Saturday, 20 January 2018

Today in rock history 20th January

1947 – Born on this day in Rock, George Grantham, drums, Poco,.
1948 – Drummer Mel Pritchard of English prog rock group Barclay James Harvest is born.
1951 – Born on this day, Ian Hill, bass, Judas Priest.
1952 – Paul Stanley, the guitarist with KISS who was once described as “the world’s most passionate man,” is born in Queens, N.Y.
1958 – KWK, a radio station in St. Louis, wraps up their “Record Breaking Week”. After the station manager Robert Convey decided rock ‘n’ roll should be banned from their airwaves. DJs were allowed to play every rock record in their library once on air and then smash it to pieces.
1964 – Meet the Beatles is released in the United States.
1965 – Alan Freed, the disc jockey who coined the term “rock `n’ roll,” dies.
1965 – The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of Shindig! They invite Howlin’ Wolf to be their guest on the show, then sit at his feet while the bluesman performs.
1967 – Filming begins at The UFO Club in London for a TV documentary about the famous psychedelic venue, featuring up and coming band Pink Floyd.
1967 – Paul McCartney records his vocal for the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”.
1969 – Shooting for the Beatles documentary Let It Be moves to the basement of 3 Saville Row, where Apple have their headquarters.
1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono both cut their hair off in Denmark and declare it to be Year One.
1973 – Bob Dylan begins recording in Mexico City the soundtrack to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, a Western starring Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn and himself.
1979 – Born on this day in rock, Rob Bourdon, drums, Linkin Park.
1982 – During a Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw an unconscious bat onto the stage. Thinking it was one of his rubber fakes, Ozzy picked it up and bit off its head. The singer was taken to hospital to be given a rabies injection.
1985 – Foreigner had their only UK No.1 single with ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’.
1988 – The Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Drifters, Bob Dylan and the Supremes are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mike Love of The Beach Boys gave a speech where he insulted The Beatles, Mick Jagger, & Bruce Springsteen.
1997 – Ben and Jerry’s introduced ‘Phish food’, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish.
1999 – Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, on probation for a 1997 heroin case, is arrested and faces a hearing for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center.
2004 – Cold singer Scooter Ward denies the hard rockers have broken up after guitarist Terry Balsamo defects to join Evanescence.
2015 - Motley Crue announced that they would perform for the last time on New Year's Eve in Los Angeles.

Friday, 19 January 2018

Today in rock history 19th January

1943 – Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas.
1947 - Rod Evans, original singer for Deep Purple is born
1949 – Singer Robert Palmer is born in Batley, England.
1957 – Johnny Cash makes his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ “Jackie Gleason Show.”
1967 – Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club, London.
1971 – The Beatles White Album was played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder.
1978 – Johnny Rotten was fired from The Sex Pistols for ‘not being weird enough anymore.’
1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart.
1988 – Bon Jovi’s and Motley Crue manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US.
1993 – A pre-inaugural gala in Landover, Md., toasting incoming president Bill Clinton features a reunion of Fleetwood Mac performing “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow),” the unofficial campaign song for Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore.
1998 - Carl Perkins died of throat cancer after suffering multiple strokes at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, TN. He was 65 years old.
2000 – Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were banned from putting up motorway signs saying ‘Liverpool, the Birthplace Of The Beatles’, because the Highways Agency thought the signs would distract motorists.
2001 – It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire.
2011 – Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler said on Tuesday the band would start work on its first new studio album in a decade, and promised that his new gig as a judge on “American Idol” would not get in the way.
2011 – Rockers Motley Crue have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming the band’s ‘Too Fast For Love’ album cover was used on merchandise.
Live Nation and the band are being sued by Ron Toma, who claims he owns the rights to the photograph, presumably taken by Michael Pinter in 1981. Showing a close-up of a man wearing a belt and leather trousers.

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Today in rock history 18th January

1965 – The Rolling Stones recorded ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Play With Fire’ at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on ‘Play With Fire.’
1967 – Jimi Hendrix recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops and also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London.
1974 – Former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company.
1975 – Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Down Down’, the groups only UK No.1 from 50 Top 40 hits.
1980 – Capricorn Records, home of prominent Southern rock acts of the 1970s, files for bankruptcy.
1981 – Wendy O’Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage in Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer.
1989 – Dion, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1991 – During an AC/DC North American tour three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd at a gig in Salt Lake City.
1995 – Jerry Garcia crashes a rented BMW into a guardrail near Mill Valley, Calif. He emerges unscathed.
2000 – Loud-mouthed Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker earns a new opponent, the members of ’80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Rocker, who had come under fire from virtually every segment of American society for his remarks about immigrants and New Yorkers in a Sports Illustrated interview, had been known to make use of Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” to signal his insertion into a game. The band issues a statement insisting that the Atlanta Braves organization halt the practice.
2016 - 67-year-old Glenn Frey, co-founder of The Eagles, died of rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia while recovering from intestinal surgery.
2017 - Paul McCartney filed a lawsuit against Sony/ATV seeking to regain the publishing rights to 267 of The Beatles' classic tunes.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Today in rock history 17th January

1948 – Born on this day, Mick Taylor, guitar, John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, joined The Rolling Stones, in 1969 left in 1974.
1963 – Appearing at The Marquee Club, London were the Cyril Davies All Stars, The Velvets and, bottom of the bill, The Rolling Stones.
1963 – The Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside.
1964 – The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On’, ‘Poison Ivy’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’. It peaked at No.15 on the UK charts.
1967 – The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon’s contribution to The Beatles song "A day in the life".
1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay.
1970 – Appearing at the Felt Forum New York City, The Doors. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming ‘Absolutely Live’ album.
1971 – Born on this day, Kid Rock.
1975 - Bob Dylan released Blood on the Tracks, an album which has gone on to be recognized as one of Dylan’s best albums.
1984 – No. 1 US Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes.
1996 – In a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., Pink Floyd are officially inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.
2002 – Metallica’s James Hetfield and his wife Francesca welcome the birth of their third child, a baby girl named Marcella.
2005 – Tenacious D drafts a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. The show features solo sets from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Queens of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and Beck, all of whom stick around for a show-closing jam.
2008 – The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour.
2011 – Don Kirshner,who’s guiding light led some of POP’s biggest stars from the 1950s thru the 1970s, died today of Heart failure in his home in Boca Raton, Fla at the age of 77.
An early promoter of Pop/Rock music, he propelled the careers of many bands including Kansas.
2016 - Dale Griffin, drummer and founding member of the British Glam-Rock band Mott The Hoople, passed away at the age of 67.

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

Today in rock history 16th January

1942 – Born on this day, William Francis, keyboards, vocals, Dr Hook,
1957 –The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times.
1970 – Police close an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs at a London gallery for alleged obscenity.
1973 – Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people.
1978 – Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1979 – Cher’s divorce from Gregg Allman was finalised.
1980 – Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.
1984 – Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200 (£117).
1985 – David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London.
1988 – 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’.
1992 – Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1996 – Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured
1998 – The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah cancels the premiere of Nick Broomfield’s documentary “Kurt and Courtney,” about late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love.
1999 – Legendary Los Angeles nightclub the Whisky A Go-Go begins a weeklong slate of concerts to mark its 35th anniversary.
2000 – It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values.
2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one.
2007 – Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire.
2011 – A brick from The Cavern Club, a check for 11 pounds signed by Ringo Starr, an “authentic” Beatles wig. These and thousands of other objects related to the “Fab Four” were luring Beatles fans to a new museum in Buenos Aires.
2015 - After deliberating for just one hour, a jury ruled that '80s Pop star Rick Springfield did not injure a woman at a New York State Fair concert more than a decade earlier.

Monday, 15 January 2018

Today in rock history 15th January

1928 – According to bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, today was the day he bought his first guitar. “Cost me only five dollars,” he claimed.
1941 – Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) is born in Glendale, Calif.
1948 – Born on this day, Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd
1952 – Born on this day, Melvyn Gale, cello, Electric Light Orchestra
1959 – Pete Trewavas, bassist with English ’80s prog rockers Marillion, is born in Middlesborough.
1965 – The Who release their single “I Can’t Explain” in the U.K., where it goes to No. 8.
1965 – Bob Dylan completes the recording of Bringing It All Back Home. His magnum opus (so far) was laid down in two days.
1965 – Born on this day, Adam Jones, guitarist, Tool.
1966 – The Beatles remain at No. 1 this week in the United States with “We Can Work It Out.”
1967 – Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show.
1970 – Bag One, an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs, opens at the London Art Gallery.
1972 – Manager Peter Grant turns down an invitation for “Led Zeppelin and his musicians” to play in Cannes, France, by publishing the request in today’s issue of Record Retailer.
1973 – The Rolling Stones announce a benefit concert for Managua, Nicaragua. The hometown of Bianca Jagger was recently devastated by an earthquake.
1977 – The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hotel California’ the group’s third US No.1 album.
1980 – The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show The Old Grey Whistle Test.
1984 – Bette Midler films the video for her cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” with Mick Jagger.
1991 – Sean Lennon’s updated version of his father John’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ was released to coincide with the United Nation’s midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
1992 – Elton John’s bassist Dee Murray dies of cancer in Nashville.
1994 – Harry Nilsson, a pal of John Lennon’s whose golden pipes appeared on classics like “Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Without You,” dies from heart disease in Agoura Hills, Calif.
1998 - Harmonica player Junior Wells, who played with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Buddy Guy died of lymphoma. He was 63 years old.
2001 – The Brit awards committee announces that U2 will receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the February 26 ceremony in London, despite actually coming from Ireland.
2008 – Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.
2016 - Just days after his death on January 10th, albums by David Bowie made up 25% of the UK album chart and thirteen of his singles were in the Top 100.

Today in rock history 14th January

1955 – Disc jockey Alan Freed holds his first Rock `n’ Roll Party stage show in New York. Acts include the Clovers, Fats Domino and the Drifters.
1959 - Geoff Tate, singer for Queensryche is born
1960 – G.I. Elvis Presley is promoted to a sergeant.
1961 – Mike Tramp, singer with metal two-hit-wonders White Lion, is born in Denmark.
1963 – The Rolling Stones perform for the first time with new recruit Charlie Watts on drums at London’s Flamingo Jazz Club.
1963 – Bob Dylan performs on Richard Farina’s album Dick Farina, billing himself as Blind Boy Grunt.
1966 – David Bowie release his first single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me,” on Parlophone Records.
1967 – The Jefferson Airplane perform at the Human Be-In in San Francisco, where attendees were asked to bring food, flowers, beads, feathers, bells and banners.
1967 – Born on this day, Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne Band.
1969 – Dave Grohl of Nirvana and the Foo Fighters is born.
1972 – Yes played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre, London.
1973 – Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is arrested on drugs possession charges.
1978 – The Sex Pistols perform before a sold-out crowd at San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. At the end of an era-defining gig, Johnny Rotten asks the audience, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated?” and walks out on the band.
1982 – Born on this day, Caleb Followill, lead singer, rhythm guitarist, Kings of Leon.
1989 – Paul McCartney releases his album of rock covers, Back in the USSR, exclusively in the Soviet Union today.
1992 – Jerry Nolan drummer with The New York Dolls died from a fatal stroke.
1993 – US alternative group The Pixies announced that they had split.
1995 – Pearl Jam performs with Neil Young for a Voters for Choice benefit in Washington, DC.
1999 – Hard rock band Metallica sues Victoria’s Secret, claiming that the lingerie and accessories manufacturer infringed on its trademark by marketing a line of “Metallica” lip pencils.
2000 – Melissa Etheridge tells Rolling Stone that David Crosby fathered her two children with Julie Cypher.
2003 – The Who’s Pete Townshend arrested at his London home on suspicion of a number of offenses connected with child pornography, including the making of indecent images. He is later released without being formally charged.
2003 – Linda Gail Lewis the sister of Jerry Lee Lewis, dropped a claim of sex discrimination against Van Morrison. Lewis had claimed that Morrison had ‘publicly humiliated’ her on stage and had tried to ruin her life by asking her for sex. She withdrew her claim after discussions with her lawyer. Morrison denied all the allegations.
2004 – The White Stripes’ Jack White pleads not guilty to assaulting the Von Bondies’ singer Jason Stollsteimer in December. White says he was acting in self-defense.
2005 – A $100,000 (£58,823) statue honouring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.
2011 – Who frontman Roger Daltrey revealed that, just before the band were set to play at the Super Bowl last year, he came face to face with his own mortality. “Suddenly my voice wasn’t behaving in a normal way. It was becoming hard work to sing,” Daltrey recalled.
Daltrey sought out the care of Dr. Steven Zeitels, Director of the Mass General Voice Center and professor at Harvard Medical School.
Daltrey was scheduled for surgery and underwent the knife the week before Christmas. “I got depressed after surgery, during what I call the big silence, that’s when I realized what it would be like to not have a voice,” Daltrey said. “I had two weeks of silence. Silence and no drinking. How’s that for a good Christmas. So, you know, it was the strangest Christmas I’ve ever had.”
2015 - According to a poll conducted by Forbes magazine, Fleetwood Mac tickets were the highest priced by touts.