Classic Rock Almanac October 2, 2016

ANNIVERSARIES

2007-Bruce Springsteen releases Magic, his first album with The E Street Band in five years. On the same day, Springsteen and the E Street Band kick off their first tour in three years, in Hartford, Connecticut.

2001-A tribute concert called Come Together: A Night for John Lennon takes place at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Participants include Dave Matthews, Nelly Furtado, Moby and Stone Temple Pilots, whose cover of “Revolution” is so well received that the band records The Beatles‘ 1968 hit and releases it in November as a single to benefit the Twin Towers Relief Fund.

1994-John Mellencamp, 42, confirms that he recently suffered a mild heart attack brought on by 80-cigarettes-per-day and a cholesterol level of 300.

1994-Original drummer Stan Lynch plays his last show with Tom Petty‘s Heartbreakers on the second day of Neil Young‘s two-day Bridge Benefit Concert.

1985-Bruce Springsteen wraps up his Born in the USA tour at the L.A. Coliseum.

1982-Rock in a Hard Place, Aerosmith‘s first album without guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford, enters the album chart.

1982-Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska enters the rock album chart at number-24.

1982-Peter Gabriel and guitarist Steve Hackett rejoin former bandmates Mike Rutherford, Tony Banks and Phil Collins for a Genesis reunion at a London benefit concert for Gabriel’s WOMAD organization.

1977-The four KISS solo albums are certified platinum for over-optimistic shipments of a million each. Bassist Gene Simmons‘ album charts the highest, reaching number-22, ahead of Ace Frehley‘s at number-26, Paul Stanley‘s at number-40 and Peter Criss‘s at number-43.

1976-Joe Cocker sings “You Are So Beautiful” on Saturday Night Live. John Belushi joins Cocker to sing “Feelin’ Alright” and drives the crowd wild with his imitation of Cocker’s spastic movements. Hosted by Eric Idle, the episode also features a short film spoofing The Beatles. The Rutles — “a musical legend that will last a lunchtime” — paves the way for the full-length special that airs two years later.

1971-The J. Geils Band releases its second album, The Morning After.

1967-The Beatles start recording “Hello Goodbye” at Abbey Road.

BIRTHDAYS

Allen Woody – Died in 2000
The Gov’t Mule and Allman Brothers Band bassist died in his sleep of natural causes August 26th, 2000 at 43. Born in 1956.

Mike Rutherford – 66 years old
The Genesis guitarist-bassist stepped out in the ’80s to form Mike and the Mechanics, who charted with “Silent Running” and “All I Need Is a Miracle.” Born in 1950.

Richard Hell (Myers) – 67 years old
Solo/ex-Television/ex-Heartbreakers bassist-singer, poet, author. Born in 1949.

Don McLean – 71 years old
Is there a more poignant or vivid rock-history narrative than his tribute to music’s fallen heroes, “American Pie”? The onetime apprentice to Pete Seeger also hit big with “Vincent” and a 1981 remake of Roy Orbison‘s “Crying.” Born in 1945.

 

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