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6-17 -1973 Joe Walsh releases The Smoker You Drink, The Player You Get,

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.


6-16-1972 Ziggy Stardust released by David Bowie

1965 Bob Dylan records Like A Rolling Stone.  1967 Monterey Pop Festival opens.   

1969 Steve Miller Band releases Brave New World.

1972 David Bowie releases The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars in the UK.

1982 James Honeyman Scott of the Pretenders dies of overdose.

1995 Pearl Jam opens tour bypassing Ticketmaster.   

1998 Little Feat releases Under The Radar.

1998 Van Morrison releases Philosopher's Stone.

1998 Ringo Starr releases Vertical Man. 

2007 Rod Stewart and Penny Lancaster get married in Italy.


6-15-1987 Momentary Lapse of Reason cover shot taken

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.



1949 Alan White of Yes born 1963 Chris Degarmo of Queensryche born.

1970 Derek & The Dominos play first concert.

1970 Grateful Dead release Workingman's Dead, the group's 4th studio album. It was recorded within a couple of weeks at San Francisco's Pacific High Studio.

1970 A $100,000 block long billboard goes up in Times Square promoting Grand Funk Railroad’s new album.

1972 300 gate crashers tear gassed at Grateful Dead Tucson concert.

1974 David Bowie opens Diamond Dogs tour in Montreal.

1975 Frampton Comes Alive recorded at Winterland in San Francisco.

1986 Fan stabbed to death at Ozzy Osbourne concert in Long Beach, CA.

1991 Foreigner releases Unusual Heat.

2016 Trial opens in copyright suit claiming a key part of the Stairway To Heaven melody was lifted from the Spirit instrumental Taurus.

2016 Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice suffers mild stroke during European tour.




6-13-1983 Stevie Ray Vaughan releases Texas Flood


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.

1988 Jethro Tull releases 20th anniversary box set.

1991 Van Halen releases For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge.

1995 Jimmy Buffett releases Margaritaville Café Late Night Gumbo.

2003 David Gilmour and Sting named CBE recipients during the Queen's Birthday Honors program in London.

2006 Billy Joel releases 12 Gardens, collection recorded during Madison Square Garden concerts.

2013 Steven Tyler, Joe Perry and J.D. Souther inducted by Songwriters Hall of Fame.

2016 Glenn Frey, John Prine, Cat Stevens inducted by Songwriters Hall of Fame.



6-12-1982 No Nukes Concert draws up to 1 million in Central Park


1941 Roy Harper born

1949 King Crimson and Asia's John Wetton born.

1951 Boston’s Brad Delp born.

1951 Cheap Trick’s Bun E Carlos (Brad Carlson) born.

1952 Pretenders Pete Farndon born.   

1953 Rocky Burnett born.

1964 Beatles play to 250,000 in Adelaide, Australia.

1966 Steven Tyler busted in an undercover cop sting at his high school.

1968 Blues Travelers Bobby Sheehan born. 

Mick Taylor introduced as the replacement for Brian Jones by the Rolling Stones.

1970 Mick Fleetwood marries Jenny Boyd

1976 John Lennon releases Somewhere In New York City. 

1977 Kenny Wayne Shepherd born.   

1982 Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and Gary U.S. Bonds perform at No Nukes Concert in New York's Central Park for a crowd estimated to be from 750,000 - 1 million.


1990 Bad Company releases Holy Water.

2002 Billy Joel crashes his car on Long Island, enters rehab soon after.

2005 Pink Floyd announces plans to play thee Live 8 Concert in July. It would be their first concert in 24 years.

2007 Rolling Stones release A Bigger Bang 4 DVD set. 

2007 Neil Young’s wife Pegi releases her debut album.   

2011 E Street Band sax man Clarence Clemons suffers a stroke at his south Florida home.



6-11-1949 ZZ Top's Frank Beard born

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.


6-10-1975 Eagles release One of these Nights

1944 Move’s Rick Price born.

1946 Procol Harum's Matthew Fisher born

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. 


6-9-1978 Rolling Stones release Some Girls

1941 Deep Purple’s Jon Lord born.

1970 Bob Dylan gets honorary degree during Princeton graduation.

1972 Bruce Springsteen signs with Columbia Records.

1978 Rolling Stones release Some Girls.

1978 Moody Blues release Octave. 

1986 Genesis releases Invisible Touch.

1989 Jimmy Page and Les Paul play together during Paul’s 72nd birthday at the Hard Rock Café in New York .

 1992 Ozzy Osbourne opens his No More Tours tour in Portland, OR .

1998 Allman Brothers Band release Mycology.

John Fogerty releases Premonition. 

2017 The Edge receives 2017 Les Paul Spirit Award before U2 take stage at Bonnaroo Festival. 

2018 Paul McCartney does unannounced concert at Liverpool's Philharmonic Club.


6-8-1944 Boz Scaggs born

1944 Boz Scaggs (William Boyce Scaggs) born.   

1974 Rick Wakeman leaves Yes.

1985 Bob Dylan releases Empire Burlesque. 1991 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa marry in Beverly Hills. 

1998 Surviving Beatles sing Let It Be during memorial service for Linda McCartney in London church. 

2013  Fire Marshall shuts down Tom Petty concert at Fonda Theater in Hollywood due to overcrowding.   

2018 Early Fleetwood Mac guitarist Danny Kirwan dies at 68.



6-7-1993 Construction of the Rock Hall Of Fame begins in Cleveland

1944 Byrds Clarence White born.

1966 Stone Temple Pilots Eric Kretz born.

1967 Red Hot Chili Peppers/Jane's Addiction Dave Navarro born.

1969 Blind Faith does its only London concert in Hyde Park.

1977 Sex Pistols members arrested for attempting to disrupt UK's Silver Jubilee Celebration by playing God Save the Queen on a floating stage in the Thames River.

1982 Graceland opens to the public in Memphis 5 years after Elvis Presley dies.

1993 Prince changes his name to a symbol.

1993 Rock Hall Of Fame groundbreaking in Cleveland.

1994 Jefferson Airplane and Starship singer Grace Slick draws a sentence of 200 hours of community service and attendance at AA meetings for pointing a gun at a policeman three months earlier.

1994 Stone Temple Pilots release Purple,

1994 Stevie Nicks releases Street Angel.

1997 Iggy Pop dislocates shoulder in stage dive during Columbus, Ohio concert when no one catches him.

2007 Jackson Browne inducted into Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

2007 Paul McCartney does club concert in London, Jeff Beck and David Gilmour attend.

2008 Bo Diddley funeral takes place in Gainsville, Florida.

2008 John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page perform with the Foo Fighters at Wembley Stadium.

2019 Phil Collins and Mike Rutherford reunite during Berlin concert on Follow You Follow Me.


6-6-1978 Cars release debut album

1960 Steve Vai born.   

1962 Beatles audition for EMI Records.   

1969 Rod Stewart signs solo contract with Mercury Records while still in the Jeff Beck Group.   

1971 John Lennon & Yoko join Frank Zappa on stage during Mothers of Invention concert at Fillmore East. 

1978 Cars release debut album. 

1989 Paul McCartney releases Flowers In The Dirt.   

1987 Heart releases Bad Animals.   

1989 Stevie Ray Vaughan In Step released.  1989 Queen releases The Miracle.   

1998 Chris Robinson of Black Crowes gets in brawl with two men at Sunset Marquis Hotel bar in LA.   

2006 Cheap Trick releases Rockford.   

2016 Kirk Hammett and James Hetfield do the national anthem before game 4 of the Stanley Cup in San Jose 


6-5-1992 An Evening with the Allman Brothers Band released

1947 Tom Evans of Badfinger born.

1957 Iron Maiden's Nico McBrain born

1968 Robert Kennedy gunned down in LA. Rolling Stones write Sympathy For The Devil and Stephen Stills writes Long Time Gone the following day.   

1971 Grand Funk Railroad sells-out Shea Stadium in three days.

1975 Syd Barrett sees band mates for the final time at Abbey Road Studios.

1977 Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor dies after being bitten by a rat it was being fed.

1979 Eric Clapton attends BB King’s wedding to Marva Jean Brooks, 39 years younger than BB.

1982 Heart releases Private Audition.

1983 U2 films Under a Blood Red Sky concert film during set at Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

1987 Prince's Trust benefit concert features Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Phil Collins, Elton John, Jeff Lynne, Ben E, King and Dave Edmonds.


1992 An Evening With the Allman Brothers Band released.

2006 Elliot Easton breaks his collarbone when New Cars tour bus swerves to avoid another vehicle.  

2007 Paul McCartney releases Memory Almost Full.

2007 Elton John entertains at Rush Limbaugh's 4th wedding, Palm Beach.

2010 Producer Daniel Lanois seriously injured in motorcycle crash in LA.


6-4-1984 Bruce Springsteen releases Born in the U.S.A.

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


6-3-1939 Guitar great Ian Hunter born


1939 Ian Hunter born

1942 Curtis Mayfield born.

1944 Michael Clarke of the Byrds born.

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.



6-2-Sgt. Peppers (1967) and Darkness On The Edge of Town (1978) released

1941 Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones born.

1967 Beatles release Sgt. Peppers album in the US (May 26 UK release).


1973 John Bonham dumps bucket of ice water on promoter Bill Graham's head during backstage argument in San Francisco.

1976 Paul McCartney and Wings do largest indoor concert to date for 67,100 in Seattle Kingdome.   
1978 Bruce Springsteen releases Darkness on the Edge of Town.  



1989 48 year old Rolling Stone Bill Wyman marries 19 year old Mandy Smith.

1992 Rod Stewart marries Rachel Hunter.

1993 Aerosmith opens Get A Grip tour in Topeka.

1998 Jimi Hendrix BBC Sessions released.

2007 Jackson Browne and David Crosby do benefit for arts programs in Santa Monica public schools.

2008 Woodstock Museum opens in Bethel, NY.   

2008 Bo Diddley killed in car wreck in Florida.

010 Don Henley wins suit against California senate candidate that used 2 of his songs in parodies.

2017 Toxicology report shows Chris Cornell had multiple prescription drugs in his system when he committed suicide.





6-1-1947 Ron Wood born

1947 Rolling Stones and Faces Ron Wood born. Other noteworthy June 1 events in Classic Rock include...


1951 Triumph's Mike Levine born.   

1964 Rolling Stones arrive in New York for first US tour.

1972 Eagles release self titled debut. 

1972 Pink Floyd starts recording Dark Side Of The Moon.   

1981 George Harrison releases Somewhere In England.

1982 Rolling Stones release Still Life. 

1983 Talking Heads release Speaking in Tongues. 

1999 Napster makes online debut. 

2009 Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko One & Olivia Harrison attend announcement Beatles Rock Band game release.   

2009 Bruce Springsteen sells out 3 Giants Stadium concerts.   

2011 Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band stream live performance during press conference announcing European Tour.


5-31- 1948 John 'Bonzo' Bonham born

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.



5-29-1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash release debut album


1949 Procol Harum's Gary Brooker born. 

1955 Toto bassist Mike Porcaro born.   

1961 Melissa Etheridge born.   

1967 Oasis guitarist/singer Noel Gallagher born. 

1969 Blues Traveler's Cnan Kinchla born.   

1969 Crosby, Stills & Nash release debut album.   

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



5-28-1945 John Fogerty bprn

1945 John Fogerty born.   

1969 Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithful arrested on marijuana charges in London.    1971 David & Angela Bowie son Duncan Zowie Bowie born.     

1976 Allman Brothers break up after Gregg testifies in trail against manager.   

1977 Bruce Springsteen settles long suit against manager Mike Appel.   

1983 Van Halen & Metallica headline US Festival, San Bernadino, California. 

1987 Ozzy gives flyers a version of Crazy Train on plane PA during Miami to Boston flight. 

1994 Eagles open Hell Freezes Over tour   1997 U2 concert in Raleigh, NC called off after severe thunderstorm destroys Jumbotron.   

2015 Pete Townshend honored as MisiCares Person of the Year



5-27-1987 U2 Shakes and Rattles Italy

1945 Bruce Cockburn born.   

1958 Split Enz, Crowded House, Fleetwood Mac's  Neil Finn born.

1962 The Free Wheelin' Bob Dylan released     1975 Paul McCartney releases Venus & Mars.

1987 U2 concert sets off earthquake alarms in Rome, Italy.     

1988 Van Halen, Metallica open Monsters Of Rock tour.     

1995 Rolling Stones start recording Stripped in Amsterdam.     

1997 Paul McCartney releases Flaming Pie. 2015 Rolling Stones play a private birthday party for an HP exec's wife at Solana Beach, California club.

 2015 U2 road manager Dennis Sheehan dies of a heart attack in his Hollywood hotel room



1940 The Band's Levon Helm born.

1944 Mott The Hoople's Verden Allen born.    1948 Fleetwood Mac's Stevie Nicks born.    1964 Lenny Kravitz born.

1966 Bob Dylan plays Royal Albert Hall.   

1969 John Lennon and Yoko Ono open 8 day Bed In For Peace in Montreal.   

1997 Bono meets with Bill Clinton at the White House.  

2017 Bono visits former President George W. Bush on his Texas ranch.   

2017 Eric Clapton honored with commander in the Order of Arts and Letters status by France. 

2017 Metallica's Lars Ulrich knighted in his native Denmark by its queen.


5-25-1948 Klaus Meineof Scorpions born

1948 Scorpions Klaus Meine born.

1950 Kansas' Robby Steinhart born.

1965 Dave Davies knocked out after falling onto drum kit during Kinks London concert.

1982 Queen releases Hot Space.   

1990 Lou Gramm of Foreigner goes solo (rejoins in 1992).

1993 Jimmy Buffett releases Before The Beach.

1996 Eric Clapton rescues guitars from burning London home.

1999 Paul Stanley of KISS premiers as Phantom in Toronto Phantom Of The Opera production.


5-24-1941 Bob Dylan born


1941 Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) born.     

1947 Blue Oyster Cult's Al Bouchard born. 

1969 Rich Robinson of the Black Crowes born.    

1974 David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs.   

1982 Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship, Traffic, Black Sabbath play benefit for Vietnam Veteran Memorial. 

1986 AC/DC releases Who Made Who.

1988 Van Halen releases OU812.     

1990 Axl Rose & wife file for divorce less than a month after marrying.     

1991 Byrd's Gene Clark dies.     

1993 Rod Stewart releases Unplugged And Seated. 

1994 Jimmy Buffett releases Fruitcakes.     

1997 Bob Dylan hospitalized for bacterial infection