August 8, 1969 – The photo session for the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album takes place on the crossing outside the Abbey Road studios. Photographer Iain McMillan, balanced on a step-ladder in the middle of the road, takes only six shots of John, Ringo, Paul, and George walking across the zebra crossing while a policeman holds up traffic.
August 8, 1992 – A riot breaks out at sold-out Guns N’ Roses and Metallica concert in Montreal after Axl Rose leaves the stage only 55 minutes into the show, complaining of voice problems. Earlier in the concert, Metallica had cut short its performance after James Hetfield suffered second-degree burns to his face, arms and hands when a stage prop exploded. The cancellation led to a riot by the audience who overturned cars, smashed windows, looted local stores and set fires.
August 8, 1981 – MTV broadcasts its first stereo concert with REO Speedwagon from Denver, Colorado. Their album, Hi Infidelity, is the #1 album in the country and sells over 10 million copies.
August 8, 1986 – David Crosby is released from prison after serving five months of a five year sentence for drug and weapons possession. His conviction is eventually overturned by a Texas appeals court in November 1987.
Classic Rock Birthdays
August 8, 1961 – The Edge (born David Evans), guitar, vocals (U2)
August 8, 1959 – Rikki Rockett (born Richard Allan Ream), drums (Poison)
August 8, 1973 – Scott Stapp (born Anthony Scott Flippe), vocals (Creed)
August 8, 1952 – Anton Fig, session drummer (Bob Dylan, Frehley’s Comet, Kiss, Paul Shaffer’s band)
August 8, 2017 – Glen Campbell dies in Nashville, TN of complications of Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81. In his early years, Campbell worked with many artists, including The Monkees, Elvis Presley and The Beach Boys. He sold over 45 million albums in his career and brought national attention to Alzheimer’s disease during his final tour, which was documented in the 2014 film, Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me. Campbell won a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012 and has also been lauded as an incredible guitarist, by everyone from Alice Cooper to Paul McCartney.