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Today in Rock History – November 26 –


1967, This was the 10th date on a 16-date UK package tour that Pink Floyd played alongside The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner. Tonight’s date was at the Palace Theatre, Manchester, and as with all of the dates, there were two shows per night.

1967, The promotional film of The Beatles “Hello, Goodbye” was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician’s union ban on miming.

1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste.

1969, John Lennon participates in his last session with the Beatles, mixing and editing their B-side “You Know My Name (Look Up the Number.”)

1969, Pink Floyd and Mouseproof appeared at The Civic Hall, Dunstable, England, tickets 14 shillings, ($1.68).

1971, The Allman Brothers Band played at the Ritz Theater in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

1972, The Grateful Dead performed at the Civic Auditorium in San Antonio, Texas.

1973, The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba’s Rainbow Room, London.

1974, Led Zeppelin spend their time rehearsing at London’s Livewire Theatre while they wait for the release of Physical Graffiti. The record company was holding up the album’s release due to its complicated cutout sleeve.

1975, Slade, Gary Glitter, Leo Sayer and The Troggs all appeared live on UK TV pop show Supersonic.

1975, during a UK tour Queen played two shows at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester.

1976, 10cc  announce they are splitting. Band members Kevin Godley and Lol Creme for their own duo and go on to become successful video directors during the ’80s, creating videos for groups including Ultravox, The Police, Duran Duran, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, and Wang Chung, as well as directing the ground-breaking promo for their own “Cry” in 1985.

1976, The Sex Pistols released the single “Anarchy In The UK.” Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached number 38 on the UK Singles Chart, before EMI dropped the group in January 1977.

1977, Yes performed at Antwerpen Sportspaleis, Antwerp, Belgium.

1978, Styx played at Cobo Arena, Detroit, Michigan.

1979, Bob Dylan’s all-gospel show gets an angry reaction in Tempe, Ariz. Dylan himself spends most of his time onstage berating the audience and then refuses to play an encore.

1980, The Allman Brothers Band performed at Jefferson Coliseum, Birmingham, Alabama.

1982, Van Halen plays at the River Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

1982, Aerosmith appeared at the Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1988, Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette copy (minus the cassette box for weight reasons) of the latest Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound Of Thunder and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.

1989, The Rolling Stones played a concert at Death Valley Stadium in Clenson, South Carolina to help raise money for the victims of Hurricane Hugo.

1991, Garth Brooks asked fans to bring 10 cans of food to a grocery store in exchange for a lottery envelope, some of which contained tickets to see Garth at a forthcoming show. Over 10,000 cans were donated to charity.

1994, The Eagles started a two-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Hell Freezes Over. The album name is in reference to a quote by Don Henley after the band’s breakup in 1980. He commented that the band would play together again “when Hell freezes over.”

2008, The parents of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years before. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed to be Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, where he was thought to have taken his own life at the age of 27.

Born on November 26: Tina Turner (1939) ; Alan Henderson, Them (1944); John McVie (1945); and Ron Jones, guitar, Flaming Lips (1970)

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