This Day in Rock History: September 24
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On this day in rock history, Jimi Hendrix arrived in London. Brought to the U.K. by Chas Chandler of the Animals, within a short time Hendrix would be befriended the the elite of British rock society.
Deep Purple bridged the worlds of heavy rock and classical when they performed The Concerto for Group and Orchestra with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. The hour-long piece was was composed by Jon Lord with lyrics by Ian Gillan. A fight between Mickey Thomas and Donny Baldwin of Starship left Thomas needing facial reconstructive surgery. The incident occurred during a birthday party for guitarist Craig Chaquico.
Rush‘s Caress of Steel featured two extended suites in “The Necromancer” and “The Fountain of Lamneth,” as well as the less-oblique, “I Think I’m Going Bald.” The Eagles finally followed up Hotel California with The Long Run, which would be their last studio album before their 1980 breakup. David Bowie‘s Tonight was the start of a turbulent period for him. Megadeth released Rust in Peace, their biggest-seller to date, while The Razors Edge saw AC/DC restore their momentum after a few comparatively weak-selling albums.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.
AC/DC Albums, Ranked Worst to Best