Friday, 15 July 2016
Today in rock history 16th July
1952 – Stewart Copeland of the Police is born in Alexandria, Egypt. 1966 – Eric Clapton forms Cream with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. 1968 – Big Brother & the Holding Company and Sly & the Family Stone open the Fillmore West, the new name given to San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom since Bill Graham took over. 1969 – On TV tonight, it’s a meeting of the minds as Janis Joplin appears on The Dick Cavett Show. 1969 – The Who release their single “I’m Free” from Tommy. It goes to No. 37. 1973 – NBC broadcasts David Bowie’s TV special 1976 – The Allman Brothers Band splits up. 1980 – No Nukes, a documentary film on the benefit concerts of the same name starring Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, premieres in New York. 1981 – Harry Chapin dies in an auto accident in Jericho, N.Y., while on his way to play a benefit performance. 1983 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Every Breath You Take,” The Police. 1984 – Roger Waters kicks off his Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour with Eric Clapton in Stockholm. 1992 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts walks off the set of Late Night With David Letterman with his quintet after a disagreement with the show’s producer. 1993 – Bob Dylan has to cancel a show in Lyon, France, due to his bad back. 1993 – In Buenos Aires, a judge throws out a case of drug possession involving Guns N’ Roses. The “drugs” were in fact just vitamins. 1996 – Drummer John Panozzo dies at the age of 49 this day in rock. John was the drummer for the band Styx. 2002 – Dave Matthews Band release Busted Stuff, whose songs date from bootlegged sessions held with producer Steve Lillywhite prior to the release of 2001’s Everyday. 2003 – Santana wraps up his Supernatural tour and donates $2 million to help conquer the AIDS crisis in South Africa. 2003 – Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde blocks traffic with fellow PETA protesters in front of a Paris Kentucky Fried Chicken. They also cover the restaurant’s windows in red blood. Hynde is taken into police custody and released about an hour later. 2007 – The White Stripes played their ‘shortest live show ever’ at George Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, “We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada.” 2012 - Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died after suffering a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic. He was 71 years old.