Thursday, 21 June 2018

Today in rock history June 21st


1944 - Ray Davies-singer for The Kinks born in London this day
1948 - Don Airey-keyboardist for Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake & Deep Purple is born
1948 - Joey Molland-guitarist for Badfinger born this day
1950 - Joey Kramer-drummer for Aerosmith born in the Bronx, New York
1951 – Nils Lofgren is born in Chicago. He is the leader of the group Grin from 1969-74 and releases six solo albums from 1975-81. In 1985 he joins Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band.
1955 – Johnny Cash’s first single, “Cry Cry Cry,” is released.
1988 – Pink Floyd perform at Versailles, France, a concert that is later released as the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” video.
1990 – It’s Little Richard Day in Los Angeles as the rock ‘n’ roll pianist is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1993 – The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal from John Fogerty. He’s hoping to recoup legal fees from a copyright battle with the other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival.
1998 – Charlie Daniels wins the Harry Hap Peebles Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the International Entertainment Buyers Association at the organization’s annual conference in Nashville.
2000 – 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer.
2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif
2002 – New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming album “The Rising” only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the Boss’ label, Columbia.
2003 – Kicking off their first world tour in four years in Holland, R.E.M. debut new songs “Bad Day” and “In Time.”
2003 – U2 and The Corrs perform at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, held in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland.
2005 – Billy Corgan takes out full-page advertisements in two newspapers announcing that he wants to reform the Smashing Pumpkins. “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams,” he says.
2016 - Roger Friedman, owner of the entertainment industry news and film review website Showbiz 411, announced that Led Zeppelin refused a $14 million offer to perform at the 2016 Desert Trip Festival in Indio, California.

Today in rock history June 20th

1942 – Brian Wilson is born in Ingleside, Calif.
1955 – Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born in Chicago.
1964 – John Lennon is described as “in a pathetic state of near illiteracy” by one book critic after the publication of In His Own Write.
1964 – Touring Australia The Beatles played a third night at Sydney Stadium in Sydney.
1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds.
1967 – Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore.
1969 – Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records.
1969 – Jimi Hendrix plays the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping $125,000. At the time it’s the largest fee ever for a concert appearance.
1974 – Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.
1980 – During a UK tour Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, London,
1986 – Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John all appeared at the fourth annual ‘Prince’s Trust Rock Gala’ held in London.
1987 – Boston appear at the 10th annual Texas Jam for their first live performance in eight years.
1987 – Aerosmith appeared at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation 147 date world tour.
1994 – It’s reported that Paul, George, and Ringo are working on a new song for inclusion in the Anthology boxed set.
1994 – The Rolling Stones begin rehearsing in Toronto for their Voodoo Lounge live extravaganza.
1998 – Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Korn, Pantera, Soulfly, Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Life of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Entombed, Human Waste Project, Neurosis, and Pitchshifter all appeared at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl,
2004 – In St. Petersburg’s Palace Square, Paul Mccartney plays his 3000 gig since first performing with the Quarrymen. 50,000 Russians turn out to see the ex-Beatle, who predictably plays “Back in the USSR.”
2008 -  Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with an honorary doctorate in music at the University of Surrey in the U.K.
2013 - Deep Purple's first studio album in eight years, "Now What", enters the Billboard 200 album chart where it would peak at #110. The LP fared better in Europe, reaching the Top Ten in 19 countries.

Today in rock history June 19th

1950 – Ann Wilson of Heart is born in San Diego
1963 – Drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) is born.
1965 – The Kinks and the Moody Blues both play their first American date at New York’s Academy of Music.
1965 – The Rolling Stones score their first #1 on the American charts with “Satisfaction”.
1967 – Paul McCartney tells a British television audience that he has taken LSD.
1971 – Almost exactly a year to the day after the appearance of ‘Gasoline Alley’, Rod Stewart releases his self-produced masterpiece, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story".
1977 – Led Zeppelin play a one-off show in San Diego between six gigs in New York and six gigs in Los Angeles. Jimmy Page is apparently so out of it from his heroin habit that he has to be physically carried onto the plane to California.
1982 – Asia live up to their “supergroup” tag when their self-titled debut tops the albums chart.
1982 – Rainbow hits #40 with “Stone Cold
1984 – Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s 10-night stand at New Jersey’s Meadowlands go on sale. Twenty-four hours later, 202,000 tickets have been snatched up.
1987 - Guns N’ Roses performed their first concert outside of the U.S. at London’s legendary Marquee Club.
1988 – Anthrax’s Danny Spitz marries fiancee Valerie.
2000 – There’s a new addition to Bob Dylan’s group today in Portland, Ore. It’s Professor Patrick Ladd, who signs Dylan’s lyrics for the benefit of the hard of hearing.
2003 – The opening date of the Lollapalooza tour – featuring Audioslave and Queens of the Stone Age – is cancelled because organizers say Jane’s Addiction’s stage won’t fit the Ionia County Fairgrounds venue in Michigan.
2005 – Richard Ashcroft, formerly a singer with “Bittersweet Symphony” hit-makers The Verve, is arrested in Chippenham, England after barging into a youth club and demanding to work with the children. Alcohol may have been involved.
2006 - Duane Roland, a founding member of the Southern Rock band Molly Hatchet died of natural causes at the age of 53.
2007 - The Illinois Senate passed Senate Resolution 255 which designated that April 1st of every year as Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois.


Today in rock history June 18th


1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool
1942 - Carl Radle-bassist for Derek and the Dominos is born
1959 – R&B legend Fats Domino records “I Want to Walk You Home” in New Orleans.
1967 – After an argument between Jimi Hendrix and the Who over who’s going to close the Monterey festival, Hendrix plays an incendiary set that sees him light his guitar on fire.
1968 – London’s National Theatre premieres In His Own Write, an adaptation of the writings of John Lennon.
1977 – Boston earned their third top 40 single in the U.S. when “Peace of Mind” peaked at number 38
1977 – Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook are stabbed by a gang who, safe to say, are not Sex Pistols fans.
1977 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers supported by The Boomtown Rats appeared at Friars, Aylesbury,
1984 – At New York’s Madison Square Garden, nutty Judas Priest fans tear up hundreds of seats as their idol performs.
1987 – A concertgoer sues Motley Crue, claiming that she went deaf because their PA was turned up too loud.
1996 – Beck’s fourth full-length album, “Odelay,” is released.
1997 – During a North American tour U2 played the first of two nights at Oakland Coliseum, San Francisco supported by Oasis.
1998 – Heart embarks on a U.S. in Chicago. Other tour stops include Detroit and Los Angeles.
2002 – U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin.
2011 - Clarence Clemons dies at the age of 69.

Today in rock history June 17th

1930 – Born on this day, Cliff Gallup, guitarist, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps,
1947 – Born on this day, Greg Rolie, Santana,
1963 – The Rolling Stones released their first UK single, ‘Come On’, it peaked at No.21 on the UK chart.
1965 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet.
1966 - Guitarist Peter Green joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers
1972 -  The Grateful Dead played for the last time with founding member, organist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles.
1972 – The Rolling Stones album ‘Exile On Main Street’ started a four-week run at the top of the US charts
1978 -  Jefferson Starship cancelled their appearance at Germany’s Lorelei Festival due to Grace Slick being too inebriated to perform.
1980 -  Van Halen kicked off a 6-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall.
1980 - Led Zeppelin kicked off their Tour Over Europe at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. This would be their final tour.
1991 – For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (Van Halen) is released this day
1999 – A teenage girl was crushed to death during a gig by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden.
2005 – Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41.
2006 - The Rolling Stones announced that Ron Wood entered rehab for alcohol dependency. He did rejoin their A Bigger Bang tour when it resumed in July.
2007 – The Traveling Wilburys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Collection.’
2015 - In an interview with Forbes magazine, former Cream drummer Ginger Baker had some unkind words for Led Zeppelin. "Jimmy's [Page] a good player, I don't think Led Zeppelin filled the void that Cream left, but they made a lot of money."
2017 - After a nearly three year delay, a 2.5 acre piece of land called Jimi Hendrix Park opened in Seattle's Central district.

Today in rock history June 16th

1953 - Ian Mosley-drummer for Marillion born today
1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club, London
1967 – Canned Heat performs at the Monterey (Calif.) Pop Festival, leading to a contract with Liberty Records.
1967 - Pink Floyd released their second single “See Emily Play”. Syd Barrett wrote the song about seeing a girl named Emily sleeping in the woods after taking a psychedelic drug.
1969 – Free appeared at Friars, Aylesbury
1973 – Suzi Quatro had her first UK No.1 single with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song ‘Can The Can’
1979 – The Electric Light Orchestra started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Discovery’ their first No.1 LP,
1982 – Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dies following a period of cocaine and heroin addiction.
1982 – Donny Vanzant of 38 Special was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (a dry town) for drinking alcohol in a public place.
1994 – Kristen Pfaff is found dead in her bathtub with syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia nearby. The 26-year-old was the bass player for Hole, the band of Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love.
1995 -  Pearl Jam kicked off their first American tour without the involvement of Ticketmaster in Casper, WY. The band accused them of monopolizing the ticket industry.
1996 – Metallica went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album ‘Load’.
1996 – Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco:
1999 – Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The singer turned politician was 58.
2004 – Velvet Revolver, the rock group made up of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and ex-members of Guns N’ Roses, top the U.S. album charts with their debut, Contraband.
2006 – Deep Purple perform a concert to inspire the Croatian soccer squad after their 1-0 defeat to Brazil in the World Cup.
2006 - Def Leppard was the first group inducted to the Sheffield Legends, a walk of fame in their hometown of Sheffield, U.K.
2007 -  Rod Stewart married his girlfriend of seven years, Penny Lancaster on the Italian Riviera.
2013 - Black Sabbath established a new UK chart record for the longest gap between #1 albums when their new release, "13" debuted at the top, 42 years and 8 months after their second album "Paranoid" reached the peak.
2016 - Meat Loaf was hospitalized after collapsing during a concert in Edmonton, Alberta. The singer, whose real name is Marvin Lee Aday, was later listed in "stable and in good condition" and was expected to make a full recovery.

Today in rock history 15th June

1941 – Singer Nilsson (Harry Edward Nelson III) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1943 – Muff Winwood of The Spencer Davis Group is born
1946 - Noddy Holder-singer for Slade born today in Staffordshire
1949 – Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia.
1951 – Born on this day, Steve Walsh, Kansas
1964 – The Beatles touring Australia played two sets at the Festival Hall, Melbourne
1964 – The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford.
1965 – Bob Dylan recorded what would be his first ‘electric’ hit, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ which peaked at No.2 in the US and No.4 on the UK singles chart.
1965 – The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies.
1967 – Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac.
1969 – During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester
1970 – Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac married Jenny Boyd
1976 – The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham’s Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 Club, London.
1977 – Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a mainstay of his stage act, dies after being bitten by a rat.
1977 – The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed ‘Anarchy In The UK’ outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.
1985 – Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, ‘Brothers In Arms’.
1986 – U2 and Sting headlined a concert in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International.
1988 – During Bruce Springsteen’s stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair.
1989 – Nirvana’s debut album ‘Bleach’ was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles.
1999 – “No Boundaries,” a compilation album created for the benefit of the refugees of Kosovo, is released by Epic Records. The 16-track set features rare, live and previously unreleased special versions of songs by an array of musicians, including Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Rage Against the Machine, Oasis, Korn, and others.
2002 – A rare autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the estimated price.
2003 – Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK.
2008 – Liverpool was voted England’s most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council.
2012 – Asia announce the release of their new album ‘XXX’