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

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

gnr-ritz

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

Recent Stories

forever-stanton-november
ABC’s ‘Forever’ Continues Its Months-Long Filming Residency Today on the Lower East Side

The season-long residency of Forever continues today on the Lower East Side. This ABC production has been headquartered east of Essex Street (between Houston and Delancey) since July. It was around that time that the production transformed 154 Stanton Street – Smart Clothes Gallery – into a faux shop called “Abe’s Antiques.” Four months out, […]

7th-precinct
The 7th Precinct Now Has a Dedicated Twitter Account

For those of you interested in following the minutia of the 7th Precinct (or bashing them), today is your lucky day. The NYPD just sanctioned a new Twitter handle for our neighborhood cops. Profile picture of the new account is of the recently-appointed CO, Joseph Simonetti. Greetings from the #LES #LowerEastSide Looking forward to connecting! […]

125rivington-night
‘awindow’ Pop-Up Retail Lab Opening at 125 Rivington Street

Aside from plans last year to transform 125 Rivington into a bar called “The Carolinas,” the ground floor has seen naught but pop-up endeavors. In fact, the last such temporary shop was seven months ago, that of SR luxury backpacks. As of this week, though, it’s again all systems go. Roving creative house awindow edition […]

wd50-closing
WD-50 Countdown: Demolition Permits Filed for 7-Story Condo Tower on Clinton Street

WD-50 is slated to conclude its decade-long presence at 50 Clinton Street in just over a week (November 30). Demolition of the entire row of quaint commercial stock will transpire soon thereafter. Indeed, the former 1492 has already been boarded up with dismantling activities transpiring behind the plywood shroud. Demolition permits were issued earlier this […]

SantaCon, December 2011
Why It (Probably) Doesn’t Matter that SantaCon is without a Home

Bushwick put up a united front this week and did what the Lower East Side couldn’t. It essentially strongarmed SantaCon into canceling its plans to host the “charity” event in the Brooklyn enclave. Many of the bars reportedly refused to permit revelers with costume. amNewyork had the scoop on Wednesday, quoting organizers who claimed that […]

  • JimW

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