Rock N’ Roll Diary: April 30

U2 played Brown University in Providence on this night in 1983 while on its “War” tour.  By that time, the band had scored its first charting single in America.  Which song was it?

Answer: New Year’s Day

Here’s the rest of the Rock N’ Roll Diary for April 30:

  • 1965: Bob Dylan’s “Don’t Look Back” tour with The Band opened in England…
  • 1977: Steve Miller released “Jet Airliner” as a single…
  • 1980: Roger Daltrey’s movie McVicar opened in London…
  • 1983: Thin Lizzy, fronted originally by Phil Lynott, disbanded their original lineup…
  • 1988: Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon slid off the U.S. album charts for the first time in 741 weeks, just short of 14 years on the chart…
  • 1993: Mick Ronson, who played guitar with David Bowie, Ian Hunter and Bob Dylan, died of liver cancer…
  • 2002: Roger Daltrey made a guest appearance on the Fox sitcom “That ’70 Show.”
  • 2006: Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band made its offical concert debut at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. The band played dates for a year before Bruce got E-Street back together…
  • Checking out the WZLX ticket stash: Orleans and Heart played the Hatch Shell in 1977 and stopped traffic all around the Charles River…And in 1983, it was a big day at Brown University in Providence when U2 played an early date there on its War tour…
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