Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Today in rock history 27th August

1944 – Bassist Tim Bogert, who played with Vanilla Fudge and Beck Bogert & Appice, is born in Richfield, N.J. 1953 - Rush guitar genius Alex Lifeson is born in Fernie, British Columbia 1956 – Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock is born in Paddington 1965 – The Beatles take a break from a U.S. tour to spend a private evening with Elvis Presley at his Bel Air, Calif., home. Elvis plays host to the Beatles when they visit his Bel Air, Calif., mansion. The unusual five-some find enough in common to keep themselves amused for four hours. 1967 – The Beatles manager Brian Epstein dies of an accidental drug overdose. 1971 – Pink Floyd finish recording their fifth album, Meddle. 1981 – Rush hits #44 in the US with “Tom Sawyer 1986 – At London’s Townhouse, Bob Dylan records the soundtrack to Hearts of Fire. 1990 – Grammy-winning blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, 35, is killed when a helicopter crashes into a hill in East Troy, Wis. The helicopter is returning the performer from a concert with Eric Clapton and Robert Cray. Three members of Clapton’s entourage are also killed. 1991 – Seattle’s Pearl Jam – formerly known as Mookie Blakelock – release their blockbuster debut Ten. With its hits “Alive,” “Even Flow,” “Jeremy” and “Black,” the album sails to No. 2 in the Billboard 200 and alters the grunge template forever. 1992 – At an auction, the handwritten lyrics to the Beatles’ “Day in the Life” sell for $87,000. 1995 – Neil Young played the Reading Festival in Reading, U.K., 1997 – Steven Seagal kicks off a North American music tour to promote his newest film Fire Down Below. 1998 – It is announced that Billy Joel has postponed the fall leg of his current world tour due to recurring throat problems. 2003 – The Rolling Stones play a rare club date at the London Astoria, including covers of the Miracles’ “Going to a Go Go” and “Can’t Turn You Loose.” 2009 – Noel Gallagher quit Oasis, saying he could no longer work with his brother Liam. 2010 –Twenty years after his death, a Texas community is still seeking to honour native son Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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