Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Today in rock history 22nd December

1944 – Barry Jenkins, drummer with the Animals, is born in Leicester, England. 1948 – Cheap Trick’s baseball-hat-sporting guitarist Rick Nielsen is born in Rockford, Ill. 1961 – Heading back to Hibbing for Christmas, Bob Dylan stops at the Minneapolis home of Bonnie Beecher. He plays a few Woody Guthrie songs for his friend that are recorded. The set later becomes the basis for Great White Wonder, one of the first ever bootleg releases. 1967 – Pink Floyd play the Christmas on Earth Revisited event at London’s Olympia. Throughout the concert, their singer Syd Barrett simply gives the audience a frozen stare. 1969 – During their stay in Canada, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and discuss drug abuse with John Munro, the Minister of Health. 1971 – After Yoko Ono tries to take her daughter from father Tony Cox, a court awards custody of the child Kyoko to him. Ono is allowed to visit Kyoko, but only if she posts a $20,000 bond as a guarantee that she won’t kidnap the child. 1972 – Led Zeppelin performs at London’s Alexandra Palace. The Melody Maker describes the Zep as “about as perfect a band as you could hope to hear.” 1973 – Stephen Stills loses a paternity suit brought against him by Harriet B. Tunis. Stills’ defense team had tried to discredit Tunis’ case by asking the jury, “How can you believe a witness who works in the record business?” 1978 – The Who announce that the Faces’ Kenny Jones will be drafted as a replacement for their late drummer Keith Moon. 1980 – An album called “The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan” was released by Stiff Records. The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence. 1982 – Bob Dylan drops in on Frank Zappa, plays him a dozen songs and asks Zappa to produce his next album. 1987 - Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx overdosed on heroin and was pronounced dead on arrival. Sixx was revived with two shots of adrenaline in his chest which inspired Motley Crue’s hit song “Kickstart My Heart”. 2002 – Joe Strummer, the Clash’s fiery frontman, dies of heart failure after walking his dog around his hometown of Broomfield, England. He was 50. 2003 – The White Stripes’ Jack White is charged with assault after an alleged brawl with the Von Bondies’ leader Jason Stollsteimer. 2010 –The Abbey Road zebra crossing in north London, made famous after appearing on a Beatles album cover was given Grade II listed status.

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