Sunday, 20 August 2017
Today in rock history 17th August
1949 - Born on this day, Sib Hashian, drums, Boston 1958 – Belinda Carlisle is born. 1960 – The Beatles begin their first Hamburg engagement at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany, playing the first of 48 nights at the Club. 1962 – Born on this day, Gilby Clarke, guitarist, spent 3 years as the rhythm guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, replacing Izzy Stradlin in November 1991. 1965 – Born on this day, Steve Gorman, drums, The Black Crowes 1966 - The Beatles created more controversy during a press conference in Toronto when John Lennon sided with American draft dodgers that moved to Canada rather than go to war in Vietnam. 1970 – Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac on keyboards. 1977 – Tens of thousands of fans travel to Memphis to pay tribute to Elvis Presley. President Jimmy Carter issues a tribute statement. 1984 – Elton John announces he is retiring from touring. 1985 - ZZ Top headlined the Monster of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the U.K. Other acts on the bill included Bon Jovi, Metallica & Ratt. 1991 - Nirvana filmed the music video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Culver City, CA. The video cost less than $50,000 to make & led MTV to favour alternative bands in place of pop metal bands. 1991 - AC/DC headlined the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the U.K. on a bill that included Metallica, Motley Crue, Queensryche & The Black Crowes. This was the first & only time in the festival’s history that every band on the bill had a Platinum album in the U.S. 1998 – Carlos Santana’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled 2004 - Chevrolet ended its 15 year association with Bob Seger whose song “Like A Rock” had been used in their commercials for its Silverado truck. 2006 – The Smashing Pumpkins enter the studio to work on their first album since splitting in 2000 and Billy Corgan’s subsequent failure to get us interested in anything else.