Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. September 15th is one.

  • 1975

    September 15, 1975: Kings of the slide guitar, Foghat released their fifth studio album, Fool for the City. Yes, it’s the one with “Slow Ride.”


    I had the pleasure of chatting with Foghat drummer Roger Earl a couple of years ago. Check that out here.

  • 2004

    September 15, 2004: the Punk Pantheon loses an all-timer with the death of John William Cummings. It was a five-year battle with prostate cancer that finally did Johnny Ramone in. Never forget he pretty much invented the sixteenth-note downstroke style of playing guitar.


    Speaking of Johnny, his famous Mosrite guitar and amp are hitting the auction block this month.

  • 2008

    September 15, 2008: Richard Wright, keyboard player for Pink Floyd, dies of lung cancer at the age of 65. At least he lived long enough to see his former band mates set aside their feud for their 2005 Live 8 reunion performance.

    Live 8 London - Stage

    LONDON – JULY 02: Musician Richard Wright from the band Pink Floyd performs on stage at “Live 8 London” in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. The free concert is one of ten simultaneous international gigs including Philadelphia, Berlin, Rome, Paris, Barrie, Tokyo, Cornwall, Moscow and Johannesburg. The concerts precede the G8 summit (July 6-8) to raising awareness for MAKEpovertyHISTORY. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

  • 2019

    September 15, 2019: The 15th of September is clearly a cursed day in rock history, as it’s also the day Ric Ocasek of The Cars passed away. As far as I’m concern, the man walks on water, dead or alive.

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