THIS DAY IN ROCK

October 27th: Black Sabbath, Mott the Hoople, Scott Weiland and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1963: Touring Sweden, The Beatles performed three shows at the Cirkus in Goteborg, Sweden.

1969: Elton John writes the music for "Your Song" in 20 minutes.

1970: Black Sabbath played their first ever-live show in the US when they kicked of a 16-date tour at Glassboro State College.

1973: Mott the Hoople supported by Aerosmith appeared at The Orpheum Theatre, Boston.

1975: Bruce Springsteen had the rare honor of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.

1979: Head Games by Foreigner peaks at Number Five on the album chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1979: Dream Police by Cheap Trick peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1979: During a US tour, Elton John collapsed on stage at Hollywood's Universal Amphitheatre suffering from exhaustion.

1980: Former T Rex member Steve Took, choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten, numbed all sensation in his throat, he was aged 31. Took was also a member of The Deviants with Pink Fairies members Twink and Mick Farren.

1980: Mark Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon outside his New York City apartment.

1984: During a US tour, The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight's gig was in Berkeley, California.

1984: 'On The Dark Side' by John Cafferty & the Beaver Brown Band peaks at Number Seven on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1988: Def Leppard played the final show on their 232-date Hysteria world tour at the Tacoma Dome, Tacoma, Washington.

1988: The U2 documentary Rattle And Hum has its world premiere at the Savoy Cinema in Dublin, Ireland, and the band plays a short acoustic set before the film is shown.

1989: U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offense by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year.

1990: The Razor's Edge by AC/DC peaks at Number Two on the album chart.

1990: 'Suicide Blonde' by INXS peaks at Number Nine on the pop chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1997: 34-year old John Hector was arrested in Toronto, Canada and charged with criminal harassment after stalking U2 bass player Adam Clayton.

2002: Foo Fighters scored their first UK No.1 album with 'One By One'.

2003: Scott Weiland singer with The Stone Temple Pilots was arrested on his birthday in Hollywood, California, after being involved in a traffic collision. He was charged with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol, but these charges were later dismissed after the singer successfully completed rehab and underwent subsequent drug tests.

2007: Keith Richards marched with campaigners protesting against possible Sussex hospital cuts. The Stones guitarist joined 15,000 people for the walk through Chichester to oppose plans which could see St Richard's Hospital downgraded. A spokeswoman for the guitarist said: "Keith is a long-standing member of the West Wittering community and is pleased to lend his support to local efforts to save St Richard's Hospital.’

2009: Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.


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