1978 – Eric Clapton sponsored a West Bromwich Albion UEFA cup-tie against Galatasarey of Turkey. After the game, Eric presented each player with a gold copy of his latest album ‘Slowhand”
1978 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Kiss You All Over,” Exile.
1978 – Foreigner release their second album, Double Vision. The album peaks at No. 3 on the chart, despite Rolling Stone noting, “One is hard pressed to discern even a ‘single’ vision on the second Foreigner LP.”
1978 – Queen: The video for Queen’s single ‘Bicycle Race’ was filmed at Wimbledon Stadium, Wimbledon, UK. It featured 65 naked female professional models racing around the stadium’s track on bicycles, which had been hired for the day. The rental company was reported to have requested payment for all the saddles when they found out […]
1978 – Bob Dylan gives his never-ending tour a dry run. He kicks off the 62-date American leg of his Street Legal world tour in Augusta, Maine, today.
1978 – The Grateful Dead play a concert at the foot of Egypt’s Great Pyramid. There’s more than just T-shirt sales at stake. The band intends to get the Arabs and Israelis to settle their differences to music. Using King Cheops’ tomb as an echo chamber, the Dead play with a team of Nubian drummers […]
1978 – In Dublin, the young U2 support the Stranglers at the Top Hat Ballroom. The Stranglers and their entourage take up two dressing rooms, leaving Bono and company to dress behind the speakers. Isn’t it always that way… Victory Antler dance….
1978 – On the albums chart, the Who are a new entry with Who Are You, their last long-player recorded with Keith Moon.
1978 – Sid Vicious kicks off his solo career with a show at Max’s Kansas City in New York. See Sid & Nancy for more gruesome details.
1978 – Keith Moon’s hell-raising days come to an end in London where he dies. He overdoses on the prescription drug Hemenephirin. Moon was using the medicine to cure his alcoholism.
1978 – Keith Moon, drummer with The Who, died of a overdose of heminevrin prescribed to combat alcoholism on This Day in Rock Music History. A post-mortem confirmed there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved. Moon had attended a party the night before organised by Paul McCartney for the launch […]
1978 – Producer Tom Wilson dies in Los Angeles. He helmed seminal records by Bob Dylan (Highway 61 Revisited), the Velvet Underground (Velvet Underground & Nico), and Frank Zappa (Freak Out!).