Friday, 3 March 2017

Today in rock history 3rd March

1966 – Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. 1967 – Jeff Beck Group, featuring Ron Wood and Aynsley Dunbar, makes its stage debut in London (at Finsbury Park Astoria). 1967 – After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages. 1968 – The Grateful Dead celebrate their move from Haight-Ashbury to Marin County with a special farewell concert in San Francisco. 1969 – Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. 1973 – Slade: Cum on Feel the Noize UK 45 No. 1 Chart Topper. 1978 – Van Halen opens its first tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The group’s contract specifies that M&Ms be provided to the group during the stint with the brown candies removed. 1983 – A member of Hell’s Angels testifies to a Senate judiciary panel. He says the infamous motorcycle gang’s California chapter has had a murder contract out on Mick Jagger for the past 14 years and has tried to kill him twice. 1986 – Metallica released their highly influential album, Master of Puppets, considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. 1994 – The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, due to the content of the songs lyrics. The bands single ‘Disarm’ was this weeks highest new entry. 1999 – US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut. 2003 – Ray Jackson who found fame with Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive “hook.” 2009 – To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way. 2012 – Guitarist extraordinaire, Ronnie Montrose passed away.

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