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 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.

Read More

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

Read More

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

Read More

Happy 70th 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

Read More

August 4, 1958: Billboard Hot 100 Chart Debuts

When they say a song is #1, the chart they are talking about is the Billboard magazine Hot 100. See what the very first chart topper was and some eye-opening totals

Read More

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

Read More

August 3, 1973: Stevie Wonder Releases ‘Innervisions’

On his 16th album in a decade Wonder needed a strong album. He nailed it. Like its predecessor, this one earned a wide audience and generated 3 hit singles

Read More

August 3, 2006: Love’s Arthur Lee Dies

The frontman and leader of the 1960s Los Angeles band Love is one of classic rock’s stars that should have been and was admired by artists then and now.

Read More

August 2, 1987: Billy Joel Makes History in Leningrad

The first major American rocker to bring a large-scale rock concert to the country when he accepted an invitation from the Kremlin to play several concerts on Russian soil

Read More

August 1, 1981: MTV Debuts

The notion of a 24-hour cable TV channel airing music videos was hardly an assured success when MTV launched. It proved to be a media game changer

Read More