Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Today in rock history 15th August

1942 – Drummer Peter York of the Spencer Davis Group is born in Middlesborough 1950 - Tommy Aldridge-drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake & Thin Lizzy is born 1958 – Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas. 1962 – Drummer Pete Best plays his last gig with the Beatles at the Cavern in Liverpool. 1964 – The Kinks hits #1 in the UK with “You Really Got Me” 1965 – The Beatles play New York’s Shea Stadium for an audience of 56,000. The crowd sets a record for attendance at a rock concert. 1967 – Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London, 1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair. 1969 - The first Woodstock Festival kicked off in White Lake, NY. It was attended by over 400,000 concertgoers & featured acts such as Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mountain, Joe Cocker, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Jimi Hendrix. 1974 – Neil Young taps into the spirit of Seventies malaise with ‘On the Beach,’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ calls “the most despairing album of the decade.” 1983 – Joey Ramone goes under the knife today. He has brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight. 1987 – Keith Richards enters a studio in Montreal to begin work on his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap. 1995 – Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil’s 4-year-old daughter, Skylar, dies of multiple organ failure in Los Angeles. 2000 – David Bowie and Iman welcome their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, into the world. A statement reports that Bowie is involved in the delivery process and even cuts the umbilical cord. 2001 – Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne. 2001 - Peter Frampton made a guest appearance on Family Guy. When Death visited Frampton’s house, Frampton said Death should be at Keith Richards’ house, which was a joke pitched by Frampton himself. 2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson.

Today in rock history 14th August

1941 – David Crosby is born David Van Courtland in Los Angeles 1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later. 1966 – John Lennon can’t win. After he apologizes for his “more popular than Jesus” remarks earlier in the week, the London Catholic Herald brands his apology “arrogant.” Meanwhile, the Beatles play the first rock concert held at Cleveland Stadium before 24,000 people. 1970 – At a La Jolla, Calif., hotel, Stephen Stills is arrested and charged with cocaine possession 1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.” It becomes his breakthrough single in the U.S., going to No. 1. 1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalogue rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1988 – Robert Calvert, the “resident poet with Hawkwind, dies in Kent, England, of a heart attack. 1994 – On the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Santana performs at Woodstock II. 1995 – Members of the Grateful Dead meet and decide to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s Death 1999 – Van Halen singer Gary Cherone is given a Courage Award by the American Life League for his stance against abortion. 1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square. 2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos. 2004 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announces he is being treated for throat cancer. 2004 – The Strokes play the first Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival in New York. Also performing are Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Big Star, and The Raveonettes. 2008 - Jackson Browne sued Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee over unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a McCain campaign commercial in Ohio.

Today in rock history 13th August

1951 – Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Ill. 1965 – Jefferson Airplane makes its performance debut at the Matrix Club in San Francisco. 1968 – Buffalo Springfield’s recorded swan song, ‘Last Time Around’, is issued. 1975 – Tubes release their self-titled debut album, featuring the band’s anthem “White Punks On Dope”. 1975 – The selling of Bruce Springsteen is in full swing in the run-up to Born to Run‘s release. He begins a five-night stand at New York’s Bottom Line club that soon passes into legend. Most of those attending are influential industry people, who spread the word about the emerging artist. 1976 – The selling of the Clash is in full swing as manager Bernie Leadon unveils the punk act. The Clash play an exclusive concert at a rehearsal hall in London. Those attending are members of Britain’s influential music press, who spread the word about the emerging act. 1977 – AC/DC makes US chart debut with ‘Let There Be Rock’. 1977 – Yes hits #8 in the US with ‘Going For the One’. 1977 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce they are splitting up as Canada goes into mourning. 1980 – In Woodstock, N.Y., four masked men break into Todd Rundgren’s home. After tying up Todd and his girlfriend, the thieves strip the place bare. Rundgren later claims that while his house was being ransacked, one of the thieves was humming his song “I Saw the Light.” 1983 – Def Leppard hits #16 with “Rock of Ages” 1986 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ 23-year-old wife, Kerry, announces she is pregnant. Not so unusual, except the couple are in the process of getting divorced. They decide to stay together instead. The boy is later named Jerry Lee Lewis III. 1991 - Metallica released their self-titled fifth album, commonly referred to as The Black Album. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & go on to sell sixteen million copies in the U.S. 1995 – Four days after Jerry Garcia’s death, the largest of many memorials draws 20,000 fans to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. 1996 – Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen files for divorce from his estranged wife, Kelly. 1999 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, is sent to jail for again violating his probation by continuing his illegal drug use. 1999: Detroit Rock City a movie about four teenagers who travel to Detroit to see Kiss in concert premiered in theaters. The movie bombed at the box office, but would go on to become a cult classic. 2004 – Guitarist Wes Borland rejoins sports metal whiners Limp Bizkit. 2013 – Jon Brookes, The Charlatans drummer dies aged 44.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Today in rock history 12th August

1949 – Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1954 – Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist is born in Lee’s Summit, Mo. 1960 – Pete Best becomes the drummer for the Silver Beetles. Former drummer Tommy Moore had to give up the stool after taking a job as a forklift driver. 1966 – At San Francisco’s Fillmore, it’s a none-more-psychedelic double bill featuring the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. 1966 – At Chicago’s International Amphitheatre, the Beatles begin their final U.S. tour under the storm clouds surrounding John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” comment. 1969 – The supergroup Blind Faith make their U.S. live debut at Madison Square Garden. 1970 – The Hollywood Bowl plays host to a tribute to Woody Guthrie, featuring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez among the performers. 1972 – Charity rock begins today with the Festival of Hope, starring the Jefferson Airplane and James Brown. While this is the first concert event in which all the money goes to a specified charity, the festival actually ends up losing $100,000. 1978 – The Who’s press officer, Pete Meaden, 35, commits suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. Meaden was the manager of Townshend and company when they were the High Numbers. 1989 – The Rolling Stones play a secret club gig at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. The band is warming up for its Steel Wheels tour. 1992 – The Grateful Dead announce they are canceling five shows in the Northwest so Jerry Garcia can recover from exhaustion. 1993 – Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar turnover continues. Jesse Tobias replaces Arik Marshall. Three months later Tobias would be supplanted by Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro. . 1994 - Woodstock ’94 kicked off in Saugerties, NY. The three day festival included performances by Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, The Band, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Metallica, Todd Rundgren, Santana & Traffic. 1995 – A mass wake is held for Jerry Garcia at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 1995 – Michael Stipe has an operation for a hernia. 1998 – Scott Weiland, the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, pleads guilty to felony heroin possession and is sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility. 1999 - Alice Cooper’s music publisher reached an out of court settlement with Kiss’ music publisher over a claim that Kiss’ song “Dreamin’” sounded a little too close to Alice Cooper’s breakthrough hit “I’m Eighteen”. 2006 – Up-their-own-topographic-ocean prog rockers The Mars Volta are bottled offstage at the U.S. Endfest festival. 2009 – Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rock Talk – Ace – Skunk Anansie

Part 1 1. Skunk Anansie – I believed in you 2. Skunk Anansie - Charity 3. Skunk Anansie - Secretly 4. Motorhead – Overkill 5. Skunk Anansie – Weak Part 2 1. Skunk Anansie - Twisted 2. Skunk Anansie - Brazen 3. Skunk Anansie – Death to the lovers 4. Skunk Anansie - Hedonism

Timesweep 12th August

Part 1 A brief spin back to 1981 1. Foreigner – Urgent 2. Rush – Tom Sawyer 3. Journey – Who’s crying now 4. Phil Collins – In the air tonight 5. The Who – You better you bet Part 2 1. The Pretenders – Message of love 2. Rainbow – I surrender 3. Rod Stewart – I know I’m losing you 4. Rod Stewart – Hot legs 5. Chicago – Baby what a big surprise Part 3 Back to 1985 1. Queen – One vision 2. David Lee Roth – California girls 3. Y&T – Summertime girls 4. ZZ Top – Rough boy Part 4 1. Heart – Never 2. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the fields 3. Motley Crue – Home sweet home Part 5 1. Marillion – Lavender 2. Dio – Rock and roll children 3. Dire Straits – Money for nothing 4. Pat Benatar – We belong Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon 2. Bon Jovi – Raise your hands 3. Bryan Adams – Can’t stop this thing we started Part 7 Rocker’s celebrating their birthdays 1. Deep Purple – Highway star 2. Europe – The final countdown 3. Led Zeppelin – Whole lotta love 4. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the fields Part 8 1. John Lee Hooker – Boom boom boom boom 2. The Who – Won’t get fooled again 3. Rick Springfield – Don’t talk to strangers Part 9 Booking our holidays 1. Sex Pistols – Holidays in the sun 2. Aerosmith – Permanent vacation 3. Alice Cooper – School’s out 4. Don Henley – Boys of summer Part 10 1. Guns ‘N’’ Roses – Paradise city 2. Y&T – Summertime girls 3. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday road Part 11 1. Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69 2. The Scorpions – Holiday 3. David Lee Roth – California girls 4. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the city
Brit Rock 12th August 1.Bruce Springsteen – Born to run 2.Iron Maiden – Running free 3.Bryan Adams – Run to you 4.Stills Young Band – Long may you run 5.Jackson Browne – Running on empty 6.The Quireboys – 7 o’clock 7.Faith No More – From out of nowhere 8.Billy Idol – Cradle of love 9.They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in your soul 10. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the silence 11.Living Colour – Love rears its ugly head 12. Gary Moore – Still got the blues 13.Marillion – Cover my eyes 14.Slade – Radio wall of sound 15.Van Halen – Right now 16.Jesus Jones – Right here right now 17.Queen – Innuendo 18.Thunder – Love walked in 19.Metallica – Enter sandman 20. Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit 21. Def Leppard – Let’s get rocked 22.Genesis – No son of mine 23. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle emptiness 24. Kiss – God gave rock and roll to you It’s an hour of very long songs for hour three 1. Marillion – Grendel 2. Genesis – Supper’s ready 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird 4. Moody Blues – Question 5. Steven Stills – Love the one you’re with

Today in rock history 11th August

1943 – Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is born this day 1949 – Eric Carmen is born in Cleveland. 1954 – Bill Haley & the Comets crash into the top 40 with “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” 1957 – Richie Ramone, who drummed with his brothers from 1984 to 1987, is born. He was really Richard Beau of the Velveteens. 1963 – The Rolling Stones perform at the third National Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond 1964 – The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. 1966 – John Lennon tries to put out the fire he started when he noted that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus by apologizing at a televised press conference. Meanwhile, the city of Memphis asks the Beatles not to play any concerts there and the price of Capitol Records’ stock drops. 1966 – The Beatles arrive at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to start their last tour of the United States. 1967 – Pink Floyd spend the day at Abbey Road Studios, where they work on recording “Apples and Oranges.” The song would later become their third single. 1967 – Appearing at this years’ UK Reading festival, The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. An advance 3 day ticket cost £2. 1973 – Bill Aucoin approaches Kiss after seeing them play in New York to offer his services as manager. He also promises them a record deal, which they later make with Casablanca. 1976 – The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon, is admitted into a Miami hospital after collapsing. 1979 – The Knack started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Get The Knack’. 1987 – Rolling Stone declares the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the best album of the last 20 years. 1989 – The Moscow Music Peace Festival kicks off. The two-day bill of metal acts was corralled by manager Doc McGhee, who hopes to make a judge forget his role in a drug-smuggling scam with this charity concert. All proceeds from the gigs, which feature Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and the Scorpions, go to fighting drug abuse in the U.S. and USSR. 1993 – At a U2 concert in London, the band is joined onstage by author Salman Rushdie. Rushdie had been in hiding since a fatwa was declared against him by Iran. 1995 – In Belvedere, Calif., the funeral of Jerry Garcia is held at an Episcopal church. 1999 - Kiss received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2001 – Appearing at the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey, Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. 2002 – Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

Today in rock history 10th August

1909 – Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars, is born. 1947 – Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1976 – Elton John sells out his first Madison Square Garden show. 1982 – Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman are Frank Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa. The two quickly recite “Valley Girl.” 1985 - Over nine months after its initial release, Reckless by Bryan Adams reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart where it would stay for two weeks. 1985 – After Paul McCartney advises him to invest in a music catalog, Michael Jackson buys ATV’s for $47.5 million. The catalogue contains 251 Beatles songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1993 – Billy Joel is sued by songwriter Gary Zimmerman, who says Joel’s No. 3 “River of Dreams” sounds suspiciously like one of his own tunes. Zimmerman wants $10 million. 1995 – Jimmy Buffett serenades President Bill Clinton on his birthday. 1995 – Bob Dylan releases his statement about the death of Jerry Garcia the day before. He says, “He’s the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at its core and screams up into the spheres 1995 – Tonight on the Late Show With David Letterman the musical guests are Van Halen. 1996 – Tickets to the Pearl Jam concert at the University of Toledo go on sale. However, because of an AT&T screw up, people who try to buy tickets by phone get a busy signal instead. 1999 – It is announced that Oasis founding member Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs has decided to leave the band. 2000 – The recording industry asks Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters. 2005 – A judge rules that legendary New York punk club CBGB does not have to pay its landlord $90,000 in back rent. The Bowery Residents’ Committee are attempting to evict the venue from the neighborhood. 2011 – Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band canceled a series of summer concerts. The 63 Year old Rock and Roll Hall of famer was having respitory problems.

Today in rock history 9th August

1946 – Golden Earring bassist and keyboardist Rinus Gerritsen is born in the Hague, Netherlands. 1964 – In Forest Hills, N.Y., Joan Baez and Bob Dylan play the same bill for the first time. 1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ set at England’s Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival inspires such fervor in the audience that the organizers tell him to cut his set short. 1973 – Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell leave Wings. 1975 – Major Promoter Don Kirshner, holds the first Rock Music Award Show in Santa Monica, Calif. The winners include the Eagles, Bad Company, and Stevie Wonder. 1978 – Muddy Waters performs for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. 1980 – A thief steals 10 Gerald Scarfe illustrations based on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. The pictures were exhibited in the foyer of London’s Earls Court, where the band was performing five shows. 1980 - AC/DC reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart with Back in Black which spent two weeks on top of the chart. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in the U.S. & went on to sell 45 million copies worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album of all time. 1986 - Queen performed their final concert with Freddie Mercury at the Knebworth in England in front of 120,000 people. 1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2. 1995 – Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in San Francisco. He is 53. 1996 – The Ramones split. 2003 - Roger Daltrey made his Los Angeles stage debut at the Hollywood Bowl playing Dr. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. 2010 – Welcome news for Van Halen fans: The clearest signs that an album and tour are in the works for next year have emerged.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Today in rock history 8th August

1952 – Journeyman drummer Anton Fig (Frehley’s Comet, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper) is born in Cape Town, South Africa. 1959 – Poison drummer Rikki Rocket is born in Mechanicsburg, Pa. 1961 – The Edge, U2 guitarist with the funny name, is born in East London as mere Dave Evans. 1963 – Oregon band the Kingsmen release “Louie Louie.” Many radio stations ban the song when they decide the indecipherable lyrics must be obscene. 1964 – Bob Dylan releases his album Another Side of Bob Dylan. 1970 – Janis Joplin buys a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith, one of her idols. 1976 – Epic Records releases Boston’s self-titled first album. The album becomes the fastest-selling debut ever. 1980 – The Plasmatics suffer a blow in London when local authorities tell them they can’t blow up a car onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon. 1981 – MTV makes its first live concert stereo broadcast. The lucky band is REO Speedwagon. 1982 – Mickey Thompson, singer with Starship, marries Sara Kendrick in San Francisco. 1985 – Keith Richards guests on Phantom, Rocker & Slick’s “My Mistake.” He accepts a leopard-skin coat as payment. 1986 – David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released from prison after serving time for drug and weapons charges. 1992 – Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses walks off stage after 55 minutes at a concert at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, complaining of a sore throat. Many of the 53,000 fans who came see the group and Metallica riot. 1998 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd estimated at 70,000. 1999 - The Guess Who reunited with Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings for the first time in 16 years to appear at the closing of the Pan American Games in Winnipeg as a personal request from the Premier of Manitoba. 2006 - Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx & Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp served as mentors on Canadian Idol where they also performed.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Today in rock history 7th August

1952 – Free bassist Andy Fraser is born in London 1957 – The Quarry Men Skiffle Group, led by a young John Lennon, perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. 1958 – Vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is born in Sheffield 1964 – The nation’s weeklies review the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. “Avoid this film at all costs!” declares Time. “Some Marx Brothers surrealism!” notes Life. “Amusing and engaging!” decides The Los Angeles Herald Examiner. 1965 – In England, the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” is knocked out of the No. 1 spot by the Beatles’ “Help!” 1967 – Pink Floyd begin a tour of Denmark 1970 – Fleetwood Mac welcome new member Christine McVie, the wife of bass player John McVie and a former vocalist with Chicken Shack. 1971 – At Los Angeles’ Pauley Pavilion, Frank Zappa & the Mothers play the gig that becomes their album Just Another Band from L.A. 1974 – Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band marries actress Faye Dunaway. 1978 – Rolling Stones publicist Les Perrin dies 1982 – Sting sues Virgin Music Publishing. He alleges that he signed a deal with the company that gives it unfair control of his early material. 1985 – To Mick Jagger, a son. Mick and Jerry Hall are the proud parents of James Leroy Jagger. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Glory of Love,” Peter Cetera. 1989 – After his arrest on charges of marijuana possession, U2’s Adam Clayton stays silent during a 90-second hearing in Dublin. He’s set free on bail and will return to court on September 1st. 1995 – Alanis Morissette’s biting “You Oughta Know” soars to No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Modern Rock chart and is the most requested tune on rock radio. 2006 - Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiered on the A&E Network. The program follows the life of Simmons, his longtime partner Shannon Tweed & their two children. 2008 – Elvis’ Peacock Jumpsuit sells for $300k 2008 - The Police performed what they said would be their final concert ever at Madison Square Garden, which was a benefit concert for public television.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Today in rock history 6th August

1964 – Rod Stewart makes his television debut on the British show “The Beat Room.” 1970 – An anti-war rock festival is held at Shea Stadium, New York, with Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf, and Johnny Winter. 1981 – Motorhead bassist Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor is fined 40 pounds after being found guilty of cannabis possession. The judge throws another 15 pound fine on top of that because Philthy didn’t show up for his initial trial in April. 1988 - After 57 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction finally reached number one where it spent the first of five non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart. 1996 – Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder videotapes the Ramones placing their hands in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk prior to a Ramones show at The Palace. The Ramones claim this is their last show ever. 1996 – Vince Neil, former singer of ’80’s metal band Motley Crue, attempts to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ends after only three songs. Neil claims that he isn’t feeling well, and that the audience of “rednecks” don’t appreciate his talent. No refunds are offered 1998 – Ted Nugent, the singer/songwriter, guitarist, politician, self-proclaimed outdoorsman, and morning talk-show host embarks on a 15-city U.S. jaunt in Los Angeles. 1999 - Dick Latvala, the curator for the Grateful Dead’s bootlegs died of a heart attack at 56 years old. His collection of bootlegs was officially released as part of the Dick’s Picks series. 2007 – Marilyn Manson was being sued by a former band member who said he was owed $20m (£9.8m) in shared profits. Stephen Bier, who played keyboards under the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, claimed he was not paid properly over a period of almost two decades.

Today in rock history 5th August

1947 - Rick Derringer born 1955 - Eddie Ojeda,guitarist for Twisted Sister is born 1966 – In Britain, the Beatles release Revolver, frequently cited as the best album ever made. 1967 – Pink Floyd release their debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in England. 1972 – Clive Davis signs a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play Max’s Kansas City in New York. They receive $125,000 for their services. 1974 – Svengali Kim Fowley brings together the four girls who will form the Runaways, including Joan Jett and Lita Ford. 1983 - David Crosby was sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for cocaine possession and carrying a gun into a bar. Crosby slept through most of the trial & would later be allowed to enter a drug rehabilitation program in lieu of serving jail time. 1992 – Drummer Jeff Porcaro dies of cardiac arrest at age 38. The co-founder of Toto was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack. 1994 – Billy Idol is admitted to Burbank, Calif.’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center after collapsing from a drug overdose in a Los Angeles nightclub. He’s released two days later. 1996 – Bruce Springsteen sues two London bootleggers who were distributing an album attributed to him titled Unearthed. 2001 – The Foo Fighters treat 300 lucky fans to a rare club show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif. Winners are chosen from a pool of E-mail entries submitted to the group’s official Web site. 2003 – Smash Mouth release their new album Get the Picture?. The band celebrate with a performance in a New York Toys ‘R’ Us. 2003 – The Rolling Stones are forced to postpone a gig in Benidorm, Spain after 60-year-old Mick Jagger contracts laryngitis. 2003 – Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel the remainder of their Party of a Lifetime tour after lead guitarist Gary Rossington’s doctor tells him to take it easy. Rossington underwent open-heart surgery in February. 2009 - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler fell offstage during a concert in Sturgis, SD. Tyler was dancing on the catwalk after the band’s sound equipment suffered an outage during “Love in an Elevator”. Tyler suffered a broken shoulder along with head & neck injuries.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Today in rock history 4th August

1940 – Born on this day, Larry Knechtel, guitar, Keyboards, Bread 1963 – The Beatles appeared at the Queen’s Theatre in Blackpool. So many fans crowded around the theatre, blocking every entrance, that The Beatles had to go through a construction area, up and across some scaffolding to the roof of the theatre, from where they were lowered through a trap door. 1965 – Bob Dylan completes recording Highway 61 Revisited after laying down “Desolation Row” and “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.” 1966 – Several American radio stations pull Beatles records from their playlists following John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” comment. 1968 – The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in California with Canned Heat, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Tiny Tim, Iron Butterfly and Jefferson Airplane. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival. 1970 – After falling asleep on a woman’s porch in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison is arrested for public drunkenness. 1975 - Rainbow released their debut album Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow 1975 – Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and his family are hospitalized after a car crash on the Greek island of Rhodes. 1979 – Led Zeppelin play to 120,000 people at Knebworth Park in England. It’s their first concert in the U.K. in four years. 1979 – Some 20,000 people attend a benefit in Inglewood, Calif., for the family of the late Lowell George. Among those paying tribute to the Little Feat frontman are Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, and Jackson Browne. 1980 – Pink Floyd kick off five nights of the Wall tour at London’s Earls Court. During the ambitious show, a giant wall is built across the stage between the band and the audience. 1980 – John Lennon began recording what would become his final album ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory, New York. 1984 – Genesis drummer and solo artist Phil Collins marries Jill Tavelman. At the reception, Collins “jams” with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant. 1990 - Billy Idol peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Cradle of Love” which was Idol’s last top forty single in the U.S. 2002 – Bruce Springsteen scored his fifth UK No.1 album with ‘The Rising’, also No.1 in the US. 2003 – Jack White posts graphic video footage of his hand operation on the White Stripes’ Web site. The guitarist had to have three screws implanted to set the bones in his hand after a July car accident. 2003 – Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic announces on the Eyes Adrift Web site that he’s quitting the music business, although he will continue to play music with his band. 2012 – Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund died in his sleep at home in Chicago.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Today in rock history 3rd August

1955 – Rock ‘n’ roll litigation as Bill Haley files suit against Essex Recordings. Now that he’s a big star, he accuses his old label of releasing his early recordings, which are “of inferior quality to said plaintiff’s current releases.” 1963 – Bob Dylan appears as a guest at a Joan Baez show in Camden, N.J. 1963 – Metallica’s James Hetfield is born this day 1963 - The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the last time, almost two years to the day after they started playing there as a regular fixture. 1966 – The South African government bans the broadcast of Beatles songs after John Lennon makes his “more popular than Jesus” remark. 1966 – The Rolling Stones record “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow” in Los Angeles. 1968 – “Hello, I Love You” becomes the Doors’ second and last No. 1 single. 1968 – The Newport Pop Festival starts today, featuring performers like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Steppenwolf. 1969 – Janis Joplin sings with Little Richard at the Atlantic City Pop Festival. 1971 – Paul McCartney announces he’s forming Wings. 1974 – Here’s a weird gig Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band opening for Canadian songbird Anne Murray in New York. 1974 – Guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers. 1987 - Def Leppard released their fourth album Hysteria which went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart the following year & sell 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. 1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. 1989 – The Rolling Stones film the video for “Mixed Emotions,” probably the last good song they ever recorded. 2004 – Legendary Southern Rock figure Lacy Van Zant dies at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., due to chronic pulmonary illness. He is 89. 2004 – Traffic cancel their reunion tour after drummer Jim Capaldi is diagnosed with a severe gastric ulcer. 2005 –Melissa Etheridge announces she is cancer free nine months after being diagnosed with the disease. 2006 – Arthur Lee, the singer and guitarist for psychedelic rock pioneers Love, dies at the Methodist University Hospital in his hometown of Memphis after battling leukemia. He is 61.

Today in rock history 2nd August

1937 – The Band’s Garth Hudson is born in London, Ontario. 1944 - Jim Capaldi,drummer for Traffic is born in Worcestershire. 1951 - Former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner is born today 1962- Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix Experience started a 5 night gig at the Salvation club in NYC.The set list included: Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze and Burning Of The Midnight Amp. 1969 - Bob Dylan & his wife showed up unannounced at Dylan’s ten year high school reunion in Hibbing, MN. They would leave early when a drunk tried to pick a fight with Dylan. 1971 - Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off their final North American tour at the Assembly Center in Tulsa, 1981 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield. The song wins Springfield a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. 2002 – A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2003 - Aerosmith & Kiss kicked off their co-headlining tour dubbed the Rocksimus Maximus Tour in Hartford, CT. This was Kiss’ first tour with Tommy Thayer playing guitar & wearing Ace Frehley’s makeup & costume. The tour went on to gross $64 million. 2004 – Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Today in rock history 1st August

1942 – Jerry Garcia (Jerome John Garcia) of the Grateful Dead is born in San Francisco. 1946 - Boz Burrell-bassist for Bad Company & King Crimson is born 1951 - Tommy Bolin-guitarist for the James Gang & Deep Purple is born 1959 – Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is born in Sheffield 1971: The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison took place at Madison Square Garden. The concert featured Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and members of Badfinger. 1974 - The Who’s Pete Townshend & Keith Moon joined Eric Clapton onstage during a concert at the Omni in Atlanta. Townshend jammed on “Layla” & Moon sang along on “Little Queenie”. Townshend later smashed a plastic ukulele over Clapton’s head. 1979 - During a concert at Madison Square Garden, Peter Frampton was awarded the Gold Ticket for performing to over 100,000 fans at the Garden. 1994 - The Rolling Stones kicked off their Voodoo Lounge Tour at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. This tour would last over a year & go on to gross $320 million, becoming the highest grossing tour at the time. 1997 – Ireland’s Supreme Court gives the go-ahead for two U2 Popmart concerts scheduled for August 30 and 31 at Landsdowne Road stadium in Dublin. Earlier in the week, the country’s High Court had, under pressure from locals fearing excessive noise and general mayhem, overstepped its jurisdiction and banned the two gigs. 2004 – Red Hot Chili Peppers top the UK albums chart with Live at Hyde Park. 2006 – A man dies after being severely beaten by two unidentified assailants in the moshpit at Korn’s Atlanta concert. The band appeal for witnesses to the attack to help with the investigation. 2006 – Drummer Jon Theodore leaves egghead rockers The Mars Volta shortly before the release of their third album Amputechture. He is replaced by Blake Fleming. 2007 – John Lennon’s “granny” sunglasses sold at auction. 2009 – Daughtry hits No.1 on the US album charts.

Monday, 31 July 2017

Today in rock history 31st July

1923 - Ahmet Ertegun-founder of Atlantic Records & co-founder of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is born 1958 – Bill Berry of R.E.M. is born. 1964 – A Rolling Stones concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is stopped after only 12 minutes when violence breaks out in the audience. 1965 – In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival. 1966 –Cream play their first gig in Windsor 1966 – In Birmingham, Ala., a Beatles record-burning session is held to protest John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” remark. 1967 – After a public outcry, a London Appeals Court drops drug charges against Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Mick Jagger, also busted for drugs, has his jail sentence reduced to a conditional discharge. The Stones record “We Love You” to commemorate the event. 1968 – The Beatles record “Hey Jude.” 1970 – After Decca Records demands a final single from the Rolling Stones to make them fulfill their contract, Richards and Jagger deliver the unreleasable “C********r Blues.” The single becomes the title of a Stones documentary that the band decides is also unreleasable. 1971 – Pink Floyd leave England to set out on their first tour of the Far East. 1971 – Big day in Stones history: At London’s Rialto cinema, the documentary Gimme Shelter premieres. The film includes footage from the infamous concert at Altamont. 1971 – At a Who concert in Forest Hills, N.Y., a security guard is stabbed. 1978 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Miss You,” The Rolling Stones. The song is the band’s eighth No. 1 single. 1980 - The Eagles performed their last concert at the Long Beach Arena. They split up later in the year & reunited in 1994. 1984 – Eric Clapton leaves Roger Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour in Canada after two weeks. 2004 - Simon and Garfunkel closed out the European leg of their second reunion tour by performing a free concert at Rome’s Coliseum in front of 600,000 fans. 2012 –Ten fans of English rock band The Who traded in tickets from a canceled 1979 gig in Rhode Island for entry to the group’s upcoming February show, in a rare tale of loyalty spanning the decades. 2012 - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band performed their longest concert at Olympiastadion in Helsinki, Finland. Their set clocked in at four hours and six minutes.

Today in rock history 30th July

1936 – Buddy Guy, one of the nicest men in the blues, is born in Lettsworth, La. 1946 – Bassist Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond of Jethro Tull is born. 1955 – Damned drummer Rat Scabies is born in Kingston-upon-Thames 1958 – Singer Kate Bush is born in Bexley, Kent, 1966 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Wild Thing,” The Troggs 1968 – The Beatles’ Apple Boutique in London closes after heavy losses. 1969 – The Beatles continued working on their forthcoming album Abbey Road, recording overdubs on ‘Come Together’, ‘Polythene Pam/She Came In Through the Bathroom Window’, ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’ and ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. 1975 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “One of These Nights,” The Eagles. 1987 – In Philadelphia, David Bowie unveils his Glass Spider Tour, generally seen as a low point in ’80s rock excess 1988 – Former member of The Spencer Davis Group and Traffic, Steve Winwood had the number 1 song in the US this week with “Roll With It”. 1996 – Tim Collins, manager of Aerosmith since 1984, is fired after a brief meeting with the band in Boston. The band claims that they are tired of being urged to represent Collins’ many social causes. 2001 – Peter Buck, guitarist for R.E.M., pleads not guilty to a series of charges relating to an alleged “air rage” incident during a transatlantic flight in April. 2003 – Police issue a warrant for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil’s arrest after he allegedly attacks a prostitute at Nevada’s Moonlite Bunny Ranch. 2003 – The Rolling Stones headline a one-day festival in Toronto to revive the city’s tourism industry following an outbreak of the SARS virus. Other performers include AC/DC, Rush and Justin Timberlake. An estimated 450,000 people attend. 2006 – The endlessly fascinating W. Axl Rose is forced to abandon a Guns N’ Roses show at London’s Wembley Arena due to “low blood pressure.” Skid Row singer Sebastian Bach takes his place for the encore. 2007: Shortly after Jimmy Page testified, Robert Langley pleaded guilty to trademark & copyright infringements after having more than $22,000 worth of bootleg Led Zeppelin cd’s & dvd’s seized at a record convention in Glasgow in 2005. 2009 – Procol Harum organist Matthew Fisher is officially recognised as a co-writer on ‘Whiter Shade of Pale.

Saturday, 29 July 2017

Today in rock history 29th July

1946 – REO Speedwagon keyboardist Neal Doughty is born in Evanston, Ill. 1953 – Vocalist Geddy Lee of Rush is born in Toronto. 1956 – Carl Perkins was on the UK singles with ‘Blue Suede Shoes 1956 –Patti Scialfa of the E Street Band – and Mrs. Bruce Springsteen – is born. 1959 – John Sykes of Whitesnake is born this day 1963 – The Newport Folk Festival is held this year after a four-year layoff. Headliners include Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Peter, Paul & Mary. With a good sense of timing, Peter, Paul & Mary also release their interpretation of Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which later goes to No. 2. 1965 – The Beatles’ second film – “Help!” – premieres in London. Queen Elizabeth is in attendance. 1966 – The Beatles: The U.S. teen magazine Datebook reprints an earlier quote by John Lennon stating that “We’re more popular than Jesus now.” This prompted Beatles Bonfires and the banning of their music by radio stations. 1966 – Bob Dylan is injured in a motorcycle accident near his Woodstock, N.Y., home; he goes into seclusion. 1967 – Doors: ‘Light My Fire’ US 45 is no. 1 chart topper. Later, Jim Morrison will sing the correct lyrics after Ed Sullivan asked him not to because of risque subject matter. 1968 – The Byrds head off to South Africa to tour. However, one Byrd who isn’t going is Gram Parsons, who is protesting South African apartheid. 1970 – The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ends. The band informs manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf” and begins to consider starting its own label. 1973 – The takings from two Led Zeppelin concerts are stolen from the group’s New York hotel. The thieves are said to have gotten away with more than $180,000. 1976 – Eric Clapton begins his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre. 1980 – David Bowie opens on stage in Denver in the title role of “Elephant Man” to critical acclaim. 1987 – Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream introduces their Cherry Garcia flavour, named after the Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia. 1990 – Elton John checks into a suburban Chicago clinic to cure bulimia and an addiction problem. 1994 – Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour marries Polly Samson at England’s Marylebone Registry Office. 2003 – Bobby Thompson, Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager, dies in his hotel room in Birmingham, Mich., after a long battle with throat cancer. He is 50. 2004 – Bobby Gillespie, singer with British rock band Primal Scream, is awarded undisclosed damagers in a libel suit against a tabloid that alleged he was having an affair with supermodel Kate Moss. 2005 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics for “All You Need is Love”, gathered from his music stand after The Beatles’ final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder. 2006 – Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson are married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez. 2007 – Paul Stanley of Kiss suffered heart problems. Paul was playing a show in California when he felt a strange chest pain… Paramedics tried to create a regular rhythm after his heart jumped up to 190 beats per minute.

Friday, 28 July 2017

Today in rock history 28th July

1943 – Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield is born in Chicago. 1945 – Rick Wright of Pink Floyd is born in London. 1949 – Steve Took, who played with Marc Bolan in T. Rex, is born. He was asked to leave the band in 1969 after several bizarre incidents that included giving himself a vicious beating onstage. 1949 - Simon Kirke-drummer for Free & Bad Company is born 1954 - Steve Morse-guitarist for Deep Purple is born 1965 – Rolling Stone Charlie Watts is moving up in the world. He buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. 1965 – The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s Ready Steady Go! Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1970 – Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger as the behelmeted highwayman, opens in Australia. Reception is unkind. 1973 – A crowd of 600,000 gathers for a rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway, N.Y., to hear the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers Band. 1973 – Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” is released. It will top the Billboard chart near the end of September. 1975 – Bob Dylan plays his first session for the Desire album. 1978 – In response to a fan’s request, Ted Nugent autographs his arm. With a Bowie knife. 1979 – The World Series of Rock is held at Cleveland Stadium, with Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy. 1982 – To Jackson Browne, a son. Browne and second wife Lynne Sweeney become the proud parents of Ryan Daniel Browne today. 1993 – Roger Waters marries Priscilla Phillips at the Romsey Registry Office 1995 – Control of Jimi Hendrix’s estate is passed on to his father, James Al Hendrix, who fought a long legal battle for the rights to his son’s likeness and music. 1999 – Eddie Vedder joins Pete Townshend onstage at New York’s Supper Club to rip through “Magic Bus” and “Better Man.” 1999 – Steve Tyler of Aerosmith tells the New York Daily News he’s trying to prevent his ex-wife from printing naked photos of him in a new book. 2001 – Presley Scott Harwell, son of Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, dies from complications due to acute lymphatic leukemia. 2004 – The second highest new entry in U.S. album charts is Van Halen’s new hits collection The Best of Both Worlds, which lands at No. 3.

Today in rock history 27th July

1955 – Chuck Berry’s debut single, “Maybellene,” enters the R&B chart. It later becomes a No. 1 R&B hit, remaining at the top for 11 weeks. 1969 – Led Zeppelin and the Doors play the Seattle Pop Festival. But Robert Plant isn’t too impressed with Jim Morrison. He remembers, “He hung on the side of the stage and nearly toppled into the audience and did all those things that I suppose were originally sexual things. 1976 – Bruce Springsteen sues his former manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of contract. Appel later files a countersuit, and ties up Springsteen’s recording the follow-up to Born to Run for the next two years. 1976 – John Lennon receives his “green card” from U.S. immigration authorities. 1977 – Led Zeppelin call off the remainder of their North American tour after Robert Plant’s son, Karac, dies of a respiratory ailment. 1979 – Before the Cooper’stown restaurant in Phoenix, there was Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today it’s hit by a firebomb that destroys $200,000 worth of merchandise. Cooper blames disco fans. 1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres. 1986 – Queen becomes the first Western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to play in Budapest, Hungary. 1991 – Warrant lead singer Jani Lane marries model Bobbie Brown in Los Angeles. 1995 – In Montpelier, France, the Rolling Stones are joined onstage by support act Bob Dylan for a version of his “Like a Rolling Stone.” 2000 – The Rhyme & Reason Tour, featuring the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine postponed due to a biking injury suffered by Beastie Boys principal Mike D. 2001 – Leon Wilkeson, bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies in his sleep in his Jacksonville, Fla., home. He is 49. 2004 – Courtney Love is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge. She is also ordered to attend rehab. 2006 – Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger is arrested for drunk driving after being stopped swerving in Surrey, British Columbia. 2010 - Growing Up Twisted, the reality television show starring Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider premiered on the A&E Network.

Today in rock history 26th July

1943 - Mick Jagger born Dartford, Kent 1949 – Queen drummer Roger Taylor is born in Kings Lynn 1961 – There was a hole in his heart – and he was former Extreme and Van Halen singer Gary Cherone, born today. 1968 – Howlin’ Wolf plays the first of three nights at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, supported by Quicksilver Messenger Service. 1968 – Decca pulls the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet from its release schedule, citing problems with the sleeve. 1968 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney complete “Hey Jude” during a writing session at Paul’s home. 1970 - Jimi Hendrix performed in his hometown of Seattle for the last time at Sicks Stadium. He reminded the audience how disappointed he was that he had to go to the U.K. to make it in the music business before his home country accepted him. 1974 – The first Beatles Convention is held in Boston. 1976 - Ted Nugent received his first Gold album for his self-titled debut album released the previous year. It later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. 1977 – Elvis Costello is arrested for playing outside the London Hilton. The new wave songwriter was hoping to interest record executives into giving him an American record deal, as a CBS Records conference was being held inside. He’s fined 5 pounds, but CBS invites him to play a proper audition. 1977 - Robert Plant’s son Karac died of an unidentified viral infection. Led Zeppelin’s tour of North America was immediately cancelled. 1979 – Today’s Rolling Stone reports on the popularity of promotional videos, citing David Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as examples. 1990 – Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland dies of a drug overdose in Lafayette, Calif., at age 38. 1992 – Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley marries actress-model Pamela Bowen in Los Angeles. 2000 – Oasis are forced off stage at Switzerland’s Paleo Festival after being pelted with bottles and cans. A promoter says, “The arrogant, provocative attitude of Liam Gallagher is doubtless not unconnected to the reaction of the audience.” 2003 – Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is arrested outside of their Wantagh, N.Y., date after allegedly running over a parking attendant. 2003 – Limp Bizkit abandon their set during the Chicago stop of the Summer Sanitarium tour after the crowd hurl plastic bottles at singer Fred Durst. 2003 – Mick Jagger celebrates turning 60 at a private party in Prague. Among the invitees is former Czech president Vaclev Havel, who gives Jagger a two-foot-high crystal vase. 2004 – The Darkness return to their old school in Lowestoft, England, to open a new music center. They also take part in a Q&A session with pupils. 2004 - A Staples back-to-school campaign commercial starring Alice Cooper humorously utilizing Cooper’s “School’s Out” premiered nationally. The commercial depicted Cooper in the role of a father shopping for back-to-school supplies with his daughter who is unhappy about returning to school. 2006 - Ric Ocasek made his second appearance on The Colbert Report where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to “rescue” Stephen Jr., the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo named after Stephen Colbert.

Today in rock history 25th July

1941- Manny Charlton-guitarist for Nazareth is born today 1943 – Drummer Jim McCarty, the missing link between the Yardbirds and the Detroit Wheels, is born in Liverpool 1950 – Bassist Mark Clarke of hard-rock legends Mountain and Uriah Heep is born in Liverpool 1964 – Today’s Billboard reports on the success of the British group the Animals, who recently enjoyed a U.K. No. 1 with “House of the Rising Son.” 1965 – Bob Dylan performs his first non-acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival to a hostile crowd. 1966 – The Rolling Stones play San Francisco. The concert is their last American live performance with founding guitarist Brian Jones. 1967 – In today’s London Times appears a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana. It’s signed by the Beatles and their manager, Brian Epstein. 1968 – Eric Clapton plays lead guitar for George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on the album “The Beatles” (also known as “The White Album”). 1969 – Led Zeppelin play Milwaukee at the Midwest Rock Festival. 1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young give their first live performance at the Fillmore East in New York. 1970 – Chicago release their single “25 or 6 to 4.” 1980 – Kiss unveil their new drummer at New York’s Palladium. The newly christened Eric Carr, born Paul Caravello, is made up to look like a fox after the band decides against the hawk look. 1984 – The body of “Big Mama” Thornton, who recorded the original “Hound Dog,” is found in a Los Angeles boarding house. She was 57. 1990 – To the Boss, a son. Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa become the proud parents of Evan James. 1992 – Bryan Adams helps two motorists whose car struck his on a highway in St. Gellen, Switzerland. Adams was traveling from Zurich to Vienna as part of a concert tour when the other car skidded out of control, grazed his car and hit an embankment. 1999 - On the final day of Woodstock ’99 in Rome, NY, riots occurred during the closing set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers which resulted in 120 arrests. 2001 - The Doors’ drummer John Densmore & Bonnie Raitt among others were arrested in Itasca, IL for protesting against a company that is claimed to destroy rainforests. 2003 – A student film of John Lennon imitating a baboon sells for $53,700 at an auction. 2003 – Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of heart failure. He was 52. 2005 – Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine sues his former bassist David Ellefson, alleging he used the name of the group without Mustaine’s permission. 2010 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed a one-off fortieth anniversary concert headlining the initial High Voltage festival at London’s Victoria Park.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Today in rock history 24th July

1945 – Drummer Alan Whitehead of Marmalade is born in Oswestry, England. 1961 – Extreme drummer Paul Geary is born 1964 – Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival, showing off his new originals-only singer/songwriter image rather than the Dustbowl Orphan of yore. The reviews are not great. 1964 – A riot breaks out when the Rolling Stones play the English city of Blackpool, contributing to their bad-boys-of-rock image. 1965 – At the Newport Folk Festival today, Bob Dylan performs “All I Really Wanna Do” at an afternoon workshop. The following day he scandalises the festival when he makes his electric debut. 1967 - Jefferson Airplane received their first Gold record for their second album Surrealistic Pillow. 1972 – The No. 1 record in the U.K. is T. Rex’s “Get It On.” 1977: Led Zeppelin performed their final concert in the U.S. at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland. Rick Derringer & Judas Priest was the opening acts. 1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, George Burns, and the Bee Gees, opens in New York. The reviews are not great. 1980 – Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra announces he will run for mayor of San Francisco. He comes fourth. 1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. 1990 – The case against Judas Priest opens in Reno, Nev. The band members are accused of planting subliminal messages in their album Stained Class that led two young fans to attempt suicide. The group is later cleared of wrongdoing. 1998 – It is announced that Aerosmith will postpone the first 13 dates of its 50-date U.S. tour following a freak gas station fire that leaves drummer Joey Krammer with second degree burns. 1999 - Phil Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey in Switzerland. Some of the wedding guests included Eric Clapton, Elton John & Mark Knopfler. They would later divorce in 2007. 2003 – The film Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan as an enigmatic rock performer, opens in New York 2005 – Patrick Sherry, vocalist of up and coming West Yorkshire rock band, Bad Beat Revue, died today Sherry leapt towards the crowd at the end of the bands set and tried to grab a lighting rig from the ceiling but missed and hit the floor. Does this qualify as a Darwin Award winner.

Today in rock history 23rd July

1950 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Blair Thornton is born in Vancouver, British Columbia. 1955 – Chess Records releases “Maybellene,” the first single by a guitarist called Chuck Berry. 1963 – Neil Young participates in his first recording session in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 1964 – The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965 – Awlright! Guitar god and top-hat lover Slash is born today in Stoke-on-Trent 1965 – The Kinks storm through “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1966 – Prime Minister Harold Wilson personally reopens The Cavern Club in Liverpool, 1971 – The Rolling Stones and Brian Jones’ father sue former manager Allen Klein for $29 million, alleging that he mismanaged the band’s funds. 1977 – Judas Priest begins its first U.S. tour in Oakland, Calif., as the opening act for Led Zeppelin. 1977 – It’s a rock-promoter rumble between the forces of Led Zep manager Peter Grant and Bill Graham. Grant, Zep’s John Bonham, and two others are arrested after fighting with three of Graham’s employees at the Oakland Coliseum. The Zep crew pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges and later settles a lawsuit out of court. 1980 – Keith Godchaux, former keyboardist of the Grateful Dead, dies in an auto wreck at the age of 32 1987 – The surviving Beatles sue EMI-Capitol, demanding $40 million in back royalties and the right to own their recordings. 1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first-ever solo tour with the All-Starr Band, featuring Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, and Clarence Clemons. 1992 – Bruce Springsteen begins a solo world tour at New Jersey’s Brendan Byrne Arena. 1993 – Nirvana plays a surprise show at the New Music Seminar at Roseland in New York City. The band showcases songs from its yet to be released album, “In Utero.” 1998 – It is announced that Iron Maiden will have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. dates due to throat troubles for vocalist Blaze Bayley, whose doctor advises him not to sing for one month. 2003 – Weezer begin working with producer Rick Rubin on the follow-up to Maladroit. Guitarist Brian Bell says expect “more textures.” 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager Bobby Thomson dies in his sleep prior to Ozzfest’s Detroit stop. 2004 – Courtney Love turns herself in at a Los Angeles police station. The grunge princess became a wanted woman after failing to appear at arraignment to respond to a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon. 2004 – Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour kicks off in Cincinnati. Among the performers in the package jaunt are Snoop Dogg, Korn, the Used, Less Than Jake, Ghostface and Funeral for a Friend.

Today in rock history 22nd July

1944 – Richard Davies of Supertramp is born. 1947 – Drummer Don Henley of the Eagles is born in Gilmer, Texas. 1965 -Mick Jagger, Brian Jones & Bill Wyman were fined 5 pounds each for urinating on the wall of a gas station in East Ham, England. 1967 - Vanilla Fudge made their live debut at the Village Theatre in New York City on a bill with The Byrds. 1968 – The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” album is released. 1972 - The Who released “Join Together” which went on to reach number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. 1972 - Paul & Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden on charges of drug possession. 1983 - Dire Straits began a two night stand at London’s Hammersmith Odeon where they recorded & filmed their first live album & concert video Alchemy: Dire Straits Live which was released the following year. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel. The song is the first single from Gabriel’s album “So.” 1996 – Now Slayer just doesn’t seem to be the sort of band you’d ever accuse of being satanic. But that’s just what the angry parents of a murdered girl in California say. In their lawsuit against Slayer and American Recordings, they claim three boys were incited to kill Elyse Pahler through the group’s lyrics. 1998 – Raimundo Amador, Spain’s premier exponent of gypsy flamenco-blues, records a live album alongside his idol, B.B. King, in front of a capacity audience of 20,000 at Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring. 2005 – The Doors drummer John Densmore wins a ruling that keeps the other two surviving members – Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger – from using the band’s name as part of their oldies act, The Doors of the 21st Century.

Friday, 21 July 2017

Today in rock history 21st July

1947 – Cat Stevens (Steven Georgiou) is born in London 1955 - Howie Epstein-bassist for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers is born today 1956 – Billboard dubs Elvis Presley “the most controversial entertainer since Liberace.” 1956 – Johnny Cash goes to No. 1 on the country chart with “I Walk the Line.” 1961 – Big Jim Martin, the scary-looking guitarist with Faith No More, is born in Oakland, Calif. 1969 – The Who release their single “I’m Free” from Tommy. It goes to No. 37. 1971 – Jesus Christ Superstar mania seizes Pittsburgh. An audience of 13,000 packs the Civic Arena to see a special performance of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical. 1973 – Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin crash into the album top 20 with Love, Devotion, Surrender. 1977 – In Tucson, Ariz., Linda Ronstadt joins the Rolling Stones onstage to perform “Tumbling Dice.” 1987 – Paul McCartney finishes recording Russian-language versions of rock ‘n’ roll songs for his Soviet Union-only release Choba B CCCP. 1990 – The BBC issues an apology after one of its radio stations broadcasts a profanity-laden Madonna live performance. 1990 – Former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters stages a production of his rock opera, The Wall, in Berlin 1993 – Bob Dylan films the video for “Blood in My Eyes” in North London. 1996 – In North Carolina, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil allegedly belts a fan trying to take his photograph. He’s arrested. 1998 – Scott Weiland is arrested again on a felony warrant in Los Angeles. Weiland posts the $250,000 bail and is released the next morning. Weiland’s court appearances stem from a September ’97 arrest, which alleged two charges of felony possession of heroin and misdemeanor possession of a hypodermic needle. 1998 – The Beastie Boys begin touring in support of their fifth release, “Hello Nasty,” at Seattle’s Key Arena. It is their first headlining tour since 1995’s “Quadrophonic Joystick” tour. 2003 – Dead Kennedys vocalist Brandon Cruz leaves the California punk legends to spend more time with his family. 2003 – Iron Maiden kick off their Give Me ‘Ed … ‘Til I’m Dead tour in Worcester, Mass., with Motorhead and Dio 2004 – Black Sabbath remove images from a film that plays during their Ozzfest set associating George W. Bush with Hitler after drummer Bill Ward posts his disapproval on his Web site. 2005 – British R&B artist “Long John” Baldry dies in Vancouver after battling a chest infection for four months. He is 64. 2007 - Don Arden, the man once dubbed “the Al Capone of pop”, father of Sharon Osbourne & manager of acts such as The Small Faces, Black Sabbath, & Electric Light Orchestra died of Alzheimer’s disease in Beverly Hills. He was 81 years old.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Today in rock history 20th July

1945 – John Lodge, bassist and songwriter for the Moody Blues, is born in Birmingham 1947 – Carlos Santana is born in Autlan de Navarro, Mexico 1952 - Jay Jay French-guitarist for Twisted Sister is born today 1956 – Paul Cook, drums, Sex Pistols, is born 1963 – The Rolling Stones play the Wisbech Corn Exchange in England, their biggest venue yet. 1964 – Chris Cornell, frontman for megagroups Soundgarden and Audioslave is born in Seattle, Wash 1965 – Bob Dylan releases “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single becomes his first major hit, reaching No. 2. 1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis kicks off his first English tour since he was hounded out of the country for being married to his 13-year-old cousin in May 1958. 1968 – Jane Asher announces that Paul McCartney has broken off their engagement. 1974 – The Doobie Brothers play England’s Knebworth Festival with the Allman Brothers and Van Morrison. 1974 – The Ramones decide to make their drummer Joey Ramone the lead vocalist. 1979 – Electric Light Orchestra takes out advertisements dedicating the release of “Don’t Bring Me Down” to Skylab. 1982 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor. The song is the theme from the film “Rocky III.” 1986 – To celebrate his 39th birthday, Carlos Santana plays a reunion concert with the original members of his band. 1986 – Van Halen manager Ed Leffler is beaten up by an unknown assailant in a Dallas hotel elevator. 1996 – Kim Thayil of Soundgarden is arrested for assault and then later released after playing on the Lollapalooza ’96 tour stop in N. Carolina. 2003 – Elvis’ Tooth Goes on Sale on Ebay 2004 – The Best of Both Worlds (Van Halen) is released 2008 – John Lydon denied claims by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party that he was racially abused and attacked by a member of the Sex Pistols’ entourage at a music festival in Barcelona. 2010 - Ozzy Osbourne and Tony Iommi issued a joint statement that Osbourne’s lawsuit the previous year over ownership of the Black Sabbath name was amicably resolved.

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Today in rock history 19th July

1946 – Alan Gorrie of Average White Band is born in Perth, Scotland. 1947 - Bernie Leadon-guitarist for Eagles born 1947 – Queen guitar king Brian May is born in Twickenham 1948 – Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux (1973-79) is born in San Francisco. 1952 - Allen Collins-guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd born this very day 1963 – Another setback for the still-struggling Rolling Stones. On their way to perform at the coming-out party of the daughter of an English lord, Brian Jones falls ill. The Stones have to cancel and Mick Jagger will have to wait a decade to hobnob with royalty. 1969 – Having just turned 28, Spencer Davis decides to break up the Spencer Davis Group. 1973 – Byrds guitarist Clarence White is buried after being killed by a drunk driver. He was 29. 1974 – David Bowie wraps up his tour supporting Diamond Dogs in New York. 1976 – Deep Purple split up for the first time 1980 – Production of The Elephant Man starring David Bowie opens in Denver. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Invisible Touch,” Genesis. 1986 - Van Halen headlined the Texas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Other acts on the bill included Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Loverboy, Dio & Krokus. 1991 – Drummer Steve Adler files suit in Los Angeles against his former band, Guns N’ Roses. The 26-year-old claims band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program. 1999 – “Weird Al” Yankovic kicks off his Running With Scissors tour in Green Bay 2000 – Creed accuse Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst “of a mobster mentality” in his bid to get TapRoot signed to his label, Interscope. 2003 – The troubled Lollapalooza tour with Jane’s Addiction and Audioslave cancels an upstate New York date, citing rising production costs. 2006 – Thom Yorke has more reasons to be unhappy. The Radiohead frontman’s solo disc The Eraser debuts at No. 2 in the U.S. album charts, right below hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music.

Today in rock history 18th July

1929 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – one of rock’s original showmen – is allegedly born on this date in Cleveland. 1939 – Singer Dion (Dion DiMucci) is born in the Bronx, N.Y. 1950 – Golden Earring drummer Cesar Zuiderwijk is born in the Hague, Netherlands. 1960 – It’s reported that Elvis has taken out a mortgage on Graceland for $164,000. 1964 – The Rolling Stones get their first U.K. No. 1 with “It’s All Over Now.” 1966 – Bobby Fuller of the Bobby Fuller Four (“I Fought the Law”) dies at age 23. 1968 – The Grateful Dead release Anthem of the Sun. Their second album fails to chart. 1969 – Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band make their first appearance on The Dick Cavett Show. 1970 – Pink Floyd and Deep Purple play a free concert at London’s Hyde Park that attracts an audience of 20,000. 1972 – Boston Mayor Kevin White helps get Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones out of jail in Warwick, R.I., so they can make their performance at the Boston Garden. The two were arrested for getting into a scuffle with a Providence, R.I., photographer. 1973 – Jethro Tull sell out three nights at the Los Angeles Forum in one-and-a-half hours. 1978- Def Leppard made their live debut at Westfield School in Sheffield, England in front of 150 students. 1981- The Texas Jam was held at the Astrodome in Houston. The lineup included REO Speedwagon, Heart, Foghat & Blue Oyster Cult. 1988 – Nico – smack-addicted former lead singer with the Velvet Underground and the very model of a doomed diva – dies after falling off her bicycle in Ibiza. 1988 – A California court upholds an earlier decision clearing Ozzy Osbourne’s song “Suicide Solution” of being responsible for a teenager taking his own life in 1984. 1989 – Jefferson Airplane re-form. Paul Kantner, Marty Balin, and Grace Slick are joined by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Cassady, who left the Airplane to play with Hot Tuna. 1994 – Singer Dolores O’Riordan of the Cranberries marries Don Burton in Ireland. 1994 – The Rolling Stones play a secret gig in a Toronto nightclub for their fans. 2006 – Pamela Anderson tells her Web site that she’s become engaged to Kid Rock – for a second time. 2007- Sting was ordered to pay his former chef $50,000 after being sued for sexual discrimination for being fired because she was pregnant.

Monday, 17 July 2017

Today in rock history 17th July

1939 – Spencer Davis, he of the Spencer Davis Group, is born in Swansea, Wales. 1949 – Bassist Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath is born in Birmingham 1949 – Mick Tucker, who only could have played drums for Sweet with a name like that, is born in Harlesden, England. 1968 – The full-length animated film “Yellow Submarine,” with songs by the Beatles, premieres in London. 1972 – In Montreal, a bomb destroys several speaker cones inside an equipment truck belonging to the touring Rolling Stones. The musical terrorist responsible remains at large. 1974 – The Moody Blues open the first quadraphonic studio in London. 1974 – The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service orders John Lennon to leave the country within 60 days. 1975 – Ringo Starr divorces his wife, Maureen Cox. 1979 – Guitarist Gary Moore leaves Thin Lizzy, to be replaced by future Ultravox member and “Do They Know It’s Christmas” songwriter Midge Ure. 1987 – Keith Richards signs with Virgin Records as a solo artist 1987 – The Ozzy Osbourne Band started a 16-week tour of US prisons. 1991 – The revamped Lynyrd Skynyrd launch their latest world tour in Baton Rouge, La. 1994 – In Pontiac, Mich., Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley make a surprise appearance at a Kiss convention. But while browsing the stalls, they discover Kiss costumes stolen from them more than a decade ago. 1996 – Chas Chandler, the Animals bassist who became Jimi Hendrix’s manager, dies in England at age 58. 1996 – Smashing Pumpkin Jimmy Chamberlin is fired from the band. A week earlier the drummer had been arrested on drug-possession charges in connection with the fatal overdose of touring keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin. 2000 – British vocalist Paul Young, who sang with Mike And The Mechanics and Sad Cafe, dies of a heart attack in Cheshire, 2006 – Hunky Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro and teen fantasy Carmen Electra announce they are splitting after three years of marriage. Their beautiful division is described as “amicable.” 2011 – The main stage at Ottawa Bluesfest collapsed during a Cheap Trick concert as a severe thunderstorm sent the musicians and thousands of fans running for cover.

Today in rock history 16th July

1952 – Stewart Copeland of the Police is born in Alexandria, Egypt. 1966 – Eric Clapton forms Cream with bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. 1968 – Big Brother & the Holding Company and Sly & the Family Stone open the Fillmore West, the new name given to San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom since Bill Graham took over. 1969 – On TV tonight, it’s a meeting of the minds as Janis Joplin appears on The Dick Cavett Show. 1969 – The Who release their single “I’m Free” from Tommy. It goes to No. 37. 1973 – NBC broadcasts David Bowie’s TV special 1976 – The Allman Brothers Band splits up. 1980 – No Nukes, a documentary film on the benefit concerts of the same name starring Bruce Springsteen and James Taylor, premieres in New York. 1981 – Harry Chapin dies in an auto accident in Jericho, N.Y., while on his way to play a benefit performance. 1983 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Every Breath You Take,” The Police. 1984 – Roger Waters kicks off his Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour with Eric Clapton in Stockholm. 1992 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts walks off the set of Late Night With David Letterman with his quintet after a disagreement with the show’s producer. 1993 – Bob Dylan has to cancel a show in Lyon, France, due to his bad back. 1993 – In Buenos Aires, a judge throws out a case of drug possession involving Guns N’ Roses. The “drugs” were in fact just vitamins. 1996 – Drummer John Panozzo dies at the age of 49 this day in rock. John was the drummer for the band Styx. 2002 – Dave Matthews Band release Busted Stuff, whose songs date from bootlegged sessions held with producer Steve Lillywhite prior to the release of 2001’s Everyday. 2003 – Santana wraps up his Supernatural tour and donates $2 million to help conquer the AIDS crisis in South Africa. 2003 – Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde blocks traffic with fellow PETA protesters in front of a Paris Kentucky Fried Chicken. They also cover the restaurant’s windows in red blood. Hynde is taken into police custody and released about an hour later. 2007 – The White Stripes played their ‘shortest live show ever’ at George Street, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. Jack White played a single C# note accompanied by a bass drum/crash cymbal hit from Meg. At the end of the show, Jack announced, “We have now officially played in every province and territory in Canada.” 2012 - Deep Purple keyboardist Jon Lord died after suffering a pulmonary embolism at the London Clinic. He was 71 years old.

Today in rock history 15th July

1949 – Producer Trevor Horn is born in Hertfordshire, 1952 – New York Dolls guitarist Johnny Thunders is born in Leesburg, Fla. 1956 – Joseph “Satch” Satriani is born 1956 – Born on this day, Ian Curtis, guitar, vocals, Warsaw, Joy Division, 1958 – John Lennon’s mother, Julia, dies in a road accident in Liverpool, England, thereby providing the young songwriter with plenty of angst-ridden solo material. 1963 – Paul McCartney is busted for speeding and fined 17 pounds for the offense. 1967 – Jefferson Airplane and the Doors perform at the Anaheim Civic Center in California. Jim Morrison behaves himself. 1968 – Creedence Clearwater Revival release their self-titled debut album. 1970 – Creedence Clearwater Revival release their very popular fifth album, Cosmo’s Factory. 1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mama Told Me Not to Come,” Three Dog Night. The song is written by Randy Newman. 1971 – Yoko Ono appears at the London department store Selfridges, where she signs copies of her book Grapefruit. John Lennon turns up to lend a wrist. 1973 – A depressed Ray Davies, balancing a beer can on his head, announces he is retiring from music during a Kinks concert at London’s White City Stadium. 1974 – Elton John re-signs with MCA. Elton will receive $8 million for delivering his next five albums to the record label, including Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. 1989 – Pink Floyd perform in Venice on a floating stage. Seems like a good idea. But the 200,000 people who gather to see them end up causing damage to the city’s bridges and make marble crumble from centuries-old buildings. 1994 – Phil Collins, whose songs like “In the Air Tonight” dwelled on the breakup of his first marriage, announces that he’s divorcing his latest wife, Jill. 1999 – The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir marries his lady Natasha. 1999 – Opening night of Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s North American reunion tour. 1999 – Rock drummer Tommy Lee is congratulated by a judge for abstaining from drugs and alcohol while on probation for spousal abuse. 2002 – Sir Paul McCartney was named the highest-earning music star of the year so far after selling tickets worth £33.9m during his recent US tour. 2004 – U2 called in police after thieves nicked a copy of the bands latest album ‘Vertigo’. The CD was stolen during a photo shoot with the band in the south of France. 2006 – Avril Lavigne is married to sweetheart Deryck Whibley of Sum 41 in Montecito, California. 2007 – The UK music industry reacted angrily at a decision to give away ‘Planet Earth’ the new album by Prince as a ‘covermount’ with the Mail on Sunday newspaper.

Friday, 14 July 2017

Today in rock history 14th July

1912 – Folk singer Woody Guthrie (Woodrow Wilson Guthrie) is born. 1967 – The Who begins its first U.S. tour, opening for Herman’s Hermits. 1968 – Promoter Bill Graham leaves the Fillmore Auditorium to take over San Francisco’s Carousel Ballroom. Electric Flag and Blue Cheer play the final Fillmore concerts. 1969 – At the Mississippi River Rock Festival, the Band find themselves upstaged when their boss, Bob Dylan, joins them on stage for three songs. He’s introduced as “Elmer Johnson.” 1977 – Elvis Costello played the first gig with his new band, The Attractions, less than a week after quitting his day job at Elizabeth Arden. 1980 – Former Beatles and Stones manager Allen Klein begins a two-month jail sentence for cheating on his tax return. 1982 – Alan Parker’s film Pink Floyd’s The Wall premieres at the Leicester Square Empire in London. 1987 – Steve Miller is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1989 – Alice Cooper releases his comeback single “Poison.” It later goes to No. 7, his biggest hit since 1972’s “School’s Out.” 1992 – Megadeth release their fifth album Countdown to Extinction, which becomes their most successful record to date – peaking at No. 2 in the Billboard album charts. 1992- Motley Crue began writing & rehearsing with their new singer John Corabi. Their first and only album with Corabi was released in March of 1994. 2007 – A pair of glasses worn by former Beatle John Lennon sparked a bidding war after being offered for sale online. The circular sunglasses were worn by Lennon during the Beatles 1966 tour of Japan, where the band played some of their last ever live dates. 2011 - Triumph had a street named after them in their hometown of Mississauga, ON. The dedication of Triumph Lane was attended by all three members of the group. 2012 – Bruce Springsteen with Paul McCartney performs in London’s Hyde Park and gets the plug pulled.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Today in rock history 13th July

1942 – Drummer Stephen Jo Bladd of the J. Geils Band is born in Boston. 1942 - Roger McGuinn-singer & guitarist for The Byrds born today 1955 – Twisted Sister bassist, Mark Mendoza born today 1957 – Elvis tops the English charts for the first time with “All Shook Up.” 1962 – Bob Dylan signs a deal with the music publisher Witmark. 1967 – Herman’s Hermits kick off their North American tour in Calgary, Alberta. With The Who opening up for them 1968 – Steppenwolf release “Born to Be Wild” to the delight of bikers everywhere. The lyrics are responsible for the term “heavy metal.” 1968: Black Sabbath performed their first concert at a blues club in Birmingham, U.K. At the time of this performance they were known as Earth. 1969 – New York’s Flushing Meadows Singer Bowl plays host to a festival that sees sets from the Jeff Beck Group, Vanilla Fudge, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After, and Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin literally play a set that no one can follow, and Vanilla Fudge pull out of the lineup rather than try to top the heavy metal quartet. During the Jeff Beck Group’s set, John Bonham strips off his clothes and has to be bundled off stage. The evening ends with various musicians performing “Jailhouse Rock.” 1973 – Queen release their self-titled debut album. 1974 – Eric Clapton releases his hit version of “I Shot the Sheriff.” 1978 – The BBC bans the Sex Pistols song “No One Is Innocent.” 1981 – Bob Dylan gives a press conference in Denmark after having seen an interview with an imposter in a Danish newspaper. He answers questions for two hours. 1984 – The Jacksons’ Victory tour reaches Dallas, where Eddie Van Halen joins Michael Jackson on stage to perform “Beat It.” 1985: Live Aid, spearheaded by Bob Geldof to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia was held in London’s Wembley Stadium and Philadelphia’s JFK Stadium. Performers included Sting, U2, Dire Straits, Queen, David Bowie, The Who, Elton John, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Bryan Adams, Neil Young and Led Zeppelin. 1991: Bryan Adams went to number one for a record 16 weeks on the U.K. singles chart with “(Eveything I Do) I Do It for You” a record that still stands to this day. 1993 – At the All-Star baseball game in Baltimore, Rush’s Geddy Lee treats the audience to his interpretation of “Oh Canada.” 2002 – Oasis, Gomez, No Doubt, Starsailor, Foo Fighters, Chemical Brothers and Green Day all appeared at this years two day T In The Park Festival at Kinross, Scotland. 2004 – New York Dolls bassist Arthur Kane dies in Los Angeles due to complications from leukemia. He is 55. 2006 – Evanescence’s Amy Lee reveals that bassist William Boyd is the latest musician to leave her multi-platinum band 2007 – Rod Stewart collected his CBE from Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace.

Today in rock history 12th July

1943 - Christine McVie-keyboardist and singer for Fleetwood Mac is born 1950 - Eric Carr-drummer for Kiss is born 1952 – Bassist Phil Kramer of Iron Butterfly is born in Youngstown, Ohio. 1954 – Elvis Presley signs his first recording contract (Sun Records) and quits his job as a truck driver. 1962 – The Rolling Stones make their performing debut at the Marquee Club in London. 1969 – Blind Faith makes its live debut in the United States at Madison Square Garden in New York. 1970 – A solo Janis Joplin plays her first gig backed by the Full Tilt Boogie Band in Louisville, Ky. 1979 – Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joins Whitesnake 1992 – Police arrest Guns N’ Roses lead singer Axl Rose at New York’s Kennedy Airport on charges related to a 1991 incident at a concert in St. Louis. The singer is said to have started a melee by diving into a crowd during the Guns N’ Roses concert. 1999 – Limp Bizkit frontman and Interscope senior executive Fred Durst is arrested in St. Paul, Minn. after allegedly kicking a local security guard in the head during the band’s show at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. 2000 -A statue honouring John Lennon is unveiled in London. The sculpture is of a handgun with a knotted barrel. 2003 –Rob Halford announces he’s rejoining Judas Priest for a new album and tour – their first together in 13 years. 2005 – Veteran rock group INXS emerges from the land down under with a new record deal and a very public search for a new singer. The band launches their reality show, Rock Star: INXS, to replace late frontman Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997. 2012 – The Rolling Stones release “The Rolling Stones: 50″ Photo album 2012 – Steven Tyler, Aerosmith, quits‘American Idol’ for the following season,saying he wants to dedicate himself to his band. “I strayed from my first love, Aerosmith, and I’m back,”

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Today in rock history 11th July

1960 – Richie Sambora, guitar god with Bon Jovi and owner of a great set of teeth, is born in New Jersey. 1969 – Led Zeppelin play at Laurel Pop Festival 1969 – David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” album is released 1979 – Los Angeles’ Bruin Theatre hosts the premiere of Rust Never Sleeps, a concert film directed by Neil Young. 1987 – Heart are at the top the American singles charts with their ballad, “Alone.” 1995 – R.E.M.’s Mike Mills becomes yet another rock casualty on the ill-fated Monster tour. He undergoes abdominal surgery while the band is in Germany. 1998 – MTV airs “Beastiography,” a special profiling the Beastie Boys. 1999 - Iron Maiden kicked off their first tour in six years with Bruce Dickinson singing for them at the Harbour Station in St. John, NB. 1999 – Limp Bizkit started a three week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Significant Other’ the bands first US No.1. 2000 - Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich & The Byrds’ guitarist Roger McGuinn testified at a U.S. Senate hearing over copyright law issues concerning songs being downloaded for free on the internet. 2002 – The funeral of The Who’s bass player John Entwistle took place at a church in The Cotswolds. More than 200 mourners filed into the 12th century church of St Edward in Stow-on-the-wold 2004 – Lenny Kravitz, Avril Lavigne, Jamelia, Alanis Morisette, Nelly Furtado, The Corrs and Lionel Richie all play the Prince’s Trust concert held in London’s Hyde Park. 2013 – Sammy Hagar’s new album has such great talent as, Neal Schon, Joe Satriani, Nancy Wilson.

Monday, 10 July 2017

Rock Talk – Jimmy Page

Part 1 1. Led Zeppelin – Nobody’s fault but mine 2. Led Zeppelin – That’s the way 3. Led Zeppelin – The ocean 4. Led Zeppelin – Thank you Part 2 1. Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve been loving you 2. Led Zeppelin – Achilles last stand 3. Led Zeppelin – Dancing days 4. Led Zeppelin – D’yer maker

Timesweep 8th July

Part 1 Back to 1971 1. T-Rex – Jeepster 2. Curved Air – Back street luv 3. Santana – Black magic woman 4. Badfinger – Day after day 5. Jethro Tull – Aqualung Part 2 1. Black Sabbath – Iron man 2. David Bowie – Oh you pretty things 3. Redbone – Witch queen of New Orleans 4. Janis Joplin – Mercedes Benz 5. CCS – Walking 6. The Who – Won’t get fooled again Part 3 Mornings 1. The Beatles – Good morning, good morning 2. Alice Cooper Band – Sun arise 3. Joni Mitchell – Chelsea morning 4. The Eagles – Tequila sunrise 5. Frankie Miller – Be good to yourself 6. Free – A little bit of love Part 4 This week in rock history 1. Steppenwolf – Born to be wild 2. Steve Miller Band – Rock ‘n’ me 3. Pink Floyd – Learning to fly Part 5 1. John Lennon – Jealous guy 2. Kiss – Dr love 3. Ozzy Osbourne – Goodbye to love Part 6 This week’s birthdays 1. ACDC – Touch too much 2. Dio – Rainbow in the dark 3. Bon Jovi – Bad medicine 4. The Byrds – My back pages 5. Spencer davis Group – Gimme some loving Part 7 1. Yes – Owner of a lonely heart 2. New York Dolls – Personality crisis 3. Joe Satriani – Surfing with the alien 4. UFO – Only you cn rock me Part 8 1976 1. The Rolling Stones – It’s only rock and roll 2. Queen – Somebody to love Part 9 Whiskey and hard drinking 1. George Thoroughgood & The Destroyers – One whiskey, one scotch, one beer 2. ZZ Top – Whiskey and momma 3. Thin Lizzy – Whiskey in the jar Part 10 1. The Doors – Alabama song (whiskey bar) 2. Kiss – Cold gin 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Whiskey rock and roller Part 11 An Eagles double shot 1. The Eagles- The last resort 2. The Eagles – New kid in town 3. Stephen Stills – Love the one you’re with

Brit Rock 8th July

1. Primal Scream – Country girl 2. Muse – Supermassive black hole 3. My Chemical Romance – Welcome to the black parade 4. Blue October – Hate me 5. Chris Cornell – You know my name 6. Fall Out Boy – Dance dance 7. Killit – Shut it down 8. INXS – Heaven sent 9. Royal Blood – Lights out 10 Foo Fighters – My hero 11. Iron Maiden – Blood brothers 12.Marillion – Assasin 13. Dio – The last in line 14.Motorhead – Killed by deth 15.Don Henley – The boys of summer 16.The Scorpions – Still loving you 17.Foreigner – That was yesterday 18.Chicago – Along comes a woman 19.Queen – Hammer to fall 20.Deep Purple – Perfect strangers 21. Genesis – That’s all 22.Nightrider – Sister Christian Hour three is country rock 1. The Eagles – Take it easy 2. America – Horse with no name 3. Steve Earle – Copperhead road 4. Johnny Cash – Ring of fire 5. Gordon Lightfoot – Sundown 6. The Byrds – Chestnut mare 7. The Band – Rag mama rag 8. Bobby Gentry – Ode to Billie Joe 9. The Monkees – Listen to the band 10. Poco – Rose of Cimmaron 11. Alison Moorer – Send down an angel 12. Chely Wright – Shut up and drive 13. Johnny Cash – Folsom prison blues 14.Glen Campbell – Walls

Today in rock history 10th July

1949 – Ronnie James Dio is born in Portsmouth, N.H. 1952 – Memphis producer and Sun Studios owner Sam Phillips records the last of five sessions with bluesman Howlin’ Wolf. 1954 – Memphis’ WHBQ plays Elvis Presley’s “That’s All Right (Mama)” for the first time. 1964 – An estimated 200,000 people lines the route the Beatles take to a civic reception in Liverpool, England, where their film A Hard Day’s Night has its premiere in the North of England. 1965 – The Rolling Stones have their first American No. 1 with “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” 1966 – On The Ed Sullivan Show tonight, Ed plays host to those naughty Rolling Stones. 1968 – After they burn an American flag onstage, the Nice (“America”) are banned from London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1969 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones is buried in the Priory Road Cemetery in Cheltenham, England, following a funeral attended by the Rolling Stones minus Mick Jagger, who is in Australia filming Ned Kelly. 1972 – Harry Nilsson releases his Son of Schmilsson album, featuring contributions from George Harrison and Ringo Starr. 1975 – Cher files for divorce from Gregg Allman a mere 10 days after they were married. 1979 – Chuck Berry is sentenced to four months in jail for income tax evasion. 1984 – Huey Lewis & the News sing the national anthem at the All-Star baseball game In San Francisco. 1986 – Jerry Garcia slips into a diabetic coma. 1993 – Bob Seger marries Juanita Doricott. 1994 – Guitarist Scott Ian of Anthrax marries Debbie Leavitt. 1997 – Chrissie Hynde marries Lucho Brieva, an artist from Colombia who is 14 years her junior.

Today in rock history 9th July

1946 – Bon (Ronald Belford) Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, is born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. 1966 – The Troggs’ “Wild Thing” enters the top 40. 1971 – Jim Morrison is buried in Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetery, his family having disowned him. The often-vandalized grave becomes a shrine for fans. 1972 – Paul McCartney’s Wings makes its concert debut in Chateauvillon, France. It is McCartney’s first live performance since the breakup of the Beatles. 1978 – The Rolling Stones drop in on Chicago’s Quiet Knight club to jam with hero Muddy Waters. 1990 – After complaining of an inflamed finger at a Glasgow, Scotland, concert, Keith Richards discovers the digit has gone septic. 1996 – For the first time, Deep Purple play “Smoke on the Water” in the Swiss city that inspired the tune. The band wrote “Smoke on the Water” after surviving a nightclub fire in Montreux. 1998 – Scott Weiland misses his second court date, stemming from drug possession charges earlier in the year. 1999 – The marriage between Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall is annulled in an English court. 2001 – James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of hard rock act Metallica, checks himself into an undisclosed rehab facility “to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions.” 2003 – The White Stripes guitarist/singer Jack White is in a car accident in his native Detroit, leaving him with a compound fracture to his left index finger. 2004 – Courtney Love is rushed to hospital in New York with what her lawyer calls “a gynecological medical condition.” 2006 – A plaque is stolen from Bon Scott’s grave in Western Australia on what would have been the late AC/DC frontman’s 60th birthday. 2010 – Slash featuring Myles Kennedy with special guest Fergie to perform at Sunset Strip Music Festival.

Today in rock history 8th July

1944 - Jaimoe Johanson,drummer for The Allman Brothers Band born 1954 – Producer Sam Phillips took an acetate recording of Elvis Presley singing ‘That’s All Right’ to Memphis radio station WHBQ DJ Dewey Phillips. 1956 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(We’re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock,” Bill Haley & His Comets. The song is the opening theme for the film “The Blackboard Jungle,” starring Glenn Ford and inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982. 1969: Marianne Faithfull collapsed due to a barbiturate overdose on the set of Ned Kelly after Mick Jagger told her their relationship was over and was sent to a Sydney hospital. She was later dropped from the movie. 1970 – Beck Hansen born today 1971: A mini riot broke out during a Mott the Hoople concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall, which caused the venue to temporarily ban rock concerts. 1984 – At Wembley Stadium, Bob Dylan is joined by U2’s Bono and Van Morrison. All three unite for a spin through “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue.” 2000 – Halfway into the first song of the band’s encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls losing his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stage and into the photographers’ pit. 2003 – A tooth and lock of hair reputedly belonging to Elvis Presley turns up for sale on eBay. 2003 – Canadian rockers Nickelback film the video to “Someday” with director Nigel Dick in their Vancouver hometown. 2003 – Upon the release of the 2003 UN Human Development report, U2 singer and campaigner Bono says he’s “about to bang a lot of dustbin lids” if the problem of global poverty is not addressed soon. 2003 – David Lee Roth releases Diamond Dave during the course of which he butchers – I mean, covers – The Doors’ “Soul Kitchen,” Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 was 9″ and The Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” 2004 – Scott Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots and lately of the chart-topping Velvet Revolver, is given three years probation after being found guilty of DUI in a Los Angeles court. 2004 – Mark Purseglove known as the world’s ‘biggest bootlegger’ was sentenced to 3 years 6 months jail by Blackfriars Crown Court. Purseglove had built up a £15 million pirate CD empire by bootlegging live concerts of some of the world’s biggest stars including The Beatles, David Bowie and Pink Floyd. 2010 – Bret Michaels’ doctors deny rumours that singer faked medical emergencies 2010 – Ozzy Osbourne has said he was against the idea of replacing Bob Daisley and Lee Kerslake’s work on his first two solo albums.

Today in rock history 7th July

1940 – Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) is born in Liverpool, 1957 – Elvis Presley scored his first UK No.1 with ‘All Shook Up’, 1962 – The Beatles played at Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, in Birkenhead. The show was a dance for the local golf club, the capacity of the hall was 450, but 500 people squeezed in to hear and see The Beatles. 1963 – The Rolling Stones made their UK TV debut when they appeared on ‘Thank Your Lucky Stars.’ Also appearing on the show was, Mickie Most, The Cadets, Helen Shapiro and Gordon Mills. The group made a total of 13 appearances on the show between 1963 and 1966. 1966 – The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Sunny Afternoon’, the group’s third and last UK No.1. 1967 – The Monkees open a national tour with little-known Jimi Hendrix as the opening act. 1968 – The Yardbirds finally call it quits, leading guitarist Jimmy Page to form the New Yardbirds in order to fulfill some tour commitments. The group, featuring Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones, becomes Led Zeppelin. 1969 – George Harrison recorded his new song ‘Here Comes the Sun’ with just two other Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr at Abbey Road in London. John Lennon was absent recovering from a car crash in Scotland. 1973 – Paul McCartney & Wings release “Live and Let Die.” 1978 – The Grateful Dead played the first of four nights at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. 1986 – David Lee Roth releases his first solo album, Eat ‘Em and Smile. Rolling Stone decides, “Roth seems to have taken up the challenge from replacement shouter Sammy Hagar to enter into a full-scale battle of the bozos.” 1986 – Bob Dylan performs a second gig with the Grateful Dead, joining them for three songs. 1995 – Rod Stewart’s jet is forced to land at Landvetter Gothenburg International Airport in Sweden after it collides with a bird. 2000 – Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield aggravates a chronic back injury before a show at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome. The band plays its scheduled sets on the Summer Sanitorium tour in Atlanta, Sparta, Ky., and Irving, Texas, with bassist Jason Newstead handling vocal chores on several songs 2003 – Godsmack cancel their European tour due to “a few projects with contractual deadlines that couldn’t be moved,” according to a spokesperson for the Boston rockers. 2004 – A judge rules that the independent Cleopatra Records label can release Hollywood Rose: The Roots of Guns N’ Roses, an album of early recordings and demos, over the objections of singer Axl Rose. 2006 – Pink Floyd co-founder Roger “Syd” Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes. 2007 – Ozzy Osbourne became the first artist to be honoured on Birmingham’s own Hollywood-style Walk of Fame. The singer, from Aston, told more than 1,000 fans on Broad Street that the brass paving star meant more to him that than any Hollywood accolade. 2007 - Twelve concerts took place around the world as part of Live Earth to raise awareness of global warming. These concerts took place in London, New York, Washington D.C., Sydney, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Kyoto, Hamburg, Rio de Janeiro, Shanghai, Rome and Antarctica. Some of the artists that performed included The Police, Roger Waters, Bon Jovi, Metallica, Cat Stevens & Spinal Tap 2010 – Paul McCartney celebrated Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday performing at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

Today in rock history 6th July

1925 – Rock `n’ roll pioneer Bill Haley (William John Clifton Haley Jr.) is born in Highland Park, a section of Detroit. 1949 - Mike Shrieve-drummer for Santana is born 1956 – Paul McCartney Meets John Lennon of The Quarry Men It was Saturday, July 6th, 1956 and John Lennon’s skiffle group, The Quarry Men, were playing Woolton Village Church Garden Fete. 1964 – A Hard Day’s Night premieres in London before Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon at the London Pavilion. The Beatles won’t get a chance to see the finished film until July 10. 1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” The Rolling Stones. It is the Stones’ first No. 1 single in the U.S. 1967 – Pink Floyd perform for the third time on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, promoting their successful “See Emily Play” single. 1973 – Queen release their debut single in the U.K., “Keep Yourself Alive.” 1976 – The Damned give their performance debut at the 100 Club in London. 1980 – 36 Ted Nugent fans are arrested for supposedly smoking pot and throwing bottles at the Gonzo Rocker’s Concert, in Hollywood, Fla. 1991 – Van Halen’s “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge’‘ debuts at No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s pop album chart. 1995 – A day after the Justice Department refuses to investigate Ticketmaster, Pearl Jam issues a statement saying they are “disappointed” in the result. 2002 – Jimmie Lee Robinson, a Chicago blues stalwart known for his pointed lyrics and storyteller’s sensibility is found dead in his car on Chicago’s southwest side. He is 71. 2003 – Skip Battin, former bassist for the Byrds and other notable country-rock bands of the ’70s and ’80s, dies near Palm Springs, Calif., of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. He is 69. 2003 – Eight people are struck by lightning before a Dave Matthews Band concert in East Troy, Wisconsin. 2004 – Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Tenacious D and Liz Phair play a Los Angeles fundraiser for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. 2005 – Live 8 organizer Bob Geldof becomes the first member of the Boomtown Rats to ever be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. 2012 – Celebrated American electric guitarist Eric Johnson kicks off his first ever solo UK tour.

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Today in rock history 5th July

1943 – The Band’s Robbie Robertson is born in Toronto. 1950 – Huey Lewis (Hugh Cregg III) is born in New York City. 1950 - Michael Monarch-guitarist for Steppenwolf is born this day 1954 – Elvis Presley invents rock ‘n’ roll as he, Scotty Moore, and Bill Black start messing around on a song called “That’s All Right” at Memphis’ Sun Studios. 1964 – David Jones (aka David Bowie) and the King Bees release the single “Liza Jane.” 1964 – The Irish band Them, featuring Van Morrison, record “Gloria.” 1966 – Chas Chandler goes to see Jimi Hendrix play at Cafe Wha? in New York’s Greenwich Village. The former Animal later tells Hendrix he should move to London in order to launch his career. 1968 – John Lennon sells his psychedelic Rolls Royce. 1968: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album which went on to peak at number fifty-two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart and sell one million copies in the U.S. 1969: The Who & Chuck Berry co-headlined the Pop Proms at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1969 – The Rolling Stones turn their free Hyde Park concert into a memorial service for Brian Jones, who died in his swimming pool on July 3. Jagger reads Shelley’s “Adonais” by way of tribute and the band releases thousands of butterflies over the crowd. Sadly, most of the insects had themselves expired. 1971 – A Led Zeppelin gig in Milan turns violent when police fire tear gas at the crowd. The band escapes unharmed, but numerous arrests are made and a roadie is hit in the head with a bottle. 1975 – Pink Floyd premiere their Wish You Were Here album in a performance that takes in fireworks, Spitfire planes flying overhead, and even a model plane that crashes into the stage. 1978 – EMI halts production of the Rolling Stones’ Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured complain about the use of their images in the cover art. 1988 – A movement to ban Grateful Dead concerts in the town of Oxford, Maine, crumbles after the protestors learn that they would have to ban concerts at the county fair too. 1989 – Rod Stewart is knocked unconscious after hitting his head onstage. 1990: Kiss had to cancel a scheduled concert in New Haven, CT due to Paul Stanley sustaining neck & back injuries in a car accident the previous day in Pelham, NY. 1995 – More than 100 Grateful Dead fans were hurt when a wooden deck collapsed at a campground lodge in Wentzville, Missouri. Hundreds of people were on or under the deck sheltering from heavy rain. More than 4,000 Deadheads were staying at the campground while attending Grateful Dead concerts in the St. Louis suburb. 1995 – Sorry, Pearl Jam. The Justice Department announces that it will not be investigating antitrust charges against Ticketmaster. 2005: Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, who’s seen Pink Floyd’s record sales go up after Live 8 suggested that all other Live 8 performers donate their royalties to charity.