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On This Day in Music...June 13th

 

Friday the 13th is what people consider an unlucky day. Before we get to what happened in music, let me tell you why it's supposed to be a bad day.

People long considered Friday an unlucky day throughout history, and 13 has always been a bad number. The earliest documenting of Friday the 13th fears was in the 1869 biography of Gioachino Rossini, when Henry Sutherland Edwards wrote that he died on that day. It's been a superstition ever since, especially at Camp Crystal Lake.

Now let's get to the music!

June 13th, 1998 was the first day of the Tibetan Freedom Concert here in Washington, DC at RFK Stadium with over 120,000 attendees. The show that weekend featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Mighty Mighty Bosstones and Dave Matthews Band. During the show some fans in the crowd was struck by lightning! 11 people were injured but thankfully nobody died.

Before they shut the show down early for the first day, Live took the stage to play "I Alone".

I tried to find "Lightning Crashes"! Where is that video?!

Another happening of June 13th was in 1995 as Alanis Morissette released her album Jagged Little Pill. Everybody had this record and it got Alanis 9 Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year! There were 6 singles released from it, helping to sell 33 million copies. That's not too bad for a 21 year old from Canada.

Alanis played "You Oughta Know" in 1996 at the Grammy Awards! 

I'd say she was the star that night.

It was a big day for the Arctic Monkeys too! They got in on the June 13th action by playing their very first show today in 2003. It was at The Grapes in Sheffield, England and the guys got paid $45 for the gig.

It didn't take long for them to get big, because 2 years later they were playing on Later With Jools Holland

We have June 13th birthdays to talk about! Let's get to it.

Our first belongs to the frontman of Weezer. Born today in 1970, Mr. Rivers Cuomo!!!! So many songs to choose from for Rivers. Why don't we do "Beverly Hills" from Hard Rock Live in 2005! 

One more for the day! We're going backwards for this June 13th birth, to 1963 with Paul DeLisle, the bass player for Smash Mouth!

They went "Walking On The Sun" for Letterman in 1997! 

Watch out for black cats and ladders and mirrors today. Happy June 13th!

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