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1/18/1973 Final work on Dark Side of the Moon commences


One of the most monumental albums in Rock history began to take it's final form on this day in 1973 when Pink Floyd members entered the studio to begin the final work on Dark Side of the Moon.  The group had done some preliminary work in 1972 and had already played early versions of some of the songs live, but the Abbey Road sessions that began on January 18 with engineer Alan Parsons brought out a good deal of the sounds that would lead tot he release becoming one of the top albums in recording history.  All told, the album spent more than 900 weeks on the Billboard Album chart and has sold approximately 50 million copies.


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


1965 The Rolling Stones record The Lasgt Time and Play With Fire.

1973 Rolling Stones do benefit concert for Nicaragua earthquake relief in LA. The concert raises $200,000. Mick Jagger adds $150,000 of his own to the total.

1974 Bad Company forms.

1978 Sex Pistols end US tour, break-up the following day.

1978 Warren Zevon releases Excitable Boy.

1980 Capricorn Records announces bankruptcy.

1983 Bryan Adams releases Cuts Like A Knife.

1984 Van Halen opens its 1984 North American tour in Jacksonville, Florida.

1985 Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia busted in Golden Gate Park. Band gives him an ultimatum.

1989 Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Dion and the Temptations inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame.

1991 3 killed in rush for general admission AC/DC concert at Salt Palace in Salt Lake City.

1995 Jerry Garcia wrecks his BMW in Mill Valley, CA crash.

1997 Queen reunites for AIDS benefit with Elton John in Paris.

1998 Jimi Hendrix Guitar Festival finals in Seattle judged by Kim Thayil of Soundgarden and Jerry Cantrell form Alice in Chains.

2006 Martin Guitars releases custom Tom Johnston Doobie Brothers model.

2009 Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp performs at pre-inaugural concert for Barack Obama in front of Lincoln memorial in Washington.

2011 Gregg Allman releases Low Country Blues.

2011 Pearl Jam releases Live on Ten Legs.

2016 Glenn Frey of the Eagles dies of pneumonia and complications from other ailments.

2016 Don McLean arrested on domestic violence charge in Maine…  



1/17/1969 Doors record Absolutely Live album

Recoding for the first live Doors album was done at concerts over a span of several months, but the concert that took place at the Felt Forum, the 5,000 seat theater under Madison Square Garden, on this night in 1969 yielded more songs than any other. The group's live performances were so uneven that most of the songs on it include snippets of music from different concerts cobbled together to get the best version possible by producer Paul Rothchild, who estimated he did close to 2,000 edits in the process.


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



1948 Rolling Stones Mick Taylor born.

1955 Steve Earle born.

1965 Rolling Stones record The Last Time and Play With Fire.

1974 Bob Dylan releases Planet Waves.     
1981 Motley Crue forms.

1981 Charlie Daniels' Volunteer Jam VII in Nashville features his band, Molly Hatchet, Ted Nugent, Jimmy Hall and others.

1990 The Who and the Kinks inducted into Rock Hall Of  Fame.

1995 Gilby Clark quits Guns N Roses.

1996 Rock Hall Of Fame inducts Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane.

2001 Jason Newsted announces he is leaving Metallica.

2009 Doors movie When You’re Strange premiers at Sundance Film Festival. 
2016 Mott the Hoople's Dale Griffin dies


1/16/1980 and 1984 Paul McCartney busted on drug charges

Today has been an historically unlucky day for Paul McCartney. On This day in 1980, he was arrested at the Tokyo airport and jailed for 9 days after customs inspectors found 8oz of marijuana. Four years later on 1/16, Paul and wife Linda were both placed under arrest in Barbados on drug charges.




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


1957 Cavern Club opens in Liverpool.

1970 Exhibit of John Lennon lithographs gets shut down based on claims of graphic obscenity.

1978 Sex pistol's Sid Vicious falls through a plate glass door in San Francisco and gets hospitalized.

1979 Gregg Allman & Cher divorce becomes official.

1980 Paul McCartney busted when ½ lb. of marijuana turns up in his luggage in Tokyo.  Tour canceled.

1984 Paul & Linda McCartney arrested on drug charges in Barbados.

1990 Ike Turner draws a four year prison sentence on cocaine charges.

1992 Eric Clapton's Unplugged session is recorded.

1996 Jamaican police fire on Jimmy Buffett’s plane after JB and Bono take-off from Montego Bay. Police had mistakenly identified the seaplane as a drug runner's aircraft.

1998 Rolling Stones play Madison Square garden for the first time in 20 years.

2010 Bruce Springsteen joins Joe Gruschecky & The Houserockers for a live set at Parkinsons benefit at Paramount theatre in Asbury Park, NJ.

2018 Slash and Johnny Depp make unannounced appearances with Joe Perry's solo band during a pre-release club concert for his Sweetzerland album...


1/15/948 Lynyrd Skynyrd's Ronnie Van Zant born

Ronald Wayne Van Zant was born on this day in Jacksonville, Florida in 1948. He and other classmates formed the band that would become Lynyrd Skynyrd when Ronnie was 16. Van Zant and other long-term members Gary Rossington and Allen Collins eventually chose to name the group after a gym teacher who ragged on students with long hair named Leonard Skinner.



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


1941 Captain Beefheart (Don Vliet) born.

1951 Motels Martha Davis born.

1952 Marillion's  Pete Trewaves born.
1965 The Who release I Can't Explain, the group's first single.

1967 Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show.

1970 John Lennon’s Bag One art exhibit opens.

1979 Scorpions release Love Drive.

1982 The Police open the US leg of the Ghost in the Machine tour in Boston.

1982 Kinks release Give The People What They Want.

1992 Jimi Hendrix, and the Yardbirds inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame.

1994 Harry Nilsson dies of a heart attack.

2001 Sting given human rights award in Chile. It gets stolen from his dressing room in Buenos Aires the next night.

2007 Hand written lyrics to George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps sold for $300,000 in Scottsdale, AZ auction.

2008 Ronnie Wood undergoes hernia surgery to repair an injusy sustained during the Rolling Stones Bigger Bang tour.

2010 Charlie Daniels suffers minor stroke while snowmobiling in Colorado…  
2015 Rich Robinson announces the break-up of the Black Crowes....


1/14/1980 Rush releases Permanent Waves


Rush opened the 80's on this date with the release of the Canadian trio's 7th studio album, Permanent Waves, which featured Spirit of Radio, Freewill, Jacob's Ladder, Entre Nous, Different Strings and the 9+ minute, three part Natural Science.  Just off an eight month Hemispheres tour of North America and Europe in mid June of 1979, group members decided to take a six week break before convening on a farm to begin work on this album before shifting to a Toronto studio to do preliminary album sessions and then moving on to a Quebec studio in the fall of '79 to do the actual album sessions.  The strategy produced some of the band's most loved songs.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on January 14 include...


1947 T-Bone Burnett born.


1959 Queensryche’s Geoff Tate born.


1963 Charlie Watts drums for the first time live with the Rolling Stones.


1965 Bob Dylan does first session for what would be his Bringin' It All Back Home album.


1967 Counting Crows Steve Bowman born.


1967 Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Big Brothe andthe Holding Company play first Be-In, San Francisco.


1967 Zakk Wylde born.


1968 Nirvana & Foo Fighters Dave Grohl born.


1973 Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh arrested on drug charges.


1977 David Bowie releases Low.


1978 John Lennon Bag One art display opens in London.


1985 John Fogerty releases Centerfield.


1999 Metallica sues Victoria's Secret over lip-liner pencils being marketed as Metalica.


2005 Statue of Johnny Ramone unveiled at the Forever Cemetery in Hollywood.


2009 Jeff Beck, Metallica, Bobby Womack inducted into Rock Hall Of Fame.


2010 Jimmy Page awarded UN's Pathways to Peace award.


2011 John Mellencamp files for divorce from wife Elaine, ending 20 year marriage.


2012 Roger Waters marries for the 4th time, exchanging vows with Laurie Durning, fiancé of 7 years, during a small ceremony on Long Island.


2014 Bruce Springsteen releases High Hopes.


2014 Jimmy Fallon & Bruce Springsteen perform version of Born To Run reworked as a parody of Jersey Governor Chris Christie's bridge lane closure scandal.


2020 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa attend son Sam's swearing-in ceremony as a Jersey City firefighter.


1/13/1973 Eric Clapton's Rainbow Theatre Concert album recorded





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.



1/12/1969 Led Zeppelin I released


Led Zeppelin's debut album was released on this day in 1969, leading to January 13 of that year being a very big day for the sale of replacement speaker systems.  The album was recorded the previous fall in just a few sessions at Olympic Studios in London in a combined total of under 40 hours at a total cost of  just a few thousand dollars.  Jimmy Page served as producer with Glyn Johns handling the engineering.


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


1941 Long John Baldry born.

1951 Larry Hoppen of Orleans born.

1960 Inxs Michael Hutchence born.

1965 Rob Zombie born.

1965 Hullabaloo debuts on NBC.

1968 The Bealtes film division becomes Apple.

1968 Kinks release Live At Kelvin Hall.

1977 Keith Richards fined $1,275 on cocaime posession charge.

1977 The Police rehearse together for the first time.

1984 Motley Crue opens its first US tour in New York City.

1990 Bob Dylan does a tour warm-up concert set at New Haven, CT club Toad's Place.

1992 Doors, Cream, Van Morrison, Sly & The Family Stone gain entry to Rock Hall Of Fame.

1993 Cream reunites for Rock Hall Of Fame induction ceremony in LA.  Van Morrison becomes the first living inductee to refuse to appear at the ceremony.  Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors, Sly and the Family Stone also inducted.

1995 Rock Hall Of Fame inducts Led Zeppelin, Neil Young, Allman Brothers Band, Janis Joplin, Frank Zappa.

1996 AC/DC opens Ballbreaker tour in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1996 Sammy Hagar jams with 999 guitarists at opening of Hard Rock Café in Hollywood.

1998 Tommy Lee of Motley Crue given 2 years probation and ordered to have anger management sessions after pleading no contest to charge of assaulting a photographer.

1998 Rock Hall Of Fame inducts Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Santana, Mamas and the Papas.

1999 Elton John sues his former accountants over allegations of financial mismanagement.

2017 Bruce Springsteen performs surprise free set for out going White House staff and First Family on the week Obama leaves office...


1/11/1942 Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band born


Clarence Clemons, The Big Man of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, was born on this day in 1942 in what is now Chesapeake, Maryland. Were it not for being in a car accident the day before a scheduled tryout, Clemons might have ended up a lineman in the NFL. 
In September, 1971 legend has it, Clemons, was playing sax in a band named the Joyful Noyze at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, During a between sets break, Clarence walked to a nearby club where Bruce Springsteen was booked, introduced himself and proposed doing a song with Bruce and his band. They started with an early version of Spirit In The Night on stage at The Student Prince. By the time the song was done, each of them was convinced Clemons belonged in Bruce's band.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on December 11 include...


1940 Phil Walden, Capricorn Records founder, born.

1946 Tony Kaye of Yes born.

1963 Whiskey-Au-Go-Go opens in LA.

1967 Jimi Hendrix Experience records Purple Haze.

1971 Janis Joplin's second and last solo album, Pearl, gets released three months after her death.

1982 Dark Side Of The Moon eclipses week 400 on Billboard album chart.

1985 The first Rock In Rio concert is staged, with AC/DC, Queen, Rod Stewart, Yes, George Benson and James Taylor  headlining nights.

1990 Paul McCartney opens an eleven concert run at Wembley Arena.

1993 Ted Nugent arrested after shooting flaming arrow during Cincinnati concert.

1998 Rolling Stones cancel Montreal concert after ice storm tears roof of Olympic Stadium.

2003 T. Rex's Mickey Finn dies of Liver disease at 55.

2005 Jefferson Airplane's Spencer Dryden dies of Colon cancer at 66.



1/10/1952 Pat Benatar born


Pat Benatar was born Patricia Mae Andrzejewski on this day in 1953 in Greenpoint, New York.  The daughter of a beautician and a sheet metal worker, she developed an early interest in theater and began taking singing lessons when she was just eight.  She was involved in a number of school musical productions and had her sights set on attending Julliard but ended up attending New York State University at Stony Brook before marrying her high school sweetheart, Dennis Benatar.  Inspired by attending a Liza Minnelli concert, she began performing at a Richmond, Virginia nightclub.  The couple relocated to New York in 1975, where Pat became a regular at the showcase club known as Catch a Rising Star.  That brought her to the attention of a number of record label people.  Chrysalis signed her to a contract and her debut album, In The Heat of the Night, with her cover of John Mellencamp's I Need a Lover, earned her a foothold as one of the premiere lead vocalists of the 80's.


1935 Ronnie Hawkins born.


1943 Jim Croce born.


1945 Rod Stewart born.


1946 Aynsley Dunbar (Journey, Whitesnake) born.



1948 Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen born.


1964 Rolling Stones record Not Fade Away.


1964 Introducing The Beatles released in the US.


1964 The Rolling Stones record Nt Fade Away.


1969 George Harrison announces he is leaving the Beatles. Changes his mind soon after.


1976 Howlin’ Wolf (Little Red Rooster, Spoonful, Smokestack Lightning) dies of cancer.


1984 Ted Nugent guests on Miami Vice.


2000 David Crosby revealed as the father of Melissa Etheridge and Julie Cypher's child.


2003 Stolen master tapes of Beatles 1970's sessions recovered.


2006 Eric Burdon releases Soul Of A Man.


2014 Large group of musicians honor Gregg Allman in Atlanta tribute concert at Fox Theater.


2016 David Bowie dies of cancer…


1/9/1944 Jimmy Page born



James Patrick Page was born on this day in 1944 in west London. The future Led Zeppelin guitarist was inspired by recordings he heard out of Memphis,Chicago and other US cities steeped in R&B and Blues. Even before joining the Yardbirds, Page had become a man in demand for session work in London.  He went on to earn acclaim as one of the greatest lead guitarists in Rock as the lead guitarist in Led Zeppelin and credit for having Midas touch for his remastering of the group's catalog.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on December 9 include... 


1919 Guitar legend Les Paul born.

1941 Joan Baez born.

1950 David Johansen born.

1954 Lance Hoppen of Orleans born.

1963 The Rolling Stones welcome Charlie Watts as their drummer

1967 Dave Matthews born.

1973 Rolling Stones denied Far East tour visas because of 1969 Mick Jagger drug bust.

1975 London court disbands the relationship of the Beatles.


1984 Van Halen releases 1984.

1989 Rush releases A Show Of Hands.

1992 Sting guests on The Simpsons.

1997 Lou Reed and Foo Fighters play at David Bowie birthday on the night after it at a concert in Madison Square Garden.

2014 Rolling Stone magazine's Readers Poll procalims the White Album by the Beatles the best double album ever made.

2016 Lemmy Kilmister laid to rest at Forest Lawn Cemetery with parting words from Slash, Lar ulrich and Robert Trujillo of Metallica, Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Rob Halford of Judas Priest.


1/8/1947 David Bowie born



David Robert Jones was born on this day in 1947 in South London. Attending a broadly based technical school where he was able to study art, design and music, the future David Bowie was a student of Owen Frampton, an instructor whose son Peter also attended Bromley Technical High School. With Owen's encouragement, the two focused increasingly on music.

David formed his first band at 15. The short-lived Konrads got wedding and youth social gigs that required limiting their set list to familiar pop material David had little interest in. Brief stints in groups billed as the King Bees, the Mannish Boys and the Buzz followed, with none attaining much success.

Meanwhile, The Monkees had become enough of a sensation that Jones knew continuing his career under his own name would cause confusion with Davy Jones of that group. A knife designed for an American pioneering legend named Jim Bowie was also in vogue at the time, so David Jones opted to adopt Bowie as his last name.

He became involved in avant garde theater and dance pieces and developed a strong sense of the importance imagination and image could have in his development as a musical performer. Some of his songs were used in productions, but none translated into successful releases.

That all changed when he wrote, recorded and released the Song Space Oddity just days before the launch of Apollo 11, the space mission that landed Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong on the moon. The single rocketed to the top 5 on British singles chart and David Bowie was on his way.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on January 8 include...

1931 Promoter Bill Graham born.

1935 Elvis Presley born.

1946 Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger born.

1974 KISS sign recording contract.

1975 60,000 Led Zeppelin tickets to 4 Madison Square Garden concerts sell in 4 hours.

1979 Rush named Ambassadors of Music by Canada.

1991 Steve Clark of Def Leppard dies from alcohol and pain killer combo in London.

1994 Nirvana does last US concert, Center Arena, Seattle.

1995 Pearl Jam hosts Self Pollution Radio broadcast.

2016 David Bowie releases Black Star, his 25th album, two days before his death...


1/7/1974 Aerosmith opens Get Your Wings tour in Detroit


1937 Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders born.

1945 Strawbs David Cousins born.

1946 Rolling Stone magazine publisher Jann Wenner born.

1948 Kenny Loggins born.

1949 Marshall Chapman born.

1970 Led Zeppelin opens UK tour at the Birmingham Town Hall.

1970 Farmers near the Woodstock festival site sue Max Yasgur Farm owner for $35,000 in damage to their properties.

1974 Aerosmith opens Get Your Wings tour in Detroit's Michigan Theater.

1981 The Police open the Zenyatta Mondatta world tour at the University of Montreal.

1987 Eric Clapton opens first series of annual Royal Albert Hall concerts.

1993 REM does Greenpeace benefit concert at an Athens, Georgia club.

2004 Ozzy Osbourne pulls the plug on a UK tour due to injuries sustained in an ATV crash.

2006 Fillmore West in San Francisco hosts Bill Graham tribute concert featuring Jackson Browne and Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart.

2010 UK Postal Service issues stamps featuring cover art from Led Zeppelin, Stones, Clash, David Bowie and Pink Floyd albums.

2020 Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart dies at 67 three years after being diagnosed with brain cancer.


1/6/1976 Frampton Comes Alive! released


Peter Frampton's decision to leave Humble Pie surprised a lot of fans and was second guessed by many after his solo career got off to a sluggish start. All that changed with the release of this album on this day in 1976. It was slow out of the gate, too, managing to squeak into Billboard's top 200 album chart at #191. By late March, sales had exploded, propelling the double live release to #1, where it remained for more than two months on its way to becoming the top selling album of the year and one of the biggest live albums in history. It would end up spending a combined 97 weeks on the albums chart and was still in the top 15 at the end of 1977.?


Most of the tracks were recorded at concerts at Bill Graham's Winterland in San Francisco and the Long Island Arena in Commack, New York during the summer of '75. Baby, I Love Your Way was recorded at a concert the State University of New York campus in Plattsburgh on November 22, that cost $2 for students and $4 for the public to attend.


Through it all, Peter has remained one of the nicest guys in Rock, and one with great respect for fans and fellow musicians.


1/6/1953 AC/DC's Malcolm Young born



Malcolm Mitchell Young, the driving rhythm guitarist of AC/DC was born on this day in 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland to a family of multiple musicians that would include his younger brother, Angus, born two years later.  The family migrated to Australia when the boys were 10 and 12. Malcom, Angus and their brother George Young

formed a quartet named the Marcus Hook Roll Band in 1972. The group released an album in '73 but broke-up the following year. After a brief stint in a Down Under group dubbed the Velvet Underground (unrelated to the US band), Malcolm and Angus launched AC/DC with drummer Colin Burgess, bass player Larry Van Kriedt and lead singer Dave Evans.  With the exception of a brief absence in the late 1980's Malcolm was the driving force and defacto leader of the group from its formation until 2014 when the onset of dementia rendered him unable to continue. The disease took him from us in November, 2017.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on December 6 include...


1946 Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett born.

1951 Fabulous Thunderbird’s Kim Wilson born.

1958 Gibson patents Flying V guitar.

1964 Rolling Stones open first UK headlining in Harrow, England tour.

1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young make UK debut at Royal Albert Hall.

1975 Fans waiting to buy tickets for a Led Zeppelin Boston show riot. Concert gets canceled.

1975 Pink Floyd enters the studio to begin work on Wish You Were Here.

1976 Peter Frampton releases Frampton Comes Alive!

1977 EMI voids the Sex Pistols record contract, settling with the band with a buyout of around 70k.

1987 Eric Clapton begins a run of 6 nights at Royal Albert Hall, a residency that he repeated yearly for a  long run.

1993 Bill Wyman confirms he is leaving the Rolling Stones.

1997 George Harrison's Henley home's grounds invaded by thieves that stole a pair of bronze figures of monks from his garden.

2001 The rights of get awarded to the Pink Floyd guitarist after he sues a man who registered it and used the site to sell band merch.

2004 Sirius makes a deal with E Street Band guitarist to bring his Underground Garage to satellite radio.

2007 Pedal Steel player 'Snealky' Pete Kleinow fo the Flying Burrito Brothers dies of Alzheimer's at 72.

2009 Iggy & the Stooges Ron Ashton dies of a heart attack at 60.

2019 Bon Jovi plays a San Francisco 49ers private concert in San Jose the night before the NCAA National Championship football game...


1/5/1973 Aerosmith and Bruce Springsteen's debut albums released


The first albums from a pair of artists that would go on to to become two of Columbia Record's most successful acts ever dropped on this day in 1973. The catalog of releases from each has surpassed 70 million copies in the US alone and more than double that total in worldwide sales. The albums; Aerosmith's self-titled debut and Bruce Springsteen's Greetings from Asbury Park N.J.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on January 5 include...


1923 Sam Phillips born.

1950 Blondie's Chris Stein born.

1954 REO Speedwagon's Bryan Hitt born.

1963 Bob Dylan writes Girl From the North Country and Boots of Spanish Leather.

1969 Creedence Clearwater Revival releases Bayou Country, the first of three albums it would put out that year.

1976 Bob Dylan releases Desire.

1978 The Sex Pistols make US live debut in Atlanta.

1979 Elvis Costello releases Armed Forces.

1979 Joe Jackson releases Look Sharp.
1979 Prince makes live debut at The Capri Club in Minneapolis...  

1980 David Bowie performs on Saturday Night Live.

1984 The Police announce a Farewell concert on March 2 in Australia.

1987 Elton John cancels tour after undergoing throat surgery.

2005 Former Doors and Iggy Pop manager Danny Sugarman dies of Lung Cancer.


1/4/1967 Doors release self-titled debut album


The groundbreaking debut album from the Doors dropped on this day in 1967. The album became an instant sensation and immediately established the group as one of preeminent bands in America. Reviewing it for Crawdaddy, Paul Williams called the debut 'an album of "magnitude" and wrote, "The birth of the group is in this album, and it's as good as anything in rock."


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


1936 Billboard publishes its first music chart.

1950 RCA Records announces it will begin production of vinyl albums.

1960 REM’s Michael Stipe born.

1968 University of California introduces a course on the Rolling Stones.

1970 Keith Moon of the Who runs over a chauffer while fleeing agang of skinheads in Hatfield, England. 

1976 Former Beatles roadie Mal Evans is killed by LApolice after pointing a rifle at them.

1986 Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott dies of pneumonia and liver failure.

2004 Ray Davies of the Kinks shot and wounded while running down thief that snatched his date’s purse in New Orleans.

2011 Stealers Wheel's Gerry Rafferty dies of liver failure at 63.

2018 Jim Morrison and John Densmore reunited in signage as Hollywood unveils new street signs at the intersection of Morrison Street and Densmore Avenue on the anniversary of the release of the Doors first album in 1967.

2018 Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues dies after three year battle with prostate cancer.


1/3/1945 Stephen Stills born


Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young member Stephen Stills was born on his day in 1945 in Dallas, Texas.  Like many children in military families, he moved a number of times during his childhood, logging time in Tampa and Gainsville, Florida and St. Petersburg, Florida as well as Covington, Lousiana, Panama, Costa Rica and El Salvador.  He attended Lousiana State University and was in a band with future Eagles member Don Felder before dropping out.  Although he became one of the best under-rated guitarists in Rock, it was his vocal prowess that initially got the attention of people that could advance his career.  He became a member of the Cafe au Go Go house group of singers that also included future Buffalo Springfield band mate Richie Furay.  During a Canadian tour with some fellow members of that vocal group, Still would meet Neil Young.


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


1926 Beatles producer George Martin born. 

1946 Led Zeppelin and Them Crooked Vultures bassist John Paul Jones is born.

1963 The Beatles open their first headline tour in Elgin,  Scotland.

1965 CBS buys Fender Guitars for $13 million.

1970 Syd Barrett releases The Madcap laughs.

1970 Beatles record I Me Mine, final song together.

1972 Pink Floyd begins preliminary studio work on Dark Side of the Mooon.

1981 David Bowie does his closing performance in The Elephannt Man on Broadway

1982 Bruce Springsteen records Nebraska on 4 track in Rumson NJ bedroom.

1987 Aretha Franklin becomes the first woman inducted into the Rock Hall Of Fame.

2014 Phil Everly dies.

2015 Barack Obama & daughters visit Eddie Vedder before President leaves Hawaii vacation...


1/2/1969 Beatles start filming Let It Be


Work began on the what was originally planned to be a television special documenting the recording of the Beatles 12th studio album on this day in 1969.  When the broadcast got nixed, the group shifted gears, electing to make it a film instead. Lacking narration and other embellishments, much of the raw footage in the Let It Be film captures the working dynamic of the band at a time when tensions were rising between members but includes only a couple of scenes in which they're at odds. The closing segment of the movie features footage filmed on Januay 30th when the group and Billy Preston performed their impromptu concert on the roof of the studio, doing five songs before police intercede due to complaints that the crowd gatherd on the streets below was disrupting the lunch break business of restaurants and shops in the neighborhood.


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


1926 First issue of Melody Maker magazine goes on sale.

1946 Ten Years Afters keyboard player Chick Churchill born.

1968 New Jersey authorities seize shipment of John Lennon, Yoko Ono Two Virgins albums over naked cover photo. Albums are repackaged in brown paper wrap.

1968 Led Zeppelin opens a four night run at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go in Hollywood with Alice Cooper opening.

?1975 Allman Brothers Band gets  "Outstanding Community Organization" award from Georgia.

1975 Judge orders Immigration Department to let John Lennon and his lawyers review files kept on him.

1976 Dennis Wilson  of the Beach Boys arrested with unlicensed 38 handgun.

1979 Sex Pistol Sid Vicious murder trial opens - he dies before verdict.

1985 Ronnie Wood marries Jo Woodin. Keith Richards, Bill Wyman,Charlie Watts, Jeff Beck, Ringo Starr and Rod Stewart attend the ceremony.

1997 Spirit's Randy California drowns saving son in surf off Hawaii…  




1/1/1976 Journey releases Look Into The Future


Journey opened 1976 with the release of its second album on the first day of the new year.


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


1942 "Country" Joe McDonald of Country Joe and the Fish born.

1950 Mott The Hoople key board player Morgan Fisher born.

1962 Beatles audition for Decca Records and are rejected. Sign with EMI in June.

1968 Blue Velvets change name to Creedence Clearwater Revival.

1970 Jimi Hendrix debuts Band Of Gypsys and records live album at Fillmore East.

1976 Jimmy Buffett releases Havana Daydreamin'.

1980 Late era Judas Priest guitarist Richie Faulkner born. Replaces KK Dowling in 2010.

1984 Alexis Korner dies of lung cancer.

1985 VH1 debuts.

1986 John Fogerty releases Eye of The Zombie.

1995 Crowd estimated at 2-3 million turns out for Rod Stewart beach front Concert in Rio.

1997 Townes van Zandt dies.

2002 Eric Clapton stages surprise wedding to Melia McEnery during the baptism of couple’s daughter.

2010 James Taylor sings national anthem before Flyers-Bruins NHL game at Fenway Park.

2011 Chuck Berry collapses on stage during a concert in Chicago, returns a short while later and has to leave the stage again.

2018 Ace Frehley performs New York Groove before NHL Winter Classic (Sabres-Rangers) at Citi Field in Queens...


12/31/1969 Jimi Hendrix debuts Band of Gypsys at the Fillmore East


Not too many people are likely to be sorry that 2020 draws to a close today.  Here's hoping that we're able to reconnect with friends, family and even strangers in 2021 - and to go out and enjoy live music in real time and in person.  Thanks to all who have found what ROCKinsights does to be of interest.  Here's to 2021 being a big improvement over 2020!


The follow-up band to the Jimi Hendrix Experience made its debut at a New year's Eve concert at the Fillmore East in New York on this night in 1969. The Band of Gypsys double live album that got released in March of '70 got recorded the following night's concert at the same venue and expanded reissues includee material from both.  Bassist Billy Cox from the Experience made the transition into the new group, but drummer Mitch Mitchell was replaced with Buddy Miles.  The new band took a more funk infused jam approach than the Experience had on what would prove to be the last full album Hendrix recorded before his death in September of 1970.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on the final day of the year include...


1942 Police’s Andy Summers born.

1943 Kink’s Pete Quaife born.

1947 Guess Who’s Burton Cummings born.

1951 Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton born.

1960 Replacement’s Paul Wasterberg born.

1961 Beach Boys concert debut, Long Beach, CA.

1963 The Kinks do their debut live performance in London.

1970 Paul McCartney files suit to dissolve Beatles partnership.

1973 Journey does first concert in San Francisco.

1973 AC/DC concert debut at Sydney, Australia club.

1974 Lindsay Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac.

1976 The Cars do first concert in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

1978 Grateful Dead, New Riders & Blues Brothers close down Winterland in San Francisco.

1980 Steve Winwood releases Arc Of A Diver.

1982 Steven Van Zandt of the E Street Band marries Maureen Santora.

1984 Drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard loses arm in crash of his Corvette

1985 Rick Nelson killed in plane crash.

1992 Pearl Jam opens for Keith Richards in New York City.

1996 Paul McCartney added to the Queen's Honours list, entitling him to be "Sir" Paul McCartney.

1997 Elton John knighted in London.

1999 John FOgerty sues his lawyer alledging incompetence in his handling of his 1985 copyright infringement lawsuit.

2000 Black Crowes front man Chris Robinson marries actress Kate Hudson.

2003 Eric Clapton and Ray Davies knighted at Buckingham Palace.

2003 Alex Lifeson of Rush arrested with his son after a fracas with other patrons at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida.  Charged on four counts, including drunkenness and assault.

2004 The Queen awards Roger Daltrey a CBE at Buckingham Palace.

2015 Motley Crue ends farewell tour in LA with Tommy Lee stranded upside down in a roller coaster.

2019 Rod Stewart and his son arrested on battery charge after an altercation with a security guard who refused to let children in the company of the pair into a private party for children at the Breakers Resort in Palm, Beach, Florida... 


12/301939 Mountain's Felix Pappalardi born



Felix Pappalardi, the energetic bass player and lead vocalist in Mountain, was born on this day in 1939 in The Bronx.

A graduate of New York's High School of Music and Art, Pappalardi added to his classical training while majoring in music at the University of Michigan. Finding no openings available in Big Apple symphonies and orchestras, Felix applied what he'd learned to arranging and producing material for Folk and Rock artists, the Youngbloods, Joan Baez and a band called the Vagrants among them. His production work on Disraeli Gears, the sophomore album by Cream, boosted his profile considerably.

The Vagrants disbanded and the group's guitarist, Leslie West, contacted Pappalardi about joining the new outfit he was putting together. By that time, Pappalardi was already working on Cream's Goodbye album, but he and West hit it off musically and one of the loudest bands in Rock history was born.

Pappalardi met an untimely and violent death in April of 1983 when his wife shot and killed him in the couple's New York apartment using a Derringer Felix had given her as a gift. She faced second degree murder charges but was convicted of criminally negligent homicide.


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on December 30 include...


1928 Bo Diddley born.

1946 Patti Smith born.

1946 Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker born.

1947 Move, ELO & Traveling Wilburys Jeff Lynne born.

1965 The Who, Kinks, and Hollies all appear on Shindig. 

1978 Emerson Lake & Palmer announces break-up.

1999 Intruder stabs George Harrison and injures wife Olivia during break-in at Henley home.

2002 Funeral for Joe Strummer of the Clash is held in London, a week after his death.

2009 Neil Young announced as winner of Order Of Canada award.

2009 Canada honors Neil Young by naming him an Officer of the Order of Canada, joining the members of Rush, Bryan Adams and Leonard Cohen as recipients.

2012 Queen guitarist Brian May recognizeds as PETA Person of the Year in England for his active opposition to the culling of badgers in the UK.

2012 A copy of the Please Please Me album signed by all of the Beatles after they'd used it as a coaster during a card game in 1963 is sold for $15,700.


12/29/1947 Drummer Cozy Powell born


The late, great drummer Cozy Powell was born on this day in 1947. Powell kept the beat for Jeff Beck, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Whitesnake, among others, and filled Carl Palmer's role in ELP after his departure. All told, Powell was a featured drummer on close to 70 albums. He lost his life in a high speed collision on an English motorway in April of 1998.


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


1941 Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues born.

1942 Rick Danko of the Band born.

1942 Ray Thomas of the Moody Blues born.

1955 Pat Benatar's husband and band mate born.

1967 Dave Mason quits Traffic (rejoins in ’71).

1966 The Beatles record Penny Lane.

1968 Day two of the Miami Pop festival featuring Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fleetwood Mac, the Grateful Dead, Procol Harum, Steppenwolf, Iron Butterfly, Canned Heat, Joni Mitchell, the Turtles, Three Dog Night, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, Pacific Gas & Electric and the Box Tops. 

1968 Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck, the Pretty Things and the Bonzo Dog band play a festival in Utrecht, Netherlands.

1975 Jefferson Starship’s Grace Slick and Paul Kantner split-up.

1979 Final Wings performance takes place at the Hammersmith Odeon in London when Pula McCartney, Pete Townshend, Robert Plant, and John Bonham come together to perform benefit for People of Kampuchea in war-torn Cambodia.

1980 Tim Hardin dies of drug overdose in Hollywood.

1982 Jamaican government releases Bob Marley commemorative stamp.
2000 Bryan Ferry on a flight that a passenger stormed the cabin in an attempt to force a crash. Crew subdued him.

2001 Guns N Roses play Hard Rock in Las Vegas, Axl reportedly orders Slash not be admitted.

2008 Jerry Garcia estate sued on unpaid royalties claim by estate of keyboard player Merl Saunders……


12/28/1946 Edgar Winter born



Edgar Holland Winter was born on this day in 1946 in Beaumont, Texas. The younger brother of guitar legend Johnny Winter is known mostly for his keyboard chops, but also plays a mean sax on some of his own albums and songs on other's (Meat Loaf's "All Revved Up With No Place to Go", David Lee Roth's "Just A Gigolo"). He was also credited with devising a shoulder strap attached keyboard that enabled him to be up and about on stage as he played it. ?


Other Noteworthy Classic Rock events on December 28 include...


1950 Box Tops and Big Star’s Alex Chilton born.


1968 Miami Pop Festival opens. Three day lineup includes sets from Fleetwood Mac, Steppenwolf, the Grateful Dead, Canned Heat, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Joni Mitchell, Three Dog night, Pacific gas and Electric, The McCoys, The Turtles and Marvin Gaye.


1975 21 year-old arrested for threatening to shoot Ted Nugent during a Spokane, WA concert.


1976 Blues great Freddie King dies.


1983 Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowns.


1998 Atlanta Rhythm Section's Ronnie Hammond shot while attacking a Macon, Georgia police officer with a hammer.


2009 Van Morrison reportedly becomes a father again at 64.


2015 Motorhead's Lemmy Kilmister dies just days after getting diagnosed with cancer. 


2018 Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason named as a recipient of a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) by Buckingham Palace...


12/27/1945 Foreigner's Mick Jones born


Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones was born on this day in Portsmouth, England. His first group, Nero and the Gladiators, was an instrumental band that released a couple of modestly successful singles in the UK in 1961.  He moved to France where he composed and did session work through the rest of the 60's before moving back to England where he started the group Wonderwheel with Spooky Tooth's Gary Wright. Soon after, Jones and Wright dropped that name and reformed Spooky Tooth.  Jones would also work with George Harrison, Peter Frampton and Leslie West in the ealy to mid 70's.  His big career move came in 1976 when Mick teamed  with King Crimson veteran Ian McDonald, drummer Dennis Elliott, keyboard player Al Greenwood and bassist Ed Gagliardi to form Foreigner.  Lou Gramm of the American group Black Sheep would be recruited as the front man for the bi-continental group the following year.  Foreigner's 1977 debut album broke big and the band became FM Rock Radio mainstays.


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


1941 Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues born.

1944 Foreigner’s Mick Jones born.

1943 King Crimson's Peter Sinfield born.

1947 Tracy Nelson born.

1948 Steppenwolf's Larry Byrom born

1952 Karla Bonoff born.

1952 Dire Straits David knopfler born.

1967 Bob Dylan releases John Wesley Harding.

1967 Doors perform on the Jonathan Winters TV show.

1975 Faces break-up becomes official.

1983 Police open first of 4 nights at Wembley Arena.

1978 Big Star guitarist Chris Bell dies in car crash.

2008 Delaney Bramlett dies following gall bladder surgery.

2008 Gregg Allman’s house robbed while he is on tour…


12/26/1968 Led Zeppelin's US concert debut


Led Zeppelin made their US live debut as a late addition to a sold out concert in Denver featuring Vanilla Fudge and Spirit.  The booking might not have happened had Vanilla Fudge not offered to play for less money so Zeppelin could get added to the night's lineup.

The Rocky Mountain News review of the show included, "The concert was cranked off by another heavy, the Led Zeppelin, a British group making its first U.S. tour. Blues oriented (although not a blues band), hyped electric, the full routine in mainstream rock – done powerfully, gutsily, unifiedly, inventively and swingingly by the end of their set.

Singer Robert Plant – a cut above average in style, but no special appeal in sound. Guitarist Jimmy Page of Yardbirds fame – exceptionally fine. Used a violin bow on the guitar strings in a couple of tunes with resultant interesting, well integrated effects.

Bassist John Paul Jones – solid, involved, contributing. John Bonham – a very effective drummer, but uninventive, unsubtle and unclimactic, just an uneventful solo. "


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


1939 Producer Phil Spector born.

1962 Scorpions drummer James Kottak born.

1963 Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich born.

1966 Jimi Hendrix writes Purple Haze.

1967 Magical Mystery Tour premiers on British TV. 

1979 Queen, Who, Pretenders, Clash, Paul McCartney and others play benefit for Kampuchea, Cambodia war victims at Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1999 Curtis Mayfield dies…