THIS DAY IN ROCK

December 11th: Rolling Stones, Ace Frehley, Led Zeppelin, Guns N' Roses and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: The Beatles, on their last tour of Britain, played two shows at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park, London.

1965: 'I'm A Man' by the Yardbirds, a cover of the Bo Diddley song, peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart, while Having A Rave Up With The Yardbirds peaks at Number 53 on the album chart.

1968: Filming began for The Rolling Stones 'Rock & Roll Circus.' As well as clowns and acrobats, John & Yoko, The Who, Eric Clapton and Jethro Tull all took part. The film was eventually released in 1996.

1970: John Lennon releases his first post-Beatles album, 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.'

1970: Ringo Starr's movie 'The Magic Christian' premieres in London.

1972: Genesis makes their U.S. debut at Brandeis University in Boston.

1973: Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. The guitarist was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to finish the show.

1976: 'Hello Old Friend' by Eric Clapton peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.

1980: U2 appeared at The Mudd Club in New York City, the first date of four US shows which also took the band to Boston and Washington DC.

1988: Don Henley, Tom Petty, Graham Nash and many others attend Roy Orbison's funeral.

1989: The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: ‘Presence’ (2 million), ‘Led Zeppelin’ (4 million), ‘Physical Graffiti’ (4 million) and ‘In Through The Out Door’ (5 million).

1993: 'The Spaghetti Incident?' by Guns N' Roses enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Four.

1998: During a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.

2002: David Lee Roth files suit against his former Van Halen bandmates in Los Angeles Superior Court, claiming the group didn't include him in a 1996 renegotiation of their record contract, which led to financial inequity.


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