Sunday, 20 August 2017

Today in rock history 18th August

1950 – Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott is born in London 1953 – Drummer of the Canadian power trio Mahogany Rush is born. 1962 – Ringo Starr plays with the Beatles for the first time at a Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead 1966 – Paul Jones left Manfred Mann, just as “Pretty Flamingo” was climbing the charts. 1969 – Mick Jagger is accidentally shot on the set of ‘Ned Kelly’ 1969 – Hendrix debuts a new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, at the Woodstock music festival in New York State. 1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash play at Woodstock with newly added member Neil Young in what is their second public performance. 1974 – Keyboardist Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes 1977 – The funeral for Elvis Presley is held at Graceland before 150 invited mourners. 1977 – The Police Play their first gig without original guitarist Henri Padovani at Rebecca’s Club in Birmingham 1979 – On PBS, John Lennon and Bob Dylan star in the documentary Eat the Document. While sitting in the back of his limo, Dylan tells Lennon he’s going to throw up. 1981 – The new Moody Blues album, Long Distance Voyager, hit the platinum level in sales 1984 – Motley Crue gives its performance debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, 1990 - During Aerosmith’s set at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the U.K., Jimmy Page joined Aerosmith onstage for a rendition of The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A-Rollin’”. Other acts on the bill included Whitesnake & Poison. 1992 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole have their first child. Daughter Frances Bean is born in Los Angeles. 1995 – Security guards carry a sobbing Courtney Love offstage after she begins fighting with Hole fans because they aren’t cheering loudly enough during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain View, Calif. 1997 – To announce their Bridges to Babylon tour, the Rolling Stones drive to a press conference at the Brooklyn Bridge in a ’55 Cadillac. Mick steers. 1999 – It is announced that Spin Doctors’ lead singer Chris Barron has been diagnosed with a rare paralysis of his vocal chords. Doctors indicate that he may never regain the full use of his voice. 2000 – Badfinger’s Joey Molland fractures his leg after falling off stage during the Classic Rock Festival in Darrington, Wash. 2003 – The Rolling Stones make over 300 of their post-1971 songs available as purchasable downloads on 2005 – Iron Maiden are pelted with eggs, bottle caps and ice on their last appearance at Ozzfest. The power is also cut off several times. Sharon Osbourne later accuses Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson of having “disrespected” the heavy metal festival.

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