Saturday, 11 June 2016
Today in rock history 11th June
1949 – ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard – the one with the sensible facial hair – is born in Frankston, Texas. 1952 – Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special) is born this day in rock history 1955 – Fats Domino hit number 1 on the U.S. R&B singles chart for the first of 11 weeks in 1955, with “Ain’t It a Shame” 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis gets a cold reception in New York. Although he plays the first of two club dates there today, the second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales. Lewis has become a national pariah after it was revealed he married his 14-year-old cousin. 1964 – As Ringo Starr is released from London’s University College Hospital, where he was recuperating from tonsillitis, Queen Elizabeth issues a command to the Beatles to attend her birthday party. 1964 – The Rolling Stones hold a press conference on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. It ends when the police arrive to break it up. 1966 – The European media report that the Who’s Roger Daltrey has been killed in a car accident. 1967 – Marc Bolan placed an ad in Melody Maker in 1967, looking for some bandmates. It read, “Freaky lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new band. 1968 – London’s Olympic Studio catches fire while the Rolling Stones are there recording Beggars Banquet. 1970 – Back in the ’70s, it seems we really were interested in every last thing that John Lennon and Yoko Ono did. Today the couple announce that they will continue to vacation in California. 1976 – AC/DC headlined their first concerts in Scotland, where several of the members were born. 1976 – On The Midnight Special, host Helen Reddy welcomes guests Fleetwood Mac. 1979 – Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion and is sentenced to four months in prison. 1988 – The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthdays Party Concert in London features Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder and Simple Minds. 1995 – Courtney Love is hospitalized in Seattle after experiencing a bad reaction to prescription medicine. 1998 – Stone Temple Pilots lead Scott Weiland skips a scheduled Superior Court date in Los Angeles and checks himself into a drug treatment facility. 2006 – Izzy Stradlin joins Axl Rose onstage to perform “Patience,” “Night Train” and “I Used to Love Her” with Guns N’ Roses (Mark III) at England’s Download Festival.