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Happy September! Where did the summer go? Good question. Nonetheless exciting things certainly happen in September as well. Back on this day in 2001, the King of Pop reunited onstage with the Jackson 5 at The 30th Anniversary Celebration at Madison Square Garden. This appearance ended an eleven year performance hiatus for the group. Talk about a little time off. This year also celebrates the 25th anniversary of Jackson’s infamous release Bad as well as the accompanying tour. In commemoration of the record on September 18th, BAD25, a three cd deluxe package including the first ever authorized DVD release of concert footage from the BAD World Tour will be released. The DVD features the sold out show at Wembley Stadium in London on July 16, 1988. The release also features re-mastered versions of all BAD‘s greatest hits.
In 1985, family life was becoming a big reality for one certain Beatle. In 1985 Ringo Starr became the first member of the group to become a grandfather when his son Zak had a daughter named Tatia. Currently Zak Starkey continues to follow in his father’s musical footsteps most recently playing with The Who on August 12th of this year for the closing of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games.
Last but not least for your TGI music fix Friday, today celebrates the birthday of Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Powerful female front for the band, Hynde remains the only consistent member of the group. In her early days, Hynde found herself working at one of New York’s punk scene staples Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s shop, SEX and attempting to get a young Sid Vicious to marry her simply to acquire a work permit before returning back to Cleveland in 1975. She turns 61 today.
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