Christine McVie, Fleetwood Mac, was born on this day in 1943. She's the daughter of a concert violinist and a faith healer, a combination that just begs for uniqueness. Was in the blues band, Chicken Shack before marring Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. She has contributed in one way or another to almost every Fleetwood Mac album from 1968 on. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images )
1962 - The Rolling Stones made their live debut at the Marquee Jazz Club, London, with Dick Taylor on bass (later of The Pretty Things) and Mick Avory on drums, (later of The Kinks). Billed as The Rollin’ Stones, they were paid £20, about $27, US.
1970 - The local band Fritz opens for Janis Joplin at the Santa Clara County Fairgrounds in California. The lead singer in Fritz is Stevie Nicks, who is awestruck watching Joplin perform. Nicks credits Joplin for showing her how to connect with an audience from the stage.
1979- It's "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park, where the White Sox and Tigers are playing a doubleheader. The plan is to blow up a bunch of disco albums between games, but it goes horribly wrong when fans become unruly and rush the field, forcing the White Sox to forfeit the second game.
Chicago DJ Steve Dahl was fired from a local radio station that switched to a disco format and found a home at a rival rock station, where he encourages listeners to fight "the dreaded musical disease known as DISCO." Originally he was going to blow up the records at a mall. The White Sox invited him to do it at Comiskey.
As a result, over 50,000 people show up for the game, most of them rock fans eager to watch disco die a fiery death. Thousands of fans rush the field when Dahl triggers the explosion. Not only does the demolition blow a hole in the grass, but fans do their own damage by climbing poles, pulling up bases, storming the dugout, and setting fire to more records. Needless to say, it's game over for the White Sox, who are forced to forfeit the second game.
1988 - Playgirl magazine publishes their list of the 10 sexist rockers. They are:
LL Cool J
Bryan Ferry of Roxy Music
Michael Hutchence of INXS
John Cougar Mellencamp
Bret Michaels of Poison
Larry Mullen Jr. of U2
Terence Trent D'Arby
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