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.

Feb 18, 1990: Freddie Mercury’s Last Public Appearance

His gaunt appearance, when Queen were honored at the Brit Awards, raised concerns. “We didn’t know what was wrong for a very long time.”

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Feb 17, 1966: Good Vibrations Studio Sessions Start

It’s among the greatest rock-pop songs ever made. We spoke to Brian Wilson about its creation and the recording sessions which began On This Day

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February 16, 1993: The Faces Reunite

With Ronnie Lane confined to a wheelchair, Rod Stewart was joined by Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones and Bill Wyman on bass for this reunion

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Feb 15, 1975: Linda Ronstadt Earns Only #1 Single

The Los Angeles-based singer earned 14 Top 20 singles in her career but only one chart topper. “You’re No Good” had been a modest hit for two other acts

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Feb 14, 1970: The Who Track ‘Live At Leeds’

Many classic rock fans consider this to be the greatest live concert album ever. Did you know it was recorded in a university dining hall?

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Feb. 13, 2005: Led Zeppelin Finally Gets a Grammy

Unarguably one of the biggest and best bands of all time. Yet Grammy voters ignored them throughout the years they were active.

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February 12, 1974: The Bottom Line Opens in NYC

Some of rock’s biggest stars played the Greenwich Village nightclub including Bruce Springsteen, whose 10-show run in 1975 is the stuff of legend

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Feb. 11, 1970: Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Jam

Few concert stages have ever been graced by this many classic rock legends at once. Who said: “I really enjoy playing with these guys.” Have a listen…

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February 10, 1971: Carole King Releases ‘Tapestry’

Her masterpiece set chart and sales records and was a signature album of the early 1970s while helping to launch the singer-songwriter movement

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February 9, 2009: Robert Plant Nabs 5 Grammys

Though Led Zeppelin had been largely snubbed by the Recording Academy, its singer scored big this night with a huge solo album

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