Monday, 14 November 2016

Today in rock history 14th November

1949 – Styx guitarist James Young is born in Chicago. 1951 – Barry Brandt, drummer with hard-rock band Angel, is born. 1951 - Frankie Banali-drummer for Quiet Riot is born. 1956 - Alec John Such-bassist for Bon Jovi is born today. 1964 – Jimmy Reed plays in Britain backed by Them, an Irish band including a young Van Morrison. 1967 – Pink Floyd begin a U.K. tour supporting the Jimi Hendrix Experience. 1967 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s art exhibition Half-A-Wind Show closes at London’s Lisson Gallery. 1969 – Led Zeppelin begin recording their third album at Olympia Studios, kicking off with a run-through of “Since I’ve Been Loving You.” 1977 - Kiss kicked off their tour in support of Alive II at the Myriad Convention Center in Oklahoma City. 1990 – In today’s issue of Newsweek, the Who’s Pete Townshend says he’s bisexual. “I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman,” he says. “And I won’t be classified as just a man.” 1992 – John Mellencamp keyboard player John Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack. 2000 – As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band’s online giveaway, where fans who downloaded the song Original Prankster were automatically entered, appear on MTV’s “Total Request Live” to compete in a trivia contest to determine who will take the prize. 2004 – Paul McCartney, Coldplay’s Chris Martin, Robbie Williams, Keane, Snow Patrol, Travis, The Darkness and others take part in the recording of a new version of “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

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