THIS DAY IN ROCK

April 12th: Mick Jagger, David Essex, INXS, Stevie Nicks, Metallica and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: Bob Dylan performed his first major solo concert at the Town Hall in New York City.

1967: Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight.

1969: 'You Made Me So Very Happy' by Blood, Sweat & Tears peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1973: The film 'That'll Be The Day', premiered in London, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds.

1975: David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, 'I've rocked my roll. It's a boring dead end, there will be no more rock 'n' roll records from me.'

1975: Young Americans by David Bowie peaks at Number Nine on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1975: Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Philadelphia Freedom', his fourth US No.1, it made No.12 in the UK.

1975: During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Cow Palace, Daly City, San Francisco, California.

1990: The Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147-4150, would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr after the four members of The Beatles.

1986: 'What You Need' by INXS peaks at Number Five on the pop chart.

1986: 'I Can't Wait' by Stevie Nicks peaks at Number 16 on the pop chart.

1990: During their Behind The Mask World Tour, Fleetwood Mac played the first of five nights at Sydney Entertainment Centre, Sydney, Australia.

2000: Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement.

2002: Elton John testifies before Congress, telling senators that the United States has an obligation to do everything within its power to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS worldwide.

2010: The Vatican's official newspaper L'Osservatore Ramano published a story praising The Beatles and saying that it forgave John Lennon for his 1966 comment that the group was "bigger than Jesus." Lennon told a British newspaper in 1966 - at the height of Beatlemania - that he did not know which would die out first, Christianity or rock and roll.


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