This Day in Rock History: September 23
On this day in rock history, word began circulating that Paul McCartney had been killed in a car crash a few years before and was replaced by a lookalike. Although it turned out to be false, those who believed the story claimed that clues were embedded in several Beatles songs and album covers.
Eight years before they joined forces, Sammy Hagar met Van Halen. Both acts were featured on a bill at Summerfest, an all-day concert in Anaheim, Calif. After spending the ‘90s as one of metal’s most innovative bands of the decade, White Zombie broke up.
The Allman Brothers Band released their second record, Idlewild South, which featured the classics “Midnight Rider,” “Revival” and “In Memory of Elizabeth Reed.” Billy Joel’s semi-concept album about the Baby Boomers, The Nylon Curtain, hit shelves. Joel drew a lot of his musical inspiration from the late-period Beatles. Boston emerged from years of stops and starts to finally put out Third Stage, the long-awaited follow-up to Don’t Look Back.
And we wish a very happy birthday to Bruce Springsteen. The rock legend was born in 1949.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.
Rumors of Paul McCartney’s death are started (1969)
Sammy Hagar meets Van Halen for the first time (1978)
White Zombie breaks up (1998)
Allman Brothers Band, Idlewild South (1970)
Billy Joel, The Nylon Curtain (1982)
Boston, Third Stage (1986)
Bruce Springsteen (1949)
Bruce Springsteen Albums, Ranked Worst to Best