|January, 1988 - The band entered Rumbo Studios with producer Mike Clink to record a couple of acoustic songs ("Patience", "Used To Love Her", "One In A Million", "Cornchucker" and a reworking of "You're Crazy"). These songs were intended to be used as B-sides or possibly an EP.|
|January 14th, 1988 - The Drunk Fux plays a show at the Coconut Teaszer in Hollywood, CA. Axl sings three songs with the band, one of them being "Yesterdays". He also mentions going into the studio the following week.|
|January 31st, 1988 - First headlining tour of America starts. Axl walked out of the band, but three days later he was back. The tour ends in February.|
|February 2nd, 1988 - GN'R plays at The Ritz in New York, NY. MTV is there filming, and an edited version of the show is later broadcast on the channel.|
|April 11th, 1988 - The band shoots the video for "Sweet Child O' Mine" at Ballroom, Huntington Park, CA.|
|April 23rd, 1988 - "Appetite For Destruction" enters the Billboard Top 10 (date uncertain).|
|May, 1988 - Duff married his girlfriend Mandy.|
|May 13th, 1988 - The first show on the Iron Maiden tour where GN'R are the opening act is in Moncton, NB in Canada at the Coliseum.|
|May 14th, 1988 - Show opening for Iron Maiden at the Metro Centre in Halifax, NS.|
|May 16th, 1988 - GN'R are opening for Iron Maiden in Quebec City, QC at the Coliseum,.|
|May 17th, 1988 - Show opening for Iron Maiden at the Forum in Montreal, QC.|
|May 18th, 1988 - Show in Ottawa, ON at the Civic Centre. Iron Maiden is the headlining act.|
|May 20th, 1988 - GN'R return to the CNE Grandstand in Toronto, ON as an opening act. This time they're opening for Iron Maiden.|
|May 23rd, 1988 - GN'R are opening for Iron Maiden in Winnipeg, MB at the Winnipeg Arena.|
|May 25th, 1988 - Show opening for Iron Maiden at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, AB.|
|May 27th, 1988 - Opening for Iron Maiden in Canada at the Saddledome in Calgary, AB.|
|May 30th, 1988 - Show at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, BC. Opening for Iron Maiden.|
|May 30th, 1988 - Show opening for Iron Maiden at the Spokane Coliseum in Spokane, WA.|
|June, 1988 - According to Slash, the band had already written lots of new songs. Two of them were "Perfect Crime" and "You Could Be Mine" The band planned to go into the studio in October, November and have a new album out sometime in mid-1989.|
|June 1st, 1988 - Iron Maiden headlines a show at the Seattle Center Coliseum in Seattle, WA with GN'R as the opening act.|
|June 3rd, 1988 - US release of the Sweet Child O' Mine single. This became the band's first #1 single.|
|June 3rd, 1988 - GN'R are in Salt Lake City, UT at the Salt Palace opening for Iron Maiden.|
|June 5th, 1988 - Show as opening act on Iron Maiden's Seventh Tour of a Seventh Tour at the Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA.|
|June 6th, 1988 - Another Californian show as the opening act on Iron Maiden's tour. Today's show is in Sacramento at the California Exposition Center.|
|June 8th, 1988 - GN'R were supposed to open for Iron Maiden at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, CA, but canceled when Axl lost his voice. Izzy and Slash joined L.A. Guns, who replaced GN'R as the opening act, on stage.|
|June 9th, 1988 - GN'R canceled this show at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheater in Irvine, CA where they were scheduled to open for Iron Maiden. The rest of the Iron Maiden tour was also canceled due to Axl's throat problems.|
The rest of the band played two songs at this show.
|July, 1988 - GN'R opens most of the shows on Aerosmith's Permanent Vacation tour in the USA from July to September.|
Tim Collins (Aerosmith's manager at the time): "By the end of the tour, Guns N' Roses were huge.They basically just exploded. We were all pissed that Rolling Stone showed up to do a story on Aerosmith, but Guns N' Roses ended up on the cover of the magazine. Suddenly, the opening act was bigger than we were.
But we felt sorry for them. One, they were so fucked up it was ridiculous. Two, their stupid manager had negotiated a bad deal for them and never bothered to renegotiate it or even complain. Three, they were traveling like Gypsies, their old suitcases held together by twine and gaffers tape. At the end of the tour, we bought them all new Halliburton cases, which their manager took as an insult."
|August 4th, 1988 - Show opening for Aerosmith in Philadelphia, PA. Axl tells the crowd about an altercation with the parking lot security and police just before the show. Later on he thanks the crowd for making their record #1.|
|August 6th, 1988 - "Appetite For Destruction" reaches #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart for the first time.|
|August 15th, 1988 - Part of the footage for the "Paradise City" video is shot on this day.|
|August 16th, 1988 - Footage for the "Paradise City" video is shot at Giants Stadium, New Jersey. It was directed entirely by phone and headset by Nigel Dick.|
|August 20th, 1988 - The Monsters Of Rock at Castle Donington, England. The German band Helloween started the festival at one o'clock in the afternoon. An hour later GN'R stepped on-stage. The crowd started to move towards the stage. Despite stopping the show three times during their set two fans fell and were crushed to death.|
|September 7th, 1988 - The band performs "Welcome To The Jungle" at MTV's Video Music Awards. |
"Welcome To The Jungle" wins in the Best New Artist category.
|September 17th, 1988 - GN'R plays at the Texas Jam in Irving, TX. The headliner on the bill was INXS.|
Before "Welcome To The Jungle" Axl says "Apologize if, I sound like shit but too many planes and too much cocaine, but you know where the fuck you are?....".
After the song, Slash plays a guitar solo which is followed by a blues jam. Axl sings "Bad Time" as an intro to "Sweet Child O' Mine".
|September 24th, 1988 - Appetite For Destruction starts its three week run at the #1 position on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart.|
|November 17th, 1988 - GN'R make the cover of Rolling Stone magazine's issue #539. The cover says Guns N' Roses Hard Rock Heroes.|
|November 30th, 1988 - Geffen Records releases "GN'R Lies". It was originally going to be called "Lies! The Sex, The Drugs, The Violence, The Shocking Truth", but someone at Geffen noticed that the name was too long. So they changed it to "GN'R Lies". The album includes the four tracks from "Live ?!'@ Like A Suicide" plus four acoustic tracks. |
A couple of lines in "One In A Million" draws negative publicity to the band.
When Lies went to number two on the Billboard Chart, the band became the only artist with two albums in the top five at the same time in the 1980s.
According to Duff the acoustic tracks were recorded one night in the studio when they were drunk!
|December, 1988 - During December the band played in Japan, New Zealand and Australia.|
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