This Week in History: Beatles Beginnings, The Boss, U2 on the Roof, Madonna’s Undies, and Puff Daddy Diddy

The latest edition of This Week in History with Joe Causi is by far the craziest week we’ve looked back on, with cheap tickets, cheap stunts, and a whole bunch of rock and roll history.

 

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Circa 1962. George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and original drummer Pete Best. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This week in 1962, The Beatles played their very first gig in the South of England when they appeared at The Subscription Rooms and Stroud on the same bill as The Rebel Rousers. The price of admission to see the Fab Four was a cool 70 cents! Yes, you heard right.

 

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It happened this week in 1971, Bruce Springsteen & Friendly Enemies opened for The Allman Brothers Band in Asbury Park. Tickets for the show cost a hefty $4. Springsteen had just disbanded his group Steel Mill and within a few weeks would form Dr. Zoom & The Sonic Boom with Steve Van Zandt. Talk about Rock and Roll History!

 

It was a crazy time in Los Angeles in 1987 when U2 performed from the roof of a downtown store. The band was shooting the video for “Where The Streets Have No Name” and attracted thousands of spectators, bringing traffic to a complete standstill. The video shoot got so out of hand, police eventually had to stop the shoot.

 

The Material Girl has never been shy with her words. It was this week in 1994 when Madonna appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman. CBS had to delete 13 offending words from the interview before the show aired. Madonna also handed Letterman a pair of her panties and told him to sniff them. He declined and stuffed them into his desk drawer. I just want to know who has the panties now and where did they go?

 

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Finally, it’s off to 2001. Sean Combs, the artist formerly known as both Puffy and Puff Daddy, said in an interview on MTV he now wanted to be known as P. Diddy. In August 2005, he changed his stage name to simply Diddy.

 

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