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Duff on Gunners infamousCalder Park gig: “I remembera fucking sea of people”

It’s the closest Australia has ever gotten to The Stones at Altamont: 75,000 rock’n’roll fans, a blistering summer’s day and one of the biggest bands on the planet.

But Guns N’ Roses gig at Calder Park in 1993 has etched its way into rock folklore for the wrong reasons as well. For a start, you couldn’t bring water bottles into the raceway; a problem exacerbated by 38-degree temperatures (Sebastian Bach from opening act Skid Row declared it was “hotter than a $5 hooker’s cunt”). Then there was the overpriced food and beverages (water was going for $2 a cup), the huge queues, insufficient amenities, a torrential downpour late in the day, a traffic jam, and the kind of public transport debacle that leads to a State Ombudsman report.

Reflecting on the gig back home in Seattle, former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan says that while he didn’t remember the water shortage, he certainly remembers the scale of the event. “I remember just seeing a fucking sea of people,” he recalls in a soon-to-be published interview with FL. “It was a big huge gig, Rose Tattoo was on it, and that was a band that really meant a lot. I’d discovered them when Guns first came together.”

It was Guns N’ Roses’ final show on the Australian leg of their long-running Use Your Illusion tour – and they were at the height of their powers. When the tour wound up in Argentina in mid-1993, they had played 194 shows in 27 countries to an estimated audience of more than seven-million people. “It was during that period of the band where things were just getting bigger and bigger,” McKagan explains. “You’re 20 fucking six years old, and things like that became normal. You don’t really know how to take it all in.”

In the full interview, McKagan discusses side projects and supergroups, why he really left [aa.artist:Jane’s Addiction] and how he feels about the rest of the world seeing his wife naked.

Duff McKagan’s Loaded will be in Australia for Soundwave 2013. Details here.

Calder Park 1993 set-list

Welcome to the Jungle
Mr Brownstone
Live and Let Die (Wings cover)
Attitude (Misfits cover)
Bad Obsession
Double Talkin’ Jive
Civil War
Patience
(Happiness Is A Warm Gun intro)
November Rain
(It’s Alright intro)
Yesterdays
(Matt Sorum drum solo)
You Could Be Mine
(Slash guitar solo)
Speak Softly Love (Andy Williams cover)
Sweet Child O’ Mine
(The One intro)
Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (Bob Dylan cover)
(Only Women Bleed intro)

Encore:
Don’t Cry
Paradise City

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PerthLIVE

PerthLIVE said on the 18th Sep, 2012

i wish i was old enough to have attended that gig!

toolunit

toolunit said on the 18th Sep, 2012

was my first gig. 12 years old. as shitty as my memory is i will always remember this one.