Monday, 11 September 2017

Today in rock history September 11th

1943 – Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart is born 1953 – Styx guitarist Tommy Shaw is born in Montgomery, Ala. 1963 – In Los Angeles, fans can buy the unauthorized Bob Dylan release The Great White Wonder. It’s generally credited as the first bootleg album. 1964 – The Beatles play the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. The band requests that the audience be desegregated. 1964 – The winner of a Mick Jagger impersonation contest held in Greenwich, England, reveals that he’s really Chris Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman’s younger brother. 1967 – Fresh from the release of Sgt. Pepper, the Beatles head out in a psychedelic bus with their entourage to begin filming The Magical Mystery Tour. The bus goes on to visit the English towns of Somerset, Cornwall, Devon, and an airport in Kent. 1977 – David Bowie and Bing Crosby record a duet of “The Little Drummer Boy” for a Christmas television special. 1979 – The Who perform their first American gig without Keith Moon, who died a year ago.Kenny Jones sits in on drums when the band plays Passaic, N.J.’s Capitol Theatre. 1979 – On the first date of his American tour, Tom Petty unveils a banner asking “Why MCA?” Petty was complaining because his label Gone Gator had been sold to the industry giant. 1984 – Some 16,800 Bruce Springsteen fans cram Philadelphia’s Spectrum to see the Boss play the first of six nights. The show sets a new attendance record for the venue. 1995 – Green Day turn down an invitation to play Sesame Street because “we couldn’t handle a mosh pit full of 5-year-olds.” 1996 – Michael Hutchence of INXS pleads guilty to assaulting a photographer who lay in ambush for him outside a hotel where he was staying with Bob Geldof’s ex-wife Paula Yates. Hutchence is fined $600. 1996 – For the first time ever, a new single by a major recording artist is released exclusively on the Internet. David Bowie’s “Telling Lies” is released on Bowie’s Website (, where it can be played and downloaded 1997 – John Lee Hooker receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2000 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland unveils the Jimi Hendrix Surround Sound Theater and Exhibit. 2003 – Currently in the midst of big autumn tours, Bruce Springsteen, Cher, Steely Dan and Fleetwood Mac refrain from playing on the second anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

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