Classic Rock Almanac September 25, 2016


2008-Paul McCartney performs before 40-thousand people at the outdoor Friendship First concert in Tel Aviv. The show begins with The Beatles‘ “Hello Goodbye” and ends more than two hours later with “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” It’s McCartney’s first-ever performance in Israel. The Beatles were barred from the country because the government felt they would corrupt the youth. He tried to play there with Wings but scheduling conflicts prevented it.

2006-U2 and Green Day debut their cover of “The Saints Are Coming” at the restored Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans before the New Orleans Saints-Atlanta Falcons football game.

2005-Lennon, a Broadway tribute overseen by Yoko Ono, which opened to generally negative reviews, closes after just 49 performances.

1981-The Rolling Stones play the first show of a U-S tour (documented by director Hal Ashby in Let’s Spend the Night Together) at Philadelphia’s J-F-K Stadium.

1980-On the eve of a U-S tour, Led Zeppelin drummer John “Bonzo” Bonham is found dead at Jimmy Page‘s house in England. The 32-year-old ad choked on vomit in his sleep. The group disbands as a result.

1979-The Eagles release The Long Run, which spins off the number-one single “Heartache Tonight.”

1976-Boston‘s self-titled debut enters the album chart, on its way to number-three and sales in excess of 17-million copies.

1973-The Rolling StonesGoat’s Head Soup, a number-one album containing the number-one single “Angie,” is certified gold.

1972-Badfinger begins its first U.S. tour at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

1970-Ringo Starr releases Beaucoups of Blues.

1969-John Lennon records “Cold Turkey” with The Plastic Ono Band, which includes Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr.

1965-In his second concert backed by Levon Helm & the Hawks, the group that is later known as Bob Dylan performs at Southern Methodist University Coliseum in Dallas.

1965-The Beatles‘ cartoon series joins the A-B-C Saturday morning lineup. The band’s actual recordings are played, but Paul Frees voices “John” and “George” and Lance Percival does “Paul” and “Ringo.”

1964-Brian Epstein rejects a multi-million-dollar offer to sell The Beatles‘ management contract to a group of American businessmen.

1964-The Rolling Stones release “Time Is on My Side” as a single. Recorded in Chicago, their cover of an Irma Thomas song becomes the Stones’ first Top 10 U-S hit.





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