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.

May 18, 1980: Joy Division’s Ian Curtis Commits Suicide

Those close to the singer cite a number of factors that may have fed into his decision to take his own life at just 23. Do you know which band the remaining members formed?

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May 17, 1966: Dylan Called ‘Judas’ in Manchester

Less than a year after Dylan had “gone electric” at the Newport Folk Festival, a heckler called him Judas at a concert. See how Dylan responded. The concert is now part of his official Bootleg series

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May 16, 1966: Beach Boys Release ‘Pet Sounds’

The album is considered to be Brian Wilson’s masterpiece. He began working on it in 1965 while the rest of the band was on tour. It yielded 3 hit singles and a lasting influence

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May 16, 1946: Robert Fripp Born

The founding member of King Crimson was one of the leaders of the progressive rock movement. He has since collaborated with the likes of Eno, Bowie + Gabriel

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May 15, 1982: Debut Asia Album Hits #1

By the early 1980s, music critics were saying that punk was killing off prog rock. Then along came Asia, a new supergroup, to prove them wrong.

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May 14, 1988: Led Zeppelin Reunites at Atlantic 40th

At a marathon concert, a star-studded cast including Yes, Genesis, Foreigner, CSN and the Bee Gees saluted their label. Oh yeah, Led Zeppelin too.

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May 12, 1963: Bob Dylan Walks Out on Ed Sullivan

The rising young folkie was all set to perform on television’s biggest show. Then they told him he couldn’t sing the song he wanted to sing.

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May 11, 1970: Woodstock Soundtrack Released

How do you capture the highlights of the most famous rock festival of all time on an album? Easy. By making it a three-LP set!

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May 10, 2007: Pink Floyd Salutes Syd Barrett

Fans of Pink Floyd didn’t quite get a full-scale reunion when the former bandmates gathered to honor their late co-founder at a London concert.

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May 8, 1977: Grateful Dead’s Historic Cornell Concert

The band’s spring ’77 tour is considered a high point in their live career. The tapes have long been the holy grail of wish-list releases

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