1981 – Director Alan Parker begins production on Pink Floyd the Wall. The film was originally to interpolate live footage of the band performing at Earls Court, but instead tells the story of a confused rocker portrayed by Boomtown Rat Bob Geldof. Roger Waters was so unhappy with the experience he sings on The Final […]
1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The groups third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies. The Wall is a rock opera presented as a double album by the English progressive rock band Pink Floyd, released in late 1979. It […]
1978 – Muddy Waters performs for President Jimmy Carter at the White House.
1976 – The Band holds its acclaimed farewell performance at San Francisco’s Winterland, with performances by Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Muddy Waters and others. The event is filmed and made into a movie by Martin Scorsese titled “The Last Waltz.”
1976 – They meant well. Wings perform a benefit concert in Venice’s St. Mark’s Square to raise money to restore art damaged by the canal water. However, the 25,000-strong crowd only causes the square to sink deeper into the brine, and water rises up through the cracks in the paving.
1974 – Guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers. With Steely Dan After the breakup of Ultimate Spinach, Baxter relocated to Los Angeles, California, finding work as a session guitarist. In 1972 he became a founding member of the band Steely Dan, along with guitarist-bassist Walter Becker, keyboardist Donald Fagen, […]
1973 – Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon released in the UK. Lyrics: Us and Them Us, and them And after all we’re only ordinary men Me, and you God only knows it’s not what we would choose to do Forward he cried from the rear And the front rank died And the general […]
1971 – Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a Frank Zappa gig. Ian Gillan, vocalist of Deep Purple, who was recording in close proximity, is inspired to write the classic “Smoke On The Water” about the incident.
1971 – A fire burns down the Montreux Casino in Switzerland during a Frank Zappa concert. Deep Purple witness the conflagration and go on to write “Smoke on the Water” about the catastrophe.
1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth, England. Progressive rock can be a very disreputable subject. No other musical style has been so vilified by the critics and became a synonym for ‘pompous’ and ‘bombastic.’ Almost every music critic in the early ’70’s had something unflattering to write about it. […]
1963 – Metallica’s James Hetfield is born This day in rock history! James Hetfield Born: August 3, 1963 From: Los Angeles Personal: Married, 3 Children Instrument: Vocals, Guitar When it comes to defining Metallica, most people use James Hetfield as their guide. There’s never any bullshit with James and there’s never any shirking […]
1962 – In London, the Rolling Stones make their first recordings at Curly Clayton Studios. The band, which currently consists of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, pianist Ian Stewart, and drummer Tony Chapman, cut Muddy Waters’ “Soon Forgotten,” Jimmy Reed’s “Close Together,” and Bo Diddley’s “You Can’t Judge a Book (By Looking at the […]