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.

March 2, 1984: ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Opens

Why is this “mockumentary” so funny and beloved by rock fans and stars? Because it is so close to reality. It was only a modest success until its video release

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March 1, 1973: The Dark Side of the Moon Released

The classic rock masterpiece was released on this day. Using some of the most cutting-edge recording technology of its time, it still sounds modern

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Feb 29, 1980: Buddy Holly Glasses Returned to Widow

His trademark eyeglasses were sitting in a file for decades until discovered by law enforcement who gave them to Maria Elena

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Feb 28, 1996: Original Kiss Members Reunite at Grammys

It was the first appearance by the reunited original line-up in 17 years and was followed by a worldwide tour. Ace Frehley: “Things got weird…”

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Feb 27, 1971: Janis Joplin’s ‘Pearl’ Hits #1 for 9-Week Run

It was the album that fulfilled the Texas-born blues-rock singer’s artistic promise. Alas she was gone and unable to enjoy its success.

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Feb 26, 1997: The Beatles Win Three Grammys

The history of The Beatles & the Grammy Awards is strange and disappointing

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Feb 25, 1993: Marshall Tucker’s Toy Caldwell Dies

The guitarist and primary songwriter for one of southern rock’s leading bands passes away.

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Feb 24, 1992: Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love Wedding

With a baby on the way, the Nirvana front man tied the knot with the leader of the band Hole. One of Nirvana’s members chose not to attend

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Feb 23, 2000: Santana Sweeps Grammy Awards

The legendary guitarist tied the record set by Michael Jackson for most wins in a night. Watch him perform a #1 hit and accept a big award from Bob Dylan

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Feb 22, 1989: Jethro Tull Inexplicably Wins First Metal Grammy

The winning act may have deserved an award, but not for this category. “Everybody took it for granted that Metallica were gonna win, including Metallica…”

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