Paul Shaffer’s Day In Rock

July 2nd

2005: Nine concerts are held all over the world as part of Live 8 to raise awareness of African poverty. These concerts took place in London, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia, Toronto, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow and Cornwall. Performers included Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Elton John, Pink Floyd (reunited with Roger Waters for the first time in 24 years), Roxy Music, U2 & The Who.

2000: Pete Townshend announced on his website that he spoke with Eddie Vedder after learning about the deaths of nine people at a Pearl Jam concert in Denmark and given him advice on what The Who had done wrong regarding the Cincinnati tragedy in 1979.

1991: A riot broke out at a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis, MO after Axl Rose spotted a fan illegally recording their concert with a video camera and jumped into the audience to go after him. Their show ended early and the groups gear was trashed.

1987: Linda Duke filed a lawsuit against David Lee Roth & the Great Western Forum claiming she suffered acoustic trauma at Roth’s concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA the previous December.

1981: Foreigner released their fourth album 4 which went on to become their first and only album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart & sold six million copies in the U.S.

1980: The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir & Mickey Hart were arrested along with their manager Danny Rifken on charges of inciting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they were alleged with trying to interfere in a drug-related arrest.

1979: Neil Young and Crazy Horse released Rust Never Sleeps. The album was half acoustic & half electric & went on to be one of Young’s most acclaimed albums.

1971: Queen’s performed their first concert with John Deacon on bass at Surrey College in the U.K.

1969: Mitch Mitchell & Noel Redding announced their departure from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.


Roy Bittan-pianist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band born in 1949


July 3rd

2004: David Crosby was fined $5,000 for criminal possession of a weapon after a gun a knife and marijuana were found in his luggage in New York in March of 2004.

1996: Foreigner, REO Speedwagon & Peter Frampton kicked off a tour at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY outside of Buffalo.

1988: The final Texxas Jam took place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas which featured the U.S. Monsters of Rock tour which included Van Halen, the Scorpions & Metallica. During Van Halen’s set, Sammy Hagar lost his voice & promised to play a free concert in Dallas which they did three years later.

1982: Foreigner headlined a festival at Rich Stadium in Buffalo which also included Loverboy, Ted Nugent & Iron Maiden as the openers.

1982: 38 Special peaked at number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Caught Up in You” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.

1973: David Bowie announced that he was retiring the Ziggy Stardust persona from live performances during a concert at the Hammersmith Odeon in London.

1971: Jim Morrison, legendary singer and lyricist for The Doors was found dead in the bathtub of his apartment in Paris, apparently of heart failure. He was 27 years old.

1969: Brian Jones, former guitarist for the Rolling Stones was found dead in his swimming pool in Hartfield, England. He was 27 years old.

1965: The Yardbirds peaked at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “For Your Love” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.


Tommy Tedesco-session guitarist born in 1930


July 4th

2005: U2 won a court battle for the return of items in which former stylist Lola Cashman was accused of stealing, including a Stetson hat & earrings. Cashman claimed the items were given to her at the end of a U.S. tour.

1995: The Ramones released their final studio album Adios Amigos. Joey Ramone stated it would be their final album due to their disappointment of their modest commercial success.

1987: Bob Dylan and The Grateful Dead kicked off their co-headlining tour at Foxboro Stadium outside of Boston.

1987: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers peaked at number twenty on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Let Me Up (I’ve Had Enough) which went on to go Gold in the U.S.

1985: Dire Straits began a thirteen night stand at London’s Wembley Arena. All thirteen concerts were sold out.

1982: Ozzy Osbourne married his manager Sharon Arden in Maui. Ozzy would later state he chose July 4th to get married so he would remember the date.

1981: George Harrison peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “All Those Years Ago”. The song was a tribute to John Lennon & featured appearances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

1978: The first Texxas Jam took place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Aerosmith & Ted Nugent were the headliners on a bill that also included Van Halen, Heart, Journey, Eddie Money, Cheech & Chong & Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush. Ted Nugent passed out during his set due to excessive heat.

1976: The Clash made their live debut, opening for the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan in Sheffield, U.K.


Alan Wilson-guitarist for Canned Heat born in 1943


July 5th

2005: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who’s seen Pink Floyd’s record sales go up after Live 8 suggested that all other Live 8 performers donate their royalties to charity.

1995: The Justice Department announced that it would be dropping its investigation of antitrust charges brought on against Ticketmaster by Pearl Jam.

1990: Kiss had to cancel a scheduled concert in New Haven, CT due to Paul Stanley sustaining neck & back injuries in a car accident the previous day in Pelham, NY.

1978: Pressings of The Rolling Stones’ album Some Girls were halted when celebrities such as Lucille Ball and Raquel Welch objected to being on the album cover.

1969: The Rolling Stones performed a free concert, their first concert with new guitarist Mick Taylor at London’s Hyde Park before a crowd of 250,000.

1969: The Who & Chuck Berry co-headlined the Pop Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall.

1968: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album which went on to peak at number fifty-two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S.

1966: Chas Chandler of The Animals attended a Jimi Hendrix concert at Café Wha? in New York City at the suggestion of Keith Richards’ girlfriend. Chandler suggested to Hendrix that he should come to the U.K., which he would shortly & Chandler became his manager.

1954: Elvis Presley made his first major recording at Sun Studios in Memphis with Scotty Moore and Billy Black recording “That’s All Right”.


Robbie Robertson-guitarist for The Band born in 1943

Michael Monarch-guitarist for Steppenwolf born in 1950


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