THIS DAY IN ROCK

February 2nd: Keith Emerson, Genesis, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The groups set started with their version of 'Hippy Hippy Shake'.

1963: The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema, Bradford on the opening night of the nationwide Helen Shapiro UK tour. The Beatles were at the bottom of the six-act bill playing just four songs, 'Please Please Me’, ‘Chains’, ‘Keep Your Hands Off My Baby’ and ‘A Taste of Honey.'

1966: The Rolling Stones released '19th Nervous Breakdown' it peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played live on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing 'Purple Haze.'

1969: Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox and Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon and married Yoko the following month on 30th March.

1973: Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake and Palmer injured his hands when his piano rigged to explode as a stunt, detonated prematurely during a concert in San Francisco.

1976: Genesis released 'A Trick Of The Tail', their seventh studio album and the first to feature drummer Phil Collins as full-time lead vocalist following the departure of original vocalist Peter Gabriel. After auditioning over 400 vocalists, which saw Collins teaching the potential lead singers the songs, the band decided that Collins should be the new vocalist.

1977: 'Rumours' by Fleetwood Mac is released.

1980: 'Don't Do Me Like That' by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1985: Foreigner started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with 'I Want To Know What Love Is', also a UK No.1. London-born Mick Jones wrote the song and sang lead vocals with the British-American rock band.

1985: 'Easy Lover' by Phil Collins and Philip Bailey peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1992: Pearl Jam kicks off their first U.K. tour.


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