Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Today in rock history 15th August

1942 – Drummer Peter York of the Spencer Davis Group is born in Middlesborough 1950 - Tommy Aldridge-drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake & Thin Lizzy is born 1958 – Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas. 1962 – Drummer Pete Best plays his last gig with the Beatles at the Cavern in Liverpool. 1964 – The Kinks hits #1 in the UK with “You Really Got Me” 1965 – The Beatles play New York’s Shea Stadium for an audience of 56,000. The crowd sets a record for attendance at a rock concert. 1967 – Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London, 1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair. 1969 - The first Woodstock Festival kicked off in White Lake, NY. It was attended by over 400,000 concertgoers & featured acts such as Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mountain, Joe Cocker, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Jimi Hendrix. 1974 – Neil Young taps into the spirit of Seventies malaise with ‘On the Beach,’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ calls “the most despairing album of the decade.” 1983 – Joey Ramone goes under the knife today. He has brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight. 1987 – Keith Richards enters a studio in Montreal to begin work on his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap. 1995 – Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil’s 4-year-old daughter, Skylar, dies of multiple organ failure in Los Angeles. 2000 – David Bowie and Iman welcome their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, into the world. A statement reports that Bowie is involved in the delivery process and even cuts the umbilical cord. 2001 – Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne. 2001 - Peter Frampton made a guest appearance on Family Guy. When Death visited Frampton’s house, Frampton said Death should be at Keith Richards’ house, which was a joke pitched by Frampton himself. 2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson.

Today in rock history 14th August

1941 – David Crosby is born David Van Courtland in Los Angeles 1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later. 1966 – John Lennon can’t win. After he apologizes for his “more popular than Jesus” remarks earlier in the week, the London Catholic Herald brands his apology “arrogant.” Meanwhile, the Beatles play the first rock concert held at Cleveland Stadium before 24,000 people. 1970 – At a La Jolla, Calif., hotel, Stephen Stills is arrested and charged with cocaine possession 1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.” It becomes his breakthrough single in the U.S., going to No. 1. 1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalogue rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1988 – Robert Calvert, the “resident poet with Hawkwind, dies in Kent, England, of a heart attack. 1994 – On the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Santana performs at Woodstock II. 1995 – Members of the Grateful Dead meet and decide to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s Death 1999 – Van Halen singer Gary Cherone is given a Courage Award by the American Life League for his stance against abortion. 1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square. 2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos. 2004 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announces he is being treated for throat cancer. 2004 – The Strokes play the first Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival in New York. Also performing are Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Big Star, and The Raveonettes. 2008 - Jackson Browne sued Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee over unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a McCain campaign commercial in Ohio.

Today in rock history 13th August

1951 – Dan Fogelberg is born in Peoria, Ill. 1965 – Jefferson Airplane makes its performance debut at the Matrix Club in San Francisco. 1968 – Buffalo Springfield’s recorded swan song, ‘Last Time Around’, is issued. 1975 – Tubes release their self-titled debut album, featuring the band’s anthem “White Punks On Dope”. 1975 – The selling of Bruce Springsteen is in full swing in the run-up to Born to Run‘s release. He begins a five-night stand at New York’s Bottom Line club that soon passes into legend. Most of those attending are influential industry people, who spread the word about the emerging artist. 1976 – The selling of the Clash is in full swing as manager Bernie Leadon unveils the punk act. The Clash play an exclusive concert at a rehearsal hall in London. Those attending are members of Britain’s influential music press, who spread the word about the emerging act. 1977 – AC/DC makes US chart debut with ‘Let There Be Rock’. 1977 – Yes hits #8 in the US with ‘Going For the One’. 1977 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive announce they are splitting up as Canada goes into mourning. 1980 – In Woodstock, N.Y., four masked men break into Todd Rundgren’s home. After tying up Todd and his girlfriend, the thieves strip the place bare. Rundgren later claims that while his house was being ransacked, one of the thieves was humming his song “I Saw the Light.” 1983 – Def Leppard hits #16 with “Rock of Ages” 1986 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ 23-year-old wife, Kerry, announces she is pregnant. Not so unusual, except the couple are in the process of getting divorced. They decide to stay together instead. The boy is later named Jerry Lee Lewis III. 1991 - Metallica released their self-titled fifth album, commonly referred to as The Black Album. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & go on to sell sixteen million copies in the U.S. 1995 – Four days after Jerry Garcia’s death, the largest of many memorials draws 20,000 fans to Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. 1996 – Van Halen drummer Alex Van Halen files for divorce from his estranged wife, Kelly. 1999 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, is sent to jail for again violating his probation by continuing his illegal drug use. 1999: Detroit Rock City a movie about four teenagers who travel to Detroit to see Kiss in concert premiered in theaters. The movie bombed at the box office, but would go on to become a cult classic. 2004 – Guitarist Wes Borland rejoins sports metal whiners Limp Bizkit. 2013 – Jon Brookes, The Charlatans drummer dies aged 44.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Today in rock history 12th August

1949 – Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1954 – Pat Metheny, jazz guitarist is born in Lee’s Summit, Mo. 1960 – Pete Best becomes the drummer for the Silver Beetles. Former drummer Tommy Moore had to give up the stool after taking a job as a forklift driver. 1966 – At San Francisco’s Fillmore, it’s a none-more-psychedelic double bill featuring the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane. 1966 – At Chicago’s International Amphitheatre, the Beatles begin their final U.S. tour under the storm clouds surrounding John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” comment. 1969 – The supergroup Blind Faith make their U.S. live debut at Madison Square Garden. 1970 – The Hollywood Bowl plays host to a tribute to Woody Guthrie, featuring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez among the performers. 1972 – Charity rock begins today with the Festival of Hope, starring the Jefferson Airplane and James Brown. While this is the first concert event in which all the money goes to a specified charity, the festival actually ends up losing $100,000. 1978 – The Who’s press officer, Pete Meaden, 35, commits suicide by overdosing on barbiturates. Meaden was the manager of Townshend and company when they were the High Numbers. 1989 – The Rolling Stones play a secret club gig at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. The band is warming up for its Steel Wheels tour. 1992 – The Grateful Dead announce they are canceling five shows in the Northwest so Jerry Garcia can recover from exhaustion. 1993 – Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar turnover continues. Jesse Tobias replaces Arik Marshall. Three months later Tobias would be supplanted by Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro. . 1994 - Woodstock ’94 kicked off in Saugerties, NY. The three day festival included performances by Aerosmith, the Allman Brothers Band, The Band, Joe Cocker, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Metallica, Todd Rundgren, Santana & Traffic. 1995 – A mass wake is held for Jerry Garcia at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. 1995 – Michael Stipe has an operation for a hernia. 1998 – Scott Weiland, the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, pleads guilty to felony heroin possession and is sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility. 1999 - Alice Cooper’s music publisher reached an out of court settlement with Kiss’ music publisher over a claim that Kiss’ song “Dreamin’” sounded a little too close to Alice Cooper’s breakthrough hit “I’m Eighteen”. 2006 – Up-their-own-topographic-ocean prog rockers The Mars Volta are bottled offstage at the U.S. Endfest festival. 2009 – Guitar legend-inventor Les Paul dies at age 94.

Friday, 11 August 2017

Rock Talk – Ace – Skunk Anansie

Part 1 1. Skunk Anansie – I believed in you 2. Skunk Anansie - Charity 3. Skunk Anansie - Secretly 4. Motorhead – Overkill 5. Skunk Anansie – Weak Part 2 1. Skunk Anansie - Twisted 2. Skunk Anansie - Brazen 3. Skunk Anansie – Death to the lovers 4. Skunk Anansie - Hedonism

Timesweep 12th August

Part 1 A brief spin back to 1981 1. Foreigner – Urgent 2. Rush – Tom Sawyer 3. Journey – Who’s crying now 4. Phil Collins – In the air tonight 5. The Who – You better you bet Part 2 1. The Pretenders – Message of love 2. Rainbow – I surrender 3. Rod Stewart – I know I’m losing you 4. Rod Stewart – Hot legs 5. Chicago – Baby what a big surprise Part 3 Back to 1985 1. Queen – One vision 2. David Lee Roth – California girls 3. Y&T – Summertime girls 4. ZZ Top – Rough boy Part 4 1. Heart – Never 2. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the fields 3. Motley Crue – Home sweet home Part 5 1. Marillion – Lavender 2. Dio – Rock and roll children 3. Dire Straits – Money for nothing 4. Pat Benatar – We belong Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Fleetwood Mac – Rhiannon 2. Bon Jovi – Raise your hands 3. Bryan Adams – Can’t stop this thing we started Part 7 Rocker’s celebrating their birthdays 1. Deep Purple – Highway star 2. Europe – The final countdown 3. Led Zeppelin – Whole lotta love 4. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott – Out in the fields Part 8 1. John Lee Hooker – Boom boom boom boom 2. The Who – Won’t get fooled again 3. Rick Springfield – Don’t talk to strangers Part 9 Booking our holidays 1. Sex Pistols – Holidays in the sun 2. Aerosmith – Permanent vacation 3. Alice Cooper – School’s out 4. Don Henley – Boys of summer Part 10 1. Guns ‘N’’ Roses – Paradise city 2. Y&T – Summertime girls 3. Lindsey Buckingham – Holiday road Part 11 1. Bryan Adams – Summer of ‘69 2. The Scorpions – Holiday 3. David Lee Roth – California girls 4. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Summer in the city
Brit Rock 12th August 1.Bruce Springsteen – Born to run 2.Iron Maiden – Running free 3.Bryan Adams – Run to you 4.Stills Young Band – Long may you run 5.Jackson Browne – Running on empty 6.The Quireboys – 7 o’clock 7.Faith No More – From out of nowhere 8.Billy Idol – Cradle of love 9.They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse in your soul 10. Depeche Mode – Enjoy the silence 11.Living Colour – Love rears its ugly head 12. Gary Moore – Still got the blues 13.Marillion – Cover my eyes 14.Slade – Radio wall of sound 15.Van Halen – Right now 16.Jesus Jones – Right here right now 17.Queen – Innuendo 18.Thunder – Love walked in 19.Metallica – Enter sandman 20. Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit 21. Def Leppard – Let’s get rocked 22.Genesis – No son of mine 23. Manic Street Preachers – Motorcycle emptiness 24. Kiss – God gave rock and roll to you It’s an hour of very long songs for hour three 1. Marillion – Grendel 2. Genesis – Supper’s ready 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Freebird 4. Moody Blues – Question 5. Steven Stills – Love the one you’re with

Today in rock history 11th August

1943 – Guess Who bassist Jim Kale is born this day 1949 – Eric Carmen is born in Cleveland. 1954 – Bill Haley & the Comets crash into the top 40 with “Shake, Rattle and Roll.” 1957 – Richie Ramone, who drummed with his brothers from 1984 to 1987, is born. He was really Richard Beau of the Velveteens. 1963 – The Rolling Stones perform at the third National Jazz & Blues Festival in Richmond 1964 – The High Numbers, (later to become The Who), played at The Railway Hotel in Harrow, England. Just before the band were due on stage, Roger Daltry’s father-in law came into the venue and dragged the singer outside and hit him. 1966 – John Lennon tries to put out the fire he started when he noted that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus by apologizing at a televised press conference. Meanwhile, the city of Memphis asks the Beatles not to play any concerts there and the price of Capitol Records’ stock drops. 1966 – The Beatles arrive at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport to start their last tour of the United States. 1967 – Pink Floyd spend the day at Abbey Road Studios, where they work on recording “Apples and Oranges.” The song would later become their third single. 1967 – Appearing at this years’ UK Reading festival, The Small Faces, The Move, Marmalade, Paul Jones, Pink Floyd, Amen Corner, Donovan, Zoot Money, Cream, Jeff Beck, John Mayall, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac and The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown. An advance 3 day ticket cost £2. 1973 – Bill Aucoin approaches Kiss after seeing them play in New York to offer his services as manager. He also promises them a record deal, which they later make with Casablanca. 1976 – The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon, is admitted into a Miami hospital after collapsing. 1979 – The Knack started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Get The Knack’. 1987 – Rolling Stone declares the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band the best album of the last 20 years. 1989 – The Moscow Music Peace Festival kicks off. The two-day bill of metal acts was corralled by manager Doc McGhee, who hopes to make a judge forget his role in a drug-smuggling scam with this charity concert. All proceeds from the gigs, which feature Ozzy Osbourne, Bon Jovi, Motley Crue, and the Scorpions, go to fighting drug abuse in the U.S. and USSR. 1993 – At a U2 concert in London, the band is joined onstage by author Salman Rushdie. Rushdie had been in hiding since a fatwa was declared against him by Iran. 1995 – In Belvedere, Calif., the funeral of Jerry Garcia is held at an Episcopal church. 1999 - Kiss received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2001 – Appearing at the Ozzfest at PNC Bank Arts Centre, New Jersey, Black Sabbath, Linkin Park, Slipknot and Marilyn Manson. 2002 – Bruce Springsteen started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Rising’, the singers fifth US No.1. Also No.1 in the UK.

Today in rock history 10th August

1909 – Leo Fender, founder of Fender Guitars, is born. 1947 – Ian Anderson, lead singer of Jethro Tull, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1976 – Elton John sells out his first Madison Square Garden show. 1982 – Appearing on Late Night With David Letterman are Frank Zappa and Moon Unit Zappa. The two quickly recite “Valley Girl.” 1985 - Over nine months after its initial release, Reckless by Bryan Adams reached number one on the Billboard 200 album chart where it would stay for two weeks. 1985 – After Paul McCartney advises him to invest in a music catalog, Michael Jackson buys ATV’s for $47.5 million. The catalogue contains 251 Beatles songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1993 – Billy Joel is sued by songwriter Gary Zimmerman, who says Joel’s No. 3 “River of Dreams” sounds suspiciously like one of his own tunes. Zimmerman wants $10 million. 1995 – Jimmy Buffett serenades President Bill Clinton on his birthday. 1995 – Bob Dylan releases his statement about the death of Jerry Garcia the day before. He says, “He’s the very spirit personified of whatever is Muddy River country at its core and screams up into the spheres 1995 – Tonight on the Late Show With David Letterman the musical guests are Van Halen. 1996 – Tickets to the Pearl Jam concert at the University of Toledo go on sale. However, because of an AT&T screw up, people who try to buy tickets by phone get a busy signal instead. 1999 – It is announced that Oasis founding member Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs has decided to leave the band. 2000 – The recording industry asks Congress to repeal the “work for hire” amendment. Sheryl Crow and Don Henley had been among those artists complaining that the law prevented them from ever owning their masters. 2005 – A judge rules that legendary New York punk club CBGB does not have to pay its landlord $90,000 in back rent. The Bowery Residents’ Committee are attempting to evict the venue from the neighborhood. 2011 – Gregg Allman of The Allman Brothers Band canceled a series of summer concerts. The 63 Year old Rock and Roll Hall of famer was having respitory problems.

Today in rock history 9th August

1946 – Golden Earring bassist and keyboardist Rinus Gerritsen is born in the Hague, Netherlands. 1964 – In Forest Hills, N.Y., Joan Baez and Bob Dylan play the same bill for the first time. 1967 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ set at England’s Sunberry Jazz and Blues Festival inspires such fervor in the audience that the organizers tell him to cut his set short. 1973 – Guitarist Henry McCullough and drummer Denny Seiwell leave Wings. 1975 – Major Promoter Don Kirshner, holds the first Rock Music Award Show in Santa Monica, Calif. The winners include the Eagles, Bad Company, and Stevie Wonder. 1978 – Muddy Waters performs for President Jimmy Carter at the White House. 1980 – A thief steals 10 Gerald Scarfe illustrations based on Pink Floyd’s The Wall album. The pictures were exhibited in the foyer of London’s Earls Court, where the band was performing five shows. 1980 - AC/DC reached the top of the U.K. Album Chart with Back in Black which spent two weeks on top of the chart. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 Album Chart in the U.S. & went on to sell 45 million copies worldwide, making it the second biggest selling album of all time. 1986 - Queen performed their final concert with Freddie Mercury at the Knebworth in England in front of 120,000 people. 1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” U2. 1995 – Grateful Dead singer/guitarist Jerry Garcia dies of a heart attack at a drug treatment center in San Francisco. He is 53. 1996 – The Ramones split. 2003 - Roger Daltrey made his Los Angeles stage debut at the Hollywood Bowl playing Dr. Doolittle in My Fair Lady. 2010 – Welcome news for Van Halen fans: The clearest signs that an album and tour are in the works for next year have emerged.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Today in rock history 8th August

1952 – Journeyman drummer Anton Fig (Frehley’s Comet, Bob Dylan, Cyndi Lauper) is born in Cape Town, South Africa. 1959 – Poison drummer Rikki Rocket is born in Mechanicsburg, Pa. 1961 – The Edge, U2 guitarist with the funny name, is born in East London as mere Dave Evans. 1963 – Oregon band the Kingsmen release “Louie Louie.” Many radio stations ban the song when they decide the indecipherable lyrics must be obscene. 1964 – Bob Dylan releases his album Another Side of Bob Dylan. 1970 – Janis Joplin buys a headstone for the grave of blues singer Bessie Smith, one of her idols. 1976 – Epic Records releases Boston’s self-titled first album. The album becomes the fastest-selling debut ever. 1980 – The Plasmatics suffer a blow in London when local authorities tell them they can’t blow up a car onstage at the Hammersmith Odeon. 1981 – MTV makes its first live concert stereo broadcast. The lucky band is REO Speedwagon. 1982 – Mickey Thompson, singer with Starship, marries Sara Kendrick in San Francisco. 1985 – Keith Richards guests on Phantom, Rocker & Slick’s “My Mistake.” He accepts a leopard-skin coat as payment. 1986 – David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is released from prison after serving time for drug and weapons charges. 1992 – Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses walks off stage after 55 minutes at a concert at Olympic Stadium in Montreal, complaining of a sore throat. Many of the 53,000 fans who came see the group and Metallica riot. 1998 – The Rolling Stones perform their first concert in Russia, playing through a driving rain before an appreciative crowd estimated at 70,000. 1999 - The Guess Who reunited with Randy Bachman & Burton Cummings for the first time in 16 years to appear at the closing of the Pan American Games in Winnipeg as a personal request from the Premier of Manitoba. 2006 - Dennis DeYoung formerly of Styx & Roger Hodgson formerly of Supertramp served as mentors on Canadian Idol where they also performed.

Monday, 7 August 2017

Today in rock history 7th August

1952 – Free bassist Andy Fraser is born in London 1957 – The Quarry Men Skiffle Group, led by a young John Lennon, perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club. 1958 – Vocalist Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden is born in Sheffield 1964 – The nation’s weeklies review the Beatles’ A Hard Day’s Night. “Avoid this film at all costs!” declares Time. “Some Marx Brothers surrealism!” notes Life. “Amusing and engaging!” decides The Los Angeles Herald Examiner. 1965 – In England, the Byrds’ “Mr. Tambourine Man” is knocked out of the No. 1 spot by the Beatles’ “Help!” 1967 – Pink Floyd begin a tour of Denmark 1970 – Fleetwood Mac welcome new member Christine McVie, the wife of bass player John McVie and a former vocalist with Chicken Shack. 1971 – At Los Angeles’ Pauley Pavilion, Frank Zappa & the Mothers play the gig that becomes their album Just Another Band from L.A. 1974 – Vocalist Peter Wolf of the J. Geils Band marries actress Faye Dunaway. 1978 – Rolling Stones publicist Les Perrin dies 1982 – Sting sues Virgin Music Publishing. He alleges that he signed a deal with the company that gives it unfair control of his early material. 1985 – To Mick Jagger, a son. Mick and Jerry Hall are the proud parents of James Leroy Jagger. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Glory of Love,” Peter Cetera. 1989 – After his arrest on charges of marijuana possession, U2’s Adam Clayton stays silent during a 90-second hearing in Dublin. He’s set free on bail and will return to court on September 1st. 1995 – Alanis Morissette’s biting “You Oughta Know” soars to No. 1 on Chart Toppers’s Modern Rock chart and is the most requested tune on rock radio. 2006 - Gene Simmons Family Jewels premiered on the A&E Network. The program follows the life of Simmons, his longtime partner Shannon Tweed & their two children. 2008 – Elvis’ Peacock Jumpsuit sells for $300k 2008 - The Police performed what they said would be their final concert ever at Madison Square Garden, which was a benefit concert for public television.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Today in rock history 6th August

1964 – Rod Stewart makes his television debut on the British show “The Beat Room.” 1970 – An anti-war rock festival is held at Shea Stadium, New York, with Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Steppenwolf, and Johnny Winter. 1981 – Motorhead bassist Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor is fined 40 pounds after being found guilty of cannabis possession. The judge throws another 15 pound fine on top of that because Philthy didn’t show up for his initial trial in April. 1988 - After 57 weeks on the Billboard 200 Album Chart, Guns N’ Roses’ Appetite for Destruction finally reached number one where it spent the first of five non-consecutive weeks on top of the chart. 1996 – Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder videotapes the Ramones placing their hands in cement on the Hollywood Rock Walk prior to a Ramones show at The Palace. The Ramones claim this is their last show ever. 1996 – Vince Neil, former singer of ’80’s metal band Motley Crue, attempts to play a show at an Indiana club. The show, starting more than four hours late, ends after only three songs. Neil claims that he isn’t feeling well, and that the audience of “rednecks” don’t appreciate his talent. No refunds are offered 1998 – Ted Nugent, the singer/songwriter, guitarist, politician, self-proclaimed outdoorsman, and morning talk-show host embarks on a 15-city U.S. jaunt in Los Angeles. 1999 - Dick Latvala, the curator for the Grateful Dead’s bootlegs died of a heart attack at 56 years old. His collection of bootlegs was officially released as part of the Dick’s Picks series. 2007 – Marilyn Manson was being sued by a former band member who said he was owed $20m (£9.8m) in shared profits. Stephen Bier, who played keyboards under the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, claimed he was not paid properly over a period of almost two decades.

Today in rock history 5th August

1947 - Rick Derringer born 1955 - Eddie Ojeda,guitarist for Twisted Sister is born 1966 – In Britain, the Beatles release Revolver, frequently cited as the best album ever made. 1967 – Pink Floyd release their debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn, in England. 1972 – Clive Davis signs a young band called Aerosmith to CBS Records after seeing them play Max’s Kansas City in New York. They receive $125,000 for their services. 1974 – Svengali Kim Fowley brings together the four girls who will form the Runaways, including Joan Jett and Lita Ford. 1983 - David Crosby was sentenced to five years in prison in Texas for cocaine possession and carrying a gun into a bar. Crosby slept through most of the trial & would later be allowed to enter a drug rehabilitation program in lieu of serving jail time. 1992 – Drummer Jeff Porcaro dies of cardiac arrest at age 38. The co-founder of Toto was spraying insecticide in his yard and developed an allergic reaction that triggered the heart attack. 1994 – Billy Idol is admitted to Burbank, Calif.’s St. Joseph’s Medical Center after collapsing from a drug overdose in a Los Angeles nightclub. He’s released two days later. 1996 – Bruce Springsteen sues two London bootleggers who were distributing an album attributed to him titled Unearthed. 2001 – The Foo Fighters treat 300 lucky fans to a rare club show at the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif. Winners are chosen from a pool of E-mail entries submitted to the group’s official Web site. 2003 – Smash Mouth release their new album Get the Picture?. The band celebrate with a performance in a New York Toys ‘R’ Us. 2003 – The Rolling Stones are forced to postpone a gig in Benidorm, Spain after 60-year-old Mick Jagger contracts laryngitis. 2003 – Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel the remainder of their Party of a Lifetime tour after lead guitarist Gary Rossington’s doctor tells him to take it easy. Rossington underwent open-heart surgery in February. 2009 - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler fell offstage during a concert in Sturgis, SD. Tyler was dancing on the catwalk after the band’s sound equipment suffered an outage during “Love in an Elevator”. Tyler suffered a broken shoulder along with head & neck injuries.

Friday, 4 August 2017

Today in rock history 4th August

1940 – Born on this day, Larry Knechtel, guitar, Keyboards, Bread 1963 – The Beatles appeared at the Queen’s Theatre in Blackpool. So many fans crowded around the theatre, blocking every entrance, that The Beatles had to go through a construction area, up and across some scaffolding to the roof of the theatre, from where they were lowered through a trap door. 1965 – Bob Dylan completes recording Highway 61 Revisited after laying down “Desolation Row” and “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues.” 1966 – Several American radio stations pull Beatles records from their playlists following John Lennon’s “more popular than Jesus” comment. 1968 – The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in California with Canned Heat, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf, The Byrds, The Grateful Dead, Tiny Tim, Iron Butterfly and Jefferson Airplane. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival. 1970 – After falling asleep on a woman’s porch in Los Angeles, Jim Morrison is arrested for public drunkenness. 1975 - Rainbow released their debut album Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow 1975 – Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant and his family are hospitalized after a car crash on the Greek island of Rhodes. 1979 – Led Zeppelin play to 120,000 people at Knebworth Park in England. It’s their first concert in the U.K. in four years. 1979 – Some 20,000 people attend a benefit in Inglewood, Calif., for the family of the late Lowell George. Among those paying tribute to the Little Feat frontman are Linda Ronstadt, Michael McDonald, and Jackson Browne. 1980 – Pink Floyd kick off five nights of the Wall tour at London’s Earls Court. During the ambitious show, a giant wall is built across the stage between the band and the audience. 1980 – John Lennon began recording what would become his final album ‘Double Fantasy’ at The Hit Factory, New York. 1984 – Genesis drummer and solo artist Phil Collins marries Jill Tavelman. At the reception, Collins “jams” with Eric Clapton and Robert Plant. 1990 - Billy Idol peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Cradle of Love” which was Idol’s last top forty single in the U.S. 2002 – Bruce Springsteen scored his fifth UK No.1 album with ‘The Rising’, also No.1 in the US. 2003 – Jack White posts graphic video footage of his hand operation on the White Stripes’ Web site. The guitarist had to have three screws implanted to set the bones in his hand after a July car accident. 2003 – Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic announces on the Eyes Adrift Web site that he’s quitting the music business, although he will continue to play music with his band. 2012 – Marshall Tucker Band guitarist Stuart Swanlund died in his sleep at home in Chicago.

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Today in rock history 3rd August

1955 – Rock ‘n’ roll litigation as Bill Haley files suit against Essex Recordings. Now that he’s a big star, he accuses his old label of releasing his early recordings, which are “of inferior quality to said plaintiff’s current releases.” 1963 – Bob Dylan appears as a guest at a Joan Baez show in Camden, N.J. 1963 – Metallica’s James Hetfield is born this day 1963 - The Beatles appeared at The Cavern Club in Liverpool for the last time, almost two years to the day after they started playing there as a regular fixture. 1966 – The South African government bans the broadcast of Beatles songs after John Lennon makes his “more popular than Jesus” remark. 1966 – The Rolling Stones record “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow” in Los Angeles. 1968 – “Hello, I Love You” becomes the Doors’ second and last No. 1 single. 1968 – The Newport Pop Festival starts today, featuring performers like the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, and Steppenwolf. 1969 – Janis Joplin sings with Little Richard at the Atlantic City Pop Festival. 1971 – Paul McCartney announces he’s forming Wings. 1974 – Here’s a weird gig Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band opening for Canadian songbird Anne Murray in New York. 1974 – Guitarist Jeff (Skunk) Baxter quits Steely Dan and joins the Doobie Brothers. 1987 - Def Leppard released their fourth album Hysteria which went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart the following year & sell 12 million copies in the U.S. alone. 1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. 1989 – The Rolling Stones film the video for “Mixed Emotions,” probably the last good song they ever recorded. 2004 – Legendary Southern Rock figure Lacy Van Zant dies at his home in Jacksonville, Fla., due to chronic pulmonary illness. He is 89. 2004 – Traffic cancel their reunion tour after drummer Jim Capaldi is diagnosed with a severe gastric ulcer. 2005 –Melissa Etheridge announces she is cancer free nine months after being diagnosed with the disease. 2006 – Arthur Lee, the singer and guitarist for psychedelic rock pioneers Love, dies at the Methodist University Hospital in his hometown of Memphis after battling leukemia. He is 61.

Today in rock history 2nd August

1937 – The Band’s Garth Hudson is born in London, Ontario. 1944 - Jim Capaldi,drummer for Traffic is born in Worcestershire. 1951 - Former Rainbow vocalist Joe Lynn Turner is born today 1962- Robert Zimmerman legally changed his name to Bob Dylan. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix Experience started a 5 night gig at the Salvation club in NYC.The set list included: Foxy Lady, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Purple Haze and Burning Of The Midnight Amp. 1969 - Bob Dylan & his wife showed up unannounced at Dylan’s ten year high school reunion in Hibbing, MN. They would leave early when a drunk tried to pick a fight with Dylan. 1971 - Creedence Clearwater Revival kicked off their final North American tour at the Assembly Center in Tulsa, 1981 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jessie’s Girl,” Rick Springfield. The song wins Springfield a Grammy for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance. 2002 – A van driven by blues guitarist Popa Chubby (Ted Horowitz) overturns, injuring Horowitz and two band members, keyboard player Dave Keyes and drummer Rod Gross. 2003 - Aerosmith & Kiss kicked off their co-headlining tour dubbed the Rocksimus Maximus Tour in Hartford, CT. This was Kiss’ first tour with Tommy Thayer playing guitar & wearing Ace Frehley’s makeup & costume. The tour went on to gross $64 million. 2004 – Eric Clapton bought a 50% share in Cordings to save the historic gentleman’s outfitters from closure. The store, based in London since 1839 had run into financial difficulties. The guitarist said he had been fond of the shop since a window display caught his eye when he was 16.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Today in rock history 1st August

1942 – Jerry Garcia (Jerome John Garcia) of the Grateful Dead is born in San Francisco. 1946 - Boz Burrell-bassist for Bad Company & King Crimson is born 1951 - Tommy Bolin-guitarist for the James Gang & Deep Purple is born 1959 – Singer Joe Elliott of Def Leppard is born in Sheffield 1971: The Concert for Bangladesh, organized by George Harrison took place at Madison Square Garden. The concert featured Harrison, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Leon Russell, Ravi Shankar and members of Badfinger. 1974 - The Who’s Pete Townshend & Keith Moon joined Eric Clapton onstage during a concert at the Omni in Atlanta. Townshend jammed on “Layla” & Moon sang along on “Little Queenie”. Townshend later smashed a plastic ukulele over Clapton’s head. 1979 - During a concert at Madison Square Garden, Peter Frampton was awarded the Gold Ticket for performing to over 100,000 fans at the Garden. 1994 - The Rolling Stones kicked off their Voodoo Lounge Tour at RFK Stadium in Washington, DC. This tour would last over a year & go on to gross $320 million, becoming the highest grossing tour at the time. 1997 – Ireland’s Supreme Court gives the go-ahead for two U2 Popmart concerts scheduled for August 30 and 31 at Landsdowne Road stadium in Dublin. Earlier in the week, the country’s High Court had, under pressure from locals fearing excessive noise and general mayhem, overstepped its jurisdiction and banned the two gigs. 2004 – Red Hot Chili Peppers top the UK albums chart with Live at Hyde Park. 2006 – A man dies after being severely beaten by two unidentified assailants in the moshpit at Korn’s Atlanta concert. The band appeal for witnesses to the attack to help with the investigation. 2006 – Drummer Jon Theodore leaves egghead rockers The Mars Volta shortly before the release of their third album Amputechture. He is replaced by Blake Fleming. 2007 – John Lennon’s “granny” sunglasses sold at auction. 2009 – Daughtry hits No.1 on the US album charts.