Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 18

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ZZ Top played President George Bush’s inaugural ball in 2001. The party had a name; what was it?

Answer: The Best Little Ball in D.C.

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • 1973: A Rolling Stones benefit concert at the Los Angeles Forum raised $200,000 to aid victims of a devastating earthquake in Nicaragua – Mick Jagger’s mother-in-law survived the quake.
  • 1980: Capricorn Records, home to The Allman Brothers Band, Marshall Tucker Band and other mostly southern rock groups, filed for bankruptcy.
  • 1985: Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead was busted in San Fransisco for freebasing in his car. He was ordered into a rehab program and had to play a benefit show for the Haight-Ashbury free food program.
  • 1989: Marked the 4th annual inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Inductees included The Rolling Stones.
  • 1993: Fleetwood Mac reformed for the first time in six years to perform the campaign slogan song “Don’t Stop” at the Clinton inaugural ball in Washington.
  • 2001: Over on the right, ZZ Top played at President George Bush’s inaugural ball.
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