On July 21, 1987, Guns N' Roses would release their debut album Appetite For Destruction, an album considered to be one of the greatest debut rock albums of all time. For over 4 decades the band would become of the biggest & greatest bands to ever conquer the world of rock. That year the band would go on tour to promote their album & one of those tour dates was indeed El Paso, Texas. Which means we got to see Guns N' Roses RIGHT when they were becoming superstars.

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If you've never heard of Appetite For Destruction, here are some of the MANY hits.

Songs like Paradise City, Sweet Child O' Mine, Mr. Brownstone, It's So Easy and of course...that iconic opening track...Welcome to the Jungle. Even today, these songs are regarded as rock classics & are still beloved to this day by fans everywhere.

(Just look at the view count for the music videos)

When did Guns N' Roses come to El Paso in 1987?

El Paso was actually part of the first leg of their North American Tour & we were the 1st of 5 Texas dates that same tour: September 8th. That same tour, Guns N Roses would play alongside with The Cult at the El Paso County Coliseum. Fun fact: this would mark the first time both bands would come to El Paso. The Cult would appear a total of 5 times; the last being the 2009 Downtown Streetfest.

El Paso would have to wait 30 years to see Guns N' Roses return to the Sun City

Yes the 2nd time (and so far last time) Guns N' Roses would be in El Paso would be on September 6, 2017 for a sold out crowd at the UTEP Sun Bowl. To date it's still regarded as one of the BIGGEST concerts in Sun Bowl history.

So far there hasn't been any photos or videos from that first GNR 1987 concert in El Paso of either band playing. But here's to hoping we'll see some surface in the future.

If you want to see more 80s rock stars in El Paso, you can see when Ozzy, Dio & Van Halen all came here back in the day.

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