Thursday, 2 March 2017
Today in rock history 2nd March
1942 – Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) is born in Freeport, N.Y. 1947 – Keyboardist Josef Chirowski, who has played with Alice Cooper and Peter Gabriel, is born in Germany. 1948 – Rory Gallagher is born in Ballyshannon. 1956 – Mark Evans (AC/DC) is born. 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) is born. 1964 – Beatles begin work on their first movie Hard Day’s Night in London, with director Richard Lester. 1964 – George Harrison meets his (and Eric Clapton’s) future spouse Pattie Boyd. 1968 – Blue Cheer give birth to heavy metal when their interpretation of “Summertime Blues” is released. The single goes to No. 14. 1975 – Linda McCartney is arrested on charges of marijuana possession after Los Angeles police pull the McCartneys over for allegedly running a red light and smell a familiar musk emerging from their Lincoln Continental. Driver Paul is not charged. 1983 – Compact disc launched. 1985 – Bryan Adams’ Reckless hits UK LP chart. 1991 – 21 years after its first release ‘All Right Now’, by Free made No.2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad. 1999 – Neil Young launches a solo tour in Vancouver, B.C. It is his first completely solo outing in more than 25 years. 1999 – The Las Vegas House of Blues opens with a performance by Bob Dylan. U2’s Bono joins him to sing “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” 2007 – Jimi Hendrix was crowned the ‘wildest guitar hero’ of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. 2008 – Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. 2010 – At a Ozzy Osbourne book signing at a Florida Barnes & Noble turned dramatic when the bomb squad was called in, due to a fan with some marijuana and homemade fireworks.