Saturday, 17 December 2016

Today in rock history 17th December

1949 – Paul Rodgers, whose hard-rockin’ tones have graced records by Free and Bad Company, is born in Middlesborough, England. 1958 – R.E.M. bassist Mike Mills is born in Orange, Calif. 1960 – Returning from Hamburg, The Beatles appeared at the Casbah Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar (to replace Stuart Sutcliffe, who had remained in Hamburg), a position he would hold for only two weeks and four performances. 1966 – Country Joe & the Fish perform at a Benefit for Legalization of Marijuana at San Francisco’s California Hall. 1967 – In London, John Lennon and George Harrison hold a party for the area secretaries of the Official Beatles Fan Club. The guests are treated to sneak previews of the films Magical Mystery Tour and The Beatles at Shea Stadium. 1981 – Fifteen-year-old Christopher Tyrer sees the metal group Saxon in Wolverhampton, England and head-bangs along to their set. When he wakes up the following morning, Tyrer discovers that he is paralyzed down one side and can’t speak. His condition deteriorates and dies on Christmas Day. A coroner rules it was “death by misadventure.” 1982 - The Who performed their first farewell concert at the Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. The concert was filmed for an HBO special & recorded for a live album, titled Who’s Last. 1987 – Robert Plant plays with his old group, the Band of Joy, in Folkestone, England. Plant performs Led Zeppelin numbers as a solo artist for the first time, including “Trampled Underfoot” and “Misty Mountain Hop.” 1995 – A statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the capital of the Republic Of Lithuania. It had been organised by Zappa fan club President Saulius Pauksty. 1997 – David Bowie launched his BowieNet on the Internet. 1999 – When an autograph hunter hands Keith Richards a guitar to sign outside New York’s Russian Tea Room, the Rolling Stone walks off with the instrument. The victim opts not to press charges, reasoning, “It’s Keith, man.” 2010 –The white, two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album will be among items auctioned in Connecticut less than a month after the 30th anniversary of the singer-songwriter’s death.

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