Today in Music History: Radiohead Underestimate Their Popularity

Radiohead group shot
Radiohead underestimated their own popularity. (Official Band Website)

History Highlight:

Today in 2008, Radiohead were forced to abandon an intimate gig at Rough Trade East records in London after police raised safety fears. The band moved the gig to a nearby club after over 1,500 fans turned up after the event was announced in the morning promising tickets to the first 200 fans.

Also, Today In:

1973 - Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people.

1978 - Sex Pistol Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital. In other words, it was a typical Tuesday.

1980 - Paul McCartney was jailed in Japan for marijuana possession after bringing a half pound of pot into the country.

1996 - Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. The lesson, clearly, is don't go anywhere near Jimmy Buffett, ever.

2000 - It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values.


Nick Valensi, guitartist for The Strokes, is 34 today.

Brendan O'Hara, drummer for Teenage Fanclub and Mogwai, is 45.