From the birth of Jane’s Addiction frontman Perry Farrell to Kirk Hammett famously joining Metallica, the week of March 27 through April 2 has many significant moments in rock ‘n’ roll. Read on for some major events, historic record releases and births and deaths taking place March 27 through April 2.


1967 – The photo shoot for the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band happened at Chelsea Manor Studios in London.

1967 – Jimi Hendrix set his guitar on fire for the first time at a gig at The Astoria in London. He would do it again many times throughout his career.

1974 - The Ramones played their first gig in front of an audience.

1983 - Kirk Hammett became a member of Metallica.

1985 – David Lee Roth exited Van Halen.

1986 – Sammy Hagar played his first gig as Van Halen’s lead singer at a show in Louisiana.

1987 – U2 performed a rooftop concert in Los Angeles to film their music video for “Where the Streets Have No Name.”

1990 – Nirvana began work on demos with producer Butch Vig at Smart Studios in Wisconsin. Some of the tracks would end up on Nevermind.

1996 - Phil Collins announced he would exit Genesis to focus on a solo career.

2005 - U2 set off on their Vertigo Tour in San Diego, California.


Marvin Gaye, April 2, 1939

Eric Clapton, March 30, 1945

Emmylou Harris, April 2, 1947

Mick Ralphs, March 31, 1948

Tony Banks, March 27, 1950

Leon Wilkeson, April 2, 1952

David Robinson, April 2, 1953

Jeff Porcaro, April 1, 1954

Angus Young, March 31, 1955

Andrew Farriss, March 27, 1959

Johnny April, March 27, 1965

Joey Castillo, March 30, 1966

Dave Keuning, March 28, 1976

Chad Allan, March 29, 1943

Perry Farrell, March 29, 1959

Jack Antonoff, March 31, 1984


Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, March 28, 1974

Marvin Gaye, April 1, 1984

O'Kelly Isley, March 31, 1986

Buddy Rich, April 2, 1987

Selena, March 31, 1995

Phil Ramone, producer, March 30, 2013


1958, Chuck Berry: “Johnny B. Goode,” single

Chuck Berry

1973, Led Zeppelin: Houses of the Holy

1975, Jeff Beck: Blow by Blow

1976, Led Zeppelin: Presence

1976, Rush: 2112

1980, Scorpions: Animal Magnetism

1985, Bon Jovi: 7800° Fahrenheit

1987, Bryan Adams: Into the Fire

1992, Bruce Springsteen: Human Touch

1992, Bruce Springsteen: Lucky Town

1992, Def Leppard: Adrenalize

Def Leppard

1993, Suede: Suede

1994, Pink Floyd: The Division Bell

Pink Floyd

2003, The White Stripes: Elephant

White Stripes

2004, Aerosmith: Honkin' on Bobo

2007, Kings of Leon: Because of the Times

2008, The Black Keys: Attack & Release

2014, Band of Skulls: Himalayan