Use Your Illusion Tour

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Use Your Illusion Tour
World tour by Guns N' Roses
Location America, Europe, Australia, Asia
Associated album Use Your Illusion I
Use Your Illusion II
Start date January 20, 1991 (1991-01-20)
End date July 17, 1993 (1993-07-17)
Legs 9
Shows 194
Guns N' Roses concert chronology
Appetite for Destruction Tour
(1987-1989)
Use Your Illusion Tour
(1991–1993)
Chinese Democracy Tour
(2001–2011)

The Use Your Illusion Tour was a concert tour by the rock band Guns N' Roses which ran from January 20, 1991 to July 17, 1993. It was not only the band's longest tour, but one of the longest concert tours in rock history, consisting of 194 shows in 31 countries.[1] It was also a source of much infamy for the band, due to riots, late starts, cancellations and outspoken rantings by Axl Rose.

History[edit]

The Use Your Illusion Tour was a promotional tour for the albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. The tour started on May 24, 1991, approximately when the long-awaited follow-up to G N' R Lies was to be released, and ended over two years later. The release date of the album, or albums, since there were now two of them, was pushed back to September but the tour began as originally scheduled. The tour marked a high point in the popularity of Guns N' Roses, with a total of over 7 million[2] fans attending, and accompanied by high worldwide album sales.

Live recordings from the tour would later be issued as a two video/DVD set, Use Your Illusion I and II, featuring footage from a 1992 concert in Tokyo, Japan and would also provide content for the 2-disc set Live Era: '87-'93. The tour also provided a large volume of footage for music videos, including "Dead Horse" and their popular cover of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die". Also, at one time, footage of much of the tour was to be released as a documentary, titled The Perfect Crime. The footage consisted of Guns N' Roses' time on the road, concert footage, and information about the riots and other major events of the tour. It was never released and never spoken about after the tour. Slash mentioned in his biography that Axl is in control of the footage, and that Slash would be interested in viewing it, as he thought it captured some "killer moments" from the tour.[citation needed]

The conduct of the band, and particularly Axl Rose, during the Use Your Illusion Tour generated negative press, notably from the magazines Spin, Kerrang!, Circus, and Hit Parader. These magazines were mentioned in the song "Get in the Ring" where Axl Rose attacked writers who had written negative articles dealing with Rose's attitude.

The shows were all varied, as a set list was never chosen by the band. They did, however, usually open with "Welcome to the Jungle", "It's So Easy", "Nightrain", "Right Next Door to Hell" or "Perfect Crime" and would shortly after one another play "Mr. Brownstone" or "Live and Let Die", and closed with "Paradise City". Each show featured many guitar solos from Slash and a drum solo from drummer Matt Sorum, usually 6 minutes in length.[citation needed]

The Use Your Illusion Tour was massive not just in the number and size of performances, but also in its technical aspects and the size of the crew. A total of 80 working personnel traveled with the band during the tour. The trade magazine Performance named the tour crew "Crew of the Year" for 1991.

Notable events[edit]

At the June 10, 1991 show, at Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Axl requested that the crowd shout "Get In The Ring!" over and over again, as it was being recorded for the new album. This chanting was used in the song by the same name on Use Your Illusion II.

On June 13, 1991, during the show in Philadelphia, Axl Rose erupted after a fan had gotten into a fight with Guns N' Roses' photographer Robert John when the fan kicked the camera out of his hands. Axl cursed out the fan, and challenged him to a fight. After the fan was ejected from the concert, the show continued.

On Tuesday, July 2, 1991, at a show at the Riverport Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, Missouri, Axl spotted a spectator recording the concert with a video camera, and jumped into the audience after him when concert security failed to respond to Rose's request to apprehend the man. After returning to the stage, Axl replied: "Well, thanks to the lame ass security, I'm going home!" then slammed the mic on the stage, sparking the infamous Riverport riot. Axl then stormed off the stage; some people thought when he slammed the mic, because of the noise, that he shot someone. Slash told them, "He just slammed his mic on the floor. We're outta here." He then proceeded to flip off the crowd and follow Axl. The band followed. The band was looking to come back out and finish the show, but as the police and security were trying to calm down the audience, a riot broke out. The footage was captured by Robert John who was documenting the entire tour. Sixty fans were injured. The band lost most of their equipment and Axl was charged with inciting a riot. He was acquitted due to lack of evidence.

On August 3, 1991, the day the Illusion albums were finished being mixed, Guns N' Roses played the longest show of the tour at the L.A. Forum. It lasted three and a half hours.[3]

On November 7, 1991, rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit the band after the release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II, his last show was on August 31, 1991 at Wembley Stadium, on December 5 replacement rhythm guitarist Gilby Clarke made his debut in Worcester, it was the first show after the release of Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II.

On April 13 and 14, 1992, two concerts had to be canceled when a warrant was issued for Axl's arrest due to the St. Louis show.

Guns N' Roses at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

On April 20, 1992, the band performed at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert, an effort for AIDS Awareness in London. Guns N' Roses were a controversial addition to the lineup, as many in the gay community were still angry over Axl using a gay slur in the song "One in a Million." The band opened with "Paradise City" and closed with "Knockin' on Heaven's Door." During the famous "Paradise City" opening, Axl pointed at a group of protesters in the audience and yelled "SHOVE IT!"[citation needed][clarification needed] He had planned to address the controversy between songs, but was asked not to by the band as it would pull the spotlight from Queen and Freddie Mercury. As Slash concluded a short cover of Alice Cooper's "Only Women Bleed," bassist Duff McKagan kept an eye on Axl, who approached the front of the stage. When Slash finished the song, then strummed the beginning of "Knockin' on Heaven's Door," Duff walked over to Axl and shook his hand as an act of appreciation. Later in the show, Slash joined Joe Elliott of Def Leppard and the surviving members of Queen for "Tie Your Mother Down." Axl sang "We Will Rock You" and finished "Bohemian Rhapsody" with Elton John and Queen. The show was broadcast live around the world via satellite, gathering the largest audience for a music concert in history.

On August 8, 1992, in Montreal, Quebec during the famously troubled GNR-Metallica Stadium Tour portion, Metallica frontman/guitarist James Hetfield's left arm was badly burned due to misunderstanding about some new pyrotechnics added to Metallica's stage setup. Metallica was forced to end their set early. However, the band was not present at the arena to begin before the scheduled time leaving fans to wait several hours before Guns N' Roses finally took the stage. A few songs into the very late Guns N' Roses' set, audio problems resulted in the band not being able to hear themselves play and Axl stormed off stage due to vocal issues, sparking a huge riot that spilled into the streets.

On November 25, 1992, the band performed in Caracas, Venezuela, in front of a crowd of 45,000. Just two days later, the Venezuela Air Force launched a failed military coup, making it impossible for half of the band's crew and all of their equipment to leave the country.[citation needed]

On November 30, 1992, the band performed for the first time in Bogotá, Colombia. When they started to play "November Rain", a soft rain fell over the city and stopped right after they finished the song. Axl later stated this was a special moment for him because "November Rain" was #1 in Colombia for 60 weeks. Axl stated that the band were at risk of electrocution and must stop to dry the stage. The band moved backstage and returned to finish with "Don't Cry" and "Paradise City."

On December 2, 1992, the band performed in Santiago, Chile at Estadio Nacional in front of 85,535 people, breaking an attendance record in the stadium. At their arriving at Chile Axl attacked some graphic reporters and a camera man was injured. Before the concert, Axl got drunk and arrived at the stadium two hours later. While the band performed "Civil War" some people threw bottles to the stage, and Axl stopped the show for four minutes. The concert ended with 50 people arrested outside the stadium, and a teenage fan with several injuries, dying two days later.

On July 17, 1993, the band performed in Buenos Aires, Argentina at River Plate Stadium in front of 80,000 people. It was their last show with most of the Use Your Illusion-era lineup (Axl Rose, Slash, Duff McKagan, Matt Sorum, Dizzy Reed and Gilby Clarke). The tour was renamed the "Skin N' Bones Tour" for the last couple of legs and was a variation of the Use Your Illusion Tour, which included an unplugged performance in a living room set. A highlight of the night was Cozy Powell dressed as a Domino's Pizza delivery boy playing drums with Sorum.

Typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Inglewood, CA Great Western Forum show on August 3, 1991)

  1. "Perfect Crime"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Right Next Door To Hell"
  4. "Bad Obsession"
  5. "Live and Let Die" (originally performed by Paul McCartney)
  6. "It's So Easy"
  7. "Yesterdays"
  8. "Dust N' Bones"
  9. "Double Talkin' Jive"
  10. "Civil War"
  11. "Patience"
  12. "You Could Be Mine"
  13. "November Rain"
  14. "My Michelle"
  15. "14 Years"
  16. "Nightrain"
  17. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  18. "Pretty Tied Up"
  19. "Rocket Queen"
  20. "Don't Cry" (Original)
  21. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door"
  22. "You Ain't the First"
  23. "Used to Love Her"
  24. "Move to the City"
  25. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  26. "You're Crazy"
  27. "Locomotive"
  28. "Out ta Get Me"
  29. "Dead Horse"
  30. "Estranged"
  31. "Paradise City"

Tour dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
Rock in Rio II
January 20, 1991 Rio de Janeiro Brazil Estádio do Maracanã
January 23, 1991
Warm-up shows
May 9, 1991 San Francisco, California United States Warfield Theatre
May 11, 1991 Los Angeles, California Pantages Theatre
May 16, 1991 New York City, New York The Ritz
North America & Europe leg
May 24, 1991 East Troy, Wisconsin United States Alpine Valley Music Theatre
May 25, 1991
May 28, 1991 Noblesville, Indiana Deer Creek Music Center
May 29, 1991
June 1, 1991 Grove City, Ohio Capital Music Center
June 2, 1991 Toledo, Ohio Toledo Speedway
June 4, 1991 Richfield, Ohio Richfield Coliseum
June 5, 1991
June 7, 1991 Toronto, Ontario Canada CNE Stadium
June 8, 1991
June 10, 1991 Saratoga Springs, New York United States Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 11, 1991 Hershey, Pennsylvania Hersheypark Stadium
June 13, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Spectrum
June 17, 1991 Uniondale, New York Nassau Coliseum
June 19, 1991 Landover, Maryland Capital Centre
June 20, 1991
June 22, 1991 Hampton, Virginia Hampton Coliseum
June 23, 1991 Charlotte, North Carolina Charlotte Coliseum
June 25, 1991 Greensboro, North Carolina Greensboro Coliseum
June 26, 1991 Knoxville, Tennessee Thompson–Boling Arena
June 29, 1991 Lexington, Kentucky Rupp Arena
June 30, 1991 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham Race Course
July 2, 1991 Maryland Heights, Missouri Riverport Amphitheatre
July 8, 1991 Dallas, Texas Starplex Amphitheatre
July 9, 1991
July 11, 1991 Denver, Colorado McNichols Sports Arena
July 12, 1991 Englewood, Colorado Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
July 13, 1991 Salt Lake City, Utah Salt Palace
July 16, 1991 Tacoma, Washington Tacoma Dome
July 17, 1991
July 19, 1991 Mountain View, California Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 20, 1991
July 23, 1991 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
July 25, 1991 Costa Mesa, California Pacific Amphitheatre
July 29, 1991 Inglewood, California Great Western Forum
July 30, 1991
August 2, 1991
August 3, 1991
August 13, 1991 Helsinki Finland Helsinki Ice Hall
August 14, 1991
August 16, 1991 Stockholm Sweden Globen
August 17, 1991
August 19, 1991 København Denmark Forum
August 24, 1991 Mannheim Germany Maimarkt-Gelände
August 26, 1991 Warsaw Poland Stadion Dziesięciolecia
August 31, 1991 London England Wembley Stadium
North America & Japan leg
December 5, 1991 Worcester, Massachusetts United States Worcester Centrum Centre
December 6, 1991
December 9, 1991 New York City, New York Madison Square Garden
December 10, 1991
December 13, 1991
December 16, 1991 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wachovia Spectrum
December 17, 1991
December 28, 1991 St. Petersburg, Florida Suncoast Dome
December 31, 1991 Miami Gardens, Florida Joe Robbie Stadium
January 3, 1992 Baton Rouge, Louisiana LSU Assembly Center
January 4, 1992 Biloxi, Mississippi Mississippi Coast Coliseum
January 7, 1992 Memphis, Tennessee The Pyramid
January 9, 1992 Houston, Texas The Summit
January 10, 1992
January 13, 1992 Fairborn, Ohio Nutter Center
January 14, 1992
January 21, 1992 Minneapolis, Minnesota Target Center
January 22, 1992
January 25, 1992 Paradise, Nevada Thomas & Mack Center
January 27, 1992 San Diego, California San Diego Sports Arena
January 28, 1992
January 31, 1992 Chandler, Arizona Compton Terrace
February 1, 1992
February 19, 1992 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
February 20, 1992
February 22, 1992
April 1, 1992 Mexico City Mexico Palacio de los Deportes
April 2, 1992
April 6, 1992 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma United States Myriad Arena
April 9, 1992 Rosemont, Illinois Rosemont Horizon
The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert
April 20, 1992 London England Wembley Stadium
Europe
May 16, 1992 Slane Ireland Slane Castle
May 19, 1992 Chorzów Poland Silesian Stadium
May 20, 1992 Prague Czech Republic Strahov Stadium
May 22, 1992 Budapest Hungary Népstadion
May 23, 1992 Vienna Austria Donauinsel Stadium
May 26, 1992 Berlin Germany Olympiastadion
May 28, 1992 Stuttgart Cannstatter Wasen
May 30, 1992 Cologne Müngersdorfer Stadion
June 3, 1992 Hannover Niedersachsenstadion
June 6, 1992 Paris France Hippodrome de Vincennes
June 13, 1992 London England Wembley Stadium
June 14, 1992 Manchester Maine Road
June 16, 1992 Gateshead Gateshead International Stadium
June 20, 1992 Würzburg Germany Talavera-Mainwiese
June 21, 1992 Basel Switzerland St. Jakob Stadium
June 23, 1992 Rotterdam Netherlands Feijenoord Stadion
June 27, 1992 Turin Italy Stadio Delle Alpi
June 30, 1992 Seville Spain Estadio Benito Villamarin
July 2, 1992 Lisbon Portugal Estádio José Alvalade
North American stadium tour with Metallica
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
August 31, 1992 Atlanta, Georgia Lakewood Amphitheatre
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 9, 1992 Los Angeles, California Pauley Pavilion
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 Coliseum
September 27, 1992 Los Angeles, California Los Angeles Coliseum
September 30, 1992 San Diego, California Jack Murphy Stadium
October 3, 1992 Pasadena, California Rose Bowl
October 6, 1992 Seattle, Washington Kingdome
South America
November 25, 1992 Caracas Venezuela Poliedro de Caracas
November 27, 1992 Bogotá Colombia Estadio El Campín
November 30, 1992
December 2, 1992 Santiago Chile Estadio Nacional
December 5, 1992 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
December 6, 1992
December 10, 1992 São Paulo Brazil Anhembi
December 12, 1992
December 13, 1992 Rio de Janeiro Autódromo Internacional Nelson Piquet
Asia and Oceania
January 12, 1993 Tokyo Japan Tokyo Dome
January 14, 1993
January 15, 1993
January 30, 1993 Sydney Australia Eastern Creek Raceway
February 1, 1993 Melbourne Calder Park Raceway
February 6, 1993 Auckland New Zealand Mount Smart Stadium
North American leg Skin N' Bones
February 23, 1993 Austin, Texas United States Frank Erwin Center
February 25, 1993 Birmingham, Alabama Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex
March 6, 1993 New Haven, Connecticut New Haven Coliseum
March 8, 1993 Portland, Maine Cumberland County Civic Center
March 9, 1993 Hartford, Connecticut Hartford Civic Center
March 12, 1993 Hamilton, Ontario Canada Copps Coliseum
March 16, 1993 Augusta, Maine United States Augusta Civic Center
March 17, 1993 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Garden
March 20, 1993 Iowa City, Iowa Carver–Hawkeye Arena
March 21, 1993 Fargo, North Dakota Fargodome
March 24, 1993 Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada Winnipeg Arena
March 26, 1993 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Place
March 28, 1993 Edmonton, Alberta Northlands Coliseum
March 30, 1993 Vancouver, British Columbia British Columbia Place
April 1, 1993 Portland, Oregon United States Portland Coliseum
April 3, 1993 Sacramento, California ARCO Arena
April 4, 1993 Reno, Nevada Lawlor Events Center
April 7, 1993 Salt Lake City, Utah Delta Center
April 9, 1993 Rapid City, South Dakota Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
April 10, 1993 Omaha, Nebraska Omaha Civic Auditorium
April 13, 1993 Auburn Hills, Michigan The Palace of Auburn Hills
April 15, 1993 Roanoke, Virginia Roanoke Civic Center
April 16, 1993 Chapel Hill, North Carolina Dean Smith Center
April 18, 1993 Virginia Beach, Virginia
April 21, 1993 Guadalajara Mexico Estadio Jalisco
April 23, 1993 Mexico City Palacio de los Deportes
April 24, 1993
April 27, 1993 Monterrey Estadio Universitario
April 28, 1993
May 1, 1993 Cincinnati, Ohio United States Riverfront Coliseum
May 3, 1993 Providence, Rhode Island Providence Civic Center
May 4, 1993 Albany, New York Knickerbocker Arena
May 6, 1993 Amherst, Massachusetts Mullins Center
European leg Skin N' Bones
May 22, 1993 Tel Aviv Israel Hayarkon Park
May 24, 1993 Athens Greece Olympic Stadium
May 26, 1993 Istanbul Turkey Inonu Stadium
May 29, 1993 Milton Keynes England National Bowl
May 30, 1993
June 2, 1993 Vienna Austria Praterstadion
June 5, 1993 Nijmegen Netherlands Goffertpark
June 6, 1993
June 8, 1993 Copenhagen Denmark Gentofte Stadion
June 10, 1993 Oslo Norway Valle Hovin
June 12, 1993 Stockholm Sweden Stockholm Olympic Stadium
June 16, 1993 Basel Switzerland Fussballstadion St. Jakob
June 18, 1993 Bremen Germany Weserstadion
June 19, 1993 Cologne Müngersdorfer Stadion
June 22, 1993 Karlsruhe Wildparkstadion
June 25, 1993 Frankfurt Waldstadion
June 26, 1993 Munich Olympiastadion
June 29, 1993 Modena Italy Stadio Comunale
June 30, 1993
July 2, 1993 Cava de' Tirreni Stadio Simonetta Lamberti
July 5, 1993 Barcelona Spain Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys
July 6, 1993 Madrid Vicente Calderón Stadium
July 8, 1993 Nancy France Zenith de Nancy
July 9, 1993 Lyon France Halle Tony Garnier
July 11, 1993 Werchter Belgium Rock Werchter Festival
July 13, 1993 Paris France Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy
South American leg Skin N' Bones
July 16, 1993 Buenos Aires Argentina River Plate Stadium
July 17, 1993

Tour band[edit]

Guns N' Roses
  • W. Axl Rose – lead vocals, piano, whistle, whistling, acoustic guitar, tambourine, backing vocals
  • Slash – lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals, talkbox, slide guitar
  • Izzy Stradlin – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, acoustic guitar, lead vocals (1991; 1993 - five shows)
  • Duff McKagan – bass, backing vocals, lead vocals, drum
  • Matt Sorum – drums, percussion, backing vocals, drum
  • Dizzy Reed – keyboards, piano, backing vocals, percussion, organ, tambourine
  • Gilby Clarke – rhythm guitar, backing vocals, drum (1991–1993)
Touring musicians
  • Teddy Andreadis – keyboards, backing vocals, harmonica, tambourine (1992–1993)
  • Roberta Freeman – backing vocals, tambourine (1992–1993)
  • Traci Amos – backing vocals, tambourine (1992–1993)
  • Diane Jones – backing vocals (1992 - nine shows)
  • Cece Worrall – horns (1992–1993)
  • Anne King – horns (1992–1993)
  • Lisa Maxwell – horns (1992–1993)
Additional musicians

Supporting acts[edit]

Songs played[edit]

From Appetite for Destruction:

From G N' R Lies:

From Use Your Illusion I:

From Use Your Illusion II:

From "The Spaghetti Incident?":

Other commonly performed songs:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Guns N' Roses on SlashParadise". www.slashparadise.com. February 12, 2013. 
  2. ^ Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 372
  3. ^ Bozza, Anthony, & Slash (2007). Slash. Harper Entertainment: New York. p. 342
  4. ^ "Guns N' Roses Tour 1991-1992 on SlashParadise". www.slashparadise.com. November 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Guns N' Roses Tour 1993 on SlashParadise". www.slashparadise.com. November 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ 03/17/93 Boston, MA
  7. ^ 06/07/91 CNE Grandstand, Toronto, Canada http://www.gnrontour.com/setlistalm91.htm

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