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.

April 29, 1993: Guitarist Mick Ronson Dies at 46

He was David Bowie’s perfect foil in the Spiders from Mars but also a solo artist and in-demand sideman, producer and more. Remembering a great musician.

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April 28, 1968: Hair Opens on Broadway

The idea of a Broadway musical based on rock and countercultural themes was unthinkable. Until it wasn’t. One show changed everything.

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April 27, 1971: Beach Boys Jam with Grateful Dead

“Another famous California group,” said Jerry Garcia at Fillmore East, and out strolled a band no one ever expected to see sharing the Dead’s stage.

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50 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Debuts Whole Lotta Love

They were still a new band when they came to San Francisco and broke out a chugging, psychedelic jam that would become a rock classic.

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25 Years Ago: Eagles Begin ‘Hell Freezes Over’

When the California megastars broke up in 1980, Don Henley said they’d reunite “when Hell freezes over.” In 1994, they knew what to call their new album.

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April 24, 1976: John and Paul Almost Go on ‘SNL’

Two old friends were sitting around watching TV when the show’s producer jokingly offered them money to perform. They were literally just blocks away

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April 22, 1966: The Troggs Release ‘Wild Thing’

From its bent, distorted, shocking opening note to the ocarina solo to Reg Presley’s distinctive snarling vocal, it was one of the cornerstones of garage-rock.

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April 21, 2016: Prince is Found Dead

On this day, fans around the world were shocked to learn that Prince had died. On each anniversary, that news is still difficult to fathom

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April 20, 1992: Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert

Five months after the death of Queen’s frontman, his high-profile friends paid tribute at a huge London concert. Watch some of the spectacular performances

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