Today’s Blimp Time Hop
25 years ago today, Guns N’ Roses finally arrived in Blimpville! Their first scheduled appearance here was in August of ’88 opening for Aerosmith. But that didn’t happen. They were so huge by the time that summer rolled around, they started headlining and were replaced by a new Boston band called Extreme.
Guns N’ Roses made it right with their fans 4 years later, when they played their only Portland show ever on March 8, 1993. It was of course a sold out night at the Civic Center on the Skin N’ Bones Tour. And as if Axl, Slash, and Duff weren’t enough, the legendary Brian May of Queen was the opener! This was his first appearance in Portland since The Game Tour with Queen in 1980.
He treated Portland to nearly half a set of Queen songs!
Whoa now. Check out this picture of the Captain (Nice purple turtleneck!) and his buddy Dave backstage with Duff and Slash that night back in ’93.
Here's the G N' R set list from that historic night!
How's this for a freakin' treasure? We found an entire show that happened the day after Portland on March 9, 1993 in Hartford. "You know where the f*ck you are? You in the jungle, baby! Wake up, it's time to die!"