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Rock History ... a day like today, October 29

1965 :The Who released the single 'My Generation' in the UK. The song was named the 11th greatest song by Rolling Stone on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1's list of the 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. It reached No. 2 in the UK, the Who's highest charting single in their home country but only No. 74 in America.
1965: The Rolling Stones kicked off their fourth 37-date North American tour at the Forum in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
1971:Allman Brothers Band great Duane Allman was lost in a motorcycle accident. In just a few short years, he’d not only launched his own family band but had made key contributions to the music of Aretha Franklin, Laura Nyro, Boz Scaggs and Wilson Pickett. His band was at work on their third studio effort when Allman crashed; he was just 24.

1975:On Power Windows, Rush expertly combined their familiar prog-rock sensibilities with a new wave flair. The all-star Traveling Wilburys, meanwhile, tried as best they could to move on without the late Roy Orbison, releasing the impishly titled sophomore album Vol. 3.
1983 Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.
1988:Dire Straits scored their fourth UK No.1 album with 'Money For Nothing'.
2001: U2 performed for the first time on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' live from New York City.

This date also saw the birth of two early members of legendary classic rock bands – Denny Laine and Peter Green. Laine voiced the Moody Blues‘ only U.K. charttopping hit before joining Wings with Paul McCartney. Green, meanwhile, crafted some brilliant blues updates as co-founder of Fleetwood Mac before issues with drugs and mental illness forced him from the band.

News Anniversaries:
Duane Allman dies in a motorcycle accident (1971)

Album Anniversaries:
Rush – Power Windows (1975)
Neil Young – Hawks and Doves (1980)
Traveling Wilburys – Vol. 3 (1990)

Denny Laine of Moody Blues and Wings (1945)
Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac (1946)

Rock History... a day like today, October 28

1972 : The United States Council for World Affairs announced that it was adopting The Who song, "Join Together" as its official theme. 
1977:Queen pared down their outsized orchestral tendencies for the nervy, harder-rocking News of the World.
1977:Kiss reached perhaps the pinnacle of their ’70s-era fame, releasing Alive II just two years after the original concert document. 
1978 : The movie "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park" aired on NBC-TV as the NBC Movie of the Week.
 1978: Queen played the first night on their 79-date ‘Jazz’ tour at the Dallas Convention Center, Dallas, Texas. Many other acts have appeared here, including, The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Santana and Led Zeppelin.
1991 :The Metallica single "The Unforgiven" was released. 

1997 : KISS released the album "Carnival of Souls: The Final Sessions."
2007 : The game "Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock" was released in North America.So kids don' know now hot to play air quitar..
2008: A statue honouring AC/DC's Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne, his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980. He is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
2011:The organisers of a planned Metallica concert in India were arrested after the show was called off, leading fans of the band to destroy the stage and vandalize equipment. Metallica had been booked to play in Delhi on Friday, but they postponed the show after a security barrier in front of the stage collapsed. The four promoters of the gig, were arrested on fraud charges after they refused to refund tickets. Around 25,000 people had purchased tickets to see what would have been Metallica's first-ever concert in India.

Album Anniversaries:
Queen – News of the World (1977)
Neil Young – Decade (1977)
Kiss – Alive II (1977)
Bob Dylan – Biograph (1985)
ZZ Top – Afterburner (1985)

1957: Stephen Morris, drums, Joy Division, (1980 UK No.13 single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'). New Order, (1983 UK No.9 single 'Blue Monday'). The Other Two, (1991 UK No.41 single 'Tasty Fish').
1958 : Dave Wyndorf, lead vocalist, guitarist, pianist, trombonist, and songwriter for the American rock group Monster Magnet.

Rock History... a day like today, October 27

1975:After releasing the single and album Born To Run, Bruce Springsteen had the rare honour of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.
1977:The Sex Pistols released their one and only album, Never Mind the Bollocks
1979: Motorhead  released , Bomber
1988: U2's film 'Rattle And Hum', received its world wide premiere in the group's hometown Dublin.
1989: U2 bass player Adam Clayton was convicted of a drink driving offence by a Dublin court after being found driving twice over the legal limit. He was fined £500 and banned from driving for 1 year.
2009: Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.
2013: Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed died at the age of 71. An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, he underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland in April 2013. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be 'bigger and stronger' than ever.

Album Anniversaries:
Johnny Winter, Second Winter (1969)
Angel – Angel (1975)
Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks (1977)
Pat Benatar – In the Heat of the Night (1979)
Motorhead – Bomber (1979)
Hawkwind – Levitation (1980)

1949:  Byron Allred, keyboards, Steve Miller Band, (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single 'The Joker')
1949:  Garry Tallent, bass player with the Bruce Springsteen E Street Band, (1984 US No.2 & 1985 UK No.4 single 'Dancing In The Dark').
1951: Ken Downing, guitar, Judas Priest, (1980 UK No.12 single 'Living After Midnight', 1980 UK No.4 album 'British Steel').
1984, Born on this day, Kelly Osbourne (2002 UK No.3 single 'Papa Don't Preach', 2003 UK No.1 with Ozzy Osbourne, 'Changes'

Rock History... a day like today, October 26


1962, The Rolling Stones (known as The Rollin' Stones), and consisting of Keith Richard, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones pianist Ian Stewart and drummer Tony Chapman recorded their first demo tape at Curly Clayton Studios in Highbury, London. They recorded three songs, Jimmy Reed's 'Close Together', Bo Diddley's 'You Cant Judge A Book By The Cover' and Muddy Waters' 'Soon Forgotten.'
1968, The two day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedance Clearwater Revival and Canned Heat all appeared.

1970, A wake was held at the Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer who died of an accidental drugs overdose had left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin's close friends; Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.
1979: AC/DC appeared at Mayfair , supported by Def Leppard
1981:, Iron Maiden made what seemed like a shocking change at the frontman position – but one that, in hindsight, clearly hurtled them toward superstardom.
Still, as Bruce Dickinson took the stage for the first time at the Palasport of Bologna, Italy, all that was known for sure was that Iron Maiden had already released two well-received albums with Paul Di’Anno. As yet unheard was the band’s career-making third album, The Number of the Beast, which changed everything.

1984, 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son's death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.
1991, Ozzy Osbourne broke his foot after an accident on stage at a gig in Chicago, causing him to cancel the remaining dates of a US tour.
2004, Apple launched the U2 Special Edition iPod as part of a partnership between Apple, U2 and Universal Music Group. The new U2 iPod held up to 5,000 songs and featured a red Click Wheel and custom engraving of U2 band member signatures. The iPod was being introduced as the band released their new album 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb.'
2007, 1,730 guitarists played the immortal Bob Dylan classic, 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' in a bid to break a record in the state of Meghalaya, North East India. The guitarists hoped their achievement would earn them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current Guinness World Record was held by a guitar-ensemble from Kansas City in the US when 1,683 guitarists, played Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water'.

2008, AC/DC went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Black Ice' the Australian bands fifteenth studio album which went on to become a No.1 hit in 29 different countries and the second-best selling album of 2008.
2011, Aerosmith were forced to delay a concert in South America after Steven Tyler fell in his hotel bathroom. The singer suffered cuts to his face and lost two of his teeth ahead of a concert in Asuncion, Paraguay. He was said to have received stitches and had emergency dental work, forcing the gig to be postponed by 24 hours.

2011, A coroner's inquest on the death of Amy Winehouse reached a verdict of misadventure. The report explained that Winehouse's blood alcohol content was 416 mg per decilitre at the time of her death, more than five times the legal drink-drive limit. According to the coroner ‘The unintended consequences of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden death’.

1946, Born on this day, Keith Hopwood, guitar, Herman's Hermits, (1964 UK No.1 single 'I'm Into Something Good', 1965 US No.1 single 'Mrs Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter').
1951, Born on this day, Bootsy Collins, bass player, James Brown, Parliament, Funkadelic, Bootsy's Rubber Band
Album Anniversaries:
Crosby Stills Nash and Young – Looking Back (1999)
1963 Natalie Merchant

Number 1 In The Charts On October 26
1991 U2: ‘The Fly’ UK 45