On This Day

Events in Music on May 10

  • 1849 Astor Place Riot: Backers of American actor and working class hero Edwin Forrest attempt to disrupt British actor William McReady's performance at Astor Place Opera House in NYC; Military troops supporting police shoot at the crowd, killing between 22 and 31 [1]
  • 1907 Paul Dukas' opera "Ariane et Barbe Bleue" premieres in Paris
  • 1932 Government declares "Wilhelmus" as the Netherlands' national anthem
  • 1947 "Chocolate Soldier" closes at Century Theater NYC after 69 performances
  • 1952 Revival of Eubie Blake and Noble Sissle's musical "Shuffle Along" closes at Broadway Theater, NYC, after 4 performances

Music Premiere

1957 Dmitri Shostakovich's 2nd Piano concerto premieres in Moscow

Music History

1963 Decca signs Rolling Stones on advice of Beatle George Harrison

Music History

1967 Rolling Stones Keith Richards, Brian Jones & Mick Jagger arrested on drug charges

  • 1978 "Angel" opens at Minskoff Theater NYC for 5 performances
  • 1980 "Happy New Year" closes at Morosco Theater NYC after 17 performances

Radio History

1982 WABC radio (NYC) plays its last record - John Lennon's "Imagine" - and switches to all-talk format

  • 1986 "Rock Me Amadeus" by Falco hits #1 on UK pop chart
  • 1990 "Zoya's Apartment" opens at Circle in Square Theater NYC for 45 performances

Sports History

1991 Oakland A's Jose Canseco is seen leaving singer Madonna's apartment

  • 1992 "Hamlet" closes at Criterion Theater NYC after 45 performances
  • 1994 Musical sequel "The Best Little Whorehouse Goes Public" opens at Lunt-Fontanne Theatre, NYC; runs for 16 performances

Music Concert

1994 Barbra Streisand's begins 1st concert tour in 30 years, at the Capitol Centre in Landover, Maryland (after "warm-up" shows in Las Vegas and London)

  • 1994 DGC Records releases "Weezer" (known as 'The Blue Album", the debut album of rock band Weezer

Music Awards

1995 30th Academy of Country Music Awards: Alan Jackson and Reba McEntire win

Pro Wrestling

2010 Flavor Flav guest hosts the wrestling show WWE Raw

Album Release

2011 Christina Perri releases her debut studio album, "lovestrong"

Album Release

2013 Agnetha Faltskog releases a new album called "A"

  • 2014 59th Eurovision Song Contest: Conchita Wurst for Austria wins singing "Rise Like a Phoenix" in Copenhagen

Music History

2018 R. Kelly's songs removed from Spotify playlists after sexual abuse allegations

Music History

2019 Rihanna announces her new upmarket fashion label Fenty with world's largest luxury group LVMH, their first black female designer