This Week In Classic Rock History

SEP 6-12: Historic events this week from INXS, John Lennon, The Doors and Pink Floyd

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SEPTEMBER 7, 1984: INXS PLAYS GUAM
After finishing a North American tour behind their fourth album, The Swing, INXS headed to Guam for two dates to perform for US troops stationed there.

They are the first international band ever to perform in Guam.

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SEPTEMBER 7, 2001: ROCK STAR HITS THEATERS
The Mark Wahlberg/Jennifer Aniston movie was very loosely based on Tim “Ripper” Owens; about a metal singer who joins the band he pays tribute to.

The movie gave acting roles to many rock stars including…

Blas Elias (Slaughter), Jeff Pilson (Dokken), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Brian Vander Ark (Verve Pipe) and Stephan Jenkins (Third Eye Blind), as well as Myles Kennedy (Alter Bridge, Slash), Jason Bonham and Zakk Wylde

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SEPTEMBER 9, 1971: LENNON RELEASES IMAGINE
Lennon’s classic solo album contained much socio-political vitriol with songs like “Gimme Some Truth”, “I Don’t Want to Be a Solider, Mama” and “Imagine”, which Lennon summed up as “anti-religious, anti-nationalistic, anti-conventional, anti-capitalistic song, but because it’s sugar-coated, it’s accepted”.

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SEPTEMBER 10, 1972: THE DOORS’ FINAL SHOW
After the death of Jim Morrison, The Doors carried on as a trio and released two more albums.

The last song the trio played at their final show was “Light My Fire”, which was also the the last song Jim Morrison ever performed in concert.

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SEPTEMBER 12, 1975: PINK FLOYD RELEASES WISH YOU WERE HERE
The release of Wish You Were Here gave Pink Floyd their second straight US #1 album.

The album contains criticism of the music industry (“Have a Cigar”), self-reflection (“Wish You Were Here”) and a lengthy tribute to Syd Barrett (“Shine On You Crazy Diamond”).

With 6 million copies sold in the US, it remains their second biggest selling album behind The Dark Side of The Moon.

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