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June 11th, 1987
Guns N' Roses Marquee, London (first night)
Kerrang! No. 148 June 11-24 1987
GUNS N' ROSES Marquee, London
SLEAZE KOMES to London in the form of Smog Angeles' latest exponents of 'Fashion-Made Hard Rock'- Lines n' Noses (whoops, sorry, I mean Guns n' Roses).

Believe me readers, I'd been looking forward to this gig for a long time, having already been mightily impressed with the lads' 'Live ?I'@ Like A Suicide' EP. I was sure that this show wuz gonna be a real smoker, but - shock-horror-it ended up being a bit of a, dare I say it, CHOKER!

So where did the band go wrong? Well, as they used to say on that old 'Kolt 45' kommercial, and I quote, 'Never bolt a Kolt'. And that's exaktly what happened here in The Marquee tonight - Guns n' Roses blew it, pure and simple.

Some punters down the front obviously saw through the bulls**t that was spewing forth and proceeded to spit and throw the odd kan of beer at lead singer W. Axl Rose, who returned the kompliment by saying, "F**k you, pussy".

He really did look well and truly pissed off, and this incident ended up putting a downer on the show as a whole.

On the plus side Guns n' Roses do write good time rokkin' toons, it's just a pity they all sound like Aerosmith outtakes mixed in with the odd hint of Rose Tattoo. Hell, I'm not komplaining, I love both those bands, but did Guns n' Roses really need to do a kover version of the Aerosmith classik 'Mama Kin'? I think not.

The 'best number of the night award' went to the brilliant 'It's So Easy', which just reeked of the Lightning Raiders (RIP), who were playing this sorta music back in the late '70s.

It has to be said that I left The Marquee in a very konfused state, coz here was a band that has just made a truly wonderful album, the up and koming 'Appetite For Destruction', which I love, yet at the same time it's sad they just kouldn't reproduce that rawness live. I blame it on those beer kans that were hurled at Axl!

Thanks Brendan for the scans.


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