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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/30/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 30, 2017:

 

More of today’s rock history lesson:

1998: ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash, Ramones singer Joey Ramone, Megadeth singer & guitarist Dave Mustaine, Joe Walsh & Matthew Sweet made cameo appearances on The Drew Carey Show.

1993: George Harrison and David Crosby made guest appearances on the season premiere of The Simpsons’ fifth season, which featured Homer Simpson in a barbershop quartet that made several references to The Beatles throughout the episode.

1989: Neil Young was the musical guest on the fifteenth season premiere of Saturday Night Live. Young performed “Rockin’ in the Free World”, “The Needle and the Damage Done” and “No More”.

1988: Van Halen kicked off the second leg of their tour in support on OU812 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.

1987: At the Coconut Grove in Los Angeles, Roy Orbison filmed a television special A Black and White Night and was joined by special guests such as Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt and K.D. Lang.

1977: Foghat performed a benefit concert at the Palladium in New York City to help the New York Public Library buy a collection of rare blues albums for its Rodgers and Hammerstein Archives of Recorded Sound.

1977: Ringo Starr released his sixth solo album Ringo The 4th which went on to peak at number 162 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart. Starr was shortly dropped from Atlantic Records after the release of this album.

1974: Sound technician Jay Sloatman got into a brawl with roadies for Lynyrd Skynyrd during a concert in Louisville, KY. The roadies believed that Sloatman deliberately cut the sound during the band’s set and said that Sloatman attacked them when he was asked to leave.

1971: Yes performed their first concert in with Rick Wakeman as their keyboardist at the De Monfront Hall in Leicester, U.K.

Birthdays:
Dewey Martin-drummer for Buffalo Springfield born in 1940
Marc Bolan-singer and guitarist for T. Rex born in 1947

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/29/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 29, 2017:

 

More of today’s rock history lesson:

2003: Ozzy Osbourne announced that he was writing a Broadway musical based on the life of Russian monk Rasputin.

1997: Don Henley was awarded a National Humanities Medal by President Bill Clinton for his role in advancing environmental causes.

1989: Bruce Springsteen stopped in Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, AZ to jam with the house band for an hour. He overheard a barmaid discussing financial problems & one week later, the barmaid received a check from Springsteen for $100,000.

1979: The Police reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with “Message in a Bottle” which spent three weeks at number one.

1978: The original lineup of Black Sabbath released their eighth and final studio album Never Say Die!

1977: David Bowie set up a trust fund for his godson Rolan Bolan, the son of recently deceased T. Rex singer and guitarist Marc Bolan.

1976: While celebrating his birthday, Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bassist Norman Owens twice in the chest while trying to shoot a soda bottle. Lewis would be charged shooting a firearm in city limits.

1973: Grand Funk Railroad reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “We’re an American Band” which spent one week on top.

1967: The Beatles sampled a speech from the BBC Radio’s production of King Lear on “I Am the Walrus”.

Birthdays:
Jerry Lee Lewis born in 1935
Mark Farner-singer & guitarist for Grand Funk Railroad born in 1948

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/28/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 28, 2017:

 

More of today’s rock history lesson:

2000: Ballet for Life a ballet in tribute to Queen’s Freddie Mercury opened to a sell-out crowd & fellow Queen members Brian May, John Deacon and Roger Taylor at the Sadler’s Wells Theatre in London.

1996: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers were the musical guest on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live where they performed “Walls” and “Angel Dream”.

1996: Rush debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Test for Echo which went on to go Gold in the U.S.

1991: Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.

1989: Jimmy Buffett published his second book Tales from Margartiaville which was broken into three sections & contained several short stories.

1976: A&M Records sued George Harrison for $6 million over non-delivery of his latest album Thirty Three & 1/3. Harrison had missed the deadline by two months due to being diagnosed with serum hepatitis earlier in the year. Warner Bros. Records bought out Harrison’s A&M contract and released the album that November.

1974: Bad Company reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time when their self-titled debut began a one week run at number one.

1968: “Hey Jude” by The Beatles began a nine week run at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. This would be the longest run on top of the American singles chart a Beatles single achieved.

1968: The Who peaked at number twenty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Magic Bus”, their third top forty single in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Nick St. Nicholas-bassist for Steppenwolf born in 1943

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/27/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 27, 2017:

More of today’s rock history lesson:

2007: Van Halen kicked off their reunion tour with David Lee Roth at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It was their first tour with Roth in 23 years.

2004: Legendary “Wall of Sound” producer Phil Spector was indicted on murder charges for allegedly killing actress Lana Clarkson on February 3, 2003. Spector would later be found guilty of second degree murder in 2009.

1994: The Jim Henson Company released the album Kermit Unpigged which featured appearances by Don Henley, Ozzy Osbourne & Jimmy Buffett on duets with the Muppets.

1994: Metallica filed a lawsuit against their record label Elektra Records asking to be released from their ten year contract with the label based on California’s Labor Code 2855. The suit would be settled that December & they remained with Elektra.

1990: Ramones bassist Dee Dee Ramone was arrested on charges of marijuana possession during a drug bust at Greenwich Village in New York City.

1986: Metallica bassist Cliff Burton was killed in Sweden when their tour bus skidded off the highway & flipped onto the ground, he was thrown through the window of the bus, which later fell on top of Burton, crushing him to death. He was 24 years old.

1986: Run-D.M.C.’s cover of Aerosmith’s “Walk This Way” which featured Steven Tyler & Joe Perry peaked at number four on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Chart. This cover is credited for the beginning of Aerosmith’s comeback and introducing them to a new generation of music fans.

1980: David Bowie reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart for the fourth time with Scary Monsters (and Super Creeps) which spent two weeks on top.

1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Green River” which was their third single to reach number two in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Randy Bachman-guitarist for The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive born in 1943
Meat Loaf born in 1947

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/26/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 26, 2017:

More of today’s rock history lesson:

1999: Deep Purple played at London’s Royal Albert Hall accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

1997: Bryan Adams taped his appearance on MTV Unplugged at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City. The concert featured students from the Juilliard School being conducted by Michael Kamen.

1995: AC/DC released their twelfth international studio album Ballbreaker which was their first album with drummer Phil Rudd since 1983’s Flick of the Switch. The album went on to peak at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell two million copies in the U.S.

1991: The original lineup of Jane’s Addiction performed their farewell concert at the Aloha Tower in Honolulu, HI. There would go on to be multiple Jane’s Addiction reunions in 1997, 2001 and 2003, but the original lineup didn’t reunite until April of 2008.

1991: Southside Johnny filmed his music video for “It’s been a Long Time” with 500 fans and friends in attendance at the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. The video featured appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Steven Van Zandt, who ended up jamming together onstage for over an hour.

1989: Paul McCartney kicked off his first world tour in ten years at the Drammenshallen in Drammen, Norway. Throughout this tour, McCartney performed several Lennon/McCartney songs live for the first time

1987: The Grateful Dead peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Touch of Grey” which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.

1981: Bruce Dickinson replaced Paul Di’Anno as the singer for Iron Maiden. Dickinson would leave the band in 1993 and rejoin in 1999.

1970: Free’s third studio album Fire and Water entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart where it eventually peaked at number seventeen.

Birthdays:
Bryan Ferry-singer for Roxy Music born in 1945
Craig Chaquico-guitarist for Jefferson Starship born in 1954

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/25/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 25, 2017:

More of today’s rock history lesson:

2006: Steven Tyler made a cameo appearance on Two and a Half Men playing himself as a noisy, obnoxious neighbor.

1993: Nirvana were the musical guest on the season premiere on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Heart-Shaped Box” and “Rape Me”.

1992: During an Ozzy Osbourne concert at the State Fair Grandstand in Oklahoma City, two fans were stabbed & twenty were arrested. Sharon Osbourne would blame this on the availability of alcohol at the concert.

1990: Dave Grohl, former drummer for Washington DC based band Scream auditioned to be Nirvana’s new drummer & was offered the job immediately.

1981: The Rolling Stones kicked off their world tour in support of Tattoo You in Philadelphia, PA. This was the first rock and roll tour to have a sponsor, which would later become the norm in the touring industry.

1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bohnam was found dead as a result of asphyxiation from vomit after excessive vodka consumption the previous night. He was 32 years old.

1972: Black Sabbath released their fourth album Black Sabbath Vol. 4 which went on to reach number thirteen on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S. The album was originally titled Snowblind which was changed by their record label Warner Bros. at the last minute.

1971: Deep Purple reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first time with Fireball which spent one week on top of the chart.

1967: The Doors released their second album Strange Days which went on to reach number three on the Billboard 200 album chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.

1965: The Yardbirds peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Heart Full of Soul” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.