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Aug 14 in Music History: The Who release Who’s Next, Michael Jackson buys rights to Lennon/McCartney songs

The Who Who's Next

 

1962 – Unhappy with drummer Pete Best’s role in The Beatles, Brian Epstein and the other three members decide to sack him. Best plays his last gig the following night at The Cavern in Liverpool. Ringo Starr, who is nearing the end of a three-month engagement with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes, receives a call from John Lennon asking him to join the band. Ringo gives Rory Storm three days’ notice and makes his first appearance with the Fab Four on August 18.

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Remembering Live 8 in Philly on July 2, 2005

Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Photo: TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Billy Joel headline Hurricane Sandy benefit on NBC

Bruce Springsteen, Citizen's Bank Park, Sunday, Sept, 2, 2012. Photo by Eric Ashleigh | showtographe.com
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.