Thursday, 6 October 2016
Today in rock history 7th October
1945 – Kevin Godley, drummer with 10cc and later a respected video director, is born in Manchester 1949 – Bassist Dave Hope of Kansas is born in Kansas 1951 – John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Ind. He is given the name Johnny Cougar by David Bowie’s manager, Tony DeFries. 1953 – Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is born 1966 – Johnny Kidd, he of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, dies in a car accident in Radcliff, England. 1967 – The Beatles turn down a million-dollar offer to play Shea Stadium again. 1970 – Ned Kelly, the second film starring Mick Jagger, is released in Britain. 1975 – John Lennon can finally stay in the U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York rules that his 1968 pot bust is an invalid excuse for forcing him to leave America. 1977 – David Bowie releases Heroes, the second album in his trilogy recorded with Brian Eno. 1977 – Guitarist Steve Hackett leaves Genesis to start a solo career. 1978 – On today’s singles chart, Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” peaks at No. 4, while Exile continue to hold the No. 1 spot with “Kiss You All Over.” 1980 – A court rules that the death of John Bonham, Led Zeppelin’s drummer, was accidental. 1982 – Jimmy Page is found guilty of cocaine possession. He’s given a 12-month conditional discharge. 1989 – Jefferson Airplane perform a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank. All you have to do to get in is donate a can of food. 1996 – Bruce Springsteen’s solo show at Charlotte, N.C.’s Ovens Auditorium sells out in eight minutes. He’s promoting his Ghost of Tom Joad album 1997 – Continuing a verbal sparring match which started earlier in the month, Elton John replies to Keith Richards’ charge that John’s only claim to fame is “writing songs for dead blondes.” John shoots back, “He’s so pathetic, poor thing. It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go onstage and look young.” 1998 - Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Meat Loaf & Joe Strummer of The Clash were among the guest stars on South Park. They appeared as musicians whose careers were boosted by Chef’s advice & played a benefit concert for him. 2004 – Poison’s C. C. DeVille is named the worst guitarist soloist of all time by Guitar World magazine. Exhibit A is his nine-minute solo from Swallow This … Live! 2004 – Melissa Etheridge reveals that she has breast cancer. 2009 – KISS founding drummer Peter Criss announced on his official website that last year he was diagnosed with breast cancer.