June 28, 1984 – Bruce Springsteen shoots his “Dancing In The Dark” video in front of 200 extras at the St. Paul Civic center. Courtney Cox, later of “Friends” fame, plays the front row fan who gets to dance on stage with Bruce. The single (propelled by massive MTV airplay) sells over 1 million copies and also garners Springsteen his first Grammy Award for Best Rock Vocal Performance in 1985.
June 28, 2012 – Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is arrested in Prague and charged with manslaughter. According to reports, a fan jumped up on the stage at a 2010 show and after Blythe threw him off, the fan sustained head injuries leading to a coma and his subsequent death. After spending time in jail, he is later acquitted in 2013.
Classic Rock Birthdays
June 28, 1945 – David Knights, bass (Procol Harum)
Classic Rock Remembrances
June 28, 2010 – Bill Aucoin dies in Florida of prostate cancer. He was 66. Aucoin is credited with discovering Kiss, and was their manager for over a decade. “It was Bill who said, ‘Let’s take this to the nth degree,’” said Gene Simmons. “Let’s breathe fire. Let’s have explosions, and all sorts of things.”