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Rock N' Roll Diary

Peter Criss

Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 20

Happy birthday to Peter Criss, original drummer for Kiss. He wrote and sang “Beth,” which was a huge hit for the band. What was the original title of the song?

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This undated publicity photo provided by Ron Rainey shows British rock guitarist Alvin Lee. Lee, founder of the band Ten Years After who burst to stardom with a memorable Woodstock performance, died Wednesday, March 6, 2013. He was 68. (AP Photo/Courtesy Ron Rainey)

Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 19

It’s the birthday of the late Alvin Lee, guitarist for Ten Years After. Lee, rather famously, broke up Ten Years After at the height of the band’s fame in 1974 after the release of what album?


Jagger 1981

Watch the 1981 Rolling Stones Tour That Started at a 300-Person Night Club in Worcester

300 lucky people got to see the Rolling Stones “practice” for their 1981 tour in Worcester, MA. Now you get to see a full concert from the tour, too!



Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 18

Happy birthday to Keith Richards! What was the first song on the first Rolling Stones album released?


(A large Christmas peace message reading 'War Is Over!' from John Lennon and Yoko Ono on a billboard in New York City. Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images)

John & Yoko’s 1969 “Peace for Christmas” Concert and WAR IS OVER! Campaign

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, and the Plastic Ono Band played a charity show for UNICEF on Dec. 15, 1969, launching the WAR IS OVER! campaign that Yoko is continuing today.


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Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 15

Bruce Springsteen played the Boston Garden on this night in 1980. This was four years before his huge hit-filled Born in the USA album, but he still had a Top 10 U.S. hit single in the charts at the time – what was it?


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Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 14

AC/DC played the Boston Garden on this night in 1981. They also released a new album that same month – which one?



Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 13

U2 played its first concert in Boston on its first U.S. tour on this night in 1980 at the Paradise Theater. They actually played Providence the night before Boston – at what venue?


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Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 12

Happy birthday to Dickey Betts, once a member of the Allman Brothers Band. He wrote the instrumental “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed” – where?




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