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
End date December 19, 1988
Legs 8
Number of shows North America (159)
• United States (139)
• Canada (20)
Europe (12)
• England (9)
• Germany (2)
• Netherlands (1)
Pacific Rim (9)
• Japan (5)
• Australia (3)
• New Zealand (1)
Total: 180
Cancelled (24)
Overall Total: 204
Guns 'N' Roses concert chronology

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 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]

Personnel[edit]

Appetite for Destruction Line-Up


Substitute Musicians
  • Fred Coury – drums (12/17/1987–1/5/1988) [Filled in on Drums after Steven Adler broke his arm in a bar fight]
  • Kid "Haggis" Chaos (5/27/1988) [Filled in on Bass while Duff was getting married]

Opening Acts[edit]

Setlists[edit]

3 Nights @ "The Marquee" (1987)[edit]

United States (2nd Leg)[edit]


United States (3rd Leg)[edit]

North America (4th Leg)[edit]

United States (Aerosmith Leg)[edit]

Tour Dates[edit]

Date City Country Venue
3 Nights @ "The Marquee"
June 19, 1987 London England "The Marquee" Club
June 22, 1987
June 28, 1987
Welcome to the Jungle Video-Shoot
August 2, 1987 Los Angeles United States "Park Plaza Hotel" Ballroom
North America (1st Leg)
August 14, 1987 Halifax Canada Halifax Metro Centre (1st Show Supporting The Cult)
August 15, 1987 Moncton Moncton Coliseum
August 17, 1987 Montreal Verdun Auditorium
August 18, 1987 Kitchener Super Skate 7
August 19, 1987 Toronto CNE Grandstand
August 21, 1987 Detroit United States Detroit State Theater
August 22, 1987 Chicago The 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 Pacific 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 The 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 (Last Show Supporting "The Cult")
Europe Leg
September 29, 1987 Hamburg Germany Hamburg Market Hall (Main Hall)
(1st Show Supported by Faster Pussycat)
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
(Last Show Supported by "Faster Pussycat")
United States (2nd Leg)
October 16, 1987 Bay Shore United States The Sundance (1st Show Supported by Ezo)
October 17, 1987 Allentown Airport Road Music Hall
October 18, 1987 Baltimore Hammerjack's
October 20, 1987 Philadelphia Trocadero Theater
October 21, 1987 Albany Albany Palace Theater
October 22, 1987 Randolph Obsessions
October 23, 1987 New York City The Ritz
October 24, 1987 (MTV Headbanger's Ball)
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 (Last Show Supported by "Ezo")
November 3, 1987 Mobile Mobile Municipal Arena (1st Show Supporting Mötley Crüe)
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 (Cancelled after Axl Got Arrested)
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
(Last Show Supporting "Mötley Crüe")
December 3, 1987 McAllen La Villa Real Special Events Convention Center
(1st Show Supporting Alice Cooper)
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 Chaparral Center
December 12, 1987 Louisville Louisville Gardens
December 13, 1987 Muskegon LC Walker Arena
December 15, 1987 Marquette Lakeview Arena
December 16, 1987 Duluth Duluth Arena
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
(Last Show Supporting "Alice Cooper")
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")
January 14, 1988 Coconut Teaszer (Electric/Acoustic Show)
January 21, 1988 The Cathouse (Steven's 1st Show Back)
(Whole Lotta Rosie with Vince Neil)
January 31, 1988 New York City The Limelight (Electric/Acoustic Show)
February 2, 1988 The Ritz (MTV Live @ The Ritz 1988)
(Supported by "Great White")
February 4, 1988 Sacramento The Crest Theater
February 5, 1988 San Francisco "The Warfield" Theater
February 6, 1988 Fresno Tower Theater
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
The Late Show
March 31, 1988 Burbank United States NBC Studios ("You're Crazy" & "Used to Love Her")
Sweet Child O' Mine Video-Shoot
April 11, 1988 Huntington Beach United States Huntington Ballroom
North America (4th Leg)
April 26, 1988 Burlington United States Burlington Memorial Auditorium
April 28, 1988 Oshkosh Oshkosh Convention Center
April 29, 1988 Rockford Coronado Theater
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 Boston Orpheum Theater
May 13, 1988 Moncton Canada Moncton Coliseum (1st Show Supporting Iron Maiden)
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 Grandstand
May 23, 1988 Winnipeg Winnipeg Arena
May 25, 1988 Edmonton Northlands Coliseum
May 27, 1988 Calgary Olympic 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 Center Coliseum
June 3, 1988 Salt Lake City "The Salt Palace" Arena
June 5, 1988 Mountain View "Shoreline" Amphitheater
June 6, 1988 Sacramento Cal Expo Amphitheater
June 8, 1988 Irvine "Irvine Meadows" Amphitheater
(Cancelled after Axl Blew Out His Voice (6/8/1988))
(Last Shows Supporting "Iron Maiden")
June 9, 1988
June 10, 1988 San Diego San Diego Sports Arena
June 12, 1988 Inglewood The Forum
June 13, 1988 Chandler Compton Terrace
June 14, 1988 Albuquerque Tingley Coliseum
June 15, 1988 Denver McNichols Sports Arena
June 17, 1988 St. Louis Kiel Auditorium
June 18, 1988 Kansas City Kemper Arena
June 19, 1988 Omaha Omaha Civic Arena
June 21, 1988 Bloomington Bloomington Met Center
June 22, 1988 Cedar Rapids Five Seasons Center
June 23, 1988 Rosemont Rosemont Horizon
June 25, 1988 East Troy Alpine Valley Music Theater
June 27, 1988 Indianapolis Market Square Arena
June 28, 1988 Columbus Ohio Center
June 29, 1988 Cincinnati Cincinnati Gardens
United States (5th Leg)
July 17, 1988 Hoffman Estates United States Poplar Creek Music Theater
(1st Show Supporting Aerosmith)
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 Theater
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
(Westwood 1/Pepsi Concert Series 1988 (#5))
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 @ Pocono Downs
August 31, 1988 Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Civic Arena
September 2, 1988 Antioch Starwood Amphitheater
September 3, 1988 St. Louis St. Louis Arena
September 7, 1988 Universal City (1988 MTV VMA's' ("Welcome to the Jungle"))
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 Amphitheater (Last Shows Supporting "Aerosmith")
September 15, 1988
September 17, 1988 Irving Texas Stadium (Survival of the Fittest 1988)
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
1989 MTV American Music Video Awards
January 30, 1989 Los Angeles United States Shrine Auditorium ("Patience") (Don Henley on Drums)
"Patience" Video-Shoot
February 18, 1989 Los Angeles United States The Record Plant
It's So Easy Video-Shoot
October 10, 1989 Hollywood United States The Cathouse
October 11, 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
Farm Aid IV (1990)
April 7, 1990 Indianapolis United States Hoosier Dome (Steven's Last Show)

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).