Rock N’ Roll Diary: August 5

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Billy Idol, then 38 years old, allegedly overdosed on this day in 1994. What did he, allegedly, OD on?

Answer: His management said it was exhaustion, but the word was that Idol took too much of a steroid substitute known as GHB.

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

  • 1967: Pink Floyd released its groundbreaking 1st album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn. The group’s co-founder and original guitarist Syd Barret wrote most of the record.
  • 1972: The Moody Blues’ “Nights in White Satin” was re-released and became a hit single again. The song originally came out in ’67 on the Days of Future Passed album.
  • 1981: The Moody Blues were back, topping the U.S. album charts with Long Distance Voyager.
  • 1983: David Crosby was sentenced to five years imprisonment for cocaine possession. He also received a three-year sentence for possession of firearms, but was released after a few months behind bars. Crosby spent the rest of his time on probation in California.
  • 1992: Drummer Jeff Porcaro died of cardiac arrest at age 38. The co-founder of Toto was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack.
  • 1994: Billy Idol entered a hospital after overdosing.
  • 2004: Cincinnati, Ohio’s city council lifted a 25-year ban on festival seating at concerts. The ban was implemented in 1979, after eleven people were crushed at a general admission show by the Who.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1974: Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young played the Garden.
  • 1977: The Steve Miller Band was there as well.
  • 1979: The Kinks performed on the lawn at the Lenox Music Inn.
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