This Day In Music History, October 28

2011   Metallica postpones their first-ever concert in India after a security barrier in front of the stage collapses. Angry fans subsequently tear up the stage and equipment, doing $200,000 in damage, and causing the show to be permanently canceled.

metallica.jpgThe band releases a statement saying “It is most regrettable that we were forced to take such measures. We were looking forward to meeting our fans and sharing our music live for the first time in India.” Read the full statement here.

Four of the show’s promoters are later arrested for overselling tickets and breach of trust.

The concert was supposed to be part of the celebrations around India’s first Grand Prix  Formula 1 race.

Metallica goes on to play a show at the Palace Grounds in Bangalore for 50,000 fans on October 30th. There are no problems with this performance.

Other events on this day in history

1955 Buddy Holly (Performing with Bob Montgomery as “Buddy and Bob”) opens for Marty Robbins at a concert in Lubbock, TX
1956 Elvis Presley made his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show where he performs several songs, and Sullivan presents him with a gold record for “Love Me Tender”
Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender” bumps “Don’t Be Cruel” b/w “Hound Dog” out of the Billboard #1 spot, making Elvis the first artist to knock himself off the top of the charts
1958 Buddy Holly appears on American Bandstand, lip-synching “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat.” This is Holly’s last major TV appearance.
1962 The Beatles play at the Empire Theatre in Liverpool; other performers include Little Richard, Craig Douglas, Jet Harris, and Kenny Lynch
1964 The two-night concert called the T.A.M.I. (Teen Age Music International) show kicks off at the Civic Auditorium in Santa Monica, CA, featuring Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, the Supremes and The Rolling Stones
1967 Diana Ross and the Supremes’ “Greatest Hits” album hits #1 on the U.S. charts
1972 The United States Council for World Affairs adopts The Who song “Join Together” as an official theme song
1978 Nick Gilder’s “Hot Child In The City” hits #1
Queen plays the first show on their 79-date “Jazz” tour at the Dallas Convention Center
1982 English punk/new wave band The Jam announces it’s breaking up
1985 Bob Dylan releases his 5-album “Biograph” set
1997 R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announces that he’s leaving the group after 17 years to become a hay farmer in Georgia
1999 During a performance in Dallas, Kenny Rogers throws a Frisbee that hits a chandelier; a man in the audience later sues, claiming that broken glass from the chandelier left his face scarred, which ruined his sex life
2001 The compilation album “God Bless America,” featuring Bruce Springsteen, Bill Withers, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Bob Dylan and Frank Sinatra, hits #1 on the U.S. charts,
The Beastie Boys play a show at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York to benefit the organization “New Yorkers Against Violence,”  their first show in more than two  years
2003 A musical called “Tonight’s The Night,” written around the hits of Rod Stewart, opens in London’s West End
David Bowie and his wife Iman sign on as spokesmodels for designer Tommy Hilfiger
2004 Courtney Love is ordered to stand trial for assault with a deadly weapon after Kristin King testifies that Love threw a bottle and a lit candle at her
Eminem gets his own Sirius satellite radio channel
2008 A statue of AC/DC frontman Bon Scott is unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbor in Western Australia; Scott was actually born in Scotland, but he grew up in       Fremantle from the age of 6

Billboard #1 singles

1950 “Goodnight Irene” Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers
1955 “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing” The Four Aces
1960 “I Want to be Wanted” Brenda Lee
1965 “Yesterday” The Beatles
1970 “I’ll Be There” The Jackson 5
1975 “Bad Blood” Neil Sedaka
1980 “Woman In Love” Barbara Streissand
1985 “Saving All My Love for You” Whitney Houston
1990 “Black Cat” Janet Jackson
1995 “Fantasy” Mariah Carey
2000 “Come on Over Baby (All I Want is You) Christina Aguilara
2005 “Gold Digger” Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx
2010 “Just the Way You Are” Bruno Mars


1936 Charlie Daniels (American country musician)
1936 Ted Hawkins (American singer-songwriter)
1937 Graham Bond (British keyboard player, The Graham Bond Organization)
1939 Jim Post (American singer, composer, and playwright)
1940 Jay Proctor (Jay and the Techniques)
1941 Curtis Lee (singer)
Glenn Moore (jazz bassist)
Hank Marvin (English musician, The Shadows)
1943 Conny Froboess (German actress and singer)
1945 Wayne Fontana (English pop singer, The Mindbenders)
1947 George Glover (The Climax Blues Band)
1948 Ricki Lee Reynolds (country singer)
Telma Hopkins (American singer and actress)
1952 Tommy Dobeck (drummer, Michael Stanley Band)
1953 Desmond Child (American musician, songwriter, and producer)
1956 Dave Wyndorf (American singer)
1957 Stephen Morris (drummer, Joy Division, New Order)
1958 Wlliam Reid (The Jesus and Mary Chain)
1959 Neville Henry (Blow Monkeys)
1969 Ben Harper (American singer-songwriter)
1972 Brad Paisley (American singer-songwriter)
1976 Karl Tremblay (Canadian musician, Les Cowboys Fringants)
1978 Justin Guarini (American singer)


1970 Soul singer Baby Huey, aka James Ramsay, drug-related heart attack, age 26
1975 Oliver Nelson (American jazz composer and arranger), heart attack, age 43
1991 Billy Wright (American jump-blues singer), stroke, age 59
2004 Gil Melle (American jazz musician and film composer), 73
2006 Marijohn Wilkin (American songwriter), 86
Rudy Taylor (The Gap Band)
2007 Porter Wagoner (American country musician), lung cancer, age 80
Robert Goulet (American singer and actor), Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, age 73