Wednesday, 5 October 2016
Today in rock history 6th October
1951 – REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin is born in Evanston, Ill. 1964 – The Beatles record 13 takes of “Eight Days a Week.” It’s the first time Lennon and McCartney have gone into the studio with an incomplete song, then finish it during the recording process. 1966 – Big Brother & the Holding Company perform at the Love Pageant Rally in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 1966 - Tommy Stinson-bassist for The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses born 1967 – California police close down San Francisco’s Matrix club during a performance by Big Brother & the Holding Company. 1967 – The UFO Club closes in London. Formerly the Blarney Club, the venue became a favorite of psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd. 1969 – Record buyers are shocked to discover that the latest Beatles single wasn’t written by Lennon and McCartney. Instead, George Harrison’s “Something” is the A-side that lands in record shops today. 1980 – In Dublin, former Sex Pistols singer Johnny Lydon is arrested after allegedly getting involved in a bar room brawl. He is later acquitted on appeal. 1994 – Glenn Frey goes under the knife today, enduring surgery on his colon. 1998 – Bruce Springsteen is in court today – a British court. He’s trying to prevent Masquerade Music from selling a CD called Before the Fame. 2002 - Mick Jagger donated $170,000 to his old grammar school in Dartford, U.K. for musical instruments and a band director. 2003 – School of Rock, starring burly Tenacious D comic Jack Black as a metalhead-turned-substitute teacher, tops the U.S. box office. 2003 – One-time Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth drops his lawsuit against the band. Roth was seeking over $200,000 in unpaid royalties. 2005 – A Rolling Stones concert at the University of Virginia is stopped after the venue receives a bomb threat. The concert continues after bomb-sniffing dogs survey the stage.