On this day in rock history, the four members of Led Zeppelin played their first concert at the Gladsaxe Teen Club in Gladsaxe, Denmark. At the time, they were billed as the Yardbirds because Jimmy Page's old group had broken up after the gig had been booked. They wouldn't be billed as Led Zeppelin for another six weeks.

Two of rock's funniest characters died on Sept. 7. Keith Moon, the maniacal drummer for the Who, passed away in 1978 after taking an overdose of pills designed to curb his desire for alcohol. Fifteen years later, Warren Zevon, whose scabrous wit made him the definitive "songwriter's songwriter," lost his battle with lung cancer.

In 1984, Queensryche released The Warning, their first full-length album. Three years later, Pink Floyd emerged from litigation with David Gilmour in charge and put out A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The record restored Pink Floyd to prominence and was followed by a massive world tour.

Celebrating birthdays today are Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, who was born in 1951, and Buddy Holly. The rock n' roll pioneer was born in 1936, but died in a plane crash on Feb. 3, 1959.

Watch an exciting recap of many of the day’s biggest rock anniversaries above, narrated by our radio host Zach Martin. And learn more about these important events by clicking the links below.

News Anniversaries:
Led Zeppelin play their first show (1968)
Keith Moon dies (1978)
Warren Zevon dies (2003)

Album Anniversaries:
Queensryche, The Warning (1984)
Pink Floyd, A Momentary Lapse of Reason (1987)

Birthdays:
Buddy Holly (1936)
Chrissie Hynde (1951)

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