Saturday, 17 February 2018

Today in rock history 17th February

1960 – Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album ‘Elvis’
1967 – The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ at Abbey Road studios, London. John’s lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843.
1969 – Johnny Cash records a session in Nashville, Tenn., with Bob Dylan.
1970 – Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year.
1972 – At the end of a 14 date UK tour, Pink Floyd started a three night run at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Tickets cost £1 ($1.7).
1972 – Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer’s home.
1972 – Born on this day, Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist and vocalist with Green Day.
1975 – John Lennon’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album was released in the US.
1979 – Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when ‘Parallel Lines’ started a four-week run at the top of the charts.
1979 – The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City.
1989 - Whitesnake singer David Coverdale married actress Tawny Kitaen in Bel Air, CA. Kitaen appeared in five music videos for Whitesnake. The couple would divorce in 1991.
2000 – John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool.
2004 - Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic pulled out of the race for lieutenant governor of Washington, his reason given was “I found out first hand that it’s really considered bad form to run against an incumbent of your own party”.
2004 - Don Henley attacked the current state of the music industry in the Washington Post in an editorial saying when he started in the business “music was vital and important to our culture”. He also added “Labels signed cutting edge artists & FM radio offered an incredible variety of music, music touched fans in a unique and personal way & our culture was enriched & the music business was healthy. That’s all changed.”
2004 – The Darkness confirms its status as the UK's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London’s Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band _ which led the nominations going into the awards, with four _ won for best British group, British rock act and British album for “Permission to Land".
2005 – A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London.
2011 – Rod Stewart just became a father for the eighth time. Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster gave birth to a son, Aiden.
2012 - Michael Davis, part of the MC5 line-up who rose to prominence with their 1969 track "Kick Out the Jams", died following treatment for liver disease. He was 68.
 

Friday, 16 February 2018

Today in rock history 16th February

1935 – Sonny Bono (Salvatore Bono) is born in Detroit.
1961 – Andy Taylor, lead guitarist of Duran Duran and the Power Station, is born in Dover-Hampton, England.
1963 – “Please Please Me” becomes the Beatles’ first U.K. No. 1.
1964 – The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first.
1965 – Born on this day, Dave Lombardo, drums, Slayer.
1968 – The Beatles fly to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1971 – The Rolling Stones are sued by the Hell’s Angel accused of stabbing Meredith Hunter at Altamont in 1969. Alan David Pasaro alleges that the Stones have invaded his privacy by including footage of the fatal attack in their documentary Gimme Shelter.
1972 – John Lennon performs with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and Yoko Ono are hosts of the afternoon talk show all this week.
1972 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watt’s wife Shirley was arrested after an incident at Nice Airport for swearing and hitting custom’s officials.
1972 – Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth.
1974 – During a tour of America the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75 (£44).
1974 – Winners in the UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll; Top UK group went to Slade, Top musician, Roy Wood, David Bowie won UK and World male singer, Top single with ‘Jean Genie’ and album with ‘Aladdin Sane’, Top female singer was Lynsey De Paul and Brightest hope was won by David Essex.
1985 – Congratulations to Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo, who become the proud parents of a daughter, Haley, today.
1985 – Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Born In The USA’, his first UK No.1 album.
1991 – Queen scored their seventh UK No.1 album with ‘Innuendo’ on this day in rock history!
1992 – Mick Jagger lands in Japan but doesn’t have the proper papers to let him into the country. He spends the night in a Tokyo airport hotel before the mix-up is resolved.
1993 – Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagen, and Kenny Jones reunite as the Faces to perform “Stay With Me” and “Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller” at the Brit Awards. Bill Wyman fills in for Ronnie Lane, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis.
2004 – Sir Paul McCartney telephones British tabloid The Sun to deny reports of a rift between his second wife Heather Mills and his daughter Stella McCartney. “I’m sick of people saying Heather and Stella don’t get on,” he says. “The truth is they do.”
2005 – Kid Rock is arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub.
2005 – 3 Doors Down top the charts with their third album, Seventeen Days.
2006 – Sir Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumour that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.
2013 - Tony Sheridan, who used the early Beatles as his backing band during their days of playing clubs in Hamburg, Germany, died following a long illness at the age of 72.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Today in rock history 15th February

1942 – Glyn Johns, the producer who famously worked with the Eagles, is born in Epsom, England. He’s also produced albums for the Who and the Rolling Stones.
1944 – Kinks drummer Mick Avory is born in Hampton Court, England.
1945 - John Helliwell-saxophonist for Supertramp is born
1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis performs “Great Balls of Fire” and “Breathless” on American Bandstand.
1964 – The Beatles scored their first US No.1 album with ‘Meet The Beatles!’ The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks.
1967 – The first anti-bootlegging recording laws are enacted.
1968 – John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
1988 – After singer Jo Elliot had referred to El Paso as ‘the place with all those greasy Mexicans’ Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted.
1997 – U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Discoteque’, the bands third UK number 1 single.
1998 – The Rolling Stones perform the final show of their Bridges to Babylon North American tour at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel. Mick Jagger calls the crowd, which includes Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and Sting, “the best-dressed audience I’ve ever seen in my life"
2001 – Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live.
2001 – David Lee Roth sues VanHalenStore.com, claiming they’re violating the Consumers Legal Remedies Act by selling merchandise with his image on it.
2002 – Tommy Lee is sued by the parents of a boy who drowned in his pool in 2001. They allege there was no lifeguard provided at the pool.
2002 -  Kerrang! Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best selling UK weekly music publication.
2006 – The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing.
2008 – Confirming long standing rumors , Activision announced this morning that they’re teaming with rock band Aerosmith to produce an entirely new “Guitar Hero” game dedicated solely to virtually playing along with their songs, titled simply “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith”.
2016 - The Grammys paid tribute to the late Glenn Frey when Eagles co-founders Don Henley and Bernie Leadon, along with guitarist Joe Walsh, bassist Tim Schmit and Jackson Browne, took the stage for a rendition of "Take It Easy". After their performance, show producer Ken Ehrlich presented the band with the Grammy Award that they won for "Hotel California" which were they were not on-hand to receive at the 1977 Grammys.
2016 - Paul McCartney was denied access to a Grammy after-party which was being held at the Argyle club in Hollywood. McCartney, along with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins and Beck, then headed to another party hosted by Republic Records, and had no problem getting in. Alluding to the incident, Maca quipped, "How VIP do we gotta get? We need another hit."
 

Today in rock history 14th February

1945 – Born on this day, Vic Briggs, guitar, The Animals,
1946 – Born on this day, Doug Simril , Steve Miller Band.
1950 – Born on this day, Roger Fisher, Heart.
1961 – The Beatles play at Liverpool, England’s Casanova Club and are captured on film for the first time.
1967 – The Doors play the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles.
1968 – Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mighty Quinn’.
1968 – Drumming up some publicity, Frank Zappa announces he’s working on two films with his Mothers of Invention. Uncle Meat doesn’t see the light of day until 1987, while a proposed Japanese monster movie never comes to fruition.
1970 – The Who perform at Leeds University in England and record it for the official bootleg Live at Leeds.
1972 – Born on this day, Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20.
1972 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their week-long stint as guest hosts on The Mike Douglas Show.
1973 – David Bowie collapses from what his promoter calls “total exhaustion” following a Valentine’s Day show at Radio City Music Hall.
1974 – Bob Dylan and the Band wrap up their current tour at the Los Angeles Forum. Audience member Ringo Starr says it’s “the best concert I’ve ever been to.”
1978 – Dire Straits begins recording its first album in London.
1980 – Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment.
1980 – Over in England, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott marries Caroline Crowther, the daughter of a game-show host.
1981 – Singer Billy Idol leaves his band Generation X to pursue a solo career.
1984 – Elton John marries Renate Blauel. To this day he has no idea what he was thinking.
1986 -  Even Frank Zappa thought Miami Vice was cool. He appears on tonight’s episode as “Mr. Frankie,” a crime boss with impeccable facial hair.
1987 – Bon Jovi started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, the groups second US No.1, a No.4 UK hit.
1990 – The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million (£11.76 million).
1992 – The film ‘Waynes World’, with a brief cameo appearance from Meat Loaf premiered in the US. Wayne’s World was a recurring sketch from the NBC television series Saturday Night Live.
1992 – Jon Farriss from INXS married actress Leslie Bega.
1994 – Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons.
1998 – Marilyn Manson begins a brief book signing tour on Valentine’s Day at Tower Records in New York in support of his autobiography “It’s A Long Hard Road Out of Hell.”
1999 – Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Fly Away.’
1999 – Doug Weston, who operated L.A. club the Troubadour, dies in a local hospital after a bout of pneumonia. He is 72.
2000 – Kiss announce their farewell tour. The reunited foursome will don the makeup one last time, then sell off the stage props from a 30-year career in an auction.
2003 – Australian police uncover Beatles album art and reel-to-reel tapes in a raid. All the material appeared to be from the White Album and Abbey Road sessions.
2004 – Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy.
2010 - Doug Fieger, the lead singer for The Knack on their 1979 hit "My Sharona", died after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 57.
2011 - “Angry World,” by Neil Young wins best rock song catergory at The Grammy’s.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Today in rock history 12th February

1939 – Born on this day, Ray Manzarek, keyboards, The Doors.
1949 - Stanley Knight-guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas is born
1950 – One-time Genesis guitarist and GTR founder Steve Hackett is born.
1964 – Beatlemania hits New York as the group plays two shows at Carnegie Hall tonight. The New York Times says the audience gave a better performance than the band.
1966 – The Rolling Stones arrive in New York to tape an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1967 – Keith Richards’ mansion in Sussex, England, is raided by 15 policemen, who discover what they describe as “various substances of a suspicious nature.”
1968 – Jimi Hendrix returns to his hometown of Seattle. During his trip, he receives the key to the city and performs for the students of his high school.
1977 – The Police record their first single, “Fall Out.”
1978 – Appearing at the Birmingham Odeon, Rush, promoting their new single ‘Closer To The Heart’, in the shops for 99p.
1995 -  Van Halen, scored their first US No.1 album with ‘Balance.’
1997 – David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1998 – “Sir” Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth.
2000 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins dies in Paris after surgery to treat an aneurysm. He was 70.
2003 – Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh – the surviving members of the Grateful Dead – change their name from The Other Ones to The Dead.
2003 – Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland.
2004 – Ozzy Osbourne is named a Godlike Genius at the NME Awards in London. Best Album is Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief, while Kings of Leon win Best New Band and Best International Band.
2005 – Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music act the Carter Family are among the artists who receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award at a Los Angeles ceremony one night prior to the 47th annual Grammy Awards.
2005 – A train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002.
2007 – During a press conference at West Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go club Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting’s son Joe Sumner’s band, Fiction Plane.
2015 - Sam Andrew, a founding guitarist for Big Brother And The Holding Company, died at the age of 73, ten days after suffering a heart attack.
 

Today in rock history 11th February

1935 – Gene Vincent (Eugene Vincent Craddock) is born on This Day In Rock in Norfolk, Va.
1962 – Sheryl Crow, one-time back-up singer for both Michael Jackson and Don Henley, is born in Kennett, Mo.
1963 – Beatles record all tracks for their first LP with George Martin at Abbey Road between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
1964 – The Beatles perform their first American concert at Washington, D.C.’s Washington Coliseum. Also on the bill are Tommy Roe, the Chiffons, and the Caravelles.
1965 – Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox. They have a son, Zak Starkey, seven months later. They also have a daughter, Lee. The couple divorce in 1975.
1970 – Film The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and featuring Badfingers' Come And Get It premieres in New York.
1972 – David Bowie performs his first gig as his Ziggy Stardust persona in Tollworth, England.
1983 – The Rolling Stones documentary Let’s Spend the Night Together opens in New York.
1992 – Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and wife Pam have a baby in Burbank, Calif. They name the child Justis David.
1992 - Motley Crue fires singer Vince Neil, claiming Neil didn’t have a passion for music. Neil claimed he was fired for taking a stand against the group’s new musical direction. Neil later re-joined Motley Crue in 1997.
2003 – Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst tells Access Hollywood he broke off his relationship with Britney Spears because “she has a life like Michael Jackson.”
2004 – A bench warrant is issued for Courtney Love after she fails to appear at a hearing on felony drug possession charges in Los Angeles.
2008 – Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce.
2011 – Jeff Beck’s “Emotion & Commotion” will compete in four categories at the Grammy's, and he also picked up a nod for his work on a Herbie Hancock project.
2016 - The Royal Oak school board announced that the road that runs adjacent to Royal Oak Middle School would be renamed Glenn Frey Drive. Frey was a student at the school when it was called Dondero High.
2016 - The Rolling Stones were put under 24-hour armed guard after a worker at one of their shows in Argentina was shot dead in a botched robbery after a show at the La Plata stadium.
 

Today in rock history 10th February

1949 – Born on this day, Nigel Olsson, drummer with the Elton John band.
1962 – Born on this day, Cliff Burton, bass player with Metallica.
1964 – In the wake of last night’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles have become overnight sensations. Elvis Presley sends them a telegram of congratulations.
1967 – Heavy metal pioneers Blue Cheer (“Summertime Blues”) perform at a “Tribute to J. Edgar Hoover” in San Francisco.
1967 – As the Beatles continue to record “A Day in the Life,” they’re visited in the studio by Pattie Harrison, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith, and Donovan.
1970 - ZZ Top performed their first concert in Beaumont, TX.
1972 – Appearing at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, The Faces, tickets cost 75p.
1972 – David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour.
1973 – British Rail, which was due to demolish Liverpool’s Cavern club to build a subway station, gives the fabled venue a stay of execution.
1975 – Dave Alexander, bass player with Iggy Pop and the Stooges died from pneumonia aged 28.
1976 – “Dream On,” from Aerosmith’s debut album, is re-released as a single and reaches #6.
1977 – The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London.
1978 – Dire Straits release their signature single “Sultans of Swing.”
1990 – Guitarist Eric Clapton finishes an 18-show stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1998 – Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport, Rose was later released on bail.
1999 - Iron Maiden announced that singer Bruce Dickinson & guitarist Adrian Smith would be rejoining the band for a reunion tour & a new album. Both Dickinson & Smith are still in Iron Maiden to this day.
2003 – The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act is former sax player (and president) Bill Clinton.
2004 – Linkin Park cancel their show at Inglewood, Calif., after singer Chester Bennington comes down with bronchitis and acute laryngitis.
2005 – Courtney Love resolves charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession by signing a plea agreement.
2006 -Ex-Creed bellower Scott Stapp marries the former Miss New York 2004, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, in Miami. But the happy day is spoiled when Stapp is arrested on suspicion of being drunk in a public place while trying to get on a plane to Hawaii.
2008 - The Eagles won a Grammy Award for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for "How Long". It was the band's fifth Grammy Award.