Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 24

Carter Alan /

Jethro Tull played its first U.S. gig on this day in 1969. Where did they make the Stateside debut?

Answer: Fillmore East

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

  • Happy birthday: John Belushi as well as Warren Zevon, who passed away in 2003.
  • 1962: Brian Epstein became the Beatles manager – it was a handshake agreement, no contracts were signed.
  • 1969: Jethro Tull played its first U.S. concert in New York City.
  • 1969: The Doors were in the Big Apple – they sold out Madison Square Garden with a top ticket price of – get this – $6.50!
  • 1973: Aerosmith released its first album.
  • 1984: Yoko Ono toured Liverpool with Sean Lennon, visiting sites made famous by the Beatles.
  • 1995: it was reported that Paul McCartney had secretly visited Yoko Ono to discuss the possibility of the surviving Beatles recording one of John Lennon’s songs using a cassette that Lennon had made before his death. Eventually it happened – the Beatles recorded “Free as a Bird” and released it on the Anthology 1 album.
  • 2000: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young played the first date of their reunion tour in Michigan. It was the first time the quartet had performed together in 25 years.
  • From the WZLX ticket stash…Deep Purple played the music hall in 1976, and Elton John & Billy Joel were at the TD Garden in 2002.
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