Continue featuring music from 1973.
4 May – 29 July – Led Zeppelin embarks on a tour of the United States, during which they set the record for highest attendance for a concert, 56,800, at the Tampa Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The record was previously held by The Beatles. Performances for the movie The Song Remains the Same are also filmed.
9 May – Mick Jagger adds $150,000 of his own money to the $350,000 raised by The Rolling Stones’ January 18 benefit concert for the victims of the Nicaraguan earthquake.
12 May – David Bowie is the first rock artist to perform at Earls Court Exhibition Centre.
13 May – Daniel Barenboim collapses with a gastric upset during a concert at the Brighton Festival, but later recovers sufficiently to be driven home.
23 May – Don Robey sells Duke Records, Peacock Records and Backbeat Records to ABC Dunhill Records.
25 May – Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells becomes the first release on Richard Branson’s newly launched Virgin label.
1 June – Robert Wyatt is crippled after falling three storeys from a London apartment block after leaving a party. During his six-month stay in hospital he wrote the material for his solo album Rock Bottom. He would continue his musical career from a wheelchair.
4 June – Ronnie Lane plays his last show with Faces at the Edmonton Sundown in London. Lane had informed the band three weeks earlier that he was quitting.
15 June – The first Istanbul International Music Festival opens.
16 June – Benjamin Britten’s opera Death in Venice, receives its première at Snape Maltings.
29 June – The Scorpions play their first gig with Uli Roth at a festival in Vechta. Roth was originally intended as a temporary replacement for Michael Schenker, who had just been snapped up by U.F.O. earlier in the month.
30 June – Ian Gillan quits Deep Purple.
1 July – Slade play a sell-out Earls Court in London after two number one singles this year.
3 July – David Bowie ‘retires’ his stage persona Ziggy Stardust in front of a shocked audience at the Hammersmith Odeon at the end of his British tour.
4 July – Slade drummer Don Powell is critically injured in a car crash in Wolverhampton; his 20-year-old girlfriend is killed. With his life in danger, the band’s future is left in the balance. Powell recovers after surgery, and is able to join the band ten weeks later in New York, to record “Merry Xmas Everybody”.
The Everly Brothers break up.
Queen releases their debut album.
15 July – Ray Davies of The Kinks makes an emotional outburst during a performance at White City Stadium, announcing he is quitting the group. He later recants the statement.
28 July – Summer Jam at Watkins Glen rock festival is attended by 600,000, who see The Allman Brothers Band, The Band, and the Grateful Dead.
30 July – Soviet officials grant permission for Gennadi Rozhdestvensky to accept a three-year appointment as chief conductor of the Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the first time a Soviet orchestra conductor has been allowed to take up such a position outside of the Eastern Bloc.
6 August – Stevie Wonder is seriously injured in a car accident outside Durham, North Carolina, spending the next four days in a coma.
11 August – DJ Kool Herc originates the hip hop genre in New York City.
20 August – The London Symphony Orchestra becomes the first British orchestra to take part in the Salzburg Festival.
25 August – The Allman Brothers nearly suffer another tragedy when Butch Trucks crashes his car near Macon, Georgia, not far from where Duane Allman was killed two years earlier. Trucks survives with only a broken leg.