n' roll played by angry young millionaires, but it was a trailblazing concert nonetheless.

"I never thought I'd see the two of them together," said Amanda Roivanen, 16, of Chisago. "One (Metallica) is more heavy and thrashing, the other (Guns N' Roses) is more pop. It's unheard of to have two different types together."

Rick Woytych, 28, of Richfield, hadn't been to a concert for five years, but he took off work as a baker last night to go to the Dome. "I don't even listen to the music but when I heard they were coming together I had to go," he said at intermission. "This is the concert of the century. You'll never see two bands like this together again. And so far, this is the best time I've ever had at a concert."

Emily Burblies, 12, of rural South Haven, Minn., was attending her first concert ever, with her parents and two friends. She said she was embarrassed to be with her parents but she wanted to be at the Dome for this concert. "I'm in love with Axl (Rose, GNR's singer)," she said. "I wanna get onstage and give him a hug."

After Metallica's 2 1/4-hour performance, Paul Burblies, 42 wasn't sure his daughter would make it through the evening. "My neck hurts," she said. She had been shaking her long hair vigorously to Metallica's music. But the seventh grader, wearing her new GNR T-shirt, was determined to see her heroes. "I'm a country girl and I'm the only girl headbanger in my school," she said proudly. She did promise to be in school today but warned that "I might fall asleep in my classes."

Woytych brought his 17-year-old cousin from Virginia, Minn., and his cousin's buddy. They weren't planning on going to school today. "You've got to sacrifice some things," said Josh Tamminen, 17, who was wearing a newly purchased Metallica T-shirt. "You only live once, so you have to make it to a great show like this."

The best-selling T-shirts last night were the two $23 models with both GNR and Metallica on them, according to vendor Curtis Nachtsheim. As for the individual band shirts, he said, the GNR ones were outselling Metallica's. (Similarly, GNR has sold more albums than Metallica, about 40 million compared to 20 million.) Vendors expected to sell more than $500,000 worth of souvenirs last night, he said.

Activity was brisk in the lobby at nearby booths for such campaigns as voter registration, reforming marijuana laws and Amnesty International. John Katz, 27, a volunteer at the Rock the Vote booth, said more people registered to vote than he expected. Less than halfway through the long evening, his people had registered 140 new voters.

Across the concourse at the Amnesty International table, Jeff Scharlau, 31, also reported a positive response from concertgoers. "People who like sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll are also into human rights," he said. "I was worried about fans for a band (Metallica) with an album called 'Kill 'Em All,' but the fans have listened to what we have to say. I have hope for the youth of America after this."

The young people came in all shapes and sizes. Lizard-skin cowboy boots talked to black spiked high-heels.

Faith No More opened the 7-hour-plus concert. When the San Francisco quintet took the stage at precisely 5:30 p.m., maybe 5,000 people were in the Dome. About 45 minutes later, the aggressive, genre-blending band energized the audience with its closing number, the 1990 classic "Epic," which brought people to their feet to sing along.

Metallica followed with an intense, powerful, liberating and varied assault of intelligent heavy metal. It was more satisfying than Metallica's performance in November at Target Center, if only because of the performance of lead singer James Hetfield.

Having burned his left hand in a recent on-stage accident with a pyro device, Hetfield can't play guitar for the time being. So last night he stalked the stage. He was more menacing and powerful than before. He was not as scary or possessed as Rose was later on that night, but Hetfield's controlled fury ignited the crowd; then at song's end, he would say demurely, "Thank you."

Even though Metallica was playing on a much larger stage than at Target Center, the five players (guitarist John Marshall has been added temporarily) roamed around the stage less often than they had last fall. Thus, their performance was more focused, compact and potent.

At the end of their performance, the guys in Metallica took a curtain call, which was reminiscent of the Twins returning to the field after winning the World Series last October.

Then, after a 95-minute intermission during which there was human gridlock in the humid Dome hallways, Guns N' Roses took the stage. Their explosions and flashpots during "Live and Let Die" outdid any pyrotechnics Metallica offered and GNR's light show was much more artful, extensive and sophisticated. However, GNR's performance was less focused than Metallica's and more varied, ranging from piano ballads to full-tilt rockers.

Guitarists Slash and Gilby Clarke meandered on some aimless solo excursions, and hyperactive singer Rose kept disappearing from the stage during guitar solos to change outfits. When he was onstage, he scurried all over the place like a scrambling quarterback desperately looking for a receiver (at one point he muttered something about ex-Viking quarterback Fran Tarkenton. Thus, much like the Stones' performance at the Dome, it was difficult last night at times to focus on the 10-member GNR spread all over the stage with its various tiers and ramps.

Rose, who had called off a Dome appearance Aug. 5 because of throat problems, sounded in fine voice last night. Especially impressive were the current hit, the piano ballad "November Rain," the up-tempo hit ballad "Sweet Child O' Mine" and the ambitious epic "Civil War." The repertoire was nearly identical to the one GNR played at Target Center in January. The big differences were two inflated crab-like creatures that appeared over the stage during, "Welcome to the Jungle" and the fact that GNR got onstage at a relatively early hour for them -- 10:45 p.m.

And the band finished 10 minutes before the 1 a.m. curfew, leaving some time for post-concert fireworks and a curtain call, complete with Rose tossing roses into the crowd. Sometimes, GNR plays by the book.


As the Twin Cities struggled to cope with rain and floods Tuesday night, the Metrodome played host to a capacity crowd that spent over six hours bowing to gods of their own.

Faith No More, Metallica and Guns N' Roses, icons of the heavy-metal world, attracted every hasher, rocker and head-banger under the age of 50 in the Twin Cities. Not since Lollapalooza has so much hair been flung.

The combination of screaming fans, wailing guitars and roving strobes in an enclosed arena with excellent acoustics created a sound powerful enough to blow a person into another dimension. The floor thumped and jumped as fans pogoed non-stop for hours.

Metallica's set, which lasted well over two hours, was a celebration of music as the ultimate in entertainment and escapism. Times like this remind us of just how long Metallica's been around and how many hits they've had. "Seek and Destroy" inspired the most audience participation I've seen in ages.

The energy was charged even in the slow moments. Everything from gut-wrenching guitar solos to "Enter Sandman" had the crowd on their feet. When they weren't bopping up and down, they were waving their lighters in the air, singing and swaying along.

At 10:30 p.m., Axl Rose arrived, and Guns N' Roses prepared to take the stage. The backroom joke among the police and security forces was that Elvis was indeed alive and in the building.

Somehow the crowd found more energy to keep up the frenzy for another two hours.

Despite heavy security, there were minor problems. At least two fans were sent to jail for disorderly conduct and one for assaulting a police officer, Minneapolis police said.

But other fans were blissfully unaware. As the stage was bathed in colors, a tireless Axl pranced about during long, drawn-out intros and instrumental solos. They managed rousing renditions of "Live and Let Die'' and "Attitude."

All in all, it was a great stage, great visuals, a great crowd and a venue that can't be beat. This is what a great gig is all about.


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