Sunday, 11 December 2016
Today in rock history 12th December
1943 – Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is born in Jacksonville, Fla. 1944 - Rob Tyner-singer for MC5 is born 1946 – Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker is born. 1953 – Dan Baird, former leader of the Georgia Satellites, is born. 1953 – Born today, Bruce Kulick-guitarist for Kiss. 1963 – Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman is born. 1966 – Pink Floyd play London’s Royal Albert Hall for the first time. 1967 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones is let off the hook by a London appeals court. He faced nine months in prison after being found guilty of possessing cannabis. However, three psychiatrists testify that his nerves would be unable to handle such a lengthy incarceration, and the court agrees to commute his sentence. 1974 – The Rolling Stones’ second guitarist Mick Taylor announces he is quitting the band. 1985 - Ian Stewart, longtime road manager & touring keyboardist for The Rolling Stones died of a heart attack in the waiting room of a U.K. clinic. He was 47 years old. 1997 – In Burbank, Calif., former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty begins recording an MTV special. His 2-hour set is littered with both CCR classics and his recent solo material. 2000 – Guns N’ Roses announce that their long awaited Chinese Democracy is due for release in June 2001. 2001 – Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit against Courtney Love. The case involves the release of material by Nirvana. The suit is in response to an action Love filed earlier that claims Nirvana’s contract with Universal Music Group is void and that all rights pertaining to the band revert to her. 2003 – Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, 60, is knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. The one-time Satanic Majesty brings his 92-year-old father Joe to the ceremony. 2007 – A copy of John Lennon’s book, A Spaniard in the Works, which contained a lock of Lennon’s hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for £24,000, ($48,000). Lennon gave the book and the hair to Betty Glasow, the Fab Four’s hairdresser during their heyday. 2008 – The town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. The 13 streets in Dartford, Kent, were to be given names such as Angie Mews, Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street. 2013 – Heart release new live performance on DVD and Blu-ray.