This week is remembered in rock history for the time that Keith Moon supposedly celebrated his birthday by accidentally driving a car in to a pool. It was also during this week in 1965 that the biggest band in the world had a rather special meeting with a hero. These seven days also house some really big record releases, like Bruce Springsteen’s breakthrough album Born to Run and Pearl Jam’s Ten, which celebrates its twenty-five year anniversary. This week also marks the one year anniversary of the last ever studio album by the mighty Motörhead. Keep reading for all the goings-on throughout rock history!

Events

1965 - Jefferson Airplane played their first gig. It took place at the Matrix Club in San Francisco.

1965 - While on a break during their US tour, the Beatles visited Elvis Presley at his home in Beverly Hills. The Fab Four came away slightly underwhelmed by the experience.

The Beatles

1967 - Keith Moon of The Who accidentally drove a car in to a hotel swimming pool. Moon was trying to elude the police who had come to shut down his birthday party. Some say it’s myth, Roger Daltrey claims it really happened. In any case it makes for a great story!

1970 - The Velvet Underground played their last gig with Lou Reed. The show took place at the famous Manhattan venue Max's Kansas City.

1970 - Elton John played in the US for the very first time. John started his tour at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix played in the UK for the last time when he appeared at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Releases

1967 - Merle Haggard: Branded Man

1968 - Fleetwood Mac: Mr. Wonderful

1972 - The Kinks: Everybody's in Show-Biz

1975 - Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run

1976 - Boston: Boston

Boston

1976 - Eric Clapton: No Reason to Cry

1978 - Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!

1979 - The Alan Parsons Project: Eve

1981 - The Rolling Stones: Tattoo You

Rolling Stones

1982 - Alice Cooper: Zipper Catches Skin

1983 - Rainbow: Bent Out of Shape

1985 - The Cure: The Head on the Door

1986 - Paul McCartney: Press to Play

1986 - Status Quo: In the Army Now

1987 - The Cars: Door to Door

1988 - Jane's Addiction: Nothing's Shocking

1988 - Metallica: ...And Justice for All

1991 - Pearl Jam: Ten

Pearl Jam

1994 - Manic Street Preachers: The Holy Bible

1996 - Pearl Jam: No Code

1998 - Rob Zombie: Hellbilly Deluxe

1998 - Manic Street Preachers: This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours

1999 - Sevendust: Home

2001 - Puddle of Mudd: Come Clean

2001 - Slipknot: Iowa

2002 - Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head

2002 - Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf

2002 - Stone Sour: Stone Sour

2002 - Thirty Seconds to Mars: 30 Seconds to Mars

2003 - Avenged Sevenfold: Waking the Fallen

2008 - The Verve: Forth

2008 - Slipknot: All Hope Is Gone

2008 - B.B. King: One Kind Favor

2010 - The Pretty Reckless: Light Me Up

2014 - Royal Blood: Royal Blood

2015 - Motörhead: Bad Magic

Motorhead

Deaths

Brian Epstein (Manager of the Beatles) - August 27, 1967

Stevie Ray Vaughan - August 27, 1990

Stevie Ray Vaughan

Bob Stegmeyer (bassist) - August 25, 1995

Jack Nitzsche (producer) - August 25, 2000

Births

John Lee Hooker - August 22, 1920

John Lee Hooker

Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) - August 24, 1945

Keith Moon - August 23, 1946

Danny Seraphine (Chicago) - August 28, 1948

Rick Springfield - August 23, 1949

Gene Simmons - August 25, 1949

Jimi Jamison (Survivor) - August 23, 1951

Rob Halford - August 25, 1951

Alex Lifeson - August 27, 1953

Elvis Costello - August 25, 1954

Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) - August 27, 1956

Vernon Reid (Living Colour) - August 22, 1958

Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots) - August 23, 1961

John Bush (Anthrax) - August 24, 1963

Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows) - August 26, 1966

Shirley Manson (Garbage) - August 26, 1966

Layne Staley - August 22, 1967

Jeff Tweedy (Wilco) - August 25, 1967

Adrian Young (No Doubt) - August 26, 1969

Jack Black (Tenacious D) - August 28, 1969

Tony Kanal (No Doubt) - August 27, 1970

Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) - August 23, 1978

Florence Welch (Florence and the Machine) - August 28, 1986