Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Today in rock history 15th August

1942 – Drummer Peter York of the Spencer Davis Group is born in Middlesborough 1950 - Tommy Aldridge-drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake & Thin Lizzy is born 1958 – Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas. 1962 – Drummer Pete Best plays his last gig with the Beatles at the Cavern in Liverpool. 1964 – The Kinks hits #1 in the UK with “You Really Got Me” 1965 – The Beatles play New York’s Shea Stadium for an audience of 56,000. The crowd sets a record for attendance at a rock concert. 1967 – Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London, 1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair. 1969 - The first Woodstock Festival kicked off in White Lake, NY. It was attended by over 400,000 concertgoers & featured acts such as Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mountain, Joe Cocker, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Jimi Hendrix. 1974 – Neil Young taps into the spirit of Seventies malaise with ‘On the Beach,’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ calls “the most despairing album of the decade.” 1983 – Joey Ramone goes under the knife today. He has brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight. 1987 – Keith Richards enters a studio in Montreal to begin work on his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap. 1995 – Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil’s 4-year-old daughter, Skylar, dies of multiple organ failure in Los Angeles. 2000 – David Bowie and Iman welcome their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, into the world. A statement reports that Bowie is involved in the delivery process and even cuts the umbilical cord. 2001 – Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne. 2001 - Peter Frampton made a guest appearance on Family Guy. When Death visited Frampton’s house, Frampton said Death should be at Keith Richards’ house, which was a joke pitched by Frampton himself. 2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson.

Today in rock history 14th August

1941 – David Crosby is born David Van Courtland in Los Angeles 1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later. 1966 – John Lennon can’t win. After he apologizes for his “more popular than Jesus” remarks earlier in the week, the London Catholic Herald brands his apology “arrogant.” Meanwhile, the Beatles play the first rock concert held at Cleveland Stadium before 24,000 people. 1970 – At a La Jolla, Calif., hotel, Stephen Stills is arrested and charged with cocaine possession 1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.” It becomes his breakthrough single in the U.S., going to No. 1. 1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalogue rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1988 – Robert Calvert, the “resident poet with Hawkwind, dies in Kent, England, of a heart attack. 1994 – On the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Santana performs at Woodstock II. 1995 – Members of the Grateful Dead meet and decide to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s Death 1999 – Van Halen singer Gary Cherone is given a Courage Award by the American Life League for his stance against abortion. 1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square. 2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos. 2004 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announces he is being treated for throat cancer. 2004 – The Strokes play the first Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival in New York. Also performing are Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Big Star, and The Raveonettes. 2008 - Jackson Browne sued Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee over unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a McCain campaign commercial in Ohio.

Today in rock history 13th August

1951 – Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Ill. 1965 – Jefferson Airplane makes its performance debut at the Matrix Club in San Francisco. 1968 – Buffalo Springfield’s recorded swan song, ‘Last Time Around’, is issued. 1975 – Tubes release their self-titled debut album, featuring the band’s anthem “White Punks On Dope”. 1975 – The selling of Bruce Springsteen is in full swing in the run-up to Born to Run‘s release. He begins a five-night stand at New York’s Bottom Line club that soon passes into legend. Most of those attending are influential industry people, who spread the word about the emerging artist. 1976 – The selling of the Clash is in full swing as manager Bernie Leadon unveils the punk act. The Clash play an exclusive concert at a rehearsal hall in London. Those attending are members of Britain’s influential music press, who spread the word about the emerging act. 1977 – AC/DC makes US chart debut with ‘Let There Be Rock’. 1977 – Yes hits #8 in the US with ‘Going For the One’. 1977 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce they are splitting up as Canada goes into mourning. 1980 – In Woodstock, N.Y., four masked men break into Todd Rundgren’s home. After tying up Todd and his girlfriend, the thieves strip the place bare. Rundgren later claims that while his house was being ransacked, one of the thieves was humming his song “I Saw the Light.” 1983 – Def Leppard hits #16 with “Rock of Ages” 1986 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ 23-year-old wife, Kerry, announces she is pregnant. Not so unusual, except the couple are in the process of getting divorced. They decide to stay together instead. The boy is later named Jerry Lee Lewis III. 1991 - Metallica released their self-titled fifth album, commonly referred to as The Black Album. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & go on to sell sixteen million copies in the U.S. 1995 – Four days after Jerry Garcia’s death, the largest of many memorials draws 20,000 fans to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. 1996 – Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen files for divorce from his estranged wife, Kelly. 1999 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, is sent to jail for again violating his probation by continuing his illegal drug use. 1999: Detroit Rock City a movie about four teenagers who travel to Detroit to see Kiss in concert premiered in theaters. The movie bombed at the box office, but would go on to become a cult classic. 2004 – Guitarist Wes Borland rejoins sports metal whiners Limp Bizkit. 2013 – Jon Brookes, The Charlatans drummer dies aged 44.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Today in rock history 12th August

1949 – Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1954 – Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist is born in Lee’s Summit, Mo. 1960 – Pete Best becomes the drummer for the Silver Beetles. Former drummer Tommy Moore had to give up the stool after taking a job as a forklift driver. 1966 – At San Francisco’s Fillmore, it’s a none-more-psychedelic double bill featuring the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. 1966 – At Chicago’s International Amphitheatre, the Beatles begin their final U.S. tour under the storm clouds surrounding John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” comment. 1969 – The supergroup Blind Faith make their U.S. live debut at Madison Square Garden. 1970 – The Hollywood Bowl plays host to a tribute to Woody Guthrie, featuring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez among the performers. 1972 – Charity rock begins today with the Festival of Hope, starring the Jefferson Airplane and James Brown. While this is the first concert event in which all the money goes to a specified charity, the festival actually ends up losing $100,000. 1978 – The Who’s press officer, Pete Meaden, 35, commits suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. Meaden was the manager of Townshend and company when they were the High Numbers. 1989 – The Rolling Stones play a secret club gig at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. The band is warming up for its Steel Wheels tour. 1992 – The Grateful Dead announce they are canceling five shows in the Northwest so Jerry Garcia can recover from exhaustion. 1993 – Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar turnover continues. Jesse Tobias replaces Arik Marshall. Three months later Tobias would be supplanted by Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro. . 1994 - Woodstock ’94 kicked off in Saugerties, NY. The three day festival included performances by Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, The Band, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Metallica, Todd Rundgren, Santana & Traffic. 1995 – A mass wake is held for Jerry Garcia at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 1995 – Michael Stipe has an operation for a hernia. 1998 – Scott Weiland, the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, pleads guilty to felony heroin possession and is sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility. 1999 - Alice Cooper’s music publisher reached an out of court settlement with Kiss’ music publisher over a claim that Kiss’ song “Dreamin’” sounded a little too close to Alice Cooper’s breakthrough hit “I’m Eighteen”. 2006 – Up-their-own-topographic-ocean prog rockers The Mars Volta are bottled offstage at the U.S. Endfest festival. 2009 – Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rock Talk – Ace – Skunk Anansie

Part 1 1. Skunk Anansie – I believed in you 2. Skunk Anansie - Charity 3. Skunk Anansie - Secretly 4. Motorhead – Overkill 5. Skunk Anansie – Weak Part 2 1. Skunk Anansie - Twisted 2. Skunk Anansie - Brazen 3. Skunk Anansie – Death to the lovers 4. Skunk Anansie - Hedonism

Timesweep 12th August

Part 1 A brief spin back to 1981 1. Foreigner – Urgent 2. Rush – Tom Sawyer 3. Journey – Who’s crying now 4. Phil Collins – In the air tonight 5. The Who – You better you bet Part 2 1. The Pretenders – Message of love 2. Rainbow – I surrender 3. Rod Stewart – I know I’m losing you 4. Rod Stewart – Hot legs 5. Chicago – Baby what a big surprise Part 3 Back to 1985 1. Queen – One vision 2. David Lee Roth – California girls 3. Y&T – Summertime girls 4. ZZ Top – Rough boy Part 4 1. Heart – Never 2. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the fields 3. Motley Crue – Home sweet home Part 5 1. Marillion – Lavender 2. Dio – Rock and roll children 3. Dire Straits – Money for nothing 4. Pat Benatar – We belong Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon 2. Bon Jovi – Raise your hands 3. Bryan Adams – Can’t stop this thing we started Part 7 Rocker’s celebrating their birthdays 1. Deep Purple – Highway star 2. Europe – The final countdown 3. Led Zeppelin – Whole lotta love 4. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the fields Part 8 1. John Lee Hooker – Boom boom boom boom 2. The Who – Won’t get fooled again 3. Rick Springfield – Don’t talk to strangers Part 9 Booking our holidays 1. Sex Pistols – Holidays in the sun 2. Aerosmith – Permanent vacation 3. Alice Cooper – School’s out 4. Don Henley – Boys of summer Part 10 1. Guns ‘N’’ Roses – Paradise city 2. Y&T – Summertime girls 3. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday road Part 11 1. Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69 2. The Scorpions – Holiday 3. David Lee Roth – California girls 4. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the city
Brit Rock 12th August 1.Bruce Springsteen – Born to run 2.Iron Maiden – Running free 3.Bryan Adams – Run to you 4.Stills Young Band – Long may you run 5.Jackson Browne – Running on empty 6.The Quireboys – 7 o’clock 7.Faith No More – From out of nowhere 8.Billy Idol – Cradle of love 9.They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in your soul 10. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the silence 11.Living Colour – Love rears its ugly head 12. Gary Moore – Still got the blues 13.Marillion – Cover my eyes 14.Slade – Radio wall of sound 15.Van Halen – Right now 16.Jesus Jones – Right here right now 17.Queen – Innuendo 18.Thunder – Love walked in 19.Metallica – Enter sandman 20. Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit 21. Def Leppard – Let’s get rocked 22.Genesis – No son of mine 23. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle emptiness 24. Kiss – God gave rock and roll to you It’s an hour of very long songs for hour three 1. Marillion – Grendel 2. Genesis – Supper’s ready 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird 4. Moody Blues – Question 5. Steven Stills – Love the one you’re with