Two classic live performance debuts and a spooky Lennon factoid...

Jefferson Airplane, Aug. 1969. (Photo: RCA Records/Getty Images)

8/13/1965 (53 years ago today) - Jefferson Airplane play their first live gig ever at the (now) legendary Matrix Club in San Francisco. The cover photo of their most classic album, "Surrealistic Pillow" (1967), was taken inside The Matrix, which saw a more-than-impressive list of artists that performed there between '65 and 1972: Janis Joplin, Boz Scaggs, Paul Butterfield, Steppenwolf, Moby Grape, Commander Cody, Grateful Dead, Howlin' Wolf, Santana, The Tubes, The Velvet Underground, The Doors and Steel Mill (featuring Bruce Springsteen) to name just a few...

8/13/1967 (51 years ago today) - The first/original line-up of Fleetwood Mac made their live debut at the National Jazz and Blues Fest in Windsor, England -- Also on the bill: Cream, Small Faces, Jeff Beck, The Move (with Roy Wood), Donovan, Pink Floyd and Chicken Shack (featuring soon-to-be Mac member Christine McVie) -- By 1967 standards, this had to have been a mind-blowing experience and another reason we're still looking into that time travel machine-thing...

8/13/1971 (47 years ago today) - John Lennon flew from London's Heathrow Airport to New York City. He never set foot on British soil again.

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