Guns & Roses at Paradiso, Amsterdam, 2nd of October 1987
A small punk rock band from Los Angeles came to perform their first show in the Netherlands. They had some airplay with “Sweet child of mine” and “Welcome to the jungle” on Mick Wall’s Monsters of Rock show but, despite this exposure they were not known over here and there was hardly any interest from the local music press to say even write a story/review about them.
So the record company was more than happy to have some people around who were really interested. I still remember sitting in the band’s dressing room conducting an interview with Duff McKagan, while their tour manager continuously plied us with countless drinks. Apart from members of the band, the place was also populated with German groupies.
The band was very eager to prove themselves in order to win the attention of the curious crowd who, wanted to know what this band was all about. During the gig there was a lot of turmoil in the venue because Axl made a comment about Paul Stanley (Kiss). So here at Paradiso, Mr. Rose made already the first steps of his later well-known attitude.
I did my shooting and had to run to catch the last (night) train connection to the east of the Netherlands where I was living at that time. So what did happen to this band? Well! Everybody knows this already. Later I realized that I had witnessed something really unique! This band was to became one of the biggest icons in Rock music.