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.”

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