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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/20/17

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

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2010: Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher who inspired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd died of Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home in Jacksonville, FL. He was 77 years old.

1980: Queen reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with The Game which spent five weeks on top of the chart and is tied with News of the World for being Queen’s biggest selling non-compilation album in the U.S.

1980: Ozzy Osbourne released his debut solo album Blizzard of Ozz the first of two studio albums that featured guitarist Randy Rhoads. The album wouldn’t be released in the U.S. until March of the following year.

1975: David Bowie reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Fame” which John Lennon provided background vocals for & co-wrote. “Fame” spent two non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.

1975: Bad Company peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Feel Like Makin’ Love” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

1972: Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for growing a crop of marijuana at their farmhouse in Campbeltown, Scotland.

1971: Peter Frampton departed Humble Pie to start a successful solo career. His debut solo album Wind of Change was released the following year.

1970: The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison was found guilty in Miami of exposing himself onstage during a concert the previous year though he was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior.

1969: Credence Clearwater Revival reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Bad Moon Rising” which spent three weeks on top.

Birthdays:
Chuck Panozzo-bassist for Styx born in 1948
John Panozzo-drummer for Styx born in 1948
Nuno Bettencourt-guitarist for Extreme born in 1966
Ben Shepherd-bassist for Soundgarden born in 1968

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/18/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 18, 2017:

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2008: Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder released the single “All the Way” a tribute to the Chicago Cubs. Vedder wrote the song after baseball hall of famer Ernie Banks requested that Vedder write a song about the Cubs.

1983: Kiss appeared without makeup in public for the first time when they were on MTV to promote the release of their latest album Lick It Up.

1981: The Doors’ Greatest Hits released the prior year was certified Platinum in the U.S. & later went on to sell three million copies.

1978: All four members of Kiss simultaneously released solo albums. Each album shipped one million copies & was certified Platinum, but sales failed to match the expected demand. Ace Frehley’s solo album was the most successful.

1971: The Who reached number one on the U.K. Album Chart for the first and only time with their fifth studio album Who’s Next.

1970: Jimi Hendrix died in his girlfriend’s apartment in London after choking on his own vomit after taking nine of sleeping pills prescribed to his girlfriend with red wine. He was 27 years old.

1970: Black Sabbath released their second album Paranoid which went on to reach number twelve on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, sell four million copies in the U.S. and regarded by many as Black Sabbath’s best album and one of the best Heavy Metal albums of all time.

1968: Rush performed their first paying concert at The Coff-In United Church in Toronto. Their setlist included covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Foxy Lady”, Cream’s “Spoonful” & “Crossroads” & The Yardbirds’ “Shapes of Things”. “Crossroads” & “Shapes of Things” were later recorded by Rush for their 2004 covers EP Feedback.

1968: The Beatles recorded “Birthday” which would be included on their self-titled album. While recording the song they took a break to watch the British television premiere of the movie The Girl Can’t Help It starring Little Richard.

Birthdays:
Kerry Livgren-pianist for Kansas born in 1949
Michael Hossack-drummer for The Doobie Brothers born in 1950
Dee Dee Ramone-bassist for The Ramones born in 1951

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/17/17

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

 

 

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2003: David Lee Roth injured himself onstage during a concert in Philadelphia while performing a complicated 15th-century samurai move with a staff hit Roth in the face. Roth needed 22 stitches to his face and cancelled the seven remaining dates of his tour.

1997: Fleetwood Mac kicked off their 37-date reunion tour to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Rumours at the Meadows Music Theatre in Hartford, CT.

1991: Guns N’ Roses released both Use Your Illusion I & II with four million copies of each album shipping, at the time the largest ship-out of an album in the U.S.

1991: Rob Tyner, lead singer of the MC5 died of a heart attack in the seat of his parked car in his hometown of Berkley, MI. He was 46 years old.

1983: Def Leppard headlined a festival at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego which also included Eddie Money, Uriah Heep & Motley Crue.

1983: Asia peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Don’t Cry” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

1976: The Sex Pistols performed a concert for inmates at the Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison in Essex, U.K.

1967: The Doors appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show & were banned from future appearances on the program due to Jim Morrison singing the original lyric “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher” in “Light My Fire”.

1967: The Who appeared on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour where Keith Moon rigged his drum set to explode at the end of “My Generation” which did cut Moon’s leg & singed Pete Townshend’s hair, along with doing damage to Townshend’s hearing.

Birthdays:
Fee Waybill-singer for The Tubes born in 1950

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/16/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 16, 2017:

 

 

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2006: Bob Dylan reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time in 30 years with Modern Times which spent one week at number one.

2005: During a Motley Crue concert at the Phillips Arena in Atlanta, Vince Neil slipped off stage & ripped a calf muscle five songs into their set. They made up the concert in March 2006.

2005: CMT Crossroads featuring Bon Jovi and Sugarland premiered on CMT. Bon Jovi would have a hit with Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland the following year with “Who Says You Can’t Go Home”.

1996: Pearl Jam kicked off their tour in support of No Code at the KeyArena in Seattle. This would be their final tour where they performed at non-Ticketmaster venues.

1978: Boston reached number one the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with their second album Don’t Look Back which spent two non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.

1978: The Grateful Dead ended their three night stand in Cairo, Egypt. They were the first Western rock band to perform in Egypt.

1977: T. Rex singer & guitarist Marc Bolan was killed in a car accident in London when his girlfriend, American singer Gloria Jones lost control of her car & hit a tree. He was 29 years old.

1972: Peter Frampton made his solo live debut in New York City with his new backing band, Frampton’s Camel, supporting the J. Geils Band.

1970: Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon & War onstage to jam with them at Ronnie Scott’s Club in London which would be Hendrix’s final public appearance.

Birthdays:
B.B. King born in 1925
Bernie Calvert-bassist for The Hollies born in 1942
Ron Blair-bassist for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers born in 1948
Kenney Jones-drummer for The Faces & The Who born in 1948

 

 

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/15/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 15, 2017:

 

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2008: Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright died of an undisclosed form of cancer at his home in the U.K. He was 65 years old.

2006: The Knack sued Run-D.M.C. for copyright infringement after Run-D.M.C. sampled the guitar riff from “My Sharona” on their song “It’s Tricky” twenty years after the initial release of “It’s Tricky”.

2004: Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone died in his home in Los Angeles after a five year battle with prostate cancer. He was 55 years old.

1990: The Steve Miller Band reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart with “The Joker” after it had been used in a commercial for Levi’s commercial in the U.K.

1988: Mark Knopfler announced the official end of Dire Straits. They would reunite in 1991 before splitting up for good in 1995.

1982: Queen performed their final concert in the U.S. with Freddie Mercury at The Forum in Inglewood, CA.

1979: Led Zeppelin reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the sixth time with In Through the Out Door which began a seven week run on top.

1974: Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain suffered an electric shock onstage during a concert in Denver. Thain would survive.

1964: During a Beatles concert at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, they had to leave the stage for 15 minutes so the crowd can calm down after a group of overzealous fans managed to rush the stage.

Birthdays:
Signe Anderson-singer for Jefferson Airplane born in 1941

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/14/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 14, 2017:

 

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1997: Pete Townshend unveiled an English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street in London to mark where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-1969. Among those in attendance included Hendrix’s old girlfriend Kathy Etchingham and Noel Redding, the bassist for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

1984: The first annual MTV Video Music Awards were held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City with hosts Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler. The Cars won Video of the Year for “You Might Think” and there were performances by Rod Stewart, David Bowie, Tina Turner & ZZ Top.

1981: Genesis released their eleventh studio album Abacab which went on to reach number seven on the Billboard 200 album chart making it their first top ten album in the U.S. & it became their first platinum album in the U.S.

1979: Quadrophenia the movie based on The Who’s 1973 rock opera was released in theatres in the U.K. The film featured Sting’s acting debut where he played Ace Face. It would be released that November in North America.

1976: Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain television special aired on NBC. The special was not well received.

1974: Eric Clapton reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with his cover of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” which spent one week on top.

1969: Genesis performed their first paid concert in Surrey, U.K. at a cottage owned by Peter Gabriel’s former Sunday School teacher Mrs. Balm. They received 25 British pounds for four sets.

1968: Peter Townshend revealed in an interview with Rolling Stone that The Who’s next album would be a rock opera about a deaf, dumb and blind boy. This album would go on to become Tommy.

1968: Roy Orbison’s home in Hendersonville, TN burned to the ground while he was on tour in the U.K. His sons Anthony & Roy Jr. died in the fire.

Birthdays:
Pete Agnew-bassist for Nazareth born in 1946
Steve Gaines-guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd born in 1949
Paul Kossoff-guitarist for Free born in 1950

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/13/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 13, 2017:

 

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2000: Elton John threw a tantrum before he was due to take the stage for a sold out concert at a casino near Lisbon, Portugal. He was unhappy that some of the audience were slow to leave a VIP dinner & left on his private jet without playing a note.

1993: Nirvana released their third and final studio album In Utero. The album would go on to enter the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number one & sell five million copies in the U.S.

1991: At the Re-bar in Seattle, Nirvana got thrown out of their own party for the launch of Nevermind due to starting a food fight.

1991: Alice Cooper sold copies of his latest album Hey Stoopid for 99 cents during a performance at Times Square in New York City.

1989: Sting made his American stage debut in the role of Macheath in The Threepenny Opera in Washington, DC.

1976: Aerosmith peaked at number eleven on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Toys in the Attic their first album to reach the top forty on the Billboard 200 Album chart. It later went on to sell eight million copies in the U.S.

1969: John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band made their live debut with Eric Clapton on guitar in Toronto during the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival Festival at Varsity Stadium. Other acts on the bill included Bo Diddley, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Alice Cooper and The Doors. During Alice Cooper’s set, a chicken made its way onto the stage and Cooper threw it over the crowd expecting it to fly. Instead it plummeted into the audience where it was torn to pieces.

1969: Santana’s debut album entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart. The album would go on to peak at number four and sell two million copies.

1965: The Beatles released “Yesterday” which went on to become the most covered song of any song ever written with over 1,600 versions recorded.

Birthdays:
Dave Mustaine-singer & guitarist for Megadeth born in 1961
Zak Starkey-drummer for The Who & Oasis born in 1965
Stephen Perkins-drummer for Jane’s Addiction born in 1967

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/12/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock Presented by Acura of Columbus for September 12, 2017:

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2007: The surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced that they will reform for a one-off concert in London to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund.

2002: The house that Nirvana singer and guitarist Kurt Cobain lived in as from age 11 to 15 was put up for sale on eBay and eventually sold for $210,000. In 2000 the house was valued at $52,660.

1999: Graham Nash broke both of his legs in Hawaii after his boat was hit by a large wave while he was sailing.

1990: Stevie Nicks & Christine McVie announced that they would be leaving Fleetwood Mac upon completion of their tour in support of Behind the Mask. McVie would re-join in 1995 & Nicks re-joined in 1997.

1989: Aerosmith released their tenth studio album Pump which went on to reach number five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell seven million copies in the U.S.

1984: Metallica signed with Elektra Records which would shortly re-release their first two albums Kill ‘Em All & Ride the Lightning.

1975: Pink Floyd released their seventh studio album Wish You Were Here which went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell six million copies in the U.S. alone.

1970: At the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, a tribute concert to Woody Guthrie was held starring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Pete Seeger & Arlo Guthrie.

1970: Chicago peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “25 or 6 to 4” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Neil Peart-drummer for Rush born in 1952

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/3/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for August 3, 2017:

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2010: Electric Light Orchestra cellist Mike Edwards was killed when a cylindrical hay bale weighing 1,300 pounds rolled and collided with the van he was driving. Edwards was 62 years old.

2002: The Rolling Stones kicked off their 40th anniversary tour in Boston in support of their compilation album Forty Licks.

1999: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx was arrested after a concert in Raleigh, NC on charges on inciting a riot in Greensboro, NC in October of 1997. Sixx also faced charges of assault and disorderly conduct.

1994: John Mellencamp peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” which was a duet with Me’shell Ndegeocello & was Mellencamp’s tenth and last top ten single in the U.S.

1992: David Bowie became the first person to appear on the cover of Architectural Digest in four years.

1988: Triumph performed their last concert with guitarist and singer Rik Emmett until 2008 at the Kingswood Music Theatre at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON outside of Toronto.

1982: The US Festival kicked off the first of three days in San Bernardino, CA. Artists on the bill included The Police, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Pat Benatar, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Cars, The Kinks, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, & the Grateful Dead.

1977: Heart peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Barracuda” their third top forty single in the U.S.

1970: It was reported that Bob Dylan’s bootleg album Great White Wonder has sold over 350,000 copies.

Birthdays:
Freddie King born in 1934
Don Brewer-drummer for Grand Funk Railroad born in 1948
Steve Jones-guitarist for the Sex Pistols born in 1955

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 9/2/17

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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock presented by Acura of Columbus for September 2, 2017:

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2003: The Clash received a Lifetime Achievement award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London.

2000: Approximately 700 Def Leppard fans received refunds at a concert at the Oregon State Fair in Salem due to being accused of playing too quietly in order to obey local noise ordinances.

1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in Cleveland. Later that night nearby at Cleveland Stadium, The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Heart, & Lou Reed.

1993: At the MTV Video Music Awards held in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheatre, Neil Young joined Pearl Jam on stage for a rendition of Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World”. Pearl Jam also won Video of The Year, Best Group Video, Best Director and Best Metal/Hard Rock Video for “Jeremy”.

1989: Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to murder his wife Sharon. The charges were dropped when they reconciled and Osbourne immediately entered rehab.

1989: The Jeff Healey Band peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Angel Eyes” which was also used in the movie Road House.

1984: Van Halen performed their final concert with their original lineup as part of the Monsters of Rock tour in Nuremburg, Germany on a bill that included AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio & Motley Crue.

1978: Cheap Trick’s first single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, “Surrender” peaked at number sixty-two. The song would later be covered by everyone from Green Day to Marilyn Manson & appear in numerous television shows, movies & video games.

1970: Genesis ran an advertisement for a drummer in U.K. music magazine Melody Maker for a drummer. Phil Collins answered the ad & Genesis hired him after Collins told them he played percussion on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.

Birthdays:
Mik Kaminski-violinist for Electric Light Orchestra born in 1951
Steve Porcaro-keyboardist for Toto born in 1957