Sunday, 16 October 2016

Today in rock history 16th October

1938 – Iconic anti-singer Nico is born in Cologne, Germany. 1943 – Bassist C.F. “Fred” Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born. 1947 – Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is born in San Francisco. 1953 – Guitarist Tony Carey, who as well as performing solo was in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, is born in Fresno, Calif. 1962 – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is born in Melbourne, Australia, as Michael Balzary. 1963 – It’s announced that the Beatles will play at this year’s Royal Command Performance. 1965 – The Beatles record “Day Tripper” 1966 – Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” 1968 – George Harrison flies to Los Angeles, where he will produce Jackie Lomax’s 1969 debut, Is This What You Want. It wasn’t. 1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival announces its decision to split up. 1981 – Bob Dylan kicks off his Shot of Love tour at the Milwaukee Auditorium. It’s his first live outing since his controversial 1979 tour, during which he played only Christian material. 1986 – Chuck Berry plays his 60th Birthdays concert in St. Louis this day in rock history! Eric Clapton and Keith Richards perform at a birthday party for Chuck Berry, who celebrates turning 60 on October 18. 1992 –Sinead O’Connor is booed at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. She replies by reciting the words to Bob Marley’s “War” before being escorted from the stage by Kris Kristofferson. 2002 – Billy Joel checked out of a Connecticut hospital known for treating substance abuse. 2003 –U2 donate $46,000 to the Irish branch of One in Four, a sex abuse charity facing closure due to lack of funds. 2003 – Courtney Love appears in court in an effort to regain custody of her daughter Francis Bean Cobain. The child was placed in the care of Kurt Cobain’s mother after Love was arrested for being under the influence of drugs. 2006 – CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself.

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