10 Interesting Facts And Events In Rock n’ Roll In 1973
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The 1973 era became the nest of some of the most interesting and controversial events that led to the shaping of historical landscape in the name of rock and roll. A new approach to society’s standard way of living brought us some of the craziest revelations unfolded right outside for the people to see. With these, we jotted down, the top ten most interesting facts and events in rock and roll in the year 1973.
10. Kiss’s first-ever performance
On the 30th of January 1973, the band Kiss performed a concert live for the first time at the Coventry Club (then Popcorn Club) located in Queens. A newbie to the rock and roll scene, the group had fewer than 10 people present at the event.
9. Mick Jagger’s visa rejection
On the 10th of January 1973, Mick Jagger from Rolling Stones was declined for a Japanese Visa following the events of a 1969 drug conviction. This resulted in the halting of their plans to perform in Japan for their forthcoming tour.
8. David Bowie’s retirement of his fictional persona “Ziggy Stardust”
Already exhausted after a successful tour around the world, David Bowie abruptly announced that he will now retire his Ziggy Stardust character. The confession gave the fans a shock in his final concert at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
7. The Wailers’ fifth studio album garnered critical acclaim
The album was titled Catch A Fire and would leave to become the most successful reggae-rock album in the history of this genre. This established the names of Bob Marley along with his group in the future generations to come.
6. Queen released their debut album
Also a newbie to the scene, the band Queen first released their self-titled album on the year 1973. After given a chance for a shot at popularity, the band received moderate success not bad for a first-timer.
5. Ray Davies from the Kinks made an emotional outburst on stage during a White City Stadium concert
Tired from overwork, personal problems, and all other stress in the surroundings made the Kinks’ Ray Davies blatantly announce he’s quitting from the band. Later that night he was admitted to the hospital. Fortunately, not a lot of people heard his statement, and he further renounced it after recovery.
4. Robert Wyatt’s accident
The founding father of the bands Soft Machine and Matching Mole, Robert Wyatt faced the most problematic deal in his life when he fell down on three stories outside a London apartment after a party. On his six-month stay in the hospital, he wrote his first album Rock Bottom and continued to venture as a solo artist afterward.
3. Dark Side of the Moon was released
This year, Pink Floyd released one of the most successful albums of all time. It topped the charts and was subsequently logs the all-time record of 741 weeks from the Billboard 200.
2. Lou Reed was bitten on the buttocks by a fan
This happened during their concert at the Buffalo, New York. A zealous fan leaped on stage and bit him at his buttocks while performing. The fan was escorted out of the show as Reed continued.
1. Stevie Wonder’s vehicular accident
On August 6, 1973, Stevie Wonder faced a vehicular accident when his car hit the back of a truck. The incident led him to a four days coma while on tour and led him to a partial loss of his sense of smell and taste. Luckily he managed and went back to touring after he recovered.