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
Shows 163
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 the opening act for bands The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith, as well as headlined shows across four continents. It is the only tour by Guns N' Roses in which the classic lineup of W. Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler performed together, aside from opening four shows in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for The Rolling Stones in October 1989.[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 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre show on February 5, 1988)

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

Third typical setlist[edit]

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

  1. "It's So Easy (Guns N' Roses song)"
  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"

Fourth typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Indianapolis, IN Market Square Arena show on August 2, 1988)

  1. "It's So Easy"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Out ta Get Me"
  4. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  5. "Used to Love Her"
  6. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  7. "Paradise City"

Fifth typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the East Rutherford, NJ Giants Stadium show on August 16, 1988)

  1. "It's So Easy"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Paradise City"
  4. "You're Crazy"
  5. "Out ta Get Me"
  6. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  7. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  8. "Used to Love Her"

Sixth 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"

Seventh typical setlist[edit]

(Taken from the Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre show on September 10, 1988)

  1. "You're Crazy"
  2. "Guns N' Roses"
  3. "Move to the City"
  4. "Mr. Brownstone"
  5. "My Michelle"
  6. "Paradise City"
  7. "Patience"
  8. "Sweet Child o' Mine"
  9. "Welcome to the Jungle"

Eighth 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
3 Nights at "The Marquee"
June 19, 1987 London England "The Marquee" Club
June 22, 1987
June 28, 1987
North America (1st Leg)
August 2, 1987 Los Angeles United States Park Plaza Hotel Ballroom
("Welcome to the Jungle" Video-Shoot)
August 14, 1987 Halifax Canada Halifax Metro Centre
August 15, 1987 Moncton Moncton Coliseum
August 17, 1987 Montreal Verdun Auditorium
August 18, 1987 Kitchener Super Skate 7
August 19, 1987 Toronto CNE Stadium
August 21, 1987 Detroit United States Detroit State Theater
August 22, 1987 Chicago Chicago Aragon Ballroom
August 25, 1987 Winnipeg Canada Winnipeg Arena
August 26, 1987 Edmonton Edmonton Convention Centre
August 27, 1987 Calgary Max Bell Centre
August 29, 1987 Vancouver PNE Coliseum
August 30, 1987 Seattle United States Seattle Paramount Theater
September 2, 1987 San Francisco "The Warfield" Theater
September 3, 1987 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
September 4, 1987 San Diego Open Air Theater
September 5, 1987 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
September 7, 1987 Phoenix The Mason Jar
September 8, 1987 El Paso El Paso County Coliseum
September 11, 1987 San Antonio The Sunken Gardens
September 12, 1987 Austin Palmer Auditorium
September 13, 1987 Dallas "The Bronco Bowl" Auditorium
September 16, 1987 Houston Houston Music Hall
September 17, 1987 New Orleans Saenger Theater
Europe Leg
September 29, 1987 Hamburg Germany Hamburg Market Hall (Main Hall)
September 30, 1987 Düsseldorf Tor 3
October 2, 1987 Amsterdam Netherlands The Paradise
October 4, 1987 Newcastle England Newcastle City Hall
October 5, 1987 Nottingham Rock City
October 6, 1987 Manchester "Manchester Apollo" Theatre
October 7, 1987 Bristol Colston Hall
October 8, 1987 Hammersmith "Hammersmith Odeon" Theatre
United States (2nd Leg)
October 16, 1987 Bay Shore United States The Sundance
October 17, 1987 Allentown Airport Road Music Hall
October 18, 1987 Baltimore Hammerjack's
October 20, 1987 Philadelphia Trocadero Theatre
October 21, 1987 Albany
October 22, 1987 Randolph Obsessions
October 23, 1987 New York City The Ritz
October 25, 1987 Poughkeepsie The Chance
October 26, 1987 Providence The Living Room
October 27, 1987 Boston "The Paradise" Rock Club
October 29, 1987 New York City L'Amour
October 30, 1987 CBGB (Acoustic Show)
October 31, 1987 Syracuse The Horizon
November 1, 1987 Georgetown The Bayou
November 3, 1987 Mobile Mobile Municipal Arena
November 4, 1987 Albany Albany Civic Center
November 6, 1987 Lafayette Cajundome
November 7, 1987 New Orleans Lakefront Arena
November 8, 1987 Jackson Mississippi Coliseum
November 10, 1987 Huntsville Von Braun Civic Arena
November 11, 1987 Birmingham Jefferson Civic Arena
November 13, 1987 Savannah Savannah Civic Center
November 14, 1987 Columbia Carolina Coliseum
November 15, 1987 Greensboro Greensboro Coliseum
November 17, 1987 Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum
November 18, 1987 Birmingham Jefferson Civic Arena
November 20, 1987 Atlanta "The Omni" Coliseum
November 21, 1987 Chattanooga UTC Arena
November 22, 1987 Atlanta "The Omni" Coliseum
November 24, 1987 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Arena
November 25, 1987
November 26, 1987 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum
November 28, 1987 North Fort Myers Lee County Civic Center
November 29, 1987 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
December 3, 1987 McAllen La Villa Real Special Events Convention Center
December 4, 1987 Dallas Dallas Fair Park Coliseum
December 5, 1987 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
December 7, 1987 San Antonio Hemisfair Arena
December 9, 1987 Midland
December 12, 1987 Louisville Louisville Gardens
December 17, 1987 St. Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium
December 18, 1987 Chicago UIC Pavilion (1st Show with Fred Coury on Drums)
December 19, 1987 Madison Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum
United States (3rd Leg)
December 26, 1987 Pasadena United States Perkins Palace
December 27, 1987
December 28, 1987
December 30, 1987
December 31, 1987 Los Angeles The Glamour
January 5, 1988 Santa Monica Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
(Supported Great White)
(Last Show with Fred Coury on Drums)
January 10, 1988 Hollywood "The Whiskey" A-Go-Go
("Used to Love Her" Performance)
January 14, 1988 Coconut Teaszer (Electric/Acoustic Show)
January 21, 1988 The Cathouse
(Steven's 1st Show Back)
(Performed Whole Lotta Rosie with Vince Neil)
January 31, 1988 New York City The Limelight (Electric/Acoustic Show)
February 2, 1988 The Ritz ("Live at The Ritz")
February 4, 1988 Sacramento Crest Theatre
February 5, 1988 San Francisco "The Warfield" Theater
February 6, 1988 Fresno
February 8, 1988 San Diego Montezuma Hall
February 9, 1988 Anaheim Anaheim Celebrity Theater
February 10, 1988
February 12, 1988 Phoenix Phoenix Celebrity Theater
February 13, 1988
North America (4th Leg)
March 31, 1988 Burbank United States NBC Studios ("You're Crazy" & "Used to Love Her" Live Performances on The Late Show)
April 26, 1988 Burlington Burlington Memorial Auditorium
April 28, 1988 Oshkosh Oshkosh Convention Center
April 29, 1988 Rockford Coronado Theatre
April 30, 1988 Danville Danville Civic Center
May 1, 1988 Toledo Toledo Sports Arena
May 3, 1988 Grand Rapids DeVos Performance Hall
May 5, 1988 Cleveland Cleveland Music Hall
May 6, 1988 Saginaw Wendler Arena
May 7, 1988 Detroit Detroit State Theater
May 9, 1988 New York City Felt Forum
May 10, 1988 Upper Darby Tower Theater
May 11, 1988 Boston, Massachusetts Boston Orpheum Theater
May 13, 1988 Moncton Canada Moncton Coliseum
May 14, 1988 Halifax Halifax Metro Centre
May 16, 1988 Quebec City Quebec Coliseum
May 17, 1988 Montreal Montreal Forum
May 18, 1988 Ottawa Ottawa Civic Centre
May 20, 1988 Toronto CNE Stadium
May 23, 1988 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
May 25, 1988 Edmonton Northlands Arena
May 27, 1988 Calgary Olympic Saddledome
(Kid "Haggis" Chaos on Bass)
May 30, 1988 Vancouver PNE Coliseum (2 Shows)
May 31, 1988 Spokane United States Spokane Coliseum
June 1, 1988 Seattle Seattle Center Coliseum
June 3, 1988 Salt Lake City "The Salt Palace" Arena
June 5, 1988 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 6, 1988 Sacramento California Exhibition Center
June 9, 1988 Irvine "Irvine Meadows" Amphitheater
(Duff McKagan on Vocals)
United States (5th Leg)
July 17, 1988 Hoffman Estates United States Poplar Creek Music Theater
July 19, 1988 Richfield Richfield Coliseum
July 20, 1988 Wheeling Wheeling Civic Center
July 22, 1988 Cape Giradeau Show Me Center
July 24, 1988 Dallas Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater
July 26, 1988 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 27, 1988 Iowa Hilton Coliseum
July 29, 1988 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 30, 1988 Mears Val Du Lakes Amphitheater
August 1, 1988 Cincinnati Riverbend Music Center
August 2, 1988 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
August 4, 1988 Philadelphia The Spectrum
August 5, 1988
August 6, 1988 Saratoga Springs Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center
August 7, 1988 Middletown Orange County Fairgrounds
August 9, 1988 Weedsport Cayuga County Fairgrounds
August 11, 1988 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theater
August 12, 1988
August 13, 1988
August 16, 1988 East Rutherford Giants Stadium
("Paradise City" Music Video)
August 17, 1988 Columbia Merriweather Post Pavilion
Monsters of Rock England 1988
August 20, 1988 Castle Donington England Donington Park
(Monsters of Rock Donington 1988)
("Paradise City" Music Video)
United States (Final Leg)
August 24, 1988 Mansfield United States Great Woods Amphitheater
August 25, 1988
August 26, 1988
August 28, 1988 Thornville Buckeye Lake Music Center
August 30, 1988 Wilkes-Barre Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
August 31, 1988 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
September 2, 1988 Antioch Starwood Amphitheatre
September 3, 1988 St. Louis St. Louis Arena
September 7, 1988 Los Angeles ("Welcome to the Jungle" Live Performance @ 1988 MTV VMA's')
September 8, 1988 Concord Concord Pavilion
September 10, 1988 Mountain View "Shoreline" Amphitheater
September 12, 1988 Chandler Compton Terrace
September 14, 1988 Costa Mesa Pacific Amphitheatre
September 15, 1988
September 17, 1988 Irving Texas Stadium (Supported by INXS)
Pacific Leg
December 4, 1988 Tokyo Japan NHK Hall
December 5, 1988 Osaka Osaka Festival Hall
December 7, 1988 Tokyo Nakano Sun Plaza Hall
December 9, 1988 NHK Hall
December 10, 1988 Nippon Budokan
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
Final United States Shows
January 30, 1989 Los Angeles United States Shrine Auditorium
("Patience" Live Performance @ 1989 MTV AMA's)
October 11, 1989 The Cathouse
October 13, 1989 Park Plaza Hotel Ballroom
October 18, 1989 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
(Supported "The Rolling Stones")
(Steven Adler's Final Shows)
October 19, 1989
October 21, 1989
October 22, 1989

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).