July 18th is here and I hope you're ready to celebrate, because it's National Sidewalk Frying Day! Go cook something up on a dirty sidewalk and then eat it. Or throw it away, because it's full of gross. Whatever you want to do!
Let's get to the stories On This Day in Music!
First up it's July 18th, 1991 in Phoenix, Arizona for the kickoff show to Lollapalooza! The festival which has become THE biggest show of the summer started today at The Compton Terrace and featured Jane's Addiction, Living Colour, Nine Inch Nails, Rollins Band, Siouxsie and the Banshees and The Butthole Surfers. The show was supposed to be the beginning of the end for Jane's Addiction, as Perry Ferrell created it to be their sendoff tour. It has since become so much more than that, of course.
Let's watch Nine Inch Nails from 1991 doing "Now I'm Nothing" and "Terrible Lie" from the first Lollapalooza tour!
We actually have another Lollapalooza story for our next one, this is July 18th, 1993. This is probably one of the most infamous moments ever for the tour, as it was Rage Against the Machine's set in Philadelphia. Well, it wasn't really a set. There was 25 minutes worth of noise and the guys coming on stage naked except for tape over their mouths and PMRC written on their chests.
They did it in protest of music censorship, which is a worthwhile fight. Except the people there didn't exactly appreciate it. They were hit with coins and plastic bottles and anything else the audience could get their hands on, but credit to Rage. They stood there and did it. (I would have been upset too...)
I won't make you look at the guys naked, but if you'd like to you can go here. What I will give you is the guys at Lollapalooza 2008 opening their set with "Testify".
Our next item takes us to July 18, 1978. At Westfield School, Sheffield, England, 150 students got to see the very first show from a band called Def Leppard. I can only imagine how many of those people forgot the show and then a few years later said, "Wait, I know them! I saw the first concert!!!"
They got a bit bigger since then. In 2011 they played "Rock of Ages" on Lopez Tonight!
Now let's discuss the birthdays, starting on July 18th, 1962. Jack Irons was born on that day. He's one of the founding members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and also played with Pearl Jam, Joe Strummer, Les Claypool and The Wallflowers. Watch Jack doing his thing with the Peppers in 1988 in Finland, playing "Me and My Friends"!
We also have, on July 18th, 1978, the birth of Tony Fagenson of Eve 6! He's their drummer and has been with them through it all, including "Inside Out" at The Key Club in LA in 2008!
Last one of the day is Daron Malakian, the guitarist for System of A Down! He came to us on July 18th, 1975. I'm not exactly sure what the plan is for System currently, but they've made some great music in their career! "Sugar" was done at The Metro in Chicago in 1998!
There you have it! Enjoy the weekend and all the knowledge from July 18th On This Day in Music!