Sunday, 26 June 2016
Today in rock history June 27th
1970 – The English band Smile decide to change their name to Queen. 1970 – Pink Floyd perform “Atom Heart Mother” live for the first time at the Bath Festival 1970 – Led Zeppelin, The Byrds and Jefferson Airplane all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England, tickets £1.10s. 1976 – After much legal wrangling, John Lennon finally receives his green card. 1978 – Kansas becomes the first group chosen as UNICEF’s deputy ambassadors of goodwill. 1980 – John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin collapsed on stage during a gig in Nuremberg, West Germany. 1989 – The Who perform their rock opera Tommy at Radio City Music Hall in New York to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a children’s charity. 1991 – Carlos Santana is arrested in Houston on charges of marijuana possession. 1993 – In concert, Don Henley dedicates his cover of “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to President Clinton. 1994 – Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet. 1995 – Godfather of grunge Neil Young and godchildren of grunge Pearl Jam release their collaborative album Mirror Ball. 2000 –Sum 41 release their debut album Half Hour of Power 2002 – One day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 2006 – Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel. 2008 – Kings of Leon, The Fratellis, Editors, The Gossip, The Feeling, KT Tunstall, Kate Nash, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, The Raconteurs, James Blunt, Crowded House, Seasick Steve, Martha Wainwright, The Verve, Leonard Cohen, The Ting Tings, Goldfrapp, Neil Diamond, Pete Doherty, Scouting for Girls, Mark Ronson, Duffy, The Zutons, Groove Armada and John Mayer all appeared at this year’s 3 day UK Glastonbury Festival.