Saturday, 10 December 2016
Today in rock history 10th December
1946 – The Move’s guitarist Ace Kefford, improbably described by one writer as “the group’s pouting glamour-man,” is born in West Moseley, England. 1965 – The Warlocks change their name to the Grateful Dead and play their first gig under the name at the second San Francisco Mime Troupe Appeal Party at the Fillmore Auditorium. 1967 - The Steve Miller Blues Band signed with Capitol Records for $750,000. The Blues portion of the band’s name would shortly be dropped. 1968 – Led Zeppelin perform at London’s Marquee on one of their first tours. The manager John Gee later recalled, “The group was very loud – I thought they were overpoweringly loud for the size of the Marquee. Anyway the lads received an enthusiastic but not overwhelming reaction from the audience. 1971 – The jealous boyfriend of a Frank Zappa fan climbs onstage during a Zappa concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre. He throws Zappa off the stage, breaking his leg and ankle. The arch-satirist also suffers a fractured skull and has to spend the next nine months in a wheelchair. 1980 - John Lennon’s body is cremated in New York. 1998 – A recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at Christies in London for £25,300. 1998 – Bruce Springsteen wins a 2 1/2-year legal battle over two British companies seeking to release previously unreleased songs from his early career. 1999 – Rick Danko, bassist and singer for acclaimed rock act the Band, dies at his home in Woodstock, N.Y. 2000 – Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello and Tim Commerford are among those taking part in a Los Angeles march supporting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The duo enliven the rabble by cheering, “They say Death Row, we say hell no!” 2003 – Courtney Love is sued by the law firm of Cappello & McCann, who claim the ex-Hole leader still owes them $228,926 for extracting her from a contract with Universal Records. 2007 – Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London’s 02 arena. Original band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. 2009 - While boarding a flight to Taipei, Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport to kick off Guns N’ Roses tour in support of Chinese Democracy singer Axl Rose attacked a paparazzi for allegedly getting too close to a woman in Rose’s entourage. The photographer didn’t file charges against Rose.