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 originally wanted Seattle rock band Nirvana to be the opening act, but lead 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]

On May 12, 1992, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and Guns N' Roses lead guitarist Slash held a press conference at the Gaslight in Los Angeles, California, to announce that both Metallica and Guns N' Roses would tour together that summer starting in Washington, D.C. at RFK Stadium on July 17, 1992.

On July 17, 1992, on the opening tour date in Washington, D.C. at RFK Stadium, the intro of Metallica's opening song "Creeping Death" was recorded for their documentary A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica.

On July 21, 1992, when Guns N' Roses was performing at the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, Michigan, when the band was done performing their song "You Could Be Mine", Axl Rose vomited onstage and left soon afterwards, but returned to the stage and apologized to the audience for the poor performance, so the band redid the song again.

Blind Melon lead vocalist Shannon Hoon joined Guns N' Roses onstage for the original version of their song "Don't Cry", on July 22, 1992 at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana.

On July 29, 1992, while Guns N' Roses was playing at the second show at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose encountered severe pain in his throat but he continued the show until he was hit in the genitals by a cigarette lighter thrown from the audience during "Knockin' on Heaven's Door", so Axl retreated backstage to regain his breath, while bassist Duff McKagan took over on vocals and then the show ended.

On July 30, 1992, while on break in New York City, Axl Rose was diagnosed with severe damage to his vocal chords and was ordered by doctors not to sing for at least a week, so three shows of the tour were rescheduled.

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' lead vocalist, 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.

Six of the shows on the tour had to be rescheduled because of James Hetfield's injury and a show in Vancouver that was going to be held on August 17, 1992 at the British Columbia Place Stadium was cancelled.

The tour resumed in Avondale, Arizona at the Phoenix International Raceway on August 25, 1992, but with Hetfield sporting a thick elbow-to-finger bandage and unable to play guitar until his arm was fully healed. Former Metallica roadie, former Metallica guitar tech and Metal Church guitarist John Marshall filled in for the rest of the tour on rhythm guitar while Hetfield continued to sing. Metallica's performance of "Nothing Else Matters" during their performance in Avondale was recorded for their documentary A Year and a Half in the Life of Metallica.

Faith No More lead guitarist Jim Martin joined Metallica onstage for their cover of the Misfits song "Last Caress" on September 5, 1992 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.

Faith No More left the tour on September 21, 1992 to fulfill prior touring commitments, so Body Count opened up the tour starting in Kansas City, Missouri at Arrowhead Stadium on September 17, 1992 and continued opening for the rest of the tour, along with Motörhead on the last three dates of the tour. Motörhead opened for the show at the Los Angeles Coliseum in Los Angeles, California on September 27, 1992, as Body Count was dropped from the bill for the Coliseum show.

Comedian Andrew Dice Clay opened for Guns N' Roses and introduced the band when they came onstage on October 3, 1992 at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena, California.

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, the band lost about 80% of their earnings, as well as Axl Rose being 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 Attendance Revenue
7/17/1992 United States Washington, D.C. RFK Stadium 47,498 / 47,498 (100%) $1,306,195
7/18/1992 United States East Rutherford Giants Stadium 54,300 / 54,300 (100%) $1,479,830
7/21/1992 United States Pontiac Pontiac Silverdome 47,540 / 47,540 (100%) $1,378,660
7/22/1992 United States Indianapolis Hoosier Dome 38,900 / 46,000 (85%) $1,039,720
7/25/1992 United States Orchard Park Rich Stadium 44,833 / 59,326 (76%) $1,322,574
7/26/1992 United States Pittsburgh Three Rivers Stadium 49,345 / 49,345 (100%) $1,356,988
7/29/1992 United States East Rutherford Giants Stadium 49,250 / 55,000 (90%) $1,338,618
8/8/1992 Canada Montreal Olympic Stadium 54,666 / 54,666 (100%) $1,610,674
8/25/1992 United States Avondale Phoenix International Raceway 29,903 / 29,903 (100%) $794,820
8/27/1992 United States Las Cruces Aggie Memorial Stadium 35,373 / 35,373 (100%) $972,758
8/29/1992 United States New Orleans Louisiana Superdome 39,278 / 39,278 (100%) $1,080,145
9/2/1992 United States Orlando Citrus Bowl 48,035 / 50,000 (96%) $1,320,963
9/4/1992 United States Houston Astrodome 44,025 / 44,025 (100%) $1,191,601
9/5/1992 United States Irving Texas Stadium 44,391 / 44,391 (100%) $1,220,753
9/7/1992 United States Columbia Williams-Brice Stadium 37,716 / 40,136 (94%) $1,037,190
9/11/1992 United States Foxborough Foxboro Stadium 51,038 / 51,038 (100%) $1,402,335
9/13/1992 Canada Toronto Exhibition Stadium 49,888 / 49,888 (100%) $1,332,917
9/15/1992 United States Minneapolis Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome 43,292 / 43,292 (100%) $1,190,530
9/17/1992 United States Kansas City Arrowhead Stadium 36,356 / 43,500 (84%) $999,790
9/19/1992 United States Denver Mile High Stadium 44,096 / 44,096 (100%) $1,161,377
9/24/1992 United States Oakland Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum 59,800 / 59,800 (100%) $1,650,668
9/27/1992 United States Los Angeles Los Angeles Coliseum 35,293 / 45,000 (78%) $932,570
9/30/1992 United States San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium 42,167 / 45,938 (92%) $1,159,593
10/3/1992 United States Pasadena Rose Bowl Stadium 68,639 / 68,639 (100%) $1,852,978
10/6/1992 United States Seattle Kingdome 37,226 / 40,000 (93%) $1,023,715

Personnel[edit]

Metallica
Guns N' Roses
Faith No More
Motörhead
Body Count
Touring musicians for Guns N' Roses
  • Teddy Andreadis – keyboards, backing vocals, harmonica, tambourine
  • Roberta Freeman – backing vocals, tambourine
  • Traci Amos – backing vocals, tambourine
  • Diane Jones - backing vocals, tambourine
  • Anne King – trumpet
  • Cece Worrall – tenor saxophone
  • Lisa Maxwell – alto saxophone
Additional musicians for Guns N' Roses
  • Shannon Hoon - backing vocals on "Don't Cry" (Original) (July 22, 1992)

References[edit]

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