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.

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