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.

June 8, 2018: Fleetwood Mac’s Danny Kirwan Dies

The guitarist, singer and songwriter was just 18 when he joined the band in 1968. He performed on 4 of their albums and wrote the majority of Bare Trees

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June 8, 1991: Bruce Springsteen Marries Patti Scialfa

In 1984, the singer became the first female member of the E Street Band. Over time and touring together the two would fall in love and marry in 1991.

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June 7, ’77: Led Zeppelin Plays 1st of 6 MSG Shows

It was the biggest US tour by any popular music act to date with multiple nights in major city arenas + stadiums. Many of the shows were plagued by violence

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June 6, 2017: Woodstock Site Joins Historic Registry

The site of the 1969 festival was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Looks like rock ‘n’ roll really is here to stay.

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June 6, 1982: Dylan, Ronstadt, CSN + Sing for Peace

On a single day, the Rose Bowl hosted Dylan and Baez, CSN, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt and many others, all of them to say let’s really give peace a chance.

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June 5, 2016: Abba Perform Together After 30 Years

An impromptu performance at a Stockholm party was the first time the 4 members sang together in public since 1986. We’ve got video of the historic occasion

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June 4, 1992: Public Selects Elvis Presley Stamp

The public voted overwhelmingly in favor of remembering the King as a young rocker (vs an older Vegas image) on his commemorative stamp

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June 3, 2016: Fairport Convention’s Dave Swarbrick Dies

The player and songwriter known as “Swarb” who was a key player on the English folk revival was 75. He was the band’s second member to die that year

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June 3, 1972: Jethro Tull ‘Thick as a Brick’ Hits #1

Tull parodied both progressive rock and concept albums, while at the same time succeeding as a notably successful example of both

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June 2, 1941: Charlie Watts Born in London

Drummer for the Rolling Stones since 1963, Watts is at heart a jazz player and an impeccable dresser. Check out “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” from his perspective

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