Saturday, 22 October 2016

Today in rock history 23rd October

1947 – Humble Pie bassist Greg Ridley is born in Cumberland 1959 – Novelty singer and accordionist “Weird Al” Yankovic is born in Lynnwood, Calif 1963 – The Beatles record “I Wanna Be Your Man,” then fly to Sweden to start a tour there. The song was originally written by Lennon and McCartney on the spur of the moment to provide their friends the Rolling Stones with a hit single. 1966 – The Yardbirds, with new recruit Jimmy Page, perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore. 1964 - Robert Trujillo-bassist for Ozzy Osbourne & Metallica is born 1969 – Columbia Records announces it will take legal action to stop sales of Great White Wonder, the popular bootleg set of previously unreleased Bob Dylan material. 1972 – Filming begins on That’ll Be the Day, a musical starring David Essex, Ringo Starr, and Keith Moon. 1975 - Elton John was honoured with a star in the holy firmament of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. 1978 – Sid Vicious tries to commit suicide at Rikers Island in New York. Vicious was waiting to be charged with murder following the stabbing death of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. 1980 – Signing off work, Mark David Chapman gives his name as “John Lennon.” He would kill the Beatle two months later. 1998 – A federal judge in St. Louis rules that the Fort Zumwalt High School marching band will not be allowed to play Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” in its ’60s medley. The song had been banned by the high school superintendent on the grounds it promoted drug use. 2001 – R.E.M. plays a surprise show at Seattle’s Crocodile Cafe, which guitarist Peter Buck co-owns with his wife, Stephanie Dorgan. 2003 – Antipodean rockers The Datsuns announce Led Zeppelin’s bassist John Paul Jones will produce the follow-up to their self-titled debut. 2009 – Bon Jovi announce The Circle world Tour 2009 – Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi undergoing stem cell treatment to fix his injured hand

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