On This Day

We take you back into classic rock’s history and legacy to note important events that happened on this date as well as celebrate the birthdays of major musical artists and mourn their passing.

August 11, 1999: Kiss Gets Hollywood Star

The band’s thundering hard rock sound and theatrical outfits and stage show proved to be a winning combination that propelled them to become rock superstars

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August 10: Happy Birthday Snoopy!

Everyone’s favorite Beagle, Snoopy, celebrates his birthday today. Check out the trailer for The Peanuts Movie and the video for a 1966 #2 radio hit

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August 9, 1995: Jerry Garcia Dies at 53

The impact of the Grateful Dead guitarist, singer and songwriter remains pervasive in American popular culture years after his passing.

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Aug. 8, 2017: Glen Campbell, Country-Pop Superstar, Dies

Following a long battle with Alzheimer’s, the masterful artist who transcended genre passed. His string of hits told only part of his remarkable story.

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August 8, 1970: Christine McVie Joins Fleetwood Mac

Asked to join just 10 days before a tour, the singer, songwriter and keyboard player had already played on three of their albums. In time she became an essential creative component of the group.

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August 7, 1958: Bruce Dickinson Born

In addition to fronting Iron Maiden and his solo musical endeavors, Dickinson has another professional career plus many other successful pursuits.

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Aug 6, 1965: Small Faces Release Debut UK Single

The precursor to Faces were born in 1965. The East London quartet, specializing in high-energy R&B covers + a handful of originals, soon found a devoted audience

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August 6, 1970: Festival For Peace at Shea Stadium

Very little has been documented about this event which featured some of the biggest classic rock acts: Janis Joplin, CCR, Steppenwolf, Paul Simon and more

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Happy Birthday, Rick Derringer!

He hit #1 in 1965 with “Hang On Sloopy” with his band The McCoys, worked with Johnny & Edgar Winter, wrote “Rock and Roll, Hoochie Koo” and more

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Aug 4, ’15: Billy Joel Closes Venue With Paul Simon

The Long Island native has had many memorable concerts at the venue. The “Piano Man” closed it–and reopened it 18 months later

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