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This Day in Music History: December 31st
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2004: The Who’s Roger Daltrey was named a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen’s New Year’s Honors List.

2003: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson and his son were arrested at a hotel in Naples, FL for allegedly assaulting a police officer, resisting arrest and drunken violent behavior at a New Year’s Eve party. Charges were dropped in 2005.

1991: Ted Nugent served 200 pounds of venison donated by the Michigan Sportsmen Against Hunger program at a Salvation Army in Detroit with the message “I kill it, you grill it.”

1984: Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident on his way to a New Year’s party at his parents’ home in Sheffield, U.K. The arm was sewn back on, but it had to be removed three days later due to infection.

1982: E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt married actress Maureen Santora in New York City. Bruce Springsteen was the best man, the ceremony was presided over by Little Richard and Percy Sledge sang at the reception.

1974: Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks were invited to join Fleetwood Mac by Mick Fleetwood over the phone.

1973: AC/DC made their live debut at the Chequers Club in Sydney, Australia.

1970: Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit against the other members of The Beatles to dissolve their partnership.

1969: Jimi Hendrix unveiled his new group Band of Gypsys at New York City’s Fillmore East. The concert would later be released the following year as Band of Gypsys.

Andy Summers-guitarist for The Police born in 1942
Peter Quaife-bassist for The Kinks born in 1943
Burton Cummings-singer for The Guess Who born in 1947
Tom Hamilton-bassist for Aerosmith born in 1951


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