SEP 27-OCT 3: Historic events this week from Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, Rod Stewart and George Harrison
SEPTEMBER 27, 1986: CLIFF BURTON DIES
While touring Sweden, Metallica’s Cliff Burton was sent flying out of their bus window when the vehicle left the road and flipped.
Tragically, the bus landed on top of Burton, resulting in his death.
He was 24.
In 2009, he was inducted, with Metallica, into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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SEPTEMBER 30, 1982: SPRINGSTEEN’S NEBRASKA
Bruce had intended to follow up The River with another E Street Band record.
He recorded the demos for Nebraska alone, and decided to release them as is, without overdubs.
Despite not releasing any singles in the US, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 and remains a classic in his catalog.
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OCTOBER 1, 1971: IMAGINE CERTIFIED GOLD
Lennon’s Imagine album went Gold, with 500,000 sold in its first month.
Imagine went on to sell over 2 million copies.
The title track sold nearly that many on its own.
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OCTOBER 2, 1971: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY IS #1
Rod’s third solo album and the single “Maggie May b/w Reason to Believe” went to #1 on the same day.
All four of Stewart’s Faces bandmates contribute to the classic album.
Every Picture Tells a Story would remain #1 for 4 weeks before being unseated by John Lennon’s Imagine.
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OCTOBER 3, 2003: CONCERT FOR GEORGE
The concert/documentary tribute to the “quiet Beatle” arrived in theaters a year after the performance, and nearly two years after George Harrison’s death.
The stunning concert featured Harrison’s songs performed by Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and more.
The Concert For George DVD would take home the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Long Form Music Video.