April 18th: Steel Mill, John Lennon, Def Leppard, Guns N' Roses and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1964: The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US No.1 position on this day with 'Can't Buy Me Love'.

1968: During a European tour, Pink Floyd played 2 shows at the Piper Club, in Rome, Italy.

1970: Santana, Taj Mahal and It's A Beautiful Day all appeared at London's Royal Albert Hall.

1970: Steel Mill, featuring Bruce Springsteen, played in the Main Gym at Ocean County College in New Jersey. Tickets cost $2.00.

1975: John Lennon releases "Stand by Me."

1987: On the first leg of their Joshua Tree tour, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena in California.

1992: Def Leppard started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Adrenalize.'

2004: Guns N' Roses were at No.1 on the UK album chart with their 'Greatest Hits.'

2006: A sale of clothes belonging to Elton John raised more than $700,000 for the singer's Aids charity. Over 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Centre.

2006: A line from U2's 1992 hit 'One' was voted the UK's favorite song lyric after in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line "One life, with each other, sisters, brothers" came top. The Smiths lyric "So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die" from the song 'How Soon is Now' came second in the poll, followed by "I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us", from Nirvana's 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' which was voted into third place.

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