1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
FEATURED: Yaayo Gak! 1960 – Steve Vai: Widdlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddlywiddly-SCREECH! Yes, it’s happy birthday to Steve Vai, born today in Long Island, N.Y. this day in rock Guitar God History! Steven “Steve” Siro Vai (born June 6, 1960 in Carle Place, New York) is an American instrumental rock guitarist, songwriter, vocalist and producer. After starting his professional […]
1999 – David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young appear at New York’s Madison Square Garden to announce their forthcoming album and CSNY2K tour.
1994 – The historic Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco. The opening acts include Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club. The Fillmore (also known as Fillmore Auditorium, or in error as Fillmore West) is a historic music venue in San Francisco, California made famous by Bill Graham. Named for its […]
1991 – Rock promoter Bill Graham dies in a helicopter crash after a Huey Lewis concert in Concord, Calif. He was 60. Among the events produced by Graham were the Live Aid concert, Amnesty International tour and US Festival. At times he managed the careers of the Grateful Dead, Van Morrison and Santana.
1977 – It’s a rock-promoter rumble between the forces of Led Zep manager Peter Grant and Bill Graham. Grant, Zep’s John Bonham, and two others are arrested after fighting with three of Graham’s employees at the Oakland Coliseum. The Zep crew pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges and later settles a lawsuit out of court. The […]
1973 – Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham settles an argument with promoter Bill Graham at a San Francisco gig by emptying a bucket of water over him.
1970 – Woodstock premieres in UK. The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was a historic event held at Max Yasgur’s 600 acre (2.4 km²; 240 ha) dairy farm in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel (Sullivan County) is 43 miles (69 km) southwest of the town […]
1969 – Promoter Bill Graham opens the Fillmore West in San Francisco. It quickly becomes the epicenter of the city’s psychedelic-band boom.
1968 – Big Brother & the Holding Company and Sly & the Family Stone open the Fillmore West, the new name given to San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom since Bill Graham took over.
1968 – Promoter Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium to take over San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag and Blue Cheer play the final Fillmore concerts.
1966 – Opening night of Bill Graham’s Fillmore Auditorium in San Francisco.