Monday, 23 October 2017

Today in rock history 23rd October

1947 – Humble Pie bassist Greg Ridley is born in Cumberland
1959 – Novelty singer and accordionist “Weird Al” Yankovic is born in Lynnwood, Calif
1963 – The Beatles record “I Wanna Be Your Man,” then fly to Sweden to start a tour there. The song was originally written by Lennon and McCartney on the spur of the moment to provide their friends the Rolling Stones with a hit single.
1964 - Robert Trujillo-bassist for Ozzy Osbourne & Metallica is born 
1966 – The Yardbirds, with new recruit Jimmy Page, perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore.
1969 – Columbia Records announces it will take legal action to stop sales of Great White Wonder, the popular bootleg set of previously unreleased Bob Dylan material.
1972 – Filming begins on That’ll Be the Day, a musical starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, and Keith Moon. 
1975 - Elton John was honoured with a star in the holy firmament of Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
1978 – Sid Vicious tries to commit suicide at Rikers Island in New York. Vicious was waiting to be charged with murder following the stabbing death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen.
1980 – Signing off work, Mark David Chapman gives his name as “John Lennon.” He would kill the Beatle two months later.
1998 – A federal judge in St. Louis rules that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band will not be allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in its ’60s medley. The song had been banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use.
2001 – R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan.
2003 – Antipodean rockers The Datsuns announce Led Zeppelin’s bassist John Paul Jones will produce the follow-up to their self-titled debut.
2009 – Bon Jovi announce The Circle world Tour
2009 – Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi undergoing stem cell treatment to fix his injured hand.

Today in rock history 22nd October

1942 - Bobby Fuller, he of the Bobby Fuller Four, is born in Baytown, Texas.
1945 – Mountain’s main mountain, Leslie West is born in New York.
1964 – The High Numbers fail an audition with the record company EMI. The band would become better known as the Who.
1965 – The Beatles record the electric piano solo for “In My Life.”
1969 – After issuing an official statement denying he is dead, Paul McCartney goes to Scotland to enjoy a vacation.
1976 – The soundtrack to Led Zeppelin’s The Song Remains the Same is released as the concert film opens nationwide.
1982 – If you were in Worcester, Mass., it is Van Halen Day. Local fans had handed over a petition to the band demanding it play another date there. They managed to secure 25,000 signatures.
1994 – A Bob Dylan show in Rochester, N.Y., is interrupted by a stage invasion that turns out to have been orchestrated by the makers of a documentary about Dylan.
1994 – Producer Jimmy Miller dies in Boulder, Colo. He gave the rock back to the Rolling Stones when he produced “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and worked on their finest records, as well as albums by Traffic and Motorhead.
1996 - Journey released their first album in ten years Trial by Fire which went on to peak at number three on the Billboard 200 album chart & sell a million copies in the U.S.
1998 – Still on the road, Bob Dylan plays Duluth, Minn., in what is generally considered a homecoming gig for the former Hibbing resident.
2003 – UK comedy/glam rockers The Darkness resume their tour in London, after cancelling three dates, with singer Justin Hawkins denies tabloid reports that he has throat cancer.
2008 – Some homeless man claimed a £2,000(about $3800 US) reward for returning a waxwork head of Paul McCartney.

Today in rock history 21st October

1940 – Manfred Mann (Michael Lubowitz) is born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
1946 – Born on this day, Lee Loughnane, trumpet, Chicago
1947 - Tetsu Yamauchi-bassist for Free and The Faces is born
1952 – Brent Mydland, keyboardist and vocalist with the Grateful Dead, is born in Munich. He joined in the band in 1979, replacing Keith and Donna Godchaux.
1957 – Toto guitarist/singer Steve Lukather is born in Los Angeles.
1958 – In a New York studio, Buddy Holly & the Crickets record “True Love Ways,” “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore,” “Moondreams,” and “Raining in My Heart.” It’s the Texas rocker’s last session.
1966 – The Who perform on British TV’s Ready Steady Go!
1971 – Mick and Bianca Jagger become the proud parents of Jade Jagger. Their daughter is born at the Belvedere Nursing Home in Paris.
1974 – John Lennon begins producing his Rock ‘n’ Roll album himself at the Record Plant Studios.
1976 - The Who performed their last concert with Keith Moon in North America at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
1992 – Elton John sues the TV tabloid show Hard Copy, claiming it falsely reported he moved to Atlanta to be close to a noted AIDS treatment center.
1993 -  The Ramones made a guest appearance on The Simpsons
1995 – Blind Melon singer Shannon Hoon is found dead on his tour bus from an accidental drug overdose.
1998 – Kiss members Paul Stanley and Bruce Kulick are sued for copyright infringement over the song “Dreamin’,” which the suit alleges sounds too similar to the Alice Cooper hit “Eighteen.”
2003 – AC/DC reopen the refurbished Hammersmith Apollo in London with a hit-heavy set and the inevitable “For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)” finale.
2003 – A judge orders former Hole front-woman Courtney Love out of her Beverly Hills home so her daughter Frances Bean Cobain can continue living there.
2006 – Sandy West, drummer for influential ’70s band the Runaways, dies after a long battle with lung cancer.
2006 – Rockin’ band from Little Rock, Evanescence were at No.1 on the US album chart with their second album ‘The Open Door.’
2007 – Kid Rock and five members of his entourage were arrested after an argument with a man escalated into a fight in a restaurant in Atlanta, Georgia. Kid Rock’s tour bus was pulled over by police after it left the scene.
2011 - Free and Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers became a Canadian citizen during an hour long ceremony at Central City tower in Surrey, BC. Rodgers has been married to former Miss Canada Cynthia Kereluk since 2007.

Friday, 20 October 2017

Today in rock history 20th October

1945 – Ric Lee, drummer, Ten Years After is born
1950 – Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla
1951 - Al Greenwood-keyboardist for Foreigner is born
1960 – Elvis Presley film “G.I. Blues” premieres
1961 – Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is recorded
1964 – James George “Soni” Sonefeld, drummer for the band Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Lansing, Michigan.
1964 – The Rolling Stones play Paris for the first time. The gig ends with the now-traditional riot, in which 150 people are arrested.
1966 – In New York, the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page record a jingle for the Great Shakes beverage, utilizing the riff from their song “Over Under Sideways Down.”
1969 – The Who play the first of six nights at New York’s Fillmore East, playing the entirety of their Tommy rock opera.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release The Wedding Album in the U.S. Highlights include “John and Yoko,” in which the couple yell each other’s name for 25 minutes.
1976 – The Song Remains the Same, a film that mixes Led Zeppelin performance footage with some rather dubious Lord of the Rings-style sequences, premieres in Manhattan.
1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a plane crash in Gillsburg, MS. Van Zant and Cassie Gaines were each 29 years old and Steve Gaines was 28 years old.
1978 – The Police give their U.S. performance debut at CBGB’s in New York.
1979 – On Saturday Night Live tonight, Bob Dylan performs three songs from his religiously inclined Slow Train Coming album. Observers report he’s gone gospel.
2001 - The Concert for New York City took place at Madison Square Garden. Many of the attendees were families and members of the New York Fire & Police Departments. Some of the artists that appeared included Paul McCartney, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Billy Joel and John Mellencamp.
2004 – U2’s Bono announces that a briefcase of notes and lyrics stolen from him back in 1981 has been returned to him. The briefcase was found in an attic in Tacoma, Wash.
2004 – Lenny Kravitz is sued after a backed-up toilet allegedly causes over $300,000 worth of damage to a neighbour’s apartment in New York.
2010 – Slash and Myles Kennedy perform acoustically on Australia’s ‘Max Sessions.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Today in rock history 19th October

1946 - Keith Reid-lyricist for Procol Harum is born.
1948 – Doobie Brothers vocalist/guitarist Patrick Simmons is born in Aberdeen, Wash.
1957 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley.
1966 – The Yardbirds land in New York to kick off their first American tour. Jeff Beck leaves after playing two dates, leaving Jimmy Page to take over the lead guitar slot.
1968 – Eighteen-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton plays with the Small Faces during a London concert. He later joins lead singer Steve Marriott in Humble Pie.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at Marylebone Magistrate’s Court to answer charges of marijuana possession. They are remanded on bail until November 28.
1974 – At London’s Island studios, Jimmy Page records “Scarlet” with Keith Richards and Traffic’s Rik Grech. Vocal duties are handled by Richards. Page pronounces the track “great, really good.”
1981 - During Bob Dylan’s concert at the Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, IN, Dylan called up wheelchair-bound friend Larry Kegan for the encore & let him perform Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down” while Dylan played the tenor saxophone.
1993 – Pearl Jam release their second album Vs., which tops the chart the following week despite featuring a llama on the cover.
2004 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the “Alfie” soundtrack
2004 – Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appear in public together for the first time in ten years at a Las Vegas rally for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
2005 – U2’s Bono has lunch with George W. Bush in the White House. They discuss G8, fighting AIDS, and probably their favourite Bible story.
2007 – Johnny Marr was made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford in Manchester.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Today in rock history 18th October

1926 – Chuck Berry is born in St. Louis as Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry
1949 – REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath is born in Peoria, Ill.
1949 – Joe Egan, Stealers Wheel, is born
1957 – Paul McCartney makes his live debut with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool, England.
1964 – The Animals begin their first headlining tour in Manchester, England. Supporting them are Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Tommy Tucker, and the Nashville Teens.
1966 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience play before 14,500 people at the Paris Olympia less than a week after they’ve formed. The band is the support for French superstar Johnny Hallyday.
1967 – John Lennon stars as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s film How I Won the War, which opens tonight at London’s Premiere Theatre.
1968 – Police raid John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s apartment in London and arrest the couple. They are charged with possession of marijuana.
1969 – Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner is arrested for marijuana possession in Hawaii.
1986 – Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries Eduardo DeMendoca
1986 – Huey Lewis and the News went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Fore!’
1989 - During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting the band. The following night, Rose apologized for saying that he would quit & delivered a five minute anti-drug oration.
1997 – Former Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton dies at age 49.
2010 –Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has said the legendary rock band may get back together to play concerts for charity.

Today in rock history 17th October

1946 – Jim Tucker, original guitarist with the Turtles, is born in Los Angeles.
1962 – The Beatles perform on TV for the first time today, on the British programme People and Places.
1963 – The Beatles have lunch with four Boyfriend magazine contest winners at the Old Vienna restaurant in London. Later in the day the group records The Beatles’ Christmas Record.
1967 – Bob Dylan begins recording John Wesley Harding.
1967 – The Beatles attend a memorial service for manager Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue.
1968 – Jose Feliciano releases “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans booed Feliciano when he performed his meandering interpretation earlier during the 1968 World Series.
1969 – The Kinks play their first concert in the U.S. in four years, supporting Spirit at New York’s Fillmore East. The American Federation of Musicians banned the group from playing there after a disastrous 1965 tour during which the band spent as much time fighting onstage as playing music.
1973 – In a court in Nice, France, Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg receive suspended sentences of one year for drug possession. Both also have to pay a $1,000 fine and Richards is barred from entering France for two years.
1986 – Run-D.M.C.’s remake of “Walk This Way,” a collaboration with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, enters the Top Forty. It becomes the first big rap-rock crossover hit, reaching #4.
1988 – Opel, a collection of previously unreleased material by Syd Barrett, is released in England.
1991 – John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast.”
1999 – Veteran rock band Santana sees its newest release “Supernatural” jump to the top spot at the nation’s retailers. It’s the Carlos Santana-led group’s first No. 1 release in 28 years.
2000 - The piano that John Lennon used to write Imagine was sold to George Michael for $2 million in an auction organized by Mick Fleetwood.
2008 –A slightly revised track listing for the new Guns N’ Roses album, “Chinese Democracy”, has now been posted at
2013 –Alex and Kelly Van Halen divorced over 20 years ago, yet Kelly has kept Van Halen as her surname. Now the company that controls the group’s name is suing her for trademark infringement.