Sunday, 20 August 2017
Today in rock history 16th August
1948 - Barry Hay-singer for Golden Earring is born 1949 - Scott Asheton,drummer for The Stooges is born 1962 – Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein then asked Best to perform with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete Best does not show up, 1965 – David Jones’ official stage name became David Bowie. 1966 – During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia playing their set during huge electric storm. 1966 – The Byrds played the first of two nights at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California. 1968 – Working at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version. 1968 – Bruce Springsteen’s new band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey, admission was 75c. 1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young supported by Joni Mitchell appeared at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois. 1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support. Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to this gig commitment were unable to attend. 1975 – Peter Gabriel announces his departure from Genesis. 1977 – Elvis Presley is found unconscious in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion. He is pronounced dead of heart failure. 1986 - Def Leppard performed their first concert in the U.K. since drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car accident at the Monsters of Rock Festival, Castle Donnington. The headliner was Ozzy Osbourne and other acts on the bill included the Scorpions and Motorhead. 1998 – Pete Townshend performs to a SRO crowd at the Chicago House of Blues in a benefit concert that raised about $300,000 in proceeds for Maryville Academy, a residential child-care facility for abused or neglected children. 2002 – The Rolling Stones perform a surprise club show in Toronto in preparation for their upcoming Licks world tour. 2005: The reality television show Tommy Lee Goes to College premiered on NBC. The show featured Lee attending the University of Nebraska and attempting to fit in. 2010 – Ozzy appears on Jimmy Kimmel tonight doing the classic Crazy Train and closing out the show with Fearless.