Carter Alan’s Rock N’ Roll Diary: August 6 in Classic Rock History

Guns n’ Roses “Appetite for Destruction” went to #1 on the U.S. album chart on this day in 1988 largely on the strength of the hit single “Sweet Child of Mine.” It wasn’t the first single though; what song was?

ANSWER: “It’s So Easy”

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for August 6th, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1970: Janis Joplin, Steppenwolf, Paul Simon and others played at an anti war festival held at Shea Stadium.
  • 1981: Stevie Nicks released her first solo LP Bella Donna.
  • 1982: Pink Floyd’s $10 million movie version of The Wall premiered in New York City. The film starred Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats.
  • 1982: Sting released his first solo single “Spread a Little Happiness”. The song came from the movie Brimstone and Treacle in which Sting starred.
  • 1989: U2 bassist Adam Clayton was busted for pot possession in Dublin.
  • 1996: The soundtrack for the film She’s The One by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers was released.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1971: The Faces featuring Rod Stewart played the Boston Common.
  • 1974: It was Crosby, Stills and Nash at the Garden.
  • 1977: Bad Company rocked the same venue.
  • 1989: Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman and Howe played a night of Yes music at Great Woods.

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