Mark it in your hearts, head-bangers and horn-throwers; Today, in 1968, a little band from San Francisco called Blue Cheer became the fathers of heavy metal when their single “Summertime Blues” peaked at #14 on the Billboard chart. The song, a cover of the Eddie Cochran tune, is generally considered to be the very first “heavy metal” song. Although not what we would call “metal” today, the overdriven guitar and chunky drums definitely give it a heavy feel (especially for 1968!!)
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March 2, 1984
In 1984, “This is Spinal Tap” premiered in American theaters, and we were formally introduced to the quirky British group whose album was blacked out (BEFORE Metallica did it!), whose amps went to 11 (because just making 10 louder is ridiculous, of course), and a whopping 18 former drummers, all of whom died under mysterious, albeit hilarious circumstances (and 3 nicknamed “Stumpy”!!)
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Famously known Beatles song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ was in the progress of being recorded. Written by the iconic John Lennon, inspiration for the song came from his 3 year-old son, Julian, who one day brought home a drawing from school. In the drawing, was a little girl in the sky, with stars surrounding her all around. The little girl in the drawing was said to be friend – Lucy O’Donnell, who also lived in Weybridge, attending the same school as Julian.
Led Zeppelin played Western Springs Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand, in front of 25,000 people (the band’s first show in NZ, and the largest crowd ever on the island). News outlets the next day reported the music could be heard from over 5 miles away!!
Also…. in 1984
“Jump”, arguably one of Van Halen‘s biggest hits, began a 5-week run at #1 on the BillboardUS Singles chart, cementing their place in rock and roll history.
On This Day, in 1992, Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain took Courtney Love to be his one and only. The couple tied the knot on the beautiful island of Waikiki, Hawaii, where it was presumed by press officials that they would be bringing a life into the world that September.
Come mid August… the 18th to be exact, Frances Bean Cobain was born. Today, at the age of 26, Frances shines on as her beautiful, artistic and unique self.
It is truly captivating at how striking her resemblance to both Kurt and Courtney are.
On this day, in 1997, Maynard James Keenan, eccentric frontman of Tool, took an overzealous fan to the ground while performing at the London Astoria. This was no problem for Keenan, as he is a US Army veteran and a student of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He kept the fan grounded while continuing to sing “Pushit”.