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1967, Vanilla Fudge played at the Grande Ballroom, Detroit, Michigan.
1969, John Lennon played what would be his final ever gig in the UK when he appeared at The Lyceum Ballroom, London, with the Plastic Ono Band in a UNICEF Peace For Christmas benefit. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Delaney and Bonnie, Billy Preston and Keith Moon also took part.
1970, The Allman Brothers Band appeared at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia.
1971, A Led Zeppelin concert scheduled for City Hall in Salisbury, England, had to be postponed due to Jimmy Page’s being ill. It was held five days later on the 21st.
1972, King Crimson played at Guild Hall, Portsmouth, England.
1972, Roxy Music appeared at Selland Arena, Fresno, California.
1972, The Grateful Dead performed at the Long Beach Arena in Southern California.
1973, Jermaine Jackson from The Jackson Five married the daughter of the boss of Motown Records, Hazel Gordy.
1974, Genesis performed at the Montreal Forum, Montreal.
1975, The Who played at the Spectrum, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1976, Aerosmith appeared at the Montreal Forum, Montreal, Quebec.
1977, The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the USA two days before a scheduled NBC TV appearance. Johnny Rotten, because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious, because of “moral turpitude,” and Steve Jones because of his criminal record.
1977, Rush played at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan.
1977, The Who perform a set at the 2000-seat Gaumont State Theatre in the London suburb of Kilburn. The audience is made up of those lucky enough to have heard an announcement that morning on Capitol Radio. The entire event is set up and filmed by Jeff Stein for The Kids Are Alright because there was no good footage of The Who performing their hits “Baba O’Riley” and “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” The show turns into a full-length concert with the only live complete performance of “Who Are You” with Keith on drums. Although Pete and the rest of the band find their performance adequate, Stein realizes he has not yet gotten a Who performance exciting enough for the end of his film. All he will use in the finished movie is an angry Who attacking the camera as they go offstage to their dressing rooms and Pete inciting the audience to come up and try to take his guitar off him. The footage will rest in the band’s film vaults until it is released on DVD as The Who at Kilburn 1977 in 2008.
1978, Rush performed at the International Amphitheater in Chicago.
1979, U2 appeared at the Windsor Castle Pub, Harrow Road, London, admission was free.
1979, Blue Oyster Cult performed at Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1979, Pink Floyd started a five week run at number one on the singles chart with “Another Brick In The Wall, (Part 2,)” their only chart topper. The song, which was also the final number one single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger’s “Against the Wind.”
1980, Yes played at the Hammersmith Odeon, London.
1981, Rolling Stones performed at Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri.
1982, Prince appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1983, Blue Oyster Cult played at the Civic Center in Danville, Illinois.
1984, “Do They Know It’s Christmas” by Band Aid entered the UK chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording. The original version became the biggest selling single in UK Singles Chart history, selling a million copies in the first week alone, and passing three million sales on the last day of 1984. It became a Christmas number one, and has sold 3.7 million copies domestically. It remained the highest selling single in UK chart history until 1997, when Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind 1997” was released in tribute to Princess Diana, which sold almost 5 million copies in Britain. Worldwide, the single had sold 11.8 million copies by 1989.
1988, Soul singer James Brown was sentenced to six years in prison for various offences including possession of weapons and resisting arrest.
1990, Rod Stewart married New Zealand model Rachel Hunter in Beverly Hills. Stewart was quoted as saying ‘I Found the Girl that I Want, I won’t be putting my banana in anybody’s fruit bowl from now on’. They split in 1999.
1994, Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora married actress Heather Locklear. The couple divorced in 2006.
1999, Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries. “I changed London with the Sex Pistols, I can change London as Mayor.”
2001, American funk and soul singer Rufus Thomas died of heart failure aged 84. Recorded on Sun Records in the 1950s and on Stax Records in the 1960s and 1970s. Scored the 1963 US number ten single “Walking The Dog” and the 1970 UK number 18 and US number 28 single “Do The Funky Chicken.” A street is named in his honor, just off Beale Street in Memphis.
2001, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was given an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in Ohio.
2006, The co-founder of Atlantic Records Ahmet Ertegun died, aged 83. Ertegun who founded Atlantic Records with Herb Abramson in 1947, and helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars. He signed the Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin in the early ’70s. He suffered a head injury when he fell at a Rolling Stones concert at New York’s Beacon Theatre in October, and died after slipping into a coma.
2010, Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. A demo pressing of the single ‘Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene’ sold for £720 ($1152.) Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of Dark Side Of The Moon sold for £624 ($998,) and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett, “Octopus” / “Golden Hair” from 1969, misspelt “Barratt” corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300 ($480.)
Born on this day: Alan Freed (1922); Cindy Birdsong, The Supremes (1939); Dave Clark (1942); Carmine Appice, Vanilla Fudge (1946); Paul Simonon, bass, The Clash (1955); and Tim Reynolds, The Dave Matthews Band (1957)
1968, Deep Purple played at the Grande Ballroom in Detroit, Michigan.
1968, Marvin Gaye scored his first number one single when “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” started a five-week run at the top. It was Marvin’s 15th solo hit. The song was written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong in 1966, the single was first recorded by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, as well as Gladys Knight & the Pips.
1969, The Jackson Five made their first network television appearance when they appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1970, Grand Funk Railroad performed at Park Center in Charlotte, North Carolina.
1971, The Grateful Dead were in Ann Arbor, Michigan where they played at Hill Auditorium.
1972, Born To Boogie, the Ringo Starr directed movie premiered in London. The film was based around a concert at Wembley Empire Pool, London, England starring Ringo Starr, Marc Bolan and T. Rex, and was released on The Beatles’ Apple Films label.
1972, Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1973, Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club, Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show.
1973, Roger Daltrey of The Who performs the second of two nights as Tommy in the second all-star concert version of the orchestral Tommy at the Rainbow Theatre in London.
1974, Pink Floyd played the last show of the 1974 British Winter Tour at the Hippodrome in Bristol. These shows were notable for the concert debut of “You Gotta Be Crazy,” an early version of “Dogs” that would subsequently appear on the Animals album.
1975, The Allman Brothers Band performed at the Mid-South Coliseum, Memphis, Tennessee.
1976, AC/DC played at the Civic Centre, Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia.
1978, Rush appeared at the International Amphitheater, Chicago.
1979, ZZ Top performed at Freedom Hall Civic Center, Johnson City, Tennessee.
1980, Yoko Ono called on fans to observe ten minutes of silence in memory of John Lennon. 30,000 gathered outside St George’s Hall in Liverpool, while nearly 100,000 attend a memorial in New York’s Central Park.
1981, During their Ghost In The Machine World Tour, The Police played the first of three sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London, England.
1985, Whitney Houston scored her first UK number one single with “Saving All My Love For You.” The song, which was written by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, had been a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. in 1978, and was also a US chart topper for Houston.
1991, Michael Jackson started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with his eighth studio album Dangerous. The album has sold over 32 million copies worldwide making it one of the best selling albums of all time. Nine singles were released from the album spanning two years (1991–1993).
1999, Sir Paul McCartney appeared at The Cavern Club Liverpool, where his last gig at the venue was in 1963. The show was filmed for TV and also went out live on the Internet.
2003, Ozzy & Kelly Osbourne went to number one on the UK singles chart with “Changes,” a remake of a track first sung by Ozzy on the Black Sabbath album Volume IV in 1972. It was the first father and daughter chart topper since Frank & Nancy Sinatra in 1967.
2004, The funeral took place in Arlington, Texas for Damageplan and Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell, Eddie Van Halen, placed Darrell’s original black and yellow stripes guitar into the Kiss Kasket he was buried in. Several thousand fans and friends gathered at the Arlington Convention Center in Arlington, to mourn the guitarist’s death. Darrell was shot five times in the back of the head during a gig at the Alrosa Villa Club in Columbus on 8th Dec 04 by a mentally ill former US Marine. Damageplan’s drum technician, John Brooks, and tour manager, Chris Paluska, were both injured in the incident.
Born on this day: Charlie Rich (1932); Frank Allen, The Searchers (1943); Jackie McAuley, Them (1946); Mike Scott, singer, songwriter, The Waterboys (1958); Tim Skold, bass, Marilyn Manson (1966)
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The 2018 Chicago Bears face the Green Bay Packers on Sunday for the second time this year, but this time, a lot more than pride is on the line. A Bears a win clinches the NFC North and, combined with a Vikings win, would eliminate the Packers from postseason contention.
A chance for the run game
The Packers enter Sunday with the 29th ranked run defense by FootballOutsiders, allowing 1,641 rushing yards (24th) and 12 touchdowns (21st). The Bears’ run game has struggled at many points this season, but one of its best days came the first time these teams squared off, a game in which Jordan Howard averaged 5.47 yards per carry, his highest mark of the season. The Packers are without Mike Daniels, Mohammed Wilkerson and Nick Perry, and Mike Daniels is questionable for Sunday. Jordan Howard will have his chances to get some big yards on inside runs against a depleted Packers front.
Howard got going against Los Angeles, collecting his first hundred-yard game of the season, and looking like the effective runner he usually is. “It was really good,” quarterback Mitch Trubisky said. “Sometimes that’s how it goes. We have a mindset that we want to establish the run and the other team made a decision that they were going to take away our pass and kind of zone us out and that opened up the run game.”
In week One, Tarik Cohen was not used as heavily as he has been of late. He had five carries for 25 yards and three receptions for 16 yards. He has had at least 10 touches in his last five games, however, and the Bears are 4-1 in those games.
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“It would be really big for us to (establish the run game,)” coach Matt Nagy said. “Any quarterback you talk to will tell you that, to have that run game going, man, it makes things a lot easier. It opens up the play-actions. It opens up the shots downfield.”
The Bears have trended towards a pass-first offense, currently with a pass-rush ration of 429 to 374 attempts. Some of this is by design and the nature of today’s NFL, but much of it has simply been in response to an inability to establish a run game. They currently rank 20thin the league in yards per rush attempt, and that ranking includes Mitch Trubisky’s scrambles. Howard is coming off his first 100-yard game of the season, and Sunday will give the Bears an opportunity to continue their success in the run game.
Stopping Aaron Rodgers
The Bears have an advantage over the Packers in nearly every aspect of the game. But, like every other NFL team, the Packers have an edge at quarterback with Aaron Rodgers. So long as Rodgers is in the game, the Packers have a chance.
“He’s a guy that’s seen a lot of different defenses, he’s been in that offense for a long time, so the game’s slow to him,” Nagy said of Rodgers. “And then he’s got that extreme talent. He has some of the best arm talent that this game has ever had.”
We saw the sheer dominance Rodgers is known for Week One. It seemed the Bears were to start 2018 on the best foot possible, a convincing victory over their rival Packers at Lambeau. Rodgers trotted out at halftime on his injured knee and ripped the Bears’ hearts right out of their chests, mounting a 20-point comeback victory.
“We came out strong in the first half on offense and then second half we didn’t come out as aggressive and didn’t finish,” Trubisky recalled.“So, the theme for this week is just finish as a team, have a great week of practice and then we’ll get our opportunities in the game.”
Though there was a thought that such a comeback was going to be emblematic of the teams’ seasons, wherein the Packers ride a wave of Aaron Rodgers magic to the playoffs and the Bears continue their rebuilding ways, the Bears and Packers have gone in completely different directions. Packers coach Mike McCarthy lost his power struggle with Rodgers, and the team is now led by Joe Philbin. Green Bay has toiled their way to a 5-7-1 record with a mathematically impossible chance to win the division, while the Bears have gone against the grain of the modern NFL, winning nine and losing four with a dominant defense that is third in points allowed and yards per game allowed, and first in takeaway differential.
“They’re a different team,” Nagy said. “You know, they’ve had some injuries. Again, the course of the season, you run the course of the season and you kind of create the identity of who you are. And same with us too, you know. So, every game is its own game.”
It is fair to say that the Bears and Packers are different teams than they were week one, but the most important constant is Aaron Rodgers. Rodgers has dominated the Bears his entire career with a 16-4 record in 20 regular season games. Chicago has enjoyed a degree of success that’s been unheard of for most of the last decade, but they have not yet shown they can defeat the thorn that pricks them in the side twice a year. Sunday is not only a chance to clinch the division for the first time since 2010, but, given the sustainable model for success Ryan Pace has built and the state of disarray thePackers are currently in, it could be a catalyst for a swing in the oldest rivalry in the NFL.
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1967, Pink Floyd appeared at the Flamingo Club in Cornwall, England
1968, Led Zeppelin performed at the Bridge Place Country Club in Canterbury, England.
1969, Diana Ross took the Latino Casino in Philadelphia to court for $27,500 after her two pet dogs died after eating cyanide tablets left by an exterminator in her dressing room.
1969, Bob Dylan was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents.
1970, Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit ‘I Hear You Knocking.’ The Welsh singer, songwriter and producers only No.1 hit.
1971, The Who performed at the Civic Center in San Francisco.
1972, Roxy Music appeared at the Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, California.
1974, George Harrison performed at the Capital Centre, Landover, Maryland.
1975, Chicago started a five-week run at No.1 on the album chart with ‘Chicago IX-Chicago’s Greatest Hits’, the group’s fifth No.1 album.
1977, Rush played at the Civic Auditorium and Coliseum, Knoxville, Tennessee
1978, The Grateful Dead played at Curtis Hixon Convention Hall in Tampa, Florida.
1981, The Rolling Stones performed at Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona.
1982, The perform the first of two nights at Richfield Coliseum in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. The shows are professionally recorded and, with the exception of “Substitute”, “Magic Bus” and “Summertime Blues”, are used to assemble the later LP Who’s Last. Future The Sopranos star Little Steven and his band The Disciples Of Soul are the opening act. Before leaving for Toronto, Roger Daltrey and Kenney Jones visit sick children at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.
1986, Bruce Hornsby & The Range went to number one on the US singles chart, with “The Way It Is,” a top 15 hit in the UK. It was written by Bruce Hornsby and his brother John Hornsby, it made explicit reference to the American Civil Rights Movement. The song was heavily sampled by Tupac Shakur in his song, ‘Changes’ from 1998.
Born on this day: Robert Martinez, ? & The Mysterians (1945); Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, Doobie Bros and Steely Dan; Ted Nugent (1948); Tom Verlaine, guitar, vocals, Television (1949); Davy O’List, The Nice (1950); Jamie Foxx, born Eric Marlon Bishop (1967); and Taylor Swift (1989)
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