Saturday, 10 December 2016

Today in rock history 9th December

1946 – Dennis Dunaway, bassist with the Alice Cooper band, is born in Cottage Grove, Ore. 1961 – The Beatles play their first concert in the South of England when they play with Ivor Jay & the Jaywalkers in Aldershot, England. Despite the gig being billed as a “Battle of the Bands – Liverpool Vs. London,” only 18 people show up. 1962 – Future Beatles producer George Martin is taken to the Liverpool Cavern by the group’s manager Brian Epstein to see the band perform live. 1967 – Cream’s second album, ‘Disraeli Gears’, enters the U.S. charts. 1967 – Police arrest Jim Morrison as he performs onstage in New Haven, Conn. It’s the culmination of a wild night for the Lizard King, who clashed with a cop trying to hassle him and his lady before the gig. The cop in return maced him. 1968 – Born on this day, Brian Bell, Weezer. 1972 – Pete Townshend is the narrator for an orchestral performance of Tommy featuring contributions from Roger Daltrey (of course), Richie Havens, Steve Winwood and comic actor Peter Sellers. Only Daltrey and Winwood, who played Tommy’s dad, escape the critical lash of the papers the next day. 1974 – On tonight’s edition of Monday Night Football, John Lennon stops by booth during a match between L. A. Rams and Washington Redskins. While he’s there guest Ronald Reagan explains the rules of football to him. 1976 – John Lennon purchases a Renoir painting valued at half a million dollars. 1991 – Guns N’ Roses play the first of three standing room only concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. 1992 – Bassist Bill Wyman formally announces he is leaving the Rolling Stones. 2000 – The Smashing Pumpkins play their last ever gig at Chicago’s Metro. Well, at least it’s the last one until the lucrative reunion tour 2003 – A Rhode Island grand jury gives three indictments of involuntary manslaughter in the case surrounding the February fire at a Great White concert to the club’s two owners as well as Great White’s road manager. 2006 – U2 wraps its box-office busting Vertigo tour in front of a packed house at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium with a show that features guest turns from members of opening act Pearl Jam as well as Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong.

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