Friday, 26 August 2016
Today in rock history 27th August
1944 – Bassist Tim Bogert, who played with Vanilla Fudge and Beck Bogert & Appice, is born in Richfield, N.J. 1953 - Rush guitar genius Alex Lifeson is born in Fernie, British Columbia 1956 – Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock is born in Paddington 1965 – The Beatles take a break from a U.S. tour to spend a private evening with Elvis Presley at his Bel Air, Calif., home. Elvis plays host to the Beatles when they visit his Bel Air, Calif., mansion. The unusual fivesome find enough in common to keep themselves amused for four hours. 1967 – The Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of an accidental drug overdose. 1971 – Pink Floyd finish recording their fifth album, Meddle 1981 – Rush hits #44 in the US with “Tom Sawyer 1986 – At London’s Townhouse, Bob Dylan records the soundtrack to Hearts of Fire. 1990 – Grammy-winning blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, 35, is killed when a helicopter crashes into a hill in East Troy, Wis. The helicopter is returning the performer from a concert with Eric Clapton and Robert Cray. Three members of Clapton’s entourage are also killed. 1991 – Seattle’s Pearl Jam – formerly known as Mookie Blakelock – release their blockbuster debut Ten. With its hits “Alive,” “Even Flow,” “Jeremy” and “Black,” the album sails to No. 2 in the Billboard 200 and alters the grunge template forever. 1992 – At an auction, the handwritten lyrics to the Beatles’ “Day in the Life” sell for $87,000. 1995 – Neil Young played the Reading Festival in Reading, U.K., 1997 – Steven Seagal kicks off a North American music tour to promote his newest film Fire Down Below. 1998 – It is announced that Billy Joel has postponed the fall leg of his current world tour due to recurring throat problems. 2003 – The Rolling Stones play a rare club date at the London Astoria, including covers of the Miracles’ “Going to a Go Go” and “Can’t Turn You Loose.” 2009 – Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. 2010 –Twenty years after his death, a Texas community is still seeking to honor native son Stevie Ray Vaughan.