Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Today in rock history June 20th

1942 – Brian Wilson is born in Ingleside, Calif. 1955 – Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born in Chicago. 1964 – John Lennon is described as “in a pathetic state of near illiteracy” by one book critic after the publication of In His Own Write. 1964 – Touring Australia The Beatles played a third night at Sydney Stadium in Sydney. 1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore. 1969 – Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. 1969 – Jimi Hendrix plays the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping $125,000. At the time it’s the largest fee ever for a concert appearance. 1974 – Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians. 1980 – During a UK tour Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, London, 1986 – Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John all appeared at the fourth annual ‘Prince’s Trust Rock Gala’ held in London. 1987 – Boston appear at the 10th annual Texas Jam for their first live performance in eight years. 1987 – Aerosmith appeared at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation 147 date world tour. 1994 – It’s reported that Paul, George, and Ringo are working on a new song for inclusion in the Anthology boxed set. 1994 – The Rolling Stones begin rehearsing in Toronto for their Voodoo Lounge live extravaganza. 1998 – Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Korn, Pantera, Soulfly, Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Life of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Entombed, Human Waste Project, Neurosis, and Pitchshifter all appeared at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl, 2004 – In St. Petersburg’s Palace Square, Paul Mccartney plays his 3000 gig since first performing with the Quarrymen. 50,000 Russians turn out to see the ex-Beatle, who predictably plays “Back in the USSR.” 2008: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with an honorary doctorate in music at the University of Surrey in the U.K.

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