Tuesday, 27 December 2016
Today in rock history 28th December
1946 –Edgar Winter is born in Beaumont, Texas. 1947 – Dick Diamonde, bassist with “Friday on my Mind” hit-makers the Easybeats, is born in Hilversum, Holland. 1963 – The Rolling Stones peak at No. 12 in the U.K. charts with the Lennon-McCartney composition “I Wanna Be Your Man.” 1967 – Tonight at the Oxford New Theatre in England, the Lindsay Kemp Mime Troupe performs Pierrot in Turquoise. Among the cast is the young David Bowie. 1968 – The Miami Festival kicks off, drawing 100,000 people over its three days for a line-up that includes Jose Feliciano, Procol Harum, and Fleetwood Mac. It’s the first major rock festival held on the east coast. 1968 – Led Zeppelin play their first ever gig in Canada at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum supporting Vanilla Fudge and the MC5. 1971 – Sha Na Na performs tonight at Carnegie Hall. The MC for the event is the Who’s Keith Moon, one of their biggest fans. 1972 – Mick and Bianca Jagger arrive in Managua, Nicaragua to search for Bianca’s mother in the wake of an earthquake that has devastated the city. They bring with them medical supplies. Bianca’s mother is eventually found safe and well. 1975 – At a gun show in Spokane, Wash., guest Ted Nugent has a gun pulled on him by an attendee. David Helfer is wrestled to the ground by the audience and security guards and later charged with “intimidating with a weapon.” 1983 – Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowns while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, Calif. 1993 - Mutt Lange, producer of albums such as AC/DC’s Highway to Hell & Back in Black & Def Leppard’s Pyromania & Hysteria married Shania Twain in Switzerland. The couple separated in 2008 & divorced in 2010. 2003 – The Who’s Pete Townshend tells a London newspaper he contemplated suicide after police arrested him for accessing a kiddie porn Web site. Charges were later dropped. 2010 – Whitesnake, Mr. Big, Buckcherry confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2011.