Live Era '87–'93

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Live Era '87–'93
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Live album by
ReleasedNovember 23, 1999
RecordedJune 28, 1987 and December 10, 1988
GenreHard rock, heavy metal
LabelGeffen Records
ProducerDel James
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AllMusic2.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[2]

Live Era '87–'93 is a double live album by the American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was released on November 23, 1999. The record was the first official Guns N' Roses release since "The Spaghetti Incident?" released on the same day in 1993. Guitarist Slash notes that the album is "not pretty and there are a lot of mistakes, but this is Guns N' Roses, not the fucking Mahavishnu Orchestra. It's as honest as it gets."[3]

The album is certified gold by the RIAA, selling 500,000 copies.[4] It has sold 2,730,000 copies worldwide as of March 2018.[5]

Album information[edit]

The album was compiled by band associate Del James.[6] The dates and locations of the tracks are not revealed in the liner notes, and are referred to simply as being "Recorded across the universe between 1987 and 1993". However, the majority are believed to be from the Use Your Illusion Tour of 1991-1993.[7]

Axl Rose is alleged to have communicated through intermediaries with former Guns N' Roses members Slash and Duff McKagan to select the track list. "The live album was one of the easiest projects we all worked on," Slash noted. "I didn't actually see Axl, but we communicated via the powers that be."[8]

Matt Sorum and Gilby Clarke, who play on the majority of the tracks, are not credited as band members, but as "additional musicians". Classic-member drummer Steven Adler, who plays on only three tracks, and Izzy Stradlin, who plays on six, are credited as "main band members."

Two popular live songs, "Live and Let Die" and "Civil War" – both played frequently during the Use Your Illusion Tour – are omitted from this release. Songs that were played to a much lesser extent ("Pretty Tied Up" and "Move to the City") are included.

The Japanese and vinyl versions of the album contain a rare performance of "Coma".

"Knockin' on Heaven's Door" was performed and recorded at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert and was previously released on the "Knockin' on Heaven's Door" single.

"Estranged," "Don't Cry," "November Rain," "Pretty Tied Up,", "You Could Be Mine" and "Move To The City" were previously released on the band's Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II videos. The live audio from "Yesterdays" was included as a B-side on that song's CD single.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
1."Nightrain" (from Appetite for Destruction, 1987)Guns N' RosesLas Vegas, USA; January 25, 19925:18
2."Mr. Brownstone" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesLondon, UK; August 31, 19915:42
3."It's So Easy" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' Roses, West ArkeenParis, France; June 6, 19923:28
4."Welcome to the Jungle" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesBuenos Aires, Argentina; December 6, 19925:09
5."Dust N' Bones" (from Use Your Illusion I, 1991)Slash, Stradlin, McKaganNew York City, USA; May 16, 19915:05
6."My Michelle" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesLondon, UK; August 31, 19913:53
7."You're Crazy" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesTokyo, Japan; December 10, 19884:45
8."Used to Love Her" (from G N' R Lies, 1988)Guns N' RosesTokyo, Japan; December 10, 19884:17
9."Patience" (from G N' R Lies)Guns N' RosesMexico City, Mexico; April 24, 19936:42
10."It's Alright" (Black Sabbath cover)Bill WardHouston, USA; September 4, 19923:07
11."November Rain" (from Use Your Illusion I)RoseTokyo, Japan; February 22, 199212:29
Disc two
1."Out ta Get Me" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesLondon, UK; June 28, 19874:33
2."Pretty Tied Up" (from Use Your Illusion II, 1991)StradlinTokyo, Japan; February 22, 19925:25
3."Yesterdays" (from Use Your Illusion II)Rose, Arkeen, Del James, Billy McCloudLas Vegas, USA; January 25, 19923:52
4."Move to the City" (from Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide, 1986)Stradlin, James, Chris WeberTokyo, Japan; February 22, 19928:00
5."You Could Be Mine" (from Use Your Illusion II)Rose, StradlinTokyo, Japan; February 22, 19926:02
6."Rocket Queen" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesLas Vegas, USA; January 25, 19928:27
7."Sweet Child o' Mine" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesParis, France; June 6, 19927:25
8."Knockin' on Heaven's Door" (Bob Dylan cover from Use Your Illusion II)Bob DylanLondon, UK; April 20, 19927:27
9."Don't Cry" (from Use Your Illusion I)Rose, StradlinTokyo, Japan; February 22, 19924:44
10."Estranged" (from Use Your Illusion II)RoseTokyo, Japan; February 22, 19929:52
11."Paradise City" (from Appetite for Destruction)Guns N' RosesLas Vegas, USA; January 25, 19927:21

Bonus track[edit]

This track was released as the twelfth track on the first CD of the Japanese edition, and as the eighth side on the four LP vinyl editions.

12."Coma" (from Use Your Illusion I)Rose, SlashOmaha, USA; April 10, 199310:48


Credits are adapted from the album's liner notes.[9]

Band members[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Matt Sorum – drums, backing vocals (1991-1993)
  • Gilby Clarke – rhythm guitar, co-lead guitar on "Nightrain", acoustic guitar on "Patience", backing vocals (1992-1993)

Backing musicians[edit]

  • Teddy Andreadis – backing vocals, harmonica, percussion, keyboards (1991–1993)
  • Roberta Freeman – backing vocals (1991–1993)
  • Tracey Amos – backing vocals (1991–1993)
  • Cece Worrall – horns (1991–1993)
  • Anne King – horns (1991–1993)
  • Lisa Maxwell – horns (1991–1993)


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Guitar World Presents: Guitar Legends - Slash #76 pg.12
  4. ^ GNR certifications- RIAA
  5. ^ "CSPC: Guns N' Roses Popularity Analysis". March 1, 2018.
  6. ^ Hotten, Jon (January 2002). "Mad bad and dangerous to know?". Classic Rock #36. p. 78.
  7. ^ "Live Era Track Sources". October 14, 2010. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008.
  8. ^ Guitar World Presents: Guitar Legends - Slash #76 pg.17
  9. ^ Live Era '87-'93 (Media notes). Guns N' Roses. Geffen Records. 1999.CS1 maint: others (link)

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