1956 – Elvis Presley performs “Hound Dog” on NBC- TV’s The Steve Allen Show to an actual live hound dog because the producers didn’t want him shaking his pelvis on their program. US TV critic John Crosby pans Elvis’ performance anyway, calling him an “unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.”
1976 – After a gig in Memphis, Bruce Springsteen takes a cab to Graceland and proceeds to climb over the wall in an attempt to meet Elvis. He is apprehended and escorted off the premises by guards who inform him the King is not at home, anyway.
1963 – Nineteen-year-old Andrew Loog Oldham, who had done some PR work for The Beatles, checks out The Rollin’ Stones at a show in Richmond, England. He becomes their manager shortly thereafter and makes them add the “g” to Rollin’.
On this date in 2005, the Live 8 concerts were held around the world, including at the Philadelphia Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Live Aid, performers in Philly included Stevie Wonder, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, Linkin Park with Jay-Z, Dave Matthews, Bon Jovi, Destiny’s Child, the Black Eyed Peas, Maroon 5, Sarah McLachlan, Def Leppard, Alicia Keys, Rob Thomas (of Matchbox 20), Toby Keith, and Kanye West (who performed with string section who wore Long Ranger-styled strips of black tape over their eyes). Some highlights below.
With parts of Philadelphia still without power, and much of the New Jersey coast even more ravaged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, NBC will air Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together, a benefit telethon concert on Friday to raise funds for the hardest-hit areas. On the lineup are native New Jerseyans Bruce Springsteen and Bon Jovi, as well as Billy Joel, Sting and more. Billboard.biz reports “The telecast will benefit the American Red Cross and be shown on NBC and its cable stations including Bravo, CNBC, USA, MSNBC and E! Other networks are invited to join in.” Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together will be broadcast live from Rockefeller Center in New York City beginnning at 8 p.m. on Friday.
XPN Welcomes North Carolina sextet Delta Rae to World Cafe Live tonight. The band is currently on tour promoting their debut album, Carry The Fire, which was released in June. The show tonight begins at 8 and tickets are available here. Below, watch the video for “Morning Comes” from Carry The Fire.
We took an informal poll here at the offices of The Key in which we asked folks how they felt about Bon Jovi, who play this evening at the Wells Fargo Center. Opinions ranged from “great for karaoke,” and “Slippery When Wet (the band’s debut) is a hard rock classic,” to “Why?,” “I liked his football team (the Philadelphia Soul, which he no longer owns), and “I’d rather listen to Whitesnake.” All that said, you can’t deny the classic songs, some of which were massive hits including “You Give Love A Bad Name,” “Livin’ On A Prayer,” and “Always,” one of Bon Jovi’s most earnest hyper love ballads. Below, a couple of reasons why we have a soft spot for Bon Jovi.
Bon Jovi perform at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the Wells Fargo Center. Doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets to the all-ages show are $16.50 – $146.50