Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Today in rock history 1st February

1937 – Born on this day, Ray Sawyer, vocals, Dr Hook. 1938 – Born on this day, Jimmy Carl Black, drums, Frank Zappa. 1950 – Born on this day, Mike Campbell, guitar, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. 1963 – 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg. 1967 – At Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles started work on a new song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’. 1968 – The Who kicked off their third North American tour at the Civic Auditorium San Jose, California 1969 – Born on this day, Patrick Wilson, Weezer 1971 - Ron Welty, drums, The Offspring is born today 1977 – The Sex Pistols began a European tour in Belgium. 1977 – The film “Genesis in Concert” premieres in London, with Princess Anne in attendance. 1980 – Uriah Heep kicked off their 19 date 10th Anniversary UK tour at Birmingham’s Odeon, supported by Girlschool. 1988 – The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together. 1992 – Nirvana’s album, “Nevermind” goes to the No. 1 spot on the Chart Toppers Album chart for the second time. 1995, Richey James guitarist with the Manic Street Preachers vanished leaving no clues to his whereabouts. He left The Embassy Hotel in London at 7am, leaving behind his packed suitcase. His car was found on the Severn Bridge outside Bristol, England sixteen days later. 1999 – Four hundred people were injured after an Australian concert by Marilyn Manson when he stormed off stage after being bombarded with missiles and abuse at the show. 2002 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club made their UK live debut when they appeared at Liverpool University. 2008 – US space agency Nasa announced that ‘Across the Universe’ by the Beatles was to become the first song ever to be beamed directly into space. 2009 – Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Working on a Dream’ his 16th studio album

Today in rock history 31st January

1946 – Born on this day, Terry Kath, guitarist with Chicago. 1951 – Born on this day, Phil Manzanera, guitar, Roxy Music. 1952 – Born on this day, Curley Smith, drums, Jo Jo Gunne. 1954 – Born on this day, Adrian Vandenburg, guitar, Whitesnake. 1956 – Johnny Rotten (John Lydon) of the Sex Pistols is born. 1964 – Born on this day, Jeff Hanneman, guitar, Slayer. 1967 – The Beatles spent a second day at Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, England to complete filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. 1967 – Born on this day, Chad Channing, Nirvana’s first drummer, left the band in 1990. Has since worked with The Methodists, East of the Equator and Redband. 1978 – Talking Heads made their UK TV debut on the ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’. 1978 – Blood, Sweat & Tears sax player Greg Herbert dies in Amsterdam from an accidental overdose at age 30. 1985 - John Fogerty performed in public for the first time in fourteen years in LA 1987 - Genesis peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Land of Confusion” which was their fourth top ten single in the U.S. 1998 – Jersey stalwarts Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Southside Johnny perform at the Come Together benefit concert. 2007 – Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign. 2011 – Ozzy, the madman of rock and reality TV star cancelled a Tour show in Reno, Nevada, Sunday night due to a “sudden illness,” reported concert promoter.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

Today in rock history 30th January

1942 – Marty Balin is born in Cincinnati 1947 – Steve Marriott, the singer with the Small Faces and Humble Pie, is born in Bow, London. 1951 – Phil Collins is born in London. Great with Genesis, awful on his own. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix Experience are filmed at London’s Saville Theatre to promote their next single. 1969 – The Beatles, with Billy Preston on organ, perform four songs on a London on Saville Road rooftop for the film “Let It Be.” Billy wrote and performed the Rhodes solo on “Get Back”. The set is halted after 42 minutes because an accountant at the nearby Royal Bank of Scotland complains about the noise. 1973 – Kiss gives its debut performance at the Coventry Club in Queens, N.Y. 1974 – Bob Dylan makes his first New York concert performance in eight years, playing Madison Square Garden. 1982 – Bluesman Sam “Lightnin”’ Hopkins dies. Age 69. The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and the Cowboy Junkies have covered his songs. 1990 – France awards Bob Dylan with the title Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. 1992 – Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the The Barton Theater in Adelaide. 1995 – Led Zeppelin receives the International Artists Award at the American Music Awards. 2005 – Cat Stevens – now known as Yusuf Islam – visits the tsunami-stricken Aceh province in Indonesia. The “Moonshadow” singer turned devout Muslim gives money to orphaned children in tent camps and prays at Banda Aceh’s central mosque.

Today in rock history 29th January

1947 – Singer David Byron of the rock band Uriah Heep is born in Essex. 1952 – Ramones drummer Tommy Ramone is born in Budapest, Hungary. 1961, Born on this day, Eddie Jackson, Queensryche. 1961 – Bob Dylan performs at Izzy Young’s Folklore Centre. That night he meets his hero Woody Guthrie at a friend’s house in East Orange, N.J. 1964 – In Paris, the Beatles record German versions of their hits, including “Komm, Gib Mir Deine Hand” and “Sie Liebt Dich.” 1967 – Over at London’s Saville Theatre, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, the Koobas, and the Thoughts perform. 1967 – At the end of tonight’s Sunday Night at the London Palladium, a British variety TV show, comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore appear with paper cut-outs of the Rolling Stones to wave at the audience from a revolving stage. The gag refers to the Rolling Stones refusal to take part in the traditional farewell during their appearance on the show last week. 1969 - Fleetwood Mac had their only UK No.1 single with the instrumental ‘Albatross.’ 1972 – The triple album ‘The Concert For Bangla Desh’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart. 1983 – Stevie Nicks marries Kim Anderson in Los Angeles. They split in 1984. 1991 – The Stone Roses attack the offices of their former record company, Revolver Records. During the fracas, Revolver Records MD Paul Birch, his girlfriend and his Mercedes are doused in paint by the English group, who are angry over the unauthorized re-release of their old material. 1999 – Hole are among the performers at the Big Day Out festival in Adelaide, Australia. However, their set is cut short when Courtney Love howls, “An Australian bug just bit me really hard. I’m not joking. I’m gonna die. 2006 – Bryan Adams plays for 10,000 screaming fans in Karachi, Pakistan to benefit earthquake relief. 2006 – Arctic Monkeys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their debut album ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not’.

Friday, 27 January 2017

Today in rock history 28th January

1943 – Guitarist Dick Taylor is born in Dartford, original bassist with the Rolling Stones. 1949 – Drummer Eddie Bayers, who has played with Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, is born. 1963 – The Rolling Stones record five tracks with producer Glyn Johns in their efforts to interest a label. 1965 – The Who appear on the British TV show Ready Steady Go! for the first time. An enthusiastic response for their performance of “I Can’t Explain” is assured, as managers Kit Lambert and Pete Stamp have packed the audience with their hardcore mod following. 1966 – The Cavern Club in Liverpool closes, having run up debts of 10,000 pounds. The club became world famous as one of the Beatles’ earliest venues. 1968 – Jim Morrison of The Doors was arrested and charged with public drunkenness after harassing a security guard at a Las Vegas adult movie theatre. 1969 – After the Beatles cut versions of “Get Back” and “Don’t Let Me Down” for single release, John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet Allen Klein for the first time at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 1978 – A fan asks Ted Nugent to sign his arm. With a Bowie knife. Nugent obliges. Controversy ensues. 1978 – The Fleetwood Mac album ‘Rumours’ went to No.1 on the UK album chart, also a No.1 in the US. 1982 – Jackson Browne and Lynne Sweeney have their first child, Ryan Daniel Browne. 1983 – The greatest British rock ‘n’ roller ever, Billy Fury, dies in a London hospital after collapsing at his home. He had suffered from heart trouble. 1985 – More than 40 artists gather at A&M’s Hollywood studios to record “We Are the World” under the collective name “USA for Africa." 1988 – To promote the latest leg of their Momentary Lapse of Reason tour, Pink Floyd float a giant inflatable bed down the Thames. 1994 – Paul and Linda McCartney attended the premiere of Wayne’s World II in London. The couple then went on to Hard Rock CafĂ©, where the film star Mike Myers presented them with a cheque for LIPA (the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts) for £25,000 ($42,500) from the sale of Linda’s vegetarian burgers. 1995 – Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page turns up at a Black Crowes show in London. Page plays with the band in Paris on February 4 and in 1999 they both embark on a world tour that ends when Page puts out his back. 2005 – Nickelback’s Ryan Vikedal, drummer with the Vancouver rockers since 1996, leaves the band. 2005 – Legendary rock drummer Jim Capaldi with U.K. folk-prog legends Traffic, dies after a brief fight with stomach cancer. He is 60-years-old. 2009 – Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida.

Today in rock history 27th January

1930 – The great blues singer Bobby “Blue” Bland is born in Rosemark, Tenn. 1945 – Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason is born in Birmingham, England. 1951 – Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey is born in Dublin. 1951 – J. Geils Band keyboardist Seth Justman is born in Washington, D.C. 1964 – The Rolling Stones appear on British television’s Juke Box Jury, where they pass judgment on that week’s single releases. 1967 – The Beatles sign a new, 9-year contract with EMI. 1968 – Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton is born in Eureka, Calif. 1971 – David Bowie arrives for his first visit to the U.S. He does not perform, but receives much publicity for wearing dresses in Texas and Louisiana. 1976 – David Bowie sues his former attorney, alleging that Michael Lippan took a 15 percent agent’s fee instead of the customary 10 percent. Bowie’s suit also claims that after his dismissal, Lippan withheld $475,000 in earnings from the singer. 1990 – In honor of one of its most famous sons, Gainesville, Fla., declares today Tom Petty Day. 1997 – At the American Music Awards, starchy crooner Pat Boone reveals his new “metal” direction, wearing leathers and a studded collar. His weekly Gospel America TV show is cancelled. Says Boone, “I’m not going to apologize; I’ve been one of the biggest squares of all time. Now I’m being judged like I used to judge these rockers, but God loves rockers too!” 2005 – R.E.M. are forced to cancel a gig for the first time since 1995 when their crew and gear is held at the Estonian/Russia border. The band were due to play St. Petersburg. 2011 –Police filed charges against the adoptive son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour on Thursday for his role in last month’s violent protest against the Government university fees policy.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Rock Talk - Fleetwood Mac

Part 1 1. Fleetwood Mac - You make loving fun 2. Fleetwood Mac - Say you love me 3. Stevie Nicks - Edge of seventeen 4. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams 5. Fleetwood Mac - Rhiannon Part 2 1. Fleetwood Mac - Don't stop 2. Fleetwood Mac - Oh well 3. Fleetwood Mac - Go your own way 4. Fleetwood Mac - I don't wanna know 5. Fleetwood Mac - Landslide 6. Fleetwood Mac - Tusk

Timesweep 28th January

Part 1 The law and law breakers 1. Judas Priest - Breaking the law 2. Eric Clapton - I shot the sheriff 3. Bobby Fuller 4 - I fought the law 4. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak 5. Saxon - Strong arm of the law 6. Eric Clapton - No alibis Part 2 Back to 1970 1. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Up around the bend 2. Badfinger - Come and get it 3. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Southern man 4. Black Sabbath - N.I.B. 5. Paul McCartney - Every night 6. The Beatles - The long and winding road Part 3 Films with rock sound tracks 1. Them - Baby please don't go 2. Paul McCartney & Wings - Live and let die 3. Strange Fruit - All over the world 4. ACDC - You shook me all night long Part 4 This week's birthdays 1. Tom Petty - Running down a dream 2. Dr Hook - Cover of the rolling stone 3. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Ohio 4. Guns 'N' Roses - November rain Part 5 1. Journey - Wheel in the sky 2. Dave Davies - Death of a clown 3. New York Dolls - Looking for a kiss 4. Big Country - Chance Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Purple haze 2. David Bowie - Starman 3. Def Leppard - Rock of ages Part 7 1. Rolling Stones - Start me up 2. The Doors - Break on through 3. Gary Moore - Over the hills and far away Part 8 Films with rock sound tracks 1. Bob Seger - Against the wind 2. The Beatles - I should have known better 3. The Beatles - I'll be back 4. Huey Lewis & The News - Back in time Part 9 Back to 1971 1. The Doors - Love her madly 2. Stephen Stills - Love the one you're with 3. The Who - Baba O' Reilly Part 10 1. Black Sabbath - Iron man 2. Badfinger - No matter what 3. Led Zeppelin - Rock and roll Part 11 1. Mountain - Nantucket sleighride 2. David Bowie - Changes 3. Free - My brother Jake 4. Rod Stewart - Reason to believe 5. Deep Purple - Strange kind of woman

Brit Rock 28th January

1. Skid Row - Youth gone wild 2. Wasp - The real me 3. Doobie Bros - The doctor 4. Queen - I want it all 5. Billy Joel - I go to extremes 6. Marillion - Easter 7. Tom Petty - I won't back down 8. Faith No More - Epic 9. Great White - Once bitten twice shy 10. Don Henley - New York minute 11. Metallica - For whom the bell tolls 12. The Who - Love reign o'er me 13. Iron Maiden - Eldorado 14. Ozzy Osbourne - Let me hear you scream 15. Manic Street Preachers - It's not war 16. Kid Rock - Born free 17. Kings Of Leon - Pyro 18. Foo Fighters - Rope 19. Biffy Clyro - Black chandelier 20. Bon Jovi - Bad medicine 21. Whitesnake - Trouble 22. Sweet - Ballroom blitz 23. T-Rex - Get it on 24. Radiohead - Creep 25. Grin feat. Nils Lofgren - Moon tears Hour three looks at members of bands who've enjoyed solo success 1. Paul McCartney & Wings - Live and let die 2. George Harrison - When we was fab 3. Ringo Starr - Photograph 4. John Lennon - Oh my love 5. David Lee Roth - Just like paradise 6. Peter Gabriel - Biko 7. Pete Townshend - Uniforms 8. Roger Daltrey - Giving it all away 9. Don Henley - Sunset grill 10. Joe Walsh - Life's been good 11. Van Morrison - Moondance 12. Lyndsey Buckingham - Trouble 13. Eric Clapton - Knocking on heaven's door

Today in rock history 26th January

1948 – Born on this day, Corky Laing, drums, Mountain. 1949 – Derek Holt, bassist with the Climax Blues Band, is born in Stafford, England. 1950 – Paul Pena, a blues musician who wrote Steve Miller’s hit “Jet Airliner" is born. 1955 – Edward Lodewijk “Eddie” Van Halen is born this joyful day. 1965 - During a Rolling Stones tour of Australia and New Zealand, guitarist Keith Richards had his shirt torn off after 50 fans invaded the stage during the gig. 1966 – The Animals’ Eric Burdon sings lead vocals for Manfred Mann at a London concert. 1967 – In the Village Voice today, you can read Jack Newfield’s article “Brecht of the Jukebox, Poet of the Electric Guitar” about Bob Dylan. 1969 – In the midst of recording Let It Be at the Apple Studios, the Beatles lay down a series of rock ‘n’ roll covers, including “Shake Rattle And Roll,” 1969 – Led Zeppelin play a four-hour set at the Boston Tea Party. 1970 – John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma” with producer Phil Spector. 1973 – Sweet were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Blockbuster’. The groups only UK No.1 of 15 Top 40 hits. 1974 – The Doobie Brothers open their first European tour at The Rainbow in London. 1975 – The BBC shows a documentary on David Bowie called “Cracked Actor.” 1977 – Peter Green, one of Fleetwood Mac’s founding guitarists, is committed to an English mental institution. Cause? He fired a pistol at a messenger who was trying to deliver a check for his portion of song royalties. 1977 – Patti Smith falls off stage whilst opening for Bob Seger in Tampa, Fla. 1986 – Allen Collins from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. 1991 – Queen had their second UK No.1 with ‘Innuendo’. 1997 – ZZ Top, James Brown and the Blues Brothers perform at the Super Bowl XXXI halftime show. 2000 – Rage Against the Machine try to force their way into the New York Stock Exchange. The stunt was part of a video the radical band was shooting in Wall Street with filmmaker Michael Moore for their song “Sleep Now in the Fire.” 2000 – Courtney Love gets into a fight with a photographer at the Sundance Film Festival. 2003 – Billy Joel was airlifted to hospital after his car smashed into a tree. 2004 - Sex Pistols singer John Lydon appeared on the U.K. reality show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me out Of Here set in the Australian outback. Lydon left after four days earning $42,500 to appear on the programme. 2006 – Babyshambles singer/addict and occasional Kate Moss squeeze Pete Doherty is arrested twice in one day for suspicion of possessing drugs. 2007 – The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6m (£76.2m) in 2006.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Today in rock history 24th January

1947 – Warren Zevon is born in Chicago. 1949 – Saturday Night Live comedian John Belushi is born in Chicago. 1958 – Elvis Presley was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Jailhouse Rock’. 1958 – The Quarry Men performed at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, (this was the bands only performance at the club). It was three years later when they appeared again at the Cavern but under their new name as The Beatles. 1962 – Brian Epstein signs a management contract with the Beatles. 1969 – Jethro Tull play America for the first time. They open up for Led Zeppelin in New York City. 1969 – New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono LP ‘Two Virgins’. 1974 – Born on this day, Christopher River Hesse, drummer, Hoobastank. 1976 – Bob Dylan started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Desire’ his third US No.1. 1977 – Appearing at the Roxy, London, The Buzzcocks supported by Chelsea. 1980 – In Los Angeles, a billboard is put up advertising Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Every day a brick is added to the billboard until the entire space is covered. 1981 – Steve Tyler of Aerosmith was hospitalised after being involved in a crash on his motorbike. 1992 – Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies. 1993 – Keith Richards plays Las Vegas for the first time with his solo group the X-Pensive Winos. 1995 – Balance (Van Halen) is released. 1999 – The Offspring went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Pretty Fly, For A White Guy’. 2000 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young play the first date of their reunion tour at Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills. It’s the first time they’ve toured together in 25 years. 2001 – AC/DC postpone their date in Adelaide, Australia after drummer Phil Rudd is diagnosed with a minor kidney infection. 2003 – With three trophies, Avril Lavigne tops the fan-voted MTV Asia Awards at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.

Monday, 23 January 2017

Today in rock history 23rd January

1950 - Danny Federici-organist for the E Street Band is born 1953 – Robin Zander, the frontman with Cheap Trick, is born in Rockford, Ill. 1957 – The film Don’t Knock the Rock premieres in Australia. 1963 – Janis Joplin hitchhikes to San Francisco with her friend Chet Helms. 1964 – Having wrapped up their first American tour, the Rolling Stones fly back to Britain. 1969 – Alan Parsons makes his debut as the Beatles’ engineer as they record “Get Back” during the Let It Be sessions. 1973 – Neil Young is handed a piece of paper onstage in New York and reads out the message that a peace accord has been reached in Vietnam. The audience goes crazy for ten minutes. Neil then plays “Southern Man.” 1978 – Founder and guitarist Terry Kath of the group Chicago dies after from a self inflicted gunshot wound. 1986 – The first annual induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is held in New York. Among those inducted are Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley. 1988 – Nirvana records a ten-song demo tape with the godfather of grunge, legendary Seattle producer Jack Endino. The Melvins’ Dale Crover sits in on drums. 1990 – Ex-Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Allen Collins dies in Jacksonville, Fla., of complications from pneumonia. The 37-year-old had been paralyzed from the waist down since 1986 after crashing his car and killing his girlfriend. 1995 – Courtney Love appears in Australian court on charges of abusing a flight attendant. 1996 – The city council of Johnson City, Tenn., revokes their permission for White Zombie to play there after hearing testimony that the band preached devil worship. 2000 – At the Golden Globe Awards, Courtney Love tries to make Phil Collins say “please” before giving him the gong for best original song, motion picture for his work on Disney’s Tarzan. 2000 – Nancy Wilson of Heart gives birth to twins. The proud father is former rock scribe and Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe. 2004 – A California judge orders Scott Weiland back into a live-in drug detoxification center after the former Stone Temple Pilots singer decides to quit rehab early. 2004 – Former Judas Priest drummer Dave Holland, 55, is found guilty by an English court of attempting to rape a learning-disabled teenager he was giving drum lessons to. 2008- When Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz decides to throw an event — even one designed to raise money and awareness for Democratic candidate Barack Obama — he does it his way. As far as political fundraisers go, this one was a decidedly nontraditional affair. There was a go-go dancer gyrating behind a pane of glass, free games of “Frogger” and peanut-butter-and-jelly sushi rolls served on Pringles. The music was loud, the cans of Pabst Blue Ribbon plentiful and the only guy to show up in a suit was rather befuddled-looking Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Today in rock history 22nd January

1953 – Steve Perry of Journey is born. 1964 – The Yardbirds featuring Eric Clapton appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool. 1965 - Steven Adler-drummer for Guns N’ Roses is born today 1965 – The Rolling Stones began a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Manufactures’ Auditorium in Sydney with Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1968 – During the bands first Australian tour The Who played the first of two nights at Sydney Stadium with The Small Faces and Paul Jones. 1969, The Beatles moved from Twickenham Film Studios to Apple studios in London to start recording the “Get Back” LP. Billy Preston was brought into the sessions (John, Paul, and George knew Preston from 1962, when he was a member of Little Richard’s backing group). 1970 – Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) opened for The Elvin Bishop Band at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Steel Mill were paid only $5 for the gig, 1972 – David Bowie ‘came out’ as bisexual during an interview in the British music weekly Melody Maker. 1977 – Wings went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Wings Over America’, Paul McCartney’s sixth US No.1 after The Beatles. 1988 – Faith No More made their live UK debut at Dingwalls, London at the start of a 13-date tour. 1989 - Gene Simmons’ longtime partner Shannon Tweed gave birth to their first child, a son named Nicholas. 1990 - During the seventeenth annual American Music Awards in Los Angeles, Slash & Duff McKagan of Guns N’ Roses were visibly drunk & said various obscenities during their acceptance speech. Due to this incident, every subsequent American Music Awards show was on broadcast delay. 1993 – Metallica kicked off their 77-date Nowhere Else To Roam world tour at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo, Michigan. 2002 – Nine Inch Nails makes its first ever instore signing appearance at the Virgin Megastore in New York’s Times Square. 2004 – Ryan Adams is forced to cancel the remainder of his European tour and upcoming North American trek when he falls from the stage during a show in Liverpool 2008 – Heath Ledger dies from suspected drug use.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

Today in rock history 21st January

1938 – Gruff-voiced DJ Wolfman Jack is born in Brooklyn as Bob Smith. 1941 - Richie Havens is born 1963 – Bob Dylan performs his new song “Masters of War” at Gerde’s Folk City in Greenwich Village. 1965 – The U.S. Immigration Department forces the Animals to cancel a performance at New York’s Apollo Theater. Instead, the English group appears on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1965 - The Rolling Stones arrive in Australia, where they will shortly begin a tour with support act Roy Orbison. A crowd of 2000 people greets them. 1965 – The Byrds record “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Well, not really. The only actual Byrd who performs on the record is lead guitarist/singer Jim McGuinn (later known as Roger McGuinn). Session men replace the rest of the band. 1966 – George Harrison marries Patti Boyd. The couple later divorces and she marries Eric Clapton. 1974 – Gov. Jimmy Carter of Georgia throws a post-concert party for Bob Dylan at the gubernatorial mansion. 1979 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant becomes a proud father for the third time. Wife Maureen gives birth to a son, Logan. 1980 – Born on this day, Benjamin Moody, guitar, Evanescence. 1982 – B.B. King donates his collection of 20,000 records to the University of Mississippi. 1984 – Yes started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Owner Of A Lonely Heart ‘ 1992 – Billy Idol pleaded guilty to assault and battery charges after an incident outside a West Hollywood restaurant. He was fined $2,700 (£1,588). 2003 – David Palmer, former keyboard player for Jethro Tull changed his name to Dee Palmer after a successful sex change operation. 2003 – The Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson plays his first gig with new band Hookah Brown. Hookah Brown split later in the spring. 2004 – Evanesence singer Amy Lee apologises to Cold for erroneously declaring the hard rockers had broken up after guitarist Terry Balsamo jumped ship to join her band. 2004 – Gov’t Mule guitarist Warren Haynes joins The Dead, a touring group featuring the surviving members of the Grateful Dead. 2006 – A plane carrying Bon Jovi skids off the runway at Hamilton International Airport in Canada. Fortunately for hair metal, no one is injured.

Friday, 20 January 2017

Today in rock history 20th January

1947 – Born on this day in Rock, George Grantham, drums, Poco,. 1948 – Drummer Mel Pritchard of English prog rock group Barclay James Harvest is born. 1951 – Born on this day, Ian Hill, bass, Judas Priest. 1952 – Paul Stanley, the guitarist with KISS who was once described as “the world’s most passionate man,” is born in Queens, N.Y. 1958 – KWK, a radio station in St. Louis, wraps up their “Record Breaking Week”. After the station manager Robert Convey decided rock ‘n’ roll should be banned from their airwaves, DJs were allowed to play every rock record in their library once on air and then smash it to pieces. 1964 – Meet the Beatles is released in the United States. 1965 – Alan Freed, the disc jockey who coined the term “rock `n’ roll,” dies. 1965 – The Rolling Stones appear on the season premiere of Shindig! They invite Howlin’ Wolf to be their guest on the show, then sit at his feet while the bluesman performs. 1967 – Filming begins at The UFO Club in London for a TV documentary about the famous psychedelic venue, featuring up and coming band Pink Floyd. 1967 – Paul McCartney records his vocal for the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life”. 1969 – Shooting for the Beatles documentary Let It Be moves to the basement of 3 Saville Row, where Apple have their headquarters. 1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono both cut their hair off in Denmark and declare it to be Year One. 1973 – Bob Dylan begins recording in Mexico City the soundtrack to Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid, a Western starring Kris Kristofferson, James Coburn and himself. 1979 – Born on this day in rock, Rob Bourdon, drums, Linkin Park. 1982 – During a Ozzy Osbourne concert in Des Moines, Iowa, a member of the audience threw an unconscious bat onto the stage. Thinking it was one of his rubber fakes, Ozzy picked it up and bit off its head. The singer was taken to hospital to be given a rabies injection. 1985 – Foreigner had their only UK No.1 single with ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’. 1988 – The Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Drifters, Bob Dylan and the Supremes are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Mike Love of The Beach Boys gave a speech where he insulted The Beatles, Mick Jagger, & Bruce Springsteen. 1997 – Ben and Jerry’s introduced ‘Phish food’, a new flavor of ice cream named after the rock group Phish. 1999 – Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, on probation for a 1997 heroin case, is arrested and faces a hearing for failing to provide a urine sample to his live-in drug treatment center. 2004 – Cold singer Scooter Ward denies the hard rockers have broken up after guitarist Terry Balsamo defects to join Evanescence.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Today in rock history 19th January

1943 – Janis Joplin is born in Port Arthur, Texas. 1947 - Rod Evans, original singer for Deep Purple is born 1949 – Singer Robert Palmer is born in Batley, England. 1957 – Johnny Cash makes his first network TV appearance, on CBS’ “Jackie Gleason Show.” 1967 – Pink Floyd and Marmalade played at The Marquee Club, London. 1971 – The Beatles White Album was played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder. 1978 – Johnny Rotten was fired from The Sex Pistols for ‘not being weird enough anymore.’ 1980 – Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’, started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. 1988 – Bon Jovi’s and Motley Crue manager Doc McGhee pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US. 1993 – A pre-inaugural gala in Landover, Md., toasting incoming president Bill Clinton features a reunion of Fleetwood Mac performing “Don’t Stop (Thinking About Tomorrow),” the unofficial campaign song for Clinton and his running mate, Al Gore. 1998 - Carl Perkins died of throat cancer after suffering multiple strokes at Jackson-Madison County Hospital in Jackson, TN. He was 65 years old. 2000 – Tourism chiefs in Liverpool were banned from putting up motorway signs saying ‘Liverpool, the Birthplace Of The Beatles’, because the Highways Agency thought the signs would distract motorists. 2001 – It was reported that Paul McCartney was set to become the world’s first pop star billionaire. 2011 – Aerosmith rocker Steven Tyler said on Tuesday the band would start work on its first new studio album in a decade, and promised that his new gig as a judge on “American Idol” would not get in the way. 2011 – Rockers Motley Crue have been hit with a copyright infringement lawsuit claiming the band’s ‘Too Fast For Love’ album cover was used on merchandise. Live Nation and the band are being sued by Ron Toma, who claims he owns the rights to the photograph, presumably taken by Michael Pinter in 1981. Showing a close-up of a man wearing a belt and leather trousers.

Rock Talk - Ian Anderson

Part 1 1. Jethro Tull - Sweet dream 2. Jethro Tull - Steel monkey 3. Jethro Tull - Locomotive breath 4. Jethro Tull - Aqualung 5. Jethro Tull - Thick as a brick Part 2 1. Jethro Tull - Life is a long song 2. Jethro Tull - Too old to rock 'n' roll 3. Jethro Tull - Living in the past 4. Jethro Tull - Cross eyed Mary 5. Jethro Tull - Serenade to a cuckoo

Timesweep 21st January

Part 1 Timesweep looks at time 1. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 2. Pink Floyd - Time 3. Quireboys - 7 'o' clock 4. The Who - 5.15 5. Peter Gabriel - Big time Part 2 A look at 1975 and 1972 1. Bachman Turner Overdrive - You ain't seen nothing yet 2. Status Quo - Roll over lay down 3. Piglario - Loving you ain't easy 4. Python Lee Jackson - In a broken dream 5. Dr Hook - Sylvia's mother Part 3 Fools and foolishness 1. Robert Plant - Ship of fools 2. Whitesnake - Fool for your lovin' 3. The Beatles - Fool on the hill Part 4 This week in rock history 1. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary 2. John Lennon - Instant karma 3. Tom Petty - Don't come around here no more 4. Fleetwood Mac - Dreams Part 5 1. The Beatles - Get back 2. Elton John - Tiny dancer 3. Peter Gabriel - Steam Part 6 This week's birthdays 1. Mountain - Nantucket sleighride 2. Steve Miller Band - Jet airliner 3. Van Halen - Panama 4. Pink Floyd - Another brick in the wall part 2 5. Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the moonlight Part 7 1. Faith No More - Epic 2. Uriah Heep - Easy living 3. Small Faces -Afterglow of your love 4. Genesis - No son of mine Part 8 1. Jo Jo Gunne - Run run run 2. Whitesnake - In the still of the night 3. P.I.L. - Rise Part 9 Memories 1. Simple Minds - Don't you forget about me 2. Cream - Badge 3. The Who - Who are you 4. The Motors - Forget about you Part 10 1. Free - Remember 2. The Ramones - Do you remember rock and roll radio 3. Phil Collins - In the air tonight 4. The Byrds - Going back Part 11 1. Brice Springsteen - Glory days 2. Marillion - Kayleigh 3. Skid Row - I remember you 4. Cat Stevens - Remember the days of the old school yard

Brit Rock 21st January

1. White Stripes - Dead leaves and the dirty ground 2. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - The zephyr song 3. Chad Kroger - Hero 4. Avril Lavigne - Complicated 5. Linkin Park - In the end 6. Sum 41 - In too deep 7. Status Quo - Jam side down 8. Alien Ant Farm - Movies 9. Nightwish - Phantom of the opera 10. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Freebird 11. Free - A little bit of love 12. Frankie Miller - Be good to yourself 13. Janis Joplin - Mercedes benz 14. Fleetwood Mac - Oh well 15. Rare Bird - Sympathy 16. Paul McCartney - No other baby 17. Weezer - Beverley Hills 18. Oasis - Lyla 19. Rob Thomas - Lonely no more 20. Coldplay - Fix you 21. White Stripes - My doorbell 22. Deep Purple - Raptures of the deep 23. Thin Lizzy - Still in love with you 24. Aerosmith - What it takes 25. Gary Moore - Still got the blues 26. Johnny Winter - Walking by myself Hour three looks back to the first generation of rock. The 1960's and the 1970's 1. Led Zeppelin - Whole lotta love 2. The Yardbirds - Shapes of things 3. Free - My brother Jake 4. The Beatles - While my guitar gently weeps 5. Cream - I feel free 6. Small Faces - Afterglow of your love 7. Badfinger - No matter what 8. The Doors - Love me two times 9. Juicy Lucy - Who do you love 10. Bob Dylan - Positively 4th street 11. T-Rex - Telegram Sam 12. Rod Stewart - Hot legs 13. Stephen Stills - Love the one you're with 14. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Our house 15. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Proud Mary 16. Buffalo Springfield - For what its worth

Today in rock history 18th January

1965 – The Rolling Stones recorded ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Play With Fire’ at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on ‘Play With Fire.’ 1967 – Jimi Hendrix recorded an appearance on UK TV show Top Of The Pops and also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London. 1974 – Former members from Free, (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople, (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson, (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. 1975 – Status Quo were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Down Down’, the groups only UK No.1 from 50 Top 40 hits. 1980 – Capricorn Records, home of prominent Southern rock acts of the 1970s, files for bankruptcy. 1981 – Wendy O’Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. 1989 – Dion, the Rolling Stones, Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder are among those inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1991 – During an AC/DC North American tour three fans were killed during a crush in a crowd at a gig in Salt Lake City. 1995 – Jerry Garcia crashes a rented BMW into a guardrail near Mill Valley, Calif. He emerges unscathed. 2000 – Loud-mouthed Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker earns a new opponent, the members of ’80s heavy metal band Twisted Sister. Rocker, who had come under fire from virtually every segment of American society for his remarks about immigrants and New Yorkers in a Sports Illustrated interview, had been known to make use of Twisted Sister’s “I Wanna Rock” to signal his insertion into a game. The band issues a statement insisting that the Atlanta Braves organization halt the practice.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Today in rock history 17th January

1948 – Born on this day, Mick Taylor, guitar, John Mayalls Bluesbreakers, joined The Rolling Stones, in 1969 left in 1974. 1963 – Appearing at The Marquee Club, London were the Cyril Davies All Stars, The Velvets and, bottom of the bill, The Rolling Stones. 1963 – The Beatles played at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and in the evening played at the Majestic Ballroom, Birkenhead. At the Majestic, every ticket had been sold in advance, leaving 500 disappointed fans waiting outside. 1964 – The Rolling Stones released their first EP, which included, ‘You Better Move On’, ‘Poison Ivy’, ‘Bye Bye Johnny’ and ‘Money’. It peaked at No.15 on the UK charts. 1967 – The Daily Mail ran the story about a local council survey finding 4,000 holes in the road in Lancashire inspiring John Lennon’s contribution to The Beatles song "A day in the life". 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for Radio Luxembourg’s Ready Steady Radio. The band ran up a bar bill of £2.5 shillings, ($6.21), which they were unable to pay. 1970 – Appearing at the Felt Forum New York City, The Doors. The show was recorded for the bands forthcoming ‘Absolutely Live’ album. 1971 – Born on this day, Kid Rock. 1975 - Bob Dylan released Blood on the Tracks, an album which has gone on to be recognized as one of Dylan’s best albums. 1984 – No. 1 US Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” Yes. 1996 – In a ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, N.Y., Pink Floyd are officially inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame. 2002 – Metallica’s James Hetfield and his wife Francesca welcome the birth of their third child, a baby girl named Marcella. 2005 – Tenacious D drafts a formidable roster of guests to lend a hand at its benefit for Asian tsunami relief at Los Angeles’ Wiltern Theatre. The show features solo sets from Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder, Queens of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme, the Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, and Beck, all of whom stick around for a show-closing jam. 2008 – The Police played the first nine dates in Australian and New Zealand at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand, on their 152-date Reunion tour. 2011 – Don Kirshner,who’s guiding light led some of POP’s biggest stars from the 1950s thru the 1970s, died today of Heart failure in his home in Boca Raton, Fla at the age of 77. An early promoter of Pop/Rock music, he propelled the many careers of bands an

Monday, 16 January 2017

Today in rock history 16th January

1942 – Born on this day, William Francis, keyboards, vocals, Dr Hook, 1957 –The Cavern Club opened in Liverpool. It became the home of many Liverpool bands including The Beatles who appeared at the club 292 times. 1970 – Police close an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs at a London gallery for alleged obscenity. 1973 – Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University appearing to an audience of 25 people. 1978 – Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital. 1979 – Cher’s divorce from Gregg Allman was finalised. 1980 – Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan. 1984 – Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested in Barbados for drug possession and were each fined $200 (£117). 1985 – David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. 1988 – 24 years after The Beatles first topped the chart, George Harrison went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Got My Mind Set On You’. 1992 – Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. 1996 – Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured 1998 – The Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah cancels the premiere of Nick Broomfield’s documentary “Kurt and Courtney,” about late Nirvana leader Kurt Cobain and his widow, Courtney Love. 1999 – Legendary Los Angeles nightclub the Whisky A Go-Go begins a weeklong slate of concerts to mark its 35th anniversary. 2000 – It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways. British Prime Minister Tony Blair had second thoughts about the message it would give about family values. 2005 – Elvis Presley’s single ‘One Night’ made chart history by becoming the 1,000th UK number one. 2007 – Bob Dylan and his brother bought Aultmore House a mansion in the Scottish Cairngorms National Park, near Nethybridge, Inverness-shire. 2011 – A brick from The Cavern Club, a check for 11 pounds signed by Ringo Starr, an “authentic” Beatles wig. These and thousands of other objects related to the “Fab Four” were luring Beatles fans to a new museum in Buenos Aires.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Today in rock history 15th January

1928 – According to bluesman Howlin’ Wolf, today was the day he bought his first guitar. “Cost me only five dollars,” he claimed. 1941 – Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) is born in Glendale, Calif. 1948 – Born on this day, Ronnie Van Zant, vocalist with Lynyrd Skynyrd 1952 – Born on this day, Melvyn Gale, cello, Electric Light Orchestra 1959 – Pete Trewavas, bassist with English ’80s prog rockers Marillion, is born in Middlesborough. 1965 – The Who release their single “I Can’t Explain” in the U.K., where it goes to No. 8. 1965 – Bob Dylan completes the recording of Bringing It All Back Home. His magnum opus (so far) was laid down in two days. 1965 – Born on this day, Adam Jones, guitarist, Tool. 1966 – The Beatles remain at No. 1 this week in the United States with “We Can Work It Out.” 1967 – Donovan appeared at The Royal Albert Hall, London, Paul McCartney and George Harrison both attended the show. 1970 – Bag One, an exhibition of John Lennon’s lithographs, opens at the London Art Gallery. 1972 – Manager Peter Grant turns down an invitation for “Led Zeppelin and his musicians” to play in Cannes, France, by publishing the request in today’s issue of Record Retailer. 1973 – The Rolling Stones announce a benefit concert for Managua, Nicaragua. The hometown of Bianca Jagger was recently devastated by an earthquake. 1977 – The Eagles went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hotel California’ the group’s third US No.1 album. 1980 – The Ramones appeared live on UK BBC TV music show The Old Grey Whistle Test. 1984 – Bette Midler films the video for her cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” with Mick Jagger. 1991 – Sean Lennon’s updated version of his father John’s ‘Give Peace A Chance’ was released to coincide with the United Nation’s midnight deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait. 1992 – Elton John’s bassist Dee Murray dies of cancer in Nashville. 1994 – Harry Nilsson, a pal of John Lennon’s whose golden pipes appeared on classics like “Everybody’s Talkin'” and “Without You,” dies from heart disease in Agoura Hills, Calif. 1998 - Harmonica player Junior Wells, who played with artists such as The Rolling Stones, Van Morrison & Buddy Guy died of lymphoma. He was 63 years old. 2001 – The Brit awards committee announces that U2 will receive an Outstanding Contribution to Music award at the February 26 ceremony in London, despite actually coming from Ireland. 2008 – Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure

Friday, 13 January 2017

Today in rock history 13th January

1947 – Chris Thomas, who has produced classic albums like For Your Pleasure, Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols, The Pretenders and Kick, is born in Middlesex. 1947 – John Lees, vocalist/guitarist with prog rockers Barclay James Harvest, is born. 1954 – Yes guitarist Trevor Rabin is born in Johannesburg, South Africa. 1963 – In Birmingham, the Beatles make a recording for Thank Your Lucky Stars, their first British national TV appearance. 1963 – Bob Dylan plays a folk singer in the BBC radio play The Madhouse of Castle Street. He fills out his performance by singing “Blowin’ in the wind" 1964 – Bob Dylan releases Another Side of Bob Dylan. 1964 – The Beatles release their breakthrough single “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in the United States. Bob Dylan mishears the middle eight as “I get high, I get high, I get high.” 1966 – George Harrison and his girlfriend Patti Boyd met up with Mick Jagger and Chrissie Shrimpton at Dolly’s nightclub on Jermyn Street in London’s west End. 1967 – The Rolling Stones appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and are forced to change the lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together” 1967 – Jimi Hendrix performs at London’s Bag O’Nails club before an audience that includes Beatles manager Brian Epstein. 1970 – Born on this day, Zach de la Rocha, vocals, Rage Against The Machine. 1973 – Eric Clapton performs at the Rainbow Theatre in a concert organized by his friend Pete Townshend in order to help Clapton shake his alcoholism. 1973 – Slade scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Slayed’. 1978 – The Police started recording their first album at Surrey Sound Studios, Surrey, England with producer Nigel Gray. 1980 – Bob Dylan kicks off the second leg of his Gospel Tour in Seattle meeting with great success. 1983 – Neil Young kicks off his association with a new label, Geffen Records, with ‘Trans,’ an album of heavily synthesized, computer-generated songs interspersed with breezy love songs. 1986 – Sex Pistol members John Lydon, Steve Jones and Paul Cook, as well as the mother of Sid Vicious, sued former manager Malcom McClaren for £1 million ($1.7 million). They settled out of court. 1991 – The crowd at Dayton, Ohio’s Ervin J. Nutter Center get introduced to Guns N’ Roses time, as the band take the stage at 12:25 AM to play a two-and-a-half-hour-long show. 2001 – Tickets go on sale for U2’s Elevation tour but, despite worries about the dangers of festival seating, sell out almost instantly. 2003 – Police in England and the Netherlands recover nearly 500 lost tapes made the Beatles in raids on bootleggers. 2003 – Who guitarist Pete Townshend was arrested on suspicion of child porn offences. Police officers impounded seven computers from his £15 million ($25.5 million) home in Richmond, Surrey. 2004 – A Canadian furniture store apologizes to the widow of Frank Zappa for using his song “Watermelon in Easter Hay” without consent in a TV commercial. 2011 – Money For Nothing banned 25 years after release. Canadian broadcasters stop playing original version of Dire Straits classic after just one complaint. 2013 – Black Sabbath announce the title of the their new album as ’13’

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Today in rock history 12th January

1941 – English blues singer Long John Baldry is born in London. He gave both Rod Stewart and Elton John their first breaks in the music biz by employing them to play in his band. 1945 – Gravelly-voiced Maggie Bell, one time singer with Stone the Crows and a signing to Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label, is born in Glasgow. 1963 – Bob Dylan is given the part of a folk singer on a BBC radio play, “The Madhouse on Castle Street.” 1964 – The Beatles appeared on the ATV show Sunday Night At The London Palladium performing ‘I Wanna Hold Your Hand’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘Money’ and ‘Twist And Shout’. The compare for the evening was Bruce Forsyth. When The Beatles appeared on this show on October 13, 1963, their fee had been £250, now, just three months later, their fee was £1,000. 1969 – The psychedelic film Wonderwall premieres in London, with a soundtrack by George Harrison. Halliwell’s Film Guide says the movie is “vapid and witless.” Oasis write a song about it. 1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “The Joker,” Steve Miller Band. 1977 – EMI Records issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last two months. 1977 – Rolling Stone Keith Richards was fined £750 ($1,275) for possession of cocaine found in his car after the guitarist had been involved in a car crash. 1977 – The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer’s Stewart Copeland’s London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar. 1981 – It was reported that the White House had expanded its record library by including albums by Bob Dylan, Kiss and The Sex Pistols. 1984 – Motley Crue opens its first U.S. tour at Madison Square Garden, New York. 1993 – Van Morrison failed to turn up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner, making him the first living inductee not to attend. 1993 – Cream reform at tonight’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Los Angeles. Other inductees are Creedence Clearwater Revival – who don’t reform at all – the Doors – who can’t reform – Van Morrison, Sly & the Family Stone, Frankie Lymon, Dinah Washington and Etta James. 1995 – The Allman Brothers Band, Al Green, the late Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, Al Green, Neil Young, the Orioles and the late Frank Zappa are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1998 – Tonight at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, the Mamas & the Papas, Santana, Lloyd Price, Gene Vincent, Allen Toussaint and Jelly Roll Morton. 2000 – It’s announced that Bob Dylan will receive Sweden’s Polar Music Award. 2004 – Frank Zappa’s widow Gail appears in a Quebec City courtroom as proceedings open in her lawsuit against the Ameublements Tanguay furniture store. She alleges they used a portion of Zappa’s “Watermelon in Easter Hay” as background music in a TV commercial without permission. 2005 – It was announced that the Strawberry Field children’s home immortalised by The Beatles was to close. 2005 – Green Day’s American Idiot returns to the top of the U.S. album charts, knocking Eminem’s Encore down to No. 2.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Rock Talk - Lou Gramm

Part 1 1. Foreigner - Feels like the first time 2. Foreigner - Cold as ice 3. Foreigner - Hot blooded 4. Foreigner - Juke box hero 5. Foreigner - Urgent 6. Foreigner - Dirty white boy Part 2 1. Lou Gramm - Midnight blue 2. Foreigner - Waiting for a girl like you 3. Foreigner - That was yesterday 4. Foreigner - I want to know what love is 5. Foreigner - Say you will

Timesweep 14th January

Part 1 We're going straight to hell 1. ACDC - Highway to hell 2. Meatloaf - Bat out of hell 3. Chris Rea - The road to hell 4. Black Sabbath - Heaven and hell Part 2 Back to 1973 1. Pink Floyd - Breath 2. Allman Bros - Rambling man 3. Aerosmith - Dream on 4. Alice Cooper - Elected 5. Roger Daltrey - Giving it all away Part 3 Back to 1958 1. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley 2. Elvis Presley - King Creole 3. Jerry Lee Lewis - Breathless 4. Richie Valens - Come on lets go 5. Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode Part 4 This week in rock history 1. Bad Company - Bad company 2. Fleetwood Mac - Don't stop 3. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy train Part 5 1. Billy Idol - White wedding 2. Faith No More - We care a lot 3. Neil Young - Southern man Part 6 Those rockers celebrating their birthdays this week 1. Robert Palmer - Bad case of loving you 2. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee 3. 10CC - Rubber bullets 4. Poco - Call it love Part 7 1. Judas Priest - Breaking the law 2. Kiss - Detroit rock city 3. Saxon - Wheels of steels 4. Meatloaf - Dead ringer for love Part 8 1. Steve Perry - Oh Sherrie 2. Doobie Bros - China grove 3. Cheap Trick - The flame 4. Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London Part 9 Back to 1968 1. Deep Purple - Hush 2. The Doors - Hello I love you 3. Small Faces - Afterglow of your love 4. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick men Part 10 1. Jimi Hendrix Experience - I put a spell on you 2. Creedence Clearwater Revival - I put a spell on you 3. The Beatles - Blackbird 4. Joe Cocker - With a little help from my friends Part 11 1. Cream - White room 2. Canned Heat - On the road again 3. Steppenwolf - Born to be wild 4. Moody Blues - Nights in white satin 5. Mason Williams - Classical gas

Brit Rock 14th January

1. Van Halen - Eruption/Yunning with the devil 2. The Kinks - You really got me 3. Santana - Filmore East 4. Manic Street Preachers - If you tolerate this 5. Offspring - Pretty fly for a white guy 6. Radiohead - Karma police 7. Metallica - Whiskey in the jar 8. REM - At my most beautiful 9. Fastball - The way 10. Anders Bossell - Planet nova 11. Kraftwerk - Auto bhan 12. Marillion - Uninvited guest 13. Faith No More - Epic 14. Skid Row - 18 and life 15. Bad English - When I see you smile 16. Aerosmith - Love in an elavator 17. Tom Petty - Yer so bad 18. Queen - Love of my life 19. The Scorpions - Still loving you 20. Journey - Faithfully 21. Led Zeppelin - Thank you 22. Hoobastank - The reason 23. John Lennon - Oh my love Hour three it's an hour of psychedellic rock 1. Small Faces - Itchycoo park 2. Traffic - Paper sun 3. The Moody Blues - Voices in the sky 4. The Byrds - Eight miles high 5. The Beatles - Fixing a hole 6. Jefferson Airplane - White rabbit 7. Bonzo Doo Dah Dog Band - I'm the urban spaceman 8. David McWilliams - The days of Pearly Spencer 9. Simon Dupree & The Big Sound - Kites 10. Matthew Southern Comfort - Woodstock 11. Soft Machine - Jet propelled photograph 12. Procul Harum - Homburg 13. Thunderclap Newman - Something in the air 14. Beach Boys - Heroes and villains 15. The Flowerpot Men - Let's go to San Francisco 16. Donovan - Jennifer Juniper 17. The Creation - Painter man 18. Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger & The Trinity - This wheel's on fire

Today in rock history 11th January

1895 – Born on this day, Laurens Hammond, inventor of the Hammond organ. 1942 – The big man – Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band – is born in Norfolk, Va. 1946 - Tony Kaye-keyboardist for Yes is born 1963 – The Whisky A-Go-Go, the Hollywood club devoted to the cutting edge of rock, opens. The Doors were discovered there by Elektra boss Jac Holzman when opening for Love at the Whisky in 1966. 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Purple Haze’. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day. 1967 – Pink Floyd begin two days of recording with producer Joe Boyd, working on the tracks “Interstellar Overdrive,” “Arnold Layne,” “Let’s Roll Another One” and “Nick’s Boogie.” 1968 – Jimi Hendrix moves into a London townhouse formerly owned by the Messiah’s composer George Frederick Handel. 1969 – The Rolling Stones go to No. 5 in the American album charts with their new release Beggars Banquet. 1969 – Jethro Tull release their debut album This Was. 1975 – Led Zeppelin play “Kashmir” live for the first time during a gig at the Ahoy in Rotterdam. 1985 - The first Rock in Rio festival kicked off in Rio de Janeiro. The ten day festival featured artists such as Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Yes, Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions and Whitesnake. 1999 – At this year’s American Music Awards, Billy Joel receives the Special Award of Merit and Blondie perform “No Exit” with rapping assistance from Coolio. 2000 – Several fans of Slipknot are arrested in Oklahoma City, Okla. after a promoter oversells one of their concerts. 2003 - T. Rex drummer Mickey Finn died from alcohol related liver problems in a London hospital. He was 55 years old. 2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s Thriller. 2004 – Rock wildman Ted Nugent requires 40 stitches to his leg after wounding himself with a chainsaw. Nugent was in Waco, Texas, taping a segment of his VH1 series Surviving Nugent: The Ted Commandments. 2005 – Singer/songwriter Jimmy Griffin, best known for his work with 1970s soft rock act Bread, dies at his home near Nashville of complications from cancer. 2005 – Spencer Dryden, the drummer for legendary rock band the Jefferson Airplane, dies of cancer at his home in Petaluma, Calif. He was 66. 2008 – Ringo Starr helped launch the celebrations for Liverpool’s year as European Capital of Culture. He was joined by acrobats who dangled on wires from cranes as the opening party kicked off a year-long programme of more than 350 events.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Today in rock history 10th January

1935 – Rockabilly performer Ronnie Hawkins, former employer of the Band, is born in Huntsville, Ark. 1945 – Roderick (Rod) Stewart is born in London. 1946 – Drummer Aynsley Dunbar, who has played with Journey and Jefferson Starship, is born in Liverpool. 1948 – Donald Fagen of Steely Dan is born in Passaic, N.J. 1953 – Pat Benatar (Pat Andrzejewski) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955 – Born on this day, Michael Schenker, German guitarist, formed The Scorpions, member of UFO. 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ “Great Balls of Fires” goes to No. 1. 1969 – George Harrison announces that he is leaving the Beatles. He later returns. 1971 – The trial over Paul McCartney’s move to dissolve the Beatles partnership begins today in London’s High Court. Ringo testifies, “Paul behaved like a spoilt child.” 1976 – Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf dies in a hospital near Chicago following brain surgery. 1978 – The litigation between Beatles, Apple, Allen Klein and ABKCO is declared settled in court. 1986 – Ted Nugent appears on TV’s “Miami Vice.” 1999 - The Moody Blue appeared on The Simpsons. 2000 – Longtime Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman announces his departure from the veteran heavy medal group. Friedman will be replaced by Al Pitrelli, who has previously played with Asia, Alice Cooper, and Savatage. 2000 – Melissa Etheridge ends speculation about the paternity of the children the rock star shares with partner Julie Cypher, when she announces that David Crosby is the children’s father. 2001 – Christians gather outside the Arlington Theater in Santa Barbara, California to pray for the soul of Marilyn Manson, who is performing inside. They also distributed pizza, soda and cookies to gig-goers. 2003 – A haul of 500 Beatles tapes known as the ‘Get Back sessions’ stolen in the 1970’s were found after UK police cracked a major bootleg operation in London. 2004 – A Los Angeles court awards Courtney Love custody of her daughter Frances Bean Cobain. Frances was put in the care of Kurt Cobain’s mother following Love’s 2003 OD. 2005 – A woman was suing Gene Simmons from Kiss for slander, alleging a documentary made her out to be a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac”. Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, of New York, said during a VH1 documentary her photo was flashed up as Simmons talked about his past sexual encounters. Ms Walsh Ward had dated Simmons for three years when he was a student. In the documentary, Simmons boasted of having sex with over 4,600 women. 2006 – The White Stripes postpone their Japanese tour after doctors tell Jack White not to speak or sing for at least 2 weeks. This is due to his Vocal chords being used too much from singing constantly. 2008 – Radiohead topped the US album charts with the physical release of ‘In Rainbows’, originally sold via the internet for a price chosen by fans.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Today in rock history 9th January

1944 – Guitarist Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin is born in Heston, England. 1950 – David Johansen, the mouth of the New York Dolls and Buster Poindexter’s alter ego, is born in Staten Island, N.Y. 1963 – Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated. 1965 – John Lennon makes a guest appearance on the British satirical TV shot Not Only … But Also, opposite comedians Peter Cook and Dudley Moore. 1965 – American promoter Sid Bernstein telephones Beatles manager Brian Epstein to propose the Fab Four play Shea Stadium. 1967 – The Beatles record the flutes, trumpets, piccolos and flugelhorn for “Penny Lane.” 1973 – Japan refuses to issue a visa to singer Mick Jagger because he was busted for drugs in 1969. Because of this, the Rolling Stones have to cancel a proposed Asian tour. Jagger tells a reporter, “I don’t take drugs. I don’t approve of drugs and I don’t approve of people taking drugs, unless they’re very careful.” 1975 – The Beatles dissolved the company partnership after many successful years. The matter was handled in a London High Court. 1976 –‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ written and recorded by ‘Queen’ is number 1 in the UK. 1984 - 1984 by Van Halen is released. 1992 – Sting makes a guest appearance on the Fox animated TV comedy series “The Simpsons,” in the episode “Radio Bart.” 1995 – “Rolling Stone” releases its annual music awards with the people voting Green Day as best new band, Pearl Jam as best band and Nirvana tapped as artists of the year. 1997 – David Bowie celebrates his 50th Birthday with a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, just one day after his actual birth date. The concert features special guests the Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, Frank Black, Robert Smith, Sonic Youth and Placebo. 2004 – Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres’ wife Alejandra gives birth to a son, Hector Alexander, in Florida. 2005 – Motley Crue’s Vince Neil marries his girlfriend Lia Gerardini in Las Vegas. It’s Neil’s fourth marriage. The singer’s Surreal Life buddy MC Hammer performs the ceremony.

Today in rock history 8th January

1935 – Elvis Presley is born in Tupelo, Miss., one of a pair of twins. 1943- The Nice bassist Lee Jackson is born. 1946 – The Doors guitarist Robbie Krieger is born in Los Angeles. 1947 – David Bowie (David Robert Jones) is born in London. He first records with the King Bees, Lower Third and the Mannish Boys in 1963 before going solo. 1947 – Terry Sylvester, Graham Nash’s replacement in the Hollies, is born in Liverpool. 1955 – Loverboy vocalist Mike Reno is born. 1957 – Bill Haley & His Comets started the first ever ‘rock & roll tour’ of Australia, playing two sold out nights in Sydney. 1966 – The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the groups seventh US chart topper. 1966 – ABC broadcasts the last ever episode of pop music program Shindig! The Kinks and the Who see off the twice-weekly show in explosive fashion. 1973 – Yoko Ono releases Approximately Infinite Universe, a double album whose highlights include songs like “I Felt Like Smashing My Face in a Clear Glass Window.” Ono explains she felt she should make a double LP because “if George Harrison can put out a triple album, then I can put out a double album.” 1974 – Kiss is signed to its first recording contract. KISS drum up some press by performing a “dress rehearsal” shortly after signing to Casablanca Records and honing their carnival-esque image. Rolling Stone‘s reporter says, “The group plays very heavy, loud and ultimately monotonous rock in the Black Sabbath tradition. … A sure crowd-pleaser. 1975 – Tickets for three Led Zeppelin concerts at Madison Square Garden go on sale. The box office has to call on other ticket outlets to help cope with demand and sells out their 60,000 tickets in four hours. 1977 – Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Day At The Races.’ 1979 – The Canadian government names Rush “Official Ambassadors of Music.” 1991 – Steve Clark of Def Leppard is found dead in the living room of his London home by his girlfriend. The coroner rules that the 30-year-old died of a lethal combination of alcohol and drugs after a night of heavy drinking. 1995 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder hosts a national late-night radio show broadcast titled “Self Pollution Radio” from the band’s hometown of Seattle. 2001 – A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N’ Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house. 2004 – Sheryl Crow, U2’s The Edge, Alicia Keys and Ben Affleck appear at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to speak out against digital piracy. 2006 – The Strokes top the U.K. album chart with their third LP, First Impressions of the Earth.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Today in rock history 7th January

1944 – Mike McGear who was really Paul McCartney’s brother – is born. 1945 – Dave Cousins, leader of the British folk-prog group the Strawbs, is born. 1946 – Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner is born in New York. 1948 – Kenny Loggins is born in Everett, Wash. 1955 – ‘Rock Around The Clock’ by Bill Haley and his Comets, entered the UK chart for the first time. 1959 – The Go-Go’s bassist Kathy Valentine is born. 1964 – The Beatles record a session for the BBC Saturday Club program, during which they make their only known recording of the Chuck Berry song “Johnnie B. Goode.” 1970 – Led Zeppelin kicked off an 8-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall. 1973 – David Bowie appears live at Newcastle City Hall, England. 1980 – Hugh Cornwall of The Stranglers was found guilty of possession of heroin, cocaine and cannabis. He was fined £300 ($510) and sentenced to three months in Pentonville prison. 1990 – Appearing at Wembley Arena, London, Chris Rea on his ‘Road To Hell tour’. 1993 – R.E.M. played a Greenpeace Benefit show at the 40 watt Club, Athens, Georgia, for 500 people. The show was recorded on a solar powered mobile recording studio. 1994 – Nirvana plays the Seattle Arena. It is the band’s last U.S. show. 1994 – Oasis started recording their debut album ‘Definitely Maybe’, at Monrow studios in South Wales. 1998 – According to the London Times, two brass busts have been stolen from the grounds of George Harrison’s mansion in Oxfordshire. 2002 – Jon Lee, drummer with successful rock outfit Feeder, is found dead at his home in Miami. He is 33. 2003 – Rock wildman Ozzy Osbourne renews his vows with wife Sharon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. During the ceremony, a $15,000 diamond necklace the couple were due to raffle off is pilfered by talent agent Renee Tab. 2004 – The Black Crowes’ Chris Robinson becomes a dad when his wife, actress Kate Hudson, gives birth to a boy in Los Angeles. 2004 – Still on the mend from a near-fatal ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne cancels his forthcoming UK tour, which was due to kick off in February. 2011 – Kings of Leon refused to let Prince Harry win a table tennis match The ‘Sex on Fire’ group’s drummer Nathan Followill thinks the 26-year-old royal ‘ is ‘cool’ but his competitive nature came to the forefront when they recently met at London’s The O2.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Today in rock history 6th January

1946 – Syd Barrett (Roger Barrett) of Pink Floyd is born. He names the group after bluesmen Pink Anderson and Floyd Council. 1947 – Fairport Convention’s Sandy Denny is born in Wimbledon, England. Her definitive folk vocals also graced records by Led Zeppelin. 1953 – Born on this day, Malcolm Young, guitar, AC/DC. 1958 – Gibson guitars launched it’s ‘Flying V’ electric guitar. 1964 – The Rolling Stones kick off their first headlining tour in Harrow, England. Support comes from American girl group the Ronettes, Marty Wilde, and the Swinging Blue Jeans. 1968 – Born on this day, Muzz Skillings, bass, Living Colour. 1968 – The Beatles sit at No. 1 in the album charts with Magical Mystery Tour. 1970 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young made their UK live debut at the Royal Albert Hall, London. 1971 – In Vancouver, Neil Young performs on Canadian soil for the first time since he left his homeland to join Buffalo Springfield in 1965. 1975 – Pink Floyd begin recording their album-long tribute to Syd Barrett, Wish You Were Here, on the former front man’s 29th birthday. 1975 – A thousand Led Zeppelin fans, who had been waiting for tickets to go on sale at the Boston Gardens for a February show, riot and cause $30,000 worth of damage to the venue’s lobby. Mayor Kevin White cancels the concert. 1977 – EMI Records dropped The Sex Pistols, giving the band £40,000 ($68,000) to release them from their contract. 1987 – Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London. 1990 – Phil Collins started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘…But Seriously’. 1993 – Bass guitarist Bill Wyman announces that he has officially left the Rolling Stones. The group last toured together in 1990. 1993 – David Bowie reportedly lost over £2.5 million ($4.25 million) in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud. 1997 – Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison’s estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10- foot-wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths. 1999 – Alanis Morissette spends the day working at an Ottawa soup kitchen. 2001 – Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site. 2003 – The estate of George Harrison sue a Staten Island doctor who they allege forced the late Beatle to sign a guitar while he was critically ill with cancer. The estate seeks possession of the autographed instrument. 2004 – Foo Fighter Dave Grohl goes into a Los Angeles studio with Garbage to lay down drums for the track “Bad Boyfriend,” due to appear on the band’s as-yet untitled fourth album. 2009 – Ron Asheton, guitarist for The Stooges is found dead. The cause of death is unknown but suspected to be a heart attack. 2011 – New records… Old Acts… like Pink Floyd help earn 14% gain for Vinyl record sales from last year. Reporting a 2.8 million units sold.

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Today in rock history 5th January

1950 – Chris Stein of Blondie is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1954 – Elvis Presley cuts a 10-minute long demo tape at Memphis Recording Studio. 1962 – The Beatles release their single “My Bonnie.” When a fan in Liverpool asks record shop owner Brian Epstein for the single, Epstein further investigates the Fab Four and has his life changed: he becomes their manager. 1963 – In today’s issue of Billboard an interview with Leonard Chess finds the Chicago-based label boss opining that “as it stands today, there’s virtually no difference between rock ‘n’ roll, pop and rhythm & blues. The music has completely overlapped.” 1963 – Bob Dylan flies from London to Rome in pursuit of his girlfriend Suze Rotolo. He’s accompanied by the folksinger Odetta. Once in Italy, Dylan discovers that Rotolo has returned to the United States. He scores a gig at a folk club in Rome and writes both “Girl from the North Country” and “Boots of Spanish Leather.” 1966 – The Beatles record overdubs onto the film The Beatles at Shea Stadium. That night, John Lennon goes nightclubbing with ’50s rocker P.J. Proby. 1967 – During The Beatles Sgt Pepper sessions at Abbey Road in London, Paul McCartney recorded his vocal track on ‘Penny Lane.’ 1977 – Led Zeppelin rehearse at Emerson Lake & Palmer’s studio in preparation for a North American tour. 1978 – The Sex Pistols make their U.S. debut at the Great Southeast Music Hall in Atlanta. 2000 – Former Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford announces that he’s written his old band-mates a letter of conciliation, fanning rumors of a reunion. 2001 – The Kentucky Court of Appeals reverses the conviction of a woman arrested for wearing a Marilyn Manson T-shirt. She was accused of harassment because her shirt bore the legend, “I am the God of ****. 2003 – Green Day’s lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong was arrested on suspicion of drink driving after being stopped in California speeding in a black BMW convertible. He failed a breath test and was taken to Berkeley county jail and was later released on $1,053 (£657) bail. 2005 – Danny Sugerman, longtime manager of the Doors, dies in Los Angeles after a long battle with cancer. He is 50.

Rock Talk - Don Henley

This week's magnificent playlists for a quality show coming to an FM or online outlet near you from around now. Find a station at dominicforbes.org Part 1 1. The Eagles - Take it easy 2. The Eagles - Hotel California 3. The Eagles - The last resort 4. The Eagles - Journey of the sourcerer 5. The Eagles - One of these nights Part 2 1. Don Henley - Sunset strip 2. Don Henley - New York minute 3. Don Henley - Dirty laundry 4. Don Henley - Heart of the matter 5. The Eagles - How long

Timesweep 7th January

This week's magnificent playlists for a quality show coming to an FM or online outlet near you from around now. Find a station at dominicforbes.org Part 1 Back to 1988 1. David Lee Roth - Just like paradise 2. Lita Ford - Kiss me deadly 3. Bon Jovi - Lay your hands on me 4. Melissa Etheridge - Bring me some water 5. Waterboys - Fisherman's blues 6. Europe - Superstitious Part 2 1. Aerosmith - Rag doll 2. Poison - Nothing but a good time A quick look at 1973 3. The Who - 5.15 4. Led Zeppelin - D'ya maker Part 3 This week in rock history 1. T-Rex - Debora 2. Steve Miller Band - The joker 3. Cream - White room Part 4 1. Neil Young - Transformer man 2. Dire Straits - Money for nothing 3. The Who - I can't explain 4. George Harrison - Got my mind set on you Part 5 Time to get happy 1. The Turtles - Happy together 2. Rolling Stones - Happy 3. Blood Sweat & Tears - You've made me so very happy 4. REM - Shiny happy people Part 6 This week's birthdays 1. Jackson Browne & Clarence Clemons - You're a friend of mine 2. Barclay James Harvest - Mockingbird 3. Yes - Wondrous stories Part 7 1. White Lion - Wait 2. Nirvana - In bloom 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple man Part 8 1. ELO - Evil woman 2. Nashville Teens - Tobacco road 3. Rolling Stones - You can't always get what you want 4. Paul McCartney & Wings - Band on the run Part 9 Back to 1977 1. Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the moonlight 2. Ted Nugent - Cat scratch fever 3. Queen - We are the champions 4. Status Quo - Dirty water Part 10 1. David Bowie - Heroes 2. Sex Pistols - God save the queen 3. Fleetwood Mac - The chain Part 11 1. Rainbow - Kill the king 2. Eddie & The Hotrods - Do anything you wanna do 3. Neil Young - Like a hurricane 4. Santana - She's not there

Brit Rock 7th January

This week's magnificent playlists for a quality show coming to an FM or online outlet near you from around now. Find a station at dominicforbes.org 1. Aerosmith - Falling in love is hard on the knees 2. Ram Jam - Black Betty A tribute to Rick Parfitt from Status Quo 3. Status Quo - Rain 4. Status Quo - Whatever you want 5. Status Quo - Again and again 6. Status Quo - Living on an island 7. The Strawkites - Purple clouds 8. Pink Floyd - Us and them 9. The Zombies - Time of the season 10. The Ramones - Sheena is a punk rocker A look at this year's inductees into the rock and roll hall of fame 11. Journeyb - Lovin' touchin' squeezin' 12. Pearl Jam - Alive 13. Yes - Owner of a lonely heart 14. ELO - The way life's meant to be 15. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Dark necessities 16. X-Japan - La Venus 17. X-Japan - Born to be free 18. Queen & George Michael - Somebody to love 19. The Damed - Eloise 20. Mott The Hoople - All the young dudes Hour three is a look at some of the best tracks from 2016 1. Bryan Adams - You belong to me 2. Rolling Stones - Ride 'em on down 3. Eric Clapton - Somebody's knocking 4. Steven Tyler - I make my own sunshine 5. Kings Of Leon - Waste a moment 6. Black Stone Cherry - The rambler 7. Disturbed - Sound of silence 8. Metallica - Atlas rise 9. The Pretty Reckless - Take me down 10. Reef - How I got over 11. Cheap Trick - When I wake up tomorrow 12. Airbourne - Breaking out of hell 13. Neil Young - Peace trail 14. Blink 182 - Bore to death

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Today in rock history 4th January

1960 – Michael Stipe of R.E.M. is born. 1962 – In a sign of their burgeoning local popularity, the as-yet-unsigned Beatles top Mersey Beat‘s poll for best group. 1963 – In London, Bob Dylan spends his second day shooting the TV play Madhouse in Castle Street. 1965 – Leo Fender sells Fender Guitars for $13 million. 1970 – George Harrison records the second guitar solo for “Let It Be.” It’s the last Beatles recording session to feature Harrison, Paul McCartney and George Martin, as well as the last recording session of the Beatles as a band. 1971 – At London’s Abbey Road studios, Pink Floyd begin sessions for Meddle, the follow-up to their 1970 album Atom Heart Mother. The same month director Stanley Kubrick asks the band if he can use Atom Heart Mother as the soundtrack for his film, A Clockwork Orange. The band say no. 1973 – Australia announces that they have placed an “entry ban” on an un-named member of the Rolling Stones. The Immigration Ministry lifts the ban five days later, but the Stone’s identity is never revealed. 1973 – Rolling Stone magazine announces that The Allman Brothers Band has hired Lamar Williams as the replacement for Berry Oakley, who died in a motorcycle crash in 1972. 1976 – Beatles road manager Mal Evans comes to a bizarre end in Los Angeles. He’s shot by LAPD marksmen after threatening them with a rifle at his girlfriend’s apartment. 1977 – The Sex Pistols shocked passengers and airline staff at Heathrow Airport when they spat and vomited boarding a plane to Amsterdam. 1986 – Thin Lizzy’s bassist-singer Phil Lynott dies aged 35 in the intensive care unit of Salisbury Infirmary in England. His kidneys, liver and heart failed due to blood poisoning and multiple internal abscesses caused by drug abuse. 2000 – Carlos Santana’s remarkable 1999 comeback receives further validation when the veteran Latin rocker is nominated for 10 Grammy Awards. 2001 – Police raid a record store in Glasgow, Scotland and confiscate T-shirts promoting the Goth metal band Cradle of Filth. 2001 – Courtney Love filed a lawsuit against her alleged stalker claiming that Lesley Barber, the ex-wife of her current boyfriend Jim Barber, drove over her foot. This had forced her to forfeit her role in a forthcoming film and lost her the £200,000, ($340,000) fee that went with it. 2004 – Ray Davies of the Kinks is shot in the leg in New Orleans. Ray was pursuing two men who stole his lady companion’s purse. 2006 – The house where Johnny Cash lived for 35 years was bought by Bee Gees singer Barry Gibb.

Today in rock history 3rd January

1926 – George Martin, who produced most of the Beatles’ most memorable recordings, is born in London. 1945 – Stephen Stills is born in Dallas. 1946 – Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones is born in Sidcup. 1963 – The Beatles begin their first headlining tour in Scotland at the Two Red Shoes Ballroom in Elgin. The promoter bills them as “The ‘Love Me Do’ Boys – The Beatles.” 1964 – The Beatles’ “She Loves You” is heard for the first time in the United States when Jack Paar screens footage of the group on his television show. 1964 – Guitarist Raymond McGinley of Scotland’s Teenage Fanclub is born. 1967 – Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys refuses to be sworn in after receiving a U.S. Army draft notice, saying he is a conscientious objector. 1967 – Benjamin Darvill, harmonica player with the Crash Test Dummies, is born. 1969 – Two Virgins arrives at Newark Airport in New Jersey. However, the shipment of 30,000 copies of the album is confiscated by police, who object to what they call the “pornographic” picture of the naked couple on the front cover. 1974 – Bob Dylan and the Band open a landmark 39-date U.S. tour in Chicago. 1992 – Simple Minds lead singer Jim Kerr marries British actress Patsy Kensit in London. The actress was previously married to Big Audio Dynamite ex-keyboardist Dan Donovan. Kerr ended a six-year marriage to Pretenders lead singer Chrissie Hynde. 2003 – Kevin MacMichael, guitarist with the Cutting Crew dies aged 51. 2011 – The white two-piece suit John Lennon wore on the cover of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album is been sold at auction in Connecticut for $46,000.

Monday, 2 January 2017

Today in rock history 2nd January

1942 – Born on this day, Chick Churchill, keyboards, Ten Years After. 1955 – Five thousand people attend Johnny Ace’s funeral in Memphis. The R&B star accidentally killed himself in a game of Russian roulette. 1964 – The Rolling Stones perform their new single “I Wanna Be Your Man” on Top of the Pops TV programme. 1968 – The entire shipment of John and Yoko’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores. 1969 – Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band. 1969 – Shooting for the Beatles documentary Let It Be begins as the band meet at London’s Twickenham Studios to rehearse songs for a worldwide satellite broadcast. 1971 – The George Harrison album ‘All Things Must Pass’ started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album. 1972 – Syd Barrett plays an unannounced solo gig at King’s College Cellar, Cambridge. 1975 – Born on this day, Douglas Seann Robb, Hoobastank. 1975 – The Allman Brothers Band is named “Outstanding Community Organization” by the Georgia Department of Corrections. 1975 – In efforts to defend himself from deportation, John Lennon and his lawyers are granted access to Department of Immigration files. Lennon wants to find out if he’s been barred from the U.S. because of drug use, or his remarks about President Richard Nixon. 1976 – Bad Company, Nazareth, Ronnie Lane’s Slim Chance, The Pretty Things and Be Bop Deluxe all appeared at the second day of the Great British Music Festival at London’s Olympia. 1979 – Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier. 1994 – Meat Loaf started a three-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Bat Out Of Hell 2-Back Into Hell.’ 2005 – Green Day top the first UK albums chart of the year with American Idiot. 2009 – According to official US sales figures AC/DC were the biggest sellers of 2008 with over 3.4m sales.

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Today in rock history 1st January

1942 – Singer Joe McDonald of Country Joe & the Fish is born in El Monte, Calif. 1950 – Morgan Fisher is born. As well as playing keyboards for English acts like the Love Affair and Mott the Hoople, Fisher also produced albums by the Dead Kennedys, Wayne/Jayne County and Cherry Vanilla. 1962 - The Beatles perform their first audition for Decca Records in London. However, the company’s A&R man is unimpressed by their 15-song set of standards and originals. He passes on them, and signs the Tremeloes instead. 1965 – The New Musical Express reports that the Nashville Teens, the Zombies and the Hullabaloos have all been denied work visas that would permit them to perform in the United States. Unfortunately, the English groups have already entered the country to start a tour 1967 – The Grateful Dead and Big Brother & the Holding Company perform at the New Year’s Wail/Whale in San Francisco. Hell’s Angels hosts the bash to thank Haight-Ashbury hippies for bailing Angel Chocolate George from jail. 1976 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant walks unassisted for the first time since his August 1975 car accident in Greece. 1984 – Alexis Korner, whose band Blues Incorporated gave many English musicians their start in the business, dies aged 55 of lung cancer in London. 1999 – Club Days by Van Halen is released. 2000 – George Harrison leaves hospital following a knife attack at his English mansion by a crazed fan. Doctors tell him that he will be able to play the guitar again, despite suffering a hand wound. 2002 – Bush leader Gavin Rossdale proposes to his longtime girlfriend Gwen Stefani of No Doubt. She says “Yes.” 2002 – Veteran rock guitarist Eric Clapton marries Melia McEnery, his 25-year-old American girlfriend, in a private ceremony that includes the christening of his two daughters. 2011 - Rock ‘n’ roll great Chuck Berry was feeling fine and headed back to his hometown of St. Louis, associates said on Sunday, hours after the musician fell ill during a New Year’s performance in Chicago.