Thursday, 15 September 2016
Today in rock history September 16th
1925 – B.B. King (Riley King) is born in Itta Bena, Miss. 1948 – Drummer Kenny Jones is born in London. He will go on to beat skins for the Faces and the Who. 1948 – Ron Blair, bassist with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, is born in Macon, Ga. He left in 1982 after the release of Long After Dark. 1963 – Richard Marx is born in Chicago. 1965 – To kick off Shindig!‘s second season, the Rolling Stones perform their hit “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” Other guests include the Kinks and the Byrds. 1966 – Bassist Pete Quaife calls it quits with the Kinks and is replaced by John Dalton. Quaife later returns, but finally walks out on the band in March 1969, moving to Denmark. 1966 – A slow day at Britain’s Houses of Parliament is enlivened when MP Tom Drilberg asks the House to “deplore” a magistrate who condemned the Rolling Stones as “complete morons … who wear filthy clothes.” 1970 – Led Zeppelin finally knock the Beatles out of their position as the U.K.’s most popular group in a Melody Maker poll 1972 – John Lennon & Yoko Ono release Some Time in New York City. The album comes free with a second disc that features an atrocious live performance in which the Mothers of Invention back the couple. 1977 – Marc Bolan of T. Rex dies in an auto accident in London. 1985 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Money for Nothing,” Dire Straits. 1993 – The Mill Valley, Calif., home of rock singer Grace Slick is destroyed by fire when sparks from welders’ torches accidentally ignite dry grass. Damages are estimated at about $700,000. 1998 – Members of ’70s British rock outfit Mott The Hoople play together for the first time in some 24 years at a one-off performance at the Virgin Megastore on London’s Oxford Street. 2003 – Rock wild man Ted Nugent is sued by a New Hampshire woman who claims he’s the father of her eight-year-old son and hasn’t ponied up the necessary child support. 2004 – Green Day unveil their new rock opera, American Idiot, on the first date of their national tour in Hollywood, Calif. 2005 – A fan-run museum dedicated exclusively to the Ramones opens in Berlin, Germany. 2005 – A judge orders Courtney Love to return to rehab for six months as part of her sentence for violating probation. 2005 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil slips and tears his calf onstage during a reunion concert in Atlanta. “I just felt something snap in my leg,” the singer says. “I just couldn’t go on.” 2006 – R.E.M. is inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame in Atlanta 2008 – In just a three-day sales window, Metallica’s “Death Magnetic” skates close to the half million mark and will lead The Billboard 200. 2008 –Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour has praised late bandmate Richard Wright for his “vitality, spark and humour”.