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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/23/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for November 23, 2017:

 

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2008: Guns N’ Roses released Chinese Democracy which was their first album of original material since the simultaneous release of Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II seventeen years earlier. It is to date the most expensive album produced at $13 million & the album undersold expectations as it only sold 614,000 copies in the U.S. as of April 2011.

2002: Rush performed the final concert of their tour in support of Vapor Trails at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. This concert would be released on DVD the following year as the acclaimed Rush in Rio.

1991: Stevie Ray Vaughan debuted at number ten on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with The Sky Is Crying which was the first posthumously compilation album of Vaughan’s work released. The album went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.

1989: Paul McCartney performed his first North American concert in 13 years, kicking off the North American leg of his tour at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles.

1979: Marianne Faithfull was arrested at Norway’s Oslo Airport for possession of marijuana. Faithfull signed a confession & was allowed to continue with her tour.

1976: Jerry Lee Lewis was arrested after appearing in front of Graceland waving a .38 Derringer demanding to see Elvis Presley. Lewis would be arrested for public intoxication & weapon possession. Lewis was also arrested the previous day on charges of drunk driving.

1974: Gary Wright announced his departure as the keyboardist for Spooky Tooth. Two years later Wright had hits with “Dream Weaver” and “Love Is Alive”.

1974: The Rolling Stones reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the fifth time with It’s Only Rock ‘n Roll which spent one week on top of the chart.

1968: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant finalized a deal to sign Led Zeppelin to Atlantic Records. Dusty Springfield recommended Jimmy Page to label boss Ahmet Ertegun.

1936: Robert Johnson began his first recording sessions in San Antonio, TX at the Gunter Hotel where sixteen songs were recorded.

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/22/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for November 22, 2017:

 

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2006: After living in the U.S. since the mid 1970’s, Fleetwood Mac drummer Mick Fleetwood became a U.S. citizen in Los Angeles.

2004: Ozzy Osbourne’s home in Buckinghamshire, U.K. was burglarized & stole over $3 million in jewelry. Osbourne had one of the burglars in a headlock however the burglar would later break free & jump out of a 30 foot tall window & was apparently injured by the fall.

2003: ZZ Top performed the final concert at The Summit in Houston, TX, the group’s hometown. Their first concert at The Summit was in November 1975.

1994: Pearl Jam’s third studio album Vitalogy was initially released only on vinyl. It would debut at number 55 on the Billboard Album Chart with 35,000 copies sold. The CD & cassette release occurred two weeks later & afterwards reached number one & went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.

1992: Paul Simon kicked off his first tour of South America in Brazil. Simon recorded his previous album The Rhythm of the Saints with many Brazilian musicians.

1991: Alice Cooper came to the rescue of fans Patrick and Dee Ann Kelly of Riverside, CA whose home was being foreclosed. Patrick painted Cooper’s face on a psychedelic painting on the house to help sell it. Cooper signed autographs to help raise money and 4,000 people turned up for the Kelly’s yard sale & they made their mortgage payment.

1990: Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman announced that his 17 month marriage to model Mandy Smith was over.

1981: At the Checkerboard Lounge in Chicago, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards & Ron Wood joined Muddy Waters onstage during Waters’ set.

1965: Bob Dylan married his first wife, Sara Lowndes in a secret ceremony. The couple would divorce in June of 1977.

Birthdays:
Steven Van Zandt-guitarist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band born in 1949
Tina Weymouth-bassist for Talking Heads born in 1950

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/21/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for November 21, 2017:

 

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2002: Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, the surviving members of The Doors announced that they would be performing again with Ian Astbury of The Cult singing & Stewart Copeland of The Police on drums.

1995: Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin and widely credited for improving pay and conditions for musicians in dealings with concert promoters died of a heart attack while driving to his home in Eastbourne, U.K. He was 60 years old.

1991: Aerosmith were the first rock band to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons where they performed “Walk This Way” at Moe’s Tavern.

1990: Mick Jagger married his girlfriend of 13 years model Jerry Hall on the island of Bali. The couple would divorce in 1999.

1987: Billy Idol reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first & only time with a cover of Tommy James and the Shondells’ “Mony Mony”.

1981: Queen and David Bowie reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart with their collaboration “Under Pressure” which spent two weeks on top of the chart. In the U.S. the song would go on to reach number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

1980: Don Henley was arrested after a 16 year old girl was found suffering from a drug overdose at his home Los Angeles. Henley would receive a $2,000 fine & two years probation.

1975: Elton John Week was declared in Los Angeles after being awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1974: Marty Balin, after having vowed to never work with Jefferson Airplane again, reunited with Jefferson Starship onstage during a concert at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom.

Birthdays:
Dr. John born in 1940

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/20/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for November 20, 2017:

 

 

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2010: After the end of Bob Dylan’s concert in Amherst, MA, a man with a fake crew pass walked into a pizza parlor and ordered 178 pizzas and never came back to pick the pizzas up. The staff worked until 5:30 a.m. to fill the order.

1997: Paul McCartney taped a performance for the Oprah Winfrey Show at the Manhattan Center in New York City.

1994: David Crosby received a liver transplant at UCLA’s Medical Center. Crosby was on the operating table for seven hours.

1991: The Rolling Stones signed a three album deal with Virgin Records for $45 million making it the biggest recording contract at the time.

1981: AC/DC released their eighth studio album For Those About to Rock which went on to become their first album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and sell four million copies in the U.S.

1973: During a concert at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed onstage after someone spiked his drink with horse tranquilizer. Audience member, 19 year old Scot Halpin filled in for the final three songs of The Who’s set.

1971: Led Zeppelin played the first of back to back “Electric Magic” concerts at London’s Wembley Empire Pool. These concerts featured circus performers.

1970: Ray Davies of The Kinks flew to London to re-record a lyric to their current single “Apeman”. Radio stations objected to the lyric “The air pollution is foggin’ up my eyes” claiming “foggin’” sounded too much like another f-word.

1961: Bob Dylan began recording his debut album at Columbia Studio A in New York City. John Hammond was the producer.

Birthdays:
Duane Allman-guitarist for The Allman Brothers Band & Derek and the Dominos born in 1946
Joe Walsh-guitarist for James Gang & Eagles born in 1947
Frank Marino-guitarist for Mahogany Rush born in 1954

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/19/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for November 19, 2017:

 

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2007: Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow died of an accidental cocaine overdose at his home in Las Vegas, NV. His body was discovered six days later. He was 52 years old.

1998: Motley Crue opened their retail store S’crue in Los Angeles on Melrose Avenue. The store would close two months later.

1994: Nirvana entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number one with MTV Unplugged in New York which went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.

1994: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers appeared on Saturday Night Live with Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl filling in on drums. On the same day Petty entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at its peak position of number eight with his second solo album Wildflowers which went on to sell three million copies in the U.S.

1988: Bon Jovi reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the third time as “Bad Medicine” began a two week run at number one.

1983: Quiet Riot peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their cover of Slade’s “Cum on Feel the Noize” which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.

1983: Loverboy made their first and only appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Working for the Weekend”.

1975: The J. Geils Band recorded their second live album Blow Your Face Out during a concert at Cobo Hall in Detroit. Portions of the live album were also recorded four nights earlier at Boston Garden.

1965: During The Who’s set in London on a bill with The Kinks, The Hollies & Wilson Pickett, Roger Daltrey stormed offstage and quit the band after they experienced trouble with their P.A. Daltrey would shortly return to the group.

Birthdays:
Matt Sorum-drummer for The Cult, Guns N’ Roses & Velvet Revolver born in 1960

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/17/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for November 17, 2017:

 

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2007: The Eagles reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the sixth time with their first studio album in 28 years Long Road out of Eden. The album went on to be certified Platinum seven times.

1994: Bob Dylan began a two day taping of his appearance on MTV Unplugged at New York City’s Sony Studios. The appearance would be broadcast the following month & the album was released the following May.

1990: ZZ Top peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Recycler which was their fifth top ten album in the U.S. The album went on to go Platinum in the U.S.

1990: David Crosby broke his shoulder, left leg & ankle in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.

1979: Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a congenital heart defect in London. He was 28 years old.

1978: During Bob Dylan’s concert at San Diego Sports Arena, a fan threw a silver cross onstage which the singer picked up & pocketed. The following year Dylan converted to Christianity & released his religious themed album Slow Train Coming.

1970: Elton John recorded his first live album during a live radio broadcast at A&R Recording Studios in New York City. The album was released the following year as 11-17-70.

1967: The Who began their second tour of North America in Kansas City, KS. The group was on tour opening for The Buckinghams.

1958: Alan Freed learned that his trial for inciting a riot in Boston during a rock show he promoted in May 1958 was postponed until January 1959. The delay was due to prosecutors investigating that Freed broke Massachusetts anti-anarchy laws.

Birthdays:
Gene Clark-singer & guitarist for The Byrds born in 1944
Martin Barre-guitarist for Jethro Tull born in 1946

 

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