Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. March 1st is one.
March 1, 1944: Roger Harry Daltrey is born in Hammersmith Hospital, East Acton, west London, England. He is the lead singer of The Who. He a star of stage and screen (remember his stint in Highlander?) He is also, technically, a Knight. Oh, and he has one of the greatest screams in the entire pantheon of rock music. All hail Sir Daltrey!
March 4, 1963: Robert James Affuso is born in Newburgh, NY. He was the drummer for Skid Row during their prime years in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Which means he was there for the Bottle Incident at the Springfield Civic Center in ’89. Brutal.
March 1, 1973: Pink Floyd releases their eighth studio album, The Dark Side of the Moon, on Harvest Records. We’re a year shy of the 50th anniversary and the album has sold 45,000,000 copies worldwide. Historical.
March 1, 1994: Beck releases his third album and major-label debut, Mellow Gold. That’s the album with “Loser,” which is the real Gen X anthem of the ’90s, not “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I didn’t come up with that theory, I stole it from Chuck Klosterman, who I loathe. But when you’re right, you’re right.
Let’s watch Beck play it at the Pavilion back in the summer of 2018.