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 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 13, 2018: ‘Superman’ Actress Margot Kidder Dies

The husky-voiced actress, who starred opposite Christopher Reeve in two of the Superman films, died at age 69 at her Montana home

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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, 2019: Actress Peggy Lipton of TV’s ‘Mod Squad’ Dies

The teenage model rose to fame in the ABC counterculture crime series, The Mod Squad. She was married to producer Quincy Jones for 16 years

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50 Years Ago: 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 11, 2017: Ben & Jerry’s Celebrates Bob Marley

The flavor, which came to fruition in a partnership with the Marley family, pays homage to the legendary performer and his vision for a better world.

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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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55 Years Ago: Bob Dylan Films ‘Subterranean’ Video

There was no such thing as a music video back then, but the trendsetting singer-songwriter helped to create the format when he made a short promo film.

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