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.

October 11, 2016: Rod Stewart is Knighted

Sir Roderick joins classic rockers Paul McCartney, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Tom Jones and Van Morrison as a British knight

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October 11, 1990: Dave Grohl Plays First Nirvana Gig

Even before Grohl auditioned for Nirvana in September 1990, Kurt Cobain had seen him with the band Scream and noted, “That’s the kind of drummer we need”

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October 10, 2000: Dennis DeYoung Sues Styx

Long term creative and personal differences came to a head when the band went on tour without their singer, songwriter and keyboard player. So he sued

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October 9, 1978: Ian McLagan Marries Kim Moon

Some couples share a very special love. That was the case with onetime Small Face/Face Ian McLagan and his wife, Keith Moon’s ex

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Oct 8, 1957: Jerry Lee Lewis Cuts ‘Great Balls of Fire’

The third single by the Killer was the biggest hit of his career, selling one million copies within a mere 10 days of its being released

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Oct 7, 1969: Youngbloods ‘Get Together’ Goes Gold

The We Five first had a modest hit with it. When The Youngbloods initially released it in 1967 it stalled. When it was re-released in 1969 it hit #5

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October 6, 1980: Bee Gees Sue Manager

Together they had enjoyed truly phenomenal music business success in the 1970s. But by 1980 the Bee Gees sued Robert Stigwood

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Oct 6, 2015: World’s Largest Human Peace Sign Attempt

John Lennon would have loved it. Yoko Ono called for fans to gather in New York City’s Central Park to try to set a Guinness World Record

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October 5, 1947: AC/DC’s Brian Johnson Born

It took a mighty set of pipes to replace AC/DC singer Bon Scott when he died in 1980. But now, of course, he himself has left the band in a departure that wasn’t handled well

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Janis Joplin: January 19, 1943 – October 4, 1970

At the best musical and likely personal time in her life – the pain and blues in her voice was real – an accidental heroin overdose killed Janis Joplin.

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