THIS DAY IN ROCK

April 11th: Peter Green, Queen, Alice Cooper, Eddie Van Halen and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1961: Bob Dylan played his first live gig in New York City at Gerde's Folk City, opening for John Lee Hooker.

1964: The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. The songs ranged from 'Can't Buy Me Love' at No.1 to .Love Me Do' at No. 81.

1965: Performing at the New Musical Express poll winners concert, at London's Wembley Empire Pool, England, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, The Kinks, Herman's Hermits, Moody Blues, Them, Cilla Black, The Seekers and Donovan.

1966: Buffalo Springfield made their live debut at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California.

1967: During a 18-date European tour, The Rolling Stones played two shows at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.

1970: Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour.

1970: The Beatles started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Let It Be'. It became the group's 19th US No.1 in 6 year's. The track was a No.2 hit in the UK.

1976: During a tour of Australia, Queen appeared at the Entertainments Centre in Perth.

1977: Alice Cooper played to an audience of 40,000 in Sydney, Australia, the largest crowd to attend a rock concert in the country's history. After the show Cooper was placed under house arrest at his hotel until he posted a bond for $59,632. That amount was the sum that a promoter claimed to have paid Cooper for a 1975 Australia tour he never made. The two settled when it was found that the promoter did not fulfill his part of the agreement either.

1981: Eddie Van Halen married actress Valerie Bertinelli, co-star of the 1980's television hit, One Day at a Time. The two had met eight months earlier when Bertinelli's brother took her to a Van Halen concert in Shreveport, Louisiana.

1981: 'Don't Stand So Close To Me' by the Police peaks at Number 10 on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1992: Def Leppard scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Adrenalize' the follow-up to the multi million selling 'Hysteria' album.

1992: Pearl Jam appeared on US TV show Saturday Night Live from New York City.

1992: 'I Can't Dance' by Genesis peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart.

1992: 'Human Touch' b/w 'Better Days' by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.

1994: Kurt Cobain's death is officially ruled a suicide by the Seattle coroner's office.

1994: Nirvana's In Utero album is certified double platinum.

1994: Twenty-eight-year-old Seattle resident Daniel Kaspar becomes the first documented case of copycat suicide following the death of Kurt Cobain.


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