1942 Bruce Johnston of the Beach Boys born.
1967 Mick Jagger convicted on drug charges stemming from arrest at a Keith Richards party.
1969 Denver Pop Festival opens at Mile High Stadium with sets from The Flock, Three Dog Night, Iron Butterfly and Frank Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Event turns violent and police use tear gas on the crowd.
1970 The Trans-Continental Festival with the Grateful Dead, The Band, Janis Joplin, Buddy Guy, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, Ian and Sylvia and the Flying Burrito Brothers begins the trans-Caanada by train tour captured in the movie Festival Express.
1971 Allman Brothers, J. Geils Band and Mountain do last concert at Fillmore East in New York.
1974 Grateful Dead release From The Mars Hotel.
1976 US issues John Lennon a Green Card.
1978 Perter Gabriel II released.
1980 John Bonham collapses during Led Zeppelin's set at a Nuremberg, Germany concert.
1989 Don Henley releases End Of The Innocence.
1989 Who perform the Rock opera Tommy for first time in 17 years in a benefit for the Rock Hall of Fame at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
1991 Carlos Santana busted in Houston airport, charged with holding a small amount of marijuana.
1994 Aerosmith becomes first major band to offer song download through Compuserve.
2002 John Entwhistle dies in a Las Vegas hotel the night before a Who tour opens.
2009 Paul McCartney makes surprise appearance at Glastonbury Festival, joining Neil Young on A Day In The Life.
2009 Eddie Van Halen marries Jane Liszewski in LA.
Jethro Tull's Living in the Past album got released on June 23, 1972. The double album taking its title from a 1969 Tull song culled material from a number of previous releases, b sides of singles and concert recording out-takes.
Other Noteworthy June 23 events over the years include...
1941 Jerry Garcia writing partner Robert Hunter born.
1975 Alice Cooper breaks 6 ribs when he fall off the stage during a Vancouver concert.
2009 Spinal Tap releases Back From The Dead.
2010 Pete Quaife of the Kinks dies of kidney failure.
2010 Gregg Allman undergoes liver transplant in Jacksonville, Florida.
2016 Jury sides with Led Zeppelin members in suit claiming Stairway To Heaven melody was lifted from Taurus, a Spirit instrumental released two years earlier.
Jeff Beck was reportedly so amazed the night he saw Jimi Hendrix play in a London club that he thought to himself that he should switch to another instrument or just quit music. Lucky for us, he didn't. The former Yardbirds member did his first U.S. concert with the newly formed Jeff Beck Group on this night in 1968.?
Other Noteworthy June 22 events over the years include... 1936 Kris Kristofferson born.
1948 Todd Rundgren born.
1969 Blind Faith releases self-titled and only studio album.
1970 Pete Townshend detained after using the word ‘bomb’ in describing something while on a plane.
1978 Cream reunites at Ginger Baker’s polo club.
1981 Mark David Chapman pleads guilty in shooting of John Lennon.
1990 Billy Joel headlines the first concert at Yankee Stadium.
2009 Styx members visit the White House.
2010 Bruce Springsteen releases previous year's Hyde Park concert on DVD.
Heart's Ann Wilson born on this day in 1950. The older of the two sisters in Heart, Ann became the lead singer and wrote most of the songs for the band she formed that eventually included her younger sister, Nancy. Daughters of a career Marine Corps major, the Wilson sisters spent their younger years on military bases in central America and the far east before relocating to the Pacific Northwest when theWilson sisters were teenagers. Ann joined the group that would eventually become Heart in the early 70's, with Nancy following in 1973. Dreamboat Annie, the group's debut after changing their name to Heart, was released in 1976.
Other notworthy events in Classic Rock on June 19 include...
1963 AC/DC's Simon Wright born.
1967 Paul McCartney admits to having taken LSD on the BBC.
Clarence White of the Byrds dies after being hit by a car in California.
1976 Blue Oyster Cult releases Agents Of Fortune.
1984 Bruce Springsteen sells out 6 Meadowlands Arena shows in 24 hours.
1988 Van Halen headlines Monsters Of Rock tour, Rich Stadium.
1990 John Hiatt releases Stolen Moments.
2007 Bon Jovi releases Lost Highway.
2007 Sammy Hagar releases Livin' It Up In St. Louis DVD.
2009 Rigging collapse forces cancellation of next night's Alice Cooper concert at Spartak Stadium in Novosibirsk, Russia.
James Paul McCartney was born on this day in 1942 in Liverpool. His father played trumpet and piano in a jazz band and gave his son a trumpet for his 14th birthday that Paul later traded for an acoustic guitar.
McCartney earned admission to the Liverpool Institute and became friends with George Harrison after meeting him on a bus ride to classes.
Paul met John Lennon in July of 1957 when John's skiffle group, the Quarrymen, played a church event in Woolton, UK.
Soon after, Paul was invited to join as rhythm guitarist. Harrison joined the following year and Stuart Sutcliff became the group's bass player in 1960. After going under a few short-lived different names including variations Beatals and Silver Beetles, they settled on Beatles. Drummer Pete Best was brought on board in 1960.
1967 Jimi Hendrix Experience makes US concert debut at the Monterey Pop Festival. 1976 Rod Stewart releases A Night On The Town.
1977 Johnny Rotten stabbed by someone upset over the Sex Pistols song God Save The Queen.
1980 Blues Brothers movie opens.
1987 Bruce Springsteen separates from Julianne Phillips.
1991 Cream drummer Ginger Baker and Alex Van Halen honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2009 Crosby, Stills & Nash inducted into Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.
2010 John Lennon’s hand written lyrics to A Day In The Life auctioned for $1.2 million. 2018 Bruce Springsteen joins Tangiers Blues Band on 4 songs at reopening of Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ.
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.