THIS DAY IN ROCK

September 29th: Mickey Hart, Robert Palmer, Mick Mars, Rick Allen and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: The Rolling Stones open their first English tour at the New Victoria in London as an opening act for the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley.

1967: Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead.

1967: The Small Faces appeared at the Royal in Tottenham, London.

1967: Working at Abbey Road in London, The Beatles mixed the new John Lennon song ‘I Am the Walrus’ which included the sound of a radio being tuned through numerous stations, coming to rest on a BBC production of William Shakespeare's "King Lear". Lennon composed the song by combining three songs he had been working on. When he learned that a teacher at his old primary school was having his students analyse Beatles' lyrics, he added a verse of nonsense words.

1969: The Doors appeared at Lincoln Center's 7th New York Film Festival, New York City.

1973: Grand Funk Railroad went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We're An American Band', the group's first of two US chart toppers.

1979: The Police had their first UK No.1 single with 'Message In A Bottle' the group's third Top 20 hit.

1979: 'Cruel To Be Kind' by Nick Lowe peaks at Number 12 on the pop chart.

1979: 'Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor Doctor)' by Robert Palmer peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.

1979: 'Ain't That A Shame' by Cheap Trick, a cover of the Fats Domino song, peaks at Number 35 on the pop chart.

1979: 'Girls Talk' by Dave Edmunds peaks at Number 65 on the pop chart.

1984: 'Drive' by the Cars peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1984: No Brakes by John Waite peaks at Number 10 on the album chart.

1989: While travelling on his motorbike from Los Angeles, Bruce Springsteen called in at Matt's Saloon in Prescott, Arizona and jammed with the house band. Bruce played a bunch of rock and roll classics, including Elvis Presley’s 'Don’t Be Cruel,' and Chuck Berry’s 'Sweet Little Sixteen' and 'Route 66.’ Bruce also donated $100,000 to a barmaid's hospital bill.

1990: The Wall-Live In Berlin by Roger Waters is released. It features Waters' performance of Pink Floyd's The Wall at the site of the Berlin Wall with guest appearances by the Band, Van Morrison, Cyndi Lauper, and Sinead O'Connor, among others.

1990: Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars and Emi Canyn are married. They later divorce.

1991: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen and Stacy Gilbert are married. They later divorce.

1991: Metallica kicked off their 138 date Wherever We May Roam world tour at the Civic Center in Peoria, Illinois.

2004: Keith Moon's five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds ($215,772) in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.


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