Thursday 10pm: Feature LP: The Who – Tommy Live at The Royal Albert Hall (2017)

August 22, 2019
Editor In Chief

On 13 October 2017, Eagle Rock Entertainment release TOMMY – LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL by The Who on DVD, Blu-ray, 2-CD, 3-LP, Digital Video and Digital Audio. This unbelievable concert film captures the first ever live performance by The Who of TOMMY in its entirety and boasts over two hours and twenty minutes of content. The show includes all time classics like ‘Pinball Wizard’, ‘I’m Free’, ‘Amazing Journey’, ‘We’re Not Gonna Take It’, ‘I Can’t Explain’, ‘Who Are You’, ‘Won’t Get Fooled Again’, ‘I Can See For Miles’ and many more!

In April 2017 The Who took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall to perform their rock opera TOMMY live in its entirety for the first time in their long and illustrious career. Previous Who live shows had always dropped two, three or four songs from the album but for this show in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust the band would perform every song. With specially created animations on a huge screen above the stage and creative use of lighting the concert told the story of the “deaf, dumb and blind kid who sure played a mean pinball.” In addition, at the end of TOMMY, the sell-out crowd were treated to a short set of Who classics. Always a great live band, this performance was a thrilling ride from start to finish.

As well as the incredible full show, we also include some great bonus features. There is a behind the scenes featurette, plus also full screen animations of both The Acid Queen and Pinball Wizard with the live performance audio.

01 – Overture (Live)
02 – Its A Boy (Live)
03 – 1921 (Live)
04 – Medley Amazing Journey Overture (Live)
05 – Sparks (Live)
06 – Eyesight To The Blind (The Hawker) (Live)
07 – Christmas (Live)
08 – Cousin Kevin (Live)
09 – The Acid Queen (Live)
10 – Do You Think It’s Alright (Live)
11 – Fiddle About (Live)
12 – Pinball Wizard (Live)
13 – Theres A Doctor (Live)
14 – Go To The Mirror! (Live)
15 – Tommy Can You Hear Me (Live)
16 – Smash The Mirror (Live)
17 – Underture (Live)
18 – Im Free (Live)
19 – Miracle Cure (Live)
20 – Sensation (Live)
21 – Sally Simpson (Live)
22 – Welcome (Live)
23 – Tommys Holiday Camp (Live)
24 – Were Not Gonna Take It (Live)
25 – I Cant Explain (Live)
26 – Join Together (Live)
27 – I Can See For Miles (Live)
28 – Who Are You (Live)
29 – Love, Reign O’er Me (Live)
30 – Baba ORiley (Live)
31 – Wont Get Fooled Again (Live)

Feature Year: 1990 (Part 1 – 9am, Part 2 – 9pm) ET #1990 @RadioMax

December 15, 2013
Editor In Chief

1990January 18 – Eric Clapton plays the first of eighteen shows in a three week span at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
January 21 – MTV’s Unplugged is broadcast for the first time, on cable television, with British band Squeeze.
February 6 – Billy Idol is involved in a serious motorcycle accident, resulting in several broken bones. Idol had been scheduled to have a major role in Oliver Stone’s film The Doors, but due to his injuries, the role was reduced almost to a bit part. Bob Marley’s birthday is a national holiday in Jamaica for the first time.
February 14 – 50,000 fans watch The Rolling Stones play the first of 10 concerts at Tokyo’s Korakuen Dome, the beginning of the Stones’ first ever tour of Japan. The group was originally scheduled to perform there in 1973 but a drug conviction prevented Mick Jagger from obtaining a visa at the time.
February 16 – Ike Turner is sentenced to 4 years in prison for possession of cocaine.
February 24 – The Byrds (Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby) reunite, for the first time in 25 years, to perform at a Los Angeles tribute to Roy Orbison. The three are joined unexpectedly on stage by Bob Dylan, who sings “Mr. Tambourine Man” with the band.
March 15 – MCA Inc. purchases Geffen Records for over $550 million in stock. Under the agreement, David Geffen will continue to run the record company through an employment contract.
March 16 – Flea and Chad Smith of Red Hot Chili Peppers are arrested and charged for an incident two days earlier at a performance in Daytona Beach during MTV’s spring break coverage, in which they allegedly sexually assaulted and verbally abused a female audience member after jumping from the stage. They are released on $2,000 bail.
March 20 – Gloria Estefan’s tour bus is involved in an accident. Estefan suffers several broken bones in her back.
March 25 – Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing his backside during a performance in Augusta, Georgia.
March 28 – The Go-Go’s reunite to play a benefit concert for the California Environmental Protection Act. They play several more reunion shows later in the year.
April 4 – Gloria Estefan returns to Miami, Florida after undergoing back surgery following the March 20 accident.
April 6 – Mötley Crüe’s Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling off of scaffolding above his elevated drum kit during a performance in New Haven, Connecticut.
April 7 – Neil Young, Elton John, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Guns N’ Roses and Jackson Browne perform at Farm Aid IV in Indiana. John dedicates “Candle in the Wind” to AIDS patient Ryan White during his performance. White dies later that evening.
April 16 – A massive tribute concert is held at Wembley Stadium for recently freed anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela, who appears in a pre-taped 45-minute speech at the event. Performers include Anita Baker, Tracy Chapman, Peter Gabriel, The Neville Brothers and Neil Young. The event is broadcast to 61 countries around the world.
April 24 – Janet Jackson is honoured with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame[1]
April 25 – Jimi Hendrix’s Fender Stratocaster, on which he performed his famous version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at Woodstock, is auctioned off in London for $295,000.
April 27 – Axl Rose marries model Erin Everly, daughter of singer Don Everly, in a Las Vegas ceremony. Divorce papers are filed on May 24, then withdrawn, then filed again in October.
May 6 – Valery Leontiev show “It seems to me that I have not lived” in the Olympic Stadium.
May 18 – The Rolling Stones open their Urban Jungle European tour in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
May 27 – The Stone Roses stage a legendary concert at Spike Island, Cheshire.
May 29 – In Canada, Toronto police threaten to arrest Madonna if she performs her simulated masturbation scene during her performance of “Like a Virgin” on her Blond Ambition Tour. Madonna refuses to change her show, and the police decide not to press charges, later denying that they had ever threatened to do so (a claim refuted by footage captured during the filming of Madonna’s 1991 documentary Truth or Dare). At the Eurovision Young Musicians Competition 1990 finals, held at the Musikverein in Vienna, Austria, pianist Nick van Oosterum of the Netherlands takes first place.
June 10 – members of rap group 2 Live Crew are arrested and charged with obscenity after a performance in a Hollywood, Florida nightclub..
June 30 – Knebworth 1990, a one-off festival at Knebworth Park, England in support of Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy. Participating musicians had all been winners of the Silver Clef Award. The acts included headliners Pink Floyd, Genesis, Robert Plant, Elton John, Dire Straits, Status Quo, Eric Clapton and others.
July 7 – The Three Tenors give their first concert, at the Baths of Caracalla in Rome.
July 14 – Jean Michel Jarre’s concert Paris la Defense attracts 2.5 million spectators.
July 21 – Roger Waters and numerous guest stars stage a performance of Pink Floyd’s The Wall in Berlin, Germany to commemorate the fall of the Berlin Wall eight months earlier. Scorpions, Cyndi Lauper, Thomas Dolby, Sinéad O’Connor, The Band and Bryan Adams are among the performers.
August 5 – Madonna ends her controversial Blond Ambition Tour in Nice, France.
August 13 – Curtis Mayfield is paralyzed from the neck down in an accident at an outdoor concert in Flatbush, Brooklyn, after stage lighting equipment collapses on top of him.
August 19 – Leonard Bernstein conducts his final performance at Tanglewood; he suffers a coughing fit in the middle of one piece which almost brings the concert to a premature end.
August 22 – James MacMillan’s symphonic piece The Confession of Isobel Gowdie premieres at The Proms in London.
August 24 – A judge rules that heavy metal band Judas Priest is not responsible for the actions of two Nevada youths who shot themselves, one fatally, after listening to the band’s music in December 1985. Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor sparks controversy when she refuses to play a concert at the Garden State Arts Center in New Jersey unless the venue refrains from its tradition of playing a recording of the American national anthem before the performance. O’Connor is heavily criticized and her music is dropped from a number of radio stations as a result.
August 27 – Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a helicopter crash following a concert at the Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy, Wisconsin. He was 35.
September 4 – Walter Yetnikoff steps down after fifteen years as President of CBS Records.
September 11 – After a decade of performing in the Francophone world, Céline Dion makes her formal English-language debut in the United States with the release of her album Unison.
September 26 – The poorly received Cop Rock premieres on US television; it was TV’s only musical police drama.
October 9 – Leonard Bernstein announces his retirement from the conducting podium; he dies five days later.
October 20 – A Florida jury acquits 2 Live Crew of the obscenity charges stemming from a June 10 performance of their act known for its sexually explicit lyrics.
October 22 – Pearl Jam, then named “Mookie Blaylock”, play their first show as a band at the Off Ramp club in Seattle, Washington.
Fall – For the first time, Amy Grant and Gary Chapman hold a night of music at their Franklin, Tennessee Riverstone Farm, for local teenagers. Performers included Rich Mullins, Rick Elias, Charlie Peacock, Wes King and Michael W. Smith. The event becomes known as “The Loft”.
November 6 – Madonna releases her new single, “Justify My Love”. The accompanying music video is banned by MTV amid international controversy over its sexually explicit content.
November 21 – The Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger finally marries longtime girlfriend Jerry Hall in a traditional Hindu ceremony on the island of Bali, although the wedding’s legal bindingness is questionable.
November 27 – “Vocal” group Milli Vanilli admits to lip-synching hits such as “Girl You Know It’s True.” They later have their Grammy award revoked.
December 1 – ABC airs a television special accompanying the Red Hot + Blue benefit album in which contemporary pop performers reinterpret the songs of Cole Porter. The special includes video clips portraying the societal effects of AIDS.
December 3 – Following the banning of her “Justify My Love” music video by MTV, singer Madonna appears on Nightline to defend the video.
December 15 – Rod Stewart marries model Rachel Hunter.
December 31 – The nineteenth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by The Beach Boys, Bell Biv DeVoe, The Kentucky Headhunters, Nelson, The O’Jays and Sweet Sensation.

Also in 1990
Guitarists: Dan Nilsson & Micke Bargstörm, Bassist: Martin Persson & Drummer: Rille Even, all quit Opeth who were the original members of the band. David Isberg, the only remaining original member hires Guitarists: Mikael Åkerfeldt (who applied for a bassist position even when the band already had bassist causing friction but ended up as a guitarist) Andreas Dimeo, Bassist: Nick Döring & Drummer: Anders Nordin.

Studio Fredman is built.

Sons of Kyuss change their name to Kyuss and add new members, except for guitarist Josh Homme.

After a hiatus of 7 years, rock group Styx reform to record a new album and tour without long-time guitarist Tommy Shaw, who was committed to Damn Yankees at the time.

Tapes of the original William Walton score for the 1969 film Battle of Britain are rediscovered, having been lost since the score was abandoned in favour of one by Ron Goodwin.

Source: Wikipedia

 

Feature Year: 1968 (Part 1 – 9am – Part 2 – 9pm ET)

December 8, 2013
Editor In Chief

1968January 4 – Guitarist Jimi Hendrix is jailed by Stockholm police, after trashing a hotel room during a drunken fist fight with bassist Noel Redding.
January 6 – The Gibson Guitar Corporation patents its Gibson Flying V electric guitar design.
January 13 – Johnny Cash performs his famous concert at Folsom State Prison in California.
February 1 – Universal Studios offers the Doors $500,000 to star in a feature film, which is never made.
February 4 – The Bee Gees make their American television debut on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.
February 12 – Jimi Hendrix is given an honorary high school diploma from Garfield High School in Seattle, Washington. Hendrix is also given the key to the city.
February 16 – The Beatles, Mike Love, Mia Farrow, Donovan and others travel to India to visit Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at Rishikesh.
February 18 – David Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, replacing founder Syd Barrett, who had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital.
February 21 – McGraw-Hill, Inc., outbids eight other publishers and pays $150,000 for the U.S. rights to Hunter Davies’ authorized biography of the Beatles.
February 22 – Florence Ballard of the Supremes is released from her contract with Motown.
March 1 – Johnny Cash and June Carter are married in Franklin, Kentucky, with Merle Kilgore as best man.
March 8 – Bill Graham opens the Fillmore East in an abandoned movie theater in New York City.
March 25 – The 58th and final new episode of The Monkees airs on NBC.
March 30 – The Yardbirds record their live album Live Yardbirds at the Anderson Theater.
April 4 – James Brown appears on national television, in an attempt to calm feelings of anger in the United States following the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.
April 6 – The 13th Eurovision Song Contest is held in the Royal Albert Hall, London. The winning song, Spain’s “La, la, la” is sung by Massiel, after Spanish authorities refused to allow Joan Manuel Serrat to perform it in Catalan. The UK finish in second place, just one point behind, with the song “Congratulations” sung by Cliff Richard, which goes on to outsell the winning Spanish entry throughout Europe.
April 7 – Singer/pianist/songwriter Nina Simone’s performance at Westbury Music Fair is dedicated to the late Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. The song “Why? (the king of love is dead)” by Gene Taylor is performed for the first time. the show was partially released on the Emmy nominated album Nuff Said (1968).
April 29 – The rock musical Hair opens on Broadway at the Biltmore Theatre.
May 4 – Mary Hopkin performs on the British TV show Opportunity Knocks. Hopkin catches the attention of model Twiggy, who recommends her to Paul McCartney. McCartney would soon sign Hopkin to Apple Records.
May 5 – Buffalo Springfield performs together for the last time in Long Beach, California.
May 7 – Aretha Franklin records her live LP Aretha In Paris at the Olympia Theater. Karlheinz Stockhausen begins composing his fifteen intuitive music works, Aus den sieben Tagen.
May 14 – At a press conference, John Lennon and Paul McCartney introduce the Beatles’ new business concept, Apple Corps, Ltd., a disastrously mismanaged entertainment company that included a recording studio, a record label, and clothing store.
May 26 – Blues artist Little Willie John dies in prison after being convicted of manslaughter.
May 30 – The Beatles begin recording The White Album (officially titled, simply, The Beatles). Sessions would span over 4 months, ending on October 14.
June 1 – David Ruffin is fired from The Temptations
June 20 – Martha Reeves & the Vandellas make their debut at the Copacabana in New York City, winning a rave review in the New York Times. The engagement was recorded but remains in the Motown vaults.
July 7 – The Yardbirds perform for the last time before disbanding.
July 18 – Mina presents her Italian white soul hits “Se stasera sono qui” and “Colpo al cuore”. The performance is transmitted live without playback from the Auditorio A of the Radiotelevisione Italiana regional headquarters in Naples.
August 1 – Jeff Beck Group releases their album Truth. A seminal work of heavy metal, it incorporates blues and hard rock. It introduced the talents of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood.
August 4 – Yes performs for the first time, at a summer camp.
August 23 – Simon & Garfunkel give a live concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood, California. A recording is later released on CD in 1994 by Australian company Vigotone Records as Voices of Intelligent Dissent.
September 7 – Led Zeppelin performs for the first time, billed as The New Yardbirds (the Yardbirds had disbanded two months earlier, and guitarist Jimmy Page subsequently formed this new group).
September 14 – The two sons of singer Roy Orbison, 10-year-old Roy DeWayne Orbison and 6-year-old Anthony King Orbison, die in a house fire in Hendersonville, Tennessee. Orbison’s youngest son is saved.
September 15 – Song of Summer, Ken Russell’s noted TV documentary about Frederick Delius, is shown for the first time as part of the BBC’s Omnibus series. PocketDiscs are released in several test markets in the United States.
October 8 – The soundtrack for the 1968 film Romeo and Juliet is released, containing popular “What Is a Youth” tune.
November 8 – John and Cynthia Lennon are divorced.
November 15 – 500,000 people march in Washington, D.C. for peace, which becomes the largest anti-war rally in U.S. history. In attendance: Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter, Paul and Mary, John Denver, Mitch Miller, touring cast of Hair
November 17 – Diana Ross & the Supremes replace The Beatles’ hugely successful “Hey Jude” at number-one in the U.S. with “Love Child”; this would be the last of five turnovers at number-one between the two most successful music acts in America during the 1960s.
November 22 – The Beatles (also known as “The White Album”) by The Beatles is released. Also released is The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society by The Kinks.
November 26 – Cream plays their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be the last time Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker play together until their 1993 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
December 2 – Jimi Hendrix’s manager Chas Chandler quits over differences with Hendrix during the recording of Electric Ladyland. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company perform their last concert together before Janis goes solo.
Elvis Presley’s 1968 Comeback Special airs on NBC.
December 9 – TCB airs on NBC starring Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations, becoming the first variety special in America to feature an exclusively African American cast. Shinjuku Music Festival is broadcast for the first time by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.
December 11 – The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus was filmed. Acts included The Rolling Stones, The Who, Taj Mahal, Jethro Tull, The Dirty Mac, and Marianne Faithful. This was the last appearance of Brian Jones as a member of The Rolling Stones.
December 20 – Peter Tork announces he is leaving The Monkees.
December 22 – The Animals reunite for one benefit concert at the Newcastle City Hall while Eric Burdon & The Animals are disbanding.

 

Feature Year: 1983 9am / 9pm ET

October 27, 2013
Editor In Chief

1983January 1 – The Merchant Ivory film Heat and Dust is released. On the soundtrack, composed by Zakir Hussain, Ivory is featured on tanpura with Hussain (who also appeared in the film) on tabla.
January 8 – The UK singles chart is tabulated from this week forward by The Gallup Organization. In 1984 electronic terminals will be used in selected stores to gather sales information, and the old “sales diary” method will be gradually phased out over the next few years.
February 2 – “Menudomania” comes to New York as 3,500 screaming girls crowd Kennedy Airport to catch a glimpse of Puerto Rican boy band Menudo, who are playing six sold-out shows at the Felt Forum.
February 11 – The Rolling Stones concert film Let’s Spend the Night Together opens in New York.
February 13 – Marvin Gaye performs The Star-Spangled Banner” before the NBA All-Star Game.
February 26 – Michael Jackson’s Thriller album hits #1 on the US charts, the first of thirty-seven (non-consecutive) weeks it would spend there on its way to becoming the biggest-selling album of all time.
February 28 – U2 releases their 3rd album War which debuts at #1 in the UK and produces the band’s first international hit single.
March 2 – Compact discs go on sale in the United States. They had first been released in Japan the previous October.
March 4 – Neil Young cancels the remainder of his tour after collapsing backstage in Louisville, Kentucky, after playing for seventy-five minutes.
April – A Generative Theory of Tonal Music by Fred Lerdahl and Ray Jackendoff is published.
April 5 – US Interior Secretary James G. Watt causes controversy when he effectively bans the Beach Boys from a return performance at the Fourth of July festivities in Washington, announcing that Wayne Newton would perform instead. Watt claims that rock bands attract “the wrong element”. That same week President Reagan, himself an avowed Beach Boys fan, presents Watt with a plaster foot with a hole in it, symbolizing that Watt had shot himself in the foot.
April 11 – Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica just as the band is set to begin recording its début album. He is replaced by Kirk Hammett.
April 18 – Ellen Taaffe Zwilich becomes the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for Music.
May – Singer Anna Vissi marries composer Nikos Karvelas.
May 16 – The Motown 25 Special airs on NBC, celebrating a quarter century of Motown Records. The most talked-about performance is by Michael Jackson, who unveils his famous moonwalk dance move during an electrifying performance of “Billie Jean”.
May 28-30 and June 4 – The second US Festival is held at Glen Helen Park in California.
June 18-19 – Menudo’s second visit to New York is an even bigger event. This time, the band plays four shows at Madison Square Garden; all 80,000 available tickets had sold out within three days of going on sale.
June 20 – Catalunya Ràdio begins broadcasting.
July 19 – Simon and Garfunkel begin their North American summer tour in Akron, Ohio.
July 21 – Diana Ross performs a filmed concert in Central Park in pouring rain; eventually the storm forces her to postpone the rest of the concert till next day.
July 29 – Friday Night Videos is broadcast for the first time on NBC.
August 5 – David Crosby is sentenced to five years in prison on charges of drug and weapon possession by a judge in Dallas, Texas.
August 16 – Johnny Ramone suffers a near-fatal head injury during a fight over a girl in front of his East Village apartment. Singer Paul Simon marries actress Carrie Fisher.
August 20 – The Rolling Stones sign a new $28 million contract with CBS Records, the largest recording contract in history up to this time.
September 1 – Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of The Clash issue a press statement announcing that Mick Jones has been fired from the group.
September 4 – Phil Lynott performs his final show with Thin Lizzy in Nuremberg, Germany.
September 7 – During a Def Leppard concert in Tucson, Arizona, frontman Joe Elliott refers to the previous night’s venue, El Paso, Texas, as “that place with all the greasy Mexicans”. As word of the remark gets out, the band faces boycotts from various radio stations and Mexican-American community leaders.
September 18 – The members of Kiss show their faces without their makeup for the first time on MTV, simultaneous with the release of their album Lick It Up.
September 20 – The first ARMS Charity Concert is held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
September 30 – Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott apologizes on an El Paso radio station for the racial slur he made while referring to the city on September 7. The band later follows up the apology with donations to Hispanic charities.
November 26 – Quiet Riot’s Metal Health album tops the US album charts, the first heavy metal album to hit #1 in America. This commercial breakthrough confirms the ascendancy of “glam metal”, which will remain popular with American youth for the next eight years.
December – The Uday-Ustav Festival, a tribute to Uday Shankar, is staged at the instigation of Uday’s younger brother, Ravi Shankar.
December 2 – Michael Jackson’s extravagant 14-minute music video for Thriller is premièred on MTV.
December 2 – Phish plays first known show.
December 31 – The twelfth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with appearances by Culture Club, Rick James, Laura Branigan, Barry Manilow, Mary Jane Girls and David Frizzell.

 

Feature Year: 1977 9am / 9pm ET

September 15, 2013
Editor In Chief

1977CDCoverJanuary 22 – Maria Kliegel makes her London debut at the Wigmore Hall, with a programme of Bach, Kodály, and Franck.
January 26 – Patti Smith falls off the stage while opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Florida. Smith is rushed to the hospital for 22 stitches to close head lacerations. While recovering, Smith writes her fifth book of poetry, Babel. Fleetwood Mac’s original lead guitarist, Peter Green, is committed to a mental hospital in England after firing a pistol at a delivery boy bringing him a royalties check.
January 27 – After releasing only one single for the band, EMI terminates its contract with the Sex Pistols.
February 4 – American Bandstand celebrates its 25th anniversary on television with a special hosted by Dick Clark. An “all-star band” made up of Chuck Berry, Seals & Crofts, Gregg Allman, Junior Walker, Johnny Rivers, the Pointer Sisters, Charlie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Les McCann, Donald Byrd, Chuck Mangione and three members of Booker T and the MGs perform “Roll Over Beethoven.” Fleetwood Mac’s widely-anticipated Rumours is released; it goes on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time.
February 14 – The B-52’s give their first public performance at a party in Athens, Georgia
February 15 – Sid Vicious replaces Glen Matlock as the bassist of the Sex Pistols.
February 27 – Royal Canadian Mounted Police raid Keith Richards’ Toronto hotel suite while he is sleeping and seize 22 grams of heroin, 5 grams of cocaine and narcotics paraphernalia. Richards is arrested and charged with possession of heroin with intent to traffic, and possession of cocaine. He is released on $25,000 bail.
March 1 – Sara Lowndes Dylan files for divorce from her husband of 11 years, Bob Dylan.
March 4 – The Rolling Stones play the first of two shows at the El Mocambo in Toronto, their first club appearance since 1964.
March 10 – A&M Records signs the Sex Pistols in a ceremony in front of Buckingham Palace. The contract is terminated on March 16 as a result of the band vandalizing property and verbally abusing employees during a visit to the record company’s office.
April 21 – Jesse Winchester performs a concert in Burlington, Vermont, his first on American soil in ten years. Winchester fled to Canada in January 1967 to avoid military service in Vietnam, but recently became free to return under the Presidential pardon given to all draft evaders.
April 22 – Pink Floyd open the North American leg of their “Animals” tour in Miami, Florida.
April 24 – Several artists, including Joan Baez and Santana, perform at a free concert for 653 inmates of California’s Soledad Prison.
April 26 – New York’s disco Studio 54 opens.
May 2 – Elton John performs the first of six consecutive nights at London’s Rainbow Theatre, his first concert in eight months. John keeps a low profile in 1977, not releasing any new music for the first year since his recording career began eight years previously.
May 7 – Having been postponed from April 2 because of a BBC technicians’ strike, the 22nd Eurovision Song Contest finally goes ahead in London’s Wembley Conference Centre. France wins with Marie Myriam and the song “L’Oiseau et l’Enfant”.
May 11 – The Stranglers and support band London start a 10 week national UK tour.
May 12 – Instruments made by all five members of the 17th- and 18th-century Guarneri family of violin makers are auctioned at Sotheby’s, with the top price of £105,000 paid for an instrument made in 1738 by Giuseppe Guarnieri del Gesù. Virgin Records announces that they have signed the Sex Pistols. The group has already been kicked off their two previous labels in the past four months.
May 14 – $24,000 worth of cash and valuables are stolen from Lynyrd Skynyrd in Savannah, Georgia.
May 27 – Tom Waits and a friend are arrested outside a Los Angeles coffee shop for causing a public disturbance. Waits sues the police for false arrest and imprisonment and eventually wins a $7,500 award in 1982.
May 28 – Bruce Springsteen and Mike Appel reach an out-of-court settlement, ending the year-long legal battle that has blocked Springsteen’s ability to record new music.
May 31 – The musical Beatlemania is premièred at the Winter Garden Theatre.
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June – The Nikikai Opera Foundation is founded.
June 7 – The Sex Pistols attempt to interrupt Silver Jubilee celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II by performing “God Save the Queen” from a boat on the River Thames. Police force the boat to dock and several arrests are made following a scuffle.
June 12 – Guitarist Michael Schenker vanishes after a UFO concert at The Roundhouse in London. He is replaced for several months by Paul Chapman until he appears again to rejoin the group in October. The Supremes perform for the last time together at Drury Lane Theatre in London before officially disbanding.
June 15 – The Snape Maltings Training Orchestra makes its London debut at St John’s, Smith Square.
June 20 – Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart drives his Porsche over the edge of a canyon, suffering multiple broken bones but surviving as a tree breaks his fall.
June 22 – Kiss are elected “most popular band in America” by a Gallup poll.
July 6 – During a Pink Floyd concert before a crowd of 80,000 at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Bassist Roger Waters having become increasingly irritated by a fan until he exerts his frustration by spitting on him. The incident becomes the catalyst for the group’s next album, The Wall.
July 9 – Donna Summer’s hit record “I Feel Love” is released in the UK. It was massively influential in pop music as it was the first hit record ever to have an entirely synthesised backing track and helped propel the use of synthesisers in music greatly, especially in the 1980s.
July 13 – after a massive blackout hits New York City, NRBQ manages to play an all-acoustic set at the Bottom Line with flashlights taped to their microphone stands.
July 22 – The first night of The Proms are broadcast by BBC Radio 3 for the first time in quadraphonic sound.
July 26 – Led Zeppelin cancels the last seven dates of their American tour after lead singer Robert Plant learns that his six-year old son Karac has died of a respiratory virus. The show two days before in Oakland proves to be the band’s last ever in the United States.
August 16 – Elvis Presley is found dead at his home Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee.
August 17 – Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland for the funeral of Elvis Presley had surpassed the number for any other event in the company’s history.
August 20 – The Voyager 2 unmanned probe is launched by NASA, followed by Voyager 1 the following month. Both spacecraft carry a golden record containing sounds and images representing life and culture on Earth, including the first movements of Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto and Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, Guan Pinghu’s Liu Shui, played on the guqin, and Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode”.
September – Alice Cooper enters rehab for four months due to his alcoholism, after ten years of drinking a pack of beer a day.
September 1 – World première at the Royal Albert Hall in London of the expanded version of Luciano Berio’s Coro.
September 3 – nearly 110,000 fans pack Englishtown Raceway in Old Bridge, New Jersey for an eleven hour concert by Grateful Dead, Marshall Tucker Band and New Riders of the Purple Sage.
September 15 – the third (and final) annual Rock Music Awards air on NBC. Fleetwood Mac dominates, winning five awards.
September 16 – T.Rex frontman Marc Bolan is killed in an automobile accident.
September 29 – Billy Joel’s The Stranger is released. “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)”, “Just the Way You Are” and “Only the Good Die Young” all become hits, and the album also features the beloved medley “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”.
October 3 – Elvis in Concert, a TV concert special filmed during Elvis Presley’s final tour, is aired on CBS.
October 5 – The bicentennial season of La Scala opens in Milan with a production of Giuseppe Verdi’s Don Carlo.
October 9 – Aerosmith cancels several tour dates after Joe Perry and Steven Tyler are injured by an M-80 explosive thrown onstage at the Philadelphia Spectrum, burning Tyler’s left cornea and cutting Perry’s left hand.
October 20 – A plane carrying Lynyrd Skynyrd crashes in Mississippi, killing songwriter & vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and background vocalist Cassie Gaines.
October 31 – The original version of Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Jahreslauf is premièred at the National Theatre of Japan in Chiyoda, Tokyo, by the Imperial Gagaku Ensemble.
November 25 – 10 Years of Rolling Stone, a television special commemorating the tenth anniversary of Rolling Stone magazine, airs on CBS. Guests include Bette Midler, Art Garfunkel, Billy Preston, Melissa Manchester, and Keith Moon.
November 30 – Bing Crosby’s final Christmas special, Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas, airs on CBS. The special was taped in September, one month before Crosby’s death at age 74. The most memorable scene consists of the surreal sight of Crosby being joined by David Bowie for the duet “Peace on Earth/Little Drummer Boy”.
December 14 – Saturday Night Fever appears in theaters, igniting a new popularity for disco music and pushing it to the forefront of American pop culture. The accompanying soundtrack to the film is an enormous hit that establishes the Bee Gees (who had composed most of the tracks) as the most popular artists in the world, and the best-selling artist since the Beatles.
December 17 – Elvis Costello makes his American television début on Saturday Night Live, but is banned after substituting the scheduled performance of “Less than Zero” with “Radio, Radio” instead.
December 31 – The sixth annual New Year’s Rockin’ Eve special airs on ABC, with performances by Ohio Players, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers, KC and the Sunshine Band, and Andy Gibb.

Bohemian Rhapsody is named ‘The Best Single Of The Last 25 Years’ by BPI.
The St. Magnus Festival was founded in Orkney by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. The Badisches Staatstheater Karlsruhe began its annual festival based on the music of George Frideric Handel.
Luigi Sagrati becomes president of the Unione Musicisti di Roma.
The IRCAM Center, a scientific institute for music and sound and avant-garde electro-acoustical art music, opens in Paris.
The Cars sign a contract with Elektra Records.
Devo signs a contract with Warner Bros.
Midnight Oil sign a contract with CBS Records.
The Neville Brothers sign a contract with A&M Records.
The Police sign a contract with A&M Records.
Van Halen signs a contract with Warner Bros.
Van Morrison releases a new album after a three-year absence.

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