Classic Rock Almanac December 6, 2015


2009-Bruce Springsteen, movie maker Mel Brooks, jazz great Dave Brubeck and actor Robert De Niro are among those feted at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.

2004-Motley Crue announce their reunion tour with a press conference and performance at the Palladium in Hollywood, California.

2004-Rock and roll T-V icon Dick Clark suffers a stroke that forces him to miss his annual assignment hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

2002-Guns n’ Roses cancel a show in Philadelphia and another fan riot ensues. The rest of the tour is subsequently canceled.

1999-Santana receives two American Music Awards nominations for Supernatural.

1994-The Beatles Live at the BBC is released by Capitol. The two-disc, 69-track collection contains radio performances of their early hits, plus covers of such American gems as “I’ve Got a Woman,” “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, “Young Blood,” “Baby It’s You,” “Lucille” and “Memphis.”

1980-U2 make their U-S debut at New York’s Ritz.

1979-AC/DC receive their first U.S. gold album, for Highway to Hell.

1978-Sid Vicious gets into a fight with Patti Smith’s brother, Todd Smith, at a New York rock club. Vicious, who had been bailed out of Rikers Island after allegedly murdering Nancy Spungen, smashes a beer glass into Smith’s face.

1970-Gimme Shelter, the documentary of The Rolling Stones’ Altamont fiasco, has its U.S. premiere a year to the day after the concert.

1969-The ’60s unofficially end with a disastrous (and murderous) Rolling Stones concert in northern California. To cap off a U-S tour, The Stones do a free concert at Altamont Speedway in Livermore. Jefferson Airplane, Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are also on the bill. The show, attended by 300,000, is marred by violence and a fatal stabbing, all chronicled in the movie Gimme Shelter.

1968-The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet album finally comes out in the U.K., five months after its initial announced release date. It hits U.S. stores the following day.

1965-The Beatles release Rubber Soul. The U-S edition deletes four songs from the British version, including “Drive My Car” and “Norwegian Wood.”

1961-At their second meeting with Brian Epstein, The Beatles accept his offer to manage them, although no papers are signed.


Randy Rhoads-Died in 1982
The Ozzy Osbourne and ex-Quiet Riot guitarist died in an plane crash March 19th, 1982 at 25.  Born in 1956.



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