May 27, 1988 – The first U.S. Monsters of Rock tour kicks off with a 3-night stand at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in Wisconsin. On the bill in this order are Kingdom Come, Metallica, Dokken, Scorpions and Van Halen as the headliners. The tour lasts for two months.
May 27, 1994 – After 14 years apart, The Eagles reunite for their “Hell Freezes Over” tour which lasts for over two years.
May 27, 2008 – Yale University awards Sir Paul McCartney an honorary Doctor of Music degree. Yale’s president, Richard Levin, says McCartney, “awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues.”
Classic Rock Birthdays
May 27, 1966 – Sean Kinney, drums (Alice in Chains)
May 27, 1958 – Neil Finn, vocals, guitar (Split Enz, Crowded House)
May 27, 1957 – Eddie Harsch (born Edward Hawrysch), keyboards (The Black Crowes) (d. 2016)
May 27, 1948 – Pete Sears, bass, keyboards (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Hot Tuna)
May 27, 1945 – Bruce Cockburn, vocals, guitar
May 27, 1957 – Siouxsie Sioux (born Susan Janet Ballion), singer, guitarist (Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Creatures)
May 27, 2017 – Gregg Allman, co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, dies from complications of liver cancer. He was 69. In a famously turbu-lent career, including the early deaths of original members Duane Allman and Berry Oakley, Allman went on to write many of the band’s biggest songs, including “Whipping Post,” “Melissa” and “Midnight Rider,” which he said was the “song I’m most proud of in my career.” Allman was mar-ried seven times, and had five children. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 with the Allman Brothers.