This Day in Music History — November 17

1974 : ABBA play their first gig outside Sweden, opening at the Kalkonerteater in Copenhagen on their first European tour.

1978 : During Bob Dylan’s show at the San Diego Sports Arena, an audience member throws a silver Christian cross onstage, which the singer picks up and pockets. Perhaps coincidentally, Dylan enters his “Christian period” the next year.

2000 : Cher makes her first appearance on NBC-TV’s sitcom Will and Grace, in the episode “Gypsies, Tramps and Weed.”

2003 : After collapsing on stage during a concert in London, Meat Loaf is rushed to a nearby hospital with what a publicist terms “exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection” but what is actually an irregular heartbeat requiring emergency surgery.

This Day in Music History — September 26

1975 : The Rocky Horror Picture Show opens in Westwood, California. Featuring a young Meat Loaf along with Tim Curry and Susan Sarandon, the movie tanks but later becomes a cult classic, with audience members shouting back at the screen and bringing toast, toilet paper, and other assorted items to enhance the viewing experience.

1992 : Gloria Estefan headlines a show featuring Paul Simon, Crosby, Stills & Nash and Jimmy Buffett at a Miami concert to raise money for Hurricane Andrew relief.

2008 : In some very unshocking news, Clay Aiken announces that he is gay in People magazine, saying: “It was the first decision I made as a father. I cannot raise a child to lie or to hide things. I wasn’t raised that way, and I’m not going to raise a child to do that.”

2012 : Artist Pink, aka “P!nk,” scores her first #1 album on Billboard’s album charts with The Truth About Love. The album had sold 280,000 copies at the time.