Monday, 14 November 2016
Today in rock history 15th November
1959 – Johnny & the Moondogs – made up of future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison – take part in the finals of a talent competition in which the winner appears on English TV’s Star Search. Unfortunately, the last bus back to Liverpool leaves before the judging is due to occur, and the band is forced to pull out. 1962 – The Beatles return from Hamburg with manager Brian Epstein, who is currently negotiating with promoter Larry Parnes to send the band on a nationwide tour. 1964 – In the middle of a tour of America, the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is hospitalized with a fever and misses the band’s last four concerts. 1965 – The Rolling Stones perform on NBC’s Hullabaloo for the first time, singing “Get Off of My Cloud.” 1965 – The Beatles complete their sessions for Rubber Soul. 1969 – Hamburg’s Star Club, one of the Beatles’ haunts when they were cutting their professional chops in Germany, announces it will close at the end of the month. 1969 - Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa for allegedly using obscene language in concert after she yelled at a policeman for trying to control the crowd with a bullhorn. The charges were later dropped. 1974 – The Faces release “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything,” which becomes their last single when Rod Stewart announces he’s leaving the band in 1976. 1987: Dire Straits became the first band to sell three million copies of one album in the U.K. when Brothers in Arms reached that plateau. 1992 – Ozzy Osbourne swears that tonight’s show in Costa Mesa, Calif., will be his last concert ever. He’s joined onstage by Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward in an emotional reunion and, not surprisingly, is eventually convinced to return to performing. 1999 – Elton John threatens to cancel a show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after customs officers search his plane and keep his entourage waiting at the airport for two hours. 2000 – Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the U.S. border. 2000 – The man who nearly a year earlier broke into the home of and stabbed former Beatle George Harrison is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the U.K.’s Oxford Crown Court. Michael Abram is ordered confined to a mental hospital indefinitely for his attack.