This Day in Music History: May 23rd

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2008: David Kuntz, claiming to be David Lee Roth was pulled over for speeding in Brantford, ON. Kuntz told police he was Roth & that he was suffering an allergic reaction. The real Roth was performing at Madison Square Garden with Van Halen.


1990: Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason married Annette Lynton at London’s Chelsea Registry Office. This would be Mason’s second marriage.


1987: The Doobie Brothers reunite for a Vietnam veterans benefit concert at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.


1979: The Who’s film biography The Kids Are Alright premiered in New York City. This film contained footage of the last concert they performed with Keith Moon.


1979: Tom Petty was forced to file for bankruptcy owing $575,000 due to a record company dispute after MCA Records purchased his label ABC.


1978: Bruce Springsteen kicked off his tour in support of Darkness on the Edge of Town at Shea’s Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.


1974: George Harrison announced the formation of his record label Dark Horse Records. The label’s first signing was Ravi Shankar.


1970: The Grateful Dead performed their first concert outside of North America, appearing at the U.K.’s Hollywood Rock Music Festival. There set went on for four hours.


1969:The Who released their fourth album Tommy which was the first album to be billed as a rock opera. The album went on to reach number four on the album chart and sell two million copies in the U.S.


Birthdays:
Robert Moog-inventor of the synthesizer born in 1934
Danny Klein-bassist for The J. Geils Band born in 1946

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