Saturday, 9 April 2016
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.