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This Day in Rock History: December 22nd

This Day in Rock History: December 22nd

Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: December 22


The return of Lou Reed.  The former Velvet Underground songwriter’s solo career is boosted by “the new kid on the block” David Bowie.  This concert occurred at Cleveland Music Hall where Bowie debuted the previous September.

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Paul McCartney heads up three all-star benefits at London’s Hammersmith Odeon to raise money for relief efforts for Kampuchea.  The Who, Clash and Rockpile among others appear on the same bill.
Madonna’s “Like a Virgin” takes her to the top of the US charts for the first time for a six week run. The song angers family groups who claim it promotes extra marital sex.  Her performance at MTV’s Video Music Awards didn’t ease that tension a bit.
Britain’s English Heritage commission gives the zebra road crossing used by the Beatles on the cover of Abbey Road Grade II historic status.  The first listing of its kind the commission cited the location’s “cultural and historical importance”.
Mike Olszewski

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