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.

March 11, 1970: CSNY Release ‘Deja Vu’

The story behind the iconic LP includes laborious sessions + flashes of inspiration. But how much of it was CSNY all together?

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March 10, 1977: Sex Pistols Short-Lived Label Deal

The band had been dropped by EMI Records. The A&M label signed the Pistols with a PR stunt, and then…. Find out what happened and who profited.

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March 9, 1987: U2 Release ‘The Joshua Tree’

U2’s fifth album is the one that boosted them to superstardom. Here’s the backstory, a famous “first” and details about its success

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March 8, 1968: Fillmore East Opens 50 Years Ago

For some three years, New York City venue became known as “the church of rock,” presenting some of music’s greatest acts

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Mar. 7, 1970: Bridge Over Troubled Water LP Hits #1

If you’re going to end your collaboration, make an album as fine as Simon & Garfunkel’s final release. The Recording Academy agreed.

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March 6, 2000: Eric Clapton’s 3rd Rock Hall Induction

The artist and guitar god enjoys a unique and sole distinction among Rock Hall inductees. Many are two-time members; he’s the only one with 3

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March 5, 1982: Blues Brother John Belushi Dies

A lethal combination of drugs took the life of the comedy/musical legend. His impact was so large it’s hard to image he’s been dead longer than he was alive

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March 4, 1966: John Lennon: ‘Beatles Bigger Than Jesus’ Remark

He did not mean it as a boast, but rather a wry commentary on how pop culture was overtaking religious traditions in the modern world. The quote didn’t emerge in the US until 4 months later

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March 3, 1978: Van Halen Begins First Tour

It was initially supposed to be a few weeks on the road, but it eventually lasted eight months and more than 170 shows as the band became stars

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March 2, 1984: ‘This Is Spinal Tap’ Opens

Why is this “mockumentary” so funny and beloved by rock fans and stars? Because it is so close to reality. It was only a modest success until its video release

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