ZZ Topplayed their first show on Feb. 10, 1970. This is from their web site: “On this date in February 1970, ZZ Top played at a Knights of Columbus Hall on old U.S. 90, a gig booked by Beaumont radio personality Al Caldwell of KLVI, who would later also broadcast the band’s first recordings. This […]

On Jan. 30, 1973, KISS played their first show at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York. For this show they wore little to no makeup. The iconic makeup designs associated with Kiss made their debut during the March 9–10 shows at The Daisy in Amityville, NY. At the show 45 years ago today, they […]

There were many times Ed Sullivan (the TV host from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s) didn’t want artists to perform the songs that they wanted to do, or at least change the lyrics. (Think Buddy Holly, Bo Diddley and The Doors). When Ed made that decision, he sent in Robert Arthur to re-write the lyrics […]

3rd Jan 1969, Appearing live on The Lulu show on UK TV, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Child, (which was performed in full), then Hendrix stopped performing his new single ‘Hey Joe’ after a verse and chorus and instead launched into a version of the Cream song ‘Sunshine Of […]

Once again not really Rock and Roll, but a part of our childhood. Actress / comedian Rose Marie has passed away. She was probably best know for her role as”Sally” on The Dick Van Dyke Show. Rose was 94 years old. Our Rock and Roll Heaven just got a little funnier. Our condolences to her […]

Jimi Hendrix / The Jimi Hendrix Experience played a show at London’s Uppercut Club on Dec. 26, 1966. Jimi had some time before the show so while sitting back stage, he wrote down the words to a new song he had in his head. At the time the song was called “Purple Haze / Jesus […]

Here’s one to check your memory…. The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson had it’s biggest audience ever (and the second largest for any show) on Dec. 17, 1969. Over 40 million people tuned in to watch the show that night. Why so many? Tiny Tim married Miss Vicki Budinger on the show. How many of […]

On Dec. 10, 1965, Grateful Dead played their first show at the Fillmore in San Francisco for concert promoter Bill Graham. We believe this was only the 2nd time they had played under that name having recently changed it from The Warlocks. This was one of Grahams earliest shows at the Fillmore and there isn’t […]

The Doors played at concert in New Haven, CT on Dec. 9, 1967. Before the show Jim Morrison and a young lady friend were talking backstage. One of the security guards didn’t know who Jim was and told him to leave. Morrison didn’t leave and the guard ended up macing him. Morrison talked about the […]

28 Nov 1991, Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at […]

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