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Posted on October 24, 2011 | Tags: , , ,

10.24: On this day in 1978, Keith Richards was found guilty of drug possession when the Royal Canadian Mounted Police found heroin and cocaine on his person. Richards received a suspended sentence and was ordered to play a benefit concert for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario. Because, ya know, that's an appropriate sentence for a drug-addled musician, and people who are blind love Keith, too, or something like that. We don't really understand this suspended sentence. We're just amazed that Keith got caught with 22 grams of heroin and pretty much just had to play a concert as punishment. So, remember, if you get caught with 22 grams of heroin in Canada in 1978, all you'll be punished with is having to do what you do every day. Party time!

10.10: On this day in 1955, the first face of Van Halen, "Diamond Dave" David Lee Roth jumped into this world, running with the devil and getting hot for teacher. Man, what was either camp thinking when they broke up the Brothers Van Halen and Diamond Dave? Yeah, we don't know either. Not to dis Sammy Hagar, but, come on, there is no comparison in the Van Halen canon. And if you actually prefer Sammy over "Just a Gigolo" Dave as the frontman for Van Halen, then stop reading right now, go sit in the corner, and think about what you've done.

10.12: On this day in 1978, Sid Vicious, former bass player for The Sex Pistols, was arrested and charged with the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, who'd died from a stab wound to the abdomen. Sid attempted suicide ten days after Spungen's death and subsequently found himself in Bellevue Hospital's psychiatric ward, where he would spend two weeks. Vicious, addicted to heroin and a "live fast, die young" punk attitude, had no memory of killing his true love and died a few months later, like so many musicians before and since, of a heroin overdose. Sadly, at the time of his death, Sid had been clean for the better part of four months, since the death of Spungen. He was celebrating his release from Riker's Island, after spending nearly two months there for an incident involving a smashed beer mug on someone's face, when a friend (some even say his own mother) suggested they get some heroin. It is still unknown who killed Spungen, as some have suggested that one of the two drug dealers to encounter the couple that night could be equally culpable.

10.03: Rock ‘n roll got an infusion of talent on October 3rd. Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954), one of the greatest guitar players ever, Tommy Lee (1962), one of the greatest metal drummers ever, and Gwen Stefani (1969), one of the greatest wives of Gavin Rossdale ever, were all welcomed into the world today.

10.03: Sinead O’Connor took on the Catholic Church, and lost, apparently, when she tore up a photo of Pope John Paul II during a 1992 performance on Saturday Night Live. The singer’s popularity waned following the incident and she was booed off the stages of many performances, including Bob Dylan’s 30th Anniversary Tribute Concert at Madison Square Garden in New York. To us, however, this does nothing to take away either the power of her voice or of the mesmerizing and haunting video for “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Watching that video still gives us chills.

Posted on September 26, 2011 | Tags: , , , , , , ,

09.26: On this day in 2003, Robert Palmer died of a heart attack in Paris. Singer of such '80s iconic standards as "Addicted to Love" and "Simply Irresistible," Palmer enjoyed success in the '70s, '80's, & '90s, a veritable elder statesman in the world of pop and rock. Yeah, that video, you know the one, with the awesomely awesome guitar-weilding and drum-playing babes in tight black dresses and the brightest red lipstick, still has it.

09.27: On this day in 1947, Marvin Lee Aday was born. He would later go on to receive recognition as Meatloaf, a man who would do anything for love. Except, of course, that. Whatever that is. We've speculated over the years as to what that is. Could it be eating live bats like Ozzy? Or perhaps taking a role in a rock 'n' roll musical? Or wearing polyester? Or saying "Bloody Mary" three times in front of a mirror in a dark room? The options are endless.

09.19: On this day in 1981, Simon and Garfunkel reunited for a concert in New York’s Central Park. It was their first appearance together on stage in 11 years. Just in case you weren't there, don't remember, or have no clue as to exactly how popular these guys were, 750,000 people attended this concert. Three quarters of a million people! Listening to "Mrs. Robinson," "Slip Slidin' Away," and "The Sounds of Silence"! What a strange, strange world we do inhabit.

09.20: On this day in 1973, Jim Croce died in a plane crash, another young casualty on the road of fallen musicians. Croce's working man storyteller style hit a chord in the early '70s, along with his smooth, honest voice, driving "Bad Bad Leroy Brown" and, posthumously, "Time In A Bottle" to the top of the charts.

09.12: September 12th was a fruitful day for musicians. In 1944, Deep-voiced crooner and composer Barry White was born, eventually becoming the number one performer to be put on the stereo when you got back to the house with a special someone, after a late night at the bar. 1952 saw Neil Peart pound his way into world, where he would soon bang his way to the top as the drummer for a little Canuck band called Rush. Ben Folds joined us on this day in 1966, not yet playing piano, but having a good set of lungs, beginning his journey toward musical longevity.

09.05: Aerosmith didn’t miss a thing on this day in 1998 when the biggest hit of their career, their one and only #1 song, hit the top of the charts and remained there for four weeks. Can you guess which song it was? If you guessed “Sweet Emotion,” you are a loser. Yes, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" is cheesy and shmaltzy and over the top, but if it brings even a few more people into Aerosmith's realm of rock and roll, then that's okay. If a fan of this song happens to discover "Sweet Emotion" or "Dream On" or "Rag Doll," then we'll accept all of its cheese and shmaltz and over-the-top theatrics. But we will not listen to it because it will be stuck in our heads for days. Too late. Damn.

08.29: On this day in 1958, Michael Jackson was born. Despite his numerous bouts of odd behavior over the years, he was still the man who gave us “Beat It,” "Human Nature," and “Billie Jean." And nothing will change that. Ever.

08.29: The Beatles last real concert, at Candlestick Park in San Fran, went down on this day in 1966. Instead of constant touring, the band wanted to focus on recording albums. Though a loss to some fans, the music world gained immeasurably from this, as the guys put out some of the best albums of all time, taking studio recording to new heights and unexpected directions with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles (The so-called White Album), Abbey Road, and Let It Be.

08.22: Led Zeppelin released their last album of original material, In Through The Out Door, on this day in 1979. Though not exactly a return to their earlier oeuvre, the album did contain some shining moments, such as "South Bound Suarez" and "All My Love."  A year later, drummer John Bonham died after a day of heavy-drinking, and Led Zeppelin disbanded a short time later. Unlike a lot of bands who lose a founding member, Led Zeppelin realized, for reasons both personal and professional, that they did not want to go on as a band. There's always talk of another reunion tour, as they've done intermittently since the group's disbandment, but we'll believe it when we see it. We're just happy for the music they created and left for our hungry ears to devour. Rock on, fellas. Rock on.

08.15: On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music and Art Fair kicked off for 500,000 attendees in Bethel, New York. A defining moment of the ‘60s, this event, in retrospect, marked the culmination of the “love” generation’s hippy/peace movement. For three days, all was well and the world celebrated and watched in awe as so many people gathered together, listened to some of the best musicians of the decade, and caused so little trouble. The performers included a who's who of '60s music icons, including The Band, Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and a festival-capping, stunning rendition of The Star Spangled Banner by the inimitable Jimi Hendrix. It give us chills every time we watch it.

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