July 8th: Mick Jagger, Mott The Hoople, Gerry Rafferty, Stevie Nicks and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1966: The Beatles released the ‘Nowhere Man’ 4 track EP in the UK, which included: ‘Drive My Car’, ‘Michelle’ and ‘You Won't See Me’.

1967: UK music weekly the Melody Maker ran a front-page comment condemning the 3-month jail sentence given to Rolling Stone Mick Jagger for possession of Benzedrine tablets. Jagger was later given a conditional discharge.

1968: Pink Floyd kicked off their first 20-date North American tour at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago.

1971: A minor riot occurred during a Mott The Hoople gig at the Royal Albert Hall, London, England. Some fans were injured and two boxes were damaged causing a temporary ban on rock gigs at the venue. The group paid £1,467 for damages to property.

1978: 'Only The Good Die Young' by Billy Joel peaks at Number 24 on the pop chart.

1978: Gerry Rafferty's album 'City To City' went to No.1 on the US chart, knocking off 'Saturday Night Fever', which had been at the top of the charts for almost six months.

1978: Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon from The Clash were arrested for being drunk and disorderly after a gig at the Apollo in Glasgow, both were fined.

1981: 'Stop Draggin' My Heart Around' by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers is released.

1987: U2 appeared at Vorst National, Brussels, Belgium on their Joshua Tree world tour.

2006: Queen guitarist Brian May made a "substantial" donation to save hedgehogs from slaughter in the Outer Hebrides. Although the exact amount was not revealed it was said to be enough to pay for the rescue of hundreds of hedgehogs from the Uists, where Scottish Natural Heritage has been culling the animals for the past four years. May's money would go towards funding cash rewards for islanders so hundreds more hedgehogs can be saved.

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