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The historic 18-hour ‘Live Aid’ concerts were held in Philadelphia and London on July 13, 1985. The concerts were done to raise money to combat the mass starvation in Ethiopia. Performers (between the 2 venues) included The Beach Boys, The Four Tops, Paul McCartney, David Bowie, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Elton John, Joan Baez, Crosby, […]

The Rolling Stones played their first live show at the Marquee Club in London on July 12, 1962. The band at this point features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones, with Dick Taylor, later of the Pretty Things, on bass and Tony Chapman. The band was paid 20 pounds. In this clipping, you will […]

On July 9, 1971, Grand Funk Railroad headlined a concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. They drew more people than The Beatles did when they played there. Humble Pie was the opening act. We think this video will give you a good idea of the concert at Shea, 47 years ago tonight. By the way, […]

The Who’s John Entwistle passed away 16 years ago today. Here is a post that our friend Nick Scelsi wrote for CRRK 3 years ago. Thought we would repost it today. By Nick Scelsi: John Entwistle never much cared for the “big band” version of the Who that toured America in 1989 and 1996/97. With […]

On June 22, 1957, there was a street party in Liverpool. There was a live band who were making their first public appearance. The band was called “The Quarrymen”. The following is from the Beatles Bible about the day: The Quarrymen played twice on this day. In the afternoon they performed on the back of […]

There are many that say that it was the best live rock recording of all time. We are talking about “Live at Leeds” the first live album by The Who. It was the only live album that was released while the group were still actively recording and performing with their best known line-up of Roger […]

20th April 1968, Deep Purple made their live debut at a gig in Tastrup, Denmark. Formerly known as Roundabout, guitarist Ritchie Blackmore suggested a new name: Deep Purple, named after his grandmother’s favourite song (which had been a hit for Peter De Rose), after his grandmother had repeatedly asked if they would be performing the […]

Have you ever seen Bruce Springsteen live in concert? We are finishing our new book Bruce Springsteen – I Was There and are looking for fans memories of seeing Bruce. (And thanks to all of you who have sent a story in). If you have and would like to be included in this new book, […]

11th April 1966, Buffalo Springfield made their live debut at The Troubadour in Hollywood, California. The folk rock band are renowned both for their music and as a springboard for the careers of Neil Young, Stephen Stills, Richie Furay and Jim Messina. Buffalo Springfield were among the first wave of North American bands to become […]

Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention released the live LP “Just Another Band from L.A” on March 26, 1972. The record was recorded live on August 7, 1971 in Pauley Pavilion on the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. A notable inclusion on this album is “Billy the Mountain”, Zappa’s long, narrative parody of […]


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