1968: The Doors reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second and final time with “Hello, I Love You” which spent two weeks on top of the chart.
1981: Journey released their seventh studio album Escape. It went on to become their first and only number one album in the U.S. & sell nine million copies in the U.S.
1983: Journey headlined the Day on the Green festival for the third and final time at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland on a bill that also included Triumph, Eddie Money & Bryan Adams.
1967: The Doors went to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first time with “Light My Fire” which spent three weeks on top of the chart.
1973: Deep Purple peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Smoke on the Water” which was their second and final top ten single in the U.S.
1976: After being ordered to leave the U.S. more than three years ago, John Lennon finally received his green card & was granted permanent residency.
1976: Thin Lizzy peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “The Boys Are Back in Town”, their only top 40 single in the U.S.
1977: Foreigner released their second single “Cold as Ice” which went on to peak at number six on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1972: The Who released “Join Together” which went on to reach number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart.
1984: ZZ Top peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Legs” which was their first and only top ten single in the U.S.
1974: The Ramones decided that their new lead singer would be their then-drummer Joey Ramone.
1982: Judas Priest released their eighth studio album Screaming for Vengeance which went on to be their first top twenty album in the U.S. & their biggest selling album selling two million copies in the U.S.
2008: Rush made their first appearance on American television in 33 years when they appeared on The Colbert Report. They were interviewed by Stephen Colbert & they performed “Tom Sawyer”.
1973: The Kinks’ Ray Davies announced onstage during a Kinks concert at London’s White City Stadium that he would be retiring from music. After the concert he collapsed at a hospital.
1982: Van Halen kicked off their Hide Your Sheep Tour at the Augusta-Richmond Civic Center in Augusta, GA in support of Diver Down. This tour would later bring the band to South America for the first time.
1985: Robert Plant peaked at number twenty on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Shaken ‘n’ Stirred which would go Gold in the U.S.
1990: Billy Idol joined Tom Jones onstage at the Los Angeles nightclub Spice singing “Great Balls of Fire”, “Babaloo” & “To Be a Lover”.
1971: A mini riot broke out during a Mott the Hoople concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which caused the venue to temporarily ban rock concerts.
1984: The Cars peaked at number twelve on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Magic”.
1973: Queen released their debut single in the U.K. on EMI Records, “Keep Yourself Alive”.
1996: Foreigner, REO Speedwagon & Peter Frampton kicked off a tour at the Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in Darien Center, NY outside of Buffalo.
1971: Queen’s performed their first concert with John Deacon on bass at Surrey College in the U.K.
1983: Bon Jovi signed with Mercury Records which they released their debut album the following year.
1977: Marvel Comics published the first Kiss comic book. Blood was drawn from each member of the band & poured into the red ink used for printing the comic.
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