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.

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