Friday, 16 March 2018

Today in rock history 16th March

1948 -  Born on this day, Michael Bruce, guitar, Alice Cooper Band.
1954 – Born on this day, Nancy Wilson,Heart,
1958 – The Champs go to No. 1 with “Tequila.”
1959 – Plans announced for the first American rock-and-roll package tour to hit Europe. Performers including Bobby Darin, Conway Twitty, Duane Eddy and Pony Tails are contracted, along with UK star Cliff Richard.
1964 – DJ Alan Freed is charged with tax evasion
1964 – Ringo Starr is elected vice president of the Leeds University Law Society.
1967 – Pink Floyd begin sessions at Abbey Road studios for their debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn.
1972 – John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction.
1977 – After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office.
1979 – Twisted Sister sell out New York’s Palladium. It’s the first time an unsigned band has headlined and filled the 3,000-seat theater.
1989 – MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi’s childhood home.
1991 – Eddie Van Halen and his wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, have a son. The couple names the child Wolfgang Van Halen.
1992 – During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building.
1993 - Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page & Whitesnake singer David Coverdale released their first and only album together titled Coverdale and Page
1996 – The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2004 – Courtney Love shows up two hours late for a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles on drugs possession charges. During the proceedings, she fires her legal team, only to declare them rehired after a warning from the judge.
2004 – Mick Jones of the Clash joins the Libertines onstage at a Love Music Hate Racism Gig in London. The guitarist performs the Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go” with the band.
2005 – Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer’s spokesperson put his latest problems down to “a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress.”
2015 - Andy Fraser, bassist for the group Free and co-writer of their hit "All Right Now", died of cancer at the age of 62.
2017 - The Kinks' front man, 72-year-old Ray Davies, was knighted by the Prince Of Wales for services to the arts at a ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London, England.

Today in rock history 15th March

1911 – Born on this day, blues guitarist and singer Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins.
1940 – Born on this day, Phil Lesh, bass,The Grateful Dead.
1947 – Ry Cooder is born in Los Angeles
1955 – Dee Snider of the heavy metal group Twisted Sister is born in Massapequa, N.Y.
1963 – Bret Michaels is born Bret Michael Sychak,
1967 – The first session recording of George Harrison’s new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios.
1969 – Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their album ‘Goodbye.’
1969 – Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.
1969 – Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan’s first book of poetry ‘The Warlock Of Love’ was published.
1972 – Born on this day, Mark Hoppus, Blink 182.
1975 – Led Zeppelin went to No.1 on the UK chart with the double album ‘Physical Graffiti’, the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart.
1977 – Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London.
1986 – Starship went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sara’, it reached No.66 in the UK.
1989 – The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million (£40 million) contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history.
2000 – Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888).
2000 – Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become ‘an item’. The couple had met after working on the same charity project.
2002 – Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check- in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon’s face with the words ‘Above Us Only Skies.’
2004 – Prince, George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, the Dells and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner are welcomed into the ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
2008 – Six people were charged with conspiracy to defraud the Isle of Wight Festival by trying to sell fake tickets and wristbands. A police investigation was launched after alleged counterfeit tickets were discovered at last year’s event, which was headlined by the Rolling Stones.
2010 – A rare Led Zeppelin live recording has been unearthed – in a car boot sale. The band’s celebrated gig at St. Matthews Baths Hall, a converted swimming pool in Ipswich, during November 1971 was never actually recorded. Or so everyone thought.
2013 - Scott Asheton, drummer for legendary punk-rock band The Stooges, died at age 64.
2015 - 59-year-old Mike Porcaro, bassist for Toto, dies.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Today in rock history 14th March

1946 – Jim Pons (Turtles) is born this day
1948 – Walter Parazaider (Chicago) is born this day
1952 – David Byrne (Talking Heads) is born
1955 – CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone.
1964 – Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of US record sales.
1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for ‘Fan Club’, the Dutch TV show in Amsterdam, Holland.
1971 – “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin’s only Top Forty hit, reaches #1. It tops Billboard’s pop singles chart for two weeks. Kris Kristopherson penned the song.
1971 – Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes.
1981 – Eric Clapton is seriously sidelined by an attack of bleeding ulcers today that leads him to cancel his 60-date tour of the U.S.
1982 – I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) was a hit.
1983 – Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi.
1990 – Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They were each fined $1,000 (£588).
1995 – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Van Halen) is released this day in rock.
1999 – Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Performance And Cocktails’, only the third Welsh band to score a No.1
2001 – Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for more money. Blake was paid £200 ($340) for the famous figures
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne holds a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo, who leaves his band for Metallica. At the shindig, wife Sharon Osbourne collapses from heat exhaustion.
2005 – U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, the O’Jays, and Percy Sledge are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a dinner in New York.
2006 – The Cars announce they are reforming — but without gangling/charismatic frontman Ric Ocasek. Singing duties will instead be handled by Todd Rundgren.
2011 – LimeWire wins limit on damages to record labels.
2016 - Sony ATV Music Publishing announced that it would buy out Michael Jackson's share of a joint music publishing venture for $750m. The purchase gives Sony the rights to about three million songs, including works by The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Today in rock history 13th March

1933 – Mike Stoller of the Leiber & Stoller writing team (“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”) is born today on Long Island, N.Y.
1960 – Adam Clayton, bass, U2, is born
1965 – Eric Clapton leaves the Yardbirds over their new “pop” direction.
1965 – The Kinks release “Tired of Waiting for You.”
1965 – Beatles begin filming Australian sequences of the film Help.
1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo.
1971 – Stephen Stills hits UK chart with Love The One You’re With.
1987 – The first cassete single is released and it’s … Bryan Adams’ “Heat of the Night.”
1987 – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993 – Lenny Kravitz : Are You Gonna Go My Way : UK LP is number one on the charts.
1996 – Alanis Morissette: Mississippi revokes a commendation it gave to Glen Ballard. The state’s officials are angry over the producer’s participation in the salacious Alanis Morissette song "You oughta know"
1996 – The Ramones: A crowd in Buenos Aires riots after it’s revealed that the Ramones tickets they waited all night to buy have already been sold.
1998 – The Smashing Pumpkins file suit against U.K.-based Sound And Media Ltd., alleging that the firm released a “book-with-CD” about the band without proper clearances.
2001 – Eric Clapton releases “Reptile,” his first solo album since 1998’s “Pilgrim.”
2002 – Radiohead and actor Ewan McGregor contribute voiceovers to an advertisement for anti-poverty charity War on Want that premieres today in the U.K.
2003 - The surviving members of MC5 performed at the 100 Club in London with special guests which included Ian Astbury of The Cult & Lemmy of Motorhead.
2006 – Metallica inducts Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica also performs a short set of Sabbath songs during the event at New York’s Waldorf Hotel.
2006 – The Sex Pistols opt not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “We’re not coming. We’re not your monkeys,” reads a handwritten statement.
2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to rush the stage.
2013 - Bob Dylan was voted into the century-old American Academy of Arts and Letters.

Monday, 12 March 2018

Today in rock history 12th March

1948 – James Taylor is born in Boston.
1949 – Born on this day, Bill Payne, Little Feat.
1949 – Born on this day, Mike Gibbins, drummer with Badfinger.
1956 – Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is born this day.
1965 – The Beatles wrap up their location shooting of Help! in the Bahamas. In an interview with The New York Times, Beatles manager Brian Epstein predicts that the band will still be popular in 10 years and declares the Rolling Stones “a fine group.”
1969 – Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman at Marylebone Registry Office in London.
1971 – Jethro Tull release Aqualung LP.
1971 – A London High Court judge rules in favor of Paul McCartney’s action to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership.
1971 – The Allman Brothers Band begins recording the classic double LP “Live at the Fillmore East.”
1974 – Nilsson and John Lennon are ejected from the Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling Tom Smothers’ comedy act.
1977 – The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London’s Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show’s engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris’s solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label.
1990 – Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
1994 – Congratulations to Pat Benatar and her husband, Neil Geraldo, who become parents of daughter Hana Juliana.
1995 – The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron’s old school in Princeton and raised $10,000 (£5,882) towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir.
2003 – The Chinese government forbids the Rolling Stones from playing the songs “Brown Sugar”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Beast Of Burden” and “Let’s Spend The Night Together” during their April tour.
2003 – Ryan Adams ends his war of words with the White Stripes by declaring their new album Elephant, “may be the best rock ‘n’ roll record ever made.”
2004 – Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker breaks his right foot while in Australia, forcing the cancellation of the band’s planned tour of the continent, as well as several shows in Japan and two in Hawaii.
2006 – Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour tops the U.K. album charts with On An Island.
2010 – Singer/songwriter and Elton John and Pink Floyd collaborator Lesley Duncan has died aged 66.
2010 – Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group’s concept albums.
2012 - The Doobie Brothers’ drummer Michael Hossack died of cancer at his home in Dubois, WY. He was 65 years old.
2013 - Former Iron Maiden drummer Clive Burr died at the age of 56 after a long battle with multiple sclerosis.

Today in rock history 11th March

1947 – Vocalist/organist Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is born in Bayonne, N.J.
1948 – George Kooymans (Golden Earring) is born this day.
1964 – Vinnie Paul from Pantera is born.
1967 – Beatles music publisher Dick James announces that “Yesterday” is the most covered song of all time, with 446 versions.
1970 – The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll movie, Jean-Luc Godard’s One Plus One, starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the U.S. The obtuse film features Godard’s trademark Marxist lecturing interspersed with scenes of the Stones composing “Sympathy for the Devil.
1970 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young win a Grammy, Best New Artists.
1971 –  Jim Morrison The Doors Lead Singer booked into The Hotel George’s in Paris.
1972 - Harry Nilsson was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of The Peter Ham and Tom Evans song 'Without You'.
1974 – An insurance company pays out $112,000 on Janis Joplin’s life insurance policy following her accidental overdose in 1970.
1975 – Mick Jagger stops by Los Angeles’ Record Plant studios and ends up getting involved in a jam session with Wings and Ronnie Wood.
1977 – Billy Idol’s Generation X play a concert at Leicester University in England that ends in violence when a glass is broken over bassist Bob Andrews’ head.
1982 – Jimmy Page releases his first solo album, the soundtrack to Death Wish II.
1992 – Eric Clapton records an episode of MTV Unplugged. The subsequent record becomes one of the best-selling of his career.
1995 – At the Grammys this evening, Sheryl Crow is awarded Song of the Year for “All I Wanna Do” and is named Best New Artist.
1997 – Former Fab Four member Paul McCartney is officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace.
2003 – Ticketmaster sell a record 1 million tickets in a single day, as shows for the Dixie Chicks and Bruce Springsteen go on sale.
2003 – AC/DC: To celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, AC/DC play a one-off show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
2008 – As fans around the world await a follow up to 2003’s St. Anger, Metallica is eyeing September as the release date for their new album.
2009 – People tried to gate crash an Iron Maiden concert in Bogota. Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform.
2011 – Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a 1960s counterculture icon who worked with The Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer, died in a car crash in Australia.
2016 - 71-year-old Keith Emerson, keyboardist and founding member of the Progressive Rock band Emerson, Lake And Palmer, died at his Santa Monica, California home from a self-inflicted gunshot to his head.

Today in rock history 10th March

1947 – Tom Schulz (Boston) is born in Toledo Ohio. Tom was guitarist mastermind behind the mega group Boston.
1958 – Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen is US R&B No. 1
1963 – Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is born.
1966 – Edie Brickell is born in Oak Cliff, Texas.
1971 – Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down.
1972 – America awarded gold disc for Horse with No Name.
1973 – The Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period.
1973 – Born on this day, John Charles LeCompt, guitar, Evanescence.
1974 – David Bowie performs the Philadelphia concert that is later released as the album David Live.
1981 – Jimmy Page makes his first solo appearance since the dissolution of Led Zeppelin, joining Jeff Beck onstage in London to jam through three encores.
1984 – Ian Gillan leaves Black Sabbath.
1984 – Van Halen held the No.1 position on the US singles chart with ‘Jump’.
1996 – Alanis Morissette won Best Album for ‘Jagged Little Pill’, Best Female singer, Best Rock Album, Best songwriter and best single at the 25th Juno Awards held in Hamilton, Canada.
1998 – Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim” is issued worldwide.
1998 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of Alt-Rock group Stone Temple Pilots, debuts his solo career with “12 Bar Blues” on Atlantic.
2002 – Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart and No.2 on the UK chart with ‘Under Rug Swept.’
2003 – An eclectic array of artists induct the new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani inducts the Police, while Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler inducts AC/DC. Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello introduces the surviving members of the Clash, Elton John inducts Elvis Costello, and Billy Joel salutes the Righteous Brothers.
2003 – The White Stripes postpone an Austin concert after drummer Meg White slides on some ice and fractures her wrist in two places.
2005 - Molly Hatchet singer Danny Joe Brown died at his home in Davie, FL due to complications from diabetes. He was 53 years old.
2011 – Bon Jovi is No. 1 currently in Box Office tours.
2016 - Eagles' drummer Don Henley said that the band would not re-group after the death of its co-founder Glenn Frey in February.