Saturday, 23 July 2016

Today in rock history 24th July

1957 – Drummer Alan Whitehead of Marmalade is born in Oswestry, England. 1961 – Extreme drummer Paul Geary is born 1964 – Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival, showing off his new originals-only singer/songwriter image rather than the Dustbowl Orphan of yore. The reviews are not great. 1964 – A riot breaks out when the Rolling Stones play the English city of Blackpool, contributing to their bad-boys-of-rock image. 1965 – At the Newport Folk Festival today, Bob Dylan performs “All I Really Wanna Do” at an afternoon workshop. The following day he scandalizes the festival when he makes his electric debut. 1967 - Jefferson Airplane received their first Gold record for their second album Surrealistic Pillow. 1972 – The No. 1 record in the U.K. is T. Rex’s “Get It On.” 1977: Led Zeppelin performed their final concert in the U.S. at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland. Rick Derringer & Judas Priest was the opening acts. 1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, George Burns, and the Bee Gees, opens in New York. The reviews are not great. 1980 – Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra announces he will run for mayor of San Francisco. He comes fourth. 1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. 1990 – The case against Judas Priest opens in Reno, Nev. The band members are accused of planting subliminal messages in their album Stained Class that led two young fans to attempt suicide. The group is later cleared of wrongdoing. 1998 – It is announced that Aerosmith will postpone the first 13 dates of its 50-date U.S. tour following a freak gas station fire that leaves drummer Joey Krammer with second degree burns. 1999 - Phil Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey in Switzerland. Some of the wedding guests included Eric Clapton, Elton John & Mark Knopfler. They would later divorce in 2007. 2003 – The film Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan as an enigmatic rock performer, opens in New York 2005 – Patrick Sherry, vocalist of up and coming West Yorkshire rock band, Bad Beat Revue, died today Sherry leapt towards the crowd at the end of the bands set and tried to grab a lighting rig from the ceiling but missed and hit the floor. Does this qualify as a Darwin Award winner.

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