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1993.07.16 - Estadio River Plate, Buenos Aires, Argentina

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Post by Soulmonster on Thu Oct 18, 2012 1:15 pm

Date:
July 16, 1993.

Venue:
Estadio River Plate.

Location:
Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Setlist:
01. It's So Easy
02. Mr. Brownstone
03. Live and Let Die
04. Welcome to the Jungle
05. Attitude
06. Double Talkin' Jive
07. Dead Flowers
08. You Ain't the First
09. You're Crazy
10. Used to Love Her
11. Patience
12. Knockin' On Heaven's Door
13. November Rain
14. Dead Horse
15. You Could Be Mine
16. Sweet Child O'Mine
17. Don't Cry
18. Paradise City

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

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Post by Soulmonster on Tue May 06, 2014 9:50 pm

An article in Gainesville Sun about the aftermath of GN'R's shows in Argentina in 1993 from October 21, 1993:

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Post by Blackstar on Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:31 pm

The Windsor Star, July 19, 1993:

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Guns ’N’ Roses escape charges in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES (AP) - Members of the U.S. rock group Guns 'N' Roses were charged in Argentina with cocaine-possession and indecent exposure Friday but the charges were dropped an hour before they were to perform,

A former state-intelligence agency officer, Juan Imbesi, filed the charges, saying band members bought 50 grams of cocaine from drug dealers in their hotel.

Federal Judge Nerio Bonifatti ordered the band's hotel rooms searched for drugs but nothing was found, radio station Rivadavia reported.

Imbesi also accused the group's guitarist, Slash, of indecent exposure, saying he posed nude Thursday in front of a 12th-floor hotel window in view of hundreds of teenaged fans in the street below.

The judge had Slash agree in writing not to expose himself, Rivadavia said.

The group later performed before some 70,000 people at River Plate Stadium.
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Post by Blackstar on Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:33 pm

Clippings from the Argentinian press of the time:

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And from the magazine VOS:

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Post by Blackstar on Tue Jul 02, 2019 1:37 pm

Craig Duswalt wrote:Before the first of the two shows, we all hung out in our hotel rooms, slowly getting ready. About 70,000 fans were already in the stadium, anticipating the band’s arrival. Axl was with Steve, getting his daily adjustment.

At approximately 5 p.m., a group of about fifty police officers from the city’s narcotics division descended on the hotel. They were looking for a large amount of cocaine, which had allegedly been stashed in one of the band member’s rooms.

They forced their way onto our secure floor and were met by our security team and Doug.

I heard on my walkie-talkie that something was going down, and it didn’t sound good. I came out of my hotel room, and there, by the elevators, were a ton of armed policemen talking to Doug and a few others.

I took position in front of Axl’s door. At that point he had no idea what was going on. He was eating dinner inside his room, while Steve was taping his ankles for the show.

The chief of police was demanding to see Axl’s room. But none of us were telling him which room was Axl’s. That was until the guns came out.

Now we were singing like birds. Not really, but this was not funny anymore, this was very serious. Real-life serious.

But before they went in any of the rooms, Doug did something very smart. He negotiated with them that we have an American representative go in the rooms with their team of policemen while the rooms were searched. We were all afraid of drugs being planted in our rooms.

I was prepared. While we waited for the American representative, I ran back into my room and called my mom and dad. From the hotel phone, which cost a small fortune. But I didn’t care—I seriously thought my freedom was on the line.

I knew that they would freak out, but it was better than the alternative—having to fly to South America to visit me in prison. I told them what was happening, and that if they didn’t hear back from me within the next two hours, I was probably being taken to jail somewhere in Buenos Aires.

I’m a parent now, and I pray I never get that call from any of my kids. My parents were freaking out, but I told them to calm down, and for them to call the police in New York, and the New York press if I didn’t call them back in two hours.

I hung up the phone and went back in the hallway.

Eventually the American representative showed up, and the chief of police and his posse started searching the rooms.

Of course, they wanted to start with Axl’s room. And because we now had an American representative, we showed them which room was Axl’s.

At the same time, down the hall they were searching Robert’s room, and they found some of Axl’s bath salts in one of his suitcases. [...]

Robert, standing in the hallway dressed only in a bath towel, was now being questioned by police, and he tried to explain to them that they were only bath salts.

They arrived at Axl’s hotel room door, and the chief of police knocked. At this point Steve had now heard what was going on in the hallway through his walkie-talkie, so Axl knew as well.

But Steve and Axl didn’t answer the door.

“Does anyone have a key?” the chief of police asked.

Damn, I thought to myself. What do I do now, I do have a key.

I didn’t say a thing.

The chief of police yelled through the door.

“Open the door, immediately, or there will be trouble.”

There was lots of banter back and forth, but Steve eventually opened the door. The chief of police, the American representative, and about three policemen entered Axl’s room. I entered as well, along with Doug. Axl was calmly eating dinner. He allowed them to go through his stuff. He had nothing to hide.

However, there was one problem. The bath salts were also in Axl’s room, and I was sure this would give them an excuse to detain him for a few hours.

Then Robert entered the room in his towel, escorted by a policeman; they wanted to test the bath salts.

At the same time, one of the policemen in Axl’s bedroom thought he hit the jackpot when he came across about five clear baggies full of more bath salts. More bags of "cocaine," according to the chief of police.

We all tried to explain, very carefully, that they were bags of bath salts.

I forget how they did it, but somehow they ran tests, ran more tests, and finally determined that we were telling the truth.

No cocaine.

After all that, the chief of police and his team were about to leave Axl’s room, when the chief turned to Axl and asked for his autograph.

Happened all the time. Give Axl, or members of the band, crap for a few hours, accuse them of something illegal, threaten them, and once nothing is found instantly turn into best friends and expect an autograph.

Incredible.

Axl signed his autograph. Good for him!

All I could think of at that point was, Damn, they didn’t search my room yet, and now they’re going to be pissed.

They came into my room and started searching. Flipping over the mattresses, dumping all my suitcases all over the room, they were determined to find something, anything. All the time though, I watched closely, with my new best friend, the American representative, to see if anyone got any ideas of planting drugs. It was so stressful.

They found nothing.

In two hours they had searched all our rooms and nothing was found.

Axl had Doug and I set up an impromptu press conference and within minutes we had a meeting room, and a room full of reporters, and television crews.

Axl released a live statement of what had just occurred, adding that no drugs were found in any of our rooms. It was fed live to all local television stations.

Only an hour and a half later, Guns N’ Roses hit the stage and put on another amazing show.

We found out later that while they were checking our hotel rooms, drug squad officers arrived at the stadium and searched through the band’s equipment and instruments as well.

The next night was the last show of the tour. No drug searches, no riots, no one killed. Just one last great show.

And it was now time to say good-bye, until the next tour...

But there was no next tour. Not with this group of guys. No one knew it at the time, but July 17,1993, would be the last time that this great lineup would play together as members of Guns N’ Roses.
Source: Craig Duswalt, Welcome To My Jungle, BenBella Books, May 2014.

Craig Duswalt was Axl's personal assistant at the time. Robert, who is mentioned in the excerpt, was the second assistant, and Steve was Steve Thuxton, the chiropractor.
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