THIS DAY IN ROCK

March 16th: Fleetwood Mac, Jon Bon Jovi, Metallica, Brian May and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1964: The Beatles set a new record for advance sales in the U.S. with 2,100,000 copies of their latest single 'Can't Buy Me Love.'

1965: The Rolling Stones were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The Last Time', the bands third UK No.1 and first No.1 for songwriters Mick Jagger and Keith Richards.

1965: The Beatles continue filming in Austria for their second movie, Help! They completed the "ski lift" segment of the film.

1969: Fleetwood Mac, The Move, Amen Corner, Peter Sarstedt, The Tymes, Harmony Grass and Geno Washington all appeared at 'Pop World 69' at London's Wembley Empire Pool, England.

1970: 'Let It Be' by the Beatles is released. It's their last single before they announce their breakup.

1972: John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.

1977: Pink Floyd played the second of five sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London, England. The set list included: Sheep, Pigs on the Wing 1, Dogs, Pigs on the Wing 2, Pigs (Three Different Ones), Wish You Were Here, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Welcome to the Machine, Have a Cigar, Money and Us and Them.

1989: MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi's childhood home.

1992: During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena, fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.

2002: Queen guitarist Brian May and the Doobie Brothers are among the acts performing at Liza Minnelli's wedding to David Gest in New York City. Minnelli and Gest have since divorced.

2005: Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer's spokesperson put his latest problems down to "a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress."

2010: A rare Led Zeppelin recording from the group's 1971 gig at St Matthew's Baths Hall in Ipswich, England was unearthed at a car boot sale. The bootleg copy of the audio from the group's gig on November 16th 1971 was picked up for just "two or three pounds" by music fan Vic Kemp. "I was going through a stand of CDs at the car boot at Portman Road and the guy who was selling them said, 'You might be interested in this,'" Vic Kemp told the Evening Star. "It must have been recorded by someone standing at the front with a microphone. You can hear Robert Plant talking to the audience quite clearly."


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