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On This Day in Rock

1962: After playing a lunchtime show at The Cavern in Liverpool, The Beatles played the first of three Monday night gigs at The Queen's Hall, Widnes, Cheshire. Also on the bill, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Sonny Kaye and the Reds. Tickets cost 3/6.

1964: During a US tour, The Beatles played two shows at the Indiana State Fair in Indianapolis. They were paid $85,000 for the shows, tickets cost $4.00.

1965: A Rolling Stones gig in Dublin, Ireland ended in a riot after 30 fans jumped onto the stage. Jagger was knocked to the floor as the rest of the band fled the stage.

1967: During a 10-date tour of Sweden, The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Liseburg in Gothenburg.

1968: After a two week absence, Ringo Starr rejoined The Beatles. Upon Ringo's return to the studio, he found his drum kit covered with flowers to welcome him back.

1970: Alan Wilson guitarist and songwriter with Canned Heat was found dead at fellow band-members Bob Hite's garden in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles aged 27. With Canned Heat, Wilson performed at two prominent concerts of the 1960s era, the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. Canned Heat appeared in the film Woodstock, and the band's 'Going Up the Country,' which Wilson sang, has been referred to as the festival's unofficial theme song. Wilson also wrote 'On the Road Again,' arguably Canned Heat's second-most familiar song.

1970: It was reported that the Bob Dylan bootleg album 'Great White Wonder' had sold over 350,000 copies world-wide.

1975: An all-star jam session took place at a party in Los Angeles for actor Peter Sellers’ 50th Birthday. The line-up for the group who named themselves the Trading Faces: Bill Wyman on bass, Ronnie Wood, Jesse Ed Davis, and Danny Kortchmar on guitars, Keith Moon, organ and drums, Joe Cocker, vocals, Nigel Olsson, drums and David Bowie and Bobby Keys on sax.

1977: 'Christine Sixteen' by KISS peaks at Number 25 on the pop chart, the same day that Love Gun peaks at Number Four on the album chart.

1977: 'Barracuda' by Heart peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.

1982: The three day US Festival in San Bernardino, California took place featuring, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, The Cars, Talking Heads, The Kinks, RamonesThe Grateful Dead, Pat Benatar, Jackson Browne and more. Apple Computers founder Steven Wozniak bankrolled the festival.

1988: 'Ship Of Fools' by Robert Plant peaks at Number 84 on the pop chart.

1990: R.E.M. started recording sessions for their Out Of Time album at Bearsville Studios, Woodstock, New York.

1991: During a European tour, Nirvana recorded ‘Dumb’, ‘Drain You’ and ‘Endless Nameless’ at Maida Vale studios in London for the BBC Radio 1 John Peel show.

1994: 'Love Is Strong' by the Rolling Stones peaks at Number 91 on the pop chart.

1994: Sleeps With Angels by Neil Young enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Nine.

1994: After The Storm by Crosby, Stills & Nash peaks at Number 98 on the album chart.

1994: 'Wild Night' by John Mellencamp & Me'Shell Ndegeocello, a cover of the Van Morrison song, peaks at Number Three on the pop chart.

2000: Alice Cooper throws out the ceremonial first pitch before a Detroit Tigers home game at Comerica Park.

2002: The Rolling Stones 40th anniversary Licks tour kicked off at the Fleet Centre Boston. Tickets for the best seats cost $224. The world tour would see the band playing to over 2.5m fans over 100 shows.

2002: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger play their first show under the revived banner of the Doors at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles. They have since use the title the Doors Of The 21st Century, and are now known as Riders On The Storm after losing a lawsuit filed by drummer John Densmore and the estates of Jim Morrison and his widow Pamela Courson.

2010: Mike Edwards a founding member of ELO, was killed in a freak accident when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van. The 62 year-old cellist died after the 1,323 lb bale rolled down a steep field in Devon, southern England, smashed through a hedge and careered on to the road. Edwards played cello with ELO, the seven-piece band led by Jeff Lynne, from their first live gig in 1972 until he left in January 1975. He quit the band in 1975 to become a Buddhist, changing his name to Deva Pramada and making his living by teaching the cello.

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