THIS WEEK IN ROCK
December 29, 2019
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay December 23, 1962
On his first visit to the UK, Bob Dylan plays his second ever British gig at the Singer’s Club in London.
#OnThisDay December 24, 1985
The hip-swivellin’ Shakin’ Stevens gets an early present when ‘Merry Christmas Everyone’ nabs the much-coveted Christmas No. 1. And as the great man says, “We’re gonna have a party tonight!” Take it away, Shaky!
In the words of a very wise man from the Black Country, “IT’S CHRISTMAS!!!” We hope you’re all having fun!
So who’s making their way through box sets on Boxing Day today? Check out this gorgeously different early take of ‘If You See Her Say Hello’ from Bob Dylan’s ‘More Blood, More Tracks: The Bootleg Series Vol 14’
#OnThisDay December 27, 1979
The Clash play a rousing 16-song set at the then-Hammersmith Odeon as part of the fundraising Concerts for the People of Kampuchea. Half of the songs come from the just-released ‘London Calling’ album. Check out this stunning live cover version of Willie Weeks’ ‘Armagideon Time’, which also appeared on the b-side of the ‘London Calling’ single.
#OnThisDay December 28, 1968
The three-day Miami Pop festival kicks off and in do so becomes the first major rock festival to be held on the East Coast of the US. The varied line-up includes The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Fleetwood Mac and TheMcCoys, who’d scored an international hit with the evergreen ‘Hang On Sloopy’.
#OnThisDay December 29, 1971
Scottish pop sensations Middle Of The Road crack the UK Top 10 singles chart with their third single, Soley Soley’, which goes on to sell over 1m copies. Did you know that by the end of 1972, they had sold over 5m records?
Take a look back over the years to see which songs were in the Top 10 on the Official UK Chart this week…Read more
What do all of these artists have in common? They are some of the solo artists that have achieved the most Number 1 albums on the Official UK Chart!Read more
There are only few artists lucky enough to become as synonymous with Christmas as the holiday’s other traditions. We call them the kings and queens of Christmas – raise a glass to them with us below.Read more
To mark the 40th anniversary of their album ‘Sandinista!’ The Clash have released a video for “The Magnificent Seven” shot and edited by filmmaker Don Letts.Read more
There are whole variety of reasons why Shakin’ Stevens was the biggest-selling singles star of the 1980s.Read more
Following on from the previous collection of Fleetwood Mac rarities, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac ‘Before The Beginning Vol. 2’ is out now.Read more
Our Artist of the Month Bob Dylan – voice of a generation, Nobel laureate and American treasure – today releases his first new studio album in eight years. And the reviews are in…Read more
This memorable and iconic video for the title track from The Clash’s third album was only the second promo to be shot by director Don Letts.Read more
Fifty five years on from his domination of the UK album chart with five albums in the top twenty, and with the Nobel Laureate once again releasing new music with ‘Murder Most Foul’ and ‘I Contain Multitudes’, our Artist of the Month for May is the one and only Bob Dylan.Read more