Monday, 27 February 2017

Today in rock history 28th February

1942 – Born on this day, Brian Jones, guitar, Rolling Stones. 1952 – Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes sax player Edward Manion, who has also blown for Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, is born. 1958 – Little Richard’s Good Golly Miss Molly hits UK chart. 1963 – On the tour bus from York to Shrewsbury, John Lennon and Paul McCartney write From Me to You (based on NME letters column). 1964 – The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England. 1966 – Cavern Club in Liverpool closes with debts of £70,000. 1967 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Ruby Tuesday,” The Rolling Stones. The song is released as the B side to the single “Let’s Spend the Night Together.” 1970 – Led Zeppelin play Copenhagen, as The Nobs. 1970 – Frank Zappa’s Hot Rats hits UK LP chart. 1970 – In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. 1972 – George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days. 1982 – Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham collapsed during the bands European tour suffering from heroin withdrawal. 1985 – David Byron, singer with Uriah Heep died from a heart attack. Age 38. 1991 – The Record Plant in Hollywood closes. Among the albums recorded at the recording studio and rock hangout were the Eagles’ “Hotel California,” Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.” 1994 – Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the ‘Children In Crisis’, charity. 1996 – At the Grammys, Hootie and the Blowfish are named Best New Artist. Alanis Morissette wins four Grammy’s including Best Album for “Jagged Little Pill.” 2000 – Charging that he has been shortchanged millions in publishing royalties, Stan Penrige, the songwriter who penned “Beth,” sues the members of Kiss, the band’s publishing company, and Universal Music Group. 2010 - Neil Young performed “Long May You Run” during the closing ceremony of the 2010 Winter Olympics at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver while the Olympic Flame was extinguished. 2012 – Kid Rock performs at Mitt Romney’s Finale.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Today in rock history 27th February

1951 – Born on this day, Steve Harley, singer, Cockney Rebel. 1954 – Journey founder and Santana guitarist Neal Schon is born in San Mateo, Calif. 1955 – Billboard announces that, for the first time, seven-inch 45 rpm singles are outselling 78s in US. 1957 – John Roy “Johnny” Van Zant (born February 27, 1959, in Jacksonville, Florida) is an American musician and the current Lead vocalist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. 1957 – Born on this day, Adrian Smith, Iron Maiden. 1967 – Pink Floyd record Arnold Layne, their first single. 1970 – Jefferson Airplane is fined for using profanity during a show in Oklahoma City. The fine is $1,000. 1971 – Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pearl". 1974 – Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher married Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers band on 27th June 1975. 1977 – Led Zeppelin cancel the kick-off of their world tour in Dallas after Robert Plant comes down with tonsillitis. 1980 – The Doobie Brothers’ “What a Fool Believes,” wins Grammys for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year. 1998 – Motley Crue member Vince Neil, not to outdone by Tommy Lee, announces an agreement with Internet Entertainment Group and Vivid Video to distribute a 60-minute home video of him having sex with two adult film models while on vacation in Hawaii. 1998 – One day after being charged, rocker Tommy Lee is free on bail after pleading innocent to charges of abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and their baby son. A judge reluctantly cuts Lee’s $1 million bail in half despite a plea relayed through an attorney who says that Mrs. Lee is fearful. 2001 – Returning home after a 46-year absence, guitarist Carlos Santana unveils a plaque in Autlan De Navarro declaring him the “favorite son” of the west-central Mexican town. 2003 – A lawyer for Great White’s tour manager says the band had permission from a Rhode Island nightclub to use pyrotechnics at their fatal Feb. 20 show. 2003 – Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington undergoes emergency heart surgery, leaving the Southern rockers to delay a forthcoming tour and the release of their Vicious Cycle album. 2008 – Eric Clapton is been invited to play a landmark concert in communist North Korea, according to an official at the country’s embassy in London. 2008 – Waters Announces Final Dark Side Tour… Roger Waters will perform his last two performances of Pink Floyd’s ‘Dark Side Of The moon’ in the UK later this Spring. 2010 - Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz has been appointed as a spokesperson for UNICEF to raise awareness about the importance of providing clean drinking water for children around the world. 2012 - The Sex Pistols signed with Universal Music Catalogue UK

Today in rock history 26th February

1932 – Country star Johnny Cash is born in Kingsland, Ark. 1943 – Paul Cotton (Poco) is born. 1943 – The very hirsute Canned Heat singer Bob “Bear” Hite is born in Torrance, Calif. 1950 – Born on this day, Jonathan Cain, keyboards, Journey 1965 – Guitarist Jimmy Page releases his first solo single, “She Just Satisfies.” The noted session musician and future Led Zeppelin genius goes on to join the Yardbirds after it fails to chart. 1966 – The Rolling Stones release “19th Nervous Breakdown.” It becomes their ninth hit single, reaching No. 2 on the American charts. 1966 – The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ was at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s seventh US album chart topper. 1973 – During a 9-date tour of Australia and New Zealand The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Royal Randwick Racecourse in Sydney. 1977 – Fleetwood Mac: Rumours hits UK LP chart. 1979 – During a court case between The Sex Pistols and their manager Malcolm McLaren it was revealed that only £30,000 ($51,000) was left of the £800,000 ($1,360,000) the band had earned. 1980 – After seeing U2 play at Dublin’s National Boxing Stadium in front of 2,400 people; Rob Partridge and Bill Stewart from Island Records in the UK offered the band a recording contract. 1995 – Former Led Zeppelin duo Jimmy Page and Robert Plant kick off a year-long world tour in Pensacola, Fla., supporting their live “No Quarter” reunion album. 1997 – Ellen DeGeneres hosts this year’s Grammys. Eric Clapton wins Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for “Change the World.” 1997 - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, & Neil Peart of Rush received the Order of Canada, the highest civilian award from the Canadian government, for significant achievement in important fields of human endeavor. 1998 – Rocker Tommy Lee of Motley Crue fame is formally charged with abusing his wife, actress Pamela Anderson Lee, and one of their sons, Dylan. 2001 – A woman repeatedly accused of stalking Guns N’ Roses’ Axl Rose is charged with violating her probation after visiting Rose’s home in Malibu, Calif. 2002 – The Eagles, John Fogerty, Billy Joel and Stevie Nicks are among those taking part in Four Concerts for Artists’ Rights, held in the Los Angeles area to raise funds for the Recording Artists Coalition. The organization is working toward changes in the California Labor Code that affect recording artists. 2002 – Alanis Morissette releases her third chart-topping album Under Rug Swept, featuring the single “Hands Clean.” 2005 – The wife of Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt was rushed to hospital after slashing her wrists in a suicide attempt after a Sunday newspaper ran a story claiming that Rick had been cheating on his wife. 2010 – Faith No More’s Frontman, Mike Patton, exposes himself during a concert in Brisbane.

Saturday, 25 February 2017

Today in rock history 25th February

1943 – George Harrison of the Beatles is born in Liverpool. 1957 – Buddy Holly & the Crickets record “That’ll Be the Day” in Clovis, N.M. The single sells more than 1 million copies and tops Chart Toppers’s pop chart. 1959 – Mike Peters, lead singer of the Alarm, is born. 1965 – The Rolling Stones perform their just-released single “The Last Time” on the British rock show Ready! Steady! Go!. 1965 – Filming begins on the Beatles’ film “Help!” in the Bahamas. 1970 – Led Zeppelin perform at Sweden’s Goteborg Courthouse. While Jimmy Page plays the instrumental “White Summer,” a fan in the audience decides to accompany him by tootling on a harmonica. When the song is over, the offended Page spits on him. 1981 - Rush received their first Platinum album in the U.S. for 2112 which was certified by the RIAA for sales of one million copies. The album has since gone on to sell three million copies in the U.S. 1993 - Toy Caldwell, the guitarist for The Marshall Tucker Band died of heart disease. He was 45 years old. 1998 – Bob Dylan wins three Grammys at this year’s ceremony, including Best Album for his career renaissance Time out of Mind. While performing a song from the album, he is interrupted by a rogue performance artist with the words “soy bomb” painted on his chest. The freewheelin’ one doesn’t flinch. 2002 – Riverhead Books buy the rights to publish Kurt Cobain’s journals for a six-figure sum after a fierce bidding war. 2003 – Paul McCartney and his band perform at the 50th birthday of fan Wendy Whitworth in San Diego. Whitworth’s husband paid $1 million to McCartney, who donated his fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity. 2004 – The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. 2010 – A Manhattan federal judge ruled Thursday (February 25) that Ozzy Osbourne can proceed with his lawsuit against guitarist Tony Iommi over use of the Black Sabbath name. Ozzy filed a lawsuit against Iommi in May 2009, claiming that Iommi illegally took sole ownership of the band’s name in a filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. 2011 – Suze Rotolo, Bob Dylan’s former girlfriend dies.! After meeting backstage at one of his gigs, Dylan was overcome by Suzi’s raw beauty.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Today in rock history 24th February

1942 – Vocalist Paul Jones of Manfred Mann is born in Portsmouth. 1944 – Session pianist Nicky Hopkins is born in London. He played with just about everybody, making valuable contributions to the Beatles’ White Album, Jefferson Airplane’s Volunteers, and more than a dozen Rolling Stones albums, including Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed. 1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience perform at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Hendrix breaks up the trio shortly afterward, making this their last British gig together. 1975 – After nearly a two-year wait since Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin release Physical Graffiti. It goes to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart in a record-breaking two weeks. 1976 – The Recording Industry Association of America certifies The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits platinum. It’s the first time a platinum disc has been awarded for sales of a million copies.1976 – The Recording Industry Association of America certifies The Eagles: Their Greatest Hits platinum. It’s the first time a platinum disc has been awarded for sales of a million copies. 1979 – The Police release their single “Roxanne.” It becomes their first American hit, peaking at No. 32. 1982 – Pat Benatar wins a Grammy for “Fire and Ice,” Best Female Rock Performance. 1988 – Alice Cooper must have a new album to promote. The shock rocker announces he’s going to run for governor of Arizona. 1990 – Bob Dylan unexpectedly joins Roger McGuinn, Chris Hillman and David Crosby to sing “Mr. Tambourine Man” at a Los Angeles tribute to the late Roy Orbison. 1992 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole are married in Hawaii. 1993 – Eric Clapton wins six Grammys, including Best Record for “Tears in Heaven,” at this year’s award ceremony. 1998 – John Fogerty, whose well-crafted guitar lines are a trademark of his solo work and classic output as ex-leader of Credence Clearwater Revival, receives the 1998 Orville E. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award. 1999 – Johnny Rotten emcees VH1’s live Grammy coverage – a two-hour pre-show and 30-minute post-show wrap at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. 2002 – Paul McCartney performs “Yesterday” at a special concert tribute to George Harrison held in Liverpool. 2002 - Kiss performed with original guitarist Ace Frehley for the last time to date at the closing ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. 2003 – Veteran rock band Fleetwood Mac previews a new song, “Peacekeeper,” on the NBC series “Third Watch.” 2006 – Sex Pistols singer John Lydon posts a missive on his Web site claiming the band will not attend their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. “We’re not coming,” he writes, “You’re not paying attention.” 2010 – Roger Daltrey wants to start a super-group with Jimmy Page. The Who singer is keen to form a new band with the Led Zeppelin guitarist and go back to the blues roots he established before he started writing songs with bandmate Pete Townshend.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Rock Talk - Graham Nash

1. The Hollies - I can't let go 2. The Hollies - King Midas in reverse 3. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Ohio 4. Graham Nash - Chicago 5. Graham Nash - Better days 6. Crosby Stills & Nash - Suite: Judy blue eyes Part 2 1. Crosby Stills & Nash - Marakesh express 2. Crosby Stills & Nash - Our house 3. Crosby Stills & Nash - Teach your children 4. Crosby Stills & Nash - Our house 5. Graham Nash - Encore 6. Crosby Stills & Nash & Young - Carry on 7. Crosby Stills & Nash & Young - American dream

Timesweep 25th February

Part 1 Fishing 1. Heart - Barracuda 2. Led Zeppelin - Moby Dick 3. Mountain - Nantucket sleighride 4. Hootie & The Blowfish - I only wanna be with you 5. The Waterboys - Fisherman's blues Part 2 1989 1. Marillion - Uninvited guest 2. Faith No More - Epic 3. Skid Row - 18 and life 4. Bad English - When I see you smile Part 3 A look at days 1. Led Zeppelin - Dancing days 2. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 3. Gun - Better days 4. U2 - New Year's day Part 4 This week's birthdays 1. Manfred Mann - Ragamuffin man 2. The Who - Happy Jack 3. Rory Gallagher - Bad penny 4. ACDC - Highway to hell 5. Bon Jovi - Wanted dead or alive Part 5 1. Yes - Leave it 2. ZZ Top - Rough boy 3. Pink Floyd - High hopes 4. J Giels Band - Love stinks Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Bruce Springsteen - Streets of Philadelphia 2. Buffalo Springfield - What's that sound 3. Rod Stewart - Maggie may Part 7 1. Led Zeppelin - Stairway to heaven 2. REO Speedwagon - Can't fight this feeling Part 8 It's cold 1. Foreigner - Cold as ice 2. Black Sabbath - Snowblind 3. Red HotChilli Peppers - Snowblind 4. Genesis - \\\\\\\\\\snowbound Part 9 Back to 1969 1. Led Zeppelin - Communication breakdown 2. The Kinks - Victoria 3. Rolling Stones - Gimme shelter 4. The Beatles - Here comes the sun Part 10 1. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Born on the bayou 2. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Marakesh express 3. Neil Young - Cinnamon girl 4. Humble Pie - Natural born boogie Part 11 1. Blood Sweat & Tears - Spinning wheel 2. The Doors - Touch me 3. The Band - Rag mama rag 4. Bob Dylan - Lay lady lay

Brit Rock 25th February

1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Hollywood nights 2. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Dani Clifornia 3. The Eagles - Hotel California 4. Billy Joel - Say goodbye to Hollywood 5. Bon Jovi - Dry county 6. Def Leppard - When love and hate collide 7. Whitesnake - Here I go again 8. Van Morrison - Wild night 9. Jackson Browne - Somebody's baby 10. Marillion - Freaks 11. REM - Stand 12. Warrant - Cherry pie 13. Jeff Lynne - Every little thing 14. Depeche Mode - Personal Jesus 15. Black Crowes - Hard to handle 16. Aerosmith - What it takes 17. The Quireboys - Hey you 18. sean Penn - No myth 19. Queensryche - Silent lucidity 20. Faith No More - Epic 21. ACDC - Money talks 22. Tom Petty - Mary Jane's last dance 23. The Who - The kids are alright 24. White Stripes - 7 nation army Hour three is an hour of protest songs 1. Midnight Oil - Beds are burning 2. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate son 3. Green Day - American idiot 4. Black Sabbath - War pigs 5. Twisted Sister - We're not gonna take it 6. Bruce Springsteen - War 7. The Who - Won't get fooled again 8. Neil Young - Let's impeach the president 9. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Ohio 10. The Guess Who - American woman 11. Country Joe & The Fish - Fixing to die 12. Buffalo Sproingfield - What's that sound 13. Tom Robinson - Glad to be gay 14. George Harrison - Give me love (give me peace on earth)

Today in rock history 23rd February

1944 – Johnny Winter is born 1952 – Brad Whitford from Aerosmith is born. 1970 - Ringo Starr made a guest appearance on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In. This was Starr’s first solo television appearance. 1978 - David Coverdale’s Whitesnake made their live debut at the Sky Bird Club in Nottingham, U.K. 1978 – The Eagles win Grammys for the “Hotel California” album and “New Kid in Town” single. 1979 – The first tour of the U.S. and Canada by Dire Straits opens at the Paradise Club in Boston. The group logs 51 sold-out shows in 38 days. 1980 – Queen had Billboard’s top tune with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”, a song that Freddie Mercury later admitted, came to him while he was taking a bath. 1980 - Iron Maiden released their debut single “Running Free” on EMI Records in the U.K. where it peaked at number 34. 1983 – A collection of former studio musicians who call themselves Toto win Album Of The Year for “Toto IV” and Record Of The Year for “Rosanna”, at the 25th Grammy Awards. 1999 – At the 1999 Orville H. Gibson Awards, held at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, Courtney Love, lead singer of Hole, walks away with the best rock guitarist (female) honor, while bandmate Melissa auf der Maur picks up the plaudit for best bassist (female). 2000 – A cover of the Led Zeppelin classic “What Is And What Should Never Be” by Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes becomes available for free download exclusively from e-tailer 2000 – At the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Carlos Santana performs a record-tying sweep at the Grammy’s, winning eight of the ten awards for which he is nominated. 2003 – Howie Epstein, 47, former bassist for Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, dies at a hospital in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A female companion who transports Epstein to the hospital claims that he had been doing heroin and taking prescription antibiotics for an illness. 2004 – Courtney Love fires her lawyer after he advises her to plead guilty to drugs possession charges. 2006 – The surviving members of Alice in Chains announce they are reforming for a series of concerts. Singer Layne Staley died in 2002. 2010 – The Rock Hall induction “gala” this year will take place in NYC on March 15th. This year’s inductees: Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong will induct The Stooges, Phish’s Trey Anastasio will induct Genesis, Wyclef Jean will induct Jimmy Cliff, Barry and Robin Gibb will induct ABBA and Jackson Browne will induct David Geffen. 2011 – Foo Fighters release “Rope,” the first single off their upcoming Wasting Light album.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Today in rock history 22nd February

1963 – The Beatles form their Northern Music Publishing Company. Their single “Please Please Me” spends its first week at No. 1 on the U.K. charts. 1967 – The Beatles record the piano chord used on “A Day in the Life.” David Crosby pops by Abbey Road studios for a visit. 1968 – Genesis release their debut single, “The Silent Sun.” 1969 – Oz magazine reviews Led Zeppelin’s first album. Writer Felix Dennis says the debut “defies immediate classification or description, simply it’s so obviously a turning point in rock music that only time proves capable of shifting it into eventual perspective.” 1969 – The Beatles begin their sessions for Abbey Road with a take of “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” 1977 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “New Kid in Town,” Eagles. The single, the first release from the album “Hotel California,” 1978 – The Police appear as blondes in an advertisement for Wrigley’s chewing gum and decide to keep the look. 1979 – Rolling Stone reports that Journey have entered into a sponsorship deal with Budweiser in one of the first instances of what will soon become standard music industry practice. 1993 – Iron Maiden’s air-raid siren, Bruce Dickinson, announces that he’s leaving the group in order to pursue a solo career. He returns to the fold in 1999. 1999 – Jimmy Chamberlin announces that he has rejoined the Smashing Pumpkins, 3 1/2 years after being ousted from the group for his involvement in the fatal drug overdose of keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin. 2005 – Blink-182 announce they’re going on “indefinite hiatus” (i.e., they’re not speaking to each other until someone offers them enough money to do so). 2005 – Korn announce that guitarist and founding member Brian “Head” Welch has rededicated his life to Christianity and left the band. 2011 – Gregg Rolie of Santana/Journey fame releases solo EP.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Today in rock history 21st February

1943 – Producer and executive David Geffen is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1945 – Paul Newton, original bassist for Uriah Heep is born in Hampshire 1952 - Jean-Jacques "JJ" Burnell, best known as bassist with the Stranglers is born 1958 – The very first Gibson model Flying V guitar is shipped from a factory in Kalamazoo, Mich. 1964 – A New York band called The Echoes recruited a young piano player named Billy Joel. 1970 – Having been in release for only 15 weeks, Led Zeppelin II approaches sales of 2 million. 1977 – Fleetwood Mac released ‘Rumours’. The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies world-wide and spent 31 weeks at No.1 on the US chart. 1981 – REO Speedwagon started a 15 week run at the top of the Billboard album chart with “Hi Infidelity”. 1982 – Murray “the K” Kaufman, who used to be called the fifth Beatle because of his role in promoting their first tour, dies at age 60. 1995 – For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performs live with the E Street Band in a New York City nightclub for a video for Jonathan Demme’s film “Murder Incorporated.” 2001 – Tom Morello denies rumors that Chris Cornell has become the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine. It’s later announced that the new lead singer of Rage Against the Machine is … Chris Cornell. 2001 – Steely Dan, U2, Eminem and Faith Hill each win three Grammys at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. 2003 – Ringo Starr announces he’s starting a new label called Pumkinhead to give a hand to musical “newcomers.” 2006 – Kid Rock files a lawsuit to prevent the distribution of a videotape featuring himself and Creed’s Scott Stapp being “serviced” by four women. 2008 – A computer expert was jailed for two years for electronically stalking Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington. Devon Townsend worked at a US national security laboratory in New Mexico, where she used a computer to track Bennington, she admitted to obtaining family photos, accessing e-mail and voicemail, and threatening his wife Talinda.

Today in rock history 20th February

1946 – Jerome Geils is born in New York City. 1950 – Born on this day, Walter Becker, bass, guitar, vocals, Steely Dan. 1951 – Randy California (Randy Wolfe) of Spirit is born in Los Angeles. 1954 – Born on This Day In Rock, Jon Brant, Cheap Trick. 1960 - Jimi Hendrix made his first stage appearance with his band The Rocking Kings at the National Guard Armory in Seattle. 1967 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana is born. 1969 - Goodbye Cream, the documentary film of Cream’s farewell concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall premiered in Baltimore. 1976 – Four sets of Kiss footprints are placed in the sidewalk outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. 1982 – Pat Benatar married her guitarist and producer Neil Giraldo on the Hawaiian island of Maui. 1991 - Bob Dylan & John Lennon received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at the 33rd Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Aerosmith won their first Grammy for Best Rock Performance for “Janie’s Got A Gun” & performed “Come Together” as part of the tribute to Lennon. 2003 – Tragedy strikes at a Great White show at West Warwick, Rhode Island nightclub The Station when a pyrotechnic ignites soundproofing foam around the stage. The fire quickly spreads, killing 97 and injuring 187. One of those killed is identified as Great White guitarist Ty Longley. 2004 – Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme says he will carry on with the group after the departures of bassist Nick Oliveri and singer Mark Lanegan. 2008 – A 1976 Rolling Stones album bought for £2 at a car boot sale sold for £4,000 at an auction. The ‘Black and Blue’ LP was signed by John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Paul and Linda McCartney and George Harrison as well as members of the Rolling Stones. The seller obtained the album after haggling the cost down from £3. 2008 – At this year’s Brit Awards, Foo Fighters won best international group and album.

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Today in rock history 19th February

1946 - Paul Dean-guitarist for Loverboy is born 1948 – Tony Iommi, the tin-fingered guitarist with Black Sabbath, is born in Birmingham. 1950 – Born on this day, Andy Powell, guitar, Wishbone Ash. 1963 – The Beatles, Freddie Starr & The Midnighters, The Pathfinders and Curtis & The All Stars all appeared at The Cavern Club, Liverpool. 1965 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You’re Gonna Lose That Girl’ in two takes. 1972 – Paul McCartney releases the controversial single “Give Ireland Back to the Irish” in the U.K. Predictably, the BBC bans it. 1972 – Harry Nilsson started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of the Badfinger song ‘Without You.’ 1972 – Led Zeppelin appeared at the Memorial Drive, Adelaide in Australia. 1980 - Bon Scott from ACDC dies from acute alcohol poisoning 1982 – Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest. 1984 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jump,” Van Halen. 1995 – “Baywatch’s” Pamela Anderson marries Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee on a Cancun beach. The bride wears a white bikini. 1997 – Motley Crue are cleared of responsibility for a concertgoer’s hearing loss. The fan sued the band for $7 million, but a judge ruled that he knew the concert would be loud when he bought the ticket. 1998 – Los Angeles’ House of Blues plays host to a one-off reunion of the Stray Cats. Proceeds from the sold-out show go to the Carl Perkins Foundation 2010 – Aerosmith announced yesterday that they will be adding more European dates to its summer itinerary to follow up the booking at this year’s Download Festival in England. 2010 – A rare Jimi Hendrix cover recorded over 40 years ago is set to be released as a digital release on March 1.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Today in rock history 18th February

1933 – Born on this day, Yoko Ono, artist, singer, poet and wife of John Lennon. 1947 – Dennis DeYoung of Styx is born in Chicago. 1953 – Born on this day, Robbie Bachman, Bachman Turner Overdrive, 1950 – Born on this day, Brian James, The Damned. 1964 – While in Miami for a concert, the Beatles meet up with Cassius Clay, who is training in the city for an upcoming bout with Sonny Liston. 1965 – The Kinks were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Tired Of Waiting For You’, the groups second UK No.1. 1966 – The Rolling Stones kicked off an 11-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Commemorative Auditorium, Sydney, supported by The Searchers. 1968 – Guitarist Dave Gilmour joins Pink Floyd, as the rest of the band prepare to oust their permanently addled leader, Syd Barrett. 1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London. 1970 – John Lennon holds a birthday party for Yoko Ono at the Apple Records offices in London. Yoko is 37. 1977 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Blinded by the Light,” Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. The song is written by Bruce Springsteen and first appears on the New Jersey rocker’s album Greetings from Asbury Park. 1978 – Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Fleetwood Mac, Album of the year for ‘Rumours’, The Eagles, Record of the year for ‘Hotel California’ and Best pop vocal performance, The Bee Gees for ‘How Deep Is Your Love.’ 1980 – Bill Wyman announces that he’s leaving the Rolling Stones. After an intervention by the rest of the band, the bassist is convinced to stay. He quits in 1992. 1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Livin’ on a Prayer,” Bon Jovi. 2000 – An American court ordered the release of FBI files relating to John Lennon’s interests and activities including his support for the Irish Republican cause and the Workers Revolutionary Party. The British Government told the US that it wanted the files to remain secret. MI5 also had files on Lennon, which they had passed on the FBI during the 70’s. 2003 – Styx release Cyclorama. Among the guest stars are Beach Boy Brian Wilson, actor Billy Bob Thornton and mock rockers Tenacious D. 2004 – On his official Web site, Billy Corgan blames the 2000 split of the Smashing Pumpkins on guitarist James Iha. 2010 – According to, Judas Priest frontman Rob Halford will make a “special appearance” at the Los Angeles presentation of the 21st annual Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) Media Awards on April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

Today in rock history 17th February

1960 – Elvis Presley won his first Gold record for the album ‘Elvis’ 1967 – The Beatles started recording a new John Lennon song ‘Being For the Benefit of Mr. Kite’ at Abbey Road studios, London. John’s lyrics for the song came almost entirely from an antique poster advertising a circus performance scheduled to take place in Rochdale, Lancashire, in February 1843. 1969 – Johnny Cash records a session in Nashville, Tenn., with Bob Dylan. 1970 – Joni Mitchell announced she was retiring from live performances during a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. Joni was on stage again by the end of the year. 1972 – At the end of a 14 date UK tour, Pink Floyd started a three night run at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Tickets cost £1 ($1.7). 1972 – Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer’s home. 1972 – Born on this day, Billie Joe Armstrong, guitarist and vocalist with Green Day. 1975 – John Lennon’s ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll’ album was released in the US. 1979 – Blondie scored their first UK No.1 album when ‘Parallel Lines’ started a four-week run at the top of the charts. 1979 – The Clash opens its first U.S. tour at the Palladium in New York City. 1989 - Whitesnake singer David Coverdale married actress Tawny Kitaen in Bel Air, CA. Kitaen appeared in five music videos for Whitesnake. The couple would divorce in 1991. 2000 – John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool. 2004 - Former Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic pulled out of the race for lieutenant governor of Washington, his reason given was “I found out first hand that it’s really considered bad form to run against an incumbent of your own party”. 2004 - Don Henley attacked the current state of the music industry in the Washington Post in an editorial saying when he started in the business “music was vital and important to our culture”. He also added “Labels signed cutting edge artists & FM radio offered an incredible variety of music, music touched fans in a unique and personal way & our culture was enriched & the music business was healthy. That’s all changed.” 2004 – The Darkness confirms its status as the UK's new favorite rock band at the Brit Awards at London’s Earls Court, taking three major trophies. The band _ which led the nominations going into the awards, with four _ won for best British group, British rock act and British album for “Permission to Land". 2005 – A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. 2011 – Rod Stewart just became a father for the eighth time. Stewart’s wife Penny Lancaster gave birth to a son, Aiden.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Rock Talk - Steve Jones

Be wise and find a station via the website, Part 1 1. Sex Pistols - Anarchy in the UK 2. Sex Pistols - God save the queen 3. Sex Pistols - No fun 4. Steve Jones - Elected 5. Sex Pistols - Holidays in the sun Part 2 1. Sex Pistols - Pretty vacant 2. Steve Jones - Cruel devices 3. Sex Pistols - C'mon everybody 4. Sex Pistols - Silly thing 5. Sex Pistols - Lonely boy 6. Sex Pistols - Something else

Timesweep 18th February

Be wise and find a station via the website, Part 1 Back to 1987 1. Genesis - Land of confusion 2. Fleetwood Mac - Big love 3. Europe - The final countdown 4. U2 - Where the streets have no name 5. Heart - There's the girl 6. Faith No More - We care a lot Part 2 1. Bryan Adams - In the heat of the night 2. The Grateful Dead - Touch of grey 3. Bruce Springsteen - Tougher than the rest 4. Crowded Houase - Don't dream it's over Part 3 This week's birthdays 1. Aerosmith - Janie's got a gun 2. The Who - See me feel me 3. The Beatles - While my guitar gently weeps 4. Fats Domino - Blueberry hill Part 4 1. Poco - Call it love 2. Canned Heat - On the road again 3. Journey - Faithfully 4. Iron Maiden - Run to the hills Part 5 1. The Rolling Stones - Jumping Jack flash A brief look back at 1979 2. The Knack - My Sharona 3. Toto - Hold the line 4. Status Quo - Living on an island Part 6 This week in rock history 1. The Eagles - New kid in town 2. Led Zeppelin - Dazed and confused 3. Van Halen - Right now Part 7 1. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo chille 2. George Harrison - What is life 3. U2 - Sunday bloody Sunday Part 8 1. Janis Joplin - My and Bobby McGee 2. Kiss - Beth Part 9 Bad weather songs 1. ACDC - Thundrstruck 2. Kiss - God of thunder 3. Bob Dylan - Hurricane 4. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder road Part 10 It's magic 1. Steppenwolf - Magic carpet ride 2. Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra 3. Heart - Magic man Part 11 1. Queen - A kind of magic 2. Focus - Hocus pocus 3. The Who - Magic bus

Brit Rock 18th February

Be wise and find a station via the website, 1. The Guess Who - American woman 2. The Beatles - She's a woman 3. Rolling Stones - Honky tonk woman 4. The Eagles - Witchy woman 5. Symmetry - I'm not afraid 6. Eugene Twist - Stuntman 7. Eclipse - Never look back 8. Foo Fighters - My hero 9. Alice Cooper - Only women bleed 10. Queensryche - Silent lucidity 11. Magazine - Shot by both sides 12. Killing Joke - Live like blood 13. Dio - Holy diver 14. The Buzzcocks - Everybody's happy nowadays 15. U2 - Elevation 16. Bon Jovi - It's my life 17. Iron Maiden - Blood brothers 18. Blink 182 - All the small things 19. Flogging Molly - Devil's dance floor 20. Offspring - Original prankster 21. Coldplay - Yellow 22. Don Henley - Taking you home 23. Alien Ant Farm - Smooth criminla 24. Ozzy Osbourne - Dreamer 25. Evanescence - My immortal 26. The Darkness - Friday night Hour three is all hair metal from the 1980's 1. Twisted Sister - We're not gonna take it 2. Quiet Riot - Cum on feel the noize 3. Poison - Talk dirty to me 4. Bon Jovi - Lay your hands on me 5. Ratt - Round and round 6. Cinderella - Gypsy road 7. Whitesnake - Crying in the rain 8. The Scorpions - Rock you like a hurricane 9. Y&T - Summertime girls 10. Van Halen - Jump 11. Motley Crue - Home sweet home 12. Vxen - Crtying 13. REO Speedwagon - Can't fight this feeling

Today in rock history 16th February

1935 – Sonny Bono (Salvatore Bono) is born in Detroit. 1961 – Andy Taylor, lead guitarist of Duran Duran and the Power Station, is born in Dover-Hampton, England. 1963 – “Please Please Me” becomes the Beatles’ first U.K. No. 1. 1964 – The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. 1965 – Born on this day, Dave Lombardo, drums, Slayer. 1968 – The Beatles fly to India to study with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 1971 – The Rolling Stones are sued by the Hell’s Angel accused of stabbing Meredith Hunter at Altamont in 1969. Alan David Pasaro alleges that the Stones have invaded his privacy by including footage of the fatal attack in their documentary Gimme Shelter. 1972 – John Lennon performs with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and Yoko Ono are hosts of the afternoon talk show all this week. 1972 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watt’s wife Shirley was arrested after an incident at Nice Airport for swearing and hitting custom’s officials. 1972 – Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth. 1974 – During a tour of America the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75 (£44). 1974 – Winners in the UK music weekly Disc Readers Awards Poll; Top UK group went to Slade, Top musician, Roy Wood, David Bowie won UK and World male singer, Top single with ‘Jean Genie’ and album with ‘Aladdin Sane’, Top female singer was Lynsey De Paul and Brightest hope was won by David Essex. 1985 – Congratulations to Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo, who become the proud parents of a daughter, Haley, today. 1985 – Bruce Springsteen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Born In The USA’, his first UK No.1 album. 1991 – Queen scored their seventh UK No.1 album with ‘Innuendo’ on this day in rock history! 1992 – Mick Jagger lands in Japan but doesn’t have the proper papers to let him into the country. He spends the night in a Tokyo airport hotel before the mix-up is resolved. 1993 – Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagen, and Kenny Jones reunite as the Faces to perform “Stay With Me” and “Sweet Little Rock ‘n’ Roller” at the Brit Awards. Bill Wyman fills in for Ronnie Lane, who is suffering from multiple sclerosis. 2004 – Sir Paul McCartney telephones British tabloid The Sun to deny reports of a rift between his second wife Heather Mills and his daughter Stella McCartney. “I’m sick of people saying Heather and Stella don’t get on,” he says. “The truth is they do.” 2005 – Kid Rock is arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub. 2005 – 3 Doors Down top the charts with their third album, Seventeen Days. 2006 – Sir Elton John accepted undisclosed libel damages from the Britain’s Sunday Times after the newspaper erroneously repeated an entirely false rumour that he acted in a rude, self-important and arrogant manner at a charity ball.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Today in rock history 15th February

1942 – Glyn Johns, the producer who famously worked with the Eagles, is born in Epsom, England. He’s also produced albums for the Who and the Rolling Stones. 1944 – Kinks drummer Mick Avory is born in Hampton Court, England. 1945 - John Helliwell-saxophonist for Supertramp is born 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis performs “Great Balls of Fire” and “Breathless” on American Bandstand. 1964 – The Beatles scored their first US No.1 album with ‘Meet The Beatles!’ The album stayed at No.1 for eleven weeks. 1967 – The first anti-bootlegging recording laws are enacted. 1968 – John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 1988 – After singer Jo Elliot had referred to El Paso as ‘the place with all those greasy Mexicans’ Def Leppard were forced to cancel a concert in El Paso, after they received threats that the gig would be disrupted. 1997 – U2 went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Discoteque’, the bands third UK number 1 single. 1998 – The Rolling Stones perform the final show of their Bridges to Babylon North American tour at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel. Mick Jagger calls the crowd, which includes Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, and Sting, “the best-dressed audience I’ve ever seen in my life" 2001 – Beatles principal George Harrison participates in his first-ever online chats via Yahoo! Chat and MSN Live. 2001 – David Lee Roth sues, claiming they’re violating the Consumers Legal Remedies Act by selling merchandise with his image on it. 2002 – Tommy Lee is sued by the parents of a boy who drowned in his pool in 2001. They allege there was no lifeguard provided at the pool. 2002, Kerrang! Magazine overtook the New Musical Express for the first time to become the best selling UK weekly music publication. 2006 – The gravesite of AC/DC singer Bon Scott in Fremantle Cemetery in Western Australia is classified with a heritage listing. 2008 – Confirming long standing rumors , Activision announced this morning that they’re teaming with rock band Aerosmith to produce an entirely new “Guitar Hero” game dedicated solely to virtually playing along with their songs, titled simply “Guitar Hero: Aerosmith”.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Today in rock history 14th February

1945 – Born on this day, Vic Briggs, guitar, The Animals, 1946 – Born on this day, Doug Simril , Steve Miller Band. 1950 – Born on this day, Roger Fisher, Heart. 1961 – The Beatles play at Liverpool, England’s Casanova Club and are captured on film for the first time. 1967 – The Doors play the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles. 1968 – Manfred Mann were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with their version of the Bob Dylan song ‘Mighty Quinn’. 1968 – Drumming up some publicity, Frank Zappa announces he’s working on two films with his Mothers of Invention. Uncle Meat doesn’t see the light of day until 1987, while a proposed Japanese monster movie never comes to fruition. 1970 – The Who perform at Leeds University in England and record it for the official bootleg Live at Leeds. 1972 – Born on this day, Rob Thomas, Matchbox 20. 1972 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their week-long stint as guest hosts on The Mike Douglas Show. 1973 – David Bowie collapses from what his promoter calls “total exhaustion” following a Valentine’s Day show at Radio City Music Hall. 1974 – Bob Dylan and the Band wrap up their current tour at the Los Angeles Forum. Audience member Ringo Starr says it’s “the best concert I’ve ever been to.” 1978 – Dire Straits begins recording its first album in London. 1980 – Lou Reed married Sylvia Morales at a ceremony in his New York apartment. 1980 – Over in England, Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott marries Caroline Crowther, the daughter of a game-show host. 1981 – Singer Billy Idol leaves his band Generation X to pursue a solo career. 1984 – Elton John marries Renate Blauel. To this day he has no idea what he was thinking. 1986 -Even Frank Zappa thought Miami Vice was cool. He appears on tonight’s episode as “Mr. Frankie,” a crime boss with impeccable facial hair. 1987 – Bon Jovi started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’, the groups second US No.1, a No.4 hit. 1990 – The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million (£11.76 million). 1992 – The film ‘Waynes World’, with a brief cameo appearance from Meat Loaf premiered in the US. Wayne’s World was a recurring sketch from the NBC television series Saturday Night Live. 1992 – Jon Farriss from INXS married actress Leslie Bega. 1994 – Jerry Garcia marries Deborah Koons. 1998 – Marilyn Manson begins a brief book signing tour on Valentine’s Day at Tower Records in New York in support of his autobiography “It’s A Long Hard Road Out of Hell.” 1999 – Lenny Kravitz scored his first UK No.1 single with ‘Fly Away.’ 1999 – Doug Weston, who operated L.A. club the Troubadour, dies in a local hospital after a bout of pneumonia. He is 72. 2000 – Kiss announce their farewell tour. The reunited foursome will don the makeup one last time, then sell off the stage props from a 30-year career in an auction. 2003 – Australian police uncover Beatles album art and reel-to-reel tapes in a raid. All the material appeared to be from the White Album and Abbey Road sessions. 2004 – Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. 2011 - “Angry World,” by Neil Young wins best rock song catergory at The Grammy’s.

Monday, 13 February 2017

Today in rock history 13th February

1950 – Peter Gabriel is born on This Day In Rock in Surrey. 1952 - Ed Gagliardi-bassist for Foreigner is born 1965 – The Rolling Stones played the last night on a 16-date tour of Australia and New Zealand at the Capital Theatre in Perth. Also appearing on the tour was Roy Orbison, The Newbeats and Ray Columbus and the Invaders. 1967 – The Beatles released the double A sided single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’ on Capitol Records in the US. 1967 – The Monkees announced that from now on they would be playing on their own recordings instead of session musicians. 1969 – Bob Dylan recorded ‘Lay, Lady, Lay’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. 1969 – A launch party was held for Mary Hopkin at the Post Office Tower in London, guests included Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Paul McCartney with his new girlfriend Linda Eastman. 1970 - Black Sabbath’s self-titled debut album was released in the U.K. They recorded and mixed the album in just three days & to this day, the album is recognized as one of the main albums credited with the development of heavy metal music. 1972 – Led Zeppelin fans in Singapore are disappointed when the group is forced to cancel a concert there. The reason? The conservative country’s officials wouldn’t let the band members off the plane because of their long hair. 1974 – David Bowie turned down an offer from the Gay Liberation group to compose ‘the world’s first Gay National Anthem.’ 1976 – Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, ‘A Trick Of The Tail’ featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phill Collins taking on the role 1980 – Police raided the home of former Sex Pistol John Lydon who greeted them waving a ceremonial sword, the only illegal item they found was a canister of tear gas, 1981 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon becomes the longest-running rock album on the Billboard albums chart. It’s been there for 402 weeks. 1982 – A 300-pound marble slab marking the grave of Ronnie Van Zant of Lynyrd Skynyrd is stolen. 1989, This year’s Brit Awards was hosted by Sam Fox and Mick Fleetwood in which just about everything went wrong – lines were fluffed and bands mis-cued onto the stage. 1992 – Motley Crue announces Vince Neil is leaving the heavy metal group. 1997 – During their The Alive Worldwide tour, Kiss played the first of three sold out nights at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. 2000 -David Bowie announces that his wife, Iman, is pregnant with his baby. 2001 – Rock guitarist Peter Frampton receives the Orville H. Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award, considered the Oscar for the guitar industry. 2004 – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club cancel the remainder of their tour of Great Britain and Ireland after guitarist Peter Hayes breaks his thumb.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Today in rock history 12th February

1939 – Born on this day, Ray Manzarek, keyboards, The Doors. 1949 - Stanley Knight-guitarist for Black Oak Arkansas is born 1950 – One-time Genesis guitarist and GTR founder Steve Hackett is born. 1964 – Beatlemania hits New York as the group plays two shows at Carnegie Hall tonight. The New York Times says the audience gave a better performance than the band. 1966 – The Rolling Stones arrive in New York to tape an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1967 – Keith Richards’ mansion in Sussex, England, is raided by 15 policemen, who discover what they describe as “various substances of a suspicious nature.” 1968 – Jimi Hendrix returns to his hometown of Seattle. During his trip, he receives the key to the city and performs for the students of his high school. 1977 – The Police record their first single, “Fall Out.” 1978 – Appearing at the Birmingham Odeon, Rush, promoting their new single ‘Closer To The Heart’, in the shops for 99p. 1995 -Van Halen, scored their first US No.1 album with ‘Balance.’ 1997 – David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1998 – “Sir” Elton John is knighted by Queen Elizabeth. 2000 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins dies in Paris after surgery to treat an aneurysm. He was 70. 2003 – Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Phil Lesh – the surviving members of the Grateful Dead – change their name from The Other Ones to The Dead. 2003 – Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. 2004 – Ozzy Osbourne is named a Godlike Genius at the NME Awards in London. Best Album is Radiohead’s Hail to the Thief, while Kings of Leon win Best New Band and Best International Band. 2005 – Legendary rock group Led Zeppelin, jazz great Art Blakey and pioneering country music act the Carter Family are among the artists who receive the Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement award at a Los Angeles ceremony one night prior to the 47th annual Grammy Awards. 2005 – A train was named after Clash frontman Joe Strummer at a ceremony in Bristol. The diesel train owned by Cotswold Rail, was named after the singer, guitarist who died aged 50 in 2002. 2007 – During a press conference at West Hollywood’s Whisky a Go Go club Sting confirmed that The Police were getting back together. The band were set to kick off a world tour on May 28 in Vancouver, Canada, supported by Sting’s son Joe Sumner’s band, Fiction Plane.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Today in rock history 11th February

1935 – Gene Vincent (Eugene Vincent Craddock) is born on This Day In Rock in Norfolk, Va. 1962 – Sheryl Crow, one-time back-up singer for both Michael Jackson and Don Henley, is born in Kennett, Mo. 1963 – Beatles record all tracks for their first LP with George Martin at Abbey Road between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m. 1964 – The Beatles perform their first American concert at Washington, D.C.’s Washington Coliseum. Also on the bill are Tommy Roe, the Chiffons, and the Caravelles. 1965 – Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox. They have a son, Zak Starkey, seven months later. They also have a daughter, Lee. The couple divorces in 1975. 1970 – Film The Magic Christian starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr and featuring Badfinger Come and Get It premieres in New York. 1972 – David Bowie performs his first gig as his Ziggy Stardust persona in Tollworth, England. 1983 – The Rolling Stones documentary Let’s Spend the Night Together opens in New York. 1992 – Megadeth guitarist Dave Mustaine and wife Pam have a baby in Burbank, Calif. They name the child Justis David. 1992 - Motley Crue fired singer Vince Neil, claiming Neil didn’t have a passion for music. Neil claimed he was fired for taking a stand against the group’s new musical direction. Neil later re-joined Motley Crue in 1997. 2003 – Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst tells Access Hollywood he broke off his relationship with Britney Spears because “she has a life like Michael Jackson.” 2004 – A bench warrant is issued for Courtney Love after she fails to appear at a hearing on felony drug possession charges in Los Angeles. 2008 – Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. 2011 – Jeff Beck’s “Emotion & Commotion” will compete in four categories at the Grammy's, and he also picked up a nod for his work on a Herbie Hancock project.

Today in rock history 10th February

1946 – Born on this day, Clifford T. Ward, UK, singer, songwriter 1949 – Born on this day, Nigel Olsson, drummer with the Elton John band. 1962 – Born on this day, Cliff Burton, bass player with Metallica. 1964 – In the wake of last night’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles have become overnight sensations. Elvis Presley sends them a telegram of congratulations. 1967 – Heavy metal pioneers Blue Cheer (“Summertime Blues”) perform at a “Tribute to J. Edgar Hoover” in San Francisco. 1967 – As the Beatles continue to record “A Day in the Life,” they’re visited in the studio by Pattie Harrison, Mick Jagger, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith, and Donovan. 1970 - ZZ Top performed their first concert in Beaumont, TX. 1972 – Appearing at The Rainbow Theatre, London, England, The Faces, tickets cost 75p. 1972 – David Bowie appeared at the Tolworth Toby Jug, London, on the opening date of his Ziggy Stardust tour. 1973 – British Rail, which was due to demolish Liverpool’s Cavern club to build a subway station, gives the fabled venue a stay of execution. 1975 – Dave Alexander, bass player with Iggy Pop and the Stooges died from Pneumonia aged 28. 1976 – “Dream On,” from Aerosmith’s debut album, is re-released as a single and reaches #6. 1977 – The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England. 1978 – Dire Straits release their signature single “Sultans of Swing.” 1990 – Guitarist Eric Clapton finishes an 18-show stand at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1998 – Axl Rose was charged with disorderly conduct following a row with a baggage handler at Arizona Airport, Rose was later released on bail. 1999 - Iron Maiden announced that singer Bruce Dickinson & guitarist Adrian Smith would be rejoining the band for a reunion tour & a new album. Both Dickinson & Smith are still in Iron Maiden to this day. 2003 – The Rolling Stones play a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act is former sax player (and president) Bill Clinton. 2004 – Linkin Park cancel their show at Inglewood, Calif., after singer Chester Bennington comes down with bronchitis and acute laryngitis. 2005 – Courtney Love resolves charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession by signing a plea agreement. 2006 -Ex-Creed bellower Scott Stapp marries the former Miss New York 2004, Jaclyn Nesheiwat, in Miami. But the happy day is spoiled when Stapp is arrested on suspicion of being drunk in a public place while trying to get on a plane to Hawaii.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Rock Talk - John Wetton

Part 1 1. Asia - Heat of the moment 2. Family - Burlesque 3. John Wetton - Book of Saturday 4. UK - In the dead of the night 5. John Wetton - I'll be there Part 2 1. Asia - Only time will tell 2. Asia - Don't cry 3. Asia - Hard on me 4. John Wetton - Battle lines 5. Asia - Sole survivor

Timesweep 11th February

Part 1 A look at love 1. Led Zeppelin - All my love 2. Fleetwood Mac - You make loving fun 3. Bad Company - Feel like making love 4. Van Halen - I can't stop loving you 5. Heart - What about love Part 2 1. Pat Benatar - Love is a battlefield 2. Foreigner - I want to know what love is 3. Queen - Love of my life 4. The Who- Love reign o'er me 5. Fleetwood Mac - Big love Part 3 Feeling free 1. Roger Daltrey - Free me 2. Cream - I feel free 3. Free - A little bit of love 4. Tom Petty - Free falling Part 4 This week in rock history 1. Aerosmith - Sweet emotion 2. ACDC - Touch too much 3. Pink Floyd - Breath Part 5 1. Van Halen - Jump 2. Rolling Stones - Fool to cry 3. ACDC - Whole lotta Rosie Part 6 This week's birthdays 1. The Who - Who are you 2. The Kinks - Victoria 3. Green Day - When I come around 4. Styx - Come sail away Part 7 1. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Rock is my life 2. The Damned - Eloise 3. Black Sabbath - Neon knights 4. Wishbone Ash - Blowing free Part 8 1. Steely Dan - Reeling in the years 2. Cheap Trick - If you want my love 3. Nirvana - Smells like teen spirit Part 9 Back to 1980 1. Iron Maiden - Running free 2. Saxon - Wheels of steel 3. The Scorpions - The zoo 4. Whitesnake - Fool for your loving Part 10 1. J Giels Band - Love stinks 2. Pat Benatar - Hit me with your best shot 3. Peter Gabriel - Biko Part 11 1. Van Halen - And the cradle will rock 2. Bruce Springsteen - The river 3. Graham Bonnet - Night games 4. ACDC - You shook me all night long

Brit Rock 11th February

1. The Who - Who are you 2. Canned Heat - Let's work together 3. Kyros - Monster 4. Muse - Uprising 5. Black Star Riders - When the night comes in 6. Black Star Riders - Dancing with the wrong girl 7. Black Star Riders - Who rides the tiger 8. The Wild Things - I think you can do better 9. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Can't stop 10. Kreator - Gods of violence 11. Kreator - Apocalyption 12. T-Rex - Jeepster 13. Curved Air - Back street luv 14. Santana - Black magic woman 15. Badfinger - Day after day 16. Jethro Tull - Aqualung 17. Black Sabbath - Iron man 18. David Bowie - Oh you pretty things 19. Redbone - Witch queen of New Orleans 20. Janis Joplin - Mercedes benz 21. C.C.S - Walking 22. The Who - Won't get fooled again 23. Deep Purple - Strange kind of woman It's an hour of cover versions for hour three 1. Jeff Healey Band - While my guitar gently weeps 2. Marillion - Sympathy 3. Thunder - Gimme shelter 4. The Who - Summertime blues 5. Wasp - The real me 6. Tesla - The games people play 7. Van Halen - You really got me 8. Metallica - Whiskey in the jar 9. Jeff Buckley - Kashmir 10. Thin Lizzy - Rosalie 11. Wheatus - A little respect 12. The Damned - Eloise 13. Kiss - God gave rock and roll to you 14. Johnny Cash - Hurt

Today in rock history 9th February

1964 – The Beatles make their American TV debut live on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” 1970 – The No. 1 LP in the U.K. today is Led Zeppelin II. 1972 – Paul McCartney plays the first date of an English hit-and-run tour with his new group Wings. The band performs an unannounced concert at Nottingham University. Wings then proceed to travel around the country in a bus, asking the social secretaries of universities they visit if they can play their hall that evening. 1973 – Max Yasgur the owner of the Woodstock farm where the 1969 festival was held died of a heart attack aged 53. 1981 – Rock `n’ roll pioneer Bill Haley of the Comets dies of a heart attack at his home in Harlingen, Texas. 1986 – Pete Townshend, Chrissie Hynde and The Communards played a charity show at London’s Albert Hall for the victims of a volcanic eruption in Colombia 1990 – Nirvana set out on a short west coast tour opening for Dinosaur Jr. at the Pine Street Theater, Portland, Oregon. 1992 – Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the Logan Campbell Center in Auckland, New Zealand. 1997 – Brian Connolly singer with the 1970’s Glam rock group Sweet died of kidney and liver failure aged 47. 1999 – Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, his Roswell Records label, EMI Entertainment World and EMI Virgin Songs file suit against Miramax in California, accusing the Disneyowned indie of unauthorized use of the Foo Fighters’ hit “Big Me” in trailers for the film Rounders. 2005 – The Who’s Roger Daltrey is made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire at Buckingham Palace. 2009 – Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. 2012 – Paul McCartney debuts his new songs live on an iTunes stream

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

Today in rock history 8th February

1961 – Vince Neil of Motley Crue is born. 1964 – On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Extra police were called in to keep fans away. 1969 – George Harrison has his tonsils removed at a London hospital. 1969 - Ginger Baker & Eric Clapton of Cream announced that they have formed Blind Faith with Steve Winwood. 1971 - Frank Zappa was forced to cancel a concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall after venue officials deemed Zappa’s classical opus 200 Motels to be obscene & refuse to allow its performance. 1975 – Bob Dylan went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Blood On The Tracks’ his second US No.1 album. 1977 – Born on this day, Dave ‘Phoenix’ Ferrel, bass, Linkin Park. 1980 – The divorce became final between David and Angie Bowie. He won custody of their son Zowie, (now known as Joe), Angie received a £30,000 ($51,000) settlement. 1981 – R.E.M. made their first ever-recording sessions at Bombay Studios Smyrna, Georgia. Tracks included ‘Gardening At Night’, ‘Radio Free Europe’ and ‘(Don’t Go Back To) Rockville.’ 1990 – Singer Del Shannon dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 1994 – Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry. 1997 – Reef went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their debut album ‘Glow.’ 2002 – The wooden church stage where John Lennon and Paul McCartney first met is saved from demolition when the Liverpool City Council votes to dismantle the stage and store it rather than demolish it to make way for renovations. 2005 – Keith Knudson drummer with The Doobie Brothers died of pneumonia aged 56.

Today in rock history 7th February

1949 – Born on this day, Alan Lancaster, bass, Status Quo. 1959 – Rock `n’ roll pioneer Buddy Holly’s funeral is held in Lubbock, Texas. 1962 – Born on this day, Deborah Bonham, English rock and blues vocalist and the sister of John Bonham, the late drummer for the band Led Zeppelin. 1962 – David Bryan (Bon Jovi) is born. 1964 – The Beatles land at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport and are greeted by thousands of new fans. 1969 – The Who recorded Pinball Wizard at Morgan Studio’s, London. 1970 – Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Led Zeppelin II’. 1970 – Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull married record company secretary Jennie Franks. 1975 – Born on this day, Wes Borland, guitar, Limp Bizkit, 1976 – Bob Dylan started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Desire’, his second US No.1. 1979 – Stephen Stills became the first rock performer to record on digital equipment in Los Angeles’ Record Plant Studio. 1994 – Blind Melon’s lead singer Shannon Hoon was forced to leave the American Music Awards ceremony for his loud and disruptive behavior. Hoon was later charged with battery, assault, resisting arrest, and destroying a police station phone. 1999 – Songwriter/pianist/actor Bobby Troup dies of a heart attack in Sherman Oaks, Calif. Troup, 80, is best known as the writer of “(Get Your Kicks) On Route 66.” 2001 – Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band’s final two performances at Madison Square Garden, edited into a nearly two-hour program, debuts on HBO. 2003 – Courtney Love arrived at a benefit concert at London’s Old Vic Theatre dressed as Donald Duck. Courtney joined Elton John on stage for a version of ‘The bitch is back" 2004 – Queen’s single ‘We Will Rock You’ topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. 2006 – The Darkness kicked off a 9-date UK tour at Alexandra Palace, London. 2011 – Gary Moore, a former guitarist with the 1970s rock band Thin Lizzy, died yesterday at age 58, according to his official website.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Today in rock history 6th February

1945 – Reggae star Bob Marley is born in St. Ann’s, Jamaica, the son of a British Army captain. 1958 – George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon’s school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe. 1962 – Axl Rose (William Bailey) (Guns N’Roses) is born. 1964 – Tickets to the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show sell out. 1969 – Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California. 1970 – Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City. 1981 -According to today’s New York Post, the surviving Beatles will record a new album as a tribute to John Lennon. But it’s another false alarm brought on by Ringo Starr working with Paul McCartney on the latter’s Tug of War sessions. 1982 – The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Centrefold’. 1982, Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalised after being attacked after a gig in Belfast. 1990 – Billy Idol breaks his arm and leg when his motorcycle crashes after he allegedly ran a stop sign in Hollywood. 1990 – Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the toilets of the restaurant he owned. 1994 – Nirvana embarks on their final tour of Europe. 2000 - Bachman-Turner Overdrive made a guest appearance on The Simpsons as themselves performing at a state fair. 2001 – Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a “tell-all” book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. 2005 – Paul McCartney performs a 12-minute set of Beatles classics (and “Drive My Car”), as well as his own “Live and Let Die,” during the halftime show at the Super Bowl.

Today in rock history 5th February

1935 – Born on this day, Alex Harvey, vocals, guitar, Sensational Alex Harvey Band. 1941 – Cory Wells of Three Dog Night is born in Buffalo, N.Y. 1943 – Born on this day, Chuck Winfield, trumpet, Blood Sweat & Tears. 1944 – Al Kooper, the session guitarist turned organist for Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone,” is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1948 – Born on this day, David Denny, guitar, Steve Miller Band. 1948 – Born on this day, Nigel Tufnell, guitar, Spinal Tap. 1964 – Born on this day, Duff McKagan, bass, Guns N’ Roses, 1967 – The News Of The World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the Moody Blues’ home in the UK. Jagger sued the paper for libel in an on-going feud between the News Of The World and The Stones. 1968 – Spin Doctors vocalist Chris Barron is born in Hawaii. 1983 – Def Leppard’s album ‘Pyromania’, started a 92 week run on the US charts, it never reached No.1 but sold over 6 million copies in the US alone. 1985 – Appearing on UK music show ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, Pete Burns, Judas Priest, Sade and Lemmy. 1992 – Touring Australia and New Zealand for the first and only time Nirvana appeared at the ANU Bar in Canberra, Australia. 2003 – Ex-Doors drummer John Densmore sues former bandmates Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger as well as newcomers Ian Astbury and Stewart Copeland, claiming the quartet were violating a copyright by using the name “The Doors.” They later change their name to “The Doors 21st Century.” 2003 – Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London’s Heathrow Airport. 2004 – Former Sex Pistol/PiL frontman John Lydon walks off the U.K. edition of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here. 2006 – The Rolling Stones perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XL. However, TV producers use a “dump button” to edit salacious lyrics from their songs

Friday, 3 February 2017

Today in rock history 4th February

1948 – Alice Cooper (Vincent Furnier) is born in Detroit, the son of a minister. 1951 – Born on this day, Phil Ehart, Kansas. 1963 – Born on this day, Keith Wasserman, guitar, The Offspring. 1967 – The Rolling Stones’ Between the Buttons enters the U.K. chart at No. 3. 1968 – The Beatles record John Lennon’s “Across the Universe” at Abbey Road. Paul McCartney invites some fans to contribute harmonies – the only time the Beatles used their fans on record. 1970 – In a bizarre incident, John Lennon and Yoko Ono give a bag of their cut hair to a person named Michael X; in turn, he gives them a pair of Muhammad Ali’s boxing shorts. 1972 – In a memo to Attorney General John Mitchell, South Carolina Sen. Strom Thurmond suggests that John Lennon be deported. 1977 – Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” is released. The album shoots to the top of Chart Toppers’s chart staying there for 31 weeks. More than 17 million copies have been sold. 1982 – Glam rocker Alex Harvey of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band dies after suffering a heart attack in Zeebruggen, Belgium. He was 47. 2001 – Jimmy Buffett is thrown out of a New York Knicks-Miami Heat after verbally abusing a referee. 2003 – Courtney Love is arrested upon arrival at London’s Heathrow Airport for alleged threatening and abusive behavior on a Virgin Atlantic flight from L.A. 2013 – ‘Wild Thing’ singer Reg Presley dies of cancer.

Today in rock history 3rd February

1947 – Dave Davies, Kinks guitarist and frequent sparring partner with his brother Ray, is born in Muswell Hill, London. 1949 – Born on this day, Arthur “Killer” Kane, bass guitarist with The New York Dolls. 1959 - The day the music died. : Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens died in a plane crash in Clear Lake, IA en route to Fargo, ND for a concert. This crash would inspire Don McClean’s “American Pie”. Holly was 22 years old, The Big Bopper was 28 years old & Valens was 17 years old. 1961 – Bob Dylan makes his first recording, taping “San Francisco Bay Blues” in New York. 1967 – Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium; they share the bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service. 1968 – The Beatles started work on their new single ‘Lady Madonna’ at Abbey Road studios in London. Recording three piano and drum takes with overdub bass, fuzz guitars, drums, and vocals. 1969 – John Lennon, Ringo Starr, and George Harrison hire Allen Klein as the Beatles’ business manager. Paul McCartney disagrees with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group. 1970 – Born on this day, Richie Kotzen, Mr. Big. 1976 – David Bowie kicks off an American tour in Seattle, showing off his new Thin White Duke persona. 1992 – On their first Europe tour Pearl Jam played at The Esplanade Club in Southend, England to 300 people. 1996 – The Ramones claimed to have played their last gig in the UK, at The Brixton Academy, after 22 years together. 2006 – Sheryl Crow and cyclist Lance Armstrong announce to a disbelieving world that they are splitting. 2007 – Daughtry were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut.

Thursday, 2 February 2017

Rock Talk - Rick Parfitt

Part 1 1. Status Quo - Caroline 2. Status Quo - Gerdundula 3. Status Quo - Rock and roll 4. Status Quo - Ice in the sun 5. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick men Part 2 1. Status Quo - Whatever you want 2. Status Quo - What you're proposing 3. Status Quo - In the army now 4. Status Quo - Living on an island 5. Status Quo - Dear John

Timesweep 4th February

Part 1 Life on the ocean wave 1. Mountain - Nantucket sleighride 2. Status Quo - Dirty water 3. Deep Purple - Smoke on the water 4. Talking Heads - Take me to the river 5. Queen - seven seas of Rhye 6. C.C.S - Tap turns on the water Part 2 Timesweep turns to drink 1. Kiss - Cold gin 2. George Thoroughgood - One bourbon, one scotch, one beer 3. John Lee Hooker - Whiskey & wimmin 4. Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the jar Part 3 This week's rocking birthdays 1. Motley Crue - Too fast for love 2. Sheryl Crow - Run baby run 3. The Doors - LA woman Part 4 1. Genesis - I know what I like 2. Peter Gabriel - Solsbury hill 3. Heart - Crazy on you Part 5 This week in rock history 1. Reef - Place your hands 2. REM - Don't go back to Rockville 3. Bob Dylan - Tangled up in blue 4. Aerosmith - Dream on Part 6 1. Van Halen - I can't stop loving you 2. Pink Floyd - Money 3. The Who - Substitute Part 7 The day the music died 1. Buddy Holly - Not fade away 2. Don McClean - American pie Part 8 1978 1. Toto - Hold the line 2. Genesis - Follow you follow me 3. The Cars - Just what I needed 4. Neil Young - Four strong winds Part 9 Back to 1975 1. John Lennon - Stand by me 2. Eric Clapton - Knocking on heaven's door 3. The Eagles - Life in the fast lane 4. Deep Purple - You keep on moving Part 10 1. Bad Company - Feel like making love 2. ZZ Top - Tush 3. Heart - Magic man 4. Bruce Springsteen - Born to run Part 11 1. Queen - Bohemian rhapsody 2. The Who - Won't get fooled again

Brit Rock 4th February

Find a station at 1. Thunder - Dirty love 2. Quireboys - 7 o' clock Joined by bassist extraordinaire, Marco Mendoza 3. Thin Lizzy - Emerald 4. Marco Mendoza - Live for tomorrow 5. Black Star Riders - Bound for glory 6. John Sykes - Thunder and lightning 7. Black Star Riders - Kingdom of the lost 8. The Dead Dasies - Make some noise 9. The Answer - Demon eyes 10. Saxon - And the bands played on 11. The Killers - Read my mind 12. The Eagles - How long 13. Chris Cornell - You know my name 14. The Fray - How to save a life 15. Kings Of Leon - Fans 16. U2 - Window in the sky 17. The Scorpions - Humanity 18. Thunder - No one gets out alive 19. Quireboys - Torn and frayed 20. Genesis - Tonight tonight tonight 21. Dire Straits - Twisting by the pool 22. Whitesnake - Don't break my heart again Hour three is classsic rockers performing old fashioned rock and roll 1. Queen - You're so square/Tutti frutti 2. ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas 3. Billy Joel - All shook up 4. The Who - Summertime blues 5. The Who - Shaking all over 6. Status Quo - The anniversary waltz 7. Jimi Hendrix - Johnny B Goode 8. Rolling Stones - Come on 9. ELO - Roll over Beethoven 10. Dave Edmunds - Queen of hearts 11. Motorhead & Girlschool - Please don't touch 12. Gillan - New Orleans 13. Sex Pistols - Come on everybody 14. The Beatles - I saw her standing there 15. John Lennon - Stand by me

Today in rock history 2nd February

1942 – Born on this day, Graham Nash, guitar, vocals, with The Hollies who he left in 1968. Member of Crosby Stills Nash & Young. 1946 – Born on this day, Howard Bellamy, Bellamy Brothers. 1949 – Born on this day, Ross Valory, bass, Steve Miller Band, Journey, No Nation… and more. 1962 – The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The group’s set started with their version of ‘Hippy Hippy Shake.’ 1966 – The Rolling Stones released ’19th Nervous Breakdown’ it peaked at No.2 on the UK singles chart. 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience played live on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Purple Haze.’ 1969 – Yoko Ono divorced her husband Tony Cox, Yoko was granted custody of their daughter Kyoko. John Lennon married Yoko the following month on 30th March. 1973 – Keith Emerson’s hands are injured during a performance by Emerson, Lake & Palmer in San Francisco. His piano, rigged to explode as a stunt, detonates prematurely. 1978 – Van Halen is released this day in rock history! 1979 – Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols dies of a heroin overdose less than four months after fatally stabbing his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, at New York’s Chelsea Hotel. 1980 – A large gathering of London punks remember Sid Vicious by participating in a march from the borough of Chelsea to the famed Hyde Park. The parade was to have been led by the musician’s mother, but she was in the hospital after suffering an overdose the previous evening. 1985 – Foreigner started a two-week run at No.1 on the US singles charts with ‘I Want To Know What Love Is’, also a UK No.1. 1992 – Musician Todd Rundgren and his wife, singer Michele Gray, have a son in San Francisco. They name the child Rebop. 2001 – Ted Nugent learns he isn’t getting the key to Detroit after city elders tell the mayor about some of the guitarist’s more controversial views. 2005 – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington visits southern Thailand to assess the damage left by the 2004 tsunami. He visits two elementary schools and helps paint a house with other foreign travellers. 2006 – Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear announce they are splitting after 11 years of marriage. 2007 - Van Halen announced that David Lee Roth would be rejoining them as their singer for a reunion tour which kicked off in September of that year. It was also announced that Eddie Van Halen’s son Wolfgang would be replacing Michael Anthony as their bassist.