November 1, 1962: Anthony Kiedis is born. He is best known, of course, as the lead singer of Tony Flow and the Miraculously Majestic Masters of Mayhem. Oh, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, too. But in the years leading up to his debut as a rock band frontman, Kiedis spent some time in front of the camera. I’ve shared some of his child actor chops below.
November 1, 1963: Richard John Cyril “Rick” Allen is born. He is best known as the one-armed drummer of ’80s metal powerhouse Def Leppard. Important to note: he started his music career with both limbs intact; his arm was lost in a car accident on New Year’s Eve, 1984. Keep scrolling for a fully-intact Allen, live in Germany in early 1984.
November 1, 1978: George Thorogood & The Destroyers release their second album Move It On Over. The album was recorded here in Boston at Dimension Sound Studios, and George talked to me about his Boston days back in late 2020.
November 1, 1994: Tom Petty releases his second solo studio album, Wildflowers. I wrote a bit about the 25th anniversary a few years ago, and of course there was that fantastic reissue a couple of years ago. And just last week, we celebrated Petty’s birthday. My tip of the top hat to the legend was a six-pack of my favorite Tom Petty tunes. I’ve shared them again down below.
November 1, 1994: Nirvana releases their highly anticipated MTV Unplugged in New York. Again, I went long on this one for the 25th anniversary. See where the set stacks up against 5 other classic Unplugged performances.
November 1, 1996: Smashing Pumpkins headline the Hartford Civic Center for the Infinite Sadness tour. I was at the show! I spent it canoodling with a girl I met in the crowd, only to have the lights go up and my friends laughing at me when I finally got a good look at the girl I was canoodling with. No matter; the set was tremendous.