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 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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March 1, 1973: The Dark Side of the Moon Released

The classic rock masterpiece was released on this day. Using some of the most cutting-edge recording technology of its time, it still sounds modern

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Feb 29, 1980: Buddy Holly Glasses Given to Widow

His trademark black specs were sitting in a file for decades until discovered by law enforcement who gave them to Maria Elena

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February 28, 1996: Original Kiss Members Reunite

The Grammy appearance was the first time by the reunited original line-up in 17 years and was followed by a worldwide tour. Ace Frehley: “Things got weird…”

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Feb 27, 1971: Janis Joplin’s ‘Pearl’ Hits #1 for 9-Week Run

It was the album that fulfilled the Texas-born blues-rock singer’s artistic promise. Alas she was gone and unable to enjoy its success.

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February 26, 1997: The Beatles Win 3 Grammys

The history of the Fab Four and the Grammy Awards is strange and disappointing. Despite their remarkable output, they were largely overlooked while active

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Feb 25, 1993: Marshall Tucker’s Toy Caldwell Dies

The guitarist and primary songwriter for one of southern rock’s leading bands passes away.

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Feb 24, 1992: Kurt Cobain-Courtney Love Wedding

With a baby on the way, the Nirvana front man tied the knot with the leader of the band Hole. One of Nirvana’s members chose not to attend

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