June 21st – June 27th – This Week in Rock

June 21st – June 27th – This Week in Rock

This week’s Trivia Answer:

Eric Clapton joins the Rolling Stones for a version of “Sympathy For The Devil” during the band’s Madison Square Garden concert June 22, 1975.


Joey Kramer – June 21, 1950 (drums, Aerosmith)

Don Airey – June 21, 1948 (keyboards, Deep Purple)

Nils Lofgren – June 21, 1951 (The E Street Band, Crazy Horse, guitar)

Kris Kristofferson – June 22, 1936

Larry Junstrom – June 22, 1949 (bass, .38 Special)

Todd Rundgren – June 22, 1948 (multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, & more) 

Helen Humes – June 23, 1913 (Jazz/Blues Singer)

June Carter Cash – June 23, 1929 (American singer, songwriter, actress, dancer, comedian)

Stuart Sutcliffe – June 23, 1940 (bassist for the Beatles)

Jeff Beck – June 24, 1944 (rock guitarist, Yardbirds, Jeff Beck Group)

Chris Wood – June 24, 1944 (Steve Winwood, Traffic)

Mick Fleetwood – June 24, 1947 (drums, Fleetwood Mac)

Allen Lanier – June 25, 1946 (guitar and keyboards, Blue Oyster Cult)

Larry Taylor – June 26, 1942 (bass, Canned Heat)

Richard McCracken – June 26, 1948 (bass, Taste)

Doc Pomus – June 27, 1925 (American Blues Singer & Songwriter)


Angus Maclise – June 21, 1979 (drums, The Velvet Underground)
John Lee Hooker – June 21, 2001 (blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist)
Vinnie Paul – June 22, 2018 (Drummer and co-founder of Pantera)
Bobby “Blue” Bland – June 23, 2013
Bobby “Blue” Bland June 23, 2013
Pete Quaife – June 23, 2010 (bass, The Kinks)
John Entwistle – June 27, 2002 (bass, The Who)


Blind Faith, Blind Faith releases June 22, 1969

Helen Reddy, “I Am Woman” releases June 24, 1972.

Peter Frampton, “Baby, I Love Your Way” releases June 26, 1976.

ZZ Top’s LP Fandango! is certified gold June 27, 1962.


The Rolling Stones sue fourteen New York City hotels for refused to admit the band during their North American tour, disingenuously accusing them of “discrimination on account of national origin” June 21, 1966.

San Francisco’s beautiful Golden Gate Park celebrates the Summer Solstice with a free concert, featuring entertainment by The Grateful Dead, Big Brother and the Holding Company, and Quicksilver Messenger Service June 21, 1967.

Who guitarist Pete Townshend is waiting for his flight at the airport in Memphis, likens the band’s latest album, Tommy, to the atomic bomb, causing officials who misheard the remark to search the facilities for a real bomb June 21, 1970.

Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quits Deep Purple. While thinking about recording as a solo artist, he decides to start another band called Rainbow. June 21, 1975.

Elton John surprises crowds by appearing at a Doobie Brothers/ Eagles concert June 21, 1975.

Eric Clapton joins the Rolling Stones for a version of “Sympathy For The Devil” during the band’s Madison Square Garden concert June 22, 1975.

Billy Joel performs a concert at Yankee Stadium, the first rocker ever to do so. During the set, Joel played hits like Allentown and Only the Good Die Young, plus some deeper cuts such as Prelude/Angry Young Man and That’s Not Her Style, closing the encore with the sing-along anthem “Piano Man.” June 22, 1990

Who drummer Keith Moon joins Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles June 23, 1977

Speaking of auctions, a final draft of “Like a Rolling Stone” that Dylan wrote in pencil when he was 24 was auctioned for a cool $2 million. This is the only known draft of the final lyrics. June 24, 2014


The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays 3 San Francisco shows in one day – A free one in Golden Gate Park and 2 evening shows at the Fillmore West. June 25, 1967

The Beatles perform “All You Need Is Love” live by satellite with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Graham Nash, Keith Moon, and Gary Leeds singing backup vocals; it was viewed by 200 million people. June 25, 1967

Pink Floyd’s concert at Cleveland Stadium sets a single-concert record for attendance. June 25, 1977

Billy Joel becomes the first rock act to perform before 100,000 fans at Madison Square Garden. June 25, 1980

WNEW-FM in New York becomes the first radio station to play Don McLean’s new single, “American Pie,” which it features in its 8:36 entirety. June 26, 1971


Legendary rock promoter Bill Graham closes the Fillmore East, the New York version of his equally legendary San Francisco “rock ballroom.” The Allman Brothers, The Beach Boys, Edgar Winter, and Country Joe McDonald are on the bill for the final show.  June 27, 1971

The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music is held in Bath, England. The lineup includes Santana, Led Zeppelin, Hot Tuna, Country Joe McDonald, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Dr. John, Frank Zappa, Canned Heat, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, John Mayall with Peter Green, and Pink Floyd, among others. June 27, 1970

All aboard The Festival Express! The tour consisted of bands traveling by train to the tour stops, and included The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, The Flying Burrito Brothers. and the Buddy Guy Blues Band. June 27, 1970

Queen plays their first gig at Truro City Hall in Cornwall, England. They played under the name “Smile” which was the name of Brian May and Roger Taylor’s previous band. “Smile” is originally booked for the gig, but Queen took their place. June 27, 1970

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