Historic events this week from Neil Young, George Harrison, Bruce Springsteen and Fleetwood Mac
DECEMBER 29, 1982: NEIL YOUNG RELEASES TRANS
The vocoder vocal effect had fans scratching their heads with the release of Trans.
“My son’s severely handicapped & was trying to find a way to communicate. That’s what Trans is all about. On that record, you know I’m saying something but you can’t understand what it is. That’s the exact feeling I was getting from my son.” – Neil Young
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DECEMBER 30, 1999: GEORGE HARRISON ATTACKED
A paranoid schizophrenic broke into the Harrison home and stabbed the Beatle with a knife.
He survived the attack but suffered a collapsed lung and over 40 stabd wounds.
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DECEMBER 31, 1980: BRUCE’S 4½ HOUR CONCERT
Springsteen’s Long Island New Years Eve Show consisted of 38 songs and 2 encores which included 12 from his masterpiece, The River, and a cover of CCR’s “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”
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JANUARY 1, 1975: STEVIE & LINDSEY JOIN FLEETWOOD MAC
After Mick Fleetwood heard “Frozen Love” from the album Buckingham Nicks, he knew Lindsey was the guy to replace the recently departed Bob Welch.
Buckingham agreed, as long as his music partner/girlfriend Stevie Nicks could join, as well.
Fleetwood Mac, the first album with the new lineup, became the band’s first #1 album.