Sunday, 20 August 2017
Today in rock history 20th August
1948 – Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin is born in West Bromwich 1949 – Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy is born in Dublin, Ireland 1966 – Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as “Diamond Darrell”, and “Dimebag Darrell” (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004) was an American guitarist, best known as a founding member of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan. 1969 – The Beatles convene in the studio together for the last time as they wrap up recording “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” 1969 – Frank Zappa disbands the Mothers of Invention following a short tour in Canada. 1970 – William Frederick “Fred” Durst of Limp Biskit is born 1973 – The Rolling Stones release their single “Angie.” 1981 – At Los Angeles’ Sport Arena, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play a benefit for Vietnam veterans. 1988 – Performing at the Donington rock festival in England, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose tells the audience to “try not to kill yourselves.” Tragically, two people die in a crowd surge while the band plays. 1990 – Aerosmith appeared at the Marquee Club London. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage for a blues jam. 1991 – Nirvana and Sonic Youth kicked off a joint European tour at Sir Henry’s Pub, Cork, Ireland. 1993 – Santana kick off a tour with Bob Dylan supporting in Portland, Ore. 2000 – Bon Jovi brings down the curtain on the 28-year career of London’s Wembley Stadium as a live music venue. The show is the group’s fifth at the 80,000-seat venue. 2001 – Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins is hospitalized. Hawkins “apparently overindulged during festivities” 2003 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines Great White and Station club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian a total of nearly $100,000 for workplace violations related to the fire that killed 100 people during a February concert in Providence, R.I. 2006 – The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Twickenham Stadium on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. 2010 - As Ozzy Osbourne gears up for the August 14 launch of the 2010 OZZ Fest, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has released “Life Won’t Wait,” the second single from his worldwide smash Epic Records album.