Wednesday, 5 July 2017
Today in rock history 4th July
1943 – Guitarist Alan Wilson of Canned Heat is born in Boston. 1948 – Guitarist Jeremy Spencer, who played with Fleetwood Mac before they moved to California, is born in Lancashire. 1962 – Chris Blackwell starts up Island Records, which would become the home of Bob Marley and U2, among others. 1964 – The Rolling Stones appear on Juke Box Jury. 1966 – In the Philippines, President Ferdinand Marcos pulls the Beatles’ police protection after his wife claims the band snubbed her by not attending one of her parties. 1969 – The Kinks’ Ray Davies is in Hollywood mixing the Turtles’ final album, Turtle Soup. 1982 – In a year that has seen him bite the head off a bat and watch his guitarist Randy Rhoads die in a plane crash… metal madman Ozzy Osbourne marries his manager, Sharon Arden. 1987 – Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead kick off a short tour together in Foxboro, Mass. The Dead encourage Dylan to reach deep into his back catalogue and adopt the practice of not deciding on a set list before going on stage. 1987 – In New York, Keith Richards finishes the mixing for the Chuck Berry documentary Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll. 1987 – “The July Fourth Disarmament Festival” in the Soviet Union features the Doobie Brothers, Santana, Bonnie Raitt and Soviet music groups. 1995 – At Lollapalooza in George, Wash., Courtney Love belts Bikini Kill singer Kathleen Hanna. Charged with assault, Love receives a suspended one-year sentence and is required to take courses in anger management. 1995 – The Ramones release “Adios Amigos.’‘ It’s speculated to be the band’s last album ever. 2000 – A man dies after plunging 80 feet from the top of Ravens Stadium in Baltimore shortly before a Metallica concert. 2003 -Metallica, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, the Deftones and Mudvayne kick off the Summer Sanitarium tour in Pontiac, Michigan. 2007 – Former laboratory worker Devon Townsend admitted to a court in Albuquerque, New Mexico of stalking Chester Bennington lead singer with Linkin Park. Townsend used US government computers to obtain his personal information, accessing Bennington’s e-mail account and mobile phone voicemail.