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On Oct. 25, 1991, Rock and Roll lost one of the most influential people it ever had. Concert promoter, manager, producer, record label owner and actor Bill Graham. Bill produced early concerts at the Fillmore, Avalon Ballroom, Winterland Ballroom, the Fillmore East and the Fillmore West to name a few venues. He was involved with […]

The Rolling Stones first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show on October 25, 1964. They had just released their third album, “12 X 5,” and there was no better way to promote it. Ed introduced the band and told the audience that they would be performing in both halves of the show. With that, adoring […]

On July 25, 1966, The Rolling Stones started their US tour with a concert at The Hollywood Bowl in LA. The first picture shows the band playing onstage there. If you will notice, there is a sign behind them that says “No Swimming.” It was a rule that was strictly enforced. On Sept. 18, 1968, […]

On July 25, 1965, Bob Dylan played at the Newport Folk Festival, just as he had the two previous years. But this time he was was booed. Dylan went onstage with backing from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. It was the first time he played ‘electric’. It is usually said that the reason for the […]

Michael Jackson left this world 9 years ago today on June 25, 2009. He had such an amazing career. He still ends up in the news, but usually these days it is someone trying to dig up dirt or trying to get money from his estate. 2 questions for you about Michael. 1. Do you […]

Alice Cooper released the “Goes to Hell” album on June 25, 1976. It was kind of a continuation of the “Welcome to My Nightmare” record as it continued the story of Steven. Alice wrote almost all of this album along with his guitar player Dick Wagner and producer Bob Ezrin. With the success of “Only […]

The Jimi Hendrix LP “Band of Gypsys” was released in the US on March 25, 1970. Because of the legal problems Jimi had had with his previous manager, the LP was released on Capitol Records as part of a settlement. Due to legal wrangling by the former manager (Ed Chalpin) the album was not released […]

It was kind of a ‘hometown girl does good’ event. On May 25, 1973, Carole King played a free concert in New York City’s Central Park. It was one of the first public things she did since the birth of her child and the wild success of her LP “Tapestry”. The concert only had about […]

The Who performed a secret concert for fan club members on May 25, 1978, at London’s Shepperton Film Studios for their documentary “The Kids Are Alright”. They wanted to get ‘live’ concert footage. The sad part about this ‘concert’ is that it was the last time Keith Moon would ever play with The Who. Pete […]

Black Sabbath released their 9th LP “Heaven and Hell” on April 25, 1980. This was their first album with Ronnie James Dio as their singer. Dio, who replaced Ozzy Osbourne, was first introduced to Sabbath’s Tony Iommi in 1979 by Sharon Arden, who would later marry the band’s then-recently fired vocalist Osbourne. At first, Dio […]


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