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This Day in Rock History: December 3rd

This Day in Rock History: December 3rd

Time to take a look back into this day in rock history: December 3

Who you calling a has been?  The Elvis TV Special (some called it the Comeback Special) draws rave reviews and revives Presley-mania as the King prepares to resume his live performances.


Promoting the Yes album, the band of the same name brought their pioneering progressive sound to the Akron Civic Theater on their first US tour.

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That same date the Montreaux Casino in Switzerland burns to the ground during a Frank Zappa gig inspiring Deep Purple’s Ian Gillian to write the classic “Smoke on the Water”

A staggering tragedy at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium as 11 people are trampled to death in a race to get into a Who concert.  There were no seats on the floor, and the band wasn’t told about the deaths until after the show.

The tragedy was even noted on an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati.  

A few days later the Who played the Richfield Coliseum, subdued by their standards, after a short memorial speech from the Coliseum’s president.

Motley Crue brought its 1989 tour to the Richfield Coliseum on this date.  Just a few months before the band appeared at the Moscow Peace Festival.

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“An Evening with George Winston” on this date showed the wide range of influences from this gifted pianist.

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Mike Olszewski

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