Monday, 5 December 2016

Today in rock history 3rd December

1948 – Ozzy Osbourne is born in Birmingham. 1949 – Born on this day, Mickey Thomas, Jefferson Starship. 1961 – Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. 1965 – Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone. 1965 – The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema. 1969 – The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Brown Sugar’ at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1. 1971 – A fire burns down the Montreux Casino in Switzerland during a Frank Zappa concert. Deep Purple witness the conflagration and go on to write “Smoke on the Water” about the catastrophe. 1972 – Led Zeppelin perform at Green’s Playhouse, in Glasgow, Scotland. When their publicist tries to stop some ticket scalpers, he is beaten by fans outside the venue. 1975 – Ronnie Wood’s wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis and cocaine after a raid on the couple’s house in Richmond. 1976 – An inflatable pig is spotted floating over London’s Battersea Power Station. It’s only the prop being used for the album cover to Pink Floyd’s Animals. However, the balloon breaks free of its moorings and drifts away, prompting the Civil Aviation Authority to issue a warning to pilots flying over London. 1979 – Eleven audience members are trampled to Deaths at a concert headlined by the Who at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati. 1986 – A lawsuit is filed against the group Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging two fans shot themselves after listening to the band’s music for six hours. 2000 – Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund planed to invest in small offices and shops in London. 2005 – Not-very-shocking-anymore shock rocker Marilyn Manson causes a mild ripple of outrage when he marries longtime squeeze Dita Von Teese at Castle Gurteen in Ireland.

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