Carter Alan’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Diary: September 27 in Classic Rock History

Van Halen began it’s highly-anticipated reunion tour with David Lee Roth on this day in 2007. Dave originally developed his outrageous ‘Diamond Dave’ persona in his very first band. What was that band?

ANSWER: The Red Ball Jets

What else happened on this day in rock n’ roll history? Here’s the Rock N’ Roll Diary for September 27, from the College of Classic Rock Knowledge – 100.7 WZLX!

  • 1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival’s single “Green River” peaked at #2 on the U.S. charts.
  • 1970: England’s Melody Maker magazine proclaimed that Led Zeppelin was their #1 band, the first time in eight years that the Beatles had not been so named.
  • 1979: Paul McCartney and Wings guitarist Jimmy McCullough was found dead in his flat in England.
  • 1979: Elton John collapsed from exhaustion while performing at the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles. After a short break backstage, he came back to play 3 more hours.
  • 1986: “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles re-entered the U.S. singles’ charts peaking at #23. The 1963 Beatles hit became popular again after it was used in the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.
  • 1997: Bob Dylan met Pope John Paul II after playing at a Catholic youth rally in Italy.

Checking out the WZLX ticket stash…

  • 1978: Electric Light Orchestra played the Garden.
  • 1981: The Kinks were there, too.
  • 1993: The Grateful Dead returned to the Garden.

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