Why September 1st Matters In Rock History

By Dave Basner

August 30, 2019

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It’s September 1st and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:

In 1979, U2 released their very first record, an EP called U2 – 3. It had an initial run of 1,000 individually numbered copies that were only available in Ireland.

In 1998, Deep Purple singer Ian Gillan was charged with assault and battery for allegedly hitting a security guard in the head with a microphone during a concert. The guard was trying to move an unruly fan from near the stage.

In 1983, The Clash’s Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon fired Mick Jones. They said he was “drifting apart from the original concept of the band.” 

In 1981, Hall & Oates released their tenth album, Private Eyes, which featured the hits “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)” and “Private Eyes.”

And in 2011, Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong was forced off a Southwest flight for giving lip to a flight attendant who asked him to pull up his sagging pants. He tweeted about the incident and Southwest apologized. 

And that’s what happened today in rock history.

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(H/T This Day in Music)

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