THIS WEEK IN ROCK
December 15, 2019
Legendary shows, groundbreaking album anniversaries, eye watering memorabilia auctions and more – it’s this week in rock.
#OnThisDay December 9, 1976
The Clash play the Electric Circus in Manchester as part of The Anarchy Tour. Also on the bill are Sex Pistols, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers and locals Buzzcocks.
#OnThisDay December 10, 2010
So how much would you pay for the handwritten lyrics to Bob Dylan’s ‘The Times They Are A-Changin’’? In the case of hedge fund manager and art collector Adam Sender, it’s an eye-watering $422,500 that he coughs up in a six-way auction.
#OnThisDay December 11, 1961
Clear the decks because ain’t no one else coming in as Elvis Presley begins a staggering 20-week residency at the top of the US album charts with ‘Blue Hawaii’, his seventh US chart-topping album.
#OnThisDay December 12, 1987
Hurtling its way to become the best-selling US single of the year, George Michael’s ‘Faith’ parks up at No. 1 where it remains for the next four weeks. Its parent album of the same name is declared Album Of The Year at the 1989 ceremony.
#OnThisDay December 13, 1975
Widely regarded as one of the most influential debut albums of all time, Patti Smith releases ‘Horses’. And watching this raw and passionate performance from the Old Grey Whistle Test, you can see exactly why it maintains its exalted position.
#OnThisDay December 14, 1979
Happy anniversary to The Clash’s mighty double album, ‘London Calling’. Spread over four sides of vinyl, the band stretched out to deliver an album choc-full of rock’n’roll, reggae, ska, jazz and much more as they tackled subjects such as unemployment, the scourge of racism and consumerism among others. Few records truly deserve to be called ‘classic’, but this is one of them.
#OnThisDay December 15, 1980
Many happy returns to Kasabian guitarist and songwriter Sergio Lorenzo ‘Serge’ Pizzorno. Here he is with the band and their first chart hit, ‘Club Foot’.
It may not have been the hottest of summers here in the UK, but we’re still holding out for a sizzling September and enough of a vitamin D boost to see us into Christmas smiling.Read more
Celebrating forty years of their debut album with a heartwarming Netflix documentary and new The Singles: Echoes from the Edge of Heaven release, this month’s Artist Spotlight lands on WHAM!Read more
Celebrating 40 years of chart-topping classics and hidden gems, WHAM! The Singles: Echoes From The Edge of Heaven will take you on a journey through the greatest hits of WHAM!’s extraordinary career.Read more
Welcoming you back into their wonderland, WHAM! share a brand–new remix of their iconic 1983 hit single ‘Club Tropicana’!Read more
With unprecedented access to both George and Andrew’s personal archive, WHAM! charts their incredible journey from school friends to superstars. Now streaming, only on Netflix!Read more
WHAM!, the new documentary film charting the global rise of pop sensations George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley, told in their own words. Coming to Netflix 5 July!Read more
Shadow Kingdom presents Bob Dylan performing revelatory 21st century versions of songs from his storied back catalog — including fan favourites like “Forever Young” and “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” and deep catalog gems like “Queen Jane Approximately” and “The Wicked Messenger.”Read more
The 50th anniversary edition of Elvis Presley’s monumental Aloha from Hawaii via Satellite record-setting global concert telecast/double live album will be released on Friday, August 11.Read more