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On This Day in Music... May 23rd

 

Friday means we've made it through the week and it also means we have more music history to talk about!

On This Day in Music for May 23rd, we're going to start in 2000 with Billy Corgan. He announced that The Smashing Pumpkins would break up before the year was over. The problems with substances and egos and fighting were mounting for the band and Billy made the decision that it had to end. At this point D'arcy was gone, Jimmy Chamberlain came back after leaving and James Iha clearly wasn't into it.

Their final show was in December at The Metro in Chicago, ending with "1979". 

Of course that wouldn't be the end for the Pumpkins, just the end of that chapter in their history.

We'll go to 2006 and talk about Led Zeppelin and the King of Sweden! He presented the surviving members of the band with the Polar Music Prize, honoring them as "great pioneers in rock music."

The ceremony was attended by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham's daughter.

This video shows the band accepting the Polar Music Prize. 

And after the award was presented Nina Persson performed "Whole Lotta Love"! 

We have birthdays to talk about as well for May 23rd!

Phil Selway will be our first today, born today in 1967. Phil is the man behind the drum kit for Radiohead and has been named as one of the best drummers in music by countless publications over the years.

From their 1997 Glastonbury set, enjoy Radiohead playing "High and Dry"! 

One other birthday for today and that belongs to James Mankey, born on May 23rd, 1952.

James is the guitarist for Concrete Blonde, and your "Joey" enjoyment watch them playing it live on The Dennis Miller Show in 1992! 

Enjoy May 23rd and enjoy your Memorial Day Weekend!

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