Monday, 29 May 2017
Today in rock history Monday 29th May
1945 – Gary Brooker, leader of Procul Harum, is born in Essex 1955 - Mike Porcaro-bassist for Toto is born today 1961 – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kan. 1972 – Paul McCartney releases his bizarre interpretation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as Wings. 1973 – Record executive Clive Davis is fired from Columbia for misappropriating $100,000. He later founded Arista Records and engineered Santana’s comeback with Supernatural. 1973 – Mike Oldfield releases his ambient masterpiece Tubular Bells 1973 – Roger McGuinn performs his first solo gig at New York’s Academy of Music and confirms rumors that his band The Byrds is finished. 1984 – Bob Dylan holds a press conference in Sirmione, Italy, and hands out the set list for his current European tour 1988 – Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance at a Levon Helm concert at New York’s Lone Star Cafe. The two perform “The Weight” and Chuck Berry’s “Nadine.” 1989 - John Cipollina, guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service died of chronic emphysema. He was 45 years old. 1991 – In Ohio a truck sideswipes Steve Winwood’s tour bus. Stevie is unhurt. 1995 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” Bryan Adams. 1997 – Jeff Buckley drowns while swimming with a friend off Mud Island in Memphis. 1999 – The Rolling Stones launch the European leg of their Bridges to Babylon tour, performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans in an open-air concert in Stuttgart, Germany. 1999 – The body of Philip “Taylor” Kramer is discovered in a valley in Malibu, Calif. The Iron Butterfly bass player had been missing since 1995. 2002 - David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar kicked off their co-headlining tour at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH outside of Cleveland. 2003 – Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson’s new band Hookah Brown call it quits a mere six months after their first show. Sighs Robinson, “Sometimes life gets in the way of people being able to make music together.” 2004 – Canadian rock act Sum 41 is forced to evacuate the African nation of Congo while filming a documentary, “From the Front Lines” for aid agency War Child Canada. 2005 – Bob Geldof and Elton John announce five July concerts that will make up Live 8 – a new initiative to raise awareness of poverty. Among the headliners are Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Lauryn Hill and Duran Duran. 2007 – A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 (£189,000) on The Moments in Time memorabilia website.