Thursday, 1 December 2016

Today in rock history 2nd December

1941 – Manfred Mann bassist Tom McGuinness is born in Wimbledon. 1960 – Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard is born. 1964 – Ringo Starr enters a London hospital to get his tonsils removed. 1969 – Having watched them play with Eric Clapton last night in London, George Harrison joins Delaney & Bonnie to perform with them in Bristol 1970 – Former Animal Eric Burdon launches his new initiative Curb the Clap by distributing bumper stickers. 1973 – The Who are arrested in Montreal for allegedly wrecking a hotel suite. They spend six hours in jail and are ordered to pay a $2,100 fine. John Entwistle later writes the song “Cell Block Number Seven” about the incident. 1978 – Bob Dylan teaches his band an early version of his song “Slow Train” at a soundcheck. 1986 – Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition. 1988 – Today on Geraldo, the talk-show host welcomes Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, and Willie Nelson to talk about a subject that touches us all: sex on the road. 1997 – A man dies after falling from the balcony of the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan during a Rolling Stones concert. 2001 – With four awards, the Dave Matthews Band reigns supreme as the big winner at the second annual My VH! Music Awards. 2003 –Alice Cooper receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2003 – Switzerland investigates Marilyn Manson after the religious group Christians for Truth allege his concert in Zurich broke a law designed to protect the sanctity of Swiss religion. 2007 – Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) for charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former US home. 2012 - Led Zeppelin were recipients at the Kennedy Center Honors for their lifetime of contributions to American culture. President Barack Obama drew laughs from the crowd when thanked the band for behaving themselves at the White House.

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