Monday, 20 February 2017

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.

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