Hey Guys… Joe Causi once again back at you with another Week in Music History.
This week get ready to get shocked with great stories from The Beatles; the passing of Janis Joplin; Aerosmith does the right thing for their fans; ZZ Top wants to take to outer space; Sinead O’Conner makes a ‘no-no’ — and more!
This week in 1967, The Beatles rejected an offer of $1 million from New York City promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at Shea Stadium in Queens.
Bernstein first brought group to Shea in August 1965.
It would be this week in 1970, singer Janis Joplin was found dead at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood after an accidental heroin overdose. It would be a year later in 1971, when Joplin would hit number 1 with her single ‘Me And Bobby McGee’.
She was known as “The Queen of Psychedelic Soul” and remains one of the top-selling musicians in the United States, with over 15.5 million albums sold in the USA.
Meanwhile, eight years later in 1978, members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.
Read more on that story HERE.
It would be this week in 1985, marking what would have been John Lennon‘s 45th birthday, Yoko Ono opens the gates to a three and a half acre garden at the Strawberry Fields site in Central Park. The area was planted with trees, shrubs and flowers gathered from across the world and with a $1m donation from Yoko.
Two years later in 1987, The three members from ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the moon.
Guess what? They’re still waiting for confirmation of the trip!
It happened this very week in 1992, Sinead O’Connor ripped up a photograph of Pope John Paul II, on ‘Saturday Night Live’, as a protest over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.
NBC would fined $2.5 million dollars by the Federal Communications Commission. Talk about the biggest ‘no-no’ of all time on LIVE TV.
It happened in 2007, The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time with their “A Bigger Bang” tour.
The tour earned the band $437,000,000 with the Stones playing to over 3.5 million people at 113 shows.
That’s a whole lot of Brown Sugar!!!!