Guns N’ Roses Rocked the Ritz 25 Years Ago [VIDEO]

Posted on: January 31st, 2013 at 10:24 am by

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This Saturday is a significant date for headbangers – it marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the legendary Guns N’ Roses performance at the Ritz (presently known as Webster Hall).

Guns had debuted Appetite for Destruction seven months prior, and were still merely a buzz band at that point. But thanks to Geffen label exec David Geffen and MTV spins (“Welcome the Jungle” was first to air), the bangin’ Los Angeles troupe gained some critical traction. In fact, this show was part of MTV’s “Live at the Ritz” Saturday night series. The set list was (and still is) enough to fawn over, making this one of the more popular rock bootlegs in subsequent years:

It’s So Easy
Mr. Brownstone
Out Ta Get Me
Sweet Child O’ Mine
My Michelle
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Welcome to the Jungle
Nightrain
Paradise City
Mama Kin
(Aerosmith cover)
Rocket Queen

The crew had also played CBGB the previous fall

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  • JimW

    Yup, 4th grade, probably the biggest music /art thing that happened to me in my childhood. Great reminder, thanks.