Coming up in about an hour on “Great Soul Performances,” we will salute and pay tribute to the late Chuck Berry. You’ll hear Chuck’s biggest hits plus his comments on his career, and tributes from guitarists like Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. You’ll hear Chuck Berry recorded live with Tina Turner as well as with Eric Clapton and Keith Richards. We’ll also have music from: Al Green, the Temptations, Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke; live in concert. It happens at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. We will be Chuck Berry intensive on the first day of Spring on “Great Soul Performances” right here on RadioMaxMusic.Com.
Take a listen to the new music soon to be heard on RadioMax Country. . . New Music from Eric Clapton, Flogging Molly, Kris Allen, Beau Davidson, Rogue Wave, Brian Fallon, Ben Harper, Zac Brown, Miranda Lambert, Shooter Jennings, Rich Robinson, Little Scream and more . . .
Join Dan Varroney with Sounds of the 70s today at 9:00 featuring the hits from this week in 1971, 1974, & 1979, including, Lou Rawls, Coven, Doobie Brothers, Undisputed Truth, Cher, Olivia Newton John, Andy Kim, Eric Clapton, John Denver, The Knack, Crystal Gayle, Sammy Johns, Kiki Dee, Robert John, Night, Donna Summer & Chic. We’ll also feature Hamilton, Joe, Frank & Reynolds, Doobie Brothers, and John Denver.
(FoxNews.Com – March 16, 2015) Andy Fraser, who co-wrote the rousing rock anthem “All Right Now” when he was the teenage bassist for the British rock band Free, has died in California at age 62.
Fraser had been living in the Southern California desert community of Temecula, where he died Monday, the Riverside County coroner said in a statement. The cause of death is not yet known and remains under investigation.
Fraser’s daughter Hannah sent a lengthy statement to FOX411 about her father’s passing on behalf of herself, her sister Jasmine, and her mother Ri. Here it is in full:
I’m so shocked and heartbroken by the loss of our amazing father Andy, who was a true force of nature. His endless passion for music has been an inspiration to the world for over half a decade. Using his creative talents to bring positive change to the world with a fearless commitment to honesty and justice has been a pivotal example for my life. He worked tirelessly on humanitarian projects such as Rock Against Trafficking, Gay Rights Issues, The Occupy Movement, Eco-activism, and he was producing a documentary on Ocean Conservation with me.
Andy never did things by halves. He was a mover and a shaker, and had unfathomable depths of optimism, even when faced with the biggest challenges. He saw everything as an opportunity to make a difference, turning issues into art and uncovering layers of himself to share bravely with the world.
His wicked sense of humor always had me in stitches with his unexpected and often naughty wit.
He was a man of few words, but he always knew how to sum up a situation insightfully, and straight to the point. The last time I saw him he was in his element, rocking out onstage to benefit humanity. I am so proud of him, his bravery, intensity, philanthropy and talent will have people singing his praises for years to come. Andy was a survivor who overcame some of the most challenging health issues in his life, and yet he left this earth healthy, happy and full of plans to make this world a better place for us all. It’s alright now, and he’s finally free.
At age 15, the London-born Fraser briefly became a member of John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers. The group functioned as a training ground for young British rockers including Eric Clapton and Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor.
Within a year, Fraser became a founding member of Free. The band’s most prominent member was singer and guitarist Paul Rodgers, who would also go on to front Bad Company and The Firm.
The band’s biggest hit by far was 1970’s “All Right Now,” which remains one of the defining hits of classic rock radio. Fraser also produced the track and plays a bass solo on it.
The song is also a staple of football stadiums. The Stanford University and University of Southern California marching bands each play it at virtually every game.
Fraser kept playing music for most of his life, but he would never equal the success he had as a teen with Free, which broke up in 1972.
He and Rodgers took the stage together to play “All Right Now” at Woodstock ’94, the reboot of the classic music festival.
The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale is an album by Eric Clapton & Friends and it is dedicated to his former collaborator JJ Cale. It was named after his 1972 single “Call Me the Breeze”. It was produced by Clapton and Simon Climie.
|1||Call Me the Breeze||Eric Clapton||3:07|
|2||Rock and Roll Records||Eric Clapton & Tom Petty||2:19|
|4||Lies||Eric Clapton & John Mayer||3:07|
|5||Sensitive Kind||Don White||5:17|
|6||Cajun Moon||Eric Clapton||2:28|
|8||I Got the Same Old Blues||Tom Petty & Eric Clapton||3:03|
|9||Songbird||Willie Nelson & Eric Clapton||2:56|
|10||Since You Said Goodbye||Eric Clapton||3:01|
|11||I’ll Be There (If You Ever Want Me)||Don White & Eric Clapton||2:37|
|12||The Old Man and Me||Tom Petty||2:56|
|13||Train to Nowhere||Mark Knopfler, Don White & Eric Clapton||4:51|
|14||Starbound||Willie Nelson, & Derek Trucks||2:03|
|15||Don’t Wait||Eric Clapton & John Mayer||2:47|
|16||Crying Eyes||Eric Clapton, Christine Lakeland Cale & Derek Trucks||3:31|
January 1 – Eric Clapton marries his 25-year old American girlfriend in a surprise wedding ceremony at a church in the English village of Ripley, Surrey.
January 8 – The Black Crowes announce they are taking a hiatus.
January 14 – Adam Ant is committed to a psychiatric hospital two days after being arrested for carrying a firearm into a London pub that Ant claims was fake.
January 18 – Rapper C-Murder is arrested and charged with second-degree murder over a fatal shooting in a Harvey, Louisiana nightclub on January 12.
January 23 – Virgin Records buys out its contract with Mariah Carey for $28 million, essentially paying her to not record any more music for the label.
February 3 – U2 perform during the halftime show for Super Bowl XXXVI. U2’s performance becomes a tribute to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack.
February 4 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons has a notoriously antagonistic interview with Terry Gross on National Public Radio. Simmons continuously baits the host with sexual come-ons throughout the interview while Gross repeatedly calls Simmons “obnoxious.” Simmons refuses to grant NPR permission to post the interview online, but unauthorized transcripts and audio exist.
February 13 – Jennifer Lopez becomes the first singer to have a remix album, J to tha L-O!: The Remixes, debut at number one, selling over 156,000 copies.
February 15 – Popstar Britney Spears landed her first starring role in Crossroads, a teen drama road film alongside Zoe Saldana. Although film was largely panned, the film was grossed $61.1 million worldwide.
March 7 – Burton C. Bell leaves Fear Factory after falling out with Dino Cazares. Fear Factory soon disband.
March 12 – Silverchair withdraw from the Gone South festival in Australia after Daniel Johns contracts reactive arthritis.
March 15 – Liverpool Airport is rechristened Liverpool John Lennon Airport in an official ceremony.
March 24 – Takahiro Nishikawa leaves Dreams Come True.
March 25 – Celine Dion returns to the music scene after a three-year absence with the album A New Day Has Come.
March 26 – Former Ozzy Osbourne & Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies from severe cancer.
April 5 – Alice In Chains-singer Layne Staley dies from an overdose of heroin.
April 17 – Pop-punk giants Blink-182 and Green Day co-headline the two-month Pop Disaster Tour.
April 25 – Lisa Lopes, American rapper, singer, songwriter, and member of the R&B girl group TLC, better known by her stage name Left Eye, dies in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras. She was the sole fatality of eight people in the vehicle, a Mitsubishi Montero Sport that she was driving.
May 8 – Mariah Carey signs a new record contract with Island Def Jam Music Group.
May 12 – We Will Rock You, a jukebox musical based on the songs of Queen, opens at the Dominion Theatre in London, England.
May 21 – Blink-182 gutairist Tom DeLonge forms post-hardcore side-project band Box Car Racer. Their album Box Car Racer is released.
May 22 – Members of Alien Ant Farm are injured in an early morning tour bus crash in Spain that claimed the life of the driver.
June – Graham Coxon leaves Blur during Think Tank’s recording sessions, after tensions with the other members mainly due to its alleged alcohol problems and disagreement about the choice of Fatboy Slim as producer. Coxon only contributed in one song, Battery in Your Leg. He was later “replaced” on tour by Simon Tong, former guitarist of The Verve.
June 1 – The Prom at the Palace is held in London to commemorate the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Performers include the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Symphony Chorus, Kiri Te Kanawa, Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.
June 5 – U.S. soul and R&B singer R. Kelly, is charged with 21 counts of having sexual intercourse with a minor after a videotape allegedly showing him engaged in sexual acts with an underage girl is broadcast on the internet.
June 11 – Paul McCartney marries second wife Heather Mills in a lavish ceremony at Castle Leslie in Ireland. American Idol premieres on Fox.
Korn’s fifth-studio album, Untouchables, is released, but fails to sell as well as their previous releases, marking the decline of the nu metal genre.
June 12 – BMG Music agrees to acquire the rest of Zomba Music Group in a deal reportedly worth $3 billion.
June 15 – The Los Angeles, California, USA, radio station KROQ-FM airs the 10th Annual Weenie Roast show with Bad Religion, Hoobastank, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Eat World, Moby, New Found Glory, P.O.D., Papa Roach, Puddle of Mudd, The Strokes, System of a Down, Unwritten Law, The Vines, The Violent Femmes and Rob Zombie.
June 19 – Hikaru Utada releases the album Deep River, which sold 2,350,170 copies in a week, debuting at number 1 on the weekly, monthly, and annual Oricon album chart. This would be her third time at number 1 on the year-end rankings of that particular chart, a record for any Japanese musical act or worldwide.
June 20 – Pop star Britney Spears, at only 20 years of age, is ranked by Forbes as the world’s most powerful celebrity.
June 21 to 23 – The first Bonnaroo Music Festival is held in Tennessee. Performers include Widespread Panic, Gov’t Mule and Norah Jones.
June 25 – The Prague Philharmonic Orchestra releases an arrangement of the Romeo and Juliet 1968 film soundtrack on the Silva America label.
June 27 – The Who bassist John Entwistle is found dead in a Las Vegas hotel room on the eve of the band’s new tour. He was 57.
June 30 – The Glastonbury Festival features headline acts Coldplay, Garbage, Stereophonics, Orbital, Roger Waters, Rod Stewart, and Air.
July 6 – Michael Jackson stages a public protest against Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola, accusing him of taking part in a racist conspiracy within the music industry to exploit black recording artists. Sony responds with a statement calling Jackson’s remarks “ludicrous, spiteful and hurtful.”
July 12 – Buckcherry breaks up on the heels of lead singer Josh Todd’s decision to quit the group. They would reunite in 2005.
July 28 – The Area2 Festival, featuring headline acts Moby, David Bowie, Busta Rhymes, Ash, and Blue Man Group, begins a three-week tour in Washington, DC.
August 17 – The Snow Mountain Music Festival opens in Lijiang, China.
August 19 – Nickelback leaves the stage during the second song of their performance at the Ilha do Ermal festival in Portugal after being relentlessly pelted with rocks and bottles by the crowd.
September 3 – Napster is shut down for good after a judge denies a bid from Bertelsmann to purchase its assets.
September 4 – Kelly Clarkson is crowned the first winner of the television talent contest, American Idol.
September 11 – Marie Fredriksson of Roxette is injured in a domestic accident, leading to the discovery of a brain tumor.
September 20 – Courtney Love announces that her legal dispute with the surviving members of Nirvana has been resolved, paving the way for the unreleased track “You Know You’re Right” to be included on an upcoming compilation.
September 28 – A stretch of Tennessee State Route 19 is officially named for Tina Turner, who was born and raised in nearby Nutbush, Tennessee.
October 2 – Robbie Williams signs a new six-album deal with EMI for £80 million, the most lucrative contract ever signed by a UK musician. Christina Aguilera releases her controversial music video for “Dirrty”, the lead single from her second album Stripped.
October 13 – The fifth Terrastock festival is held in Boston, USA.
October 24 – Mikey “Bug” Cox is fired from Coal Chamber after disputes with other members about his drug addiction.
October 26 – Christina Aguilera releases her controversial second studio album Stripped, which enters the Billboard 200 at number 2, selling 330,000 copies in its first week. Stripped is the first studio album in three years since Christina Aguilera (1999).
October 30 – Jam Master Jay is shot dead at a studio in Queens. Run-D.M.C. disbands. Warren Zevon, who has recently been diagnosed with cancer, is the sole guest for the entire hour of Late Show with David Letterman. It would be his final public performance.
November 7 – Guns N’ Roses fans in Vancouver riot after a concert, which was to kick off the band’s first tour in nine years, is canceled due to Axl Rose’s flight getting delayed.
November 10 – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Elvis Costello, Lenny Kravitz, Tom Petty and Brian Setzer guest-star on an episode of The Simpsons set at a Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp.
November 19 – Michael Jackson dangles his nine-month-old son over the balcony of his Berlin hotel room in an apparent attempt to connect with the fans below. He releases a statement later that day calling the incident a “terrible mistake”.
November 29 – Concert For George is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London, as a memorial to George Harrison on the first anniversary of his death, under the musical direction of friend Eric Clapton. Performers included Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Ravi Shankar, and Billy Preston. The event benefitted the Material World Charitable Foundation.
November 30 – British girl group Girls Aloud is formed on the reality television show Popstars: The Rivals.
December 2 – Peter Garrett leaves Midnight Oil.
December 6 – Another riot over a canceled Guns N’ Roses concert breaks out, this time in Philadelphia, after Axl Rose is a no-show. The band cancels the remaining dates of the tour without explanation.
December 29 – A Creed concert in Chicago angers fans in attendance when lead singer Scott Stapp forgets many lyrics, takes a lengthy leave of absence in the middle of the show and lies down on the stage for part of the performance. The band’s manager issues a written apology that includes the statement “we hope that you can take some solace in the fact that you definitely experienced the most unique of all Creed shows and may have become part of the unusual world of rock ‘n’ roll history!”
December 31 – Phish end their two-year hiatus with a New Year’s Eve concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
15 January – A new all-star rendition of the John Lennon song “Give Peace a Chance” is released, featuring Yoko Ono, Lenny Kravitz, Peter Gabriel, Alannah Myles, Tom Petty, Bonnie Raitt and many more, billed as “The Peace Choir“. The single has been rushed to market in response to the imminent Gulf War.
16 January – The sixth annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in New York. The event goes forward despite a tense atmosphere due to the President’s announcement of the Gulf War the same evening. The inductees are Ike & Tina Turner, Jimmy Reed, John Lee Hooker, LaVern Baker, The Byrds, The Impressions, Wilson Pickett and Howlin’ Wolf.
18 January – Three people are crushed to death during an AC/DC concert in Salt Lake City, Utah, when audience members rush the stage.
18–27 January – The massive nine-day festival Rock in Rio II is held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The headliners are Prince, INXS, Guns N’ Roses, New Kids on the Block, George Michael and Happy Mondays.
19 January – Janet Jackson with seventh single from Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814, “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”, making her the only artist to have seven singles from the same album chart in the top five.
27 January – Whitney Houston sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the Super Bowl. The recording is then released and becomes a hit single.
31 January – DJ Magazine is founded.
27 February – James Brown is granted an early parole and released from jail, following his arrest after a high-speed car chase through two states in 1989. Pop Will Eat Itself documented the affair with their song, “Not Now James, We’re Busy”.
28 February – Hollywood’s Record Plant Studios recording studio closes down. Among the albums recorded at the Record Plant were The Eagles’ Hotel California, Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours and Stevie Wonder’s Songs in the Key of Life.
11 March – Janet Jackson signs a $30 million (US) contract with Virgin Records, making her the highest paid female recording artist ever.
16 March – Seven members of country music singer Reba McEntire’s band and her road manager are killed when their private plane crashes in California, near the U.S.-Mexico border. McEntire travels on a separate plane.
20 March – Michael Jackson signs a contract with Sony for 1 billion dollars. Eric Clapton’s four-year-old son, Conor, dies after falling 49 stories from a New York City apartment window, which would inspire Clapton to write the hit single “Tears in Heaven”.
24 March – The Black Crowes are dropped as the opening act of ZZ Top’s tour for repeatedly insulting the tour’s sponsor, Miller Beer.
27 March – New Kids on the Block star Donnie Wahlberg is arrested in Louisville, Kentucky for allegedly setting his hotel room on fire.
28 March – George Harrison, Phil Collins and others attend funeral services for Eric Clapton’s late son, Conor.
28 April – Bonnie Raitt marries actor Michael O’Keefe in New York.
4 May – The Eurovision Song Contest 1991 is held in Rome, Italy and, after a highly controversial voting segment, Sweden’s Fångad av en stormvind by Carola is declared the winner.
7 May – In Macon, Georgia, a judge dismisses a wrongful death lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne. The suit was filed by a local couple that believed their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Osbourne’s music.
10 May – Truth or Dare, a documentary chronicling singer Madonna’s 1990 Blond Ambition Tour, is released to theatres.
24 May – Guns N’ Roses kick off their 26 months world Use Your Illusion Tour in Alpine Valley in East Troy.
25 May – The Billboard 200 album chart starts incorporating electronically monitored sales data provided by Nielsen SoundScan, thus beginning what chart aficionados tag as the “SoundScan era“.
28 May – The Smashing Pumpkins releases their debut album Gish, establishing the band as one of the most important of the alternative scene.
7 June – ABC revives the late-night rock performance series In Concert.
21 June – The Mérida State Symphony Orchestra is founded in Venezuela.
28 June – Paul McCartney’s classical composition, the Liverpool Oratorio, receives its première at the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral.
July – Launch of the Australian Festival of Chamber Music.
2 July – During the Use Your Illusion Tour, Axl Rose assaults a member of the audience watching the show on camera, after security fails to respond to the singer’s orders to confiscate the camera. After the attack, Rose angrily stomps off stage saying, “Thanks to the lame-ass security, I’m goin’ home!”
13 July – Pianist Keith Jarrett records his Vienna Concert at the Vienna Staatsoper.
18 July – Perry Farrell launches the first Lollapalooza tour as a farewell for his just-dissolved band, Jane’s Addiction. Other acts appearing on the tour include Siouxsie and the Banshees, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band, Fishbone and Rage Against The Machine.
13 August – Metallica releases their most successful album, “Metallica” (also called “The Black Album”). Something of a departure from the thrash metal sound they helped pioneer, it becomes one of the best-selling albums of all time
15 August – Paul Simon’s Concert in the Park takes place in Central Park. The free concert is broadcast live on HBO.
27 August – Pearl Jam releases their debut album, “Ten”. While initially slow to sell, it became No. 2 on the Billboard charts within a year and has since become certified thirteen times Platinum in the United States. Dr. Dre pleads no contest to charges that he beat up a woman at a West Hollywood nightclub. Dr. Dre is sentenced to 24 months probation.
17 September – Rock band Guns N’ Roses release their first full length follow up to their debut album Appetite for Destruction in the form of the double album Use Your Illusion I & Use Your Illusion II. Both go on to sell a combined excess of 1.3 million on their first week of sale in the USA alone.
24 September – Seattle-based band Nirvana releases their second album Nevermind, that in the beginning of 1992 replaces Michael Jackson’s album Dangerous at number one on the Billboard charts. Nevermind would then make the Grunge movement explode and become one of the most famous rock albums of all time. It is considered the emblem of the Generation X. Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Album, was also released on this date.
3 November – A free tribute concert is held at Golden Gate Park in memory of concert promoter Bill Graham, killed in a helicopter crash three weeks earlier at the age of 60. Performers include Santana, Grateful Dead, Journey and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
7 November – Bryan Adams’s 16-week stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart is finally ended by U2 single “The Fly”, having already set a new record for the longest consecutive stay at the top of the UK Singles Chart. Izzy Stradlin quits Guns N’ Roses. Frank Zappa’s children, Dweezil and Moon, announce to an audience in New York that their father is unable to attend the tribute concert to his music because he is seriously ill with prostate cancer.
14 November – The new Michael Jackson music video “Black or White” premieres simultaneously in 27 different countries to an audience of 500 million people. Controversy is immediately generated by the video’s last four minutes in which Jackson smashes windows, vandalizes a car and causes a building to explode, as well as suggestively grabs his crotch repeatedly while dancing.
26 November – Michael Jackson releases his worldwide hit album Dangerous. The album goes on to sell over 10 million copies in the U.S. and more than 40 million worldwide, becoming one of the biggest albums of all-time, and the best selling album of the decade in the world.
30 November – Following on the steps of the Billboard 200, the Billboard Hot 100 also begins a new era by incorporating and merging electronically measured sales and airplay data from SoundScan and BDS respectively.
December – A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert, featuring Kathleen Battle and Frederica von Stade, a jazz band led by Wynton Marsalis, and orchestra and chorus conducted by André Previn, is recorded for television.
1 December – George Harrison plays Yokohama, Japan. The brief Japanese tour with Eric Clapton marks his first set of formal concert performances since 1974.
4 December – The Judds give their final concert performance as a duo.
31 December – The twentieth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Boyz II Men, Simply Red, Vanessa L. Williams, Another Bad Creation, Restless Heart, Michael Bivins and Barry Manilow.
Also in 1991
Aerosmith signs a new deal with Sony Music worth an estimated $30 million.
The Rolling Stones sign a new contract with Virgin Records.
Country music legend Kenny Rogers starts his restaurant chain, “Kenny Rogers Roasters”.
Tupac Shakur’s solo career begins with his unsuccessful first album, 2Pacalypse Now. Six-year-old Qa’id Walker is shot dead by a stray bullet during a confrontation between Tupac’s entourage and a rival group.
January 10 – A revival of the Gilbert and Sullivan operetta The Pirates of Penzance opens at Broadway’s Uris Theatre, starring Linda Ronstadt and Rex Smith.
January 24 – Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is injured in a motorcycle crash that leaves him hospitalized for two months.
February 14 – Billy Idol leaves the band Generation X to begin a solo career.
March 14 – Suffering from bleeding ulcers, Eric Clapton is admitted to United Hospital in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Clapton’s 60-city tour of the US is cancelled, and he remains in hospital for a month.
April 1 – The Go-Go’s sign to IRS Records.
April 4 – British pop group Bucks Fizz wins the 26th Eurovision Song Contest, held at the RDS Simmonscourt Pavilion, Dublin, with the song “Making Your Mind Up”.
April 11 – Van Halen’s lead guitarist Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli.
April 18 – Yes announce that they are breaking up. (They would reunite frequently in years to come).
April 20 – The Mamas & the Papas’ John Phillips is sentenced to five years in jail after pleading guilty to drug possession charges. Phillips’ sentence would be suspended after thirty days in exchange for 250 hours of community service.
April 22 – Eric Clapton is taken to the hospital suffering from bruised ribs and a lacerated shin, following a car accident in Seattle, Washington.
April 27 – Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach marry, in London, England.
May 2 – British vocalist Sheena Easton hits No. 1 in the US with “Morning Train (9 to 5)” following a swift rise to fame as the result of a reality TV show.
May 14 – Diana Ross signs with RCA Records (EMI internationally), leaving Motown Records, her label of two decades. The $20,000,000 deal is the most lucrative recording contract in history at that time.
March 14 — The final showing of Live From The Grand Ole Opry on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) occurs on this night. The show actually went beyond the televised segment, but the show was ended with a clip of Marty Robbins singing “El Paso” (a song he used to close out his Opry segment at midnight) from the year before. Because of cost over-runs and other technicalities, this was the final run for the annual show on PBS that featured the music of Tom T. Hall, Del Reeves, Hank Snow, Roy Acuff and Minnie Pearl, and many other performers.
May 15 – A riot breaks out at The Ritz rock club in New York when Public Image Ltd plays behind a videoscreen while completely different music plays over the club’s speakers.
June 4 – U2 appears on the Tomorrow show with Tom Snyder, their first U.S. television appearance.
June 5 – The TV series Night Flight, a variety show featuring music documentaries and videos, premieres on the USA Network.
June 6 – Kerrang! magazine publishes its first issue. Angus Young of AC/DC is on the cover.
June 30 – Jerry Lee Lewis is rushed to hospital in Memphis for emergency surgery for a tear in his stomach. Despite being given less than a 50% chance of survival, he eventually pulls through.
August 1 – MTV debuts on cable television in the United States, playing music videos 24 hours a day.
August – the success of Stars On 45 leads to a short-lived medley craze. The most successful imitator of the Stars On 45 format is, rather unexpectedly, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra whose “Hooked On Classics (Parts 1&2)” reaches number two in the charts.
August 23 – The Violent Femmes are discovered by members of The Pretenders busking outside a Milwaukee venue and are invited to play a 10-minute acoustic set as a second opening act in the Pretenders’ show that night.
September 19 – Simon & Garfunkel perform a free reunion concert in New York City’s Central Park attended by over 500,000 fans.
September 25 – The Rolling Stones open their US tour in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
October 26 – Iron Maiden plays its first show with Bruce Dickinson as the new lead singer in Bologna, Italy.
October 28 – British Phonographic Industry chairman Chris Wright unveils the UK music industry’s new slogan: “Home Taping Is Killing Music“.
October 31 – Punk band Fear makes a memorable appearance on Saturday Night Live. A group of fans storm the stage and damage TV equipment while moshing, resulting in the show cutting to commercial.
November 18 – While sitting in Tom’s Restaurant in New York City, Suzanne Vega composes the song “Tom’s Diner”.
December 18 – An estimated 35 million people around the world watch a live satellite transmission of a Rod Stewart concert at the Los Angeles Forum. It is the first broadcast of its kind since Elvis Presley’s “Aloha from Hawaii” special in 1973.
December 31 – The tenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Four Tops, Rick Springfield, Barry Manilow, Alabama and Rick James.
Also in 1981
The organ at the famous Heinävesi Church in Finland is renewed, using locks from the original organ.
Ozzy Osbourne bites the head off a dove at a record label gathering.
Alice Cooper drastically changes his appearance, leaving behind his trademark make-up and donning a military uniform.
Synth pop enjoys mainstream popularity in the UK, with groups such as Ultravox, Depeche Mode, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and The Human League releasing hit singles and albums.
Menudo’s golden era (1981–1985) begins in Latin America, parts of Europe and Asia.
Brad Whitford leaves Aerosmith and is replaced by Rick Dufay.
Phil Collins releases his first solo album (but will not leave the band Genesis until 1995).
Hal Willner “invents” the modern tribute album with Amacord Nino Rota.
AC/DC’s album “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” is finally released in the United States.
Iron Maiden’s lead singer Paul Di’Anno leaves band due to heavy drinking, and is replaced by Bruce Dickinson.
Eric Carr joins Kiss on drums and makes his songwriting debut with “Under the Rose”.
Brings World’s Greatest Guitar Stars
To Cinemas This Summer
NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts LLC Present the
All-Star Benefit Concert in Select U.S. Theaters on Aug. 13
Bringing the ultimate guitar concert featuring the most legendary guitarists in the world to select U.S. movie theaters, NCM Fathom Events and Crossroad Concerts LLC present “Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013” on Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). This special, one-night event will feature the best performances and backstage access from Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival pre-recorded over two nights at Madison Square Garden this past April. Tickets for the live concert sold out within minutes of going on sale, but fans can experience one of the hottest events of the year from their local theater as Clapton gathers his most respected colleagues in the music industry for a jam session. The live concert and portions from the cinema event benefit the Crossroads Centre, a treatment and education facility for chemically dependent people, based in Antigua and founded by Clapton.
“Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Guitar Festival 2013” will be presented in nearly 500 select movie theaters around the country through NCM’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network. Tickets are available at participating theater box offices and online at www.FathomEvents.com. For a complete list of theater locations and prices, visit the NCM Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).
Musicians featured in the cinema event include the Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes.
Since 2004, the Crossroads Guitar Festival has taken place every three years and the 2013 edition is the fourth in the series.A mix of sultry blues, classic rock and country jams, the festival offers a wide sampling of legendary guitarists and their greatest hits, where anything can unfold onstage at any time. Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause.
“NCM Fathom Events is thrilled to bring audiences the concert event of the summer as Eric Clapton and the world’s best guitarists combine for an unforgettable night in cinemas across the country,” said Dan Diamond, senior vice president of Business Development of NCM Fathom. “The Clapton Crossroads Guitar Festival has long been one of the premiere events in music, and communities of fans nationwide will enjoy the ultimate concert experience on the big screen with amazing sound and front row seats.”
Tickets are on sale for the concert film experience featuring Eric Clapton and his most respected colleagues including Allman Brothers Band, Blake Mills, Booker T., Buddy Guy, Derek Trucks, Doyle Bramhall II, Eric Clapton, Gary Clark Jr., Gregg Allman, Jeff Beck, John Mayer, Keith Richards, Keith Urban, Los Lobos, Robert Cray, Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill and Warren Haynes.