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.

Jan 9, 2016: Lemmy Kilmister Eulogized by Son, Rob Halford

The Motörhead frontman died at his Los Angeles apartment just 2 days after being diagnosed with cancer. His son, Paul, and other rockers delivered elegant eulogies

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Jan 9, 1981: Specials Members Fined for Inciting Riot

Though the ska revival band never scored a US hit, they began their career with a slew of Top 10 UK singles. On this day, some members were fined for inciting a concert riot

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January 8, 1991: Def Leppard’s Steve Clark Dies

A fatal combination of alcohol along with legal and illegal drugs took the guitarist’s life while he was on a leave of absence from the band

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Jan. 8, 2018: Clapton, Van, Tom Jones at Charity Gig

Slowhand performed for an intimate crowd of 1,700 in Guildford, U.K. at the annual Paul Jones and Friends concert, organized by the former Manfred Mann vocalist

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Jan 7, 1970: Woodstock Farmer Max Yasgur is Sued

The dairy farmer helped the organizers by hosting the 1969 music festival. And he also knew that hosting history was priceless

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Jan 6, ’75: Led Zeppelin Fans Trash Boston Garden

The arena let fans into its lobby one cold winter night as they waited to buy tickets for an upcoming concert, a big mistake as it turned out

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January 5, 2004: Ray Davies Shot in New Orleans

The Kinks’ singer and a female companion were approached by two men who grabbed the woman’s pocketbook and fled. Davies chased after them and was shot.

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Jan 4, 1970: Keith Moon Accidentally Kills His Driver

Confronted by threatening skinheads after a night of drinking, The Who drummer tries to protect his friends

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January 3, 1967: Carl Wilson Drafted But Objects

The Beach Boy was indicted, arrested and faced serious charges, jail and more in his battle with the government over serving in the military

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January 2, 1979: Sid Vicious Murder Trial Begins

The Sex Pistols bassist had been arrested for allegedly stabbing girlfriend Nancy Spungen but one month after the trial started, it came to a shocking end

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