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This Day in Rock History: August 23

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On this day in rock history, Keith Moon, the drummer for the Who, was born in 1945. The legendary wildman passed away on Sept. 7, 1978 after taking an overdose of Heminevrin, a prescription medication designed to curb his desire for alcohol.

In 1970, Emerson, Lake and Palmer gave their first-ever performance in Plymouth, England. A week later, they would perform before an estimated 600,000 people at the Isle of Wight Festival. John Lennon, who was in the middle of his “Lost Weekend,” claimed he saw a UFO from the balcony of the New York apartment he shared with his mistress May Pang. He noted the time and date of the sighting in the liner notes to Walls and Bridges. Aerosmith let the world know that the original lineup was back for good when they began the Done With Mirrors tour in 1985.

Fleetwood Mac released their second album, Mr. Wonderful, in 1968. The record featured keyboards by Christine Perfect, who, within a few years, would marry John McVie and become a full-fledged member of the band. Seven years later, Tesla refused to become a grunge casualty and put out Bust a Nut, which suprised many by reaching No. 20 on the Billboard 200. On that same day, the Trent Reznor-compiled soundtrack to Oliver Stone‘s Natural Born Killers was released. The album interspersed dialogue from the movie with songs by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, Patsy Cline and Dr. Dre.

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.

News Anniversaries:
Emerson, Lake and Palmer perform their first concert (1970)
John Lennon sees a UFO in New York City (1974)
Aerosmith begin the Done With Mirrors tour (1985)

Album Anniversaries:
Fleetwood Mac, Mr. Wonderful (1968)
Tesla, Bust a Nut (1994)
Natural Born Killers, original soundtrack (1994)

Keith Moon, listen to his Top 10 songs (1946)

See the Who and Other Rockers in the Top 100 Albums of the ’70s

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