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This Day in Music History: October 17th
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2000: Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi released his debut solo album Iommi which featured guest appearances by Queen guitarist Brian May, Nirvana drummer/Foo Fighters singer & guitarist Dave Grohl, Billy Idol, Cult singer Ian Astbury & Iommi’s Black Sabbath bandmates Ozzy Osbourne & Bill Ward.

2000: The piano that John Lennon used to write Imagine was sold to George Michael for $2 million in an auction organized by Mick Fleetwood.

1999: During Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s reunion tour, they performed the first event at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

1998: An Aerosmith concert in Holmdel, NJ was webcast with the band members as their own cameramen. Steven Tyler had a microwave camera on his mike stand and guitarist Joe Perry had one attached to his guitar neck.

1995: Sting’s former accountant Keith Moore was found guilty of embezzling over $9 million from the singer was sentenced to six years in jail in a London court. During the case it was revealed that Sting has 108 bank accounts worldwide.

1991: John Mellencamp fainted at a Seattle radio station promoting his latest album Whenever We Wanted after suffering dizzy spells. Dr. John Olsen, the Seattle Heart Clinic cardiologist said his heart rate had dropped to 20-25 bpm.

1980: Dire Straits released their third album Making Movies which went on to reach number 19 on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell one million copies in the U.S.

1970: Free peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “All Right Now” which went on to be their only single to reach the top 40.

1969: The Kinks kicked off their first American tour in four years at Fillmore East in New York City supporting Spirit.

Jim Tucker-guitarist for The Turtles born in 1946


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