Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Today in rock history 3rd May

1944 – Born on this day, Pete Staples, The Troggs. 1953 – Born on this day, Bruce Hall, REO Speedwagon. 1965, The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film ‘Help!’ on Salisbury Plain with the British Army’s Third Tank Division. 1968 – Jimi Hendrix laid down ‘Voodoo Chile’ for the ‘Electric Ladyland’ album. 1969 - Jimi Hendrix was arrested on drug charges at Toronto International Airport. He’s later released after posting $10,000 bail. 1971 - Grand Funk Railroad held a press conference at New York’s Gotham Hotel, where only six reporters show up, despite the band’s success at the time. 1972 – Born on this day, Josey Scott, lead singer, Saliva. 1975 – Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chicago VIII’, the groups third US No.1. 1976 – David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years. 1978 – The first date of a 12-date UK tour by The Climax Blues Band supported by Dire Straits. 1991 - Texas Governor Ann Richards declares ZZ Top Day. 2000 – Metallica delivers over 60,000 pages of information to Napster’s San Mateo, Calif., offices, listing more than 1.4 million copyright violations of 95 Metallica songs 2004 – US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ 2006 – “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico files for divorce from Motley Crue’s bassist Nikki Sixx, citing irreconcilable differences. 2011 – Steven Tyler from Aerosmith admitted that his addiction to drugs was so drastic that he hid cocaine in a drum on stage to take a fix during shows.

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