Today in Music History: Pixies return to the stage at the Fine Line

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Pixies at Minnesota Public Radio (MPR / Leah Garaas)

History Highlight

Today in 2004, the Pixies returned to the stage after 11 years with a 27-song set at the Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis. According to Spin, bassist Kim Deal said "This is so weird" midway through the show, and Minneapolis seemed to be "overflowing with civic pride". Here is the setlist from the show.

Also, Today In:

1965 - The Beatles recorded the song "Help!" during an evening recording session at Abbey Road in London.

1965 - The Beatles won their first Grammy Awards, taking Best New Artist and Best Performance by a Vocal Group for "A Hard Day's Night." Record of the Year went to "The Girl From Ipanema" by Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto.

1968 - Bobby Goldsboro started a five-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Honey."

1971 - The Rolling Stones released Brown Sugar, the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduced the iconic licking-tongue-and-lips logo.

1973 - The Wailers, led by Bob Marley, released their fifth studio album, Catch a Fire. The first album on their new label, Island Records, it made Marley and the Wailers international recording stars and brang reggae music to the forefront.

1974 - Elton John went to No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "Bennie And The Jets", his second U.S. No. 1.

1974 - Paul McCartney's Band On The Run went to No. 1 on the U.S. album charts. It was McCartney's third U.S. No. 1, and it went on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide.

1985 - USA for Africa started a four-week run at No. 1 on the U.S. singles chart with "We Are The World."

1993 - The first "Aerosmith Day" was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

2009 - A jury finds the now 69-year-old Phil Spector guilty of second-degree murder in the 2003 shooting death of the actress Lana Clarkson.

2012 - Five of Tom Petty's guitars were stolen from a soundstage in Culver City, Calif., where Petty and his band, the Heartbreakers, were rehearsing for an upcoming tour. The stolen gear included a 1967 Blonde Rickenbacker, a 1967 Epiphone Sheridan, a 1965 Gibson SG TV Jr., a Fender Broadcaster and a Dusenberg Mike Campbell Model, which belonged to Campbell himself. Petty was offering a "no questions asked" reward bounty of $7,500 to anyone with information leading to the guitars' recovery. The instruments were recovered four days later, and a private security guard was arrested in connection with the theft.

Birthdays:

Al Green is 72.

Max Weinberg, the drummer for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, is 67.

Blondie keyboardist and songwriter Jimmy Destri is 64.

Original Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak was born today in 1962.

Marc Ford of The Black Crowes is 52.

Lou Bega is 43.

Highlights for Today in Music History are gathered from This Day in Music, Paul Shaffer's Day in Rock, Song Facts and Wikipedia.


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