Saturday, 1 October 2016
Today in rock history 2nd October
1945 – Don McLean is born in New Rochelle, N.Y. 1950 – Guitarist Mike Rutherford is born this day 1951 – Sting (Gordon Sumner) is born in Wallsend, 1964 – At London’s Granville Theatre the Beatles rehearse for a taping of the American pop show Shindig! 1965 – Tonight’s episode of Shindig! is America’s first chance to see the Who, performing “I Can’t Explain.” 1965 – Manfred Mann are allowed into the Soviet Union and become the first Western rock band to tour there. 1967 – Police raid the Grateful Dead’s house at 710 Ashbury St. in San Francisco and bust the band’s members on charges of marijuana possession. They are released on bail after six hours in jail and later cleared of charges, as the police had failed to obtain a search warrant. 1969 – John Lennon disses his own company in an interview, saying that Apple is like a black hole that sucks up his earnings as an artist. 1971 – Rod Stewart enjoyed a two sided, US number one record with “Maggie May / “Reason To Believe”. 1976 – Joe Cocker is the musical guest on tonight’s Saturday Night Live. During his rendition of “Feelin’ Alright,” Cocker impressionist John Belushi comes out and duets with him. 1977 – The Electric Circus, a well-known punk club in Manchester closes. 1977 – Gene Simmons picks up a platinum record for his self-titled solo debut 1982 – Peter Gabriel performs with Genesis for the first time since leaving the band in 1975. Phil Collins and the gang join him at a concert to benefit WOMAD. The concert saves Gabriel’s ailing world music organization. 1985 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles. 1993 – Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will go on to reach number one. 1995 – Journey announce that they’ve decided to re-form 1998 – Cheap Trick are inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk 1999 – John Paul Jones, former bass player with Led Zeppelin, plays his first solo concert in Galway, Ireland. 2003 – Radiohead makes it a hat-trick of wins when it wins the “best act in the world today” award for the third-year running at the Q Awards in London. 2003 – The Offspring announce Rocket from the Crypt drummer Atom Willard will fill the stool vacated by Ron Welty earlier in the year. 2003 – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx sues sneaker maker Vans, alleging they used his image in an ad without permission. 2004 – Billy Joel marries for the third time. The lucky bride is Kate Lee 2004: During a Pearl Jam concert in Toledo, OH as part of the Vote for Change tour, Neil Young & Peter Frampton made surprise appearances to perform “All Along the Watchtower”, “Act Of Love”, “Cortez The Killer”, & “Rockin’ in the Free World” with Pearl Jam.