Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 5

Carter Alan /

In 1980, U2 performed its first concert in America, at the Ritz in Manhattan. How many albums did the Irish band have out in the U.S. at the time?

Answer: None

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • 1968: Graham Nash announces that he will leave The Hollies because he is unhappy with the band’s musical direction – it becomes a real problem when the group refuses to record his song “Marakesh Express.” Of course, Graham Nash would later join forces with David Crosby and Stephen Stills to form Crosby, Stills, and Nash – and they’d have a hit with that rejected song!
  • 1968: To mark the release of their new album Beggars Banquet, The Rolling Stones┬áhost an actual banquet at a function hall in London.The album, featuring classics like “Sympathy for the Devil” and “Street Fighting Man,” is considered a return-to-form for the band and is a major success.
  • 1973: Pink Floyd release “A Nice Pair” – a double album that contained the band’s first two albums, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn and A Saucerful of Secrets.
  • 1980: U2 performs its first concert in America at New York’s Ritz Ballroom. The Paradise Theater show was not their first U.S. show, as many people think.

From the WZLX ticket stash…The Allman Brothers Band played the second of three nights at the Tea Party in 1969…Aerosmith was at the Music Hall in ’74…And Keith Richards with his Expensive Winos finished up a two-night stand at the Orpheum in 1988.

That’s it for the Rock n’ Roll Diary, from the college of classic rock knowledge, 100.7 WZLX!

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