Wednesday, 17 May 2017
Today in rock history17th May
1948 – Prog-rock drummer Bill Bruford is born in Sevenoaks 1958 - Paul Di’anno-original singer for Iron Maiden born in London today. 1963 – The Monterey Folk Festival opens with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Pete Seeger 1965 – Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is born today in Mercer, Pa. 1967 – The Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back debuts at San Francisco’s Presidio Theatre. 1968 - Dave Abbruzzese-drummer for Pearl Jam is born 1968 – Wonderwall, a psychedelic film with soundtrack by George Harrison, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival. 1969 – Chicago release their double debut album, Chicago Transit Authority. 1974 – ABC broadcasts the Elton John special Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, during which the singer plays “Candle in the Wind” and “Rocket Man.”. 1975 – Elton John picks up a platinum disc for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The album is the first to sell a million copies on its first day of release. 1975 – Mick Jagger needs 20 stitches in his hand after putting it through the window of a restaurant in Montauk, N.Y. 1978 – Lou Reed begins a week-long stand at New York’s Bottom Line club. The concerts are taped for his live album Take No Prisoners. 1980 – Drummer Peter Criss left Kiss and was replaced by Eric Carr 1981 – Appearing at Bingley Hall, Stafford, England, Whitesnake 1987 – A fire sweeps through Tom Petty’s Encino, Calif., mansion, causing a million dollars in damage 1989 – Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s first Sticky Fingers restaurant opened in London. 1989 – At the Cannes Film Festival, Roger Daltrey announces that he intends to pursue the study of Chinese medicine. 1990 – Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing’s final gig with the band, 1992 – A sore throat forces Phil Collins to abandon a Genesis gig in Tampa, Fla., after only two songs. 1999 - Bruce Fairbairn, producer for artists such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, & Kiss, was found dead in his Vancouver home shortly after completing recording sessions for Yes’ album The Ladder. He was 49 years old. 2003 – Stone Temple Pilot singer Scott Weiland is arrested after police stop him for driving without lights shortly before midnight in L.A. Cocaine and heroin is found in his car. 2008 – Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty posted a two-minute clip of themselves playing with newborn mice on Youtube. The video showed Doherty and Winehouse in a bare room, making rambling comments, picking up the mice and talking to them. 2010 - ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on Two and a Half Men appearing in a fantasy sequence.