A guy that's put out a bunch of solid solo albums with clever and goofy names including Got Any Gum?, So What? And You Bought it, You Name it, released a good one today in 1973; The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get. Thank you, Joe Walsh, for the music and for keeping us amused.
Other noteworthy Classic Rock June 17 events include...
1947 Journey's (Santana) Greg Rolie (keyboards) born, (leaves 4/81 replaced by Johnathan Caine).
1964 Kinks arrive in U.S. for first tour .
1972 Ron 'Pigpen' McKernan's last concert with Grateful Dead, Hollywood Bowl (Dies 3/8/73).
1978 Jefferson Starship's Grace Slick unable to sing (alcohol), fans riot in Hamburg Germany, Slick leaves band - rejoins 3/81.
1985 Sting releases Dream Of The Blue Turtle.
2005 James Gang reunites in Cleveland for a club date.
2009 Buddy Guy joins Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood for Drowning On Dry Land and Sweet Home Chicago, United Center, Chicago.
2009 Billy Joel and Katie Lee Joel announce they are ending their 5 year marriage.
Before Photoshop came along, giant inflatable pigs and hundreds of beds had to be assembled for album cover shoots. On this day in 1987 Pink Floyd did the cover shot for the Momentary Lapse of Reason album.
Other noteworthy events on June 15 in Classic Rock include...
1941 Harry Nilsson born.
1951 Steve Walsh of Kansas born.
1978 Bob Dylan releases Street Legal.
1979 Dire Straits releases Communique.
1982 Steve Miller releases Abracadabra 1986 U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting & Lou Reed play Amnesty International concert at Giants Stadium.
1987 Pink Floyd uses 800 beds to shoot cover for Momentary Lapse of Reason album. 1992 Bruce Springsteen opens first tour without the E Street Band in Stockholm.
1993 Eric Clapton and BB King play Apollo Theater in Harlem.
1993 Neil Young Unplugged released.
1996 KISS does first concert since 1983 1998 REM plays outside the Capitol to protest US China policy.
2010 Tom Petty releases Mojo.
2010 Steve Miller Band releases Bingo.
2010 John Mellencamp releases On The Rural Route 7609 box set.
2016 Jimmy Page testifies in Led Zeppelin copyright infringement case over Stairway To Heaven melody.
1969 The Rolling Stones stage a press conference in Hyde Park to introduce Mick Taylor as a new member of the band to the media and fans.
1977 Neil Young releases American Stars & Bars.
1980 Pat Benatar plays before Phillies game, dances with the team mascot.
1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan releases Texas Flood. It took Vaughan and his band Double Trouble just three days to reord the tracks on their debut album at Jackson Browne's studio in LA. Browne had caught Stevie's set at the Montreux Jazz Festival the previous year and was so blown away by it he offered Vaughan the use of his studio. The demos that the group recorded during those sessions earned them a contract and signing bonus from Columbia Records.
1988 Sting, Dire Straits, Bryan Adams, Stevie Wonder featured in anti-apartheid benefit concert at Wembley Stadium.
1949 ZZ Top’s Frank Beard born.
1965 Rolling Stones release Got It Live If You Want It.
1971 Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys badly injures hand when it breaks a window.
1979 Paul McCartney releases Back To The Egg.
1982 Eddie Money releases No Control.
1983 Alex Van Halen marries Valerie Kendall in LA.
1988 Dire Straits plays at Nelson Mandela tribute at Wembley Stadium.
2002 Paul McCartney marries Heather Mills.
2007 Genesis opens Turn It On Again tour in Finland.
2010 Ozzy Osbourne makes Longest Scream world record attempt at Dodgers game.
2010 U2 does an invitation only concert at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
1966 Janis Joplin plays with Big Brother & The Holding Company for the first time at the Avalon Ballroom.
1971 Jethro Tull concert at Red Rocks in Colorado disrupted by rowdy fans. Police use tear gas.
1972 Clash members arrested after painting band’s name on a London building.
1975 Eagles release One Of These Nights. Their 4th, it would become the group's first #1 album and their last with Bernie Leadon, who Joe Walsh replaced the following year. Glenn Frey considered it the easiest album the Eagles did from a songwriting and recording standpoint.
1976 Alice Cooper cancels tour after collapsing.
1981 Asia forms.
1981 Bob Dylan opens Shot of Love tour in Chicago.
1983 Stevie Nicks releases The Wild Heart. 1983 Kinks release State Of Confusion.
1985 U2 releases Wide Awake In America.
1985 Talking Heads release Little Creatures.
1986 Grateful Dead cancel tour after Jerry Garcia goes into a diabetic coma.
2006 Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones play together for the first time as the Led Zeppelin members rehearse for Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert.
2007 Rolling Stones do headline set at Isle of Wight - their first festival appearance in 31 years.
2007 World Hunger Organization gives Jackson Browne award in New York City.
2009 Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section keyboard player Barry Beckett dies.
2016 Rod Stewart knighted in Buckingham Palace ceremony.
2018 Billy Joel gives Bruce Springsteen the Lifetime Achievement award at the Tony Awards in New York. Bruce later performs a My Hometown segment from his Springsteen On Broadway show.
1953 Wings, Thunderclap Newman and Stone The Crows guitarist Jimmy McCulloch born.
1955 Danny Brown of The Fixx born.
1959 Bob Dylan (Zimmerman) graduates from Hibbing Minnesota high school.
1963 Dave Matthews Band’s Stefan Lessard born.
1964 Beatles open first European tour in Copenhagen, Denmark.
1966 Pete Quaife of the Kinks breaks his foot in a car wreck.
1966 Janis Joplin joins Big Brother and the Holding Company.
1967 Procol Harum makes live debut opening for Jimi Hendrix at the Seville Theater.
1969 Nicky Hopkins quits the Jeff Beck Group.
1974 David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour opens in Montreal.
1979 Chuck Berry does a White House cooncert set for Jimmy Carter.
1979 Fleetwood Mac records Tusk with the USC Marching Band at Dodger Stadium.
1984 Bruce Springsteen releases Born In The U.S.A.
1986 U2, Peter Gabriel, Sting open Amnesty International Tour in San Francisco.
1989 Ozzy Osbourne donates $15,000 to AIDS research.
1993 Kurt Cobain jailed after police break-up a disturbance with his wife over his gun collection.
1996 Metallica performs outside of record stores in San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento the day Load is released.
1996 Crowded House announces break-up.
1997 Faces veteran Ronnie Lane dies of Pneumonia.
2017 Gregg Allman laid to rest near his brother and Berry Oakley at Rose Hill Cemetery in Macon, GA
1950 Suzi Quatro born.
1952 Billy Powell of Lynyrd Skynyrd born.
1964 Ringo Starr collapses, hospitalized with acute tonsillitis.
1970 Deep Purple releases In Rock.
1970 Ray Davies flies from New York to London to change ‘Coca’ to ‘Cherry’ Cola in the Kinks song Lola.
1972 Rolling Stones open Exile On main Street tour.
1977 Bob Marley releases Exodus.
1994 Eddie Vedder marries Beth Liebing in Rome.
1995 U2 signs 6 album $60 million deal.
1998 Falling plaster during a Van Halen concert in Hamburg, Germany injures Eddie Van Halen, some dates cancelled.
1997 Pat Benatar releases Innamorata.
1998 1,683 guitarists set new Guinness record by playing Smoke On The Water in Kansas City.
2009 Blues great Koko Taylor Dies.
2010 Paul McCartney awarded Gershwin Popular Song award, performs in East Room of the White House.
1948 Led Zeppelin's John Bonham born.
1995 Ted Nugent honored on Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
1996 LSD pioneer Timothy Leary dies of cancer.
2006 Pearl Jam records VH1 Storytellers session in front of a few hundred fans.
2016 Jerry Garcia 'Wolf' guitar purchased for $2.5 million in auction to benefit Souther Poverty Law Center.
Tom Morello's approach to guitar playing makes him one of the most disticntive players going. His work with Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave and as a touring guitarist in the E Street Band is searingly intense, but he does acoustic solo tours. Morello was born on May 30, 1964 in Harlem.
Other noteworthy events in Classic Rock on this day include...
1967 Black Crowes Sven Pipien born
1968 Beatles start recording the White Album.
Roxy Music makes live debut in Lincolnshire, UK.
1973 George Harrison releases Living In The Material World.
1980 Derek & the Dominos Carl Radle dies of kidney failure.
1987 Ritchie Blackmore breaks a finger and Deep Purple cancels their House of Blue Lights tour.
1997 Neil Young postpones European tour when he slices his finger while slicing a sandwich.
1990 Midnight Oil protests Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska by performing outside Exxon corporate HQ in New York City on a flat bed truck.
1992 Paul Simon & Edie Brickell marry.
2009 Ozzy Osbourne files suit against Tony Iommi over Black Sabbath royalties.
2015 Bono leaves waitress a $150 tip on a less than $20 meal at the Center Deli in LA and then gives the deli a shout-out on stage at the U2 Forum concert
2016 Ron Wood a father again at 68 as Sally Humphreys gives birth to twin girls.
1997 Jeff Buckley drowns while swimming in the Mississippi River near Memphis 2009.
Producer Phil Spector sentenced to 19 - Life in 2003 murder of actress at his LA estate.
2012 Bob Dylan awarded Medal of Freedom by President Obama during White House Ceremony.
2012 Procol Harum’s Gary Brooker injured in fall, band cancels concert appearances