Appetite for Destruction Tour

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Appetite for Destruction Tour
Tour by Guns N' Roses
Gnr appetite for destruction tour.jpg
A poster advertising the band opening for Aerosmith.
LocationNorth America
Europe
Asia
Oceania
Associated albumAppetite for Destruction
Start dateAugust 14, 1987 (1987-08-14)
End dateDecember 19, 1988 (1988-12-19)
Legs7
No. of shows155 in North America
12 in Europe
9 in Asia
4 in Oceania
176 total
Guns N' Roses concert chronology

The Appetite for Destruction Tour, by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, promoted their debut album Appetite for Destruction, released in July 1987. During its 16-month duration, the band opened for bands The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith, and headlined shows across four continents.

"We started out as a hardcore band and we toured our fucking asses off," Slash recalled. "Next thing you know, we've turned into pop stars."[1]

It is the only tour in which the classic lineup of 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.[2][3]

Monsters of Rock England (1988)[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 Axl Rose's requests that the crowd move away from the stage, two fans were trampled to death. Media largely blamed the band for the tragedy, and reported that they continued playing despite the dangerous conditions. However, the venue's head of security noted that GN'R 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.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Classic "Appetite for Destruction" line-up
Substitute musicians
  • Fred Coury – Drums (12/17/1987–1/5/1988) [Drums after Adler broke his arm in a bar fight]
  • Kid "Haggis" Chaos (May 27, 1988) [Bass while McKagan was getting married]

Opening acts[edit]

Setlists[edit]

Song Artist Album
Songs played overall
"Welcome to the Jungle" Guns N' Roses Appetite for Destruction
"Nightrain"
"Out Ta Get Me"
"Mr. Brownstone"
"It's So Easy"
"Anything Goes"
"You're Crazy"
"My Michelle"
"Rocket Queen"
"Sweet Child O' Mine"
"Paradise City"
"You're Crazy" GN'R Lies
"Move to the City"
"Patience"
"Used to Love Her"
"Reckless Life"
"One in a Million"
"Mama Kin" Aerosmith
"Nice Boys" Rose Tattoo
"Scarred for Life" Unreleased
"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" Bob Dylan Use Your Illusion II
"Yesterdays" Guns N' Roses
"Civil War"
"Don't Cry" Use Your Illusion I
"Hair of the Dog" Nazareth Spaghetti Incident
"Down on the Farm" U.K. Subs
"It Tastes Good, Don't It?" Guns N' Roses Unreleased
"Sentimental Movie"
"Shadow of Your Love" Hollywood Rose
"Whole Lotta Rosie" AC/DC
"Communication Breakdown" Led Zeppelin
"Rock & Roll"
"You Shook Me" Willie Dixon
"Honky Tonk Women" The Rolling Stones
"Born to Be Wild" Mars Bonfire
"Wishing Well" Free
"I Got a Line on You" Spirit
"Corn Shucker" The Mentors
"Not Fade Away" The Crickets
"Marseilles" The Angels
"Only Women Bleed" (Intro) Alice Cooper
"Mother" (Intro) Danzig
"I Was Only Joking" (Intro) Rod Stewart
"Bad Time" (Intro) Grand Funk Railroad
"Drift Away" (Intro) Mentor Williams
Total (44)

Typical setlist[edit]

  1. "It's So Easy"
  2. "Mr. Brownstone"
  3. "Out Ta Get Me"
  4. "Move to the City"
  5. "You're Crazy"
  6. "My Michelle"
  7. "Rocket Queen"
  8. "Sweet Child O' Mine"
  9. "Welcome to the Jungle"
  10. "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan cover)
    [Encore]
  11. "Nightrain"
  12. "Paradise City"

3 Nights @ "The Marquee"[edit]

North America (2nd leg)[edit]


North America (3rd leg)[edit]

North America (4th leg)[edit]

North America (Aerosmith leg)[edit]

Tour dates[edit]

[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14]

Date City Country Venue
1987
Warm-up shows
June 19, 1987 London United Kingdom Marquee Club
June 22, 1987
June 28, 1987
Welcome to the Jungle video-shoot
August 1, 1987 Los Angeles United States Park Plaza Hotel (Ballroom)
August 2, 1987
Leg 1 – North America
Supported The Cult (August 14 – September 17, 1987)
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 Kingswood Music Theatre
August 21, 1987 Detroit United States Detroit State Theater
August 25, 1987 Winnipeg Canada Winnipeg Arena
August 26, 1987 Edmonton Edmonton Convention Centre
August 27, 1987 Calgary Max Bell Arena
August 29, 1987 Vancouver Pacific Coliseum
August 30, 1987 Seattle United States Paramount Theatre
September 2, 1987 San Francisco The Warfield
September 3, 1987 Santa Cruz Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
September 4, 1987 San Diego SDSU Open Air Theater
September 5, 1987 Long Beach Long Beach Arena
September 6, 1987 Tucson Tucson Garden
(Headlining show supported by two local bands)[15]
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 Bronco Bowl Auditorium
September 16, 1987 Houston Houston Music Hall
September 17, 1987 New Orleans Saenger Theatre
Leg 2 – Europe
Supported by Faster Pussycat (September 29 – October 8, 1987)
September 29, 1987 Hamburg Germany Markthalle
September 30, 1987 Düsseldorf Gate 3
October 2, 1987 Amsterdam Netherlands Paradiso
October 4, 1987 Newcastle United Kingdom Newcastle City Hall
October 5, 1987 Nottingham Nottingham Rock City
October 6, 1987 Manchester Manchester Apollo Theatre
October 7, 1987 Bristol Colston Hall
October 8, 1987 Hammersmith Hammersmith Odeon
Leg 3 – United States
Supported by Ezo (October 16 – November 1, 1987)
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 Palace Theatre
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 Paradise Rock Club
October 29, 1987 New York City L'Amour
October 30, 1987 New York City CBGB's
October 31, 1987 Syracuse The Lost Horizon
November 1, 1987 Washington, D.C. The Bayou
Supported Mötley Crüe (November 3–29, 1987)
November 3, 1987 Mobile United States Mobile Municipal Auditorium
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 Center
November 11, 1987 Charlotte Charlotte Coliseum
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 Center
November 20, 1987 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
November 21, 1987 Chattanooga UTC Arena
November 22, 1987 Atlanta Omni Coliseum
November 24, 1987 Lakeland Lakeland Civic Center
November 25, 1987
November 27, 1987 Jacksonville Jacksonville Coliseum
November 28, 1987 Fort Myers Lee County Civic Arena
November 29, 1987 Pembroke Pines Hollywood Sportatorium
Supporting Alice Cooper (December 3–19, 1987)
December 3, 1987 McAllen United States La Villa Real Convention Center
December 4, 1987 Dallas Fair Park Coliseum
December 5, 1987 Houston Sam Houston Coliseum
December 7, 1987 San Antonio Cameo Theater, but ticket says Woodlawn Theater
December 8, 1987 Midland Chaparral Center (This show was probably cancelled)[16]
December 11, 1987 Cape Girardeau Show Me Center
December 12, 1987 Louisville Louisville Gardens
December 17, 1987 St. Paul Roy Wilkins Auditorium
(1st show with Fred Coury on drums
(Steven Adler broke his arm))
December 18, 1987 Chicago UIC Pavilion
December 19, 1987 Madison Dane County Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 26, 1987 Pasadena Perkins Palace
December 27, 1987
December 28, 1987
December 30, 1987
December 31, 1987 Los Angeles The Glamour
1988
January 5, 1988 Santa Monica United States Santa Monica Civic Auditorium
(last show with Fred Coury on drums)
January 14, 1988 Los Angeles Coconut Teaszer (Electric/Acoustic Show)
January 21, 1988 The Cathouse (Steven's 1st show back)
January 31, 1988 New York City The Limelight (Electric/acoustic show)
February 2, 1988 The Ritz
February 4, 1988 Sacramento Crest Theatre
February 5, 1988 San Francisco The Warfield
February 6, 1988 Fresno Warnors Theatre
February 8, 1988 San Diego Montezuma Hall
February 9, 1988 Anaheim The Celebrity Theater
February 10, 1988
February 12, 1988 Phoenix Celebrity Theatre
Leg 4 – North America
Supported by Zodiac Mindwarp & the Love Reaction & UDO (opener) (April 26 – May 11, 1988)
April 26, 1988 Burlington United States Burlington Memorial Auditorium
April 27, 1988 [17] Oshkosh Oshkosh Conference Hall
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 Orpheum Theatre
Supported Iron Maiden (May 13 – June 8, 1988)
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 Arena
May 20, 1988 Toronto CNE Stadium
May 23, 1988 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
May 25, 1988 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
May 27, 1988 Calgary The Saddledome
(Kid "Haggis" Chaos on bass (Duff got married))
May 30, 1988 Vancouver Pacific Coliseum (2 Shows)
May 31, 1988 Spokane United States Spokane Coliseum
June 1, 1988 Seattle Seattle Coliseum
June 3, 1988 Salt Lake City Salt Palace
June 5, 1988 Mountain View Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 6, 1988 Sacramento Cal Expo Amphitheatre
Warm-up shows
July 9, 1988 Phoenix United States The Celebrity Theater
July 10, 1988
Leg 5 – United States
Supported Aerosmith (July 17 – August 17; August 24 – September 15, 1988)
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 Girardeau Show Me Center
July 24, 1988 Dallas Starplex Amphitheater
July 26, 1988 Bonner Springs Sandstone Amphitheater
July 27, 1988 Ames 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 Performing Arts Center
August 7, 1988 Middletown Orange County Fairgrounds Stadium
(Westwood 1/Pepsi Concert Series 1988 (#5))
August 9, 1988 Weedsport Weedsport Speedway
August 11, 1988 Clarkston Pine Knob Music Theatre
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 1988
August 20, 1988 Castle Donington United Kingdom Donington Park (Monsters of Rock Donington 1988)
("Paradise City" music video)
Leg 6 – United States
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 Pocono Downs
August 31, 1988 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
September 2, 1988 Antioch Starwood Amphitheatre
September 3, 1988 St. Louis St. Louis Arena
September 8, 1988 Concord Concord Pavilion
September 9, 1988 Sacramento Cal Expo Amphitheater
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 (Survival of the Fittest 1988) This show is remembered by GN'R as one of their worst.[18] "The band completely fell apart in front of this massive audience," recalled Slash. "It was desperate on stage, trying to keep everything together. I have nightmares about it."[19]
Leg 7 – Japan/Oceania
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 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
Post-tour
1989
4 Nights @ "LA Coliseum" (Supporting The Rolling Stones)
October 18, 1989 Los Angeles United States Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
October 19, 1989
October 21, 1989
October 22, 1989
1990
Farm Aid IV
April 7, 1990 Indianapolis United States Hoosier Dome (Steven's last show)

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