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This Day in Music History: July 8th

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2003: David Lee Roth released his sixth solo album Diamond Dave which included cover songs of Savoy Brown, the Steve Miller Band, The Beatles, The Doors & The Jimi Hendrix Experience along with a remake of “Ice Cream Man” which Van Halen covered on their debut album.


2000: During an Iron Maiden concert in Mannheim, Germany, guitarist Janick Gers fell headfirst offstage during their encore, sustaining a concussion & spraining his back which led Iron Maiden to cancel their next three concerts.



1995: A private plane carrying Rod Stewart was forced to make an emergency landing at Gothenburg-Landvetter International Airport in Sweden after a bird was sucked into one of the plane’s engines. 



1994: Billy Joel and Elton John kicked off their Face 2 Face tour at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. They would tour with each other again in 1995, 1998, 2003 & 2009 and has been labeled by many as the most successful touring package of all time.



1989: Tom Petty peaked at number three on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with his first solo album Full Moon Fever which went on to sell five million copies in the U.S.



1978: Gerry Rafferty reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with City to City which spent one week on top of the chart.


1978: Joe Strummer & Paul Simonon of The Clash were arrested & fined for being drunk & disorderly after a concert at the Apollo Theatre in Glasgow.


1971: A mini riot broke out during a Mott the Hoople concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which caused the venue to temporarily ban rock concerts.


1969: Marianne Faithfull collapsed due to a barbiturate overdose on the set of Ned Kelly after Mick Jagger told her their relationship was over and was sent to a Sydney hospital. She was later dropped from the movie.


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