This Day In Classic Rock

Birthdays, June 29, 2011…Deep Purple’s drummer, Ian Paice, 63.

On This Day in 1967, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were found guilty of trumped up(?) drug charges.  1968, Pink Floyd’s second album, “A Saucerful Of Secrets” was released, as they headlined the first-ever large scale free concert in London’s Hyde Park. Also on the bill that night was Jethro Tull and T-Rex.

1969, The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last concert together on the last day of the 3-day Denver Pop Festival at Mile High Stadium.  1974, Neil Peart replaced original Rush drummer John Rutsey just as the band was getting ready to head out on their first big tour. Rutsey had to leave the band due to his life-long struggle with diabetes, which sadly he lost on May 11, 2008.

1975, Roger Waters spat on the audience at a Pink Floyd show. Roger later said that experience inspired the muti-million selling album “The Wall.”  1978, Peter Frampton survived a nasty car crash in the Bahamas.  1979, Little Feat leader, Lowell George died of a heart attack at the age of only 34.

And on this day in 1998, George Harrison announced that he had been receiving radiation treatment for throat cancer, which he beat.  But, on November 29, 2001 the world would lose George to an inoperable form of brain cancer. He was 58.  😦


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