Events in Music on December 31

  • 1680 Amsterdam opera at Leidsegracht opens
  • 1879 Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera "Pirates of Penzance" premieres in NYC

Music History

1907 Gustav Mahler conducts the Metropolitan Opera, in New York City

  • 1923 Harry Tierney and Joseph McCarthy's musical "Kid Boots," premieres in New York City

Music History

1943 NYC's Times Square greets Frank Sinatra at Paramount Theater

  • 1955 "Vamp" closes at Winter Garden Theater NYC after 60 performances
  • 1961 "lrma La Douce" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 527 performances

Music History

1963 Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir play music together for the 1st time, Dana Morgan's Music Store in Palo Alto, California

  • 1966 Monkee's "I'm a Believer" hits #1 & stays there for 7 weeks
  • 1967 "Henry, Sweet Henry" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 80 performances

Music History

1970 Paul McCartney files a lawsuit to dissolve The Beatles

  • 1974 Lindsey Buckingham & Stevie Nicks join Fleetwood Mac
  • 1977 "Bubbling Brown Sugar" closes at ANTA Theater NYC after 766 performances
  • 1977 "Man of La Mancha" closes at Palace Theater NYC after 124 performances
  • 1978 "Magic Show" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 1859 performances
  • 1978 "Runaways" closes at Plymouth Theater NYC after 199 performances
  • 1978 The Runaways' band's last ever concert at the Cow Plalce in Daly City, California
  • 1978 Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco, California closes after 556 concerts; Final show is the Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and The Blues Brothers; program lasts for over 8 hours, with the Grateful Dead playing for nearly 6 hours; concert broadcast on local PBS TV station KQED, and simulcast by radio station KSAN-FM, after the show, the crowd was treated to a hot, buffet-style breakfast.

Music Concert

1980 Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band's "The River Tour" concert at Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, New York) clocks in at almost 4 hours

  • 1984 Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen loses his arm in a car crash
  • 1989 "Me & My Girl" closes at Marquis Theater NYC after 1420 performances
  • 1989 "Threepenny Opera" closes at Lunt-Fontanne Theater NYC after 65 performances

Music Concert

1993 Barbra Streisand performs her 1st public concert in 20 years before a sell-out crows of over 25,000 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada

  • 1995 "Danny Gans on Broadway" closes at Neil Simon NYC
  • 1995 "Having Our Say" closes at Booth Theater NYC after 308 performances
  • 1995 "Heiress" closes at Cort Theater NYC after 340 performances
  • 1995 "Paul Roebson" closes at Longacre Theater NYC after 14 performances
  • 1995 "Racing Demon" closes at Vivian Beaumont Theater NYC after 48 performances
  • 1995 "Tempest" closes at Broadhurst Theater NYC after 71 performances

Music History

2017 Singer Lorde called a bigot in ad in Washington Post after cancelling show in Israel