On This Day In Music History

HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 09: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Musician Joan Jett performs at The ALTimate Rooftop Christmas Party at W Hollywood on December 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/2013 Getty Images for Clear Channel)

On this day in 1972, David Bowie kicked of the North American leg of his Ziggy Stardust world tour at the Music Hall in Cleveland, Ohio.

In 1979, Def Leppard had their first major live review when UK music weekly Melody Maker reviewed a gig the band had played in Wolverhampton. With a 15 year-old drummer the band had just released their debut 3-track single.

In 1990, Nirvana played their biggest gig ever when they appeared at the Motor Sports International Garage in Seattle. Dave Grohl who would audition for the band in a few days time was in the audience of 15,000 people.

In 2011, research was done by car maker SEAT that found Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ to be the song most likely found on British iPods, with more than 40% of owners having the hit on their players.

Born on this day in 1958, American rock guitarist, singer, songwriter & producer, Joan Jett. Founding member of The Runaways and with Joan Jett & the Blackhearts scored the 1982 US number 1 & UK number 4 single ‘I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll’.