This Day in Rock History: September 2
On this day in rock history, Van Halen's tour in support of 1984 ended with a stop at the Monsters of Rock tour in Nuremburg, Germany. It would be the last time the band performed with David Lee Roth until their reunion in 2007.
In 1965, a group called Rick and the Ravens recorded six songs in World Pacific Studios in Los Angeles. Three-fourths of the group would later conquer the world as the Doors. The Human Rights Now! tour -- which saw Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Peter Gabriel and others celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights -- was a benefit for Amnesty International and kicked off in 1988.
Thin Lizzy released Bad Reputation on Sept. 2, 1977. The album, which included a three-piece after guitarist Brian Robertson departed during the sessions, featured the classics "Dancing in the Moonlight," "Dear Lord" and "Killer Without a Cause."
Today's birthdays include the late Billy Preston. The keyboardist -- who worked with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton, wrote Joe Cocker's hit "You Are So Beautiful" and had a successful solo career -- was born in 1946. He died on June 6, 2006.
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.
Thin Lizzy, Bad Reputation (1977)
Billy Preston (1946)
See Van Halen and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the '80s