More of today’s rock history lesson:
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.
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