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This Day in Rock History: September 29

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On this day in rock history, the Rolling Stones brought in one of the ’90s hippest producing tandems, Sting took an emotional look back at 9/11 and Bruce Springsteen made a bartender’s day.

While longtime producer Don Was remained part of the team behind the Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon, Mick Jagger shook things up by also inviting the Dust Brothers – then most famous for their work on Beck‘s Odelay – in for a series of tracks, including the single “Anybody Seen My Baby?”

Sting began work on Sacred Love in the immediate aftermath of the 2001 terror attacks in America. Along the way, the project took on a more R&B-influenced sound – highlighted by “Whenever I Say Your Name,” a duet with Mary J. Blige – but without abandoning his typical world-music vibe.

During a quiet year professionally, Bruce Springsteen ended up on stage for an impromptu performance in Prescott, Ariz., but only after meeting a down-on-her-luck member of the wait staff who was drowning in medical expenses. Springsteen played a few songs before word got out, and Matt’s Saloon was flooded with locals. Bubbles, the bartender, helped him to the safety of a waiting Harley, and Springsteen tipped her a whopping $100,000 to help defray mounting doctor bills.

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.

News Anniversaries:
Bruce Springsteen leaves a huge tip

Album Anniversaries:
The Rolling Stones, Bridges to Babylon (1997)
Sting, Sacred Love (2003)

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