Eric Clapton did his first concerts after getting out of rehab on this night in 1973. Organized by Pete Townshend after the Who guitarist talked EC into doing it, the two concerts at the Rainbow Theatre in London ended a two year stretch during which Clapton's only live appearance was at George Harrison's Concert for Bangladesh. In addition to Townshend, the lineup of musicians accompanying Eric included Ronnie Wood, Steve Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Ric Grech. Highlights from the Rainbow concert were released on a double live album the following September. A 1995 expanded and remastered edition of the album added more than a dozen additional songs from the sets recorded that night.
Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on January 13 include...
1952 Doobie Brothers Cornelius Bumper born.
1955 Trevor Rabin of Yes born.
1956 Malcolm Foster of the Pretenders born.
?1970 Bruce Springsteen's early band Steel Mill headlines a club concert at the Matrix, Marty Balin's club after Boz Scaggs cancels.
1973 Deep Purple releases Who Do You Think We Are.
1978 Bob Weir releases Heaven Help The Fool.
1978 The Police start recording their debut album.
1980 Grateful Dead, Jefferson Starship & Beach Boys play benefit for Kampuchea at Oakland Stadium.
1995 REM open Monster tour in Perth, Australia.
1995 Bruce Springsteen records Murder Incorporated.
2009 Derek Trucks Band releases Already Free
2010 E Street Band’s Clarence Clemons has back surgery.
2021 Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogart & Appice's Tim Bogart dies of cancer.