Black Sabbath missing gig from 1972?

My brother and I went to buy tickets for Pink Floyd, but at 8.30am the queue stretched from Wilson Peck’s almost up to the City Hall, so instead, we joined the much shorter queue for Sabbath, who were due to play the City Hall on 08/02/72. However, it was then cancelled due to Ozzy Osbourne’s “illness” (can’t imagine what that could have been!) and rescheduled for February 21, 1972, according to the letter we had. The rescheduled date appears on several online Sabbath gig archives.

However, we’re certain that this gig did not take place, certainly we never saw them that year. I can’t find my ticket and can only assume it was exchanged for a refund at the time. Can anyone clear up this mystery?

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  1. I can certainly recall us queuing, and if I had my time over again would have joined the Floyd line! (I didn’t get to see them for another two years and then had to go to Manchester). So in effect thanks to Ossie we missed Sabbath and Floyd. I always assume we got a refund, as I never saw Sabbath which surely we would have if they had played a rescheduled date. Perhaps he was “poorly” for that as well? Those Wilson Peck queues were the stuff of local legend, read of one guy who recalls them playing silly games in Barkers Pool all night while they waited for Dylan tickets. You could of course send a postal order in and hope, but to be 100% certain the hard core always lined up from the shop doorway. The Zepp queue went twice round the City Hall and was snapped for The Star (a local newspaper for youngsters who’ve never heard of it). Simon

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