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.

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