This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from Joe Strummer, Poison, Led Zeppelin, and Dennis Wilson

DECEMBER 22, 2002: JOE STRUMMER DIES
The Clash leader died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect.

He was 50 years old.

The Clash would be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame one year later.

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DECEMBER 24, 1988: “EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN” IS #1
Poison’s only #1 song reached the top spot on Christmas Eve.

It remained at #1 for three weeks before being unseated by Bobby Brown’s “My Prerogative.”

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DECEMBER 26, 1968: LED ZEPPELIN’S FIRST US TOUR
Thanks to a cancellation by the Jeff Beck Group, Led Zeppelin began their first North American tour in Denver, as the opening act for Vanilla Fudge.

14 seconds in, he screamed for his band to stop, and instead performed “Radio, Radio”, a song he was forbidden to play due to its criticism of the airwaves’ commercialization.

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DECEMBER 28, 1983: DENNIS WILSON DIES
With a BAC of 0.26, the Beach Boy dove from his yacht into the marina and began retrieving his ex-wife’s items he’d thrown overboard 3 years prior.

After several dives, he experienced shallow water blackout, and never resurfaced.

He was 39.