Appetite for Destruction Tour

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Appetite for Destruction Tour
Tour by Guns N' Roses
Location North America, Europe, Asia, Australia
Associated album Appetite for Destruction
Start date August 14, 1987 (1987-08-14)
End date December 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
Legs 4
Guns N' Roses concert chronology
Appetite for Destruction Tour
(1987–88)
Use Your Illusion Tour
(1991–93)

The Appetite for Destruction Tour was a concert tour by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses to promote their debut album Appetite for Destruction, released in July 1987. During the 16-month-long tour, the band served as opening act on treks by The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden, and Aerosmith, as well as headlined shows across four continents. It is the only tour in which the classic lineup of W. Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler performed together.[1][2]

Deaths at Monsters of Rock[edit]

On August 20, 1988, Guns N' Roses performed at the Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park in Castle Donington, England. At the start of their set, the capacity crowd of over 100,000 began jumping and surging forward. Despite singer Axl Rose's requests that the crowd move away from the stage, two fans were trampled to death. Media largely blamed Guns N' Roses for the tragedy, and reported that the band had continued playing despite the dangerous crowd conditions. However, the venue's head of security noted that the band had not been aware of the extent of fan injuries, had immediately halted their set when requested to do so, and had attempted to calm the crowd.[3]

First typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the New York City, NY the Ritz show on February 2, 1988)

  1. "It's So Easy"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Out ta Get Me"
  4. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  5. "My Michelle"
  6. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  7. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  8. "Nightrain"
  9. "Paradise City"
  10. "Mama Kin" (originally performed by Aerosmith)
  11. "Rocket Queen"

Second typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre show on July 29, 1988)

  1. "It's So Easy"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Out ta Get Me"
  4. "Paradise City"
  5. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  6. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  7. "Used to Love Her"
  8. "Welcome to the Jungle"

Third typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Wilkes-Barre, PA Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs show on August 30, 1988)

  1. "You're Crazy"
  2. "It's So Easy"
  3. "Mr. Brownstone"
  4. "Move to the City"
  5. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  6. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  7. "Patience"
  8. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  9. "Paradise City"

Fourth typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Tokyo, Japan Nippon Budokan show on December 10, 1988)

  1. "You're Crazy"
  2. "It's So Easy"
  3. "Mr. Brownstone"
  4. "Move to the City"
  5. "Out ta Get Me"
  6. "Patience"
  7. "My Michelle"
  8. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  9. "Used to Love Her"
  10. "Rocket Queen"
  11. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  12. "Mama Kin" (originally performed by Aerosmith)
  13. "Nightrain"
  14. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  15. "Paradise City"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue Notes
North America (Opening for The Cult)
August 14, 1987 Halifax, Nova Scotia Canada Halifax Metro Centre
August 15, 1987 Moncton, New Brunswick Moncton Coliseum
August 17, 1987 Montreal, Quebec Verdun Auditorium
August 18, 1987 Kitchener, Ontario Super Skate 7
August 19, 1987 Toronto, Ontario CNE Grandstand
August 21, 1987 Detroit, Michigan United States State Theatre
August 22, 1987 Chicago, Illinois Aragon Ballroom Canceled
August 25, 1987 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Arena
August 26, 1987 Edmonton, Alberta Shaw Conference Centre
August 27, 1987 Calgary, Alberta Max Bell Arena
August 29, 1987 Vancouver, British Columbia Coliseum Theatre Stage
August 30, 1987 Seattle, Washington United States Paramount Theatre
September 2, 1987 San Francisco, California Warfield Theatre
September 3, 1987 Santa Cruz, California Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
September 4, 1987 San Diego, California Open Air Theatre
September 5, 1987 Long Beach, California Long Beach Arena
September 11, 1987 San Antonio, Texas Sunken Gardens
September 12, 1987 Austin, Texas Palmer Auditorium
September 13, 1987 Dallas, Texas Bronco Bowl Auditorium
September 16, 1987 Houston, Texas Houston Music Hall
September 17, 1987 New Orleans, Louisiana Saenger Theatre
Europe
September 29, 1987 Hamburg West Germany Markthalle
September 30, 1987 Düsseldorf Tor 3
October 2, 1987 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso
October 4, 1987 Newcastle upon Tyne England Newcastle City Hall
October 5, 1987 Nottingham Rock City
October 6, 1987 Manchester Manchester Apollo
October 7, 1987 Bristol Colston Hall
October 8, 1987 London Hammersmith Odeon
North America (Headlining)
October 16, 1987 Bay Shore, New York United States The Sundance
October 17, 1987 Allentown, Pennsylvania Airport Music Hall
October 18, 1987 Baltimore, Maryland
October 20, 1987 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Trocadero
October 21, 1987 Albany, New York
October 22, 1987 Randolph, New Jersey Obsessions Canceled
October 23, 1987 New York City, New York The Ritz
October 25, 1987 Poughkeepsie, New York The Chance
October 26, 1987 Providence, Rhode Island
October 27, 1987 Boston, Massachusetts The Paradise
October 29, 1987 New York City, New York L'Amour
October 30, 1987 New York City, New York CBGB Acoustic show
October 31, 1987 Syracuse, New York The Horizon
November 1, 1987 Washington, D.C. The Bayou
North America (opening for Mötley Crüe)
November 3, 1987 Mobile, Alabama United States Mobile Municipal Auditorium
November 4, 1987 Albany, Georgia Albany Civic Center
November 6, 1987 Lafayette, Louisiana Cajundome
November 7, 1987 New Orleans, Louisiana Lakefront Arena
November 8, 1987 Jackson, Mississippi Mississippi Coliseum
November 10, 1987 Huntsville, Alabama Von Braun Center
November 11, 1987 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
November 13, 1987 Savannah, Georgia Savannah Civic Center
November 14, 1987 Columbia, South Carolina Carolina Coliseum
November 15, 1987 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
November 17, 1987 Knoxville, Tennessee Knoxville Civic Auditorium and Coliseum
November 18, 1987 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center
November 20, 1987 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
November 21, 1987 Chattanooga, Tennessee UTC Arena
November 22, 1987 Atlanta, Georgia The Omni
November 24, 1987 Lakeland, Florida Lakeland Civic Center
November 25, 1987
November 26, 1987 Jacksonville, Florida Jacksonville Memorial Coliseum
November 28, 1987 North Fort Myers, Florida Lee County Civic Center
November 29, 1987 Pembroke Pines, Florida Hollywood Sportatorium
North America (opening for Alice Cooper)
December 3, 1987 McAllen, Texas United States Villa Real Convention Center
December 4, 1987 Dallas, Texas Fair Park Coliseum
December 5, 1987 Houston, Texas
December 7, 1987 San Antonio, Texas
December 8, 1987 Midland, Texas
December 12, 1987 Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Gardens
December 17, 1987 Saint Paul, Minnesota Roy Wilkins Auditorium
December 18, 1987 Chicago, Illinois UIC Pavilion First show with Fred Coury of Cinderella on drums
December 19, 1987 Madison, Wisconsin Dane County Coliseum
North America
December 26, 1987 Pasadena, California United States Perkins Palace
December 27, 1987
December 28, 1987
December 30, 1987
December 31, 1987 Los Angeles, California The Glamour
January 5, 1988 Santa Monica, California Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Opening for Great White; last show with Fred Coury on drums
January 21, 1988 Los Angeles, California The Cathouse Guest performance by Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe
January 31, 1988 New York City, New York The Limelight Partly acoustic
February 2, 1988 The Ritz MTV special
February 4, 1988 Sacramento, California Crest Theatre
February 5, 1988 San Francisco, California Warfield Theatre
February X, 1988 Fresno, California The Warfield Exact date unknown
February 8, 1988 San Diego, California Montezuma Hall
February 9, 1988 Anaheim, California Celebrity Theatre
February 10, 1988
February 12, 1988 Phoenix, Arizona Celebrity Theatre
February 13, 1988 Possibly canceled
April 26, 1988 Burlington, Iowa Memorial Auditorium
April 28, 1988 Oshkosh, Wisconsin Oshkosh Center
April 29, 1988 Rockford, Illinois Coronado Theatre
April 30, 1988 Danville, Illinois Danville Civic Center
May 1, 1988 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Sports Arena
May 3, 1988 Grand Rapids, Michigan DeVos Hall
May 5, 1988 Cleveland, Ohio Music Hall
May 6, 1988 Saginaw, Michigan Saginaw Civic Center
May 7, 1988 Detroit, Michigan State Theatre
May 9, 1988 New York City, New York Felt Forum
May 10, 1988 Upper Darby, Pennsylvania Tower Theater
May 11, 1988 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theatre
North America (Opening for Iron Maiden)
May 13, 1988 Moncton, New Brunswick Canada Moncton Coliseum
May 14, 1988 Halifax, Nova Scotia Halifax Metro Centre
May 16, 1988 Quebec City, Quebec Quebec Coliseum
May 17, 1988 Montreal, Quebec Montreal Forum
May 18, 1988 Ottawa, Ontario Ottawa Civic Centre
May 20, 1988 Toronto, Ontario CNE Grandstand
May 23, 1988 Winnipeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Arena
May 25, 1988 Edmonton, Alberta Northlands Arena
May 27, 1988 Calgary, Alberta Olympic Saddledome With Kid "Haggis" Chaos of The Cult on bass
May 30, 1988 Vancouver, British Columbia PNE Coliseum
May 30, 1988
May 31, 1988 Spokane, Washington United States Spokane Coliseum
June 1, 1988 Seattle, Washington Seattle Center Coliseum
June 3, 1988 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
June 5, 1988 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 6, 1988 Sacramento, California California Exhibition Center
June 9, 1988 Irvine, California Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre Duff McKagan on vocals
North America
July 9, 1988 Phoenix, Arizona United States Celebrity Theatre
July 10, 1988
North America (Opening for Aerosmith)
July 17, 1988 Hoffman Estates, Illinois United States Poplar Creek Music Theater
July 19, 1988 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
July 20, 1988 Wheeling, West Virginia Wheeling Civic Center
July 22, 1988 Cape Girardeau, Missouri Show Me Center
July 24, 1988 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheatre
July 26, 1988 Bonner Springs, Kansas Sandstone Amphitheater
July 27, 1988 Ames, Iowa Hilton Coliseum
July 29, 1988 East Troy, Wisconsin Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 30, 1988 Mears, Michigan Val Du Lakes Amphitheatre
August 1, 1988 Cincinnati, Ohio Riverbend Music Center
August 2, 1988 Indianapolis, Indiana Market Square Arena
August 4, 1988 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Spectrum
August 5, 1988
August 6, 1988 Saratoga Springs, New York Performing Arts Center
August 7, 1988 Middletown, New York Orange County Fairgrounds
August 9, 1988 Weedsport, New York Cayuga County Fairgrounds
August 11, 1988 Clarkston, Michigan Pine Knob Music Theatre
August 12, 1988
August 13, 1988
August 16, 1988 East Rutherford, New Jersey Giants Stadium Footage filmed for the "Paradise City" video
August 17, 1988 Columbia, Maryland Merriweather Post Pavilion
Europe
August 20, 1988 Castle Donington England Donington Park Monsters of Rock
North America (Opening for Aerosmith)
August 24, 1988 Mansfield, Massachusetts United States Great Woods
August 25, 1988
August 26, 1988
August 28, 1988 Newark, Ohio Buckeye Lake Music Center
August 30, 1988 Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
August 31, 1988 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Civic Arena
September 2, 1988 Antioch, Tennessee Starwood Amphitheatre
September 3, 1988 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis Arena
September 8, 1988 Concord, California Concord Pavilion
September 10, 1988 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
September 12, 1988 Chandler, Arizona Compton Terrace
September 14, 1988 Costa Mesa, California Pacific Amphitheatre
September 15, 1988
North America
September 17, 1988 Irving, Texas United States Texas Stadium Opening for INXS
Asia
December 4, 1988 Tokyo Japan NHK Hall
December 5, 1988 Osaka Festival Hall
December 7, 1988 Tokyo Nakano Sun Plaza
December 9, 1988 NHK Hall
December 10, 1988 Nippon Budokan
Australia
December 14, 1988 Melbourne Australia Melbourne Sports and Entertainment Centre
December 15, 1988
December 17, 1988 Sydney Sydney Entertainment Centre
December 19, 1988 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium

Personnel[edit]

Substitute musicians

Opening acts[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1987 Setlist Almanac". GNROnTour.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  2. ^ "1988 Setlist Almanac". GNROnTour.com. Retrieved February 24, 2012. 
  3. ^ Upton, Mick (December 8, 1995). "Incident at Donington Monsters of Rock 1988" (PDF).