Sunday, 27 March 2016

Today in rock history 28th March

1945 – Born on this day, Chuck Portz, The Turtles. 1948 – Born on this day, John Evans, Jethro Tull 1958 – Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins. 1964 – Madame Tussauds, London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honoured. 1967 – Working on session for the new Beatles album Sgt Pepper at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track 1974 – Blues artist Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup died of a stroke at the age of 69. He wrote the Elvis Presley hit ‘That’s All Right (Mama).’ 1976 – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster from Status Quo were arrested after an incident at Vienna Airport, all three were released on bail. 1976 – Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, appearing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer. 1976 – Born on this day, Dave Keuning, guitarist, The Killers 1977 – During a UK tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford. 1981 – Elton John’s version of The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was released as a tribute to John Lennon. Even though Paul sang the original. 1982 – David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, “John Lennon.” 1992 – Over $100,000 (£58,800) worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California, when Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience on stage. Several others took up the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage. 1992 –During a North American tour Pearl Jam appeared at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the support act. 2000 – Former Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page accepts “substantial” libel damages and a public apology at London’s high court over a magazine article that accuses him of contributing to the Death of former bandmate John Bonham. 2005 – After playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. 2006 – “loudQuietloud: A Film About the Pixies” premieres during the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.

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