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.