Thursday, 24 August 2017
Today in rock history 24th August
1938 – Bassist David Freiberg is born. He becomes a member of Jefferson Starship and Quicksilver Messenger Service 1943 – Quicksilver Messenger Service guitarist John Cipollina is born in Berkeley, Calif. 1945 – Uriah Heep’s Ken Hensley is born in Stevenage 1951 - Michael Derosier-drummer for Heart is born 1967 – The Beatles have their first meeting with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi at the Park Lane Hilton. The bandmates were convinced they should meet the guru by George’s wife, Patti. Mick Jagger and his girlfriend Marianne Faithfull tag along. 1968 – The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart on lead vocals, releases its debut album, ‘Truth.’ 1968 – To celebrate his 21st birthday (which was actually yesterday), Keith Moon drives a Lincoln convertible into the pool of a Flint, Mich., Holiday Inn 1968 - Steppenwolf peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Born to Be Wild” which was their highest charting single in the U.S. 1974 – Traffic makes their final live performance at the 14th annual Reading Festival. 1975 - Queen began recording “Bohemian Rhapsody” at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales. The song took three weeks to record and featured 180 separate overdubs. 1978 – Rolling Stone puts comeback kid Bruce Springsteen on its cover to herald the release of the long-awaited Darkness on the Edge of Town. 1979 – The Cars attract an audience of 500,000 to their free gig in New York’s Central Park. 1981 –Mark Chapman, John Lennon’s killer was sentenced to 20 years in prison 1985 – Heart hits #10 with “What About Love” 1989 – At the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., the Who perform their rock opera Tommy with an all-star cast that includes Elton John, Billy Idol, and Patti LaBelle 1990 – A Nevada judge clears heavy metal group Judas Priest in a $6.2 million civil suit that charged subliminal suggestions on the group’s recordings provoked two youths to shoot themselves in 1985. 2010 –Guitarist Michael Schenker and drummer Carmine Appice perform with The Scorpions.