Monday isn't good, unless you're talking about what happened On This Day in Music for June 23rd, because this is much better than work or thinking about next weekend!
We'll begin in Boston on June 23rd, 1975. Today Bob Marley and The Wailers began a 7 day residency at Paul's Mall. Residencies were big back then but this one was really special because they performed two shows each night! Bob and the band took the stage at 8:30 and then at 10:30 to play their full sets. They had to be exhausted after that!
There aren't many good recordings from the residency, but this one is solid. Listen to "Kinky Reggae"!
It's a shame there aren't better recordings of this or video. While seeing everyone on phones at shows now can be annoying, at least nothing is lost.
We'll move up to 2004 and discuss our friends The Beastie Boys. They released their album To The 5 Buroughs and it was today put on top of the charts! Number one baby!!! It wasn't well received by all the critics but it's the fans that did the talking on this one.
They did the song on Letterman in June 2004, half in the streets, half in the studio! Leave it to the Beasties to break the norm, as always!
They are the best.
Getting tossed into the deep end is the quickest way to learn how to do something, and Oasis had their first live show on June 23rd, 1995, with their new drummer Allen White. It's not just any show though, as they were one of the headliners of Glastonbury!
You learn quick in front of that many people! "Slide Away" was in the set (with Liam and his tambourine necklace)!
Why don't we talk birthdays too, and we'll keep the drummer talk going with our first.
Steve Shelley was born today in Michigan in 1962. Steve was the drummer for Sonic Youth for many years, leaving the band in 2012.
Many times over the years Sonic Youth appeared on Later With Jools Holland and they played "Teenage Riot" in 2009!
Another birth today was with former Oasis guitarist Paul Arthurs, aka Bonehead. He came to us on June 23rd, 1965, and was with Oasis from 1991 - 1999. He is still friends with everyone in the band and DJs at clubs all through Europe, but he said if the original Oasis lineup would reform he would do it in a heartbeat.
The Oasis debut on The Tonight Show was in January 1998 with "Don't Go Away"!
One more birthday for today to discuss and it's a man who wasn't on stage much but is better known for his work behind the scenes. It is the birthday of Brendan O'Brien, born June 23rd, 1960.
What has Brendan done in his career? How about producing for Pearl Jam, Incubus, Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Soundgarden, Matthew Sweet, Limp Bizkit, The Offspring, Audioslave, Danzig, Anberlin, The Wallflowers and Bruce Springsteen, just to name a few!
I think that's a birthday certainly worth celebrating! Enjoy your June 23rd! Skip out of work early, fake being sick. Don't waste your time working so hard!!!