This Day in Music History: April 7th

1990: During a Motley Crue concert at the New Haven Coliseum in New Haven, CT, Tommy Lee suffered a mild concussion after he fell 20 feet off the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit.

1990: Farm Aid IV took place at Indianapolis’ Hoosier Dome which featured Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Elton John, Lou Reed, Don Henley, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, & Guns N’ Roses, who performed their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction-era lineup.

1988: Alice Cooper nearly died of asphyxiation after a safety rope broke during a concert stunt where Cooper hangs himself during a concert at the Wembley Arena in London. He was cut free by a roadie & continued the concert.

1987: After Oral Roberts informed his television congregation that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations, Ozzy Osbourne sent him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment.

1981: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their first tour of Europe since 1975 in Hamburg, Germany.

1979: Dire Straits peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with their debut single “Sultans of Swing”.

1979: The Doobie Brothers reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with Minute by Minute which spent five non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart.

1979: The California World Music Festival kicked off at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The festival lasted two days & featured the likes of Aerosmith, Van Halen, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Toto, REO Speedwagon, Eddie Money, April Wine, UFO & The Boomtown Rats.

1975: Ritchie Blackmore left Deep Purple to form Rainbow with Ronnie James Dio. Blackmore was replaced by Tommy Bolin. Blackmore would re-join Deep Purple in 1984 before leaving for good in 1993.

Birthdays:
Spencer Dryden-drummer for Jefferson Airplane born in 1938
Janis Ian born in 1951

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