Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Today in rock history 19th July
1946 – Alan Gorrie of Average White Band is born in Perth, Scotland. 1947 - Bernie Leadon-guitarist for Eagles born 1947 – Queen guitar king Brian May is born in Twickenham 1948 – Grateful Dead keyboardist Keith Godchaux (1973-79) is born in San Francisco. 1952 - Allen Collins-guitarist for Lynyrd Skynyrd born this very day 1963 – Another setback for the still-struggling Rolling Stones. On their way to perform at the coming-out party of the daughter of an English lord, Brian Jones falls ill. The Stones have to cancel and Mick Jagger will have to wait a decade to hobnob with royalty. 1969 – Having just turned 28, Spencer Davis decides to break up the Spencer Davis Group. 1973 – Byrds guitarist Clarence White is buried after being killed by a drunk driver. He was 29. 1974 – David Bowie wraps up his tour supporting Diamond Dogs in New York. 1976 – Deep Purple split up for the first time 1980 – Production of The Elephant Man starring David Bowie opens in Denver. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Invisible Touch,” Genesis. 1986 - Van Halen headlined the Texas Jam at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Other acts on the bill included Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Loverboy, Dio & Krokus. 1991 – Drummer Steve Adler files suit in Los Angeles against his former band, Guns N’ Roses. The 26-year-old claims band members pressured him to use heroin and then dropped him after he entered a rehabilitation program. 1999 – “Weird Al” Yankovic kicks off his Running With Scissors tour in Green Bay 2000 – Creed accuse Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst “of a mobster mentality” in his bid to get TapRoot signed to his label, Interscope. 2003 – The troubled Lollapalooza tour with Jane’s Addiction and Audioslave cancels an upstate New York date, citing rising production costs. 2006 – Thom Yorke has more reasons to be unhappy. The Radiohead frontman’s solo disc The Eraser debuts at No. 2 in the U.S. album charts, right below hits compilation Now That’s What I Call Music.