This Day in Rock History: October 25
On this day in rock history, the Rolling Stones performed on Ed Sullivan’s popular CBS variety show for the first time – and they already had a rebellious streak. Rather than opening with their new hit “Time Is On My Side,” the Stones instead tore into Chuck Berry‘s “Around and Around.”
It was a date when legends were born, as both Jon Anderson of Yes and Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest arrived – only two years apart. Later, Elton John performed a pair of historic sold-out shows at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on a bill that also included opening sets by Emmylou Harris and Joe Walsh.
Pink Floyd‘s Ummagumma arrived as the group continued to search for a new direction after splitting with original frontman Syd Barrett. As such, the album includes both live takes on some of their older songs, and new music marked by somewhat formless experiments.
Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these and other important events by clicking the links below.
Rolling Stones appear on Ed Sullivan Show for first time (1964)
Led Zeppelin play their first show (1968)
Elton John sells out two Dodger Stadium concerts (1975)
Bill Graham dies (1991)
Pink Floyd – Ummagumma (1969)
Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years (1975)
Corrosion of Conformity – Animosity (1985)
Jon Anderson (1945)
Glenn Tipton (1948)
Rolling Stones Live Albums, Ranked Worst to Best