On this day in 1966, David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood, and Paul Jones.
In 1969, bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival. Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell would later team with bassist Billy Cox to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, who played at the Woodstock Festival.
In 1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group’s first gig with the lineup of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, and John Deacon.
On this day in 1988, Michael Jackson became the first artist to have five number one singles from one album when “Dirty Diana” went to the top of the US charts. The other four chart-toppers from the LP Bad were the title track, “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”, “The Way You Make Me Feel”, and “Man in the Mirror”.
In 2005, the world’s biggest music stars united in concerts around the world to put pressure on political leaders ahead of the G8 summit to tackle poverty in Africa. Concerts in ten cities, including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Johannesburg, Rome, and Moscow played to hundreds of thousands of people. A TV audience of several hundred million watched the gigs. In London Pink Floyd, The Who, Madonna, U2, Coldplay, Sting, The Scissor Sisters, Keane, and Paul McCartney performed. Philadelphia saw Destiny’s Child, Jay-Z, and Bon Jovi; in Canada Bryan Adams and Neil Young headlined, while Bjork headlined in Tokyo and Green Day played in Berlin.