"The show must go on" for The Doors -- Maine helps Dylan get a major tour underway -- We love The Ramones!

Zimmy at the Blackbushe Pop Festival, Hampshire, England, July 1978. (Express Newspapers/Getty Images)

9/15/1968 (49 years ago today) - It's already the beginning of the end...: The Doors are scheduled to perform with Jefferson Airplane in Amsterdam -- During the afternoon leading up to showtime, both bands went sight-seeing, smoking a little dope here and there while taking in the sights and meeting fans -- Jim Morrison, of course, was full-steam-ahead as usual, smoking and ingesting absolutely everything that was handed to him so by the time the concert was underway....look out! Jim strolls onstage while the Airplane are performing "Plastic Fantastic Lover", starts dancing, then proceeds to fall over, unconcious. He's hauled off to a local hospital, forcing The Doors to play as a trio with keyboardist Ray Manzarek filling in on lead vocals, which is not why you bought your ticket...

9/15/1978 (39 years ago today) - Your Ticketron ticket cost $10.00: Augusta, Maine is where Bob Dylan kicks off the longest and most continuous U.S. tour of his career -- The "Desire" album had spent several weeks at No. 1, so about half-a-dozen songs from that LP were featured during the 28-song set at the Augusta Civic Center show, which was the first of sixty-five gigs in sixty-two cities! Bob's previous album, "Blood On the Tracks" (1975), was also a No. 1 success, and right about now is when he starts getting a bit leery and weary of this pseudo-rock-star mode he's found himself in; weird career adjustments are looming...

9/15/2004 (13 years ago today) - His real name was John William Cummings: Ramones founding member/guitarist Johnny Ramone died at his Los Angeles home after a five-year battle with prostate cancer, age 55. Johnny's fast, high-energy guitar playing and bright, buzz-saw sound was a major influence on not just early punk rockers, but also British heavy metal bands like Iron Maiden, as well as the thrash-metal sound found in the early works of Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, all the way up to (and especially including) Green Day, who've made a career out of stealing The Ramones stuff. It's a fact: Those first five studio Ramones albums are must-have's, deserving of a lot more attention than rock-critics-Top-Ten-best-lists...

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