Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Today in rock history 16th March

1948, Born on this day, Michael Bruce, guitar, Alice Cooper Band. 1954 – Born on this day, Nancy Wilson, vocals, 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. 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.”

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