Saturday, October 2, 2010

GUNS N ROSES TOUR T SHIRTS ,1988 and 1991






GUNS N ROSES TOUR T SHIRTS ,1988 and 1991,THESE VINTAGE GUNS N ROSES TOUR T SHIRTS ARE RARE AND HARD TO COME BY NOW,,,,CHECK THEM OUT,,,THE HAMSTERS OF ROCK WAS A SPOOF OF VAN HALEN.S MONSTERS OF ROCK LOGO,,,THIS SHIRT WAS CUSTOM MADE AND WAS NOT MADE FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC,,,,ROLLING STONES MAGAZINE COVER OF 1988 HAD THIS SHIRT ON THE COVER,,THE RIOT T-SHIRT WAS WHEN THERE WAS A RIOT AT ONE OF THERE CONCERTS IN 1991,SO THEY MADE A CUSTOM T SHIRT FOR THE CREW AND TOURING STAFF AFTER,,,DAVEK

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  1. Here's a true story. My buddy Mike and I drew that shirt. We were artists for a company called Shine-On Shirts in San Jose. It's still there. (We put our logo on the shirt which led to problems later.) The owner was good friends with a guy who ran a production company that did pyrotechnics for Van Halen and other big acts on tour. Every time he would work a tour, we would do a staff shirt for his pyro team. Van Halen was headlining, so he was on tour with them. The Scorpions were also on that tour and were unimpressed with Van Halen. They joked that with Van Halen as headliners the tour should have been called Hamsters of Rock.
    Mike and I were offered backstage passes to do this shirt. I think some cocaine was involved also. Mike did the main drawing and I did the lettering and color separations. We had intended to change the VH ring on the top to read VD instead, but spaced it off for some reason. The word STIFF on the bottom is a play on STAFF, which is what was on the legitimate shirts we did.
    That shirt is very rare. I think we printed 17.
    The shirt on the cover of The Rolling Stone was mine. I cut the sleeves and collar off. Mike wore the shirt to the concert. We got to Candlestick, wandered around for awhile, then went backstage. We ran into John, the pyro guy, and he looked at Mike's shirt and freaked out, saying that if Bill Graham saw it "he'd be fucked". We followed him onto one of Van Halen's tour buses and he rifled through a drawer, eventually pulling out a t-shirt which he handed to Mike and told him to put it on. My guess is the Hamsters shirt remained on the bus. (So did a dump Mike took, but that's a whole other story).
    GNR were not on that tour, but they were at the concert. I assume that's how Steven Adler got ahold of it.
    A couple of months after the show we had a message on our answering machine (remember those?) saying our shirt was on the cover of the Rolling Stone. We ran right out and got it. I eventually lost the magazine but recently found one at Streetlight Records for a buck.

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  2. good rock history,,didnt know how rare the t shirt was,,,thanks for the info,,,i have a michael jackson t shirt i got years ago from a pyro guy,,,the shirt says we dont burn michael with a No logo around a michael stick man with his hair on fire,,,

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