Saturday, 17 September 2016

Today in rock history September 18th

1950 – Michael Hossack, drummer with the Doobie Brothers, is born in Paterson, N.J. 1951 – Bassist Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones is born in Fort Lee, Va. 1964 – The Beatles are involved in a bomb scare as a phone caller says there is an explosive on their flight to Dallas. It turns out to be a false alarm. 1965 – Today in the British pop paper Disc, you can read “My Life as a Stone’s Wife” by Bill Wyman’s wife, Diane 1966 – The Doors appeared at Bido Lito’s, Hollywood, California. Also on the bill The Seeds. 1967 – In London’s Raymond Revue Bar, the Beatles shoot the striptease scene for The Magical Mystery Tour. 1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose. 1971 – Pink Floyd performs at the Classical Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. They become the first rock group to play the festival, performing their work “Atom Heart Mother.” 1972 – In London you can visit the Rock at the Oval festival. Headliners are the Who, but the bill is filled out by Mott the Hoople and the Faces, whose Kenny Jones would later sub for the deceased Keith Moon on drums. 1974 – Listeners tuning in to New York’s WNEW-FM tonight might hear a soothing Liverpudlian voice taking them into the night. The guest DJ is John Lennon. 1976 – At Don Kirshner’s Rock Music Awards, Fleetwood Mac win Best Group and Best Album for Fleetwood Mac. Their single “Say You Love Me” is currently at No. 11 on the charts. Peter Frampton is awarded Rock Personality of the Year. 1980 – Amsterdam’s Paradise Club is the setting for a two-day festival celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix, which ended 10 years ago today. The 1,100 attendees watch Hendrix films and an appearance by the Noel Redding Band, with Mitch Mitchell guesting on drums. 1983 – Members of Kiss appear on MTV without their trademark makeup. 1991 – Rob Tyner, lead singer with the MC5, dies at age 47 of a heart attack. 1997 – The Rolling Stones play Chicago’s Double Door Club as a warm-up for their Bridges to Babylon tour. The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan is in the audience, but he pays the $7 admission along with the other 400 lucky punters. 2000 – Rick Springfield is arrested for alleged spousal assault after police discover “minor injuries” on his wife. He’s released just in time to tape an episode of Behind the Music. 2004 – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young perform at the 19th annual Farm Aid in Auburn, Washington. Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Trick Pony and rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis also perform for the farmers. 2006 – Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a plaque to mark a tiny basement said to be the birthplace of British rock and roll, fifty years after the “2 i’s” coffee bar opened in London’s Old Compton Street. 2008 – One of the bigger breakout hits of the Toronto Film Festival was It Might Get Loud, a documentary that consists entirely of Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge swapping stories, expounding on their experiences and of course jamming with each other. 2008 – Unreleased material Jimi Hendrix wrote and recorded with twin brothers Arthur and Albert Allen — a.k.a. the Ghetto Fighters — may finally be released through software/multimedia company we-R-you

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