Sunday, 20 August 2017
Today in rock history 19th August
1940 – Drummer Ginger Baker (Peter Baker) is born in Lewisham 1945 – Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is born in Hounslow 1951 – Queen bassist John Deacon is born in Leicester 1963 – Joey Tempest, lead screamer with Swedish pop/metal band Europe is born. 1964 – The Beatles kick off their second American tour at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Support comes from the Righteous Brothers, Jackie DeShannon, the Exciters, and Bill Black’s Combo. 1967 – To Ringo Starr, a son. He and wife Maureen are the proud parents of Jason. 1967 – Pink Floyd debut on UK LP chart with ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ 1971 – Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police. 1980 – After Alice Cooper cancels a Toronto show because of illness, 1,400 entertainment-starved ticket-holders riot. 1991 - Judas Priest performed their last concert with Rob Halford for 13 years at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto. During the concert Halford was injured as he rode a motorcycle onstage when he collided with a drum riser hidden behind dry ice. Halford later returned to finish the concert. 1997 – Fleetwood Mac’s reunion album “The Dance” is released. 2000 – In Meridan, Miss., Gregg Allman plays a benefit for Jeff Fountain, the father of his fiancee, Stacey. Fountain was injured in a motorcycle accident in June. 2003 – David Bowie plays songs from his new album Reality at a low-key tour warm-up gig in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 2005 - A bronze statue of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Lynott’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland. 2005 – Courtney Love is sentenced to a chemical dependency program after a judge finds she has broken her probation. Love admitted to taking drugs in July. 2007 - A concert in honour of late Boston singer Brad Delp was held at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston & featured performances by Godsmack, Extreme, RTZ & Boston.