Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: September 4 in Classic Rock History

On this night in 1978 Black Sabbath headlined a show at Cape Cod Coliseum with Van Halen opening. Sabbath was in tough shape with Ozzy deeply abusing alcohol and drugs; he would soon be kicked out of the band. Nevertheless, within a few weeks the group released a new album with Ozzy which would not be a success. What was the album?

ANSWER: “Never Say Die”

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for September 4, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1965: It was a bad day for The Who, when their equipment van was ripped off with over $10-thousand dollars in equipment inside. It happened in London while Pete and Roger were in a store shopping for a guard dog.
  • 1965: “Help!” went to number one for The Beatles.
  • 1987: It was a triple gold record day for The Grateful Dead with these albums all certified for sales of over 500,000 copies: “In the Dark”, “Shakedown Street” and “Terrapin Station”.

Checking the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1974: Aerosmith was in concert with Blue Oyster Cult and Lynyrd Skynyrd in Bangor, Maine.
  • 1976: It was Hot Tuna at the Lenox Music Inn.
  • 1978: Black Sabbath rocked the Cape Cod Coliseum with Van Halen.

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