This Week In Music History

The day is young and the fall is fresh so what better time for your weekly music history update! On this particular day in 1968, Jimi Hendrix released his spiced-up version of the Bob Dylan track “All Along the Watchtower”. Dylan reportedly liked the revamp of his acoustic track. But who wouldn’t, c’mon, it’s Hendrix. This fall Dylan has still been doing quite alright, most recently gracing the cover of the latest issue of Rolling Stone. His new album, Tempest, dropped on September 10 with reported rumors of this being his last record. The basis for these rumors being the album’s similar title to Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest. Dylan later discounted these rumors stating to Rolling Stone: “Shakespeare’s last play was called The Tempest. It wasn’t called just plain “Tempest”. The name of my record is just plain Tempest. It’s two different titles.” Regardless of the rumors, you can get your chance to see Bob Dylan live when he makes a stop in Boston at the TD Garden with Mark Knopfler on  November 18th.

In 1994, the distinctive voice of Billy Corgan was ascending the charts with The Smashing Pumpkins and their second studio album, Siamese Dream. This year the group released their eighth studio album, Oceania, on June 19th. The album is part of an on-going 44-track concept album. The group has released the dates of their Oceania Tour 2012 and will be stopping in Boston to play at the Agganis Arena on October 27th.

Last but not least, Liam Gallagher, one half of the tumultuous Gallagher brothers formerly of Oasis, celebrates his birthday today. He is credited with being in the writing of the group’s hits “Champagne Supernova”, “Supersonic” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger”. He turns the big 4-0 today.

By Alexandra Parker

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