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On This Day in Rock

1962: During his first visit to the UK, Bob Dylan played at the King and Queen pub in London.

1963: The Kinks made their live debut when they played at the Lotus House Restaurant, London.

1968: Joe Cocker, Amen Corner, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Small Faces, Free and Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band all appeared at Alexandra Palace, London. Tickets 25 shillings, ($3.00).

1970: Paul McCartney began High Court proceedings to end the Beatles partnership. Exactly four years later, on this date in 1974, the Beatles' association was legally dissolved, with a document signed by each Beatle.

1973: Australian band AC/DC made their live debut when they appeared at Chequers Bar in Sydney.

1973: Kiss makes their music industry debut, opening for Blue Oyster Cult and Iggy Pop & Teenage Lust at the Academy Of Music in New York City. For the first time on stage, singer-bassist Gene Simmons breathes fire at the end of the song "Firehouse" and sets his hair on fire.

1973: Journey made their live debut at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom.

1974: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac.

1976: The Cars make their debut performance at Pease Air Force Base in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1978: The Winterland Theater in San Francisco hosts its final rock concert, featuring the Grateful Dead and the Blues Brothers. The Dead had played the venue 48 times over the years.

1979: David Bowie performed an acoustic version of 'Space Oddity' on the UK TV 'Kenny Everett New Year's Show'.

1980: Edward Van Halen proposes to Valerie Bertinelli, who accepts and marries the guitarist. They later divorce.

1982: E Street Band guitarist "Miami" Steve Van Zandt marries Maureen Santora in Asbury Park, New Jersey, with Bruce Springsteen acting as best man. The wedding reception features Percy Sledge and Little Richard singing Sledge's "When A Man Loves A Woman." The couple later appear as husband and wife on The Sopranos.

1983: The Van Halen album 1984 is released.

1984: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen, crashed his Corvette Stingray, on the A57 outside Sheffield, Allen lost his left arm in the accident. Allen was on his way to a New Year's Eve party at his family's home when a Jaguar passed him. The driver had been egging Allen on and would not allow him to pass. In his rage to pass this driver, he did not see a turn up ahead and lost control of his car. He was thrown from the car, with his left arm severed due to the seatbelt not being properly fastened.

1984: David Lee Roth releases his 'Crazy From The Heat' EP.

1991: Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all appeared on the same bill at the Cow Palace, San Francisco, California.

1991: Ted Nugent donated 200 pounds of venison to a Salvation Army soup kitchen in Detroit with the message 'I kill it, you grill it'.

1996: It was announced that Paul McCartney would become the first Beatle to be knighted. Paul later accepted the honor "on behalf of all the people of Liverpool and the other Beatles, without whom it wouldn't have been possible. So I hope I can be worthy of it." George Harrison and Ringo Starr jokingly begin referring to Paul as "His Holiness."

2000: Ted Nugent records his New Year's Eve concert at The Palace Of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan, resulting in the live album Full Bluntal Nugity.

2002: Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne renew their wedding vows at a party in Beverly Hills.

2005: The John Lennon song Imagine was voted the nations favourite song a quarter of a century after his death. A UK radio station conducted the poll of 7,000 listeners. The Beatles were voted into second and third place with 'Hey Jude' and 'Let It Be.'

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