Thursday, 1 December 2016
Today in rock history 1st December
1938 – Rockabilly drumming star Sandy Nelson is born in Santa Monica. 1944 – Eric Bloom, singer and nominal leader of heavy-metal funsters Blue Oyster Cult, is born. 1944 – Doors drummer John Densmore is born in Los Angeles 1957 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets perform “That’ll Be the Day” on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.” 1966 – Jimi Hendrix signs a management deal with Yameta, a firm started by Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. 1968 – Janis Joplin makes a final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company. 1969 – George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn up at London’s Royal Albert Hall to watch Delaney & Bonnie perform with Eric Clapton. 1976 – The Sex Pistols appear on London TV’s Today show, on which host Bill Grundy prompts a profanity-ridden rant from the band members. The press outrage over the Pistols’ behavior leads to a ban on the group from all but five of the venues they’re scheduled to play on their new tour. 1977 – Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is born. 1980 – Talking Heads kick off their U.K. tour at London’s Hammersmith Palais. They’re supported by U2. 1993 – Pink Floyd hold a press conference to announce their 1994 world tour. 1999 – Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, and punk legend Jello Biafra throw a curfew-violating concert in Seattle to protest the World Trade Organization summit. 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne tells the U.K. tabloid Daily Mirror that as a boy he was molested by two older youths at school. 2004 – U2’s 11th album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb goes into the charts at No. 1, knocking Eminem’s Encore off the top spot.