Sunday, 18 December 2016

Today in rock history 19th December

1944 – Alvin Lee of Ten Years After is born in Nottingham. 1968 – The struggling Led Zeppelin performs at the Exeter City Hall in England for a fee of 125 pounds. On many dates in the current tour, the band is billed as the New Yardbirds simply to draw an audience. 1969 – At London’s Great Marlborough Street Magistrates Court Mick Jagger is fined 200 pounds for possession of marijuana. His girlfriend Marianne Faithfull is acquitted of a similar charge. 1974 – On his first ever solo world tour, George Harrison performs the first of two nights at Madison Square Garden. 1993 – The Byrds’ original drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure in Treasure Island, Fla. 1997 – Jimmy Rogers, blues guitarist for the original Muddy Waters band, and soloist with such hits as “Walking By Myself,” dies from colon cancer at the age of 73. 1998 – Dave Matthews Band record the show that will become their third official live release, Live in Chicago 12-19-98 at the United Centre. 1999 – Goo Goo Dolls narrowly avoid serious injury when the military plane they are aboard skids off the runway at a U.S. Naval Air Station in Sicily, Italy. 1999 - E Street Band saxophonist Clarence Clemons made a guest appearance on The Simpsons as the narrator of The Simpsons’ Christmas. 2000 – Robert Buck, guitarist and songwriter for 10,000 Maniacs, dies in Pittsburgh of complications from liver failure. He is 42. 2003 – Kevin Eckenrod is sentenced to 25 months in prison for impersonating Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He was arrested and charged in April for stealing more than a thousand dollars while kissing a misinformed Creed fan. 2003 – Bruce Springsteen and bandmate Nils Lofgren attend the funeral of their friend, eccentric Wall St. tycoon John Mulheren. Springsteen leads the assembly in Christmas carols, while Lofgren sings “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

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