Monday, 10 July 2017

Today in rock history 9th July

1946 – Bon (Ronald Belford) Scott, lead singer of AC/DC, is born in Kirriemuir, Scotland. 1966 – The Troggs’ “Wild Thing” enters the top 40. 1971 – Jim Morrison is buried in Paris’ Pere Lachaise Cemetery, his family having disowned him. The often-vandalized grave becomes a shrine for fans. 1972 – Paul McCartney’s Wings makes its concert debut in Chateauvillon, France. It is McCartney’s first live performance since the breakup of the Beatles. 1978 – The Rolling Stones drop in on Chicago’s Quiet Knight club to jam with hero Muddy Waters. 1990 – After complaining of an inflamed finger at a Glasgow, Scotland, concert, Keith Richards discovers the digit has gone septic. 1996 – For the first time, Deep Purple play “Smoke on the Water” in the Swiss city that inspired the tune. The band wrote “Smoke on the Water” after surviving a nightclub fire in Montreux. 1998 – Scott Weiland misses his second court date, stemming from drug possession charges earlier in the year. 1999 – The marriage between Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall is annulled in an English court. 2001 – James Hetfield, lead singer and guitarist of hard rock act Metallica, checks himself into an undisclosed rehab facility “to undergo treatment for alcoholism and other addictions.” 2003 – The White Stripes guitarist/singer Jack White is in a car accident in his native Detroit, leaving him with a compound fracture to his left index finger. 2004 – Courtney Love is rushed to hospital in New York with what her lawyer calls “a gynecological medical condition.” 2006 – A plaque is stolen from Bon Scott’s grave in Western Australia on what would have been the late AC/DC frontman’s 60th birthday. 2010 – Slash featuring Myles Kennedy with special guest Fergie to perform at Sunset Strip Music Festival.

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