Saturday, 18 March 2017
Today in rock history 18th March
1947 – Barry Wilson (Paramount/Procol Harum) is born this day 1950 – John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) is born this day 1959 – EMI announces that it has now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs. 1965 – Rolling Stones earn their ‘Bad Boy’ reputation when the group members are fined £5 each for urinating in front of a public filling station after a concert in Essex. 1965 – John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd. 1966 – Born on this day, Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains, 1967 – Pink Floyd signed to EMI Records in the UK. 1968 – Steve Miller releases Sittin’ In a Circle, his debut single. 1972 – Ringo Starr films Marc Bolan concert at Wembley for Born to Boogie. 1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young. The song is Neil Young’s only solo single to reach the top 30. 1973 – Pink Floyd perform Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety at London’s Earls Court. 1975 – The movie version of the Who’s Tommy premieres in New York, presented in “Quintophonic Sound.” 1976 – The Film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ featuring David Bowie premiered in London. 1978 – California Jam 2 draws 250,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles to hear Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Foreigner and others. 1991 – After attending an in-store promo appearance U2 were fined £500 ($850) after being found guilty of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore, Dublin. 1994 – In a tragic forerunner of later events, police confiscate 4 guns and 25 boxes of ammo after Kurt Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love calls them, fearing he would commit suicide. 1994 – Rolling Stones: After Bill Wyman confirms that he will no longer tour with The Rolling Stones the band announces Darryl Jones as his replacement on bass. 1996 – The Sex Pistols announced their comeback at the 100 Club in London, 20 years after they had split. 1997 – Taylor Hawkins replaces William Goldsmith as the Foo Fighters’ drummer. Goldsmith announced earlier that he would be leaving due to creative differences. 2000 – U2 are awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in a ceremony at which they perform four songs. Bono also takes advantage of the honour and brings some sheep to graze on a Dublin green. 2002 – The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. 2003 – Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted joins Ozzy Osbourne’s band. 2004 – Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman’s TV talk show. 2008 – Heather Mills’ evidence in her divorce case with Sir Paul McCartney was “inconsistent, inaccurate” and “less than candid”, according to judge Mr Justice Bennett.