Monday, 3 July 2017

Today in rock history 2nd July

1941 – The ageless Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is born in Islington. 1949 – Roy Bittan, pianist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is born. 1956 – Elvis Presley records “Don’t Be Cruel,” “Hound Dog” and “Anyway You Want Me” in New York. It marks the first time he uses the Jordanaires as background singers. 1964 – Paul McCartney is at the piano as Liverpudlian diva Cilla Black records the Beatles’ “It’s for You.” 1969 – Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, however there is some good news for rock enthusiasts as Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi team up to create Mountain. 1976 – Brian Wilson rejoins the Beach Boys for the first time on stage since deciding he’d rather spend his life in bed. Aside from singing “In My Room” at the Anaheim, Calif., performance, he mostly sits staring at his keyboard. 1980 – Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead are arrested with their manager, Danny Rifken, on charges of inciting a riot. They were alleged to have interfered with a drug-related arrest during a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena. 1981 – Bruce Springsteen plays his first show at New Jersey’s Brendan Byrne Arena. He sold out six shows at the venue in the space of an hour. 1982 – Clash drummer Topper Headon is charged with stealing a bus stop sign. 1984 – This Day in Dio: Dio release their album The Last in Line. 1986 – Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead perform together at a show in Akron, Ohio. Dylan joins the Dead on three songs. 1987 – Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones emerges from retirement to begin producing the Mission’s Children. 1991 – Several people are injured at a Guns’ N’ Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. Lead singer Axl Rose is charged with third-degree assault and property damage but doesn’t turn himself in for a year. 1995 – Grateful Dead fans riot outside a Noblesville, Ind., concert. Seventeen arrests are made after gates are torn down and rocks thrown. 1997 – After he is awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize, Bruce Springsteen gives the cash portion of the award to a Swedish school program that keeps teenagers off the streets. 2001 – Yoko Ono visits the Beatle’s hometown of Liverpool, England, to attend a ceremony announcing the renaming of the Liverpool Airport as the Liverpool John Lennon Airport in honour of her late husband. 2003 – After various delays, Lollapalooza kicks off again, with headliners Jane’s Addiction and a line-up that includes Incubus, hip-hop act Jurassic Five and Audioslave. 2003 – In Billboard, the Who’s Pete Townshend dismisses those who’ve passed judgment on him after his arrest for child porn, and instead cares about its effect on “friends, fans, family and strangers who feel they know me through my work.” 2003 – Great White are forced to cancel their tour to benefit the victims of the Rhode Island club fire due to money troubles and insurance issues. 2005 – Live 8 concerts are held in locations from London to Philadelphia to Tokyo to raise awareness of African poverty. Among the performers are Madonna, Green Day, Paul McCartney, U2, Stevie Wonder, Jay-Z, a reunited Pink Floyd with Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Bjork, Jet, Simple Plan, Neil Young, Maroon 5, Pet Shop Boys

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