This Week in Music History
April 23rd,1992 - George Michael announces that he will be donating an additional $500,000 from the sale of 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me', to various AIDS charities in the US and UK.
April 24th, 1976 – Paul McCartney and Wings’ new album ‘Wings At The Speed Of Sound’ goes to No.1 on the album chart. It’s McCartney’s fifth No.1 album after The Beatles became his most successful American chart album, spending seven nonconsecutive weeks at #1.
April 25th, 1979 – The Police make their TV debut on BBC ‘Top Of The Pops’ program. They performed ‘Roxanne’ which was taken from their album ‘Outlandos d’Amour.’
April 26th, 1988 – Mick Jagger appears in White Plains, New York, Federal Court in the copyright infringement case brought on by Patrick Alley, who claims that Mick Jagger’s solo track on ‘Just Another Night’ was a plagiarism of his own song of the same name. In what was the most rocking court case of all time, Sly Dunbar played drums to show how the beats were different in each song and Mick sang and played demos of his song to show the development of the track. At the end of the week-long trial, Jagger had won the case.
April 27th, 1990 – It was the first day of David Bowie’s American dates on the Sound & Vision Tour. Bowie says he will play his old material for one last time and then retire them. This lasts until 2002 when he starts playing his most popular songs again stating that his best work is probably behind him.
April 28th, 1983 – U2 plays an Ice Rink at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York. It was during the second leg of their ‘War’ North American tour. The War Tour took place in 1982 and 1983 in support of the group’s third album “War,” and was their first tour as full-time headlining acts.
April 29th, 1987 – A Bon Jovi concert conflicts with the graduation ceremony of South Beloit High School in Illinois. School officials change the graduation time to accommodate the students. The majority of the graduates were planning on seeing Bon Jovi instead of participating in the graduation ceremony.