The Early Days of Guns N' Roses

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The Early Days of Guns N' Roses
Promotional tour by Guns N' Roses
Start date March 26, 1985 (1985-03-26)
End date May 10, 1987 (1987-05-10)
No. of shows 1985 (24)
1986 (31)
1987 (3)
58 known total
Guns N' Roses concert chronology

The Early Days of Guns N' Roses was what the first series of concerts by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses are referred to as. Before embarking on the Appetite for Destruction Tour in 1987 after the group's breakthrough success, the band played at least 60 shows. After playing a few shows with early members (Guns, Beich and Gardner) on June 6, 1985 the band played their first show with what became known as the "classic line-up" of singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler. The band's trek on the West coast from June 6th to June 12th, 1985 became known as "The Hell Tour" due to the difficulties the band faced touring.

Personnel[edit]

Setlists[edit]

Shows[edit]

List of concerts, showing date, city, venue, opening act, headliner and notes
Date[1][2][3] City Venue Opening act Headliner Notes
1985[4]
March 26, 1985 West Hollywood The Troubadour 1st Guns N' Roses show and the only performance with Ole Beich on bass. Billed as "L.A. Guns and Hollywood Rose presents Guns N Roses"
April 11, 1985 Anaheim Radio City Earliest known performance with Duff McKagan on bass
April 24, 1985 West Hollywood The Troubadour
April 25, 1985 San Pedro Dancing Waters Club
April 27, 1985 Anaheim Radio City
May 11, 1985 Glendora Timbers Ballroom
May 12, 1985 California Joshua’s Parloub Last known performance with Tracii Guns on lead guitar and Rob Gardner on drums[5]
June 6, 1985 West Hollywood The Troubadour 1st performance with the classic Appetite for Destruction lineup and 1st show with Slash on lead guitar and Steven Adler on drums
June 8, 1985 Seattle Gorilla Gardens Rock Theater Fastbacks
June 9, 1985 Portland
June 10, 1985 Eugene
June 11, 1985 Sacramento
June 12, 1985 San Francisco Stone Jetboy
June 28, 1985 Los Angeles Stardust Ballroom The Unforgiven
The Joneses
London
July 4, 1985 Los Angeles Madame Wong's East
July 20, 1985 West Hollywood The Troubadour
July 21, 1985 Los Angeles UCLA Frat Party
July 26, 1985 The Seance
August 30, 1985 Los Angeles Stardust Ballroom Poison
The Joneses
Ruby Slippers
Mary Poppins
August 31, 1985 West Hollywood Roxy Theatre
September 20, 1985 The Troubadour
September 28, 1985 Los Angeles 8th Annual Los Angeles Street Scene Festival Earliest known live performance of Slash using a Gibson Les Paul
October 10, 1985 West Hollywood The Troubadour
October 18, 1985 Reseda Reseda Country Club Jetboy/Mirror Mirror
October 31, 1985 Anaheim Radio City
November 22, 1985 West Hollywood The Troubadour
December 20, 1985 Los Angeles Music Machine Tex & the Horseheads
1986[6]
January 4, 1986 West Hollywood The Troubadour
January 18, 1986 Roxy Theatre L.A. Guns
Plain Jane(pre Warrant)
February 1, 1986 The Troubadour L.A. Guns
February 28, 1986
March 11, 1986 Los Angeles Music Machine
March 21, 1986 Long Beach Fender's Ballroom Jetboy Johnny Thunders
March 28, 1986 West Hollywood Roxy Theatre Carrera Two shows
Guns N' Roses showcase after signing with Geffen Records
West Hollywood Roxy Theatre Lions
Ghosts
March 29, 1986 Long Beach Fender's Ballroom The Lords of the New Church Two shows
Long Beach Fender's Ballroom The Dead Boys
April 5, 1986 West Hollywood Whisky a Go Go Shanghai
Angels in Vain
Faster Pussycat
May 1, 1986 The Central Acoustic Show
May 3, 1986 Roxy Theatre
May 13, 1986 Hollywood Raji's
May 31, 1986 West Hollywood Gazzarri's
July 11, 1986 The Troubadour
July 21, 1986 Long Beach Bogart's
July 24, 1986 Los Angeles Club Lingerie
July 31, 1986 Glendora Timbers Ballroom Flamethrowers The Lords of the New Church
August 15, 1986 Los Angeles Scream Sibyl
August 23, 1986 West Hollywood Whisky a Go Go
August 28, 1986 San Francisco Stone Jetboy
August 30, 1986 Santa Monica Santa Monica Civic Auditorium Ted Nugent
September 13, 1986 Los Angeles Music Machine Attack
The Unforgiven
September 20, 1986 9th Annual Los Angeles Street Scene Festival Cancelled after water spilled under the stage
October 23, 1986 Santa Barbara Arlington Theater Alice Cooper Band performed without Axl Rose, he had shown up to the venue late and was turned away by security. McKagan and Stradlin sang, often improvising lyrics.[7]
October 31, 1986 Los Angeles Ackerman Hall Thelonious Monster Red Hot Chili Peppers
Dickies
November 15, 1986 Long Beach Fender's Ballroom The Lords Of The Church
December 21, 1986 Cheap Trick
December 23, 1986 Hollywood The Cathouse Faster Pussycat
Jetboy
L.A. Guns
December 31, 1986 Los Angeles Glamour
1987[8]
March 16, 1987 West Hollywood Whisky a Go Go Jetboy
March 29, 1987 Roxy Theatre Faster Pussycat
May 10, 1987 Hollywood Stardust Ballroom Last "early days" club show
Billed as the "Drunk Fux" with West Arkeen and Del James

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