Thursday, 25 August 2016
Today in rock history 26th August
1940 – Born on this day, Nik Turner, Hawkwind, 1948 – Born on this day, Jet Black, (Brian Duffy), drums, The Stranglers 1967 – The Beatles appear with their new guru, the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, at a press conference. Paul McCartney announces that the bandmates have given up drugs. 1967 -To reassure us that the world isn’t falling apart around our ears, the Jimi Hendrix Experience release the single “Purple Haze.” 1970 – Guitarist Duane Allman joins Eric Clapton’s Derek & the Dominos sessions in Florida. 1970 – The strife-ridden Isle of Wight Festival kicks off in England. Thousands turn up expecting the concert to turn into a free festival, only to discover organizers have surrounded the place with a large metal fence. The freeloaders spend most of their time banging on the fence demanding entry 1972 – Argent hits #5 with “Hold Your Head Up” 1978 – The first Canada Jam Festival in Ontario includes sets by the Doobie Brothers, the Commodores, Kansas, Dave Mason and the Atlanta Rhythm Section. 1979 – At England’s Reading Festival, Peter Gabriel welcomes a surprise guest: former Genesis bandmate Phil Collins. The two perform the Genesis classic “The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway.” 1980 – Bassist Tom Petersson leaves Cheap Trick, citing the time-honored personal and musical differences. By 1988 he had gotten over it and rejoined the band. 1989 – Ringo Starr wins a court case against a producer who wants to release several tracks Starr believes are below par because of the messy state he was in when he recorded them. 1990 – Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble play Alpine Valley, Wis. For an encore, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, and Robert Cray join the band for a jam .1991 - Kiss drummer Peter Criss filed a libel lawsuit in Los Angeles against The Star for publishing a story which claimed he was a homeless alcoholic living on the streets of Santa Monica. 1995 - Ozzy Osbourne kicked off his Retirement Sucks tour in Monterey, Mexico which was Osbourne’s first tour of Latin & South America & Osbourne’s first tour in three years. 2000 – Following a Creed show in Camden, N.J., a man has his hand nearly cut off by an axe-wielding attacker. 2003 – Rolling Stone Magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in Rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10 list. 2005 – Green Day were named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards, 2005 – A plaque was unveiled by fellow Quarrymen John Duff Lowe and Colin Hantonat at the site where the band which was to become The Beatles made their first recordings.