This Week In Classic Rock History

Historic events this week from The Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac, INXS, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest and The Beatles.

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SEPTEMBER 4, 1968: “STREET FIGHTING MAN” IS BANNED
The Stones classic was released shortly before the violent confrontation in Chicago between police and anti-war demonstrators.

Fearing “Street Fighting Man” would encourage further violence, Chicago radio stations banned the song from their playlists.

“I’m rather pleased to hear they have banned (the song), as long as it’s still available in the shops. The last time they banned one of our records in America, it sold a million.”
Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones: Off the Record

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SEPTEMBER 5, 2018: FLEETWOOD MAC’S NEW LINEUP
Five months after Lindsey Buckingham was dismissed from the band, Fleetwood Mac debuted it’s new lineup on Ellen.

The new lineup now includes Mike Campbell of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers on lead guitar, and Neil Finn of Crowded House & Split Enz on vocals and rhythm guitar.

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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, 1987: A MOMENTARY LAPSE OF REASON

Containing the songs “Learning to Fly” and “On the Turning Away”, A Momentary Lapse of Reason was the band’s first album without founding member Roger Waters.

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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, 1968: “HELTER SKELTER” (Take 18)
The Beatles recorded 18 takes of “Helter Skelter”.

At the end of Take 18, Ringo threw his drum sticks and declared “I’ve got blisters on my fingers!”

Take 18 ended up on The Beatles (“White Album”).

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