Rock N’ Roll Diary: February 16

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The Clash played the Harvard Square Theater on this night in 1979 on their first tour of America. Appropriately, what was the first song of the set?

Answer: I’m So Bored with the USA

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

  • 1968: John Lennon and George Harrison traveled to India to study transcendental meditation with the maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney followed two days later.
  • 1971: The “Hell’s Angel” who was tried and acquitted for the stabbing death of a man at the Rolling Stones Altamont Speedway concert in December 1969, sued the Stones. He claimed the film of the event, Gimme Shelter, which depicted the stabbing, invaded his privacy.
  • 1974: Elton John released the single “Bennie and the Jets.”
  • 1985: Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” album hit #1 on the U.K. Album chart. It was the first time Bruce topped the English chart.
  • 1993: The Faces, featuring Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones were reunited at the British Music Awards.
  • 2006: Elton John was awarded an undisclosed sum after winning a libel suit against a British newspaper. He donated the money to his Elton John AIDS Foundation.
  • Digging through the ticket stash…In 1979, The Clash performed at the Harvard Square Theater on its first tour of America…Bluesman Bo Diddley warmed up the show!
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