Alpine Valley was the launching pad for Guns N' Roses as they kicked off their 1991 world tour, and I was there.

Ultimate Classic Rock
Ultimate Classic Rock

The band had grown with a new drummer, some additional backing singers, and a stage the size of my house. The date was May 24th 1991, and GnR prepared for world domination by starting the tour in East Troy, Wisconsin.

I hit the road from Freeport with my buddy Mike Kounkel from Freeport to Alpine Valley. "The Use of Illusion" cassettes were jamming, the mullets and cut-off t-shirts were in full force and we were pumped.

So here is this band we both loved, about to kick-off a tour that would cement them into category of rock and roll "heavy weights" and we are there. Here was the set list from that night:

  • Right Next Door to Hell
  • Mr. Brownstone
  • Bad Obsession
  • Dust N’ Bones
  • Double Talkin’ Jive
  • Speak Softly Love
(Andy Williams cover) (Godfather Theme)
  • Pretty Tied Up
  • Civil War
  • My Michelle
  • Patience
  • Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
(Bob Dylan cover) (with intro of Only Women Bleed)
  • Drum Solo
(Matt Sorum)
  • Slash Guitar Solo
  • Live and Let Die
(Wings cover)
  • Welcome to the Jungle
  • Estranged
  • Paradise City
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine

How would you like a full day of Guns N Roses? Click the link below this MTV Report from the Alpine Valley GnR 1991 kick off show.



More From 96.7 The Eagle