Hendrix, Sir Paul & More [This Week in Twisted Music History]
July 8, 1967: The Monkees begin a national tour with Jimi Hendrix as the opening act.
I couldn’t have made that up if I tried.
July 13, 1969: Black Sabbath play their first gig with that name at a small club in Birmingham, England.
Future Spinal Tap members David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls and Nigel Tufnel immediately sue Black Sabbath for “sounding even more like heavy metal than we do. Wait, what year is this?”
July 12, 1969: The futuristic ballad, “In the Year 2525″ hits #1.
Yes, it will no doubt be found in a time capsule, but luckily we’ll all be dead by then.
July 11, 1970: Nearly a year after Woodstock, the soundtrack to the festival becomes the first triple-disc album to top the billboard chart, just in time for most of the people who were there to finally come down from their drug trips.
July 9, 1972: Paul McCartney and Wings play their very first show in a small French town. The band includes Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCollough and Paul’s wife, Linda.
Yoko is accused of giving Linda singing lessons.
July 8, 1985: Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night is admitted to the psychiatric ward of an L.A. hospital due to drug-induced problems.
He would eventually recover, but is denied admission to the band and is forced to tour as a solo act behind the song, “Jeremiah WAS a bullfrog and he WAS a Good Friend of Mine, Really”.
July 13, 1985: The first Live Aid concerts are held in Philadelphia and London.
There were wild rumors at the time that George Harrison, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would reunite, but it didn’t happen and by now you can finish this sentence yourself.