Oasis finally called it quits on this day 2009

Britpop problem children Noel and Liam Gallagher dissolved the band just minutes before a festival set.


Today in rock history: On this date in 2009, one of the longest standing sibling rivalries in rock and roll history came to a crashing end. Brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher of the most successful Britpop band of all, Oasis, decided to dissolve the band after years of fights, disagreements and acrimony. Dating back to the band’s formation in 1991, the conflict's final straw occurred backstage at a concert in France where another fight caused the band’s scheduled festival performance to be canceled just minutes before Oasis was supposed to take the stage. Within hours, the older of the two brothers, Noel, issued a statement on the band’s official website that read: “It is with some sadness and great relief... I quit Oasis tonight. People will write and say what they like, but I simply could not go on working with Liam a day longer.” The two brothers have never worked together ever since yet have enjoyed successful solo careers apart from one another.

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Today in rock history: On this date in 1973, British heavy metal band Deep Purple's "Smoke On The Water" (one of the most popular and recognizable songs of the genre) was awarded a gold record award for sales exceeding 1 million copies sold. Boasting one of the most famous guitar riffs in any rock song, lead guitarist and songwriter Richie Blackmore came up with the simple yet indelible four-chord riff that is a staple for guitarists learning to play the instrument. Not originally intended for release as a single, “Smoke on the Water” was actually the third song to be lifted from the band’s milestone album, 1972’s Machine Head. The band had no expectations of the song becoming a hit and, in turn, it wound up becoming not only the biggest hit of its career but it reached the Top 10 on singles charts in a slew of countries around the world. The incredible sales of the single in America alone proved that heavy metal was a marketable, in-demand and appealing genre, a trend that continues to this day.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1975, Boston-based rock and roll band Aerosmith released its wildly successful hit single, "Walk This Way." Hailing from the band’s platinum-selling third album, Toys in the Attic, the song broke the band onto the pop charts when it became a staple on a variety of radio stations across the country. A Top 10 hit in America, “Walk This Way” followed another hit single from the same album, “Sweet Emotion,” which helped propel the album to multiplatinum status. This same song, although in a drastically different arrangement, helped revitalize Aerosmith’s career in 1986 when a group of New York City hip-hop forefathers, RUN-D.M.C., recorded its own version of the song and invited Aerosmith’s lead singer Steven Tyler and lead guitarist Joe Perry to play on it. The song was featured heavily on MTV and became a Top 10 single in several countries around the world.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1970, top-selling family act The Jackson 5 released one of its classic singes, the ballad “I’ll Be There.” The record is significant in that it was the fourth consecutive No. 1 hit single for the group, making it one of the very first acts to ever achieve this feat. “I’ll Be There” was featured on the group’s third album, the aptly titled Third Album, which was another big hit for the band. “I’ll Be There” topped both pop and R&B singles charts in 1970 and became one of the group’s best-selling singles. Another hit was had when R&B diva Maria Carey covered the song in 1992, turned it into a duet with up and coming singer Trey Lorenz and then enjoyed her version becoming a No. 1 hit with it 22 years after the song's original release.


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Gabe Echazabal

I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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