The Beatles were hurrying out of the studio today in 1963, putting the finishing touches on I Wanna Be Your Man (a song later covered by the Rolling Stones) for their second album With the Beatles, and heading for the airport to embark on their first full European tour. They were met at the end of their flight in Stockholm, Sweden by hundreds of girls who had skipped school to greet them.

The Yardbirds played an afternoon show at San Francisco’s Fillmore today in 1966. Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck hitched a ride back to the hotel with “some guys”, one of whom had recorded the show on a small dictaphone-type tape machine. The guitarists were surprised and pleased to be able to hear themselves right after the show, thinking the sound quality poor but the band’s playing great. 10 years later Led Zeppelin would be increasingly irritated with “bootleg” recording, with manager Peter Grant famously thrashing a man they thought was recording a show in Vancouver, only to find out he was a B.C. Government employee measuring sound levels.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience were in the studio today in 1966, recording their first single, a cover of a single by L.A. garage band The Leaves called Hey Joe.

Though they’d been playing here since 1968, Led Zeppelin appeared on American television for the first time tonight in 1976, doing Dazed and Confused and Black Dog on Don Kirshner’s Rock concert.

Mark David Chapman quit his job as a security guard today in 1980, signing out for the last time as “John Lennon” instead of his usual “Chappy”. He would demonstrate his love for the ex-Beatle by shooting him on December 8th.

Seattle’s Nirvana and one of the great unsung bands of the grunge era Tad began their first European tour tonight in Newcastle, England in 1989, with Scott Vanderpool’s roomate Craig Montgomery as soundman.

Def Leppard got a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records today in 1995, playing three shows over a 24 hour period on three continents, with shows in London England, Tangier Morocco, and Vancouver B.C.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Humble Pie and Spooky Tooth bass player Greg Ridley would be 65. He died of pneumonia at 56.

Motörhead guitarist Michael “Würzel” Burston would be 63. He died two years ago of a heart attack.

Metallica’s current bass player (one of three inducted into the Rock and roll Hall of Fame with them) Robert Trujillo is 48. He’s also played with Suicidal Tendencies, Ozzy Osbourne, and Alice and Chains’ Jerry Cantrell.



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