Stech’s Day In Rock (Aug. 3rd)

August 3rd

2007: Queen guitarist Brian May handed in his astronomy PhD thesis at Imperial College in London, 36 years after he abandoned it to join Queen.

1991: Metallica held a listening party at Madison Square Garden for their self-titled fifth album, commonly referred to as the black album. Drummer Lars Ulrich mentioned in an interview with MTV that the only annoying thing was that album played the Garden before they did. Metallica didn’t play Madison Square Garden until March of 1997.

1987: Def Leppard released their fourth album Hysteria which went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart the following year & sell 12 million copies in the U.S. alone.

1985: Bruce Springsteen peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Glory Days”, Springsteen’s sixth top ten single in the U.S.

1971: Paul McCartney announced the formation of Wings, which included his wife Linda, ex-Moody Blues guitarist Denny Laine, & drummer Denny Seiwell.

1969: Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson was indicted for failure to report for civilian duty instead of serving in the Army during the Vietnam War.

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.

1968: The Newport Pop Festival kicked off in Costa Mesa, CA. It was the first concert to draw more than 100,000 paid attendees. Artists on the two day festival included Steppenwolf, The Grateful Dead, Iron Butterfly, Jefferson Airplane, Eric Burdon and The Animals, Sonny and Cher & Alice Cooper.

1963: The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the last time, almost two years to the day after they started playing there as a regular fixture.

 

Birthdays:

1926 – Tony Bennett (“I Left My Heart In San Francisco”)
1939 – Jimmy Nicol
 – played 9 gigs with The Beatles when Ringo was hospitalised with tonsillitis
1951 – Johnny Graham
 – guitarist for Earth, Wind and Fire (“Shining Star”)

1963 – James Hetfield – singer & guitarist for Metallica

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