On this day in 1964, The Animals released “House of the Rising Sun.” The band reportedly was in the studio for less than ten minutes and they recorded the song in just one take.
On this day in 1970, while enjoying some libations at a nearby bar before her concert, Janis Joplin writes the song “Mercedes Benz,” which she sings that night. Joplin does just one more show before her death.
MTV cablecast its first stereo concert, on this day in 1981, featuring REO Speedwagon performing in Denver.
A riot broke out during a Guns N’ Roses and Metallica concert, on this day in 1992. Metallica’s show was cut short after singer James Hetfield was injured by pyrotechnics, and Guns N’ Roses took the stage, but Axl Rose claimed that his throat hurt, causing the band to leave the stage early. The audience reacted by overturning cars, smashing windows, looting local stores and setting fires.
It got real messy on this day in 2004 in Chicago. 800 pounds of liquid human waste was dumped from a Dave Matthews Band tour bus, through a bridge grate, and onto passengers aboard a sightseeing boat passing below. In all, the band ended up paying over $250,000 in fines, donations and to settle a civil lawsuit.
On this day in 2007, Amy Winehouse overdoses on a mixture of alcohol and a drug cocktail after a London pub crawl. Her hospitalization causes the cancellation of her first US tour. The singer refused her record company’s request to enter rehab for alcohol abuse, inspiring her hit record “Rehab.”
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