The long, rich musical history of New Year's Eve

Auld acquaintances are forgotten

KOIN 6 News Staff - PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) -- Even if you don't go out on New Year's Eve, you are surrounded by entertainment. In recent decades, there have been shows hosted and produced by Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest and Anderson Cooper. And this year, a show from Las Vegas begins at 8 p.m. on KOIN.

But New Year's Eve has a long, rich history of other musical events and tragedies.

In 1961, the Beach Boys played their first gig, in Long Beach, California. They earned $300. In 1969, Jimi Hendrix's Band of Gypsys made its debut in New York. In 1972, the MC5 played their last gig, in Detroit. They were paid $200. And in 1973, AC/DC made their concert debut in Sydney, Australia.

In 1984, drummer Rick Allen of Def Leppard lost his left arm in a car crash near his home in England. Then just one year later, singer Rick Nelson was killed when fire broke out aboard a private plane that was taking him to a New Year's Eve performance in Dallas. His fiancee and five other people were also killed.

In 2015, singer Natalie Cole died of heart failure in Los Angeles at the age of 65.

Plenty of well-known musicians were born on New Year's Eve, including guitarist Andy Summers of The Police (75), bassist Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith (66), singer Paul Westerberg (58), guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax (54), singer-actor Joe McIntyre of New Kids on the Block (45), singer Psy (40), drummer Bob Bryar of My Chemical Romance (38) and Drew Taggart of The Chainsmokers (28.)

So if you want to listen to AC/DC, The Police, New Kids on the Block or The Chainsmokers or just go Gangnam Style, go right ahead. Listen loud. The new year awaits.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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