Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour

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Guns N' Roses/Metallica Stadium Tour
Tour by Guns N' Roses & Metallica
Associated album Use Your Illusion I
Use Your Illusion II
Metallica
Start date July 17, 1992
End date October 6, 1992
Shows 25
Guns N' Roses & Metallica 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 co-headlining concert tour by American rock bands Guns N' Roses and Metallica during 1992. It took place in the middle of Guns N' Roses' "Use Your Illusion Tour," promoting their Use Your Illusion I & II albums, as well as in the middle of Metallica's "Wherever We May Roam Tour," promoting their eponymous fifth album Metallica (The Black Album). The tour's opening act was Faith No More. Guns N' Roses had wanted Seattle rock band Nirvana to be the opening act, but frontman Kurt Cobain refused. This was a strange decision considering the tensions between Axl and Nirvana at the time.[1]

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."[2]

The most infamous event during the tour took place during a show on August 8, 1992 at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. An hour into their set, 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.[citation needed] 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".[3]

Guns N' Roses setlists[edit]

First setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Orchard Park, New York 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 setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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 setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Houston, Texas 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 setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Columbia, South Carolina 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 setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Foxborough, Massachusetts 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 setlist[edit]

(Taken from the San Diego, California 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"

Metallica setlists[edit]

First setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Orchard Park, New York 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"

Second setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 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"

Third setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Houston, Texas 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"

Fourth setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Columbia, South Carolina 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"

Fifth setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Foxborough, Massachusetts 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"

Sixth setlist[edit]

(Taken from the San Diego, California 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"

Tour dates[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

Guns N' Roses
Metallica

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/lars-ulrich-kurt-cobain-didn-t-want-to-share-the-stage-with-guns-n-roses/
  2. ^ WERS Nasty Habits, recorded at New York's China Club, 6 August 1992
  3. ^ Metal Edge, April 1993