May 3 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
May 3

1958 : The popular disc jockey Alan Freed hosts a concert at the Boston Arena (a hockey rink) featuring Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly. Accounts vary, but the crowd rushed the stage at various times, and Freed kept imploring them to sit down - not easy to do when Lewis is playing "Great Balls of Fire". Freed is forced to stop the show, telling the crowd, "It looks like the Boston police don't want you to have a good time". Violence erupted, spurned on by gang members at the show and spilled over to the streets. Rock and Roll became demonized in Boston, and the city did not host another Rock concert until 1964, when The Beatles came through.

1967 : The Walker Brothers announce their split. Scott Walker would go on to become a highly influential solo artist in the late Sixties.

1967 : Beach Boy Carl Wilson goes to court on draft evasion charges. Wilson declared himself a conscientious objector and refused the draft to join the American military during the Vietnam War.

1968 : The Beach Boys begin a United States tour with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who gives a lecture as the opening act. The tour is a flop and some of the dates are canceled.

1969 : Canadian customs officials arrest Jimi Hendrix after finding heroin in his bag (he is acquitted in court).

1971 : Led Zeppelin play their song Four Sticks for the first and only time in concert during a show in Denmark.

1976 : Paul McCartney opens his first tour with his new band as the massively successful "Wings Over America" tour begins in Ft. Worth, Texas.

1977 : Paul Simon, Phoebe Snow, Jimmy Cliff and others perform a benefit for the New York Public Library.

1986 : The Silver Dollar City Tennessee amusement park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is reopened as Dollywood after Dolly Parton takes an ownership stake. The park grows considerably and becomes very successful with Parton involved.

1991 : Texas Governor Ann Richards officially declares today ZZ Top day in the Lone Star State.

2000 : The Offspring's 1994 breakthrough album "Smash" is certified platinum by the RIAA for the sixth time.

2002 : Doug Firley of Gravity Kills drops a keyboard on his hand, shattering the bones in his right ring finger during a show in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

2008 : The A-Sides, a brief side project for British indie-folk rockers Noah and the Whale, play a one-off gig at London’s Push Club. They promise new wave interpretations of Noah and the Whale songs, covers and some "punk stylee" new originals. Prior to the show, the band urges fans via their MySpace page to "read the Motley Crue biography The Dirt, because that’s pretty much how it’s gonna go down".

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