July 8, 1958 – The first Gold record album certified by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is awarded to the soundtrack Oklahoma. At the time, a Gold record represented one million records sold. It now represents sales of 500,000 copies. July 8, 2000 – Janick Gers of Iron Maiden falls headfirst off the stage during their encore at a … Continue reading CDJ Today: July 8 in Classic Rock
July 7, 1980 – Led Zeppelin play their last show with the four original members in West Berlin. They close the set with a 17-minute version of “Whole Lotta Love.” Unofficially, the band labeled it the “Cut The Waffle” tour. July 7, 1968 – The Yardbirds disband after a gig in Luton, England. Jimmy Page, with outstanding touring obligations for the Yardbirds, assembles … Continue reading CDJ Today: July 7 in Classic Rock
July 6, 1957 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney meet for the first time at The Woolton Church Parish Fete where The Quarry Men (featuring Lennon) were appearing. McCartney impresses Lennon by playing Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock” and “Be-Bop-A-Lula” from Gene Vincent. He also shows Lennon how to tune his guitar, something he’d been paying someone else to … Continue reading CDJ Today: July 6 in Classic Rock
July 3, 1988 – The final Texxas Jam takes place at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas – it is now called the “Monsters of Rock.” The headliners are Van Halen, the Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come. During Van Halen’s set, Sammy Hagar loses his voice and promises the crowd Van Halen will play a free concert in Dallas … Continue reading CDJ Today: July 3 in Classic Rock
A plaque commemorating $1M in sales of Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon album sold at auction this week. The item, which had a minimum bid of $20,000, ultimately sold for $25,000. The RIAA plaque, which was presented to and owned by founding band member and keyboardist Richard Wright, was accompanied by an … Continue reading Pink Floyd ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Plaque Sells at Auction
An RIAA award presented to and owned by Richard Wright for Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon will be auctioned off this week. The plaque is accompanied by an LOA from Wright’s second wife, Franka Wright. It was presented to commemorate sales of the album totaling more than $1M. The plaque reads: “PRESENTED … Continue reading Pink Floyd ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Plaque Up for Auction
10 The Piper at the Gates of Dawn The Piper at the Gates of Dawn was Pink Floyd’s debut album, and the only one ever made under the leadership of founding member, Syd Barrett. Produced by Norman Smith and released in 1967, the album was positively received by both the press and the general public. … Continue reading Top 10 Best Pink Floyd Albums
I was invited by a promoter friend of mine, Danny Zelisko to attend the Roger Waters dress rehearsal of his new show Us + Them held for family and friends. It took place at the Meadowlands arena, and although some press and radio folks were invited, mostly the audience was, indeed, family and friends of … Continue reading Roger Waters Dress Rehearsal Us + Them Tour — Spectacular!
I have noticed over years that some artists lose their edge. Some record new albums with less of a work ethic that they had in the past. Perhaps they see creating a new album as just a calling card to shed some new light on their band and help set up a tour. Perhaps they … Continue reading Roger Waters — Still Relevant!