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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

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/7/17

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2008: Roger Daltrey & Pete Townshend were honored at the Kennedy Center Honors for their contributions to American culture in The Who.

1999: The Eagles held a press conference with the RIAA to announce that their first Greatest Hits album is the biggest selling album of the century with sales of 26 million.

1993: Guns N’ Roses announced that their cover of Charles Manson’s “Look at Your Game, Girl” will stay on their covers album The Spaghetti Incident? despite protests. It was also announced that royalties will go to the son of a Manson family victim.

1993: The Long Run-era lineup of the Eagles took part in a quasi-reunion on a Hollywood set of the filming of Travis Tritt’s video for his cover of “Take it Easy”.

1991: U2 went to number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the third time when Achtung Baby debuted on top of the chart.

1991: Rush were awarded Madison Square Garden’s Gold Ticket Award for more than 100,000 tickets sold at the venue during the second sold out show of a two night stand.

1985: Heart peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Never” which was their fourth top ten single in the U.S.

1984: Foreigner released their fifth studio album Agent Provocateur which went on to reach number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell three million copies in the U.S.

1968: Eric Burdon announced during a concert in Newcastle, U.K. that The Animals would be breaking up on December 22nd.

Birthdays:
Tom Waits born in 1949

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/6/17

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2009: Bruce Springsteen was honored at the Kennedy Center Honors for his contributions to American culture. President Barack Obama would say “I’m the President, but he’s The Boss.”

2005: Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from her husband of 20 years, Eddie Van Halen. The couple had been separated since October 15, 2001.

1997: Metallica entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number one with their seventh studio album ReLoad which spent one week on top of the chart and went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. This was Metallica’s third album to debut at number one in the U.S.

1995: Four months after the death of guitarist Jerry Garcia, the Grateful Dead announced that they were splitting up. They would tour again from 1998-2002 as The Other Ones & in 2003 & 2009 as The Dead.

1986: Ringo Starr became the first Beatle to get into advertising after signing a seven-figure deal to be the spokesperson for a wine cooler company.

1983: Asia’s concert from Tokyo’s Budokan, Asia in Asia was broadcast live on MTV. This was Greg Lake’s live debut with Asia.

1980: U2 performed their first concert in North America at The Ritz in New York City.

1973: The Steve Miller Band received their first Gold album for The Joker which went on to sell one million copies in the U.S.

1969: The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at the Altamont Speedway in northern California with support from Jefferson Airplane. During the Stones’ set, 18 year old Meredith Hunter was killed by a member of Hell’s Angels after Hunter allegedly waved a revolver.

Birthdays:
Mike Smith-singer for The Dave Clark Five born in 1943
Peter Buck-guitarist for R.E.M. born in 1956
Randy Rhoads-guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne born in 1956

 

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/5/17

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2003: David Bowie announced that he had to postpone the first five concerts of his first North American tour in eight years due to coming down with the flu.

2000: Roger Waters released his live album In the Flesh which was recorded on his In the Flesh tour, which was his first tour in twelve years.

1987: R.E.M. peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The One I Love” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

1981: The Police peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Every Little Thing She Does is Magic” which was their third top ten single in the U.S.

1975: Fleetwood Mac received their first Gold record for their second self-titled album, which was their first album with Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham.

1970: Badfinger peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “No Matter What” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

1969: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant prevented Atlantic Records from issuing “Whole Lotta Love” as a single in the U.K. because it edited the middle section.

1968: Graham Nash left The Hollies. Three days later he announced the formation of the supergroup Crosby, Stills and Nash.

1965: The Beatles performed in Liverpool for the last time at The Liverpool Empire. There were 40,000 applications for the 5,100 available tickets.

Birthdays:
J.J. Cale born in 1938

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/3/17

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1988: Miami-based dance-pop band Will To Power reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for one week with a medley of Peter Frampton’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” and Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Free Bird”.

1986: Judas Priest and CBS Records were sued by James Vance and the family of Raymond Belknap alleging that they were responsible for Vance & Belknap forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves in the head after listening to Judas Priest’s records for six hours. The lawsuit would later be dismissed in 1990.

1980: Kiss performed their last concert with original guitarist Ace Frehley at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand until their 1996 reunion tour.

1979: Eleven people were trampled to death after a stampede to claim general admission seats at The Who’s concert at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati.

1977: Paul McCartney & Wings topped the U.K. Singles Chart for the first of nine weeks with “Mull of Kintyre” which became the first single to sell more than two million copies in the U.K.

1976: In Kingston, Jamaica, seven gunmen broke into Bob Marley’s home and began shooting. Marley, his wife Rita & manager were in the home, but weren’t hurt.

1976: A 40 foot inflatable pig was being photographed outside of London when it broke free from its moorings & drifted toward the east. There was a warning issued to pilots that a flying pig was on the run. The pig was used for the album cover of Pink Floyd’s Animals.

1971: During a Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention concert in Montreux, Switzerland, the building burned down. Deep Purple immortalized the incident in their song “Smoke on the Water” released the following year.

1969: John Lennon was offered title role in the rock opera Jesus Christ, Superstar. The offer was withdrawn the following day.

Birthdays:
Ozzy Osbourne born in 1948
Mickey Thomas-singer for Jefferson Starship born in 1949
Duane Roland-guitarist for Molly Hatchet born in 1953

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/2/17

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2012: Led Zeppelin were recipients at the Kennedy Center Honors for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. President Barack Obama drew laughs from the crowd when thanked the band for behaving themselves at the White House.

2003: Alice Cooper received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

1997: At a Rolling Stones concert at the Pontiac Silverdome outside of Detroit, 31 year old Eric Zylema fell 23 feet to his death while dancing on a handrail.

1988: Willie Nelson appeared with Kiss members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley on Geraldo to discuss “Sex on the Road”.

1982: Def Leppard filmed the music video for “Photograph” in Battersea, London. This video was the video debut of guitarist Phil Collen.

1978: Rod Stewart reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the fifth time with “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy” which spent one week on top. The song would also reach number one in the U.S. in February the following year.

1973: The Who and members of their entourage were arrested in Montreal for allegedly causing $6,000 worth of damage to a hotel suite after a concert at the Montreal Forum. They spent six hours in jail & paid a $2,100 fine in return for hotel management not pressing charges.

1970: Eric Burdon of The Animals launched his Curb the Clap initiative in Los Angeles by distributing bumper stickers. Burdon said he wanted raise awareness for the number one disease in the record business-VD & raise money for the Los Angeles Free Clinic.

1969: Having seen Eric Clapton perform with Delaney & Bonnie the previous night in London, George Harrison joined them onstage during their concert in Bristol.

Birthdays:
Rick Savage-bassist for Def Leppard born in 1960

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 12/1/17

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1999: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil & Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra performed a concert at the Show Box in Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization summit.

1993: Pink Floyd held a press conference to announce their 1994 world tour, which proved to be the band’s last tour.

1990: Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille spent six hours in jail in Louisville after being arrested for public drunkenness & criminal mischief after a concert at Louisville Gardens.

1984: Billy Squier made his first and only appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

1983: Geffen Records sued Neil Young for $3 million because the label said Young’s new music was “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums”. The lawsuit would later be settled out of court.

1980: The Talking Heads kick-off their tour of the U.K. at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Support on this tour would come from U2.

1976: The Sex Pistols made their infamous appearance on the U.K.’s ITV program Today, in which host Bill Grundy prompted a profanity-ridden rant from the band.

1973: “Dream On” by Aerosmith initially peaked at number 59 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. When it was reissued as a single two and a half years later, it would peak at number six.

1966: Jimi Hendrix signed an exclusive management deal for four years with Mike Jeffrey, Kit Lambert & Chris Stamp’s Yameta Company.

Birthdays:
Eric Bloom-singer for Blue Oyster Cult born in 1944
John Densmore-drummer for The Doors born in 1944

Paul Shaffer’s Day in Rock 11/30/17

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2003: The corner of Bowery and Second Street in New York City was renamed Joey Ramone Place in honor of the singer of The Ramones who passed away two years earlier.

2000: Loverboy bassist Scott Smith was sailing with friends outside of San Francisco when a 26 foot wave swept him overboard into shark infested waters. A four hour search took place and Smith was declared dead. He was 45 years old.

1999: Elton John was criticized by the Boy Scout Association for performing the Pet Shop Boys’ “It’s A Sin” with six male dancers dressed as Boy Scouts during a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The dancers took off their outfits during the performance.

1977: Bing Crosby’s 42nd and final Christmas special aired on CBS which featured Crosby’s duet with David Bowie of “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”. Bowie later said he only appeared on the special because “I just knew my mother liked him.”

1976: Bob Dylan released a live version of “Stuck Inside of Mobile” with the Memphis Blues Again, which featured “Rita May” as the B-side.

1974: Elton John’s Greatest Hits began a ten week run on top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart, giving John his fifth consecutive number one album in the U.S.

1972: Wings released the single “Hi, Hi, Hi” which was banned by the BBC due to having lyrics “unsuitable” for broadcast. The song would later reach number five in the U.K. & number ten in the U.S.

1969: Simon & Garfunkel hosted their first television special, Songs of America which caused controversy when it showed footage of Robert Kennedy’s funeral and the Vietnam War, which led to their original sponsor to disassociate itself from the special.

1968: Steppenwolf peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Magic Carpet Ride” which was their second top ten single in the U.S.

Birthdays:
Roger Glover-bassist for Deep Purple & Rainbow born in 1945
Billy Idol born in 1955