THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1964: The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50.

1967: 15 police officers raided Redlands the West Sussex home of Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards during a weekend party. The police who were armed with a warrant issued under the dangerous drugs act took away various substances for forensic tests. George and Pattie Harrison had been at the house, but it was said that the police waited for them to leave before they raided the house in order not to bust the holder of an MBE.

1968: Billed as 'Tour 60 cities in 66 Days', The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Centre Arena, Seattle, Washington.

1970: John Lennon performed 'Instant Karma', on BBC TV's 'Top Of The Pops', becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.

1972: 'Black Dog' by Led Zeppelin peaks at Number 15 on the pop chart.

1972: 'Stay With Me' by the Faces peaks at Number 17 on the pop chart.

1972: 'Feelin' Alright' by Joe Cocker peaks at Number 33 on the pop chart.

1977: The Police recorded their first single, 'Fall Out' for $255 at Pathway Studios, London, England.

1977: Blondie, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Ramones all appeared at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California.

1978: Rush appeared at the Birmingham Odeon, England, promoting their new single 'Closer To The Heart', which was in the shops for 99p.

1994: Alice In Chains entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'Jar Of Flies.'

1995: Van Halen scored their first US No.1 album with 'Balance.'

1997: U2 held a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York City, to announce their Pop Mart world tour. The tour was set to start in Las Vegas on April 25th of this year.

1997: David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

2003: Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex - Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said "It shouldn't be called The Doors if it's someone other than Jim Morrison singing."

2005: A train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002.

2007: During a press conference at West Hollywood's Whisky a Go Go club, Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting's son Joe Sumner's band, Fiction Plane.


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