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    Sale 1912

    Rock And Pop Memorabilia

    30 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 15

    Black Sabbath

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    Black Sabbath
    An early concert poster Black Sabbath, Haystacks Balboa. Esby Gym-8 pm, $1.50-$2.50 Glassboro State (N.J.) October 30th, 1971 12 x 20 in. (30.5 x 50.8 cm.)


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    A rare poster for the first ever Black Sabbath concert in the United States, October 30th, 1971 at Glassboro State (N.J.) for the Paranoid Tour. The poster features a primitive drawing, made by the promoter's sister and lists Black Sabbath, Haystacks Balboa. Esby Gym-8 pm, $1.50-$2.50. This concert is not only notable for being the first Sabbath concert in the U.S., but also for blacking out Glassboro State and parts of the surrounding towns. Arriving late for the gig, the Black Sabbath roadies jammed their European only equipment into United States electrical sockets. Halfway through the opening song, the power blew, ending the show and descending Glassboro into darkness. Sabbath eventually made up the date with a show at Montclair State at the tail end of the tour.

    Saleroom Notice

    Please note that the concert date for this poster was October 30th, 1970, not 1971.