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.

Nov 22, 2003: ZZ Top Plays Last Concert Held at Houston’s Summit

When the longtime arena closed to become a mega-church, who better to play the last concert there than the hometown boys?

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November 21, 1974: Marty Balin Joins Jefferson Starship Onstage

After leaving the Jefferson Airplane in 1971 out of frustration, Balin rejoined his bandmates Paul Kantner and Grace Slick a few years later

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November 20, 1973: Who Fan Subs For Keith Moon

A fan’s dream come true: when Keith Moon went down for the count, fan Scot Halpin took to the stage and finished the concert on his drum kit

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November 19, 1982: Led Zeppelin Issue ‘Coda’

Even if it first came out some two years after the band broke up to compete with bootlegs, the aptly titled “Coda” succeeded as a final Zep studio LP.

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Nov 18, 1973: Ringo Goes #1 With ‘Photograph’

“Photograph” has been a common title in Ringo Starr’s career. It was the name of his first #1 solo hit, a best of album, and a book of his photography

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November 17, 1970: Elton John Cuts 11-17-70 Live Album

His very first live album began life as a live radio broadcast in New York City. Six of its tracks remain officially unreleased

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Nov 16, 2002: Rolling Stones Play Birthday Party

Just so you know: If you have the dough (and that is a mighty big ‘if’ there), you too could hire the world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll band to play your birthday bash

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Nov 15, 1992: Black Sabbath Opens for Ozzy Osbourne

It became the first time the band and its original singer had performed together since Live Aid in 1985. Dio refused to play, so another star sat in.

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Nov 14, 1970: Santana Releases Black Magic Woman

The song went Top 5 for Santana in 1970 and helped power the Latin rock band in the mainstream. It had almost been a hit two years earlier

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Nov 13, 1982: Men At Work Start 15-Week Run At #1

It took seven months for the Australian band’s debut album, Business As Usual, to reach #1 in the US. It stayed there for months thanks to two big hits

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