In case you missed Part 1..click below ..
Once we got back to our hotel we were standing around waiting for the elevator in which it seemed to take forever.
We decided to take the 4 flights of stairs to our rooms. When we got up to the fourth floor I went to open the door and it seemed to be locked. What’s going on here?
Just then I seen a dude from our bus coming running out of his room with a fire extinguisher in hand and was unloading foam everywhere along the hotel corridor.
Oh man this is not going to end well….
Someone else noticed us so they let us in as they had the door jammed with a chair so thats why we could not get in.
This is really not going to end well…
The reason the elevator didn’t show up was due to someone who placed a garbage can in the elevator door preventing it from closing.
Did I mention this is not really going to end well?
It was a full out party and I’m sure you know where this was headed right?
We got the boot from the Holiday Inn very early that following morning as supposedly the cops were called.
This isn’t good as this was the day of the Guns show at Alpine Valley. We spent the whole day driving around looking for a hotel (none wanted us, maybe we were black listed) as Guy and Daryl tried to get us something to rest our heads in.
Guy and Daryl were classic guys and funny as shit. They slammed back beers at a massive clip yet when the bus would stop at other hotels they would drink mouthwash, fixing up their hair and Daryl would be seen carrying a briefcase before going into the next hotel to secure us a room.
In other words trying to look pro even though they were drunk basically the whole trip…
I still recall with a hearty laugh when Oink’s told his girlfriend Kathy at the time “Oh well guess were not going to any mall’s now” Oink’s got the death glare!
Bad time for a joke Oink’s..
We drove around for hours in that Greyhound looking for a place to stay or in other words..
“Looking for a place to happen. Making stops along the way..”
Finally around supper time Guy and Daryl came through. A hotel out by the airport took us 40 hungover Canucks and it was basically drop off your bag and back on the Greyhound for the hour drive out to Alpine Valley.
By this time it started to rain. We got to Alpine Valley and as soon we were entering the gates you could already hear Skid Row opening with the title track from there soon to be released album “Slave To The Grind”.
Myself, Oink’s, Kathy, Donna sprinted in and up a hill as the stage was at the bottom of a ski hill (or that seemed like it to me).
Alpine Valley is one road in one road out and as you may or may not know that is where Stevie Ray Vaughn lost his life in the summer of 1990 when the chopper he was on hit a ski hill…
Looking back it’s weird to think that both Skid Row and Guns were starting their tour together without they’re current albums being out.
“Slave To The Grind” came out a few weeks later in early June while Guns released the double CD “Use Your Illusion” set that September.
It was pissing down rain…speaking of pissing rain, Oink’s I can recall with laughter when I caught him taking a piss on a front bumper of a tour bus in the parking lot which was funny as hell…
I have reviewed this show in the past but I can say that at that time at that moment Guns were the biggest band in the world. 40,000 people that night (Guns sold out the first night as well at 40,000) would agree with me as it was Axl, Slash, Izzy, Dizzy,Duff and Matt who were phenomenal that night even though out of the 18 songs played there were 6 songs out of that 18 song set list the masses had no idea what they were..
Didn’t matter though…
The Bus ride home seemed to take forever as once we got to the Canadian Border our local border guards made everyone get off the bus and made the Bus operator pull out all the bags underneath for inspection!
For fuck sakes its 4:30 am I want to get home and go to bed..
Nothing came out of it as the border guards found zilch and from the border it was a 45 minute bus ride home as when we rolled into Thunder Bay. Better yet Guy and Daryl had to be at work at 6am! They had a half hour to spare!
It was a great show minus the rain yet a ton of fun that I can recall now with fondness…
Part 3 of 3 will be posted tomorrow.