The legendary guitarist of Guns N’ Roses and also famous phenomenon, Slash, revealed the band’s first proper show and how the band became the Guns N’ Roses we know thanks to a gig in 1985 during an interview with Folklore.
Guns N’ Roses‘ increasing presence on the Hollywood club scene during the 1980s, and playing famous bars such as The Troubadour and The Roxy, drew attention of major record labels on them. Yet during their first proper gig at The Troubadour in 1985, Tom Zutaut from Geffen heard them and eventually signed with Geffen Records in March 1986, receiving a $75.000 advance.
During a recent interview with Folklore, Slash opened up about Guns N’ Roses’ gig in The Troubadour back in 1985 and stated that the band started their legacy in there. Slash also stated that they already had a huge audience even before that and told their story with Tom Zutaut.
Here is what Slash said:
“Our first Guns N’ Roses show – proper, that I was involved with – was here, at The Troubadour. We really got our start in this particular venue.
I remember we had a show here at some point in 1985, where Tom Zutaut from Geffen came down and that was who we ended up signing with. This is the gig that he saw us play. I remember that gig pretty well.
But at that point, we were selling out these venues and had a really big word of mouth going and had a really eclectic demographic coming to see us, from fucking hardcore punk-rockers, metalheads and glam and fucking surfers – it was a very mixed up kind of audience, but it was great.
We played ‘Paradise City‘ here for the first time. Nobody knew what ‘Paradise City’ was at the time. All our material was new then.”
Later on, Slash opened up his emotions about playing in the same place after a few decades. He stated that the club has a special meaning for him since it is where it all started to take off and the heritage of the place is irreplaceable.
Here is what Slash said about the club:
“Guns came back and played here in 2016 – on April Fool’s, the first show back in 20 years… For me, anyway. Once we loaded in and started sound-checking, it was like going all the way back to 1984.
You know, playing ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ here, all those years later, it was something that I can’t… It’s ineffable, it’s hard to really put it into words what that felt like.
The funny thing is – we had way more gear that this club really holds. So we basically blew the fucking doors off this place. We just thought it would be fitting to get back together all these years later and start at The Troub.
I would hate if this place closed down ’cause there’s heritage here and something that’s irreplaceable.”
You can see the source of the statement here.