On This Day (December 7)…Rainbow Over Nagoya

Rainbow performed on this day in 1976 at the Nagoya-Shī Kokaido in Japan. The band was on their first ever Japanese portion of a tour, and they have enjoyed enduring popularity there since. On this night, Ronnie James Dio dedicated the Deep Purple song “Mistreated”, which the band had taken as their own, to Tommy … Continue reading On This Day (December 7)…Rainbow Over Nagoya

On This Day (December 7)…Rest in Peace, Greg Lake

The musician Gregory Stuart Lake died on this day in 2016 of pancreatic cancer. He was 69. Retrieved from here. Sadly, he was the second member of the legendary trio Emerson, Lake & Palmer to die in 2016, preceded by Keith Emerson in the spring. Lake left the world a more beautiful place thanks to … Continue reading On This Day (December 7)…Rest in Peace, Greg Lake

On This Day (December 4)…Rainbow Over Pittsburgh

Rainbow performed on this day in 1979 at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Graham Bonnet and Roger Glover at the gig. Photo by Karen Smith. Retrieved from here. As with previous dates in 1979, Rainbow was touring in support of Down to Earth. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore hoped with the album and the tour to … Continue reading On This Day (December 4)…Rainbow Over Pittsburgh

On This Day (December 4)…Rest in Peace, Tommy Bolin

Guitarist Tommy Bolin died on this day in 1976 of a drug overdose. He was twenty-five years old. Retrieved from here. Up to his final days, Bolin remained hard at work. At the time of his death, he was in Miami, Florida on tour supporting a recently-released solo album. He had played his final gig … Continue reading On This Day (December 4)…Rest in Peace, Tommy Bolin

On This Day (December 4)…Rest in Peace, Benjamin Britten

The composer Benjamin Britten passed away of heart failure on this day in 1976. He was sixty-three years old. Retrieved from here Along with Gustav Holst and Ralph Vaughan Williams, Britten is one of the best-known and most well-regarded twentieth-century British composers. His work appears in other media to this day, with several pieces notably … Continue reading On This Day (December 4)…Rest in Peace, Benjamin Britten

On this Day (December 4)…ELP at Zurich (for real this time)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed on this day in 1970 at the Limmathaus in Zurich, Switzerland. Emerson, Lake & Palmer in 1970. Retrieved from here. This was one of the last dates of their first ever tour, undertaken to introduce them to the world and presumably to support their debut album, which had come out … Continue reading On this Day (December 4)…ELP at Zurich (for real this time)

On This Day (December 3)…King Crimson a Go Go

King Crimson performed on this day in 1969 at the Whiskey a Go Go in Los Angeles, California. Newspaper coverage of King Crimson’s Los Angeles dates. Retrieved from here. This concert began a short residency late in King Crimson’s First US tour; they performed at the club once a day from December 3rd to 7th. … Continue reading On This Day (December 3)…King Crimson a Go Go