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Al Stewarts’ biggest hit and Petty’s big award in today’s Rock History!

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1971

The Montreaux Casino caught fire and burned during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The incident was later immortalized by Deep Purple’s 1973 hit, “Smoke on the Water”.

1978

Al Stewart’s “Time Passages” peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Despite achieving his highest chart position, Stewart would later say that he never really cared for the song.

1979

Just three months after Keith Moon’s death, tragedy struck The Who again when eleven people were trampled to death while trying to reach unreserved concert seats at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island cancels the Who’s next concert, scheduled there in two days.

2003

The Recording Industry Association of America gave Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers a Diamond Award to mark the sale of 10 million copies of the band’s “Greatest Hits” album in the United States.

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