New Reelz Documentary Discusses 1988 Donnington Incident!
REELZ’s new docuseries Guns N’ Roses: Breaking the Band looks back at the stars’ darkest days. Of those days was the 1988 Monsters of Rock Festival in Donnington, England where two fans were trampled to death.
On August 20, 1988, hot off the success of their #1 single “Sweet Child O’ Mine,”Opens a New Window.the band flew to perform at the prestigious Monsters of Rock festival in Castle Donington, England. They were all set to sing, but the weather and the conditions of the arena made the experience less than perfect, and in the end, the day turned tragic.
“Donington didn’t have a crowd capacity,” says Guns N’ Roses biographer Mick Wall in a REELZ teaser. “There was no such thing as too many people — that day they had too many people.
Despite it being a British summer day, it was also raining.
As soon as the band took the stage, it became clear there was an issue.
“There were approximately 120,000 people — and that was a lot of human body pressure,” recalls former Guns N’ Roses manager Alan Niven.
People pushed each other to get closer to the stage, but the overcrowding in wet conditions caused two fans to suffocate and be trampled to death in the mud.
“I’m pretty sure it affected them the same way it affected me — it was heartbreaking,” says Niven. “I think Slash put it perfectly in his book, that after Donington, nothing was remotely carefree anymore.”
Slash Clarifies Remarks on a New Guns N’ Roses Album
Slash recently talked to Rock Cellar in Europe ahead of his tour with the Conspirators. He chatted about his tour with the Conspirators and a new Guns N’ Roses album. Check out the exchange below!
Rock Cellar: You recently made news. You said in an interview a month or so ago, there’s probably enough songs for a new Guns N’ Roses album, is that true?
Slash: No, you know, by the time it gets to the place where anybody’s read it, it’s morphed into something more than what I directly said. There is material that Axl’s been working on for a while. It could be enough for a record if we put it all together.
The whole thing of Guns N’ Roses getting in the studio and getting this record done — with myself and with Duff (McKagan) and all that — it’s really just getting started. So it’s really hard to say.
Everybody’s got demos, and everybody’s got material, and this that and the other, for whatever it could be. It’s just a matter of us focusing on it.
So it’s really hard to answer questions on the next Guns thing.
Rock Cellar: You’re playing Lollapalooza this year, with the Conspirators and Myles Kennedy. That you can probably talk about with a little bit more confidence.
Slash: Well, I know what that is. (Laughter.) The record’s out, and we’ve been touring on it. We just finished a really epic little run from Asia through New Zealand, Australia and then Europe. We’re going back out in May and doing South America, then we’re doing festivals in Europe. Then we’re coming back to the States, and we’re doing U.S. and Canada, and we’re doing Lollapalooza as one of those dates in there. Then we get done in mid-August. That will basically be the wrap for the Living the Dream tour.
But it’s been really, really well-received thus far. It’s definitely been the best tour that we’ve done to date. And it just shows that we managed to get from one place to the next place to the next place, and it’s just cool to have that forward motion.