Wednesday, 14 December 2016
Today in rock history 14th December
1949 – AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams is born in Romford, England. 1962 – Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rollin’ Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor. 1967 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones collapses and is admitted to a London hospital. He later discharges himself. 1967 – Dick Clark announces he’s producing a new film about hippies that will star Jack Nicholson and Susan Strasberg. Originally called The Love Children, the film hits screens as Psych-Out, featuring music from the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds. 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono continue to protest the innocence of James Hanratty, one of the last people executed in Britain for murder, with their wacky antics. The couple turns up at London’s Hyde Park covered with a giant white bag to hear Hanratty’s father address a crowd. 1971 – The MC5’s manager John Sinclair is released from prison after Michigan relaxes its drug penalties. Sinclair had been sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints. 1973 – Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club, Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show. 1974 – David Crosby and Graham Nash play a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers in San Francisco. 1980 - Yoko Ono asked for a ten-minute silent vigil to take place around the world at 2 p.m. EST. Over 100,000 people gathered in Central Park & 30,000 people assembled in observance in Liverpool. 1995 – White House classified documents are released revealing the FBI spied on John Lennon and his anti-war activities during the early ’70s in a possible attempt to have the former Beatle deported. One report criticized Yoko Ono’s singing ability. 1996 – Alanis Morissette makes the final stop of her highly successful 1996 tour at Richardson Field in Honolulu. After her last song, she decides to celebrate the end of the tour by throwing whipped cream pies at her four band members. 1997 - Kurt Winter, former guitarist for The Guess Who died of kidney failure. He was 51 years old. 1999 - Paul McCartney performed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool for the first time since 1963. During the concert, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour & Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joined McCartney onstage. 1999 – Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel their show in Odessa, Texas, after bassist Leon Wilkeson is hospitalized. He has an infected intestine and urinary tract. 2003 – As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustained in an earlier ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne has some cheering news when “Changes,” his duet with daughter Kelly, debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart. 2004 – Thousands attend a memorial for the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell in Arlington, Texas. Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell and Zakk Wylde attend the ceremony along with Darrell’s brother Vinnie Paul. 2005 - Jimmy Page is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with Brazilian street children. 2006 – Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun dies at New York’s Weill Cornell Medical Center. He is 83. 2010 – German guitar legend Michael Schenker has announced that he has formed a new band named, Strangers In The Night with UFO bass player Pete Way, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and singer Michael Voss.