The 1988 Video Music Awards were oddly focused on veteran acts. Elton John, Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Cher and even Chubby Checker were all given performance slots. And even some of the younger acts, like Crowded House and Jody Watley, weren't exactly crazily high-energy live acts. That made this frenetic rendition of "Welcome to the Jungle" seem all the more amazing. Appetite for Destruction had been out for over a year, but it was a slow builder and the group was peaking in popularity. This is the band at their absolute best, and its a tragedy it began to fell apart so quickly after this.