Saturday August 8th
1957 – Fats Domino releases his debut album, This Is Fats
1959 – Poison drummer Rikki Rocket is born
1961 – The Edge, U2 guitarist with the funny name, is born in East London as mere Dave Evans.
1964 – Bob Dylan releases his album Another Side of Bob Dylan.
1970 – Janis Joplin buys a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith, one of her idols.
1976 – Epic Records releases Boston’s self-titled first album. The album becomes the fastest-selling debut ever.
1980 – The Plasmatics suffer a blow in London when local authorities tell them they can’t blow up a car onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon.
1981 – MTV makes its first live concert stereo broadcast. The lucky band is REO Speedwagon.
1982 – Mickey Thompson, singer with Starship, marries Sara Kendrick in San Francisco.
1985 – Keith Richards guests on Phantom, Rocker & Slick’s “My Mistake.” He accepts a leopard-skin coat as payment.
1986 – David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released from prison after serving time for drug and weapons charges.
1992 – Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses walks off stage after 55 minutes at a concert at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, complaining of a sore throat. Many of the 53,000 fans who came see the group and Metallica riot.
1998 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd estimated at 70,000.