THIS DAY IN ROCK

January 30th: Grateful Dead, Wicked Lester, INXS, Peter Gabriel and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1964: 'Please Please Me' b/w 'From Me To You' by The Beatles is released.

1969: The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live.

1970: All the members of the Grateful Dead except keyboardist Ron "Pigpen" McKernan were arrested in New Orleans for possession of marijuana. The incident later inspired some of the lyrics in the song "Truckin'." The band didn't return to Louisiana for seven years, and they stayed away from New Orleans for a full decade.

1971: 'Love The One You're With' by Stephen Stills peaks at Number 14 on the pop chart.

1971: 'Immigrant Song' by Led Zeppelin peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.

1971: 'Pendulum' by Creedence Clearwater Revival peaks at Number Five on the album chart.

1971: 'John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band' by John Lennon & the Plastic Ono Band peaks at Number Six on the album chart. 1972, Thirteen unarmed Roman Catholic civil-rights marchers were shot to death by British soldiers in Northern Ireland on what became known as "Bloody Sunday."

1972: Paul McCartney wrote and recorded his protest song 'Give Ireland Back To The Irish' within 24 hours of Bloody Sunday, when 13 Catholics were killed by British paratroopers.

1973: After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.

1982: Paul McCartney guested on BBC radios Desert Island Discs his selections include, Elvis Presley's 'Heartbreak Hotel', Chuck Berry's 'Sweet Little Sixteen', John Lennon's 'Beautiful Boy 'and Little Richards 'Tutti Frutti'.

1988: INXS had their first US No.1 hit single with 'Need You Tonight'.

1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time, Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide.

1993: 'Steam' by Peter Gabriel peaks at Number 32 on the pop chart.

2010: Neil Young was named the Musicares person of the year for his "influential artistic accomplishments and philanthropic work". A string of artist including Elton John, Norah Jones, James Taylor, Elvis Costello, John Forgarty, Dave Matthews and Sheryl Crowe performed his songs as he was honoured by the US Recording Academy at the Los Angeles Convention Centre.


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