Rock N’ Roll Diary: January 25

Carter Alan /

Paul McCartney got out of a Tokyo jail after being busted for possession of pot and spending nine days in the slammer in 1980. What did he have to cough up in fines?

Answer: Nothing

Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!

  • 1978: There was a benefit concert for boxer Hurricane Carter at the Houston Astrodome – it was hosted by Bob Dylan and featured guests Steven Stills, Carlos Santana, Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder.
  • 1979: The Cars were named “Best New Band” by Rolling Stone.
  • 1980: Paul McCartney won his freedom after nine days in a Tokyo jail after being busted for possession of a half-pound of pot when he arrived with Wings for a tour of Japan.
  • 1984: Yoko Ono donated $375,000 to Strawberry Fields, an elderly people’s home in Liverpool.
  • 1991: MTV recorded Paul McCartney’s unplugged performance in front of a small studio audience and soon after a CD of the event was released.
  • 1999: The Rolling Stones opened their “No Security” tour in Oakland, CA.
  • Surprisingly, it was the band’s first live arena tour in over twenty years. That now seems like an eternity ago!
  • From the WZLX Ticket Stash…J. Geils played the TD Garden in 1975, and The Cars were at the Paradise in 1978.
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