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This Day in Music History: July 2nd
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2005: Nine concerts are held all over the world as part of Live 8 to raise awareness of African poverty. These concerts took place in London, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia, Toronto, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Moscow and Cornwall. Performers included Bryan Adams, Bon Jovi, Deep Purple, Def Leppard, Elton John, Pink Floyd (reunited with Roger Waters for the first time in 24 years), Roxy Music, U2 & The Who.

2000: Pete Townshend announced on his website that he spoke with Eddie Vedder after learning about the deaths of nine people at a Pearl Jam concert in Denmark and given him advice on what The Who had done wrong regarding the Cincinnati tragedy in 1979.

1991: A riot broke out at a Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis, MO after Axl Rose spotted a fan illegally recording their concert with a video camera and jumped into the audience to go after him. Their show ended early and the groups gear was trashed.

1987: Linda Duke filed a lawsuit against David Lee Roth & the Great Western Forum claiming she suffered acoustic trauma at Roth’s concert at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA the previous December.

1981: Foreigner released their fourth album 4 which went on to become their first and only album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 album chart & sold six million copies in the U.S.

1980: The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir & Mickey Hart were arrested along with their manager Danny Rifken on charges of inciting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they were alleged with trying to interfere in a drug-related arrest.

1979: Neil Young and Crazy Horse released Rust Never Sleeps. The album was half acoustic & half electric & went on to be one of Young’s most acclaimed albums.

1971: Queen’s performed their first concert with John Deacon on bass at Surrey College in the U.K.

1969: Mitch Mitchell & Noel Redding announced their departure from The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Roy Bittan-pianist for Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band born in 1949


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