Apparently May 28th is all about repetition, because there are double discussions to have about musicians On This Day in Music!
We'll begin with The Police and their first event was in 1977. Andy Summers, Stuart Copeland and Sting played their first show together today in Paris, not as The Police, but as members of Stronium 90. They didn't last long under that name but there was definitely chemistry with Sting, Stuart and Andy, and they went on to have quite the career.
The Police tales continue on May 28th, 2007, as they got back together and today marks the first show of their reunion tour. They played at the General Motors Palace in Vancouver. I don't think it was a coincidence that they picked this day to start that tour.
The first song of the show had the boys come out and play "Message In A Bottle"!
Let's talk about Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan, because May 28th has been a day of troubles for him.
On May 28th, 1996, Depeche Mode's singer had a drug overdose and was taken to Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. He made it through the ordeal only to be arrested later for cocaine and heroin possession. That's no good.
And Dave was back in the hospital in 2009 on May 28th. This time he was getting a tumor removed from his bladder, and the situation forced Depeche Mode to cancel shows on their world tour.
Not long before Dave's surgery, they did an appearance on Later With Jools Holland to play "Personal Jesus".
Moving on to 1983, where on May 28th the 1983 US Festival kicked off in San Bernadino, California! Each day of the show had a different theme and the first was New Wave Day, with The Clash, Wall of Voodoo, Oingo Boingo, INXS, The English Beat and more playing.
How about we watch INXS doing "The One Thing" on that quite warm day!
By the way, the 1983 US Festival had 670,000 people attend over the four days, there were 2 deaths and the show lost $12 million dollars. Not sure why there wasn't one in 1984...
Should we talk birthdays? We should!
May 28th, 1945 is our first, as we celebrate the birth of John Fogerty! John of course is best known from Creedence Clearwater Revival and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The man's done it all many times over but recently did something new, as he was a part of Dave Grohl's Sound City project.
Watch John joining the Sound City Players to do "Fortunate Son" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
One more birthday for May 28th, and this one happened in 1965. It belongs to Chris Bellaw, a member of The Presidents of the United States of America! They played with only a few guitar strings among the band and a tiny drum kit, but they made some awesome songs!
David Letterman had them on for their network tv debut in 1995 when they rocked out "Lump"!
Quite an action packed day! Happy May 28th!