Saturday, 30 April 2016

Today in rock history April 30th

1965 – The Kinks begin their first U.K. tour. 1970 – Twiggs Lyndon, road manager with the Allman Brothers, is arrested on charges of murder after stabbing a club manager over alleged breach of contract. 1976 – The alleged date of a great Keith Moon story. The Who drummer reportedly pays several New York cab drivers $100 each. All they have to do is block either end of the block of his hotel. He then proceeds to empty his hotel room of its contents onto the empty street below. 1977 – Led Zeppelin play the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The audience of 77,229 sets a new record for attendance at a single-act concert. 1980 – The film “McVicar,” starring Roger Daltrey and Adam Faith, premieres. 1983 – The original Manfred Mann, reunites for a London concert. 1983 Muddy Waters dies 1988 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon drops out of the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in 725 weeks. It would be back. 1999 – Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. tour. He is 51. 2003 – AC/DC wannabes The Datsuns win Album of the Year, Export Gold Best Group, Outstanding International Achievement and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards. 2004 – Courtney Love enters a formal plea of “not guilty” to two charges of felony drug possession in Los Angeles after turning up an hour late for her court appearance. 2005 – The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. 2008 – A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Today in rock history 29th April

1934 – Otis Rush, one of the most intense and inventive guitarists of the post-War Chicago blues renaissance, is born in Philadelphia, Miss. Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac have covered his songs. 1949 – Francis Rossi of Status Quo is born in London. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. 1968 – The musical “Hair” opens at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway. 1976 – Bruce Springsteen tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards. 1980 – Black Sabbath begin their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as the singer. 1987 – A high school in South Beloit, Ill., moves up the time of its graduation ceremony to accommodate a Jovi Bon concert that the majority of its students are due to attend. 1988 – Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight,” file for divorce. 1993 – One of rock’n’roll’s preeminent guitarists and producers, Mick Ronson, 46, dies of cancer of the liver in London. Ronson, aside from his solo credits, is probably best known for his guitar work with David Bowie and with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. 1993 – Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses breaks his hand in a motorcycle accident, leading to the cancellation of several live dates. 1998 – Steven Tyler sustains a knee injury at Aerosmith’s concert in Anchorage, Alaska. The injury is bad enough to require surgery and force the band to postpone the 14 remaining dates of its North American tour. 1999 – It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. Lee’s new band is called Methods of Mayhem. 2003 – A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997. 2003 – Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, enters the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena. He had been suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show. 2003 – Pearl Jam buy a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimate their current North American tour with incur. 2003 – Great White play their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert is to establish a scholarship fund for the son of Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire. 2007 – Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the UK chart. 2010 - As the June 15 release date approaches for Ozzy Osbourne's Scream - his first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–the album cover artwork and full track listing are revealed.

Brit Rock 30th April

Brit Rock 30th April For the finest mainstream rock show available anywhere, go to click on the Brit Rock section and choose a station 1. Rush - Tom Sawyer 2. Catatonai - Mulder and Scully 3. Crash Test Dummies - Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead 4. Dire Straits - Romeo and Julliet 5. Disturbed - Sound of silence 6. Simon & Garfunkel - Only living boy in New York 7. Star Dancer - Welcome to my world 8. The Ellipsis - Wasted potential me 9. Heel - Nothing new 10. ACDC - Whole lotta Rosie 11. Queen - Spread your wings 12. Aerosmith - Dream on 13. Van Halen - Right now 14. REM - Radio song 15. Guns 'N' Roses - Civil war 16. Bryan Adams - Can't stop this thing we started 17. Marillion - No one can 18. Seal - Crazy 19. Tom Petty - Into the great wide open 20. Thunder - Love walked in 21. Ozzy Osbourne - No more tears 22. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - My aerosplane 23. The Who - I can't explain Hour three and it's connections, each song connected to the next 1. World Party - Ship of fools 2. The Waterboys - Whole of the moon 3. Biffy Clyro - Bubbles 4. Leonard Cohen - Suzanne 5. Neil Young - Transformer man 6. U2 - Sunday bloody Sunday 7. The Babys - Isn't it time 8. Journey - Any way you want it 9. Marillion - No one can 10. Led Zeppelin - Battle of Evermore 11. Fairport Convention - Meet on the ledge 12. Derek & The Dominoes - Layla 13. REM - Stand

Timesweep 30th April

For the finest classic rock show available anywhere, go to click on the Brit Rock section and choose a station Part 1 1. Mountain - Nantucket sleighride 2. Status Quo - Dirty water 3. Deep Purple - Smoke on the water 4. Talking Heads - Take me to the river 5. Bad Company - Feel like making love Part 2 1. Judas Priest - Breaking the law 2. Eric Clapton - I shot the sheriff 3. Bobby Fuller 4 - I fought the law 4. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak 5. Pink Floyd - Shine on you crazy diamond Part 3 1. Black Crowes - Hard to handle 2. Steppenwolf - Magic carpet ride 3. Foreigner - That was yesterday 4. Sex Pistols - Pretty vacant Part 4 1. SAHB - Boston tea party 2. Motley Crue - Dr Feelgood 3. Santana - Black magic woman 4. Green Day - When I come around Part 5 1. Black Sabbath - N.I.B. 2. Bob Seger - Hollywood nights 3. Hootie & The Blowfish - I only wanna be with you 4. Ted Nugent - Where have you been all my life Part 6 1. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Let it ride 2. The Who - Acid queen 3. Aerosmith - Living on the edge Part 7 1. Jimi Hendrix - The wind cries Mary 2. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Ohio 3. David Bowie - The Jean Genie 4. The Rolling Stones - Satisfaction Part 8 1. Foreigner - Feels like the first bar 2. John Mellencamp - Hurts so good 3. Pink Floyd - Money 4. The Faces - Cindy incidentally Part 9 1. Steve Winwood - Roll with it 2. Iron Maiden - Can I play with madness 3. Sinead O' Connor - Mandinka 4. Cinderella - Gypsy road Part 10 1. Bon Jovi - Bad medicine 2. Travelling Wilbury's - End of the line 3. Van Halen - When it's love Part 11 1. Robert Plant - Heaven knows 2. The Waterboys - Fisherman's blues 3. Huey Lewis & The News - Perfect world

Today in rock history 28th April

1945 – John Wolters, drums, Dr Hook, is born 1953 – Bassist, Guitarist & Vocalist Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is born 1968 -Daisy Berkowitz, Marilyn Manson, is born 1973 – Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ goes to No.1 on the US chart on This Day in Rock. It spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the top 100 album charts selling over 20 million copies world-wide. 1981 – Steve Currie, T-Rex was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal. He was 33 years old. 1982 – The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee, CSACPC, heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.” 1983 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Beat It,” Michael Jackson. Eddie Van Halen plays lead guitar on the tune. 1990 – Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose marries Erin Everly. 1999 – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson cuts short his concert in Des Moines, Iowa and abruptly walks off stage when he realizes someone stuck a large yellow “smiley face” on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests. 2005 – A concert by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society in Boise, Idaho, is cancelled after the metal guitarist allegedly does some redecorating on the venue interior with a baseball bat. 2009 – The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that a TV commercial starring Iggy Pop believed to be misleading. Iggy exclaimed in the spot that he carried an insurance policy with Swiftcover claiming that the company carried musicians at the time of the ad. They did not.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Today in rock history 27th April

1951 – Guitarist Ace Frehley (Paul Frehley) of Kiss is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1956 – Gene Vincent gets the call from Capitol Records, which tells the “Be-Bop-a-Lula” singer it wants to market him as its equivalent of RCA’s Elvis Presley. 1964 – John Lennon’s book In His Own Write is published in the U.S. Newsweek declares that the Beatles singer/guitarist is “an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense.” 1966 – The Beatles finished recording the new John Lennon song ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ at Abbey Road studios London, England. 1969 -Joe Cocker makes his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1969 – A court finds John Lennon’s erotic lithographs “unlikely to deprave or corrupt,” and his exhibition in London is reopened. 1975 – Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana. 1976 – Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels. 1981 – Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach. 1982 – Frank Zappa releases “Valley Girl.” Featuring the rantings of his daughter Moon Unit Zappa, the song would go on to become his biggest pop hit, reaching No. 32. 1990 – David Bowie claims he will play his old material for the last time on his current Sound + Vision tour, the American leg of which begins today. 1994 – The historic Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco. The opening acts include Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club. 2003 – Iggy Pop reunites with the Stooges for the first time in decades on the closing night of California’s Coachella Festival. 2004 – Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer Thom Yorke develops severe problems with his voice. 2006 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards suffers a brain hemorrhage after falling out of a palm tree on the island of Fiji. The Richards family were on vacation. Doctors say the rock warhorse will need an operation to drain his skull. 2010 – Billy Corgan has launched a Twitter tirade against Courtney Love, who’s now known as Courtney Michelle.

Monday, 25 April 2016

Today in rock history 26th April

1938 – Born on this day, Duane Eddy, guitarist, 1945 – Born on this day, Tony Murray, The Troggs 1960 – Filming begins on the Elvis Presley movie “G.I. Blues. 1964 – Phenomenal audience response as Beatles, Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Brian Poole and Cliff Richard appear at NME poll-winners concert. 1965 – During a UK tour The Who appeared at Bridgewater Town Hall 1969 – During the bands second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California. 1978 – Ringo Starr stars in his first TV special in America – an updated version of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. 1982 – Rod Stewart is mugged and robbed of his $50,000 Porsche by a gunman in broad daylight on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles 1982 – Meat Loaf played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London. 1984 – Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John’s first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance. 1986 Van Halen: 5150 US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1990 – Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip. 1994 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home on March 5. The former Jefferson Starship lead singer said she’d been under stress because her Mill Valley home had burned down the previous fall and she’d lost most of her memorabilia, 1995 – Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1m from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine. 2003 – David Lee Roth apprehends and detains a knife-wielding man he discovers trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman keeps the felon at bay with a shotgun. 2010 – AC/DC triumph in chart thanks to ‘Iron Man 2′ The rock band’s songs which are compiled in an album and used as the soundtrack to the Marvel movie is topping the U.K. Albums chart.

Today in rock history 25th April

1923 – Albert King (US blues guitarist) is born this day. 1945 – Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born 1950 – Steve Ferrone, drummer with the Average White Band and Eric Clapton, is born in Brighton 1958 – Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen hits UK chart. 1964 – The Beatles have an amazing 14 singles on the American chart. 1974 – Jim Morrison’s widow, Pam, dies in Hollywood at the age of 27. Police suspect heroin use may have played a part in her death. 1974 – Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ No. 1 hit “The Streak. 1981 – Wings break up after Denny Laine leaves the band. Paul McCartney says he will carry on as a solo artist. 1987 – U2 replace Beastie Boys at top of US LP chart with The Joshua Tree. 1990 – The Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock sells at a London auction for $295,000. 1993 – The Grateful Dead gather around one of their own, saying they will help pay for artist Stanley “Mouse” Miller’s liver transplant. Miller created the band’s distinctive skull-and-roses logo. 1994 – The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. 1994 – A judge sentences Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz to 200 hours’ community service after he beats up a TV cameraman during River Phoenix’s funeral. 1997 – U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet. 1997 – Warren Haynes and Allen Woody quit the Allman Brothers Band to tend to their careers as Gov’t Mule. 2000 – Eric Clapton is reunited on a TV stage in London with his former Derek & the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock, for their first performance together in 29 years. 2003 – Jim Morrison’s parents sue the Doors 21st Century – made up of Ray Manzarek and Robbie Krieger and The Cult’s Ian Astbury – claiming their U.S. tour “maliciously misappropriated” the name and logo of the original Doors lineup. 2004 – Piano man Billy Joel drives his car into a house in Long Island. Nobody is seriously injured. It’s his third car crash in two years. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo “Devils & Dust” tour in Michigan, at Motown’s Fox Theatre. 2010 – Starting this week, will stream a new single from the upcoming self-titled Stone Temple Pilots album.

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Today in rock history 24th April

1961 – Bob Dylan earns a $50 session fee playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special.” 1963 – Born on this day, Billy Gould, Faith No More. 1965 – The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” goes to No. 1 on the U.K. chart. Manager Brian Epstein writes to Melody Maker to point out that Paul McCartney performs the lead guitar on the record. 1967 – Born on this day, Shannon Larkin, drummer, Ugly Kid Joe. 1967 – Born on this day, Patty Schemel, Hole. 1968 – The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. 1968 – Born on this day, Aaron Comess, drums, The Spin Doctors. 1969 – Paul McCartney publicly denies rumors that he is dead. 1970 – Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman leave a White House party without having dosed young Tricia Nixon with LSD as planned. The Jefferson Airplane singer was invited to the bash by Tricia, and took along the outlaw Hoffman as her date. Hoffman was turned away at the gate. Slick went with him. 1971 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘4 Way Street.’ 1974 – David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs. 1975 – While on tour in Florida, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan quit the New York Dolls. 1976 – The British pop paper Sounds features a two-page spread on promising newcomers the Sex Pistols. 1976 – Led Zeppelin scored their sixth UK No.1 album with ‘Presence’, also No.1 in the US. 1976 – Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together. 1989 – Tom Petty releases his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. 1990 – While preparing Roger Waters’ ambitious production of The Wall at the Berlin Wall, workers discover an unexploded bomb from the World War II era. 1992 – In Switzerland, David Bowie marries his second wife, Iman. 1993 – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young unite for the sixth edition of Farm Aid. This year it’s held in Ames, Iowa. 1998 – Douglas Springsteen, the mill hand and ex-prison guard who inspired his son Bruce’s songs “Adam Raised a Cain,” “Independence Day,” “My Hometown,” “Mansion on the Hill” and “My Father’s House” dies in Belmont, Calif. 2002 A judge rules that Courtney Love will not have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as part of her legal struggle with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic over control of Nirvana’s recordings. 2003 – The White Stripes perform their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. 2007 – Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. 2013 – 3 Doors Down cancels tour due to bassist Robert Todd Harrell’s arrest.

Today in rock history 23rd April

1936 – Roy Orbison is born in Vernon, Texas. 1960 – Steve Clark (Def Leppard) is born. 1969 – Famous Ash Grove, Los Angeles (home of Canned Heat and Taj Mahal) burns to the ground. 1975 – Badfinger’s Pete Ham commits suicide by hanging himself in his London garage. 1978 – Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious filmed his version of ‘My Way’ for the Sex Pistols’ film ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.’ 1981 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins give a live performance in West Germany that is later released as the LP “The Survivors.” 1983 – David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’ 1988 – Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1988 – Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him. 1991 Johnny Thunders dies from a drug overdose in New Orleans. The former New York Doll was 38. 1994 – Pink Floyd : The Division Bell : US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 2003 – Bruce Springsteen defends the beleagured Dixie Chicks, who suffered a backlash after criticizing George W. Bush. In a statement, he declares, “To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech." 2003 – Twisted Sister announce they are reforming to do a tour of military bases in Korea. 2003 – Former head Hole member Courtney Love places an ad in New York’s Village Voice looking for new band members. “We like Emily the Strange, Lolita Goth, Patty Schemel’s drumming, Nuggets and ‘Performance’ the Movie,” it reads. “We love Flea but don’t want you to play like him. We start NOW. NO BOYS.” 2004 – Green Day issue a statement to counter a widespread rumor that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has died . “Despite what you may have heard rumored on the Internet,” the band say, “Billie Joe did not recently die in a car accident.” 2008 – Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora was sentenced to three years probation after admitting to driving under the influence of alcohol. 2010 – Ozzy Osbourne will release Scream – his first album in almost three years and 10th studio album overall – June 15th via Epic Records. 2010 – Poison frontman Bret Michaels is in critical condition from a brain hemorrhage after being rushed to an undisclosed hospital after complaining of a severe headache.

Friday, 22 April 2016

Today in rock history 22nd April

1950 – Peter Frampton is born in Beckenham 1951 – Paul Carrack is born today in Sheffield, England. He has sung with Ace, Squeeze, and Mike & the Mechanics. 1963 – Gene Vincent’s recording contract with Capitol expires. His last recording is a remake of Be-Bop-A-Lula. 1965 – Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde LP released in the US. 1969 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney record “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” 1969 – John Lennon changes his middle name from Winston to Ono. 1969 In Dolton, England, the Who perform their rock opera Tommy live in its entirety for the first time. 1972 – Deep Purple: Machine Head UK LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1974 – Tina Turner starts filming in the role of Acid Queen in the Who’s film “Tommy.” 1978 – Johnny Thunders plays a surprise gig at London’s Speakeasy, backed by a band featuring Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones. 1979 Rolling Stones perform two benefit concerts for the blind in Toronto to fulfill terms of Keith Richard’s sentence for heroin trafficking. 1998 – It is announced that Faith No More has decided to break up. 1999 – Marilyn Manson releases a statement on the Columbine High School shootings. “It’s tragic and disgusting anytime young people’s lives are taken in an act of seneseless violence,” he says. “My condolences go out to the students and their families.” 2004 – It’s reported that U.S. Marines are blasting ‘s “Shoot to Thrill” at high volumes to drive Muslim insurgents from their homes in Iraq. 2004 – Metallica quashes an Internet rumor that James Hetfield committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. “Contrary to what you may have read on message boards,” say the band, “James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well.” 2007 – Avril Lavigne went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the US chart. 2008 – WHITESNAKE‘s new album, “Good To Be Bad”, was released.

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Brit Rock 23rd April

For the finest mainstream rock show available anywhere, go to click on the Brit Rock section and choose a station 1. ACDC - Thunderstruck 2. Jeff Lynne - Every little thing 3. Gary Moore - Walkin' by myself 4. Extreme - Hole hearted 5. Billy Idol - Cradle of love 6. Faith No More - From out of nowhere 7. Fish - State of mind 8. Aerosmith - Janie's got a gun 9. Quireboys - Hey you 10. Black Crowes - Hard to handle 11. Bon Jovi - Blaze of glory 12. Scorpions - Send me an angel 13. Warrant - Cherry pie 14. Metallica - Hero of the day 15. Bush - Swallowed 16. Oasis - Live forever 17. Stone Temple Pilots - Interstate love song 18. Shawn Mullins - Lullaby 19. Van Helen - Humans being 20. Queen - Too much love will kill you 21. Bruce Springsteen - Secret garden 22. The Beatles - Free as a bird 23. Joan Osbourne - One of us 24. Pink Floyd - Wish you were here 24. Tom Petty - Yer so bad Hour three is an hour of acid rock 1. Blind Faith - Can't find my way home 2. The Byrds - Eight miles high 3. Traffic - Paper sun 4. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick men 5. Matthews Southern Comfort - Woodstock 6. Deep Purple - Space trucking 7. Blue Oyster Cult - Don't fear the reaper 8. Black Sabbath - Iron man 9. Three Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 10. Procul Harum - Homburg 11. Donovan - Mellow yellow 12. Fifth Dimension - Aquarius/Let the sunshine in 13. Moody Blues - Nights in white satin 14. The Who - Happy Jack

Timesweep 23rd April

For the finest classic rock show available anywhere, go to click on the Timesweep section and choose a station Part 1 1. Genesis - Paperlate 2. Rick Springfield - Don't talk to strangers 3. The Scorpions - No one like you 4. Peter Gabriel - Shock the monkey 5. Iron Maiden - Hallowed be thy name Part 2 1. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I love rock & roll 2. Judas Priest - Another thing coming 3. Donald Fagen - I.G.Y 4. Rainbow - Stone cold 5. John Mellencamp - Hurts so good 6. Van Halen - Oh pretty woman Part 3 1. Alice Cooper - Billion dollar babies 2. Bob Dylan - Rainy day women 3. Deep Purple - Highway star Part 4 1. Badfinger - Baby blue 2. Tom Petty - Running down a dream 3. Van Halen - Why can't this be love Part 5 1. Iggy Pop - The passenger 2. Peter Frampton - Show me the way 3. Def Leppard - Hysteria 4. Judas Priest - Breaking the law Part 6 1. Faith No More - We care a lot 2. Ugly Kid Joe - Cats in the cradle 3. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have you ever seen the rain 4. Eric Clapton - Layla (unplugged) 5. Kiss - Cold gin 6. Kiss - Beth Part 7 1. Eric Clapton - motherless child 2. 3 Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 3. Quiet Riot - Mama we're all crazy now 4. Genesis - Mama Part 8 1. Steely Dabn - Reelin' in the years 2. Nickelback - How you remind me Part 9 1. Jackson Browne - Doctor my eyes 2. The Eagles - Lying eyes 3. Billy Idol - Eyes without a face 4. Alan Parsons Project - Eye in the sky Part 10 1. ZZ Top - Tush 2. Sum 41 - Fat lip 3. Georgia Satillites - Keep your hands to yourself 4. Bon Bovi - Lay your hands on me Part 11 1. Rod Stewart - Hot legs 2. Nick Cave - Into my arms 3. Golden Earring - Radar love

Today in rock history 21st April

1947 – Punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterburg) is born 1959 – Robert Smith of the Cure is born in Sussex 1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool 1963- Beatles and Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club. ‘We got all nervous’, says Bill Wyman, ‘but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.’ 1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. 1969 – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1970 – Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. 1973 – Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 album in the UK. 1978 – Folk singer Sandy Denny dies at age 31 after falling down a flight of stairs. You can hear her on Led Zeppelin IV‘s “Battle of Evermore” and with her band Fairport Convention 1981 – A car crash in Seattle hospitalizes Eric Clapton with bruised ribs and a lacerated shin. 1982 – Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling a tour. He was found living rough in Paris. 1990 – Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Behind The Mask.’ 1990 – Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. 1993 – Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann saves a young surfer from a California riptide. 1993 – Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman marries the 33-year-old Suzanne Accosta in the south of France. 1994 – Courtney Love turns in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program. 2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting two crew members on an overnight flight from Seattle to London. 2004 – California rockers Hoobastank top the American singles chart with “The Reason.” 2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year. 2007 – Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Today in rock history 20th April

1966 – During a 12 hour session at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles worked on a new John Lennon song ‘And Your Bird Can Sing’’, and a new George Harrison song ‘Taxman’. 1967 – During a UK tour, Pink Floyd appeared at the Queen’s Hall in Barnstable. 1968 – Deep Purple makes its live debut in Denmark. 1970 – Traffic, Mott The Hoople, If and Bronco all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets, 25 shillings. 1971 – Born on this day, Mikey Welsh, bass, Weezer. 1985 – The charity record ‘We Are The World’ by USA For Africa was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. 1991 – Credence Clearwater Revival founder John Fogerty marries Julie Lebiedzinksi in Bristol, Ind. 1991 – Steve Marriott dies in a fire at his home in Essex, England. Age 44. He was a guitarist and lead singer for the rock bands Small Faces and Humble Pie. 1992 – ‘A Concert For Life’ took place at Wembley Stadium as a tribute to Queen singer Freddie Mercury and for aids awareness. 1996 – Tickets ranging in price from $27.50 – $85.00 go on sale for the KISS reunion tour. This marks the first time in 15 years that all four original members of the ’70’s rock group join together in original costume and face paint. 1999 – The “No Security” tour, the Rolling Stones’ first arena outing in 20 years wraps with a make-up date at the San Jose Arena in California. 2000 – Robert Plant appeared at Disney’s Theatre of the Stars in Orlando, Florida to leave his handprints outside the theatre. 2001 – A memorial concert for former Small Faces and Humble Pie front man Steve Marriott took place at the London Astoria with Peter Frampton, Midge Ure, Chris Farlowe and Humble Pie. 2002 – In the dispute over who owned the rights to Nirvana’s recordings former members Dave Grohl and Kirst Novoselic asked a Seattle Court to prove that Courtney Love was mentally stable. They told the court that Love was ‘irrational, mercurial, self-centered, unmanageable, inconsistent and unpredictable.’ 2012 – Bert Weedon, guitarist who wrote ‘Play in a Day’ died today at 91.

Today in rock history 19th April

1942 – Born on this day, Alan Price, keyboards, The Animals, 1947 – Born on this day, Mark Volman, The Turtles 1965 – The film T.A.M.I. (Teen-Age Music International) Show featuring The Rolling Stones, Supremes Four Tops, James Brown, The Beach Boys and Smokey Robinson & The Miracles opened in London, England under the title Teenage Command Performance. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens, played two shows at The Odeon, Birmingham. 1968 – John Lennon, George Harrison and their wives left the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi’s ashram in Rishikesh, India two weeks before their study was complete. Ringo and Paul had already left. 1980 – Brian Johnson 32 year old singer with Geordie joined AC/DC replacing Bon Scott who had died after a drinks binge. 1990 – On this weeks BBC- TV’s ‘French and Saunders’ show, Mark Knopfler, David Gilmour, Lemmy, Mark King (Level 42), and Gary Moore all appeared in a comedy courthouse sketch. The sketch ended with all the guitarists jamming together. 2000 – Phil Collins won £250,000 in a high court case over royalties with two former members of his band. The judge ruled that they had been overpaid in error but because the two musicians had no other income they would not have to pay it back. 2001 – David Lee Roth reveals that he briefly reunited with Van Halen in July and wrote some “astonishing” music. 2002 – The body of Layne Staley, singer of the grunge rock group Alice In Chains, is found by a relative in Staley’s North Seattle apartment. Staley had been missing for two weeks. 2003 – At their Montreal concert, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band are joined by Max Weinberg’s daughter Allie on keyboards. 2004 – Billy Corgan plays his first-ever solo acoustic show in his Chicago hometown at the Metro. 2012 - Levon Helm dies.

Monday, 18 April 2016

Today in rock history 18th April

1946 – Lead vocalist Skip Spence of Moby Grape is born in Windsor, Ontario. 1964 – The Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ 1970 – Appearing at London’s Royal Albert Hall, Santana, Taj Mahal and It’s A Beautiful Day. 1970 – Born on this day, Greg Eklund, drums, Everclear 1974 – Born on this day, Mark Tremonti, Creed 1992 – Albums by Def Leppard, Bruce Springsteen and Wynonna debut in the top four spots on Chart Toppers’s pop album chart. 1995 – Oasis drummer Tony McCarrol was told by phone that he was being sacked from the group. 2002 – Bon Jovi keyboardist David Bryan returns to his roots when he is inducted into the Hall of Honour at his old high school. Bryan is a 1980 graduate of John P. Stevens High School in Edison, N.J. 2004 – Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker opens a franchise of the popular restaurant chain Wahoo’s Fish Taco in Norco, Calif. 2006 – A sale of clothes belonging to Sir Elton John raised more than $700,000 (£395,000) for the singer’s Aids charity. 2012 – Dick Clark dies at age 82.

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Today in rock history April 17th

1934 – Rock promoter Don Kirshner is born. 1941 – Billy Fury is born in Liverpool, 1955 – Fats Domino’s Ain’t That a Shame released in US 1955 – Pete Shelley, one of punk’s finest songwriters and lead Buzzcock, is born. 1964 – Leading the band Them, an 18-year-old Van Morrison rocks the Maritime Hotel, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is the group’s debut performance. 1969 – The Band step out from behind Bob Dylan for the first time to perform solo at San Francisco’s Winterland auditorium. 1970 – Paul McCartney releases his first post-Beatles solo album, McCartney. 1982 – Iron Maiden’s The Number of the Beast hits No. 1 on the British albums charts. 1983 – Felix Pappalardi dies at age 41 after being shot by his wife in their New York apartment. 1995 – After Bill Berry’s operation for a brain aneurysm, R.E.M. announce they will resume their worldwide Monster tour. 1995 – Courtney Love and her band Hole perform for the sixth season premiere of MTV’s Unplugged. 1998 – Linda McCartney, the rock photographer wife of Sir Paul McCartney and onetime member of the band Wings, dies of breast cancer in Santa Barbara, Calif. She is 56. 2001 – The late Ramones singer Joey Ramone is buried in New Jersey following a private funeral service in Forest Hills, Queens. 2002 – James Al Hendrix, who introduced his son, guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, to music, dies after a long battle with congestive heart failure. He is 82. 2003 – A British fan who claims he caught the flu off of Beatle. Paul McCartney attempts to auction off the germ on eBay. 2003 – Tommy Lee is cleared of responsibility for the drowning death of a four-year-old at his son’s 2001 birthday party. The boy’s parents were alleging criminal negligence and sought $10 million in damages. 2004 – Kurt Cobain’s right-handed 1960’s Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar sells at an auction for $117,500. 2006 – Melissa Etheridge announces her partner Tammy Lynn Michaels is expecting twins later in the spring. Etheridge has two other children by another woman. 2013 – Ted Nugent’s anti President Obama quotes go down badly

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Today in rock history April 16th

1947 – Gerry Rafferty is born in Paisley, Scotland 1956 – Buddy Holly’s first single ‘Blue Days, Black Nights’, was released. 1963 – The Beatles perform on BBC TV for the first time on The 625 Special. 1964 – David Pirner (Soul Asylum) is born 1964 – The Beatles filmed the “chase scenes” for A Hard Days Night with actors dressed as policemen in the Notting Hill Gate area of London. 1967 – Cream appeared at the ‘Daily Express Record Star Show’ at The Empire Pool, Wembley, England. 1972 – Electric Light Orchestra makes its live debut at the Greyhound Club in Surrey, 1973 – Paul McCartney appears in the TV special James Paul McCartney with his wife, Linda, and his band Wings. 1974 – Queen play their first American concert at Denver’s Regis College. 1976 – Aerosmith played at the Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first date on their 76 date North American Rocks Tour. 1990 – At London’s Wembley Stadium, artists including Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Simple Minds, and Tracy Chapman take part in a musical celebration of Nelson Mandela’s release from prison. 1990 – Nirvana appeared at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 1993 – Billy Burnette announces he’s leaving Fleetwood Mac. He wants to concentrate on recording country music. 1993 – David Lee Roth is busted by police after allegedly buying marijuana in New York’s Washington Square Park. 1999 – Skip Spence, a pioneering psychedelic musician who was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape dies 2003 – Hole’s Courtney Love announces the title of her first solo album will be America’s Sweetheart. 2003 – Jerry Lee Lewis filed for divorce from his sixth wife, Kerrie McCarver Lewis. 2012 – “I’m absolutely devastated,”Rod Stewart said. “Shattered that I’m going to miss my second induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – and this time alongside my mates.” In a joint statement with Stewart, Hall of Fame organizers said Faces will still play a short set at Saturday’s ceremony with Simply Red’s Mick Hucknall replacing Stewart on vocals for the band that in the 1970s scored hits such as “Stay With Me.”

Friday, 15 April 2016

Today in rock history 15th April

1927 – John Lennon biographer and Professor Longhair liner-notes author Albert Goldman is born. 1944 – Guitarist Dave Edmunds is born in Cardiff. 1964 – The Beatles filmed outside shots at the Scala Theatre in Tottenham Court Road, London for their forthcoming movie ‘A Hard Day’s Night.’ 1966 – UK music press announces there’ll be no new Beatles film for the time being. Producer Walter Shenson says, ‘We’ve turned down everything from The Beatles in the Army to The Beatles Meet Elvis’. 1966 – Appearing live at the Blackpool Odeon, Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Cat Stevens and Engelbert Humperdink, 1967 – Born on this day, Frankie Poullian, bass, The Darkness. 1971 – Rolling Stone announces that the Illinois Crime Commission has compiled a list of “drug-oriented rock records.” The list includes Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” and Procol Harum’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” 1975 – Appearing at Stanley Theatre in Pittsburgh, Kiss, Rush and the Heavy Metal Kids. 1977 – Lynyrd Skynyrd give a gold album for One More for the Road to Atlanta Mayor Maynard Jackson. The band donates another gold record to Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, where the double live album was recorded. 1982 – Billy Joel breaks a wrist when his motorcycle and an auto collide. He is hospitalized and has surgery. 1996 – Jerry Garcia’s ashes are scattered near San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge. A portion of the remains of the Grateful Dead guitarist had already been deposited into the Ganges in India. 2001 – Punk pioneer Joey Ramone (Jeffrey Ross Hyman) singer of The Ramones died after losing a long battle with lymphatic cancer aged 49. 2003 – Heartland rocker Melissa Etheridge announces she’s become engaged to her partner of two years, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. 2003 – Fleetwood Mac release their album Say You Will. The disc reunites the band with AWOL songwriter Lindsey Buckingham, but vocalist Christine McVie opts to sit this one out. 2004 – ‘Frisco noisemakers Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce they have left their label Virgin. Robert Turner says, “This is actually the greatest day in our band’s somewhat short history.” 2004 – Courtney Love is ordered by a Los Angeles judge to stand trial for two counts of drug possession. Love appears in court with a copy of The 48 Laws of Power and tells the judge she will be “on tour” the date of her next hearing. 2007 – Acts appearing at the Quilmes Rock festival at River stadium in Argentina included, Aerosmith, Velvet Revolver, Placebo, Keane and Evanescence.

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Brit Rock 16th April

Brit Rock 16th April There is no better rock show in the world. Don't waste your time, go to clink on the link for Brit Rock and choose a station 1. ELO - Four little diamonds 2. Stiltskin - Inside 3. Indya - Harder faster 4. Blue October - Hate me 5. Hoobastank - The reason 6. Sum 41 - In too deep 7. Lordi - Scareforce one 8. Lordi - Hard rock hallelujah 9. Great White - Once bitten, twice shy 10. Joe Walsh - Rocky mountain way 11. Johnny Cash - Hurt 12. Alcatraz - Hiroshima mon amor 13. Spinal Tap - Stonehenge 14. Bryan Adams - It's only love 15. Van Halen - Jump 16. Huey Lewis & The News - The heart of rock and roll 17. John Parr - Naughty naughty 18. Queen - Radio ga ga 19. Chris DeBurgh - High on emotion 20. Billy Idol - Eyes without a face 21. The Scorpions - Still loving you 22. Bruce Springsteen - My hometown 23. Yes - Owner of a lonely heart It's an hour of country rock, yee haw for hour three 1. Johnny Cash - Folsom prison blues 2. Soggy Bottom Boys - I am a man of constant sorrow 3. Steve Earle - Copperhead road 4. Glen Campbell - Walls 5. Tom Petty - Yer so bad 6. Travelling Wilbury's - End of the line 7. Bob Dylan - Queen Jane approximately 8. The Eagles - The last resort 9. Don Henley - New York minute 10. Kings Of Leon - Beautiful war 11. Allman Bros - Jessica 12. Dolly Parton - Here you come again 13. Shelby Wright - Shut up and drive

Timesweep 16th April

Timesweep 16th April There is no better classic rock show in the world. Don't waste your time, go to clink on the link for Timesweep and choose a station Part 1 1. David Bowie - Boys keep swinging 2. Avril Lavigne - Skater boi 3. Queen - Good old fashioned lover boy 4. Thin Lizzy - The boys are back in town 5. Motley Crue - Smoking in the boys room 6. Don Henley - The boys of summer Part 2 1. T-Rex - 20th century boy 2. ZZ Top - Rough boy 3. The Who - I'm a boy 4. Foreigner - Dirty white boy 5. The Cure - Boys don't cry 6. Placebo - Nancy boy 7. Suzi Quatro - mama's boy Part 3 1. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams 2. David Lee Roth - Yankee rose 3. Paul McCartney - Every night 4. Melissa Etheridge - Bring me some water Part 4 1. Steelers Wheel - Stuck in the middle 2. The Buzzcocks - What do I get 3. The Animals - The house of the rising sun 4. T-Rex - Get it on Part 5 1. Def Leppard - Have you ever needed someone so bad 2. Elton John - Saturday night's alright for fighting 3. ACDC - For those about to rock Part 6 1. Bryan Adams - Summer of '69 2. David Lee Roth - California girls 3. ACDC - Thunderstruck 4. Led Zeppelin - The rain song Part 7 1. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 2. Quireboys - 7 'o clock 3. The Who - 5.15 Part 8 1. Bon Jovi - Lay your hands on me 2. Europe - Superstitious 3. Travelling Wilbury's - End of the liune Part 9 1. Led Zeppelin - Communication breakdown 2. The Kinks - Victoria 3. The Rolling Stones - Gimme shelter 4. The Beatles - Here comes the sun Part 10 1. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born on the bayou 2. Crosby Stills & Nash - Marakesh express 3. Neil Young - Cinnamon girl 4. Humble Pie - Natural born boogie Part 11 1. Blood Sweat & Tears - Spinning wheel 2. The Doors - Touch me 3. The Band - Rag mama rag 4. Bob Dylan - Lay lady lay 5. The Who - See me feel me

Today in rock history 14th April

1945 – Ritchie Blackmore, of Deep Purple and Rainbow, is born in Weston-Super-Mare. 1955 – Fats Domino releases “Ain’t That a Shame.” 1963 – The Beatles are introduced to the Rolling Stones for the first time backstage in Richmond. George Harrison says he’s particularly impressed by the unsigned band’s performance. 1965 – The Beatles announce that the title of their second film has been changed from Eight Arms to Hold You to Help! 1967 – David Bowie releases his novelty single “The Laughing Gnome.” Using music hall stylings and a sped-up voice, the song becomes a hit only in 1983. 1969 – Led Zeppelin enter the English albums chart with their self-titled debut in its third week of release. 1974 – Pete Townshend performs solo for the first time at London’s Roundhouse. He’s backed by tapes he made in his home studio. 1980 –A resolution is introduced in the New Jersey Assembly to make Bruce Springsteen’s “Born to Run” the official state song. The resolution fails to be passed. 1980 – Pete Townshend releases his solo album Empty Glass. 1983 – Pete Farndon of the Pretenders dies at the age of 29. 1997 – Ringo Starr debuts as the host of the VH1 program Classic Albums. 2004 – Courtney Love tells Blender magazine that she’s been swindled out of $40 million “by a fiduciary institution.” An insider says she is in debt to the tune of $4 million. “I’m covered in loser dust,” she wails. 2006 – The Beatles announce plans to digitally remaster their back catalog and sell it online. 2009 – George Harrison receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2010 – Tom Petty tells Playboy “There are no record people left in the record business; now it’s some guy who used to be with the leased-car department and got a promotion. Or maybe he was an accountant and now he’s a record-company president. And he hires more accountants and leased-car men”.

Today in rock history 13th April

1945 – Guitarist Lowell George of Little Feat is born. 1962 – The Star Club opens in Hamburg, with the Beatles as its house band. 1964 – The Beatles announce that the title of their first film is A Hard Day’s Night. 1967 – The Rolling Stones give their first performance behind the Iron Curtain. Warsaw, Poland’s Palace of Culture. Police use tear gas to subdue 2,000 fans. 1969 - The king of rock, Dominic Forbes is born. 1971 – The Rolling Stones released ‘Brown Sugar’ the first record on their own label, Rolling Stones Records, which introduces the infamous licking- tongue and lips logo. 1973 – Roger Daltrey releases first solo LP, produced by Adam Faith, entitled Daltrey. 1974 – Wings: Band on the Run: US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1979 – Dave Lee Roth collapses from exhaustion onstage in Spokane, Wash., during a Van Halen concert. 1982 – David Crosby is arrested on charges of drug possession in Dallas. It’s the second time in three weeks he’s been busted in the Texas city. 1993 – The first ‘Aerosmith Day’ was observed in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts after the band were given their very own holiday. 1996 – Rage Against The Machine appeared on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Their two-song performance was cut to one song when the band attempted to hang inverted American flags from speakers. 1999 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers release their album Echo. 2003 – The Beatles Apple Corp company was listed as Britain’s fastest profit-growth firm with an annual profit growth of 194%. 2007 – Julian Lennon sold a “significant” stake of his share in the songs his father John wrote for The Beatles to US music publishing company Primary Wave. 2010 - states that “more dates, including shows in Europe, will be announced in the near future”.

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Today in rock history 12th April

1944 – John Kaye (Steppenwolf) is born this day 1954 – Joe Turner releases his rendition of “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” 1954 – Bill Haley & His Comets’ first session for Decca Records produces “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock.” 1955 – Fats Domino releases “Ain’t That a Shame.” 1963 – Bob Dylan performs a solo concert at New York’s Town Hall. It’s recorded by CBS for a planned live album, but the disc is never released. 1967 – Mick Jagger was punched in the face by an airport official during a row at Le Bourget Airport in France. Jagger lost his temper after The Stones were being searched for drugs resulting in them missing their flight. 1967 – Country Joe & the Fish perform at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on the eve on a Vietnam War protest march. The next day 100,000 people would march to Kezar Stadium to hear Vietnam vet David Duncan speak. 1969 – A million hearts are broken when Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman. 1968 – Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention play the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences dinner in New York. Zappa tells the audience, “All year long you people have manufactured this crap, now for one night you’re gonna have to listen to it!” 1972 – The Rolling Stones release Exile on Main Street. 1973 – The film ‘That’ll Be The Day’, premiered in London, featuring David Essex, Ringo Starr, Keith Moon, Billy Fury and Dave Edmunds. 1975 – David Bowie announced his second career retirement, saying, ‘I’ve rocked my roll. It’s a boring dead end, there will be no more rock ‘n’ roll records from me.’ 1975 – During a North American tour, Pink Floyd played the first of two nights at The Cow Palace, Daly City, San Francisco, California. 1979 – Mickey Thomas joins Jefferson Starship, replacing founding member Marty Balin. 1990 – The Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre announced that Asteroids 4147-4150, would be named Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starr after the four members of The Beatles. 1992 – Don Henley leads 6,000 people in a Walk for Walden Woods in an effort to preserve the Massachusetts wild commemorated by Henry Thoreau. 1993 – Actress Lisa Bonet filed for divorce from Lenny Kravitz 2000 – Members of Metallica filed a suit against Napster, Yale University, The University of Southern California and Indiana University for copyright infringement. 2010 - The Vatican has finally made peace with the Beatles, saying their drug use, “dissolute” lives and even the claim that the band was bigger than Jesus are all in the past — while their music lives on. 2011 – The Foo Fighters’ releases Wasting Light – produced by Nevermind producer Butch Vigg.

Monday, 11 April 2016

Today in rock history 11th April

1957 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “All Shook Up,” Elvis Presley. 1961 – Bob Dylan has his first live performance in New York at Gerde’s Folk City, where he opens for bluesman John Lee Hooker. 1964 – The Beatles set a new chart record when they had 14 songs on the Billboard Hot 100. 1965 – Performing at the New Musical Express poll winners concert, at London’s Wembley Empire Pool, England, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Tom Jones, Freddie and the Dreamers, The Animals, The Kinks, Herman’s Hermits, Moody Blues, Them, Cilla Black, The Seekers and Donovan. 1970 – Peter Green quit Fleetwood Mac while on tour in Germany, to avoid breach of contract he agreed to finish the current tour. 1970 – Paul McCartney announces he will not record with John Lennon again. 1981 – Musician Eddie Van Halen marries actress Valerie Bertinelli of TV’s “One Day at a Time.” 2002 – Former Mrs. Tommy Lee, Pamela Anderson says yes when bad-boy musician Kid Rock proposes to her in the desert outside Las Vegas. 2002 – Hard rocking acts Staind, Godsmack, and Aerosmith take home two prizes each at the 15th annual Boston Music Awards at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre. 2008 - Members of Velvet Revolver start work on new material without vocalist Scott Weiland. 2011 – Yesterday, Bob Dylan plays a concert in Vietnam

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Today in rock history 10th April

1959 – Swingin’ hepcat Brian Setzer is born on New York’s Long Island. 1962 -Original Beatle Stuart Sutcliffe dies in Hamburg after collapsing. His artistic ideas and close friendship with John Lennon had a lasting influence on the band. Sutcliffe’s picture appears on the cover of Sgt. Pepper. 1967 -Paul McCartney visits a Beach Boys recording session and is said to have loaned his production assistant to the track “Vegetables” for the Smile album. 1968 – Drummer Mickey Hart accepts an invitation from Bob Kreuztmann to join the Grateful Dead. 1970 – In England, Paul McCartney announces that he is no longer going to play with the Beatles on the eve of releasing his first solo album, McCartney. John Lennon was disgusted because Paul talked him into staying when he tried leaving 6 months earlier. Paul wanted to be the first to leave. 1970 – Jim Morrison asks a concert audience if they would like something belonging to him that rhymes with “sock.” Fortunately, Ray Manzarek carries him off stage before he can find what he’s alluding to. 1976 – UK music weekly The Melody Maker reviewed a Sex Pistols gig with the words, ‘I hope we shall hear no more of them.’ 1976 – Peter Frampton’s Frampton Comes Alive! tops the album chart, where it will remain for the next 10 weeks. 1982 – Iron Maiden scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘The Number Of The Beast.’ 1992 – Axl Rose leaves town before a Chicago sheriff can arrest him for allegedly starting a riot at a St. Louis Guns N’ Roses show in the summer of 1991. GNR cancel their shows in Chicago and Detroit. 1998 – Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland married Heather McMillan, the honeymoon was spent visiting amusement parks across the country. 1999 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers are the musical guests on tonight’s Saturday Night Live. 1999 – George Michael, Sinead O’Connor, Chrissie Hynde, and Paul McCartney all perform at Here There and Everywhere: A Concert for Linda, a charity tribute to Linda McCartney held at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 2001 – Bruce Springsteen won a court battle to keep the rights to his early songs. Ronald Winter of Masquerade Music had released the album ‘Before The Fame’ was found to be in breach of copyright. Springsteen was awarded more than £2m damages. 2003 – The Rolling Stones cancel their Bangkok gig after a technical hitch with their plane leaves them stranded in Bombay. 2003 – Billy Joel and Elton John postpone their Face to Face concert date in Rosemont, Ill., after Joel falls ill. 2005 – Final episode of The Osbournes was aired on MTV in the UK. The show reached a peak audience of eight million at it’s height during a three year run, Ozzy was at a loss to explain its popularity, saying, “I suppose Americans get a kick out of watching a crazy Brit family.

Today in rock history 9th April

1944 – Gene Parsons (Byrds) is born. 1956 – Gene Vincent records “Be-Bop-a-Lula.” 1958 – Bill Haley & the Comets begin a tour of South America in Buenos Aires. 1963 – The Beatles appeared live on the ITV show Tuesday Rendezvous, miming ‘From Me to You’ and ‘Please Please Me’ 1964 – Capitol Records wins the rights to distribute the Beatles’ recordings in the U.S. from VeeJay. 1964 – Rolling Stones make their first live national UK TV appearance, on Ready, Steady, Go. 1965 – Rolling Stones’ dress sense attacked by E.M. Roberts, a Welsh headmaster, who is particularly critical of corduroy trousers. 1966 – Jeff Beck collapses onstage while the Yardbirds are playing France. 1967 -The Who begins a six-day season at Brian Epstein’s Saville Theatre, with Jimi Hendrix on the bill. 1969 – King Crimson performs at the Speakeasy in London 1969 – Emerson, Lake and Palmer perform their first concert at the Speakeasy, London. 1970 – Paul McCartney announces his “break with the Beatles” in a typed statement enclosed in copies of the solo album McCartney sent to the British press. 1970 – Pink Floyd kicked off their second North American tour at The Fillmore East, Manhattan, New York City. 1973 – Newly signed to EMI Records, Queen played a showcase gig for their new record label at the Marquee Club, London. 1974 – Bruce Springsteen is introduced to Jon Landau, a rock critic who would later become his manager and help produce Born to Run. 1977 – Born on this day, Gerard Way, vocals, My Chemical Romance, 1980 – Born on this day, Albert Hammond Jr, guitar, The Strokes. 1984 – R.E.M. release their second album, Reckoning. 1989 – Rolling Stone Bill Wyman announced his forthcoming marriage to 19-year old Mandy Smith. He revealed the couple had been dating for six years 1990 – Billy Idol releases his single “Cradle of Love.” 1994 – Pantera : Far Beyond Driven : US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1994 – Pink Floyd : The Division Bell : UK LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1997 – A&M Records releases a statement saying that Seattle grunge hit-makers Soundgarden have decided to disband. 2004 – Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil pleads no contest to charges that he assaulted a prostitute at the Moonlite BunnyRanch brothel in Nevada. The judge fines him $1000 and orders him to complete anger management courses in 60 days. 2010 – Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren has died after a cancer battle. He was 64. 2012 – Ronnie Wood, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, opens art exhibition in New York’s Soho.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Today in rock history 8th April

1947 – Born on this day, Steve Howe, guitarist, Yes, 1962 – Born on this day, Izzy Stradlin, guitar, Guns N’ Roses. 1963 – Julian Lennon (John Charles Julian Lennon) is born in Liverpool. 1966 – Mike Vickers leaves Manfred Mann. ‘Permanent’ replacement named as Jack Bruce. 1972 – Written after the ‘Bloody Sunday Massacre’, in Northern Ireland Paul McCartney and Wings released ‘Give Ireland Back To The Irish.’ The song was banned by the BBC and the IBA. It peaked at No.16 in the UK and No.21 in the US. 1973 – Neil Young’s film Journey through the Past premiers at the UK Film Festival in Dallas. 1977 – Damned are the first UK punk band to play US. 1977 – During a UK tour Fleetwood Mac played the first of three sold-out nights at the Rainbow Theatre in London. 1979 – Van Halen embark on their first world tour. The band toured for nearly a year, opening for Black Sabbath and establishing a reputation for their performances. At some performances, the Sabbath were booed off stage . 1979 – Aerosmith played at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the first night on their 38 date Night In The Rut Tour. 1994 – The Recording Industry Association of America announced that Pink Floyd’s 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon had become the fourth biggest-selling album in US history and had passed the 13 million mark in sales. The album has sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. 1996 – In Lansing, Mich., rocker Ted Nugent gives an archery demonstration. He says the sport is an excellent distraction for kids, as opposed to taking drugs. 1998 – Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood was rescued along with 11 other passengers from a boat off the coast of Brazil after the engine exploded. The boat was exploring the islands near Angra Dos Reis, south of Rio De Janeiro, when one of the boat’s engines caught fire. Passengers were rescued by nearby journalists 2000 – Rage Against The Machine earns fives honors at the 23rd California Music Awards, held at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco. 2002 – Marilyn Manson denied claims that he was responsible for the death of a woman after a party at his mansion in 2001. Jennifer Syme, a former girlfriend of actor Keanu Reeves, died when her Jeep Cherokee hit three parked cars. Her mother, Maria St John, was suing the singer for wrongful death 2006 – The Rolling Stones play their first-ever concert in China with a gig in Shanghai. 2007 – Kings Of Leon started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Because Of The Times.’ 2010 - Slash Rocks “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”. last night Slash wore a Team Coco pin, a Conan O’Brien support symbol on the air during his performance at the end of the show.

Timesweep 9th April

The finest rock show in the world goes live from around now. Go to the website , tap onto the Timesweep button and find a station Part 1 1. Roger Daltrey - Free me 2. Cream - I feel free 3. Free - A little bit of love 4. Tom Petty - Free falling 5. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Free bird Part 2 1. Cream - Strange brew 2. Love - Alone again or 3. Van Morrison - Brown eyed girl 4. Jimi Hendrix - Little wing 5. Eric Burdon - San Franciscan nights 6. Rolling Stones - She's a rainbow 7. Pink Floyd - See Emily play Part 3 1. Led Zeppelin - Dancing days 2. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 3. Gun - Better days 4. U2 - Better days Part 4 1. Lou Reed - Perfect day 2. Van Halen - I can't stop loving you 3. Rolling Stones - Tumblin' dice Part 5 1. Bon Henley - New York minute 2. Chuck Berry - Johnny B goode 3. Pete Townshend - Let my love open the door 4. George Harrison - Cheer down Part 6 1. Elvis Presley - You're so square 2. Buddy Holly - Not fade away 3. Little Richard - Long tall Sally 4. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole lotta shakin' going on Part 7 1. Steppenwolf - The pusher 2. Little Feat - Dixie chicken 3. Rainbow - Kill the king 4. Dave Edmunds - Queen of hearts Part 8 1. Genesis - That's all 2. Van Halen - Panama 3. Billy Idol - Eyes without a face 4. Bryan Adams - Run to you Part 9 1. Heart - Magic man 2. ZZ Top - Sharp dressed man 3. Spencer Davis Group - I'm a man 4. Joe Jackson - Real men Part 10 1. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple man 2. Bob Dylan - Mr tambourine man 3. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Southern man Part 11 1. Nirvana - The man who sold the world 2. REM - Man on the moon 3. Fleetwood Mac - man of the world 4. Allman Bros Band - Rambling man

Brit Rock 9th April

Brit Rock 9th April The finest rock show in the world goes live from around now. Go to the website , tap onto the Brit Rock button and find a station 1. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Let it ride 2. Foghat - Slow ride 3. Whitesnake - Ain't no love in the heart of the city 4. Don Henley - Dirty laundry 5. Journey - Don't stop believing 6. Pink Floyd - Money 7. The Scorpions - Going out with a bang 8. Killswitch Engage - Alone I stand 9. Evanescence - My immortal 10. Queensryche - Silent lucidity 11. Black Crowes - Hard to handle 12. Kid Rock - First kiss 13. Black Stone Cherry - The rambler 14. Black Stone Cherry - Soul machine 15. My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the black parade 16. Queen - Don't stop me now 17. A Day To Remember - Paranoia 18. ZZ Top - Gimme all your loving 19. Foreigner - Urgent 20. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - I love rock and roll 21. Living Colour - Love rears its ugly head Hour three and it's back to the swinging '60's 1. Them - Gloria 2. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 3. Led Zeppelin - Dazed and confused 4. Buffalo Springfield - For what it's worth 5. The Beatles - Helter skelter 6. Rolling Stones - Paint it black 7. The Doors - Touch me 8. The Yardbirds - Shapes of things 9. Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to love 10. Cream - White room 11. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary 12. Jimi Hendrix - Purple haze 13. Blood Sweat & Tears - Spinning wheel 14. Nirvana - Rainbow chaser 15. Bob Dylan - Like a rolling stone 16. The Zombies - Time of the season

Today in rock history 7th April

1920 – Sitarist Ravi Shankar is born. 1962 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first meeToday in rock history Thursday 7th April 1920 – Sitarist Ravi Shankar is born. 1962 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first meet Brian Jones at an Alexis Korner gig in London. 1969 – John Lennon records “Give Peace a Chance” in his Toronto hotel room. It becomes his first solo single. 1975 – Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for the first time. 1981 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band begin their first European tour in Hamburg. 1981 – The Who’s former manager Kit Lambert dies after falling down a flight of stairs in London. 1987 – After preacher Oral Roberts informs his TV congregation that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations, rock funnyman Ozzy Osbourne sends him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment. 1988 – Alice Cooper nearly dies of asphyxiation after a safety rope breaks during a concert stunt where the singer hangs himself. 1994 – Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home. 1995 – Airport police seize a loaded pistol from Eddie Van Halen’s carry-on luggage. No charges are filed against the guitarist. 2003 – Incubus announces that founding bass player Dirk Lance has left the band. 2003 – Jury selection begins in a wrongful death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party. 2003 – Avril Lavigne dominated Canada’s national music awards the Junos, winning four prizes including best single, album and new artist. 2004 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil has a misdemeanor battery case dismissed after he does a 100 hours of community service. Neil was charged after a 2002 scuffle outside a Sunset Strip nightclub. 2005 – Bassist Nicky Wire of Welsh rock trio Manic Street Preachers is given an honorary doctorate from Swansea University while performing onstage at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall. 2005 – Ozzy and wife Sharon Osbourne announce that their eldest daughter, Aimee, has had surgery after a breast cancer scare. 2008 – Panic At The Disco were at No.1 on the Australian album chart with their second album “Pretty. Odd.” 2010 – Carlos Santana announces he will Cover Cream, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Rolling Stones on his upcoming covers album.t Brian Jones at an Alexis Korner gig in London. 1969 – John Lennon records “Give Peace a Chance” in his Toronto hotel room. It becomes his first solo single. 1975 – Ritchie Blackmore leaves Deep Purple for the first time. 1981 – Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band begin their first European tour in Hamburg. 1981 – The Who’s former manager Kit Lambert dies after falling down a flight of stairs in London. 1987 – After preacher Oral Roberts informs his TV congregation that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations, rock funnyman Ozzy Osbourne sends him a dollar to be put toward psychiatric treatment. 1988 – Alice Cooper nearly dies of asphyxiation after a safety rope breaks during a concert stunt where the singer hangs himself. 1994 – Courtney Love was arrested on drugs and theft charges after a reported overdose. At this time, Love was unaware that her husband Kurt Cobain was dead at their home. 1995 – Airport police seize a loaded pistol from Eddie Van Halen’s carry-on luggage. No charges are filed against the guitarist. 2003 – Incubus announces that founding bass player Dirk Lance has left the band. 2003 – Jury selection begins in a wrongful death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party. 2003 – Avril Lavigne dominated Canada’s national music awards the Junos, winning four prizes including best single, album and new artist. 2004 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil has a misdemeanor battery case dismissed after he does a 100 hours of community service. Neil was charged after a 2002 scuffle outside a Sunset Strip nightclub. 2005 – Bassist Nicky Wire of Welsh rock trio Manic Street Preachers is given an honorary doctorate from Swansea University while performing onstage at Swansea’s Brangwyn Hall. 2005 – Ozzy and wife Sharon Osbourne announce that their eldest daughter, Aimee, has had surgery after a breast cancer scare. 2008 – Panic At The Disco were at No.1 on the Australian album chart with their second album “Pretty. Odd.” 2010 – Carlos Santana announces he will Cover Cream, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Rolling Stones on his upcoming covers album.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Today in rock history 6th April

1963 – Beatles enter UK LP chart for first time with Please Please Me. 1968 – Beatles open their Apple Corporation office at 95 Wigmore Street, London. 1968 – Pink Floyd announce that founding member Syd Barrett has left the group. 1969 – Bassist Pete Quaife announces that he’s quitting the Kinks. 1971 – Rolling Stone Records is formed. 1973 – Queen sign their first recording contract. 1974 – Ladies and Gentlement, The Rolling Stones, the first film with quadrophonic sound, premiers at the Ziegfield Theatre, New York. 1984 – Guitarist Steve Van Zandt announces that he’s amicably leaving the E Street Band to pursue solo projects. 1990 – Motley Crue’s Tommy Lee gives himself a concussion after falling from his famed elevated drum kit during a concert in New Haven, Conn. 1992 – To benefit the Natural Law Party, George Harrison plays his first full-length live concert in London since the final Beatles performance in 1969. 1998 – The Plasmatics’ outrageous frontwoman, Wendy O. Williams, 48, commits suicide in the woods behind her home in Connecticut. 1999 – Tipper Gore, co-founder of the Parents’ Music Resource Center, plays congas with Grateful Dead members Bob Weir and Mickey Hart at a fund-raiser for her husband, Al. 2000 – The Black Crowes are sued by an Ohio teenager who claims he suffered permanent hearing damage from sitting in the second row of a 1999 concert. 2003 – Avril Lavigne walks away with four Junos at the Canadian awards ceremony, including New Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. 2003 – White Stripes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Elephant’, the duo’s second album. 2004 – Queens of the Stone Age frontman and Eagles of Death Metal drummer Josh Homme is involved in a bar brawl in New York’s East Village. 2008 – R.E.M. went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Accelerate’ the bands fourteenth studio album. 2010 – After 12 years of working on other projects, the Grammy-winning godfathers of grunge are reuniting to rock. Chris Cornell, Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron and Ben Shepherd are lifting the proverbial lid off Soundgarden and rejoining the “Soundtable.”

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Today in rock history 5th April

1962 – The Beatles performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool as part of a special night presented by the Beatles’ fan club. 1965 – Born on this day, Mike McCready, guitar, Pearl Jam. 1971 – Rolling Stones leave England and become tax-exiles. 1981 – Bob “The Bear” Hite of Canned Heat dies of a heart attack in Venice, Calif. at the age of 36. 1994 – Kurt Cobain committed suicide in his home in Seattle, Washington. 1998 – Cozy Powell, a British rock drummer who played with Rainbow , ELP and Black Sabbath, dies in a car crash near Bristol. 2001 – David Bowie launches an online radio station, “BowieRadio,” via his BowieNet Web community. 2002 – Layne Staley dies of a drug overdose, eight years to the day after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. The Alice in Chains singer’s body is not found until several days later. 2002 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck walks free from court after a London jury acquits him of going on a drunken rampage on a trans-Atlantic flight a year before. 2003 – Carlos Santana attacks Bush and Saddam Hussein at a concert in Melbourne, Australia, announcing, “We are the architects of the world and our agenda is different to Saddam Hussein and George Bush. Dignity and grace are our weapons – unity, salvation and elegance.” 2003 – Limp Bizkit announce they’re change their name to the more compact “limpbizkit.” 2003 – Paul McCartney kicked off the UK leg of his ‘Back In The World Tour’ at Hallam FM Arena a year after it began in America. The set included 22 Beatles songs. 2004 – An L.A. police officer testifies that Courtney Love appeared intoxicated and told him she had taken “hillbilly heroin,” or Oxycontin, the night she was arrested for drugs possession. The ex-Hole singer denies the charges. 2004 – Nirvana fans hold a vigil in Seattle’s Viretta Park on the 10th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. 2005 – Aberdeen, Wash., adds the legend “Come As You Are” to their “Welcome to Aberdeen” sign on the 11th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. 2010 – SLASH says ‘Chinese Democracy’ was ‘The perfect Axl record’ 2010 – Guns N’ Roses rocker Axl Rose was left red-faced during a recent concert in Bogota, Colombia – after he slipped and fell onstage during the band’s show.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Today in rock history April 4th

1915 – Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) is born in Rolling Fork, Mississippi. 1942 – Christopher Franke (Tangerine Dream) is born. 1948 – Berry Oakley (Allman Brothers Band) is born this day 1952 – Robert William Gary Moore, Thin Lizzy guitarist, is born. 1962 – Craig Adams (The Cult) is born. 1965 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney compose “Help!”, the title track to the Beatles’ second film. 1966 – Michael Christopher “Mike” Starr, bassist for Alice in Chains, was born 1967 – Paul McCartney advises Beatles publicist and Monterey Pop Festival organizer Derek Taylor that they should book some guitarist called Jimi Hendrix. 1970 – Janis Joplin plays a reunion concert in San Francisco with her old outfit Big Brother & the Holding Company. 1974 – “Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones” opens as the first film with a quadraphonic soundtrack. 1981 -Styx’s Paradise Theater goes to No. 1. It would become their fourth album in a row to go triple-platinum, setting a new sales record. 1987 – Fleetwood Mac’s Big Love hits UK chart. 1994 – Kurt Cobain’s mother files a missing-persons report on her son. 2000 – Mick Jagger returns to Dartford Grammar School in southeast England to open an arts center named in his honour. 2002 – Dave Mustaine announces he’s disbanding thrash godfathers Megadeth after developing a compressed radial nerve in his hand that prevents him from playing guitar. 2003 – The mighty Meat Loaf announces his retirement from music following one last world tour. 2003 – The Rolling Stones play their first ever gig in India, rocking Bangalore in the middle of a monsoon before a crowd of 30,000 fans. 2003 – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers debut a new song, “Black Leather Woman,” while guesting on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. 2003 – Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach is sacked from the touring production of Jesus Christ Superstar. 2003 – Elton John calls off his concert with Billy Joel in St. Louis because he feels “unwell.” 2004 – Alanis Morissette appears at the Canadian Juno awards in a nude bodysuit during a skit satirizing American attitudes towards censorship. 2005 – On the welcome sign in Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen Washington the township adds “Come As You Are.” 2005 – The reunited Queen perform at Rome’s Palalottomatica, in spite of a request from city officials to postpone their concert out of respect for Pope John Paul II, who died earlier in the week. 2008 – The Cult frontman Ian Astbury says his band won’t be hitting the road with Led Zeppeln if and when the legendary group should decide to spin a full-blown tour out of its recent one-off reunion show.

Sunday, 3 April 2016

Today in rock history 3rd April

1945 – Richard Manuel, keyboard player for The Band is born in Stratford, Ontario. 1955 – Mick Mars (Motley Crüe) is born this day in rock. 1967 – Working on The Beatles Sgt Pepper album at Abbey Road studios in London, George Harrison recorded his lead vocal on his song ‘Within You Without You’. 1969 – Jim Morrison is arrested by the FBI for interstate flight, stemming from obscenity charges lodged after a Miami concert. 1972 – Puerto Rico’s Mar y Sol Festival ends, having run out of its already meager supply of food. Hundreds of Americans who flew to Puerto Rico to see Emerson, Lake & Palmer are stranded at the San Juan airport. 1975 – Steve Miller was charged with setting fire to the clothes of a friend, Benita Diorio. 1978 – B.B. King and lawyer F. Lee Bailey, chairmen of the Foundation for the Advancement of Inmate Rehabilitation and Recreation, visit Boston’s Norfolk Prison. King performs for the cons. 1979 – Kate Bush kicked off the 28-date ‘Tour Of Life’ trek making her concert debut at Liverpool’s Empire Theatre, 1984 – In court, producer Jack Douglas wins $3 million he says is owed him by Yoko Ono for his work on the Lennon/Ono album Double Fantasy. 1986 – “18 and Life” singer Sebastian Bach turns 18. and is born this day in rock history in 1968. 1989 – 23 people were arrested after several thousand fans without tickets tried to gate-crash a Grateful Dead concert at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 1991- Paul McCartney recorded his unplugged session for MTV. 1991 – Dweezil Zappa and Donny Osmond team up onstage to sing the Bee Gees’ disco hit, “Stayin’ Alive.” 1994 – A forthcoming tour by Nirvana and Hole was cancelled amid continuing speculation about Kurt Cobain’s drug problems. 1996 – Jerry Garcia’s widow, Deborah, and guitarist Bob Weir scatter part of Jerry’s ashes in the Ganges River in India. 2003 – Linkin Park crash into No. 1 with their second album MeteoraOne Heart is the week’s second highest debut, settling at No. 2. 2005 – With three awards, Avril Lavigne leads the pack at Canada’s 34th Annual Juno Awards, held at Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. 2007 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards denied that he snorted the ashes of his late father during a drugs binge. 2008 – Scott Weiland’s publicist sent over a statement from the outspoken singer where he fires back at Velvet Revolver’s announcement from Tuesday that they have decided to carry on without him 2008 – Virgin Group Founder and Chairman Sir Richard Branson announced today the headline acts for the third Virgin Mobile Festival, the largest music and arts festival on the East Coast, being held August 9-10 at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, Maryland. The festival headliners are Foo Fighters, Jack Johnson, Kanye West, Nine Inch Nails and Stone Temple Pilots.

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Today in rock history 2nd April

1941 – Leon Russell is born in Lawton, Okla. 1946 – Born on this day, Kurt Winter, Guess Who, 1952 – Born on this day, Leon Wilkeson, bass, Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1953 – Born on this day, David Robinson, The Cars, 1964 – Beatles: Can’t Buy Me Love UK 45 is no. 1 chart topper. 1965 – The Who made their first radio appearance on the UK BBC’s ‘Joe Loss Pop Show.’ 1967 – The Beatles finish recording the album “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” The album tops Chart Toppers’s pop album chart for 15 weeks, longer than any Beatles album. 1967 – Steve Winwood leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form his own band, Traffic. 1967 – 154 Austrian Rolling Stones fans were arrested when a riot broke out at a 14,000-seated Town Hall gig; a smoke bomb was thrown on the stage. 1967 – Born on this day, Greg Camp, Smash Mouth, 1968 – Jimi Hendrix appeared at the Paul Suave Arena, Montreal, Canada. 1969 – Bruce Springsteen’s new group Child made their live debut at the Pandemonium Club in Wanamassa, New Jersey. 1970 – Janis Joplin decides to get a tattoo on her wrist and another over her heart reading “One for the Boys.” 1970 – The London Magistrate’s Court is in session to determine whether any of John Lennon’s erotic lithographs are in fact indecent. 1971 – Janis Joplin was at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Pearl.’ 1977 – Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rumours.’ Also on this day Fleetwood Mac kicked off a 7-date UK tour at the Odeon, Birmingham, 1983 – U2’s War hits US LP chart 1983 – Pink Floyd scored their third UK No.1 album with ‘The Final Cut.’ 1987 – U2 kicked off their 29-date North American Joshua Tree tour at Arizona State Activity Centre. 1990 – Eric Clapton was fined £300 with £10 costs by Walton-on- Thames Magistrates court, after being booked for speeding at 105mph 1990 – Nirvana went into Smart Studios in Madison, Wisconsin and started work on demo versions of ‘In Bloom’, ‘Dive’, ‘Lithium’, ‘Pay To Play’, ‘Imodium’, ‘Sappy’ and ‘Polly’ with Butch Vig producing. 1993 – A London newspaper reports that Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman’s son is engaged to Patsy Smith. The 46-year-old Smith is the mother of Wyman’s ex-wife Mandy. 1998 – Metallica kicked off their 61-date ‘Poor Re-Touring Me Tour’ at the Newcastle Entertainment Centre in Newcastle, Australia. 2004 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne tell Larry King that their daughter Kelly has entered rehab to treat an addiction to painkillers. 2006 – Singer Bryan Adams is inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame