Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour

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Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour
Tour by Metallica & Guns N' Roses
Associated album Metallica
Use Your Illusion I
Use Your Illusion II
Start date July 17, 1992
End date October 6, 1992
Shows 25
Metallica & Guns N' Roses concert chronology
Wherever We May Roam Tour
(1991-1992)
Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour
(1992)
Nowhere Else to Roam
(1993)

The Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour was a famed joint, co-headlining concert tour by American thrash metal band Metallica and American hard rock band Guns N' Roses during 1992. It took place in the middle of Metallica's epic "Wherever We May Roam Tour," promoting their eponymous fifth album Metallica (The Black Album), as well as in the middle of Guns N' Roses' much longer "Use Your Illusion Tour," promoting their Use Your Illusion I & II albums. The tour's opening acts were Faith No More, Motörhead and Body Count. Axl Rose had wanted Seattle rock band Nirvana to be the opening act, but vocalist Kurt Cobain refused.

History[edit]

"When you have to get Guns N' Roses and Metallica on the same tour to sell tickets," Ronnie James Dio told WERS' Nasty Habits show, "it shows everyone that you have to put real big packaging together to make a difference."[1]

The most infamous event during the tour took place during a show on August 8, 1992 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. Metallica frontman James Hetfield suffered second and third degree burns to his left arm after mistakenly standing on a pyrotechnics blast during the opening of "Fade to Black". Hetfield himself has said "There were extra pyro in addition to the original pyro and I got too close the original pyro." Metallica was forced to cancel the second hour of the show, but promised to return to the city for another show. After a long delay, during which the audience became increasingly restless, Guns N' Roses took the stage. However, the shortened time between sets did not allow for adequate tuning of stage monitors, resulting in musicians not being able to hear themselves. In addition, Guns N' Roses' notoriously volatile frontman, Axl Rose, claimed that his throat hurt, causing the band to leave the stage early. The cancellation led to a riot by audience members, reminiscent of the rioting that had occurred during a Guns N' Roses show near St. Louis one year earlier. This time the aggrieved audience members took to the streets of Montreal, overturning cars, smashing windows, looting local stores and setting fires. Local authorities were barely able to bring the mob under control. Footage from the debacle was later included in the 1992 documentary A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica.

The tour resumed in Arizona, but with Hetfield sporting a thick elbow-to-finger bandage and unable to play guitar until his arm had fully healed. Former Metallica roadie and Metal Church guitarist John Marshall filled in for the rest of the tour on rhythm guitar while Hetfield continued to sing.

The tour was a big financial success for Metallica, but Guns N' Roses made very little money. According to Slash, in his self-titled autobiography, Axl Rose was very extravagant in his spending, funding expensive backstage theme parties at every show, as well as the band being fined heavily for their many late appearances. The tour also earned both bands a Metal Edge Readers' Choice Award in 1992, when it was voted "Best Concert Tour".[2]

First Metallica setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Orchard Park, NY Rich Stadium show on July 25, 1992)

  1. "Creeping Death"
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  3. "Fade to Black"
  4. "Sad but True"
  5. "Wherever I May Roam"
  6. "Of Wolf and Man"
  7. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  8. "The Unforgiven"
  9. "The Shortest Straw"
  10. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  11. "Master of Puppets"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Whiplash"
  14. "Nothing Else Matters"
  15. "Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)
  16. "Last Caress" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  17. "One"
  18. "Enter Sandman"

First Guns N' Roses setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Orchard Park, NY Rich Stadium show on July 25, 1992)

  1. "Nightrain"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  4. "Attitude" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  5. "Bad Obsession"
  6. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  7. "Civil War"
  8. "Wild Horses" (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
  9. "Patience"
  10. "It's So Easy"
  11. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  12. "You Could Be Mine"
  13. "It's Alright" (originally performed by Black Sabbath)
  14. "November Rain"
  15. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  16. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  17. "Don't Cry" (Original)
  18. "Paradise City"

Second Metallica setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Stadium show on July 26, 1992)

  1. "Creeping Death"
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  3. "Fade to Black"
  4. "Sad but True"
  5. "Wherever I May Roam"
  6. "Of Wolf and Man"
  7. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  8. "The Unforgiven"
  9. "The Shortest Straw"
  10. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  11. "Master of Puppets"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Whiplash"
  14. "Nothing Else Matters"
  15. "Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)
  16. "Last Caress" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  17. "One"
  18. "Enter Sandman"

Second Guns N' Roses setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Pittsburgh, PA Three Rivers Stadium show on July 26, 1992)

  1. "It's So Easy"
  2. "Nightrain"
  3. "Mr. Brownstone"
  4. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  5. "Attitude" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  6. "Bad Obsession"
  7. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  8. "Civil War"
  9. "Move to the City"
  10. "Wild Horses" (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
  11. "Patience"
  12. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  13. "You Could Be Mine"
  14. "November Rain"
  15. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  16. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  17. "Don't Cry" (Original)
  18. "Paradise City"

Third Metallica setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Houston, TX Astrodome show on September 4, 1992)

  1. "Creeping Death"
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  4. "Sad but True"
  5. "Wherever I May Roam"
  6. "Of Wolf and Man"
  7. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  8. "The Unforgiven"
  9. "The Shortest Straw"
  10. "Fade to Black"
  11. "Master of Puppets"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Whiplash"
  14. "Nothing Else Matters"
  15. "Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)
  16. "Last Caress" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  17. "One"
  18. "Enter Sandman"

Third Guns N' Roses setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Houston, TX Astrodome show on September 4, 1992)

  1. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  4. "Attitude" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  5. "Nightrain"
  6. "Bad Obsession"
  7. "It's So Easy"
  8. "Wild Horses" (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
  9. "Patience"
  10. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  11. "Civil War"
  12. "It's Alright" (originally performed by Black Sabbath)
  13. "November Rain"
  14. "You Could Be Mine"
  15. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  16. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  17. "Don't Cry" (Original)
  18. "Paradise City"

Fourth Metallica setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Columbia, SC Williams-Brice Stadium show on September 7, 1992)

  1. "Creeping Death"
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  4. "Sad but True"
  5. "Wherever I May Roam"
  6. "Of Wolf and Man"
  7. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  8. "The Unforgiven"
  9. "The Shortest Straw"
  10. "Fade to Black"
  11. "Master of Puppets"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Whiplash"
  14. "Nothing Else Matters"
  15. "Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)
  16. "Last Caress" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  17. "One"
  18. "Enter Sandman"

Fourth Guns N' Roses setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Columbia, SC Williams-Brice Stadium show on September 7, 1992)

  1. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  4. "Attitude" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  5. "It's So Easy"
  6. "Bad Obsession"
  7. "Nightrain"
  8. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  9. "Civil War"
  10. "Move to the City"
  11. "Wild Horses" (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
  12. "Patience"
  13. "You Could Be Mine"
  14. "It's Alright" (originally performed by Black Sabbath)
  15. "November Rain"
  16. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  17. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  18. "Paradise City"

Fifth Metallica setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Foxborough, MA Foxboro Stadium show on September 11, 1992)

  1. "Creeping Death"
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  4. "Sad but True"
  5. "Wherever I May Roam"
  6. "Of Wolf and Man"
  7. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  8. "The Unforgiven"
  9. "The Shortest Straw"
  10. "Fade to Black"
  11. "Master of Puppets"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Whiplash"
  14. "Nothing Else Matters"
  15. "Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)
  16. "Last Caress" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  17. "One"
  18. "Enter Sandman"

Fifth Guns N' Roses setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Foxborough, MA Foxboro Stadium show on September 11, 1992)

  1. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  4. "Attitude" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  5. "It's So Easy"
  6. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  7. "Civil War"
  8. "Wild Horses" (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
  9. "Patience"
  10. "Nightrain"
  11. "Out ta Get Me"
  12. "You Could Be Mine"
  13. "It's Alright" (originally performed by Black Sabbath)
  14. "November Rain"
  15. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  16. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  17. "Don't Cry" (Original)
  18. "Paradise City"

Sixth Metallica setlist[edit]

(Taken from the San Diego, CA Jack Murphy Stadium show on September 30, 1992)

  1. "Creeping Death"
  2. "Harvester of Sorrow"
  3. "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)"
  4. "Sad but True"
  5. "Wherever I May Roam"
  6. "Of Wolf and Man"
  7. "For Whom the Bell Tolls"
  8. "The Unforgiven"
  9. "The Shortest Straw"
  10. "Fade to Black"
  11. "Master of Puppets"
  12. "Seek & Destroy"
  13. "Whiplash"
  14. "Nothing Else Matters"
  15. "Am I Evil?" (originally performed by Diamond Head)
  16. "Last Caress" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  17. "One"
  18. "Enter Sandman"

Sixth Guns N' Roses setlist[edit]

(Taken from the San Diego, CA Jack Murphy Stadium show on September 30, 1992)

  1. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  2. "It's So Easy"
  3. "Mr. Brownstone"
  4. "Nightrain"
  5. "Attitude" (originally performed by the Misfits)
  6. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  7. "Bad Obsession"
  8. "Wild Horses" (originally performed by The Rolling Stones)
  9. "Patience"
  10. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  11. "Civil War"
  12. "You Could Be Mine"
  13. "It's Alright" (originally performed by Black Sabbath)
  14. "November Rain"
  15. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  16. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (originally performed by Bob Dylan)
  17. "Don't Cry" (Original)
  18. "Paradise City"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Venue
7/17/1992 United States Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium
7/18/1992 United States East Rutherford Giants Stadium
7/21/1992 United States Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome
7/22/1992 United States Indianapolis Hoosier Dome
7/25/1992 United States Orchard Park Rich Stadium
7/26/1992 United States Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium
7/29/1992 United States East Rutherford Giants Stadium
8/8/1992 Canada Montreal Olympic Stadium
8/25/1992 United States Avondale Phoenix International Raceway
8/27/1992 United States Las Cruces Aggie Memorial Stadium
8/29/1992 United States New Orleans Louisiana Superdome
9/2/1992 United States Orlando Citrus Bowl
9/4/1992 United States Houston Astrodome
9/5/1992 United States Irving Texas Stadium
9/7/1992 United States Columbia Williams-Brice Stadium
9/11/1992 United States Foxborough Foxboro Stadium
9/13/1992 Canada Toronto Exhibition Stadium
9/15/1992 United States Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome
9/17/1992 United States Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium
9/19/1992 United States Denver Mile High Stadium
9/24/1992 United States Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
9/27/1992 United States Los Angeles Los Angeles Coliseum
9/30/1992 United States San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium
10/3/1992 United States Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium
10/6/1992 United States Seattle Kingdome

Personnel[edit]

Metallica
Guns N' Roses

References[edit]

  1. ^ WERS Nasty Habits, recorded at New York's China Club, 6 August 1992
  2. ^ Metal Edge, April 1993