THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1964: The Who, then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company.

1967: The Grateful Dead, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service play a benefit for the Marijuana Defense Fund at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco.

1969: Led Zeppelin II by Led Zeppelin is released.

1974: Hotter Than Hell by KISS is released.

1976: Keith Moon plays his last show in North America with the Who at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.

1977: 'Cold As Ice' by Foreigner peaks at Number Six on the pop chart. That same day, Foreigner peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for five weeks.

1977: Aja by Steely Dan peaks at Number Three on the album chart, where it stays for seven weeks.

1978: Neil Young & Crazy Horse play the Cow Palace in San Francisco. The show is filmed and released as Rust Never Sleeps.

1978: The Grateful Dead welcomes Quicksilver Messenger Service singer-guitarist John Cipollina to the stage at the Winterland Arena in San Francisco.

1979: The Pretenders started a run of four consecutive Monday nights at the Marquee Club in London.

1983: 'Burning Down The House' by Talking Heads peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart.

1984: Several Van Halen albums get new certifications: Women And Children First goes double platinum, Van Halen II goes triple platinum, 1984 goes quadruple platinum, and Van Halen goes quintuple platinum.

1988: 'Groovy Kind Of Love' by Phil Collins, a cover of the Mindbenders song, hits Number One on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1988: U2 scored their fourth UK No.1 album with the double set and film soundtrack 'Rattle And Hum', featuring their first UK No.1 single 'Desire'.

1990: Pearl Jam played their first ever concert when they appeared at the Off Ramp in Seattle.

1996: It was announced that, "The Beatles were now bigger than The Beatles". The statement was based on sales so far this year, having sold 6,000,000 albums from their back catalog and a combined total of 13,000,000 copies of ‘The Beatles Anthology 1’ and ‘The Beatles Anthology 2’. With the release of ‘The Beatles Anthology 3’ a week away, it was anticipated that total Beatles album sales for 1996 would exceed 20 million. A poll showed 41 percent of sales were to teenagers who were not born when The Beatles officially called it quits in 1970.

1999: Paul McCartney shoots a video for the song "Run Devil Run" in West London. Scotland Yard officers respond to a report of a gun-wielding gang on the scene, and McCartney has to reassure the officers that the men waving weapons are extras in the video.

2000: Pearl Jam appeared at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, California, celebrating the tenth anniversary of their first live performance as a band.

2000: Former Allman Brothers Band singer-guitarist Dickey Betts is arrested at his home in Osprey, Florida, and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence after allegedly attacking his wife, Donna.

2000: Sammy Hagar and his band perform live on the street in New York City for the CBS show The NFL Live.

2000: R.E.M. performs "Fall On Me" and "Losing My Religion," along with the new song "I've Been Too High," during a surprise appearance at the Land Aid festival in their hometown of Athens, Georgia. The festival is organized by the Athens Grow Green coalition, an organization attempting to pass development and zoning standards to protect the environment and reduce urban sprawl.

2002: Relentless by Jackyl is released.

2002: New Earth Mud by Chris Robinson is released.

2002: Shaman by Santana is released. That same day, the band performs on the Today show.

2002: Southern Rock Christmas is released. It features songs by Lynyrd Skynyrd, George Thorogood & the Destroyers, Charlie Daniels, .38 Special, the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Canned Heat, Foghat, Dixie Dregs/Kansas/Deep Purple guitarist Steve Morse, Elvin Bishop, the Tractors, BR5-49, and Alabama.

2002: Jefferson Airplane/Jefferson Starship/Starship singer Grace Slick is inducted into the Hollywood Rock Walk.

2002: The KISS book KISS Alive Forever: The Complete Touring History is released.

2003: Stephen Stills gives a college lecture at the University Of Florida.

2004: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee appears on The Late Show With David Letterman.

2004: Rod Stewart appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

2008: A homeless man claimed a £2,000 reward by returning a waxwork head of ex-Beatle Paul McCartney which had been left on a train. Anthony Silva found the item in a bin at Reading station after auctioneer Joby Carter left it under a seat at Maidenhead station. The homeless man thought it was a Halloween mask and had been using it as a pillow before realizing what it was. The wax model sold the following week for £5,500 at auction.


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