It’s June 6th and here are some reasons why this day matters in rock history:
In 2004, Metallica played a rare gig without drummer Lars Ulrich, who was sidelined with an undisclosed illness. The show, which took place at England’s Download Festival, saw Slayer’s Dave Lombardo, Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and a Metallica drum tech sit behind the kit in place of Ulrich.
In 1970, Syd Barrett performed live for the first time since leaving Pink Floyd. He was backed by a group that included former bandmate David Gilmour but Syd confused the audience and his backing musicians when, after four songs, he took off his guitar and walked off stage.
In 1979, Def Leppard performed at a club in Sheffield, England. It got a good review in British music magazine Sounds and led to the band getting a record deal.
In 1969, Rod Stewart signed as a solo artist to Mercury Records.
In 1994, Kiss singer Paul Stanley and his wife Pamela become the proud parents of their only child together, a son they named Evan Shane.
And that’s what happened today in rock history.
(H/T: This Day in Music)