More of today’s rock history lesson:
1991: The final Day on the Green festival presented by Bill Graham before his death took place at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland. Metallica was the headliner & the bill also included Queensryche, Faith No More & Soundgarden.
1991: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers made their fourth appearance on Saturday Night Live where they performed “Into the Great Wide Open” and “Kings Highway”.
1987: Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider announced that he was leaving the band. Snider later reunited with Twisted Sister ten years later.
1982: The Who performed the first of two nights at New York City’s Shea Stadium on their farewell tour. The Clash opened for The Who at these two concerts.
1979: During a Jethro Tull concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City, a fan threw a rose to singer Ian Anderson, which struck his face & the thorn tore his right eye.
1978: Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious called the police when he discovered his girlfriend Nancy Spungeon was stabbed at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City. He would be arrested and charged with murder.
1975: Rod Stewart performed his final concert with The Faces at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
1971: Gene Vincent, best known for “Be-Bop-A-Lula” died of a perforated ulcer in California while visiting his father. He was 36 years old.
1969: A student at Eastern Michigan University called in to a Detroit radio station to play The Beatles’ “Revolution #9” backwards which the student said he heard a voice saying “turn me on dead man” and concluded that it referred to Paul McCartney.
1968: Big Brother and the Holding Company reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with Cheap Thrills their second album and last with Janis Joplin which spent eight non-consecutive weeks at number one.