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Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/24/17

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2005: Iggy Pop was fined by the city of Lucerne, Switzerland for performing too loud during a Stooges concert at the Blue Balls festival in July.

1994: Pearl Jam’s third album Vitalogy reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for one week, the group’s second number one album. The album debuted at number fifty-five two weeks earlier when they issued it on vinyl two weeks prior to the CD & cassette release.

1988: Poison reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first of three weeks with “Every Rose Has Its Thorn” which was their only number one single.

1988: Guns N’ Roses peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Welcome to the Jungle” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

1988: Nirvana began recording their debut album Bleach at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording studios. The group borrowed $600 from a school friend to record.

1983: The Rolling Stones peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Undercover of the Night” which was their twenty-first top ten single in the U.S.

1973: The Doobie Brothers’ guitarist Tom Johnson was arrested in Visalia, CA for marijuana possession.

1966: Elvis Presley proposed to longtime girlfriend Priscilla Beaulieu during Christmas celebrations at Graceland. They would marry the following May.

1963: The Beatles began an annual holiday tradition when they held the first “Beatles Christmas Show” at London’s Astoria Theatre. The show featured The Beatles and other musical acts performing their hits & doing comedy sketches in between.

Birthdays:
Lemmy Kilmister-singer & bassist for Motorhead born in 1945

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/23/17

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2009: Metallica’s self-titled fifth album became the biggest selling album of the Soundscan era since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales for the Billboard 200 album chart in May of 1991. Since its release in August of 1991, it’s sold over 15,620,000 copies.

2006: It was reported that U2 singer Bono would receive honorary knighthood from the U.K. in recognition of his contribution to music & humanitarian work.

1999: Unemployed musician Cristin Keleher broke into George Harrison’s home on the Hawaiian island Maui. Keleher made herself at home ordering pizza, drinking root beer, doing her laundry & calling her mother in New Jersey before authorities arrived & arrested her. Keleher spent four months in jail for burglary & theft.

1996: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx married Baywatch star Donna D’Errico. The couple separated in 2006 & divorced in 2007.

1995: Pearl Jam debuted at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “I Got Id” which featured Neil Young on lead guitar.

1987: Roger Waters & David Gilmour of Pink Floyd reached an agreement where Gilmour could continue to use the Pink Floyd name & Waters would receive royalties for trademarks such as the flying pig & retained the rights to The Wall.

1978: The Cars peaked at number thirty-five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their second single “My Best Friend’s Girl”.

1964: The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown on a flight to Houston for a concert. Wilson retired from touring, but remained in the band.

1959: Chuck Berry was arrested and charged with violating the Mann Act after taking a 14 year old girl across state lines. Berry was initially convicted & sentenced to five years in prison, but due to Judge George H. Moore Jr. making racist comments, Berry was freed.

Birthdays:
Jorma Kaukonen-guitarist for Jefferson Airplane born in 1940
Harry Shearer-Derek Smalls, bassist for Spinal Tap born in 1943
Ron Bushy-drummer for Iron Butterfly born in 1945
Luther Grosvenor-guitarist for Spooky Tooth, Stealers Wheel & Mott the Hoople born in 1946
Graham Bonnet-singer for Rainbow born in 1947
Dave Murray-guitarist for Iron Maiden born in 1956
Eddie Vedder-singer for Pearl Jam born in 1964

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/22/17

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2002: Joe Strummer, singer & guitarist for The Clash died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect after walking his dog in Broomfield, U.K. He was 50 years old.

1991: The movie Rush opened in theatres across the U.S. It starred Jason Patric, Jennifer Jason Leigh & Gregg Allman in his big screen debut as a drug dealer. The soundtrack was written by Eric Clapton, which contained “Tears in Heaven”.

1987: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx overdosed on heroin and was pronounced dead on arrival. Sixx was revived with two shots of adrenaline in his chest which inspired Motley Crue’s hit song “Kickstart My Heart”.

1982: Bob Dylan visited Frank Zappa at his house and played Zappa a dozen songs, afterwards Dylan asked Zappa to produce his next album. Mark Knopfler ended up producing Dylan’s next album Infidels.

1979: The first of three concerts for the people of Kampuchea were held at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Artists appearing at the concerts included Paul McCartney, Queen, The Who, The Clash, The Pretenders and Elvis Costello and the Attractions.

1978: The Who announced that Kenney Jones of The Faces would replace the late Keith Moon on drums.

1978: Todd Rundgren sued the British Musicians Union after they called a stop to a concert over the radio he was due to perform.

1976: Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band received their first Gold record for their live album Live Bullet which later went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.

1973: Todd Rundgren peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Hello It’s Me” which was Rundgren’s first and only top ten single in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Barry Jenkins-drummer for The Animals born in 1944
Rick Nielsen-guitarist for Cheap Trick born in 1948

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/21/17

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2001: Beverly Hills police launched an investigation into why Olivia Harrison listed a non-existent Beverly Hills address as the place of George Harrison’s death.

2001: Kiss made a guest appearance on Family Guy where they appeared in a holiday special Kiss Saves Santa.

1992: Albert King died of a heart attack at his home in Memphis just two days after performing his final concert in Los Angeles. He was 69 years old.

1991: “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen topped the U.K. Singles Chart for the second time as it entered the chart at number one. The song was re-released as a single worldwide in the wake of singer Freddie Mercury’s death one month earlier.

1985: Heart reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with their self-titled album which spent one week at number one. On the same chart, Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. passed Michael Jackson’s Thriller to become the second longest-lasting album in the top ten.

1978: Rod Stewart settled out of court with drummer Micky Waller who claimed he hadn’t received royalties for his work on Stewart’s 1974 album Smiler.

1974: During a Bad Company concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre, Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones joined the group onstage for a rendition of B.B. King’s “Rock Me Baby”.

1970: Elvis Presley met with President Richard Nixon at The White House to volunteer his services in fighting the war on drugs. Presley gave Nixon a chrome-plated colt .45 gun & Presley also received a Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs badge.

1970: Traffic received their first Gold record for John Barleycorn Must Die which peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.

Birthdays:
Frank Zappa born in 1940
Carl Wilson-guitarist for The Beach Boys born in 1946
Nick Gilder born in 1951

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/20/17

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2006: Former Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher won a lawsuit granting him a songwriter’s credit & 40% of the royalties from their signature song “A Whiter Shade of Pale” for co-writing the music.

2001: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee filed papers with the Los Angeles Superior Court claiming that his ex-wife Pamela Anderson is an unfit mother.

1980: Pat Benatar peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” which was Benatar’s first top ten single in the U.S.

1980: Motorhead drummer Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor accidentally broke a bone in his neck after a concert in Belfast after showing friends how he can bounce on his head.

1975: Former James Gang guitarist Joe Walsh replaced Bernie Leadon as the guitarist for The Eagles. Leadon left after the band decided to pursue a more “rock” sound.

1969: The Rolling Stones knocked The Beatles out of the number one spot in the U.K. Album Chart as Let It Bleed debuted at number one displacing Abbey Road which returned to the top spot the following week.

1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Down on the Corner” which was their fourth top ten single in the U.S.

1967: Ian Anderson & Glenn Cornick formed Jethro Tull, named after an 18th century farming tool inventor.

1966: The Beatles recorded the bells and vocal harmonies for “When I’m Sixty-Four” which was released as a single the following June.

Birthdays:
Peter Criss-drummer for Kiss born in 1945
Chris Robinson-singer for The Black Crowes born in 1966

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/19/17

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2003: Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi & Nils Lofgren were among the mourners attending the funeral of Wall Street tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen led the assembly in Christmas carols & Lofgren sang “Wind Beneath My Wings”.

1999: E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons made a guest appearance on The Simpsons as the narrator of The Simpsons’ Christmas.

1994: Aerosmith performed the final concert of their 240 date tour in support of Get a Grip at their Mama Kin’s Music Hall in Boston which was broadcast on radio stations across North America.

1993: The Byrds’ drummer Michael Clarke died of liver failure at his home in Treasure Island, FL. He was 47 years old.

1987: Whitesnake peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Is This Love”, their second and final top ten single in the U.S.

1981: The Rolling Stones finished their North American tour in support of Tattoo You at the Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, VA. The concert was broadcast on closed-circuit cable.

1981: The Cars peaked at number nine on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their fourth album Shake it Up which later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S.

1979: Elvis Presley’s personal physician George Nichopoulos was charged with prescribing over 12,000 doses of amphetamines, barbiturates & painkillers for Presley in the two years prior to his death. Nichopoulos would later be acquitted on this charge.

1955: Carl Perkins recorded “Blue Suede Shoes” which was based on an incident Perkins spotted while performing a dance where he noticed a couple dancing & the boy cautioned his date “don’t step on my suedes.” The song would go on to be covered by artists from Elvis Presley & Pat Boone to Jimi Hendrix & Black Sabbath.

Birthdays:
Professor Longhair born in 1918
Alvin Lee-guitarist for Ten Years After born in 1944

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/18/17

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2004: A guitar played by George Harrison & John Lennon sold for $570,000 at a New York auction. The Gibson SG guitar was used by Harrison during the recording of Revolver & by Lennon during sessions for The White Album.

1992: A Toronto radio station removed the Beatles’ song “Run for Your Life” from their playlist, 27 years after its release saying that promoted violence against women.

1983: Keith Richards married model & actress Patti Hansen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger was Richards’ best man.

1981: Rod Stewart’s concert at the Los Angeles Forum was beamed worldwide via satellite to a television audience of 35 million. Kim Carnes & Tina Turner made guest appearances during the concert.

1978: Led Zeppelin completed recording of their final studio album In Through the Out Door in Stockholm, Sweden.

1975: During a press conference in London, Rod Stewart announced his departure from The Faces, due to Ron Wood joining The Rolling Stones & Stewart thinking he was better off as a solo artist.

1972: Bob Dylan arrived in Mexico to start filming his role as Alias in the movie Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.

1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival received a Gold record for their sixth album Pendulum which was their final album with rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty.

1966: Pink Floyd made their debut at London’s Blarney Club. Five days later, the club changed their name to the UFO Club & they became the house band.

Birthdays:
Chas Chandler-bassist for The Animals born in 1938
Keith Richards-guitarist for The Rolling Stones born in 1943
Elliot Easton-guitarist for The Cars born in 1953

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/10/17

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2009: While boarding a flight to Taipei, Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport to kick off Guns N’ Roses tour in support of Chinese Democracy singer Axl Rose attacked a paparazzi for allegedly getting too close to a woman in Rose’s entourage. The photographer didn’t file charges against Rose.

2007: Led Zeppelin performed their first concert in 19 years at London’s O2 Arena.
Jason Bonham filled in on drums for his father, the late John Bonham. Over one million people applied for a chance at the 9,000 pairs of tickets.

1999: Rick Danko, bassist for The Band died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, NY. He was 56 years old.

1998: Bruce Springsteen won a $3 million legal battle in the U.K. with two companies that wanted to release previously unreleased songs from his early career. Masquerade Music wanted to release an album titled Before the Fame & Flute International wanted to release an album of 19 unreleased songs.

1983: Pat Benatar peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Love is a Battlefield”, Benatar’s second top ten single in the U.S.

1983: Stevie Nicks made her first appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live where she performed “Stand Back” and “Nightbird”.

1976: Generation X, featuring Billy Idol on lead vocals made their live debut at the Central College of Art and Design in London.

1971: Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by a jealous boyfriend during a concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Zappa suffered a broken leg & a fractured skull, which required him to spend nine months in a wheelchair.

1967: The Steve Miller Blues Band signed with Capitol Records for $750,000. The Blues portion of the band’s name would shortly be dropped.

1966: The Beach Boys reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for one week with “Good Vibrations” off their highly praised album Pet Sounds.

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/9/17

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2006: U2 ended their year and a half tour in support of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, HI. Pearl Jam opened the concert & during U2’s set, there were guest appearances from Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong & Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder & Mike McCready.

2000: U2 made their first appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Beautiful Day” & “Elevation”.

1991: Guns N’ Roses made their debut at Madison Square Garden in the first of a three night stand. All three concerts were sold out, drawing over 54,000 fans & grossing over $1.3 million.

1974: George Harrison released his third album as a solo artist Dark Horse which would also be the name of Harrison’s record label.

1974: John Lennon stopped by the announcer’s booth on Monday Night Football. While in the booth, Ronald Reagan explained the rules of football to Lennon.

1972: The Moody Blues reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with Seventh Sojourn which spent five weeks at number one.

1972: The stage version of Tommy opened at London’s Rainbow Theatre. There were contributions from Roger Daltrey, Richie Havens and Steve Winwood, while Pete Townshend narrated the performance.

1967: Jim Morrison was arrested during a Doors concert in New Haven, CT for disturbing the peace after he complained about his treatment by the New Haven police department onstage.

1966: Cream released their debut album Fresh Cream which would go on to be certified Gold two years later.

Birthdays:
Dennis Dunaway-bassist for Alice Cooper born in 1946

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/8/17

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2003: Ozzy Osbourne was rushed into emergency surgery at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, U.K. Osbourne broke his collarbone & several ribs after he crashed an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate.

2000: Sting received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Hollywood Mayor Johnny Grant declared the day Sting Day in Hollywood.

1984: Motley Crue singer Vince Neil was involved in a car crash which killed passenger Nick Dingley, drummer of Hanoi Rocks & injured two others. Neil would spend 20 days in jail and pay $2.6 million in compensation.

1984: Bryan Adams made his second appearance on American Bandstand where he performed “Run to You” & “Kids Wanna Rock”.

1983: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Ron Wood, Joe Cocker, Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers were among the participants at the Ronnie Lane ARMS Appeal concert at Madison Square Garden.

1980: John Lennon was murdered outside of the Dakota building in New York City where he was living. Mark David Chapman murdered Lennon as Lennon was signing an autograph for Chapman. Lennon was 40 years old.

1979: The Police reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the second time with “Walking on the Moon” which spent one week on top of the chart.

1975: Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue tour ended its first leg at Madison Square Garden with “Night of the Hurricane”, a benefit for boxer & convicted murderer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. The concert raised over $100,000.

1969: Jimi Hendrix was found not guilty in the Toronto Supreme Court on charges of drug possession. Hendrix told the judge he had “outgrown” drugs.

1961: The Beach Boys released their debut single “Surfin’” on Candix Records. The song would later peak at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.

Birthdays:
Bobby Elliott-drummer for The Hollies born in 1942
Jim Morrison-singer for The Doors born in 1943
Gregg Allman-singer & organist for The Allman Brothers Band born in 1947
Phil Collen-guitarist for Def Leppard born in 1957