Friday, 28 April 2017

Today in rock history 29th April

1935 – Otis Rush, one of the most intense and inventive guitarists of the post-War Chicago blues renaissance, is born in Philadelphia, Miss. Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac have covered his songs. 1938 - Klaus Voormann-bassist for Manfred Mann is born today. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. 1968 – The musical “Hair” opens at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway. 1976 – Bruce Springsteen tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards. 1980 – Black Sabbath begin their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as the singer. 1987 – A high school in South Beloit, Ill., moves up the time of its graduation ceremony to accommodate a Jovi Bon concert that the majority of its students are due to attend. 1988 – Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight,” file for divorce. 1993 – One of rock’n’roll’s preeminent guitarists and producers, Mick Ronson, 46, dies of cancer of the liver in London. Ronson, aside from his solo credits, is probably best known for his guitar work with David Bowie and with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. 1993 – Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses breaks his hand in a motorcycle accident, leading to the cancellation of several live dates. 1998 – Steven Tyler sustains a knee injury at Aerosmith’s concert in Anchorage, Alaska. The injury is bad enough to require surgery and force the band to postpone the 14 remaining dates of its North American tour. 1999 – It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. Lee’s new band is called Methods of Mayhem. 2003 – A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997. 2003 – Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, enters the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena. He had been suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show. 2003 – Pearl Jam buy a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimate their current North American tour with incur. 2003 – Great White play their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert is to establish a scholarship fund for the son of Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire. 2007 – Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the UK chart. 2010 - As the June 15 release date approaches for Ozzy Osbourne's Scream - his first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–the album cover artwork and full track listing are revealed. 2010 – Rockers The Who fear they’ve taken their final bow – because they’re struggling to stage shows with Pete Townshend’s hearing problems. The 64 year old has suffered from partial deafness and tinnitus for many years.

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