February 18 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
February 18

1968 : David Gilmour replaces founding member Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. A high-profile acid casualty, Barrett has checked into a mental hospital.

1972 : Neil Young's album "Harvest" is certified gold.

1973 : At Elvis Presley's concert in Las Vegas, 4 men climb on stage and try to shake his hand. Fearing a threat to his life, Elvis and bassist Jerry Scheff immobilize the men using karate moves. No charges are filed. Elvis tells the audience: "I'm sorry, ladies and gentlemen. I'm sorry I didn't break his goddamned neck, is what I'm sorry about."

1977 : Fela Kuti's residence is sacked by nearly a thousand soldiers, inspiring his song "Zombie".

1980 : Bill Wyman announces that he is leaving The Rolling Stones, but is convinced to stay on, which he does until 1992.

2003 : Jet plays their first of eight shows opening for the Rolling Stones on the Australian leg of their Licks World Tour. The band had to stop recording on their debut album "Get Born in Los Angeles" to fly home and jump on the opportunity. The intimate gig—for the Stones anyway—is held at Sydney’s Enmore Theater in front of 2000 or so lucky fans.

Texts from calendar.songfacts.com


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