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Flashback: Guns N’ Roses Live at The Ritz, 1988

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“They’ve been called ‘rowdy, raunchy, gut-level rockers,’ and ‘the next band that everybody tries to copy,'” declared VJ Adam Curry ahead of an MTV broadcast of Guns N’ Roses’ February 2, 1988 performance at The Ritz in New York City.

The legendary concert, shot and directed by the late Scott Kalvert (The Basketball Diaries, Deuces Wild) has been making the rounds for decades, most recently on YouTube where multiple copies exist. While most have been fuzzy, blurry, copy-of-a-copy-of-a-copy dupes from VHS to digital, a handful of remastered versions exist, the best of which surfaced via WTFMusic in April 2023 — complete with two bonus songs and the credits from the original broadcast.

Crank up the volume and press play on the video below to see GNR take the stage, fueled by the growing success of Appetite for Destruction.

Guns N’ Roses — Live at the Ritz Setlist:

  1. Introduction
  2. It’s So Easy
  3. Mr. Brownstone
  4. Out Ta Get Me
  5. Sweet Child O’ Mine
  6. My Michelle
  7. Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
  8. Welcome to the Jungle
  9. Nightrain
  10. Paradise City
  11. Mama Kin (Bonus)
  12. Rocket Queen (Bonus)

For the latest on Guns N’ Roses, including tour dates and merch drops, visit gunsnroses.com.

James Zahn
James Zahnhttps://www.therockfather.com
James Zahn aka The Rock Father is the founder and publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, and Senior Editor of The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. Zahn is an Illinois-based writer, media personality, commentator, director, actor, adventurer, raconteur, and overall pop culture and toy enthusiast. James is frequently called upon for expert commentary on the toy industry and has been seen on or quoted in Yahoo! Finance, CNN, FOX Business, MarketWatch, Forbes, NBC, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The NY Post, The Chicago Tribune, PopSugar, Fangoria, Starlog, and many more. He has been involved with business, entertainment, and media for more than 30 years, with a passion for music, film, retail, and publishing. Follow James on Twitter @TheRockFather. Email him: james@therockfather.com

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