June 25th, 2014. Right now you’re thinking about 4th of July plans: where you’re going to watch things go boom in the sky, what to grill and drink, but we’re focusing On This Day in Music!
Let’s start with two musical deaths on June 25th. The first happened in 2009 in Beverly Hills, California, where heart failure took the life of Michael Jackson. It’s hard to believe it’s been 5 years today that the King of Pop died, one of the world’s greatest entertainers taken from us at 50 years old. This was a day that shocked the world.
It’s hard to say which song was MJ’s best but “Thriller” has to be up near the top!
Today is also marked with another loss in the music world, as it was on June 25th, 1988 that Hillel Slovak passed away. Hillel was the original Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist and was there for Freaky Styley and The Uplift Mofo Party Plan. His death is attributed to heroin use and because he passed away drummer Jack Irons quit the band, saying he didn’t want to be a part of anything that caused his friend’s end. It also eventually got Anthony Kiedis to quit using heroin.
Watch the very young Red Hot Chili Peppers playing “Catholic School Girls Rule” in 1986 at The Ritz in Dallas!
Ok no more death to discuss. Let’s talk about David Letterman, because on June 25th, 1993, he hosted the final episode of Late Night With David Letterman. That night his guests were Tom Hanks and the final surprise musical act: BRUCE!!!!
We have two birthdays to celebrate today! June 25th, 1972 was a day of joy in the Kroeger house, because Nickelback’s bass player Mike Kroeger was born!
Let’s see them playing “How You Remind Me” at the Manchester Arena in 2012!
And for our final birthday of today, we go to June 25th, 1952, and say Happy Happy to Tim Finn of Crowded House and Split Enz!
The New Zealander’s were together for their MTV Unplugged performance in 1991!
Have a good June 25th, and be excellent to each other! (Thanks Rufus!)