Wednesday, 23 August 2017
Today in rock history 22nd August
1917 – John Lee Hooker is born 1947 – Occasional Grateful Dead vocalist Donna Godchaux is born in San Francisco. 1958 – Former Living Colour metal god-turned-avant-garde guru Vernon Reid is born in London. 1962 – The first TV appearance of The Beatles was recorded by Manchester based Granada TV, who filmed a lunchtime session at The Cavern Club Liverpool, 1965 – Beatles’ second film, ‘Help’, premieres in US this fine day 1966 – Police in New York manage to talk two teenagers down from a 22nd-floor ledge. The girls had threatened to commit suicide unless they met the Beatles. Instead, they’re sent to Roosevelt Hospital to get their heads examined. 1967 – Born on this day, Layne Staley, Alice In Chains 1968 – A day before their sixth anniversary, John Lennon’s wife, Cynthia, sues the Beatle for divorce after discovering Yoko Ono living in their London home. 1968 – Ringo Starr quit The Beatles during the White Album sessions when the constant bickering and tension became too much for him. The news of Ringo’s departure was kept secret, and he rejoined the sessions on September 3. After Ringo walked out, the remaining Beatles recorded ‘Back In the USSR’, with Paul on drums. 1969 – The three-day Wild West Festival starts at San Francisco’s Kezar Stadium, featuring performances by Janis Joplin, the Grateful Dead, Santana, and the Youngbloods. 1970 – Eric Clapton enters the studio to begin recording the Derek & the Dominos album Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. 1978 – Sex Pistol Sid Vicious made his last live stage appearance when he appeared with Rat Scabies from The Damned, former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock and Nancy Spungen at London’s Electric Ballroom. 1979 – Led Zeppelin release ‘In Through the Out Door’ LP 1981 – The first Monsters of Rock Festival takes place at Donnington Castle 1998 – Actor Jim Carrey launches an unexpected musical direction when he joins Elton John onstage in Anaheim, Calif., to sing “Rocket Man.” 2003 – Twenty people are injured in a crowd crush during System of a Down’s performance at the Leeds festival in England. 2008 – Velvet Revolver Pay Up Over Song Theft. According to Rolling Stone, Velvet Revolver has reportedly settled a song theft case brought U.K. musician Tony Newton. Newton claimed that Velvet Revolver lifted the riff and melody for “Dirty Little Thing” from his band Voodoo Six’s track “Cyber Baby.” 2008 – PR reports: Metallica have just released the first single off their upcoming album, Death Magnetic. The epic track is entitled “The Day That Never Comes” and it’s now available through iTunes and is streaming on the band’s site. 2008 –Ex-Van Halen singer Sammy Hagar recently spoke to Ralph Sutton of the nationally syndicated rock radio show “The Tour Bus” about his former band’s reunion with frontman David Lee Roth and their decision to replace bassist Michael Anthony with guitarist Eddie Van Halen’s 17-year-old son Wolfgang. 2013 – It’s reported today that Richie Sambora was fired from Bon Jovi.