Monday, 1 May 2017

Today in rock history 2nd May

1945 – Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) is born this day 1944 – Born on this day, Bob Henrit, drums, Argent 1950 – Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm is born in Rochester, N.Y. 1954 – Prescott Niles (The Knack) is born this day 1957 – Elvis Presley records Jailhouse Rock at MGM, Culver City, California. 1963 – The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘From Me To You’, the group’s first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1’s. 1964 – The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album started a 12-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. The album spent a total of 51 weeks on the UK chart. 1965 – Although he swore he would never allow the band to appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan plays host to the Rolling Stones for a second time. 1969 – The Who gave a press preview of their new rock opera ‘Tommy’ at Ronnie Scott’s in London 1969 – The Beatles recorded a re-make of the new George Harrison song ‘Something’ at Abbey Road Studios. 1969 – Pink Floyd record another concert for their Ummagumma album, this time at the Chamber in Commerce in Manchester 1972 – Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition. 1972 – Les Harvey, guitarist with soul/rockers Stone the Crows, is electrocuted after touching a faulty microphone onstage in Swansea 1979 – The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums. 1980 – South Africa bans Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II,” claiming the song is “prejudicial to the safety of the state.” 1991 – Appearing at The Marquee Club, London, Extreme. 1991 – Nirvana booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California for 16 days,on a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing. 1992 – UK duo Nirvana filed a suit against the American band of the same name claiming that they had been using the name since 1968. 2000 – Metallica chat online with fans about their Napster woes. 2003 – Kings Of Leon played their first ever UK date when they appeared at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. 2004 – Total Guitar magazine’s readers voted Guns N’ Roses’ anthem ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ as the greatest guitar riff ever ahead of Nirvana’s grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. 2005 – Eric Clapton joined former Cream members drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 2006 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered “mild concussion” when he fell out of a coconut tree 2008 – Chad Kroeger was banned from driving for a year after being convicted of drink-driving in the Canadian city of Vancouver. 2009 – Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon’s childhood home. 2013 - Jeff Hanneman from the band “Slayer” died today.

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