Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Today in rock history 14th July

1912 – Folk singer Woody Guthrie (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie) is born. 1967 – The Who begins its first U.S. tour, opening for Herman’s Hermits. 1968 – Promoter Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium to take over San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag and Blue Cheer play the final Fillmore concerts. 1969 – At the Mississippi River Rock Festival, the Band find themselves upstaged when their boss, Bob Dylan, joins them on stage for three songs. He’s introduced as “Elmer Johnson.” 1977 – Elvis Costello played the first gig with his new band, The Attractions, in 1977, less than a week after quitting his day job at Elizabeth Arden. 1980 – Former Beatles and Stones manager Allen Klein begins a two-month jail sentence for cheating on his tax return. 1982 – Alan Parker’s film Pink Floyd’s The Wall premieres at the Leicester Square Empire in London. 1987 – Steve Miller is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1989 – Alice Cooper releases his comeback single “Poison.” It later goes to No. 7, his biggest hit since 1972’s “School’s Out.” 1992 – Megadeth release their fifth album Countdown to Extinction, which becomes their most successful record to date – peaking at No. 2 in the Billboard album charts. 1992- Motley Crue began writing & rehearsing with their new singer John Corabi. Their first and only album with Corabi was released in March of 1994. 2003 – Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, dies near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He is 69. 2007 – A pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online. The circular sunglasses were worn by Lennon during the Beatles 1966 tour of Japan, where the band played some of their last ever live dates. 2012 – Bruce Springsteen with Paul McCartney performs in London’s Hyde Park and gets plug pulled

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