Today in Music history: September 28th

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Heavyweight guitarist Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive/Guess Who) Born:  Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 1943



Like a bat out of hell, Meat Loaf (Michael Lee Aday), is born. 1947 (Meat Loaf claims it’s actually ’51).


Elvis Presley plays a benefit show at the Mississippi-Alabama Fair and Dairy Show in Tupelo for the Elvis Presley Youth Recreation Center. 1957



Stephan Douglas Jenkins, vocalist-songwriter-guitarist with Third Eye Blind, is born. Aside from his musical accomplishments Jenkins also gains notoriety as actress Charlize Theron’s boyfriend (’98 – ’01). 1964

The Beach Boys, performing “I Get Around,” make their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. 1964

Santana‘s self-titled debut hits the album chart. 1969

Creedence Clearwater Revival’sGreen River” is one of several of their songs to just miss the #1 spot. It peaks at #2. 1969

Rory Storm commits suicide. Rory Storm & the Hurricanes once had Ringo Starr as a member. In fact, Ringo left Storm to join The Beatles. 1972

It’s reported that Carlos Santana, a disciple of Sri Chinmoy, has changed his name to Devadip (The Lamp of the Light Supreme) but will keep the name Santana for the group. 1973

The Runaways’ European tour gets off to a rocky start after London’s White House Hotel reports some stolen items – including a hair dryer. The goods are found in the group’s possession and they spend the night in jail. 1976

Brad Arnold, vocalist for 3 Doors Down, is born. 1978


Blondie, with Debbie Harry, releases “Eat To The Beat.” 1979

The second album from The Police, “Regatta de Blanc” is released. 1979


Avril Lavigne (born Avril Ramona Lavigne Whibley) is born. 1984



Metallica bassist Cliff Burton dies in the infamous black ice bus accident in Sweden while the band is en route from Stockholm to Copenhagen, Denmark, on tour in support of their “Master Of Puppets” CD. 1986




The Beatles’ version of “Twist And Shout” hits the charts again thanks to appearances in the films Ferris Bueller`s Day Off and Back To School. The song was originally recorded by the Isley Brothers. 1986

The Run DMC/Aerosmith version of “Walk This Way” becomes one of the first, if not the first, Rap/Rock mixes. It peaks at #4 which is the best Aerosmith has done in a long, long time. 1986

Emergency dental surgery forces Slipknot’s Craig (#5) Jones to temporarily bow out of the group’s European tour. It’s the first time a member has missed a show in the group’s history. Bandmate Sid Wilson fills in for the sampler/programmer. 2004

On the legal front, a L.A. court rules that The Doors Of The 21st Century can continue performing under the moniker. A suit filed by original Doors drummer John Densmore attempted to stop ex-bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger from using the name. 2004

Producer Phil Spector is officially indicted for the murder of actress Lana Clarkson who died in his home nearly two years earlier. Spector claims Clarkson committed suicide but a grand jury doesn’t buy it. 2004

Drummer Mick Fleetwood introduces his Private Cellar wine at New York’s Grand Hyatt Hotel. 2004

System of a Down
System Of A Down and the Armenian National Committee of America stage a noon rally outside Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert’s offices in Batavia, IL. They urge the congressman to allow a full vote by the House of Representatives on legislation recognizing Armenian Genocide. 2005



Nine Inch Nails, Ministry, the Cult and Skinny Puppy are featured on a CD compilation jointly put out by the Goth-Punk online community SuicideGirls and Epitaph Records. “The SuicideGirls Black Heart Retrospective” also features two previously unreleased tracks by Alkaline Trio and Atmosphere. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a poster with Goth pin-up models. 2005

Sheryl Crow issues “Wildflower.” 2005

Roger Waters releases “Ga Ira,” his opera based on the history of the French Revolution. He began working on the project in ’89. 2005

John Mellencamp and his song “Our Country” are featured in an advertising campaign for Chevrolet’s ’07 Silverado pickup truck. Mellencamp says the partnership “makes perfect sense” because Chevy is an American company and his song “is all about standing up for the working people who are the backbone of our nation.” 2006


It’s been on again/off again for so long but finally Van Halen launch their tour with original frontman David Lee Roth in Charlotte, NC. However, this is not the complete original line-up. The Van Halen brothers (Eddie and Alex) are there but replacing Michael Anthony on bass is Eddie’s son Wolfgang. “This is not like the Police (who are currently on a one-off tour),” says Roth. “The idea is that this will continue on and on and on.” 2007

Bono is awarded the Liberty Medal for his humanitarian work in Africa during a ceremony in Philadelphia. “When you are trapped by poverty, you are not free,” says U2’s frontman. “When trade laws prevent you from selling the food you grew, you are not free.” 2007



Runnin’ Down A Dream, a coffee table book based on Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers arrives in bookstores. 2007


Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, David Crosby and Graham Nash perform at the Seva Foundation’s 30th anniversary in Oakland. The Seva Foundation was formed in ’78 with a mission to alleviate suffering caused by disease and poverty by building partnerships that respond to locally defined problems with culturally sustainable solutions. 2008

Carlos Santana performs a special tribute to late civil-rights activist Cesar Chavez on the last night of the 18th annual San Jose Mariachi and Mexican Heritage Festival in San Jose, CA. 2009

Jimmy Page, a limited edition (2,500 copies) photo memoir collected by the Led Zeppelin guitarist, is in bookstores. 2010

Blink 182’s sixth studio album – but first since their ’09 reunion, the long delayed (it was started in ’09) “Neighborhoods”  is released. The set features the single “Up All Night.” 2011

Mastodon unfurl “The Hunter.” Along with the album, fans can also purchase a Mastodon 3D virtual reality game called Augmented Reality. 2011

Chickenfoot, a ‘supergroup’ with Sammy Hagar, fellow Van Halen alum, bassist Michael Anthony, guitarist Joe Satriani and Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, issue “Chickenfoot III,” their sophomore set. No typo – the jokers skipped “II.” 2011

Nirvana: Live At The Paramount is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. Filmed at the Paramount Theater in Seattle on Halloween in ’91, the concert features several songs from “Nevermind.” 2011

Pink Floyd


Remastered versions of all 14 studio Pink Floyd albums roll out in the U.S. (the day before in the U.K.) . 2011


Guns N’ Roses, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Small Faces/Faces, Joan Jett and Heart are nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. After the voting, GN’R, RHCP, Beastie Boys and both iterations of the Faces make it. But Jett and Heart don’t. 2011


The 3D film Metallica Through The Never has the biggest opening for a concert film ever at IMAX theaters. It appears on 308 3D IMAX screens a week before its general release and takes in $780,000 on its first day. 2013

David Gilmour’s album “Rattle That Lock” debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200. It is the ex-Pink Floyd guitarist’s highest solo U.S. chart position. A notch down, Shinedown’s fifth studio album, “Threat To Survival,” sells 65,000 copies in its first week of release. That’s about one-third fewer copies than ’12’s “Amaryllis.” 2015

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