Friday, 23 December 2016
Today in rock history 24th December
1945 – Lemmy, the leader of Motorhead and a bassist with Hawkwind, is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England as Ian Willis. 1946 – Jan Akkerman, guitarist with Dutch rockers Focus, is born in Amsterdam. 1964 – The Beatles begin a second annual series of Christmas concerts at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Support comes from the Yardbirds. 1968 – Led Zeppelin leave Britain to start their first American tour. Robert Plant remembered, “It was Christmas, and Christmas away from home for the English is the end of the world.” 1970 – In today’s Rolling Stone is the first part of an off-the-cuff interview with John Lennon by Jann Wenner. 1972 – Police stop a concert by Manfred Mann and His Earth Band at the University of Miami after neighbors complain about the noise. This sparks a riot among the students that lasts for two hours. Mann and His Earth Band sit it out in the dressing room. 1973 – Doobie Brothers guitarist Tom Johnson is arrested in Visalia, Calif., for marijuana possession. 1988 - Nirvana began recording their debut album Bleach at Seattle’s Reciprocal Recording studios. The group borrowed $600 from a school friend to record. 2005 – U2’s Vertigo tour is declared the top-grossing trek of 2005. 2005 - Iggy Pop was fined by the city of Lucerne, Switzerland for performing too loud during a Stooges concert at the Blue Balls festival in July. 2005 – Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker becomes a father again, as wife Shanna Moakler gives birth to 7 lb. 1 oz. daughter Alabama Louella Barker.