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GNR Survivor: Tours - Round 10 Grand Final- AFD Tour vs Use Your Illusion world tour

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Skin And Bones Tour (93) is out!

it is now time for the grand final

Round 1 Appetite for Democracy

Round 2 Up Close and Personal

Round 3 Chinese Democracy Tour (09-2011)

Round 4 We're F'N Back! (2021)

Round 5 Chinese Democracy Tour (01/02)

Round 6 Chinese Democracy Tour (06/07)

Round 7 The Early Days of Guns N' Roses/Hell tour (85-87)

Round 8 Not in This Lifetime... Tour (16-19)

Round 9 Skin And Bones Tour (93)

Round 10 ???

Round 11 ???


HOW IT WORKS: Each round, you vote for your LEAST FAVORITE of the options. The option with the most votes gets eliminated in the next round, and so on, until only one Tour remains



Fact Files

AFD Tour

The Appetite for Destruction Tour, by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, promoted their debut album Appetite for Destruction, released in July 1987. During its 16-month duration, the band opened for bands The Cult, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Iron Maiden and Aerosmith, and headlined shows across four continents.

"We started out as a hardcore band and we toured our fucking asses off," Slash recalled. "Next thing you know, we've turned into pop stars."

It is the only tour in which the classic lineup of Axl Rose, Slash, Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and Steven Adler performed together, aside from opening four shows in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum for The Rolling Stones in October 1989.

On August 20, 1988, Guns N' Roses performed at the Monsters of Rock festival at Donington Park in Castle Donington, England. At the start of their set, the capacity crowd of over 100,000 began jumping and surging forward. Despite Axl Rose's requests that the crowd move away from the stage, two fans were trampled to death. Media largely blamed the band for the tragedy, and reported that they continued playing despite the dangerous conditions. However, the venue's head of security noted that GN'R had not been aware of the extent of fan injuries, had immediately halted their set when requested to do so, and had attempted to calm the crowd.

The Texas Stadium show on September 17, 1988 is remembered by the band as one of their worst performances."The band completely fell apart in front of this massive audience," recalled Slash. "It was desperate on stage, trying to keep everything together. I have nightmares about it."

Tour Start: August 14th 1987 Halifax Metro Centre Halifax

End: December 19th 1988 The Supertop Auckland


Use Your Illusion World Tour

The Use Your Illusion Tour was a promotional tour for the albums Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. The tour started on May 24, 1991, approximately when the long-awaited follow-up to G N' R Lies was to be released, and ended over two years later. The release date of the album, or albums, since there were now two of them, was pushed back to September but the tour began as originally scheduled. The tour marked a high point in the popularity of Guns N' Roses, with a total of over 7 million fans attending, and accompanied by high worldwide album sales.

Live recordings from the tour would later be issued as a two video/DVD set, Use Your Illusion I and II, featuring footage from a 1992 concert in Tokyo, Japan and would also provide content for the 2-disc set Live Era: '87-'93. The tour also provided a large volume of footage for music videos, including "Dead Horse" and their popular cover of Paul McCartney's "Live and Let Die". Also, at one time, footage of much of the tour was to be released as a documentary, titled The Perfect Crime. The footage consisted of Guns N' Roses' time on the road, concert footage, and information about the riots and other major events of the tour. It was never released and never spoken about after the tour. Slash mentioned in his biography that Axl is in control of the footage and that Slash would be interested in viewing it, as he thought it captured some "killer moments" from the tour.

The conduct of the band, and particularly Axl Rose, during the Use Your Illusion Tour generated negative press, notably from the magazines Spin, Kerrang!, Circus, and Hit Parader. These magazines were mentioned in the song "Get in the Ring" where Axl Rose attacked writers who had written negative articles dealing with Rose's attitude.

The shows were all varied, as a setlist was never chosen by the band. They did, however, usually open with "Welcome to the Jungle", "It's So Easy", "Nightrain" or "Perfect Crime" and would shortly after one another play "Mr. Brownstone" or "Live and Let Die", and closed with "Paradise City". Each show featured many guitar solos from Slash (including the Theme From the Godfather) and a drum solo from drummer Matt Sorum, usually 6 minutes in length.

The Use Your Illusion Tour was massive not just in the number and size of performances, but also in its technical aspects and the size of the crew. A total of 130 working personnel traveled with the band during the tour, with the band using two different stages to enable faster setup. The trade magazine Performance named the tour crew "Crew of the Year" for 1991.

Duff McKagan revealed in a 2015 interview that the band didn't make profit on the tour until 1993 due to the extravagant costs.


Tour Start: May 24th 1991 Alpine Valley Music Theatre East Troy

End: Feburary 6th 1993 Mount Smart Stadium Auckland


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The illusion tour was larger than life. It was then that GNR was at their very peak. They were almost as big as The Beatles around that time, and they absolutely dominated MTV with movie-quality music videos... they were just on a whole other level during that tour. So to put it behind the Appetite tour is grossly ridiculous... and that's me being kind. You can like Appetite more. You can say they were this or that in the 80's... but come on. The Illusion tour, by any measure, was the more impressive tour. It isn't even close.

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Use Your Illusion, for all its brilliance, also had riots, a worn-out band, a miserable lead singer, and drug-abusing members. It also had extravagant costs and was just so big. I would imagine this is where the late starts really became a problem too.

Give me the raw, hungry, angry tour of AFD before all of that became a problem. 

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