Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Today in rock history 24th October

1936 – Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stones, is born 1944 - Ted Templeman-producer for Van Halen & The Doobie Brothers enters this world 1946 – Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton is born in Canada. 1948 - Dale Griffin-drummer for Mott the Hoople is born born 1966 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein arranges to bring his band’s heroes the Four Tops over to England for a tour. 1973 – John Lennon sues the U.S. government, accusing it of tapping his phone. 1973 – At the Marlborough Street Magistrate Court in London, Rolling Stone Keith Richards is slapped with a $500 fine and given a conditional discharge on three firearm offenses and four drug charges. His girlfriend Anita Pallenberg is given a conditional discharge after she was found in possession of 25 Mandrax tablets. 1975 – Bob Dylan re-records “Hurricane” after earlier versions of his song about the imprisoned boxer misidentified a bystander in the bar where Hurricane Carter was alleged to have shot two men. It’s his final session for the Desire album. 1978 – In Toronto, Keith Richards pleads guilty to heroin possession. The judge gives him a one-year suspended sentence and orders him to play a benefit for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. 1980 – Paul McCartney is honoured by the Guinness Book of World Records for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist in music history. 1988 – Opening arguments are heard in the case of Fantasy Records vs. John Fogerty. The label claims Fogerty’s solo recording “The Old Man Down the Road” sounds a little too much like his Creedence Clearwater Revival song “Run Through the Jungle,” for which it owns the copyright. 1989 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that it’s inducting the Who, Simon & Garfunkel, the Kinks, the Platters, Hank Ballard, Bobby Darin, the Four Seasons, the Four Tops, Holland/Dozier/Holland, Carole King, and Gerry Goffin. 1991 – When 12,000 people turn up to see Bryan Adams at Glasgow, Scotland’s Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, he breaks the record for the largest all-standing indoor concert. 1995 – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s first studio album in four years, “It’s A Mystery,” is released. 2003 – Metallica cancel their South American tour this month, blaming physical injury and mental exhaustion. Says James Hetfield, “we are fried… both in body and in mind.” 2003 – Bruce Springsteen pledges money to help save the Bottom Line, a storyed New York club faced with eviction. In the past, the folk venue has played host to such names as Springsteen, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder and Bonnie Raitt. 2003 – Ben Moody, Evanescence’s founding guitarist , walks out on the Goth rockers in the midst of their European tour. Singer Amy Lee fumes, “”You don’t do that to your band. You wouldn’t do that to your friends or your family. You don’t do that to anyone.” 2005 – Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is sentenced to 80 days behind bars after he pleaded no contest to DUI and causing injury. DeVille was arrested after running into a parked car in August. 2006 – To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def Leppard reissues Hysteria as a two-CD package.

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