When The Police arrived with their debut LP ‘Outlandos D’Amour,’ no one else sounded quite like them, and no one really has since. Their blend of New Wave, reggae and punk is truly one of kind, especially on standout tracks “Roxanne” and “Can’t Stand Losing You.”

Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. November 2 is one.


November 2, 1963: Robert Harry Kuykendall is born. And because “Robert Kuykendall” isn’t a very rock & roll name, Robert shortened it up to Bobby Dall and made his bones as the bassist for Poison. Remember that time he and Bret Michaels got in a fight on stage? I dug up the old footage, which some enterprising individual was good enough to post on YouTube. Scroll down for the clip after you get through a trio of album anniversaries.


November 2, 1978: Three young upstarts from London who had the audacity to name their band the Police released their debut album, Outlandos d’Amour. Drummer Stuart Copeland borrowed 1,500 pounds from his brother to finance the recording. The rest is rock history. Check out an early performance from the trio below.


November 2, 1999: Foo Fighters release their third album, There Is Nothing Left to Lose. It would be the first release of theirs to win a Grammy award, but it wouldn’t be the last. They toured the hell out of the album, too, playing dates all over the world. I found a full set from Sydney that’s pretty good quality, seeing as it’s almost 25 years old. Vintage Grohl, Hawkins and the rest. Keep scrolling and you’ll get to it.


November 2, 1999: Rage Against the Machine release their third studio album, The Battle of Los Angeles. It would be nominated for a Grammy (and lose to Foo Fighters), but both Rolling Stone and Time Magazine named it the best album of the year. Of course, 1999 is also the year Rage played that legendary set at Woodstock ’99. The full set–almost an hour of good-quality footage–has been shared below. So you’ve got a metric ton of live rock to check out on this second day of November. Get to it.

  • 1963

    Fight, Bobby! Fight!

  • 1978

    Early Police, live at Beat Club.

  • 1999

    Live Foo, for you. From down under.

  • 1999

    Rage, Woodstock ’99.


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