Friday, 16 September 2016

Today in rock history September 17th

1950 – Vocalist Fee Waybill (John Waldo) of the Tubes is born in Omaha, Neb. 1967 – The Doors appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.” Sullivan asks Jim Morrison to omit the line “Girl, we can’t get much higher” from the song “Light My Fire.” Morrison agrees, then sings it anyway. 1967 – On The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in one of the greatest rock TV moments ever, Keith Moon rigs his drum set to explode at the end of the Who’s performance of “My Generation.” The resulting detonation cuts Moon’s leg, singes Pete Townshend’s hair, and does some serious damage to his hearing. 1984 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Missing You,” John Waite. 1991- Slash says the logic behind Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II is that fans can buy one and tape the other off their friends. Regardless, the band sells half a million copies of the two records in two hours. 1997 – The Fleetwood Mac reunion tour in support of the band’s new album “The Dance,” gets under way at the Meadows in Hartford, Conn. 1998 – Hootie & The Blowfish make an emergency stop in Denver during their American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles when a passenger described as “extremely agitated” reportedly turns violent after meeting the band. 2003 – Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 31st Annual Reading Series at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Rubloff Auditorium. 2003 – U2’s Bono meets with President George W. Bush to discuss giving more money to AIDS initiatives. In a press conference after their talk, he says, “I’m not here peddling a cause. Seven thousand people dying a day is not a cause. It’s an emergency.” 2004 –Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce that drummer Nick Jago has left the band, but that “the doors always open for him to play with BRMC.” 2010 – Ozzy Osbourne cancels German show due to back troubles 2010 – American Idol has new judges… News Corp.’s Fox will announce next week that recording artists Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining “American Idol” as judges

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