October 12th: Big Brother And The Holding Company, The Clash, U2 and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1965: Working on their next album Rubber Soul at Abbey Road Studio’s London, The Beatles recorded ‘Run For Your Life’ in its entirety, in five takes. (Lennon later admits to lifting two lines from Elvis Presley's 1955 hit ‘Baby Let's Play House’). And another new Lennon song ‘This Bird Has Flown’, later known as ‘Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)’. The track included George Harrison's double-tracked sitar part, the first appearance of that Indian instrument on a pop record.

1967: The Doors appeared at The Surf Club, Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts, supported by Ultimate Spinach.

1968: Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Cheap Thrills'.

1969: A DJ on Detroit's WKNR radio station received a phone call telling him that if you play The Beatles 'Strawberry Fields Forever' backwards, you hear John Lennon say the words "I buried Paul." This started a worldwide rumor that Paul McCartney was dead.

1975: Rod Stewart and The Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.

1980: Seven people are stabbed at a Blood, Sweat, & Tears concert in Los Angeles.

1981: U2 releases October.

1982: The Clash opens for the Who at Shea Stadium in New York City on the Who's farewell tour.

1985: 'Dancing In The Street' by Mick Jagger & David Bowie peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.

1987: 'Got My Mind Set On You' by George Harrison is released.

1994: Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', a scaffolding stand holding 1,200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled.

1995: R.E.M. played the first of 3 nights at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania supported by Grant Lee Buffalo.

2005: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee suffered minor burns at a concert in Casper, Wyoming during a pyrotechnics explosion. Lee was treated at a local hospital for the injuries to his arm and face, which occurred while he was suspended from a wire 30 feet above the stage.

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