This Week In Classic Rock History

July 12-18: Historic events this week from Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rolling Stones and Judas Priest

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JULY 13, 1985: LIVE AID

Taking place simultaneously in London & Philadelphia, the benefit concert for Ethiopian famine relief featured major artists such as Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, U2, David Bowie, and so many more.

Featuring Phil Collins on drums, Led Zeppelin reunited for the first time since John Bonham’s death.

Queen’s 21 minute set remains one of the most memorable performances in rock history.

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JULY 15, 1972: HONKY CHÂTEAU IS #1
Featuring beloved songs such as “Rocket Man” and “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters”, Honky Château knocked Exile on Main St. off the top spot and spent 5 straight weeks at #1.

Elton’s first US #1 album began his streak of six straight US #1 albums.

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JULY 15, 1978: SOME GIRLS IS #1
Some Girls is The Rolling Stones’ biggest selling album with 6 million sold in the US alone.

The album contains the classics “Beast of Burden”, “Shattered”, and the #1 hit “Miss You”.

Some Girls was nominated for the 1979 Album of the Year Grammy, but lost to the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack.

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JULY 15, 2009: McCARTNEY AT ED SULLIVAN THEATER
McCartney returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater, 45 years after performing there with the Beatles.

Appearing atop the Ed Sullivan Theater marquee, McCartney played 7 songs with his band:

  • “Get Back” from Let It Be by The Beatles
  • “Sing the Changes” from Electric Arguments by The Fireman
  • “Coming Up” from McCartney II by Paul McCartney
  • “Band on the Run” from Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
  • “Let Me Roll It” from Band on the Run by Paul McCartney & Wings
  • “Helter Skelter” from The Beatles by The Beatles
  • “Back in the U.S.S.R.” from The Beatles by The Beatles

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JULY 16, 1990: JUDAS PRIEST’S SUBLIMINAL MESSAGES LAWSUIT
A lawsuit was brought against the band for an alleged subliminal message, which lead to the (attempted) suicides of two young fans.

Prosecutors claimed “Better by You, Better Than Me” contained the words “do it”, urging fans to end their lives.

The lawsuit was dismissed after the judge concluded the “subliminal message” was an error made while mixing the song in the studio.

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