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On This Day in Rock

1959: The Quarry Men (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ken Brown) performed at the Casbah Coffee Club, Hayman's Green, West Derby, Liverpool. This is the opening night of a new teen club in a large Victorian house that is owned by Mrs. Mona Best and the first of seven straight Saturdays that The Quarry Men play here. The band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A.

1966: The Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crowd of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) bring cameras on stage and take pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles have not played a single song from their latest album, ‘Revolver’. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards 'Long Tall Sally'.

1969: During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin played the first of two nights at the Singer Bowl Music Festival in Flushing Meadow Park.

1970: Edwin Starr started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'War', his only No.1a No.3 in the UK.

1970: Led Zeppelin, The Youngbloods, Iron Butterfly and The Ides of March all appeared at the Man Pop Festival, Winnipeg, in Canada.

1970: The Who performs at the Isle Of Wight Festival in England. Also on the bill that day are the Doors, Sly & the Family Stone, and Joni Mitchell.

1970: Eric Clapton's self-titled album peaks at Number 13 on the album chart.

1976: The Clash makes their public debut, opening for the Sex Pistols at Screen On The Green in London, England.

1980: During a North American tour, Queen appeared at the Forum, Montreal, Canada.

1981: Electric Light Orchestra scored their second UK No.1 album with 'Time'.

1984: U2 kicked off their Unforgettable Fire World Tour at Christchurch Town Hall in New Zealand, the first of 19 shows in Australia and New Zealand.

1987: Def Leppard scored their first UK No.1 album with 'Hysteria', which also became No.1 on the US chart in July the following year after spending forty-nine weeks working its way to the top.

1990: Elton John checked into a rehab center in Chicago to receive treatment for bulimia, alcoholism and drugs.

1991: At 7pm, DJ Kurt St. Thomas from radio station WFNX in Boston gave Nirvana's album 'Nevermind' its world premiere by playing the album from start to finish.

1992: U2 became only the second act ever (Billy Joel was the first) to play at The Yankee Stadium in New York City, during their sold out Zoo TV tour.

1992: 'November Rain' by Guns N' Roses peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1995: Two crew members are killed in a helicopter crash while shooting the video for Meat Loaf's "I'd Lie For You (And That's The Truth)."

2000: Moment Of Glory by the Scorpions is released. The band recorded the album with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.

2001: Heidi Mark files for divorce from Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil.

2002: 'Electrical Storm' by U2 is released.

2002: Sammy Hagar plays a free show at Irving Plaza in New York City to honor September 11th rescue workers.

2002: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band open the MTV Video Music Awards with a live performance of "The Rising" in front of the Rose Center For Earth And Space At The Planetarium At The American Museum Of Natural History in New York City. After the cameras are turned off, they play for more than an hour for the fans in attendance.

2006: Modern Times by Bob Dylan is released.

2006: The Beatles' ‘Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band’ was voted the best #1 album of all time by the British public. The album released in 1967, topped the poll to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the UK album chart. The Beatles had a total of four albums in the top 10, with ‘Revolver’ at six, ‘Abbey Road’ at eight and The Beatles ‘White Album’ at 10.

2007: The Police kicked off the European leg of their world Reunion tour at the Globe Arena, Stockholm, Sweden.

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