Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Today in rock history 29th September

1935 – Jerry Lee Lewis is born in Ferriday, La. His parents later mortgage their home to buy him his first piano. 1948 – Grand Funk Railroad’s Mark Farner is born in Flint, Mich. 1961 – Three days after Bob Dylan begins his two-week stint supporting the Greenbriar Boys at Greenwich Village’s Gerde’s Folk City, critic and future Dylan biographer Robert Shelton catches his act. 1963 – The Rolling Stones open their first British tour supporting the Everly Brothers and Bo Diddley at the New Victoria Theatre in London. 1966 – At London’s Birdland club, Eric Burdon’s New Animals are holding auditions for a new guitarist. The band members are unimpressed by Noel Redding’s guitar skills, but invite him to play bass. He jams with Chas Chandler’s new find Jimi Hendrix and the two head off to a pub. Redding would go on to play bass with the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 1967 – Drummer Mickey Hart joins the Grateful Dead. 1976 – Happy birthday Jerry Lee Lewis style Trying to shoot a soda bottle, Lewis instead hits his bassist twice in the chest. With a .357 Magnum. 1977 – After the death of his friend Marc Bolan of T.Rex, David Bowie sets up a trust fund for the glam rocker’s son Rolan. 1989 – With a full-scale Eagles reunion still five years away, Glenn Frey joins Don Henley onstage for the first time since 1980 at a concert in LA. Throughout the decade, band members received several lucrative offers to reunite, but declined them all. 1989 - Bruce Springsteen stopped in Matt’s Saloon in Prescott, AZ to jam with the house band for an hour. He overheard a barmaid discussing financial problems & one week later, the barmaid received a check from Springsteen for $100,000. 1990 –Twins Nelson top the charts with “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.” 1996 – Alanis Morissette finishes her first U.S. tour in Houston, Texas. 2003 - Ozzy Osbourne announced that he was writing a Broadway musical based on the life of Russian monk Rasputin.

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