It's the 53rd anniversary of The Beatles' record-breaking Shea Stadium show

Woodstock, The Kinks and Garbage also honored today in rock history.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1995, alternative pop band Garbage released its groundbreaking, innovative self-titled debut album. The mostly American band featured Butch Vig, the superstar record producer who helped Nirvana’s Nevermind album a worldwide success, on drums. The band’s focal point and lead singer, the Scottish-born, fiery-haired dynamo Shirley Manson, portrayed the perfect blend of sensuality and aggression and instantly drew plenty of attention to the band. The band’s engaging, forceful sound earned plenty of followers and helped the album sell incredibly well back home and in America where it peaked at No. 20 on Billboard’s pop albums chart and sold in excess of 2 million copies. Singles from this inventive album included “Queer,” “Vow,” “Stupid Girl” and the worldwide hit, “Only Happy When it Rains.” The record earned Garbage two Grammy nominations and a devout, dedicated following.

Shirley Manson, Debbie Harry are iconic as ever as Garbage and Blondie rock a sold-out Hard Rock Live in Orlando

Today in rock history: on this date in 1969, the three-day Woodstock festival began. The event was held on Max Yasgur's 600-acre farm in Bethel, New York. With attendance estimates topping the 400,000 mark, the historic event, dubbed “3 Days of Peace & Music” featured a wide array of the biggest acts at the time including Jimi Hendrix, Santana, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter and many others. The very first set was performed by folk singer Richie Havens, and the event was considered a huge success plus one massive win for the counterculture movement of the day. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and many, many hippies.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1965, The Beatles set a new world record for the largest attendance at a rock and roll concert when they played in front of almost 56,000 fans at Shea Stadium in the borough of Queens in New York City. The Fab Four was paid the cool sum of $160,000 for the show. Admittedly, most accounts claim it was difficult to hear the band from the stands; the concert stage was located on the baseball field, far away from all the screaming fans in attendance. The show’s set list included classics like “Ticket to Ride,” “Can't Buy Me Love,” “A Hard Day's Night” and “Help” among many others. It was reported at the time that two of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, were present and among the audience at this historic show.


Today in rock history: on this date in 1981, British rock and roll band The Kinks released its 18th studio album, the rocking Give the People What They Want. The record was a return to a straightforward rock sound and proved to be well-received by both rock critics and the band’s longtime fans. The single “Destroyer” garnered plenty of rock radio airplay and helped The Kinks gain a new generation of younger fans. Other singles from the album included “Better Things” and “Predictable,” a song that also had a hilarious music video which became a staple on music video channel MTV (the network was still in its infancy at the time of this album’s release). The album was not released in Europe until January 1982; lead singer and songwriter Ray Davies chose to hold off on the album’s international release date with the expectation of finishing an accompanying long-form video production that was intended to be released in conjunction with the album. Sadly, the project never materialized and was scrapped. Davies’s significant other at the time, Pretenders lead singer and songwriter Chrissie Hynde, appears on the album, but as an uncredited guest; she offered backing vocals on the songs "Predictable," "Add It Up," "A Little Bit of Abuse" and "Art Lover,” the track on which her vocals are prominently featured and very noticeable.


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Ray Roa

Read his 2016 intro letter and disclosures from 2022 and 2021. Ray Roa started freelancing for Creative Loafing Tampa in January 2011 and was hired as music editor in August 2016. He became Editor-In-Chief in August 2019. Past work can be seen at Suburban Apologist, Tampa Bay Times, Consequence of Sound and The...
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