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On This Day in Rock

1963: The Beatles appeared on three UK radio programs. First The Beatles recorded a session for the show Pop Inn at the BBC Paris studio, they then went to the Playhouse Theatre also in London, to tape a radio appearance on Saturday Club, recording five songs. Then the Beatles went back to the BBC Paris studio to record an appearance on The Talent Spot recording ‘Please Please Me’, ‘Ask Me Why’ and ‘Some Other Guy’ before a live audience.

1964: The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, England.

1965: The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Manufactures' Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders.

1968: During the bands first Australian tour, The Who played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with The Small Faces and Paul Jones.

1969: The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the "Get Back" LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard's backing group). The Beatles were determined to record the album "live", flaws and all.

1970: Steel Mill, featuring Bruce Springsteen, opened for The Elvin Bishop Band at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Steel Mill were paid only $5 for the gig, The Elvin Bishop Band received $90 as headliner.

1972: David Bowie 'came out' as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker.

1972: Don McLean's album 'American Pie' started a seven week run at No.1 in the US album chart.

1977: Wings went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wings Over America', Paul McCartney's sixth US No.1 after The Beatles.

1980: During their 22 date UK tour, The Clash appeared at the Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland.

1988: Faith No More made their live UK debut at Dingwalls, London at the start of a 13-date tour.\

1993: Metallica kicked off their 77-date Nowhere Else To Roam world tour at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan.

1994: Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'All For Love', a No.2 hit in the UK. Taken from the film 'The Three Musketeers'.

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