This Day in Rock History: August 13
On this day in rock history, Jefferson Airplane took flight, serving as the first band to play at the Matrix, a former San Francisco pizza parlor that frontman Marty Balin had converted into a music club.
A sequel to Woodstock was held, offering a chance for many of its original concert stars to return – but also for a special appearance by a certain rock legend who wasn't there in 1969. One other thing that was the same: The weather. Thus, Woodstock '94 became unofficially referred to as "Mudstock." A few years later, the movie Detroit Rock City ended the long-awaited reunion of Kiss' original members, apparently forever.
Lynyrd Skynyrd issued their celebrated first album on today's date, and it came with a handy pronunciation guide for a band name that seemed to trip up a few new fans back then. Iron Butterfly went through a Metamorphosis, while Iron Maiden issued their fourth chart-topping U.K. smash, The Final Frontier – following 1992's Fear of the Dark.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.
Jefferson Airplane play their first show (1965)
Todd Rundgren tied up and robbed of his sound equipment (1980)
Sting kicks off his first solo tour (1985)
Woodstock '94, a muddy sequel, begins (1994)
Detroit Rock City ends Kiss' '90s-era reunion (1999)
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