May 24-30: Historic events this week from The Who, KISS, Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman
MAY 25, 1978: MOON’S LAST SHOW WITH THE WHO
The Who drummer’s final concert with the band was a short set for a small audience.
The performance allowed the director of The Who’s The Kids Are Alright documentary to shoot additional live footage for the film.
Keith Moon would die of an overdose 4 months later, at the age of 32.
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MAY 26, 1977: KISS COMIC BOOK PRINTED IN BLOOD
KISS did not pass up the opportunity to have a KISS comic printed in their own blood.
They flew to NY to add their vials of blood to the red ink, with a notary public on hand to witness it.
This is to certify that KISS members, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley, Paul Stanley and Peter Criss, have each donated blood which is being collectively mixed with the red ink to be used for the first issue of the Marvel/KISS comics. The blood was extracted on February 21st, 1977 at Nassau Coliseum and has been under guarded refrigeration until this day when it was delivered to the Borden Ink plant in Depew, New York. – Dolores C. Gatza, Notary Public
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MAY 27, 1963: FREEWHEELIN’ BOB DYLAN
Dylan came into his own as a songwriter with his second album, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan.
Dylan’s debut was dominated by trad. folk songs; a trend he reversed for his follow up.
Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan contained 11 Dylan originals which featured humor and a more direct sociopolitical emphasis.
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MAY 27, 2017: GREGG ALLMAN DIES
The Southern rock pioneer was plagued with health issues in the final years of his life.
He’d battled hepatitis C and liver cancer (twice).
In May 2016, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee succumbed to liver cancer at age 69.
The posthumous Southern Blood was released in September 2017, to universal critical acclaim.