DEC 12-18: Historic events this week from KISS, Paul McCartney, Aerosmith, Nirvana and Bob Dylan
DECEMBER 12, 1976: ACE FREHLEY NEARLY ELECTROCUTED
During a KISS show in Florida, Frehley touched an ungrounded metal railing.
He received a shock that caused him to lose feeling in his hand for the rest of the show.
The experience resulted in the KISS classic, “Shock Me”.
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DECEMBER 14, 1999: MCCARTNEY RETURNS TO THE CAVERN CLUB
In the Beatles’ early days, they played The Cavern Club in Liverpool 292 times from 1961-1963.
Paul McCartney returned to the club to promote his ’99 album Run Devil Run.
In addition to The Beatles’ “I Saw Her Standing There”, the set was loaded with covers of songs that influenced the Beatles, including Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”, Eddie Cochran’s “Twenty Flight Rock”, Chuck Berry’s “Brown Eyed Handsome Man” and more.
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DECEMBER 15, 1974: YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN INSPIRES AEROSMITH
Taking a break from recording Toys in the Attic, members of the band went to the movies.
They saw the Mel Brooks classic, Young Frankenstein.
A song they were working on was named “Walk This Way” after a gag in the movie.
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DECEMBER 16, 1993: MTV UNPLUGGED IN NEW YORK
One month after recording their iconic set, Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged in New York aired on MTV.
The set was dominated by album tracks and lesser known covers, with the only Nirvana hit being “Come As You Are”.
The live album was released in November ’94, and earned the band their only Grammy: Best Alternative Music Performance
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DECEMBER 18, 1972: PAT GARRETT & BILLY THE KID
Dylan’s first film role came as “Alias” in Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
In addition to acting in the film, Dylan provided the score and original songs, including “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”.
His score work earned him a Grammy nomination and two BAFTA nominations.