THIS DAY IN ROCK

June 30th: Doobie Brothers, George Harrison, Kiss, Dave Davies and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1966: The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed; with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans.

1969: Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle and Duster Bennett all appeared at London's Royal Albert Hall 'Pop Proms.'

1973: 'Long Train Runnin' by the Doobie Brothers peaks at Number Eight on the pop chart.

1973: 'Right Place Wrong Time' by Dr. John peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1973: George Harrison knocked Paul McCartney from the top of the US singles chart with 'Give Me Love, Give Me Peace On Earth'. His second US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK.

1973: Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Skweeze Me Pleeze Me', the group's fifth UK No.1 and second single to enter the chart at No.1.

1977: Love Gun by Kiss is released, and it's certified both gold and platinum that same day. Also that day, the first Kiss Comic, allegedly with the bandmembers' blood mixed into the ink, is released by Marvel Comics.

1984: 'Dancing In The Dark' by Bruce Springsteen peaks at Number Two on the pop chart, where it stays for four weeks.

1984: Huey Lewis and the News went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Sports'.

2004: Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralyzed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed.

2007: R.E.M. played a five-night series of shows at Dublin's Olympia Theatre. Dubbed ‘working rehearsals’ by the band, many songs from their forthcoming album ‘Accelerate’ were debuted, with many of them still as works in progress.


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