Monday, 31 October 2016

Today in rock history 31st October

1945 – Roxy Music bassist Rik Kenton is born this day 1945 – Russ Ballard, who as the lead singer for Argent, wrote “God Gave Rock ‘n’ Roll to You,” is born in Waltham Cross, England. 1961 – U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr. is born in Dublin. 1964 – Bob Dylan performs a Halloween concert at New York’s Philharmonic Hall. CBS is recording the show for a possible live album. Dylan shows off a new composition called “Advice to Geraldine on Her Miscellaneous Birthday.” 1966 – King Ad-Rock (Adam Horovitz) of the Beastie Boys is born in Brooklyn, New York. 1967 – Having spent a night at Wormwood Scrubs Prison, Rolling Stone Brian Jones is ordered to spend nine months in jail after pleading guilty to marijuana possession. He appeals the judge’s decision and is released on bail. 1968 – Linda Eastman arrives in England to take up living with Paul McCartney 1974 – Led Zeppelin officially launch their Swan Song label with a party at England’s Chislehurst Caves. Attendees include the Pretty Things – who are signed to Swan Song – Bill Wyman, and Groucho Marx. In typical Zep style, the caves are lined with naked women. 1975 - Queen released “Bohemian Rhapsody” which at the time of its release was the most expensive single ever recorded. 1986 - Roger Waters brought a lawsuit in the Chancery Division of the High Court in London to stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the Pink Floyd name for future recording and touring. The following year both sides reached a settlement with Gilmour and Mason allowed use of the Pink Floyd name & Waters granted The Wall. 1992 – Tonight on ABC, stay-at-home trick-or-treaters can watch the Halloween Jam at Universal Studios, featuring AC/DC, the Black Crowes, Ozzy Osbourne and Slaughter. 1998 – Kiss kicks off its Psycho-Circus tour with a Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles that dazzles thousands of fans, many of whom arrive in costumes. Appropriately enough, the Smashing Pumpkins opens the show. 1999 – Bryan White sings the National Anthem at the Adelphia Coliseum in Nashville prior to the match-up between the Tennessee Titans and the St. Louis Rams. 2003 – Jane’s Addiction play a surprise “flash mob” gig outside London’s Brixton Academy immediately after their Halloween show there. Fans were invited to the karaoke-styled set via text message.

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