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

Guns n’ Roses debut “Appetite for Destruction” went to #1 on the U.S. album sales chart on this day in 1988, 57 weeks after its release. How many other #1 albums would they subsequently have?


ANSWER: One other: “Use Your Illusion 2”


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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