February 5th: Mick Jagger, Badfinger, T Rex, Def Leppard, Nirvana and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1962: The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.

1967: The Beatles filmed part of the promo clip for 'Penny Lane' around the Royal Theatre, Stratford, London and walking up and down Angel Lane.

1967: The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues' home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going feud between the News Of The World and The Stones.

1970: David Bowie recorded four songs at the BBC Paris Cinema, London, for the John Peel Sunday Concert radio show. This was guitarists Mick Ronson's first appearance with Bowie.

1971: Black Sabbath started recording what would be their third album, 'Master Of Reality' at Island Studios in London, England. Released in July of this year, it is sometimes noted as the first stoner rock album. Guitarist Tony Iommi, decided to downtune his guitar down three semi-tones, Geezer Butler also downtuned his bass guitar to match Iommi. The result was a noticeably 'darker' sound that almost two decades later would prove hugely influential on at least three of the biggest grunge acts, namely Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden and Nirvana.

1972: 'Day After Day' by Badfinger peaks at Number Four on the pop chart.

1972: 'Levon' by Elton John peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.

1972: T Rex were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Telegram Sam', the group's third UK No.1 and taken from their album The Slider.

1983: Def Leppard's album 'Pyromania', started a 92 week run on the US charts, it never reached No.1 but sold over 6 million copies in the US alone.

1983: 'Allentown' by Billy Joel peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.

1985: Pete Burns, Judas Priest, Sade and Lemmy all appeared on UK music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.

1992: Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time, Nirvana appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, Australia.

2006: The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of The Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Mick Jagger's microphone turned down during the song "Start Me Up". The line "you make a dead man come" was cut short and a barnyard reference to "cocks" in the new song "Rough Justice" also disappeared.

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