Friday, 18 May 2018

Today in rock history 18th May

1911 – Big Joe Turner is born in Kansas City, Mo. His shouting blues inspired rock singers like Elvis Presley and Little Richard.
1944 – Albert Hammond, who wrote the meteorologically misleading “It Never Rains in Southern California,” is born in London. He also wrote “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for Starship with Diane Warren.
1949 – Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes is born in London.
1949 – William Wallace, Guess Who, is born
1963 – Bob Dylan duets with Joan Baez on “With God on Our Side” at the Monterey Folk Festival.
1963 – The Beatles begin their third U.K. tour supporting Roy Orbison. By the end of the 21-date tour, the fast-rising band was the headliner.
1964 -  The Animals recorded their rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun” in one take in London.
1964 – David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on the BBC show A Degree of Frost.
1965 – Here’s a Grammy Awards ceremony to remember. After Peter Sellers presents the Beatles with the Best Performance by a Vocal Group trophy, John Lennon leads the band in an a cappella rendition of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.”
1966 – It’s Bruce Springsteen’s first day at a recording studio as the Castiles (of which the Boss is a member) cut their song “That’s What You Get.”
1968 – The Doors, the Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe & the Fish, and Taj Mahal all play the Northern California Folk Rock Festival.
1969 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Get Back,” The Beatles.
1972 – According to today’s New York Times, the Beatles have agreed to split the fortune they accrued in their partnership. Paul McCartney says they’ve come to this arrangement to free up the $17 million that was frozen as they sued one another.
1979 – Journey host The Midnight Special, with special guests the Jacksons and Herbie Hancock.
1982 – Joe Strummer reappears after fleeing the Clash and moving to Paris for a month. He claims his disappearance was due to exhaustion and doubts about his career.
1993 – Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS are given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003 – Aussie rockers INXS play a gig at a Singapore restaurant to prove the country is safe despite the outbreak of the deadly SARS virus.
2005 – Dave Matthews Band top the album charts with Stand Up, while Weezer’s Make Believe debuts beneath the jam rockers at No. 2.
2011 – Roger Waters performs “The Wall Live” in London at the 02 Arena.! The show was sold out.

Today in rock history 17th May

1948 – Prog-rock drummer Bill Bruford is born in Sevenoaks
1958 - Paul Di’anno-original singer for Iron Maiden born in London today.
1963 – The Monterey Folk Festival opens with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Pete Seeger
1965 – Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is born today in Mercer, Pa.
1967 – The Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back debuts at San Francisco’s Presidio Theatre.
1968 - Dave Abbruzzese-drummer for Pearl Jam is born
1968 – Wonderwall, a psychedelic film with soundtrack by George Harrison, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.
1969 – Chicago release their double debut album, Chicago Transit Authority.
1974 – ABC broadcasts the Elton John special Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, during which the singer plays “Candle in the Wind” and “Rocket Man.”.
1975 – Elton John picks up a platinum disc for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The album is the first to sell a million copies on its first day of release.
1975 – Mick Jagger needs 20 stitches in his hand after putting it through the window of a restaurant in Montauk, N.Y.
1978 – Lou Reed begins a week-long stand at New York’s Bottom Line club. The concerts are taped for his live album Take No Prisoners.
1980 – Drummer Peter Criss left Kiss and was replaced by Eric Carr
1981 – Appearing at Bingley Hall, Stafford, England, Whitesnake
1987 – A fire sweeps through Tom Petty’s Encino, Calif., mansion, causing a million dollars in damage
1989 – Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s first Sticky Fingers restaurant opened in London.
1989 – At the Cannes Film Festival, Roger Daltrey announces that he intends to pursue the study of Chinese medicine.
1990 – Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing’s final gig with the band.
1992 – A sore throat forces Phil Collins to abandon a Genesis gig in Tampa, Fla., after only two songs.
1999 -  Bruce Fairbairn, producer for artists such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, & Kiss, was found dead in his Vancouver home shortly after completing recording sessions for Yes’ album The Ladder. He was 49 years old.
2003 – Stone Temple Pilot singer Scott Weiland is arrested after police stop him for driving without lights shortly before midnight in L.A. Cocaine and heroin is found in his car.
2008 – Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty posted a two-minute clip of themselves playing with newborn mice on Youtube. The video showed Doherty and Winehouse in a bare room, making rambling comments, picking up the mice and talking to them.
2010 -  ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on Two and a Half Men appearing in a fantasy sequence.
2015 - George Harrison's Maton Mastersound guitar, used during the Beatles' live performances in the summer of 1963, sold for $485,000 by Julien's Auctions in New York.

Today in rock history 16th May

1946 – Born on this day, Robert Fripp, King Crimson,
1947 – Born on this day, Darrell Sweet, Nazareth
1964 – Born on this day, Boyd Tinsley, violinist, Dave Matthews Band,
1965 - Krist Novoselic-bassist for Nirvana is born this day in California
1966 -  Jeff Beck recorded “Beck’s Bolero” which would be the B-Side of his debut single “Hi Ho Silver Lining” at IBC Studios in London. The song was written by Jimmy Page who also played on the song along with John Paul Jones and Keith Moon.
1969 -  Pete Townshend spends the night in a New York City jail after assaulting a man who jumped onstage during a Who concert at The Filmore East. It turned out that this man was a plainclothes police officer trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out, which Townshend wasn’t aware of.
1970 - Lead guitarist Randy Bachman quits The Guess Who. He would later form Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
 1984 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, TN on charges of public intoxication on Beale Street. According to the police report, Osbourne was “staggering drunk”.
1986 – Guitarist Robert Fripp married one time punk singer Toyah
1986 – Caitlin O’Riordan of the Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland.
1987 – David Crosby married his long time girlfriend Jan Danceon
1998 - Keith Richards broke his ribs after falling off of a ladder in his library, which caused the Rolling Stones to reschedule several dates of their European tour in support of Bridges to Babylon.
1999 – Jean Davis, co-founder of the Glastonbury Festival dies of cancer. He is 60.
2010 - Ronnie James Dio passes away.
2011 – Celebrated rock band ‘TOTO’ will perform a rare concert at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 26th June, 2011.
2016 - Irish singer Sinead O'Connor was found safe two days after being reported as missing in Chicago.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Today in rock history 15th May

1948 – Brian Eno (Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno) is born in Suffolk,
1951 – Dennis Fredericksen (Toto) is born this day
1953 – Mike Oldfield is born in Reading.
1965 – The Byrds release their first single, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Written by Bob Dylan.
1967 – Paul McCartney visits the Bag O’ Nails club in London to see Georgie Fame perform. The same night he meets Linda Eastman for the first time.
1968 – At a press conference, Paul McCartney and John Lennon say they’ve ended their association with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1970 – In the new releases section of the local record store is the self-titled debut from the mighty Black Sabbath.
1970 – A Pink Floyd concert at London’s Crystal Palace is so loud it kills fish in a nearby lake.
1971 – Paul McCartney releases his album Ram.
1974 – Ahmet, son of Frank Zappa and bald MTV host, is born.
1974 – Bill Wyman releases the first solo album by a Rolling Stone, Monkey Grip.
1975 – Fleetwood Mac debut their new lineup in El Paso, Texas. It’s the first incarnation of the band that includes Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John and Christine McVie.
1976 – Rolling Stones: Black and Blue US LP is the no. 1 chart topper
1980 – Sex Pistols film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle is released.
1981 – John Lydon with his band Public Image Ltd get booed offstage at New York’s Ritz Club. Lydon posed behind a screen while his band shadow synced to a tape.
1982 – Asia US LP by the band with the same name is the no. 1 chart topper
1994 – Singers Sting and Nancy Wilson receive honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston.
1995 – Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland is arrested in Pasadena, Calif., on charges of drug possession.
1997 – Rock winces as the Muzak company announces it will turn four Kiss songs into elevator-friendly instrumentals.
1997 – Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain.
2000 – Free, one of the U.K.’s best-respected rock bands, is celebrated with the U.K. release of a five-CD box set.
2000 – Sweden’s King Carl XVI presents Isaac Stern and Bob Dylan each with the Polar Music Prize at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen venue.
2001 – Megadeth release their tenth album The World Needs a Hero, their first on new label Sanctuary.
2003 – The Police’s former road manager, Kim Turner, dies of cancer. He was also the brother of Wishbone Ash founders Martin and Glenn Turner.
2004 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder plays a surprise five-song solo set at Seattle’s Showbox club, as part of a benefit concert that raised approximately $16,000 for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America.
2004 – The Beastie Boys play a secret show for fans at London’s ICA to promote their new album To the 5 Boroughs.
2005 – Nine Inch Nails hit No.1 on the US album chart with “With Teeth”
2009 - Randy Bachman, a founding member of The Guess Who and Bachman-Turner Overdrive, was invested as an officer of the Order of Canada by Governor General Michaelle Jean in a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa. The Order of Canada is the country's highest civilian honor and recognizes a lifetime of outstanding achievement.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Today in rock history 14th May

1943 – Bassist Jack Bruce of Cream is born today in Lanarkshire, Scotland.
1952 – David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads, is born in Dumbarton, Scotland.
1955 – “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & the Comets first enters the top 40. It would become the first No. 1 record of the rock era.
1956 – Buddy Holly’s optometrist has him try contact lenses, but Holly decides he didn’t like them, and sticks with his famous glasses.
1962 – Ian Astbury, the wolf child of the Cult, is born in the badlands of Heswall, England.
1963 – Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1964 – London Records prepares a giant promotion – ‘Watch Out USA Here They are! The Rolling Stones! They’re great! They’re outrageous! They’re rebels! They sell! They’re England’s hottest – but hottest group!’
1966 – Mike Inez, Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, is born
1968 – Paul McCartney and John Lennon make a guest appearance on The Tonight Show to announce the creation of Apple Corps.
1976 – Keith Relf of the Yardbirds dies of electrocution at the age of 33.
1977 - Heart released their second album Little Queen which went on to peak at number nine on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S.
1988 – Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden sees the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited with John Bonham’s son Jason on drums.
1993 – Sold at a sale at Christies, London, four ‘Super Hero’, Costumes worn by the group Kiss, for £20,000.
1998 – Ticketmaster group reports it sold 522,926 tickets worth 19.5 million over its Internet site, Ticketmaster Online, during the first quarter of the year.
2003 – Former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton says his band Mr. Bungle “is over.”
2008 – Metallica kicked off a 26-date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.
2013 - The Massachusetts Appeals Court reinstated a defamation lawsuit filed by Boston founder Tom Scholz against the ex-wife of the band's late lead singer, Brad Delp. Delp committed suicide in 2007 and Scholz claimed that remarks Micki Delp made to the Boston Herald could be construed as blaming Scholz for his death
2015 - Blues legend B.B. King passed away at the age of 89.

Today in rock history 13th May

1941 – Joe Brown was that rarity – an English rock ‘n’ roll guitarist whose early singles influenced a young Paul McCartney. He is born today in Lincolnshire.
1945 – “Magic” Dick Salwitz of the J. Geils Band is born in New London, Conn.
1946 – Bassist Danny Klein of the J. Geils Band is born in New York City.
1950 – Danny Kirwan, guitarist and vocalist in early incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, is born.
1966 – Darius Carlos Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Charleston, S.C.
1966 – The Kinks record “Sunny Afternoon.”
1966 – The Rolling Stones release the future No. 1 “Paint It Black.”
1970 – The Beatles documentary Let It Be premieres in New York.
1971 – Jefferson Airplane call a halt to recording their latest album after Grace Slick crashes her Mercedes in San Francisco.
1983 – Iron Maiden unleash Piece of Mind.
1985 – Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in Lake Oswego, Ore. They divorce in 1989.
1993 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler and Barry White lend their voices to the season finale of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.”
2004 – Courtney Love pleads not guilty to assault charges, then holds a press conference in the Manhattan Criminal Court ladies restroom. She is alleged to have hit a fan over the head with a mic stand during a New York club show.
2004 – KISS’ Gene Simmons comes under fire from the Australian Muslim community after branding the Islamic culture “vile” in a Melbourne radio interview.
2007 – Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him – then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man – said May was an “impostor” and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter “Brian May.”
2011 – Rolling Stone Magazine voted “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan as the best ever song.

Today in rock history 12th May

1942 – The great Ian Dury is born today
1946 – Born on this day, Ian McLagan, keyboards, Small Faces.
1948 – Steve Winwood is born in Birmingham
1950 – Billy Squier is born
1954 – Barry Borden, drummer, Molly Hatchet, is born
1958 – Born on this day, Eric Singer, drummer, Kiss.
1963 – When CBS refuses to let him play “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues,” Bob Dylan storms off The Ed Sullivan Show.
1965 - The Rolling Stones record "Satisfaction" during a two day recording session at Chess Studios in Chicago.
1967 – Pink Floyd play London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their first concerts to experiment with quadraphonic sound. The band composes a song for the Games for May event, which later becomes “See Emily Play.”
1970 – The Grateful Dead release Workingman’s Dead.
1971 – Mick Jagger and Bianca Perez-Mora marry in St. Tropez, France.
1979 – In San Francisco, Jefferson Starship play another free concert, this time introducing new singer Mickey Thomas.
1983 – Meat Loaf files for bankruptcy.
1990 – Former Eagles Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Timothy B. Schmit play together at a Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll convention.
2000 – Thieves steal the gates to Liverpool's England’s Strawberry Fields. The children’s home inspired the John Lennon song. A scrap dealer later turns in the gates to the police.
2006 – Sum-41’s guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh announces he is leaving the band to pursue a metal direction with his band Brown Brigade.
2008 – Neil Young gets a spider named after him. Jason Bond, a biologist at East Carolina University, named a newly discovered arachnid, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi.
2008 - Paul McCartney was granted a divorce from his second wife, Heather Mills. The settlement gave her a lump sum of 16.5 million pounds, together with assets of 7.8 million pounds, which included the properties she owned at the time. Paul was later quoted as saying "There'll be no more nagging, no more chaos, no more Heather... bliss. I have peace at last".
2010 – Rocker Scott Weiland refuses to feel bitter about his dismissal from Velvet Revolver, insisting he wishes his former band mates “all the best.” Weiland was kicked out of the group in April 2008 following a series of arguments with founders Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan.
2011 – Lou Reed has just announced that he will release a live DVD of his historic performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2009.
2011 – Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill married Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge.