Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Today in rock history 25th August

1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. 1951 – Vocalist Rob Halford of Judas Priest is born in Birmingham, 1955 – Elvis Costello (Declan McManus) is born in London. 1962 – Born on this day, Vivian Campbell, Guitarist, Dio, Whitesnake, Def Leppard. 1963 – After he is caught speeding, Paul McCartney is fined 31 pounds and his license is suspended for one year. 1967 – The Beatles go to Wales to study transcendental meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 1970 – Elton John makes his U.S. debut at the Troubador in Los Angeles. 1970 – Emerson, Lake & Palmer give their debut performance in Plymouth 1973 – The Faces play what they say is their last British concert. The band threatened to split when the Musicians Union refused to give bassist Tetsu Yamauchi a work permit. 1973 – The Allman Brothers Band release their “Ramblin’ Man” single. It becomes their biggest hit, going all the way to No. 2. 1973 – Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks breaks a leg in a car crash in Macon, Ga. 1990 - Six months after being seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, Billy Idol kicked off his tour in support of Charmed Life in Montreal. Idol had to use a walking stick while on this tour, which featured Faith No More as the support act. 1994 – Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page and Robert Plant share a stage to record an episode of MTV Unplugged. The success of the show leads to two more albums and several tours by the duo. 1999 – Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx is charged with breach of the peace after he tells a Las Vegas audience they should turn some cars over. 1999 – Oasis bass player Paul McGuigan announced he had quit the band just a few days after guitarist Bonehead had left the band. 2005 – Two former members of Guns N’ Roses were suing singer Axl Rose for allegedly naming himself sole administrator of the US rock band’s copyrights. Slash and Duff – otherwise known as Saul Hudson and Michael McKagan, accused Rose of “arrogance and ego”. 2006 – Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton was undergoing treatment for throat cancer causing him to sit out the first half of the band’s Route of All Evil Tour, the first time he would miss any shows in the band’s history. 2011 -Gibson is raided by the Feds for ….??? Henry Juszkiewicz, Chairman and CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp., Stated, “Gibson is innocent and will fight to protect its rights. Gibson has complied with foreign laws and believes it is innocent of ANY wrong doing. We will fight aggressively to prove our innocence.”

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