The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Annals of Public Performance #44

Thanks to the lame-ass security, Axl is going home. St. Louis, Missouri. 1991.


WillyC said...

I was there. Brand new venue - open less than a week. About an hour and a half into the show the "incident" occurred. A long time went by with no response from the venue. Nothing like "Stay calm. We're trying to get the band back out here." Nothing at all. The drunks on the lawn got restless after about 30-40 minutes and began to set fires. The first contact the venue had with the crowd was the police with firehoses. Somehow the crowd got ahold of one of the firehoses and started using them on the cops and security, forcing everyone in authority off the stage. They knocked one of the giant screens down with the water pressure. People began ripping seats out that were bolted to the concrete and passing them up to be hurled on the stage. On my way out to the parking lot, someone carrying a Les Paul from the stage passed me, as did someone else carrying a hi-hat. I had always been curious about what it would be like to be in a riot. Now I know.

chained and perfumed said...

Wow that sounds incredible and pretty scary.