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1949 REO Speedwagon’s Gary Richrath born…   1952 Lee Michaels & Doobie Brothers Keith Knudson born…   1966 Concert debut for the Jimi Hendirx Experience in Paris…   1968 John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrested on marijuana… charges in London apartment   1968 Led Zeppelin’s London concert debut   1974 Rolling Stones release It’s Only Rock N’ Roll…   1975Paul Simon hosts the second Saturday Night Live…   1986 Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries Portuguese composer…   1989 Axl Rose quits Guns N Roses during LA concert…  1994 Queensryche releases Promised Land...   2009 Aerosmith does first concert since Steven Tyler fell off stage during South Dakota concert in August…


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10-17-1977 Street Survivors released


On this day in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd released Street Survivors. Just three days later, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and three others lost their lives when the chartered plane carrying the band and key crew members ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi on the flight between Greenville, South Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band:s record company hastily reissued the album in a cover without the flames.
Other 10/17 events in Classic Rock... 1980 Dire Straits released Making Movies, 1984 Billy Joel released Storm Front. In 1994 Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden, and in 2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa joined U2 on People Get Ready at the band's Philadelphia concert.


10-16-1968 Electric Ladyland released


One of the great double albums in Rock history dropped on this day in 1968... Electric Ladyland. On October 16 in '72 Creedence Clearwater Revival issued a press release announcing the end of the band. in 1992 one of the best tribute concerts put together took place at Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan at the 3 decade mark in his career. In 2005 Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers did his first US date singing lead for Queen. Last year on this date Tom Petty was laid to rest after a memorial service for family and friends in LA. Happy Birthday today to Bob 'Ace' Weir of the Grateful Dead.


10-15-1970 Derek And The Dominos open only US tour

October 15 was a busy day. Eric Clapton's short-lived Derek & The Dominos opened their only US tour on this day in 1970. In '73 the Grateful Dead released Wake Of The Flood. In 1984 AC/DC put out '74 Jailbreak and in '87 guitar great Joe Satriani released Surfing With The Alien. Other albums making their debut on 10/15 Warren Zevon's Mr. Bad Example (1991) and Bad Company's Stories Told & Untold (1996). And on this day in 1980 Van Halen did a concert in Sioux Falls... noteworthy only because we unearthed a video report about it done by a local TV station...



10-14-1946 Justin Hayward born


Happy birthday to Justin Hayward. The Moody Blues veteran was born on this day in 1946. Thomas (She Blinded Me With Science) Dolby turns 60 today. On October 14th in 1966, Grace Slick fronted the Jefferson Airplane in her first concert with the band at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. KISS members all released solo albums on this day in 1978, and INXS released Listen Like Thieves in 1985.

10-13-1947 Sammy Hagar born


Happy birthday to one of the most entertaining Rockers on or off a stage, Montrose/Van Halen/Chickenfoot/Circle and solo artist Sammy Hagar, born on this date in 1947. Joining the Red Rocker arriving on October 13 in other years, cutting edge comedian Lenny Bruce (1925), Paul Simon (1942), Chicago's Robert Lamm (1944) and Fleetwood Mac vet Rick Vito (1949). The Jimi Hendrix Experience did its first official concert on this day in 1966 in Everux, France, and on October 13th in 1978 Billy Joel released 52nd Street.


10-12-1966 Jimi Hendrix Experience forms

On this day in 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience officially formed a few days after Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding had jammed for the first time. Other noteworthy 10/12 thangs... Rod Stewart's last concert with the Faces (1975, Nassau Coliseum) Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death (1976), The Who and the Clash played Shea Stadium (1982) and Pearl Jam released Vs (1993).


Lindsey Buckingham suing Fleetwood Mac

Lindsey Buckingham thinks he has a case to make against Fleetwood Mac over his ouster from the group. Variety got a look at the suit and reports that Buckingham contends his share of the current tour that he was excluded from would have been between 12 and 14 million dollars. He either wants to earn it by getting back in the band or get a substantial amount as compensation for having been unjustly removed. It was almost inevitable a band with a long history of histrionics finds itself dealing with another episode.

10-11-1974 Streetlife Serenade released


Billy Joel released his third album on this day in 1974. Other goings-on 10/11... Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates was born (1946), Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car wreck that killed three in Chicago (1969), Saturday Night Live premiered (1975), Paul McCartney performed a free live set in Times Square (2013), Rod Stewart was knighted at Buckingham Palace (2016).

10-10-1954 David Lee Roth born

One of the real characters in the Rock Ranks was born on this day in 1954.

10-9-1940 John Lennon born

Of all the Rockers we lost too soon, John's death continues to be the one that hurt the most for lots of people.  John would have turned 78 on this day.


10-7-1951 John Mellencamp born

John Mellencamps was born on this day in 1951.  Like John Fogerty, Mellencamp got seriously screwed over by unscrupulous people in the music industry.  Things are better for both these days.  

Others born on October 7... Quicksilver Messenger Services Dina Valenti, Kevin Godley of 10cc and Dave Hope of Kansas. John Lennon's US deportation order was overturned on this day in 1975. In '76 Steve Hackett left Genesis and on this day in 1982, Genesis released Three Sides Live.

10-5-1947 Brian Johnson born

The task was considered so insurrmountable that most AC/DC fans figured the band was done when Bon Scott died.  The guy that filled his role and gave the band another 38 years of Rocking our world was born on this day in 1947. Happy birthday Brian Johnson!


Fleetwood Mac covers Tom Petty in tour opener

Fleetwood Mac opened the first concert since adding Mike Campbell from Tom Petty's Heartbreakers with a cover of Free Fallin' at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.



10-4-1970 Janis Joplin dies

Rock In Peace thoughts for Janis Joplin on the anniversary of her passing from this life.