Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: September 2 in Classic Rock History

A young Phil Collins answered an ad in a music magazine to audition for the drummer’s chair in Genesis, a position which he capably filled. When he began to sing lead vocals for Genesis after Peter Gabriel’s departure, what other drummer was drafted to help out on the rhythm in concert?


ANSWER: Chester Thompson, who had played earlier with Frank Zappa


What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for September 2, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1970: A young Phil Collins answered an ad in Britain’s “Melody Maker” magazine and found himself at an audition for the drummer’s chair in Genesis. Five years later he became the band’s lead vocalist when Peter Gabriel left.
  • 1971: The Grateful Dead released the second of their double-live album sets. The self-titled album introduced the band’s well-known skull & roses logo.
  • 1972: Rod Stewart’s song “You Wear It Well” topped the British charts.
  • 1995: The concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, which had opened the day before, was held in Cleveland. Headliners included Bob Dylan, Chuck Berry, John Mellencamp, the Allman Brothers Band, Little Richard and Bruce Springsteen with the E Street Band.

In the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1976: The Band was at the Music Hall.
  • 1978: It was the Outlaws at the Lenox Music Inn.
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