1974: Rush made their American television debut on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert. They didn’t perform on American television again until 2008 on The Colbert Report.
1979: Fleetwood Mac released their first double album Tusk the follow-up to Rumours. They released it weeks ahead of schedule as songs mysteriously popped up on radio.
1984: Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider was arrested after a concert in Amarillo, TX for using “profane and abusive” language. Snider would pay a fine of $75.
1990: Queensryche peaked at number seven on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Empire which went on to become their biggest selling album selling three million copies in the U.S.
1991: Ozzy Osbourne debuted at number seven on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with No More Tears which went on to sell four million copies in the U.S. Alongside Blizzard of Ozz it is Osbourne’s highest selling album in the U.S. as a solo artist.
1976: Joe Cocker was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live. While Cocker performed “Feelin’ Alright” John Belushi came out onstage and duets with Cocker.
1977: Elton John became the first musician to be inducted into the Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame.
1988: Van Halen kicked off the second leg of their tour in support on OU812 at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY.
1979: The Police reached number one on the U.K. Singles Chart for the first time with “Message in a Bottle” which spent three weeks at number one.
1991: Bryan Adams was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia.
1980: Led Zeppelin drummer John Bohnam was found dead as a result of asphyxiation from vomit after excessive vodka consumption the previous night. He was 32 years old.
1991: Nirvana released Nevermind a record many say was responsible for bringing alternative rock to a large mainstream audience. It would enter the Billboard 200 Album Chart at 144, peaking at number one in January 1992.
1997: The Rolling Stones kicked off their tour in support of Bridges to Babylon at Soldier Field in Chicago.
1992: While taping an edition of MTV Unplugged Bruce Springsteen decided to go electric instead reportedly due to Springsteen was unhappy with the touring band’s rehearsals of the acoustic arrangements.
1979: Cheap Trick released their fourth studio album Dream Police which went on to reach number six on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell one million copies in the U.S.
1970: Jimi Hendrix died in his girlfriend’s apartment in London after choking on his own vomit after taking nine of sleeping pills prescribed to his girlfriend with red wine. He was 27 years old.
1991: Guns N’ Roses released both Use Your Illusion I & II with four million copies of each album shipping, at the time the largest ship-out of an album in the U.S.
1978: Boston reached number one the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with their second album Don’t Look Back which spent two non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.
1990: The Steve Miller Band reached the top of the U.K. Singles Chart with “The Joker” after it had been used in a commercial for Levi’s commercial in the U.K.
1976: Bob Dylan’s Hard Rain television special aired on NBC. The special was not well received.
1967: The Beatles headed out on a psychedelic bus & began filming The Magical Mystery Tour. The bus went on to visit Somerset, Cornwall, Devon & Kent in the U.K.
1979: The Who performed their first American concert without Keith Moon who died the previous year in Passaic, NJ at the Capitol Theatre with new drummer Kenney Jones.
1971: John Lennon released his second solo album Imagine. This would be Lennon’s first solo album to reach the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
1979: Electric Light Orchestra peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Don’t Bring Me Down” which was their fifth top ten single in the U.S.
1980: Yes began a sold out three night stand at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. At the time of the concerts Yes had sold out more concerts at Madison Square Garden than any other band.
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