Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Today in rock history 15th June

1941 – Singer Nilsson (Harry Edward Nelson III) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1943 – Muff Winwood of The Spencer Davis Group is born 1949 – Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia. 1951 – Born on this day, Steve Walsh, Kansas 1964 – The Beatles touring Australia played two sets at the Festival Hall, Melbourne 1964 – The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford. 1965 – Bob Dylan recorded what would be his first ‘electric’ hit, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ which peaked at No.2 in the US and No.4 on the UK singles chart. 1965 – The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies. 1967 – Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac. 1969 – During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester 1970 – Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac married Jenny Boyd 1976 – The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham’s Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club, London. 1977 – Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a mainstay of his stage act, dies after being bitten by a rat. 1977 – The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed ‘Anarchy In The UK’ outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day. 1985 – Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, ‘Brothers In Arms’. 1986 – U2 and Sting headlined a concert in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International. 1988 – During Bruce Springsteen’s stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair. 1989 – Nirvana’s debut album ‘Bleach’ was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles. 1999 – “No Boundaries,” a compilation album created for the benefit of the refugees of Kosovo, is released by Epic Records. The 16-track set features rare, live and previously unreleased special versions of songs by an array of musicians, including Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Rage Against the Machine, Oasis, Korn, and others. 2002 – A rare autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the estimated price. 2003 – Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK. 2008 – Liverpool was voted England’s most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council. 2012 – Asia announce the release of their new album ‘XXX’

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