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8/4/1967 Pink Floyd releases Piper at the Gates of Dawn


Pink Floyd's debut album was released on this day in 1967 in the UK.  The album would not get its US release until October in a version that nixed three of the tracks on the English release and added See Emily Play.  All but two of the songs on the original release were written by Syd Barrett.  At the time, the lineup of the band included Barrett, Richard Wright and Nick Mason.  The album was recorded between February and April at Abbey Road Studios in London.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on August 4 include...


1968 Day two of the Newport Pop Festival in Costa Mesa, California.


1975 Robert Plant, wife and children injured in car crash on Isle of Rhodes. 


1979 A tribute concert to Lowell George is staged by Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne and Emmylou Harris.


1979 Led Zeppelin plays Knebworth in the group's first UK concert in four years.


1984 Phil Collins marries Jill Tavelman.  Eric Clapton and Robert Plant perform during the reception.


1987 John Mellencamp releases The Lonesome Jubilee.  


2010 Jim Morrison's handwritten lyrics for LA Woman sell for $20,680 at UK auction.


2015 Paul Simon makes an unannounced appearance with Billy Joel during the last concert at the Nassau Coliseum.


8/3/1987 Def Leppard releases Hysteria

Quite a lineup was assembled for the Newport, California Pop Festival at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa on the weekend of August 3 & 4, 1968. The lineup included the Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, the Byrds, Eric Burden and the Animals, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, the Chambers Brothers, Blue Cheer, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Quicksilver Messenger Service. It became the first festival to draw more than 100,000.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on August 3 include...



1963 Collective Soul's Ed Roland born.

1963 Metallica's James Hetfield born.

1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Green River. 

1969 Alice Cooper releases Pretties For You.  1971 Paul McCartney forms Wings.

1974 Jeff Baxter leaves Steely Dan to join Doobie Brothers.

1979 Talking Heads release Fear of Music.


1987 Def Leppard releases Hysteria.

1991 Animal rights activists confront Ted Nugent in New Hampshire.

2009 Grateful Dead's Bill Kreutzmann plays drums with Phish during Red Rocks, Colorado concert.


8/2/1978 Boston releases Don't Look Back


After their self-titled debut album set all kinds of sales records and established Boston as one of the biggest bands in Rock, expectations were sky high for the second release that dropped on this day in 1978. Within a month, more than 4 million copies had sold.  Don't Look back went on to sell more than 15 million more copies in the US alone, and another 25 million world wide. 

Conflicts with the record label and within the band and the pressure to match or beat the enormous success of the first two albums resulted in a nearly decade long wait for the group's third release.  By the time it came out in 1986, only Sholz and Brad Delp were still in the group.  Although Third Stage sold well initially and went on to be certified 4x platinum, it was was not nearly as highly regarded as either of the previous albums.  Subsequent albums Walk On (1994), Corporate America (2002) and Love and Hope (2013) also failed to measure up to the

quality of the ground breaking albums of 1976 and '78.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on August 2 include...


1937 The Band's Garth Hudson born. 

1944 Traffic's Jim Capaldi born.

1948 Andy Fairweather Low (Roger Waters, Eric Clapton, Who) born.

1951 Rainbow's Joe Lynn Turner born.

1952 Les Dudek (Allman Brothers Band, Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs, Stevie Nicks) born.

1951 Andrew Gold born.   

1961 The Beatles do their first live set at the Cavern Club in Liverpool.

1962 Robert Zimmerman gets the legal name change to Bob Dylan.

1969 Bob Dylan attends his 10th high school reunion, Hibbing MN.

1978 Neil Young marries Pegi Morton.

1982 Steve Winwood releases Talking Back To The Night. 

1987 Billy Joel plays Lenningrad, live CD recorded.   

1996 Aerosmith fires manager Tim Collins. 

2005 Bob Seger joins Three Doors Down on Landing In London during Clarkston, Michigan concert.   

2007 Pearl Jam plays private concert for Ten Club members at Vic Theater in Chicago.


8/1/1942 Jerry Garcia born

Jerome John Garcia was born on this day in 1942 to musical parents in San Francisco who named their son in tribute to American composer Jerome Kern.  Jerry's father had played piano professionally and co-owned a bar with his brother that his mother, who was also a pianist, operated after her husband drowned on a fishing trip when Jerry was just five.  Due to the long hours she put in at the bar, Jerry and his brother spent the following 5 years in the care of her parents.  His grandmother introduced him to country and bluegrass music and his brother turned him on to R&B and Rock.  On his 15th birthday, Garcia's mother gave him an accordian, which he got her to exchange for a guitar and a small amp.



He joined his first band in  in 1959 after his mother had relocated her family to a small town about 100 miles north of San Francisco.  The Chords won a talent contest at his high school and got to record a song as their prize, choosing the instrumental Raunchy that Bill Justice had released two years earlier.



After a brief stinit in the Army, Garcia began hanging out with musicians in Palo Alto. A high speed car accident that killed the driver, seriously injured another friend and sent Garcia through the windshield, breaking his collarbone, got Jerry to reassess his priorities.  Reflecting on that wreck, Garcia said, That's where my life began.  Before then I was always living at less than capacity. I was idling. That was the slingshot for the rest of my life. It was like a second chance. Then I got serious."  Being a better musician became a priority.


He met musician and lyrisist Robert Hunter in 1961.  The two played as a duo and were together in a couple of bands.  The following year, Jerry met future band mate Phil Lesh during a party in Palo Alto and Garcia was introduced to fellow guitarist Bob Weir on New Year's Eve in 1963.  In 1965, Garcia and Weir teamed with Ron "Pig Pen" McKernan to form Mother McCree's Uptown Jug Champions.  Lesh joined them in 1965 and drummer Bill Kreutzmann the group transitioned into the Warlocks and shortly thereafter became the Grateful Dead.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on August 1 include...


1943 Wings Geoff Britton born.


1946 King Crimson & Bad Company's Boz Burell born.


1947 Tubes Rick Anderson born.


1951 Deep Purple's Tommy Bolin born.


1953 Robert Cray born.


1959 Def Leppard's Joe Elliot born.


1969 Jethro Tull releases Stand Up. 


1970 Performance with Mick Jagger has its screen premiere in London.


1970 Derek & Dominos make live debut in London.  


1970 Jimi Hendix does last U.S. concert in Hawaii.


1971 George Harrison stages Concert For Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden with Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Leon Russell, Billy Preston and Ravi Shankar. 


1974 Eric Clapton breaks a ukulele over Pete Townshend's head during Atlanta concert. 1980 John Lennon & Yoko Ono start recording Double Fantasy album.   


1980 Def Leppard makes US live debut in New York City.


1981 MTV premieres


1983 Neil Young releases Everybody's Rockin'.


1986 Jerry Garcia discharged from hospital after recovering from a diabetic coma.


1994 Rolling Stones open VooDoo Lounge tour in Washington, DC.


2000 AC/DC's Stiff Upper lip tour opens in Grand Rapids, Michigan.


2007 Police play reunion concert at Madison Square Garden.


2019 Pioneering rock concert and documentary filmmaker D.A. Pennybacker dies at 94.


7/31/1980 The Eagles break up


The Eagles  Eagles broke eup after Glenn Frey and Don Felder trade taunts an nasty remarks on-stage during the group's set at a Long Beach, California concert ont his day in 1980.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events o the final day of July include...


1946 Fleetwood Mac’s Bob Welch born.

1953 ELO’s Hugh McDowell born.

1958 REM’s Bill Berry born.

1964 Rowdy fans disrupt a Rolling Stones concert In Belfast. The show is cancelled less than 15 minutes after its start. 
1968 The Beatles finish recording Hey Jude.

1971 Security guard stabbed during a Who concert at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY dies. 

1971 Gimme Shelter premiers at Rialto Theatre in London.
1972 The James Gang releases Passin' Through.

1979 James Taylor does a free Central Park concert in New york City.

1991 Chris Robinson of the Black Crowes arrested for spitting on a customer at a convenience store in Denver.

1996 The Sex Pistols open a short lived reunion tour in Boulder, Colorado


7/30/1936 Buddy Guy born

1936 Buddy Guy, the Blues guitarist who inspired and influenced Rock musicians including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Jimi Hendrix, was born on this day in 1936 in Lettsworth, Lousiana.


Other Noteworthy July 30 events include...


1946 Jethro Tull's Jeffrey Hammond born. 

1965 Rolling Stones release Out Of Their Heads. 

1968 Buffalo Springfield releases Las Time Around.

1970 Beatles close Apple Boutique in London.   

1970 Rolling Stones fire manager Allen Klein.   
1973 Led Zeppelin films The Song Remains The Same in New York City. 

1978 Thin Lizzy announces Gary Moore as their new guitarist. 

1987 David Bowie opens his US leg of his Glass Spider tour in Philadelphia.

1991 A limo driver ticketed while transporting Guns N' Roses to a concert gets ticketed for an illegal turn. Axl Rose threatens to cancel the concert unless the officer tears-up the ticket. He complys.

1996 Sammy Hagar plays with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bruce Hornsby & Mickey Hart at Furthur Festival.   

1996 Alice In Chains release Unplugged.

2002 Bruce Springsteen releases The Rising. 

2011 U2 ends the 360° tour with a rain soaked performance in Moncton, CA. Tour grossed $736 million.


7/29/1953 Geddy Lee born.


eddy Lee was born Gary Lee Weinrib on this day in 1953 in Toronto to parents who were Polish Holocaust survivors that were interned inconcentration camps from their early teens until being liberated by allied troops.  His fatheer died at at 45, leaving his mother to work long hours that kept her children from having many waking hours in her presence.  Geddy would be a musical sponge, playing drums, trumpet, clarinet and piano befoe settting on bass as his primary instrument.  His experience on all of the other instrments factored in him becoming such a great song writer.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 29 include...


1946 REO Speedwagon's Neil Doughty born.

1956 Patti Scialfa of E Street Band born.

1959 Thin Lizzy & Whitesnake's John Sykes born. 

1965 Help! premiers in London.
1966 Cream plays first concert in Manchester, England.

1966 Teen Magazine Datebook publishes interview in which John Lennon pronounced the Beatlese were, "...bigger than Jesus now".

1966 Bob Dylan injured dumping his motorcycle near Woodstock.   
1968 The Beatles start recording Hey Jude.

1973 Led Zeppelin loses close to $200,000 in New York hotel safe robbery following concert. 

1974 Cass Elliot of Mamas & Poppas dies. 

1987 Suit by Jerry Garcia against Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream over Cherry Garcia flavor settled .

1997 Stevie Ray Vaughan Live at Carnegie Hall released. 

1990 Elton John starts a year lonf hiatus by checking into a rehab facility.

1994 David Gilmour marries Polly Samson.

2007 Carlos Santana autographs the first 300 'Carlos' shoes being sold at Macys in Las Vegas mall.   

2007 Paramedics administer a shock to restore normal rhythm to KISS member Paul Stanley during a concert. 

2009 Bob Seger and Tiger Woods play a round together at Michigan Pro-Am at Warwick Hills Country Club.

2014 Neil Young files for divorce from Pegi after 36 years as a couple.   

2014 Tom Petty releases Hypnotic Eye.

2017 AC/DC veteran Brian Johnson escapes serious injury when he roll stin A35 during qualifying run before Classic Car race at Silverstone Classic.   

2017 Eric Clapton releases The Breeze: A Tribute to JJ Cale...


7/28/1973 Watkins Glen hosts 600,000 at Summer Jam


Watkins Glen in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is a quiet, rural village on days when its race track is not hosting car races.  Attendance at the annual NASCAR race and Formula One racing trhe course at the Glen used to host would draw crowd's thouseands of times larger than the community's population.  On this day in 1973, Watkins Glen hosted an event that drew a crowd even dwarfed the turn-out for races at the track.  An estimated 600,000 were on hand to see the Allman Brothers Band, the Grateful Dead and The Band.  Although the official event was limited to one day, fans arriving the night before got to hear extensive soundchecks.


Other July 28 Noteworthy Classic Rock events include...


1943 Mike Bloomfield born.

1945 Pink Floyd's Richard Wright born.   

1948 Bad Company's Simon Kirke born.   

1954 Kansas, Dixie Dregs, Deep Purple's Steve Morse born.   

1970 Ned Kelly movie with Mick Jagger in the lead role premieres.

1975 Bob Dylan starts recording Desire.   

1975 Black Sabbath releasesSabotage.

1979 Aerosmith, Journey, The Nugent play World Series of Rock at Cleveland Stadium.   Perry quits the band after feuding with other Aerosmith members during the concert.

1979 Rainbow releases Down to Earth.

1986 Neil Young releases Landing On Water.   

1986 REM releases Life’s Rich Pageant.  

1987 Beatles sue Nike over use of Revolution in sneaker commercial.   

1993 Roger Waters of Pink Floyd marries Priscilla Phillips.   

2005 John Lennon's hand written lyrics for All You Need Is Love bring close to $1 million at London auction. 

2007 Police play Fenway Park in Boston. 

2007 Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Albert Lee, John Mayer, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, BB King, Vince Gill and Alison Krauss play Eric's second Crosstroads Festival in Chicago.

2009 Gov't Mule releases By A Thread.

2011 Meat Loaf suffers an asthma attack and passes out on stage during a Pittsburgh concert.

Linda Ronstadt is awarded the National Medal of Arts.


7/27 A busy day in record stores


July 27th has historically been a good day to have gone to a record store. On this date in 1973, Genesis Live got and the New York Dolls debut album got their releases. Terrapin Station by the Grateful Dead arrived on track 2 on 7/27/1977. Two years later, AC/DC's first million seller Highway To Hell and John Mellencamp's self-titled 1979 lp hit the shelves. Stevie Nicks' Bella Donna made its debut on this day in 1981.  Neil Young was out with Everybody's Rockin' in 1983, and Ride The Lightning from Metallica got unleashed on 7/27/1984.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 27 include...


1976 Bruce Springsteen sues manager Mike Appel, dispute sidelines the Boss for more than a year. 

1976 John Lennon issued a green card by the US, ending a 4 year ordeal.

1979 Alice Cooper's Indian art store in Scottsdale, AZ firebombed.   

2001 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Leon Wilkeson dies in his ssleep at 49 in Ponte Vedra, Florida hotel. 
2006 Axl Rose faces charges in Stockholm after being accused of punching a security guard and biting his leg.  1993 Smashing Pumpkins release Siamese Dream.   
2009 Protesters over disruptions caused by 2 day set-up and tear-down of U2 stage in Dublin block tour trucks causing them to miss ferry to get the stage to Stockholm concert site…


7/26/1943 Mick Jagger born

1943 Michael Phillip Jagger burst into this world on July 26, 1943 in Dartford, Kent, England. He and Keith Richards attended school together in 1950 , but it was the pair's chance meeting at a train station platform in July, 1960 that started them on a path that would change rock history. His studies at the London School of Economics got jettisoned so he and Keith could form a rock n' roll band, but he absorbed enough while there to make him one of the most financially astute musicians in music history.  


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 26 include...


1949 Queen's Roger Taylor born.

1968 The writing of Hey Jude is finished up by Paul McCartney and John Lennon.

1968 Moody Blues release In Search of a Lost Chord.   
1970 Jimi Hendrix does his last Seattle concert.

1977 Robert Plant's 6 year old son dies of respiratory failure - Zeppelin tour canceled.   
1992 Paul Stanley of KISS marries Pamela Brown. 

2001 Paul McCartney announces his engagement with Heather Mills.

2007 Jimmy Page testifies against an accused Led Zeppelin bootlegger in Glasgow. 

2013 JJ Cale dies in La Jolla California after suffering a heart attack.



7/25/1980 AC/DC releases Back in Black

Even though Back In Black was AC/DC's 7th album, in many ways the band was back to square one when it came out due to the degree of skepticism hard core fans had that the group could survive let alone thrive without Bon Scott. Recorded during a two month stretch in the Bahamas and mixed in Electric Lady Studios in New York, the album broke from the gate strongly and quickly established itself as one of the decade's biggest albums.   With more than 50 million copies sold since, it has cemented its spot in the ranks as one of the most remarkable rebound against the odds releases ever.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 25 include...


1943 Yardbirds Jim McCarty born. 

1965 Bob Dylan goes electric at Newport Folk Festival.   

1966 Rolling Stones last US appearance with Brian Jones.   

1968 Janis Joplin and Big Brother release Cheap Thrills.

1969 Neil Young plays with Crosby, Stills & Nash for first time, Fillmore East.   

1967 Creedence Clearwarer Revival releases Cosmos Factory.

1980 Eric Carr plays with KISS for first time, New York City.  

1983 Metallica releases Kill Em All.    

1990 Brent Mydland of the Grateful Dead dies of morphine/cocaine overdose.   

1989 Alice Cooper releases Trash.   

1990 Son Evan born to Bruce Springsteen & Patti Scialfa. 

1999 Woodstock 99 ends in flames, destruction and 120 arrests in Rome, NY.

2006 Tom Petty releases Highway Companion.   

2010 John Fogerty performs Centerfield at Baseball Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown and donates guitar modeled on Lousiville Slugger to the Hall.


7/24/1970 Yes releases Time and a Word




On this day in 1970 Yes released its sophomore album. The UK album cover was replaced by a group photo on the US release out of concerns the Brit cover featuring a stretched-out and leggy in a nearly naked state lady would prevent it from getting display space in record stores in the States. The irony of the US cover is that between the recording of the album and its release, guitarist Peter Banks got dropped by the band because he objected to the use of orchestral elements, so his replacement, Steve Howe, is in the photo instead of Banks.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 24 include...


1961 Extreme & Van Halen's Gary Cherone born. 

1964 Crowd surges onto stage during Rolling Stones Blackpool, UK concert when Keith Richards kicks a fan that had been spitting at the band.

1978 Sgt. Pepper movie with Peter Frampton opens. 

1990 Trial blaming teen suicide on music of Judas Priest opens in Reno, NV (later dismissed). 

1992 Black Crowes Johnny Colt arrested fro trying to prevent police from taking drunken concert fan into custody. 

2010 19 killed in stampede at Love Parade festival in Germany. 

2010 Tony Iommi’s custom Gibson SG stolen during High Voltage Festival in the UK. 

2012 Larry Hoppen of Orleans commits suicide in Florida home.


7/23/1965 Slash born



1946 Andy MacKay of Roxy Music born.

1947 David Essex born.

1948 John Hall of Orleans born.

1965 Guns N Roses & Velvet Revolver's Slash born.

1971 Moody Blues release Every Good Boy Deserves Favor.

1977 Led Zeppelin's John Bonham and manager arrested and charged with assaulting a Bill Graham employee backstage at Oakland concert.

1984 Sammy Hagar releases VOA.  

1984 Billy Squire releases Signs Of Life.   

1989 Ringo Starr opens his first tour since Beatles break-up.

1990 Brent Mydland's last performance with the Grateful Dead, Tinley Park, Illinois (dies 7/25).   

1992 Bruce Springsteen opens first tour in 4 years.   

1993 Curt Cobain OD's in New York City hotel bathroom. 

1999 Woodstock '99 opens in Rome, NY. 

2006 Jon Bon Jovi performs at Steelers Super Bowl XXX victory party in Pittsburgh.  

2011 Amy Winehouse joins the list of artists dead at 27 when police find her body in her London flat. 

2017 Eddie Vedder joins Roger Waters on Comfortably Numb and Us + Them during Chicago Waters concert.

2017 Peter Frampton storms off stage in Minneapolis after venue cameras projecting his set focus on fans holding up his album covers instead of him...


7/22/1947 Don Henley born


The Eagles spent more years disbanded than they have together as a band, but the body of work they produced from 1971-1980 and the tours they have staged since getting back together in 1994 have kept them one of America's most prominent bands. In addition to QBing the Eagles, Don Henley has 5 solo albums to his credit. The drummer/guitarist/vocalist/producer was born on this day in 1947 in Gilmor, Texas.


Other Noteworthy July 22 events in Classic Rock include...


1944 Supertramp's Richard Davies born. 

1967 Doors and Bee Gees appear on American Bandstand.
1967 Vanilla Fudge does its debut concert.

1969 The Band records Up On Cripple Creek.

1972 Paul and Linda McCartney arrested on drug charges in Sweden.

1977 Yes releases Going for the One.

1998 Security has to pry a woman off Rod Stewart he invited on stage during Havin' A Party at Great Woods, MA show. 

1998 Stone Temple Pilots Scott Weiland released on $250,000 bail on various charges. 

2005 Doors drummer John Densmore wins a suit preventing Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger from recording or touring as The Doors of the 21st Century.

2017 Don Henley joined by Stevie Nicks, Patty Smyth, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit during his 70th birthday concert in Dallas.


7/21/1987 Guns N' Roses releases Appetite for Destruction



Guns N’ Roses burst on the scene with release Appetite For Destruction on this day in 1987. After a slow start, increased airplay propelled sales that made it the top selling debut album in Billboard chart history and well over 30 million copies have sold worldwide.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 21 include...


1943 Wings and Spooky Tooth member Henry McCullough born.

1955 Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Howie Epstein born.  

1972 Rod Stewart releases Never A Dull Moment. 

1980 John Mellencamp releases Nothin' Matters And What If It Did?  

1980 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux injured in car wreck, dies two days later.   

1981 Bryan Adams releases You Want it, You Got It.  

1982 Queen opens north American Hot Space tour.

1990 Roger Waters performs The Wall in shadow of Berlin Wall site for a crowd estimated at 350,000.   

1996 Dennis DeYoung of Styx served soda spiked with bleach and is hospitalized in New York City.

1998 Stevie Nicks gets a restraining order issued against a Colorado man who thinks she can cure his mental illness. 

2009 John Marmaduke Dawson of New Riders Of The Purple Sage dies of stomach cancer in Mexico. 

2010 Elton John postpones Tucson concert 24 hours due to food poisoning


7/20/1947 Carlos Santana born


Many don't realize that when Santana delivered one of the most riveting sets at the original Woodstock festival the group's debut album hadn't even been released yet.  The fusion of Rock and firey Latin American rhythms and the searing guitar work of the man born on this day in Mexico has continued to enthrall audiences to this day.  Happy brithday, Carlos Santana!


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 290 include...


1945 Moody Blues John Lodge born. 

1956 Sex Pistols Paul Cook born.   

1963 Soundgarden's Chris Cornell born.

1964 Beatles release Something New in US.   1966 Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard born.   

1970 Jefferson Airplane releases Long John Silver.  

1973 Genesis releases Genesis Live.   

1973 Mott The Hoople releases Mott.

1974 Doobie Brothers, Allman Brothers, Van Morrison play the first Knebworth Concert.

1974 Joey Ramone takes over lead vocals for the Ramones.

1975 Steve Van Zandt joins Springsteen's E Street Band.  on the opening night of the Born To Run tour in Providence, RI. 

1976 Allman Brothers Band road manager Scooter Herring draws 75 year sentence in drug conviction after trial Gregg Allman appeared as prosecution witness in.  He is released after serving 30 months. 

1979 REO Speedwagon releases Nine Lives.

1981 Journey releases Escape.

1986 Van Halen's manager is beaten in a Dallas hotel elevator.

2017 Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington hangs himself.   

2017 Guns N' Roses plays the Apollo Theater in New York.


7/19/1947 Brian May born

Rock n Roll ain't noise pollution or rocket science, but even if it was the latter Queen's guitarist could handle it. Happy birthday to Rocker and astro physicist Brian May, born on this day in 1947.


Other Noteworthy July 19 events in Classic Rock include...  


1947 Eagles Bernie Leadon born.

1948 Grateful Dead's Keith Godchaux born 1952 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Allen Collins Born.  1965 Bob Dylan releases Like A Rolling Stone. 

1969 The Spencer Davis Group breaks-up.

1971 Roger Daltrey marries Heather Taylor.

1974 David Bowie's Diamond Dogs tour wraps.

1976 Deep Purple splits-up.

1980 David Bowie debuts as Elephant Man on stage in Denver play opening. 

1987 Bruce Springsteen plays East Berlin concert.

1991 Steven Adler sues Guns N' Roses over his ouster from the band.

2010 Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi settle legal dispute over the rights to the Black Sabbath name.



7/18/1969 Doors release The Soft Parade



The Doors 4th studio album got released on this day in 1969. The Soft Parade was eight months in the making, due in good part to the fact Jim Morrison was not writing songs during the group's long tour leading into the studio sessions.  He contibuted less to this album than he had to any of the previous studio recordings. The addition of orchestral backing and more jazz influenced styling from Ray Manzarek than on the first three albums earned little praise from fans and critics that had come to expect straight-up Rock from Morrison and company.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 18 include...


1929 Screamin' Jay Hawkins born. 

1938 Early Rolling Stones collaborator Ian Stewart born. 

1939 Brian Auger born. 

1941 Lonnie Mack born.

1945 Animals Danny McCullough born.

1962 Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers Jack Irons born.

1968 Grateful Dead release Anthem Of The Sun.  

1970 Pink Floyd and Deep Purple play free Hyde Park concert.

1972 Mayor gets Keith Richards and Mick Jagger out of jail after a scuffle with a photographer so the Rolling Stones can do their Boston concert.

1973 Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Bob Marley and the Wailers open a 5 night run together at Max's Kansas City in New York.

1976 Heart releases Magic Man. 

1978  Def Leppard makes live debut in Sheffield, UK.

1989 Jefferson Airplane reunites.

1994 The Rolling Stones play a Toronto club.

2008 Billy Joels does thre lasst concert at Shea Stadium.

2010 Extreme heat and humidity sickens Mike Campbell, who collapses during Tom Petty Cleveland concert. Returns to do 3 songs after a 10 minute delay. Detroit concert scheduled for 7/20 gets postponed.   

2021 The Who announce a Quadrophenia tour.

2015 Bruce Springsteen joins Joe Gruschecky ofor a 15 song set at Jersey's Wonder Bar.



7/17/1968 Yellow Submarine movie premiers in London



The Beatles Yellow Submarine movie had its London premiere on this night in 1968.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 17 include...


1939 Spencer Davis born.

1949 Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler born.

1952 Doobie Brothers Chet McCracken born.  1967 Jimi Hendrix opens for the Monkees in New York. 

1957 Molly Hatchett's Bruce Crump born.

1970 Guess Who play the White hous but drop American Woman from set list at request of Pat Nixon.

1972 The Rolling Stones equipment truck is bombed in Montreal and a riot breaks out when thousands of fans discover their tickets were counterfeits.

1974 US Immigration and Naturalization orders John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days.

1978 Simple Minds makes live debut in Glasgow, Scotland.

1979 Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy in the middle of US tour.

1987 Keith Richards signs solo contract with Virgin Records.   

1993 Guns N' Roses does last concert with founding lineup.

1996 Animals bass player and early Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler dies of heart complications.    

2009 Paul McCartney does first concert at Citi Field, Shea Stadium's replacement, and is joined by Billy Joel on I Saw her Standing There.   

2011 Bruce Springsteen performs a 45 minute tribute set to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.   

2011 High winds cause stage collapse during Cheap Trick set at Ottawa Blues Festival. Band escapes injury, but crew member seriously injured and equipment destroyed.


7/16/1966 Cream forms

Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker formed one of the great power trios in Rock history on this day in 1966. The first of the relatively short lived bands EC started after his stint in the Yardbirds and before going solo, Cream's albums and concerts firmly established him as one of the preeminent guitarists in the world.
Other Noteworthy events on this day in Classic Rock include...

1952 Stewart Copeland of the Police born.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 16 include...


1968 Bill Graham's Fillmore West reopens in the former Carousel Ballroom with a Sly and the Family Stone and Big Brother and the Holding Company concert.

1974 Neil Young releases On The Beach.

1976 The Allman Brothers Band breaks-up.

1980 The No Nukes benefit concert film premiers in New York City.

1982 Billy Idol releases Billy Idol.   

1982 Warren Zevon releases The Envoy.

1980 No Nukes movie premiers in New York. 

1981 Harry Chapin dies of heart attack after his car crashes on Long Island Expressway.

1982 Warren Zevon releases The Envoy.

1984 Roger Waters opens his Pros and Cons of Hitchhiking tour in Stockholm.

1996 Who open a week of dates at Madison Square Garden with Quadrophenia.   

2003 Santana's Supernatural Tour wraps-up and Carlos donates $2 million to combat AIDS in Africa.

2010 Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith throws out ceremonial first pitch at Fenway Park before Rangers play Red Sox.   

2011 Jon Lord of Deep Purple and Whitesnake dies in London a year after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

2014 Johnny Winter dies in Zurich, Switzerland hotel while on European tour.


7/15/1956 Joe Satriani born



Guitar great Joe Satriani was born on this day in Westbury, New York in 1956. Legend has it that Satriani, on learning during a high school football practice on September 18, 1970 that Jimi Hendrix had died,  decided on the spot to quit the squad and take-up guitar.  It proved to be a great decision not only for Joe, but also Steve Vai, Kirk Hammett and a number of other notable guitarists that would take lessons from him when he moved to northern California at the age of 22.  His first west coast band experience came in a San Francisco based group named the Squares. He was briefly a late stage member of the Greg Kihn Band,  and would go on to do stints in Mick Jagger's solo band and Deep Purple. Since 2008, Satriani has been with Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony in Chickenfoot.  Joe's 14 solo albums have sold more than 10 million copies, making him one of the most successful instrumental musicians of all time.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 15 include...


1946 Linda Ronstadt born.

1948 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Artimus Pyle born.

1949 Trevor Horn of Yes born.

1952 .38 Special's Jeff Carlisi born.

1958 John Lennon's mother dies after being struck by drunk driver's car.

1978 200,000 turn out to see Bob Dylan play at the Blackbushe Airport in England.

1980 Linda Ronstadt does her debut performance in an off-Broadway production of Pirates of Penzance  

1989 Pink Floyd plays on floating stage at Canal di San Marco in Venice, Italy for more than 200,000. 

1994 Phil Collins announces he will divorce his wife, Jill.   

1994 Pink Floyd does Dark Side Of The Moon in concert in Detroit. First performance of the album in 20 years.   

1998 Joey Kramer of Aerosmith suffers burns when his Ferrari catches fire at a gas station.  Burns he sustained cause Aerosmith to cancel tour. 

1999 Bruce Springsteen opens his reunion tour with the E Street Band.

2008 John Mellencamp releases Life, Death, Love & Freedom.

2009 Paul McCartney plays from the marquee of the Ed Sullivan theater before appearance on David Letterman Show. 

2000 Paul Young of Mike and the Mechanics and Sad Cafe dies of a heart attack at 53. 

2010 Joe Perry slightly injured when a car hits the Aerosmith guitarist’s motorcycle from behind near Boston.   

2011 Charlie Gilmour, son of the Pink Floyd guitarist and Polly Samson, sentenced to 16 months in jail for actions during violent student protests late in 2010.

2016 Guns N' Roses detained at Canadian border after a gun is found on tour bus.

2017 The Eagles do their first concert since Glenn Frey's death at Dodger Stadium in LA.


7/14/1978 Talking Heads release More Songs About Buildings and Food



David Byrne and the Talking Heads dropped their second album on this day in 1978.   More Songs About Buildings and Food was the band's first collaboration with Brian Eno and included the unlikely cover of Al Green's Take Me to the River.  


Other Noteworthy Classic ROck events on July 14 include...


1968 The original Fillmore West location shifts to the Carousel Ballroom.

1970 Supertramp releases self-titled album.

1973 Byrds Clarence White stuck and killed by car, Palmdale, Caltfornia.
1977 Elvis Costello does his first concert in Penzance, UK.

1982 Pink Floyd's The Wall movie has its premiere in London.  

1982 Van Halen opens a US tour in Augusta, Georgia.

1986 Bob Dylan release Knocked Out Loaded.

1984 Aerosmith members get into an altercation on stage in Springfield, Illinois.   

1987 Steve Miller gets star on Hollywood Walk Of Fame. 


1987 Pink Floyd stages album cover shoot for Momentary Lapse of Reason at Saunton Sands Beach in North Devon, England.  


1996 John Fogerty sues Creedence members for using a sound-a-like vocalist. 

2007 Genesis concert in Rome draws 500,000 . 

2009 From The Outside - Doors documentary released.

2009 Robin Trower releases What Lies Beneath.

2010 Bono announces he is recovering from back surgery.   

2011 Appearance by Paul McCartney with Bruce Springsteen cut short at Hard Rock Calling festival in London out of fear of curfew penalty.   

2016 Bono safe in restaurant during truck terror attack outside it in Nice, France.


7/13/1973 Queen releases debut album


1973 Queen releases its self-titled debut album.
On this day in 1985, he band woud join the lineup of bands playing at Live Aid concerts concerts staged simultaneously in London and Philadelphia. Queen's riveting set was widely considered the best performance of all in the lineup that saw Led Zeppelin. the Who, U2, Tom Petty, Paul McCartney and many more also perform. 



Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 13 include...

1942 Byrds Roger McGuinn born.

1942 J Geils band's Steven Bladd born.
1967 Pink FLoyd performs on the BBC's Top of the Pops. 

1968 Black Sabbath makes live debut at a Birmingham club.

1973 Bob Dylan releases Pat Garrett & Billy The Kid.   

1973 Grateful Dead release Bear's Choice. 

1985 David Crosby plays the Philadelphia Live Aid concert while free on appeal and jumps bond after show. 

1993 Dickey Betts is arrested in Saratoga Springs, NY after assault allegation from wife is phoned in.   

1993 Geddy Lee of Rush sings Canadian Anthem at All Star Game in Baltimore. 

2004 Jimmy Buffett releases License To Chill.   

2013 Rolling Stones play Hyde Park.

2019 Paul McCartney joined by Joe Walsh and Ringo Starr during his tour ending set at Dodger Stadium.


7/12/1943 Chirstine McVie born

Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie born on this day in 1943. The daughter of a violinist and music professor and a mother that was steeped in fortune telling and faith healing, the future Fleetwood Mac member was born Christine Perfect in Lancashire. She started piano lessons before her 5th birthday and began a deeper study of classical music shortly before becoming a teenager, but redirected her interest to Rock when her older brother showed her a Fats Domino book of songs when she was 15. After doing some early informal work with Spencer Davis, she became a member of Chicken Shack, a group she left after a couple of albums and her marriage to Fleetwood Mac bass player John McVie. She joined FM in 1970, shortly after the departure of Peter Green.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on July 12 include...


1949 Asia, Family, King Crimson, Uriah Heep, UK’s John Wetton born.


1952 Iron Butterfly's Phil Kramer born.


1953 KISS' Eric Carr born.


1959 Black Sabbath's Ray Gillen born


1967 Dream Theater's John Petrucci born


1969 Blind Faith makes US concert debut at Madison Square Garden.


1970 Janis Joplin does first concert with Full Tilt Boogie Ban


1979 Chicago FM DJ Steve Dahl stages Disco Demolition Night between games of a Chicago White Sox double header at Comiskey Park, exploding a crate of disco records on the field. Damage caused by the detonation and fans that rushed the field following it causes cancellation of the second game against the Detroit Tigers.


1979 Deep Purple's Ian Paice joins Whitesnake.


1983 Traffic's Chris Wood dies of pneumonia and liver failure.


1992 Axl Rose arrested for inciting a riot during a Guns N' Roses concert in St. Louis in 1991.


1996 Eden Fest concert features Bush & Live plus dozens of other acts at Mosport Park in Toronto.


1996 Styx's John Panozzo dies of Gastrointestinal hemorrhage. 


1997 1,555 set Guinness world record playing Beatles Twist & Shout on guitar in Nashville.


1997 Red Hot Chili Peppers Anthony Keidis fractures wrist in LA motorcycle crash.


2003 Rob Halford confirms he will reunite with Judas Priest after a 13 year absence.


2008 Ron Wood leaves his wife to move in with an 18 year-old.


2009 Cheap Trick members visit Veterans at Walter Reed Medical Center before Washington, DC concert.


2012 Steven Tyler abandons his judging role on American Idol.


7/11/1959 Richie Sambora born


He took up the accordion when he was 6 but switched to guitar at 12 and has been shredding ever since. Happy birthday to the RHOF guitarist born on this date in Perth Amboy, New Jersey.?

1969 David Bowie releases Space Oddity.

1969 Rolling Stones release Honky Tonk Woman. 


1975 Fleetwood Mac releases self-titled album.

1979 Neil Young movie Rust Never Sleeps has premier in LA.

1982 Phil Collen replaces Pete Willis in Def Leppard,

1989 Bob Weir and Mickey Hart testify for rainforest preservation before US congress.  1992 Jerry Garcia neckties go on sale at Bloomingdales.


1994 Rolling Stones release VooDoo Lounge.

1995 Mike Mills of REM has emergency intestinal surgery, European tour delayed.

1997 Neil Young does un announced acoustic set at HORDE tour stop in Mountainview, California.

2002 Who bassist John Entwistle buried in Cotswolds, England.

2006 Rolling Stones open European leg of Bigger Bang Tour.

2010 Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward does his last concert before his death.

2010 Pearl Jam releases Lightning Bolt.

2010 Jimmy Buffett does free concert on Gulf Shores, Alabama beach to boost tourism in aftermath of BP oil spill.