1968 – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham make their live debut as Led Zeppelin but are billed as The New Yardbirds at Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark.

1975 – The Guess Who perform their final concert (before the inevitable reunion) in Montreal.

1978 – Keith Moon, drummer of The Who, dies of a overdose of heminevrin prescribed to combat alcoholism. A postmortem report confirms there were 32 tablets in his system, 26 of which were undissolved. Moon had attended a party the night before organized by Paul McCartney for the launch of the The Buddy Holly Story movie. He played on all The Who albums from their debut, 1965’s My Generation, to 1978’s Who Are You, which was released two weeks before his death.

1984 – With most of her family (including her parents) on the road for The Jacksons’ Victory tour, 18-year-old Janet Jackson elopes with James DeBarge from the group DeBarge. The marriage ends eight months later.

1987 – Pink Floyd releases A Momentary Lapse of Reason. It is their first album after Roger Waters’ departure.

1994 – Weezer release their breakthrough single (and second from their debut, self-titled album), “Buddy Holly,” named after the icon on what would have been his 58th birthday.

2001 – Ryan Adams shoots the video for his song “New York, New York” with the World Trade Center in the background. When the video is released, Adams dedicates it to the victims of the 9/11 attack that occurred just four days after it was filmed.

2001 – Michael Jackson is reunited onstage with the Jackson Five at his 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden. He is joined by Eminem, Whitney Houston, Gladys Knight, Britney Spears, and Destiny’s Child. The show marks the end of Jackson’s 11 year hiatus from performing in the US.


2003 – Rock singer/songwriter Warren Zevon dies of cancer in Los Angeles, California, at age 56.

2007 – A new study reveals that rock stars are twice as likely to die early as the rest of us. Researchers say that the problem is so bad, the industry should be labeled a “high risk” profession.


Information for this post was gathered from This Day in Music, The Music History Calendar, On This Day, and Wikipedia.