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.

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