THIS WEEK IN ROCK
January 5, 2020
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…
#OnThisDay December 30, 1999
Slade’s incomparable frontman Noddy Holder is awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Millennium Honours list. And the only response that is ‘Get Down Get With It’!
#OnThisDay December 31, 1973
The mighty AC/DC make their live debut in a small Sydney club called Chequers. And we can’t think of a more appropriate track than this!
#OnThisDay January 1, 1950
It’s a double whammy as we wish you all a Happy New Year and extend many happy returns to Mott The Hoople’s Morgan Fisher. And here they are on rip-roaring form with the classic single, ‘Roll Away The Stone’!
#OnThisDay January 2, 2009
The mighty AC/DC are declared the biggest-selling artists of 2008 in the US after it’s revealed that their latest album, ‘Black Ice’, has sold a massive 3.4m copies there. Did you k now that the album made rock history by debuting at No. 1 in 29 countries?
#OnThisDay January 3, 2017
With vinyl sales topping 3m copies in the previous year – the highest UK sales in 25 years – the BPI announce that David Bowie’s final album, ‘Blackstar’, is the most popular in that format.
#OnThisDay January 4, 1983
Eurythmics release their second album, ‘Sweet Deams (Are Made Of This)’. Eschewing the psychedelic tinge of its predecessor, the new album finds Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart embracing analogue synths and the stunning results peak at No. 3 in the UK album chart.
#OnThisDay January 5, 1974
Billy Joel’s second album, ‘Piano Man’, enters the US albums chart and becomes his first significant hit. The title track becomes both Joel’s signature tune and his nickname and is based on his experiences working as a piano player in a bar in Los Angeles in the early 70s.
This footage of the mighty AC/DC detonating their 1990 hit to tens of thousands of delirious fans, lays a serious claim to being the most exciting live footage ever captured for posterity.Read more
With the mightiest metal masterpiece of them all, ‘Back In Black’, celebrating its 40th birthday this month, AC/DC are our artists of the month for July.Read more
In the first of our #LegacyLiveSeries of full classic shows from our archives, sit back and enjoy Eurythmics live on their legendary 1999 Peace Tour…Read more
Leonard Cohen’s poetry recital, Eddie Vedder’s sea rescue, Rick Astley’s internet prank – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
ELO release an entire album on betamax, Elvis leaves the army and goes right back in the studio, Ray Davies gets a gong and more. It’s this week in rock.Read more
From charts to shows, record releases to record-setters – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
A week of lyrical landmarks, timeless trivia and record-breaking record releases, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Fantastic chart-toppers, literally Oscar-winning performances and landmark releases – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Epic careers are launched, coveted awards are won and charts are topped – it’s this week in rock…Read more
Landmark releases, fascinating trivia and chart topping hits – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Many happy return to a certain Mr Astley, groundbreaking albums and record setting chart performances – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Many happy returns, TV debuts, landmark record deals and more. It’s This Week In Rock.Read more
History-making meetings, career-defining releases, epoch-engendering live shows and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Elvis! Sabbath! AC/DC! Elvis again! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Happy New Year with Bowie, Billy Joel, AC/DC and more – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Ever wondered what history’s biggest rock stars were up to over the festive period? Wonder no longer, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Unprecedented chart successes, the dearly departed and The King joining the Narcotics Bureau?! It’s this week in rock…Read more
Charity bonanzas and rocket-fuelled chart rises – it’s This Week In Rock, including the Final Countdown!Read more
Wham! hit number one (again), Elvis hits the big screen (again) Billy Joel hits the top of the US charts (for the very first time) and more. It’s This Week In Rock’.Read more
Wham! bestride the Atlantic, Ozzy announces his retirement, Eurythmics join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and more – it’s this week in rock.Read more
Mae Boren Axton makes history, chart climaxes, birthdays and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
This feminist anthem finds Eurythmics teaming up with the late soul legend Aretha Franklin for one of the defining tracks of the 80s.Read more
Elvis tops the charts, George Michael takes on the American establishment, AC/DC get a statue and lots lots more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Landmark albums, live debuts and publishing history – it’s this week in rock…Read more
All star shows, landmark releases, the rise and fall of legendary venues, it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
Intriguing collaborations, seminal singles, classic albums and breakthrough hits – it’s this week in rock. https://www.legacyrecordings.co.uk/news/this-week-in-rock-13Read more
Record breaking releases, turbo-charged chart positions and hugely expensive birthday presents – it’s This Week In Rock…Read more
David Essex, George Michael, The King, Dylan meets The Beatles and more – it’s This Week In Rock.Read more
Final shows, landmark shows, epic residencies and more. It’s This Week In Rock, rock history as it happened.Read more
Ozzy in the USSR, The Clash’s live London debut, many happy returns to David Crosby, the legendary Woodstock festival and more. It’s the week in rock as it happened…Read more
The Manics, Paul Simon, Elvis, Snap!, Scott McKenzie, The Ronettes and Ghostbusters! It’s the week in rock and history as it happened…Read more
Landmark chart spots, classic shows and many happy returns – it’s this week in rock as it happened…Read more
Classic hits, seminal singles, infectious smashes and idiosyncratic sensations. This week in rock history as it happened…Read more
Double whammys, numbers ones, history making shows and many happy returns – this week in rock down the years…Read more
Record-setting chart placings, bans, classic festival sets and a thoroughly decent proposal. This week’s rock history as it happened.Read more
Innovative inventions, ground breaking releases, landmark interviews, legendary live shows and timeless tours – follow rock history as it happened.Read more
Live debuts, awards, classic releases and a revolution in the recording industry. We look back at this week in rock history…Read more
He just turned 70 but our Artist of the Month for June shows no sign of slowing down. With a series of massive shows this month, including a date at Wembley Stadium, it’s Mr Billy Joel.Read more
Billy Joel turns 70 next week and is celebrating with a new playlist of dynamic, rare live performances never before available for streaming.Read more
Let’s kick off the new month with this extraordinary footage of Mott The Hoople letting rip with the mighty ‘Roll Away The Stone’.Read more
The final wave of our long awaited Eurythmics vinyl re issues is available now, with ‘We Too Are One’ & ‘Peace’ out now on vinyl…Read more
The second wave of this year’s long-awaited Eurythmics vinyl reissues are here! ‘Be Yourself Tonight’, ‘Savage’ and ‘Revenge’ are out now.Read more
Whatever you think of the concept – and millennial audiences may certainly raise their eyebrows at the Baby Boomer rundown of the Luckiest Generation’s trials and tribulations – there’s no denying that ‘We Didn’t Start The Fire’ had the cultural impact of a meteor strike.Read more
The first three of this year’s long-awaited Eurythmics vinyl reissues are here! ‘In The Garden’, ‘Sweet Dreams’ and ‘Touch’ are out now.Read more
They’re one of our finest, most eclectic and endlessly inventive pop duos.Read more
Far too prolific to have a single signature tune, ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’ is nonetheless the track our Artists of the Month, Eurythmics, are perhaps best known for. but it wasn’t the first or last song about the popular nocturnal hallucinations. Here’s our dreams top ten…Read more
There are few bands that have not only come to define a decade, but also to transcend it, with music that’s inarguably timeless. Ladies and gentlemen, our Artists of the Month for March: Annie Lenox and Dave Stewart. Eurythmics.Read more
An homage to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, ‘Uptown Girl’ was Billy Joel’s first and only Number One hit.Read more
One of the most revered, respected and influential groups of the 1980s, Eurythmics’ catalogue includes more than 20 international hits. We’re thrilled to announce that eight of the band’s most groundbreaking albums will be re-released on vinyl throughout 2018.Read more
It’s only right and proper that we pause to celebrate the life of David Bowie on the week of what would’ve been his 71st birthday.Read more
The 2018 shortlist for induction into Cleveland, OH’s legendary Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame is out, and five Legacy artists are up for the honour. We need your vote!Read more
We’re giving you the chance to win one of our CD Book Sets – take your pick from Bob Dylan’s The Bootleg Series Volumes 1-3 [rare and unreleased] 1961-1991, Elvis Presley’s Platinum A Life In Music or AC/DC’s Black Tracks.Read more
Over the last 12 months, we at Sony Legacy have been proud to assemble some truly comprehensive compendiums of the most innovative and influential artists of all time. Here’s a look back at some of the greatest.Read The Rundown...
The chase for a festive chart-topper is revving up again, so let’s look back at years past. Terry Staunton is reading a list and checking it twice…Read More...
Julian Marszalek reflects on Gotham’s impressive musical legacy…Read More...
With The Eurythmics’ beloved debut turning 30 this week, Daryl Easlea examines ‘In The Garden’s place in history.Read More...
Read reviews of Billy Joel’s incredible stadium performanceRead more
Iconic artists photographed and mapped around New York City!Read more
Every month, we’ll gather up essential online pieces for you to enjoy!Read more
- Prelude/Angry young manBilly Joel
- Piano manBilly Joel
- Movin' out (Anthony's song)Billy Joel
- The longest timeBilly Joel
- Scenes from an Italian restaurantBilly Joel
- and lots more!...
- Sweet dreams (are made of this)Eurythmics
- Here comes the rain againEurythmics
- Would I lie to you?Eurythmics
- There must be an angel (playing with my heart)Eurythmics
- Love is a strangerEurythmics
- and lots more!!...
- WhyAnnie Lennox
- Walking on broken glassAnnie Lennox
- No more "I Love You's"Annie Lennox
- Little birdAnnie Lennox
- A White shade of paleAnnie Lennox
- and lots more!...
- It's a long way to the topAC/DC
- High VoltageAC/DC
- The JackAC/DC
- and lots more!...
This week in 1972….saw the release of Mott The Hoople’s ‘All The Young Dudes’Read more
Stream all ACDC’s albums now…Read more