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TODAY IN THE HISTORY OF ROCK
1965 One of the greatest albums ever recorded of girls screaming,” Got Live If You Want It,” is released. The Rolling Stones are also in there somewhere.
1965 I see a red door and I want it painted black. The Stones score a #1 U.S. hit with “Paint It Black.” Charlie Watts’ opening drum line is incredible and that’s Brian Jones on sitar.
1966 Melody Maker reports that guitarist Eric Clapton (Yardbirds/John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers), Jack Bruce (Manfred Mann) and Ginger Baker (Graham Bond Organization) have formed the first "Rock supergroup." They’re right. Cream is the result.
1976 AC/DC begin their “Lock Up Your Daughters Tour” in Glasgow. The tour, which ends in London, is the group’s first U.K. trek as headliners.
1976 Santana’s “Amigos” LP goes gold.
1977 The Sex Pistols’ “God Save The Queen” peaks at #2 on the U.K. charts. It’s shut out of the top spot by Rod Stewart’s cry-baby ballad “I Don’t Want To Talk About It.”
The Sex Pistols - God Save The Queen
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1978 The Rolling Stones release their “Some Girls” LP, containing “Miss You.”
1986 A year after Sting releases his debut solo album “Dream of the Blue Turtles” the Police reunite for an Amnesty International concert in Atlanta.
1988 The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute is held in London. Mandela, a South African political prisoner, has been jailed for 24 years. The concert, featuring Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder and Phil Collins, in addition to several pop and R&B performers, is broadcast worldwide and seen by over one billion people.
2006 After singer Jonathan Davis falls ill, Avenged Sevenfold's M Shadows, 10 Years' Jesse Hasek and Slipknot/Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor fill in on vocals during KoRn's appearance at the U.K.’s Download Festival. Davis is diagnosed with blood disorder, Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura, which forces the cancellation of KoRn’s European tour.
2006 Guns N' Roses singer Axl Rose invites former GN'R guitarist Izzy Stradlin onstage to perform three songs at the U.K. Download Festival. Also, Skid Row frontman Sebastian Bach joins the group for "My Michelle." It ‘s a chaotic set with Rose slipping during "Sweet Child O' Mine" and leaving the stage twice for extended periods.
2007 Slash is named Riff Lord for his work with Guns N' Roses and Velvet Revolver at the Metal Hammer's Golden Gods Awards in London. Heaven & Hell (the Black Sabbath-related group) earn the Resurrection Award for best comeback.
2007 The Genesis reunion tour of Europe begins in Helsinki, Finland. The line-up is singer-drummer Phil Collins, guitarist Mike Rutherford and keyboardist Tony Banks. Two of the group's longtime backing musicians, drummer Chester Thompson and guitarist Daryl Stuermer, are also onboard. It's the group's first trek in 15 years.
2008 Disturbed's "Indestructible" debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling 252,000 copies in its first week the album marks the third straight time the group has topped the survey.
2008 Pearl Jam embark on a 10-date East Coast headlining tour in West Palm Beach, FL. They also revive their official bootleg series. Complete recordings are available for purchase as made-to-order CDs through the band's official website and in MP3 and FLAC digital formats.
2009 Late Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott and ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons are among the honorees at the Mojo Honours List in London. Lynott receives the Icon Award while Gibbons takes home the Les Paul Award. The Zombies’ "Odessey And Oracle" earns the Classic Album Award.