Hope you're feeling ok after any cocktails you may have had for Cinco de Mayo. May 6th is not only a day of being hungover, we also had things happening On This Day in Music!
We can start on May 6th, 2005, when Audioslave became the first U.S. rock band to play a show in Cuba. They did the concert for free and 60,000 people attended the performance. One of the highlights of the evening was when they played "Be Yourself" for the crowd!
It just shows how no matter what people are going through, music will bring them together.
On to 1997 we go, because for the first time ever on May 6th, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was actually held in Cleveland. Amazing that the building was opened 2 years before this in 1995 and they still waited to have their night in the spotlight.
The inductees that evening included The Jackson 5, Parliament-Funkadelic, Crosby, Stills and Nash, The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, The (Young) Rascals and Joni Mitchell.
Let's talk about our birthday boys of May 6th!
We'll start in 1945 in Dearborn, Michigan, with the birth of a man who influenced so much in music, Bob Seger. He's written more hit songs than most bands can even dream of and not just for himself but for many artists in different genres. The amazing thing about Bob is that he was never flashy but that energy he puts into his live shows makes him still quite the draw today.
From San Diego in 1978, watch Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band doing "Hollywood Nights".
Let's move up a couple years to May 6th, 1971. Santa Barbara, California is the spot for a little baby boy who would grow up to learn how to play the guitar and show off his skills in bands like Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, No Use For A Name, Jackson United, and a little group that he has played with since 1999, Foo Fighters. Happy birthday Chris Schiflett!
So much Foo to choose from.
Check out this guitar battle between Chris and Dave Grohl from the Wasting Light tour in Helsinki, Finland, in June 2011.
Ok one more, why not! How about "No Way Back" from their concert in 2008 at Wembley Stadium in England!
If you haven't seen the full show at Wembley, get the DVD and watch it sometime. You're missing out if you haven't watched it.
How about we go 10 years forward from Chris' birthday to May 6th, 1981 and talk about Mark O'Connell, drummer for Taking Back Sunday! He's been with them since 2001, joining the group after a few disagreements lead to lineup changes and he got the call up to play the kit for Taking Back Sunday.
Taking Back Sunday had a massive crowd on every stop of the Warped Tour in 2012. Watch them doing "Make Damn Sure" and how everyone got into it!