Stech’s Day In Rock (Aug. 1st)

August 1st

1994: The Rolling Stones kicked off their Voodoo Lounge Tour at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. This tour would last over a year & go on to gross $320 million, becoming the highest grossing tour at the time.

1987: Bob Seger reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the first and only time with “Shakedown” off the soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop II. Originally Glenn Frey was supposed to record the song, but he came down with laryngitis nine days before the song was supposed to be recorded.

1987: MTV Europe premiered launched with the first video shown being “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits.

1987: Heart peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with Bad Animals which spent three weeks at number two.

1981: MTV launched at 12:01 a.m. At the time of its launch, only a few thousand people on one cable system in northern New Jersey could see it.

1980: George Harrison formed a movie production company called Handmade Films. The company produced such movies as Time Bandits, Shanghai Surprise & Withnail and I.

1979: During a concert at Madison Square Garden, Peter Frampton was awarded the Gold Ticket for performing to over 100,000 fans at the Garden.

1974: The Who’s Pete Townshend & Keith Moon joined Eric Clapton onstage during a concert at the Omni in Atlanta. Townshend jammed on “Layla” & Moon sang along on “Little Queenie”. Townshend later smashed a plastic ukulele over Clapton’s head.

1971: The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison took place at Madison Square Garden. The concert featured Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and members of Badfinger.

 

Birthdays:

1942 – Jerry Garcia – guitar / vocals for The Grateful Dead (“Touch Of Grey”)
1946 – Boz Burrell
 – bassist for Bad Company (“Can’t Get Enough”)
1947 – Ronnie King 
– bassist for The Stampeders (“Sweet City Woman”)
1947 – Ricky Coonce 
– drummer for The Grass Roots (“Midnight Confessions”)
1951 – Tim Bachman 
– guitar / vocals for Bachman-Turner Overdrive (“Takin’ Care Of Business”) 

 

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