This week in rock history, Brian Eno quit Roxy Music, Neil Diamond got raided, Marvel Comics launched a KISS comic, Pearl Jam met with tragedy at a festival and Eminem's mom sued him.
July 2, 1973: Brian Eno quits Roxy Music after clashing with Bryan Ferry
Roxy Music just wasn't big enough for the both of them. Singer Bryan Ferry and synthesizer player Brian Eno initially seemed cut from the same cloth – both were artsy young men with glamorous predilections – but their bitter personal rivalry ultimately led to Eno's departure.
One of England's most popular experimental bands, Roxy Music were greatly influential in the country's burgeoning glam rock scene – the same that yielded David Bowie and T. Rex. Eno, who joined the band in 1971, performed with Roxy Music on two albums: their 1972 debut (which featured the hit single "Virginia Plain" and hit Number 10 on the U.K. charts) and 1973's For Your Pleasure. He was a brash, popular member of the band, and introduced much of their whimsical influences. Soon after the release of the For Your Pleasure, exhausted from quarreling with the mercurial Ferry over the management of the band, Eno quit the group. He was replaced by keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson, who contributed to two of Roxy Music's most critically acclaimed efforts, Stranded (1973) and Country Life (1974). However, Eno fared pretty well himself – he continued to follow his experimental leanings as a solo artist and has become a prolific, celebrated producer and musician.
June 30, 1976: Police raid Neil Diamond's home for drugs
On the eve of Neil Diamond's much-publicized launch show for the new Aladdin Hotel in Los Vegas, 50 police officers raided his California home for drugs, spurned on by an anonymous tipster who told them about an enormous stash of cocaine. Instead, the cops found a half-ounce of marijuana in total – a miniscule amount, but enough to order the famously affable Diamond to enroll in a six-month drug education program.
Diamond later told the press that he was scarred from the raid and the invasion of his privacy. He and his wife sold their sprawling city home and moved to Malibu after the incident. Ever the pacifist, the adult contemporary singer/songwriter did make one winking concession to the raid later that year: At the Band's farewell concert, the legendary "Last Waltz," he joined the group and many other celebrity guests onstage for a spin on Bob Dylan's "I Shall Be Released."
June 30, 1977: Marvel Comics launches a comic book based on KISS
The legend goes that the members of KISS poured their own blood into the red dye used to print their first Marvel comic book. But unlike most rock myths, this one is true – and even has photographic evidence.
The KISS comic book was an inspired gimmick from the start. Marvel Comics – home to Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Hulk – published a full comic adventure starring the hard-partying "Rock and Roll All Nite" troupe, imagining them as (libidinous) superheroes. Slapstick humor abounded, as did Gene Simmons's understandable battle strategy of wagging his tongue at his enemies. It also included a concert photo centerfold.
Marvel released a second, body fluid-free KISS comic book in 1979. At least, it's body fluid-free to our knowledge.
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