Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Today in rock history 21st November

1940 – Dr. John, the New Orleans pianist is born today
1941 – Andrew Love, who has blown his horn for the Doobie Brothers and Robert Cray, is born in Memphis.
1963 – Questions in the House of Commons about the Beatles. A conservative MP asks the home secretary whether the Fab Four should still be allowed police protection from their screaming fans.
1967 – The Who release their album The Who Sell Out. The between-song jingles give some hint of the band’s ambition, which also manifests itself in the mini-rock opera “Rael.”
1967 – The Beatles are in an editing suite on London’s Old Compton Street putting together their Magical Mystery Tour film.
1968 – Yoko Ono suffers a miscarriage. John Lennon has a Nagra tape recorder sent to the hospital so he can record the last heartbeats of his son, who is named John Ono Lennon II.
1974 – Jefferson Starship are reunited with Marty Balin onstage at San Francisco’s Winterland.
1975 – Elton John receives a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.
1976 – Punk band Chelsea, featuring Billy Idol on vocals, play their last-ever gig at London’s Nashville club. Billy Idol departs with the band’s Tony James to start Generation X.
1980 – Don Henley is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and possession of marijuana, cocaine, and Quaaludes after paramedics treat a 16-year-old girl suffering from drug intoxication at his Los Angeles home.
1981 – In Lakeland, Fla., Bob Dylan wraps up his Shot of Love tour with one of his longest shows ever. He plays 28 songs and six encores. It’s also the first time he plays “Every Grain of Sand.”
1988 – Jimmy Page begins a British tour at the Birmingham Hummingbird.
1988 – Pink Floyd release their live album Delicate Sound of Thunder.
1991 – The rock group Aerosmith makes a guest appearance on an episode of the Fox TV animated comedy series “The Simpsons” titled “Flaming Moe’s.”
1995 – The 60-track “The Beatles Anthology I” is released including the previously unreleased track “Free As A Bird.”
1995 - Peter Grant, manager of Led Zeppelin and widely credited for improving pay and conditions for musicians in dealings with concert promoters died of a heart attack while driving to his home in Eastbourne, U.K. He was 60 years old.
2002 - Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, the surviving members of The Doors announced that they would be performing again with Ian Astbury of The Cult singing & Stewart Copeland of The Police on drums.
2003 – Limp Bizkit’s Fred Durst requires seven stitches to his face after being hit by a flying object during the New York stop of their Back 2 Basics tour with Korn.
2005 – Shots are fired by an unknown assailant at Bret Michaels’ tourbus in Chicopee, Mass. The Poison singer, who was on the bus at the time, is hit by falling glass but escapes serious injury.
2007 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers were suing a US network over the name of its TV show, Californication saying the title was “immediately associated in the mind of the consumer” with its 1999 album and single release.
 

Monday, 20 November 2017

Today in rock history 20th November

1944 – Producer Mike Vernon is born in Harrow, England. As well as introducing John Mayall to Eric Clapton, he was responsible for the ’60s output of blues bands like Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack and Ten Years After.
1946 – Guitarist Duane Allman is born in Nashville, Tenn.
1947 – Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh is born in New York.
1950 – Gentle Giant’s guitar midget, Gary Green is born.
1954 – Frank Marino (Francesco Antonio Marino), guitarist for Mahogony Rush is born.
1959 – WABC-TV in New York fires DJ Alan Freed after he refuses to deny that he accepted payola.
1964 – John Lennon films a comic sketch for the British TV series Not Only but Also with Dudley Moore on Wimbledon Common.
1964 – On the British music show Ready Steady Go tonight, the Rolling Stones lip-sync their songs “Off the Hook,” “Around and Around,” and “Little Red Rooster.”
1965 – Michael Diamond, better known to Beastie Boys fans as Mike D, is born in New York. .
1968 – Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites are approached by Albert Grossman to help the newly solo Janis Joplin put together her own band.
1970 – Ray Davies flies to London to re-record a lyric to “Apeman” and make it acceptable for radio airplay.
1971 – Led Zeppelin play the first of two “Electric Magic” shows at London’s Wembley Empire Pool. The shows incorporate trapeze artists, performing pigs, and vaudeville performers with Bronco, Stone the Crows, and the headliners. Tickets for the shows sold out in four minutes.
1973 - During a concert at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, Who drummer Keith Moon collapsed onstage after someone spiked his drink with horse tranquilizer. Audience member, 19 year old Scot Halpin filled in for the final three songs of The Who’s set.
1991 – The Rolling Stones announced they’d signed a £20 million deal with Virgin Records, to make three albums over six years.
1994 – David Crosby receives a liver transplant.
1998 – Alanis Morissette does an in store performance for the opening of a Tower records store in Buenos Aires. Proceeds from the sale of her album for the day are donated to a local children’s hospital.
2003 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces it will induct Prince, George Harrison, Traffic, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, ZZ Top, and doo-wop group the Dells in 2004.
2007 – Velvet Revolver were forced to cancel a four-city Japanese after their requests for visas was rejected. Officials were said to have refused the band entry to Japan due to previous drug convictions.
2010 - After the end of Bob Dylan’s concert in Amherst, MA, a man with a fake crew pass walked into a pizza parlor and ordered 178 pizzas and never came back to pick the pizzas up. The staff worked until 5:30 a.m. to fill the order.
 

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Today in rock history 19th November

1960 - Matt Sorum-drummer for The Cult, Guns N’ Roses & Velvet Revolver is born.
1965 – Roger Daltrey walks out on a Who performance at London’s Glad Rags Ball after they experience trouble with the P.A
1971 – B.B. King marks his 25th anniversary in music by opening a European tour in London.
1973 – Led Zeppelin begin sessions for their sixth album by recording a demo called “Driving to Kashmir.” The song title would later be shortened to just plain “Kashmir.” The sessions break up when John Paul Jones threatens to leave the band to become a choirmaster.
1976 - George Harrison performs on Saturday Night Live. During the show, producer Lorne Michaels makes an appeal for the Beatles to re-form, saying he will pay them the union minimum to play on his show. Paul McCartney is currently staying with John Lennon at the Dakota and both see Michaels’ plea, but they don’t take him up on the offer.
1979 – Chuck Berry is released from Lompoc Prison, Calif., after serving a sentence for income tax evasion.
1983 – Badfinger bassist Tom Evans commits suicide after the band splits by hanging himself, just as Badfinger songwriter Pete Ham had done eight years earlier.
1995 – Bruce Springsteen’s 13th album, “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” is released.
1997 – Michael Hutchence arrives in Sydney to begin rehearsing with INXS for their 20th anniversary tour. He was discovered dead in his hotel room three days later.
1998 – Motley Crue fans are able to fulfill all their fashion needs when the bands new retail store, S’Crue, opens at 7201 Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles.
2003 – Stone Temple Pilots announce they are splitting up.
2007 - Quiet Riot singer Kevin DuBrow died of an accidental cocaine overdose at his home in Las Vegas, NV. His body was discovered six days later. He was 52 years old.

Today in rock history 18th November

1949 - Herman Rarebell-drummer for Scorpions is born
1952 – Bill Haley married his pregnant girlfriend just four days after he divorced his first wife.
1963 – According to today’s English newspapers, a priest requests the Beatles record a Christmas song. Manager Brian Epstein also issues a press release requesting fans not throw anything at the stage during the Beatles’ concerts.
1966 – Pink Floyd play a “philadelic” music event at England’s Hornsey College of Art.
1967 – Pink Floyd release their third single, “Apples and Oranges,” in England.
1970 – Jerry Lee Lewis divorces his wife (and cousin) Myra Brown. Brown married the Killer 13 years ago – when she was only 14. She later says the couple spent only three nights alone during their years together.
1972 – Danny Whitten, a guitarist and songwriter with the rock band Crazy Horse, dies of a heroin overdose.
1975 – Bruce Springsteen’s first gigs in London are promoted with posters reading, “Finally the world is ready for Bruce Springsteen.”
1984 – Guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan wins Entertainer of the Year and Blues Instrumentalist of the Year at the W.C. Handy National Blues Awards.
1987 – Performing a second night in Los Angeles, U2 decide to support themselves as a fictional country group called the Dalton Brothers.
1990 – At a rock memorabilia auction, Paul McCartney’s birth certificate sells for $18,000.
1990 – Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones marries model-actress Jerry Hall in Bali, Indonesia.
1992 – Black Sabbath were honoured with a star at the Rock Walk in Hollywood.
1993 – Nirvana recorded their MTV unplugged special at Sony Studios, New York.
1997 – An AC/DC five-CD boxed set, “Bonfire,” is released in the U.S. The set is intended as an honour to the band’s original singer Bon Scott.
2003 – John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to the Beatles’ “Nowhere Man” sell for over $300,000 at a New York auction.
2008 – Velvet Revolver are dropped by record label RCA.

Friday, 17 November 2017

Today in rock history 17th November

1944 – Byrds guitarist/songwriter Gene Clark is born in Tipton, Mo.
1946 – Jethro Tull lead guitarist Martin Barre is born in Lancashire.
1958 – DJ Alan Freed learns today that his trial for inciting a riot has been postponed until January of next year. The riot occurred during a Boston rock show he was promoting in May 1958. Prosecutors explain that the delay is because they are investigating allegations that Freed broke Massachusetts’ anti-anarchy laws.
1963 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards meet singer Gene Pitney at a taping of the British pop programme Thank Your Lucky Stars. They give him their song “That Girl Belongs to Yesterday.”
1963 – In Guildford, England, a headmaster says that students turning up to Clark’s Grammar School with Beatles haircuts will be sent home. “This ridiculous style brings out the worst in boys physically,” says John Weightman. “It makes them look like morons.”
1970 – Tune into New York’s WPLJ-FM tonight and you can hear a live broadcast of an Elton John concert. The gig is later released as the 1971 live album 11-17-70.
1971 – The Faces release their third album, A Nod Is as Good as a Wink to a Blind Horse.
1978 – Led Zeppelin record two takes of their new song “All My Love.”
1979 - Jethro Tull bassist John Glascock died of a congenital heart defect in London. He was 28 years old.
1987 – During a concert in Los Angeles, U2’s Bono pulls a person from the audience to sing along to the band’s version of “People Get Ready.” In turn, the aspiring singer hands Bono a demo tape.
1990 -David Crosby broke his shoulder, left leg & ankle in a motorcycle accident in Los Angeles.
1994 – Bob Dylan spends the first of two days taping an episode of MTV Unplugged at New York’s Sony Studios.
2003 – Meat Loaf is rushed to hospital after collapsing during a London concert. His record company say the 56-year-old singer “collapsed from exhaustion due to a prolonged viral infection.”
2006 – U2’s Bono and the Edge team with Pearl Jam and join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne.
2007 – The Eagles were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Long Road Out Of Eden’ the bands seventh studio album and first since 1979.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

Today in rock history 16th November

 1960 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Stay,” Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs. The song is the shortest No. 1 single in the rock era, at one minute and 37 seconds.
1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first time with their third and final album Electric Ladyland which spent two weeks at number one.
1977 - Rush received their first Gold records in the U.S. for 2112, All the World’s A Stage and A Farewell To Kings.
1987 - Topper Headon, former drummer for The Clash was sentenced to 15 months in prison for supplying heroin to a man who later died.
1994 -  Dino Valente, founder of Quicksilver Messenger Service died of a brain tumor in Santa Rosa, CA. He was 51 years old.
2000 – Kid Rock sideman Joe C. (Joseph Calleja) dies in his sleep at his home in Taylor, Mich. He is 26. Calleja had suffered from Celiac Disease, an intestinal disorder, since he was a child.
2005 -  The second UK Music Hall of Fame ceremony took place at the Alexandria Place in London with The Who, Pink Floyd, The Kinks, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan & Black Sabbath among the inductees.
2006 – Queen’s ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company.
2010 – Apple has acquired the rights to sell Beatles music on its online store.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Today in rock history 15th November

1959 – Johnny & the Moondogs – made up of future Beatles John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison – take part in the finals of a talent competition in which the winner appears on English TV’s Star Search. Unfortunately, the last bus back to Liverpool leaves before the judging is due to occur, and the band is forced to pull out.
1962 – The Beatles return from Hamburg with manager Brian Epstein, who is currently negotiating with promoter Larry Parnes to send the band on a nationwide tour.
1964 – In the middle of a tour of America, the Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones is hospitalized with a fever and misses the band’s last four concerts.
1965 – The Rolling Stones perform on NBC’s Hullabaloo for the first time, singing “Get Off of My Cloud.”
1965 – The Beatles complete their sessions for Rubber Soul.
1969 – Hamburg’s Star Club, one of the Beatles’ haunts when they were cutting their professional chops in Germany, announces it will close at the end of the month.
1969 - Janis Joplin was arrested in Tampa for allegedly using obscene language in concert after she yelled at a policeman for trying to control the crowd with a bullhorn. The charges were later dropped.
1974 – The Faces release “You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything,” which becomes their last single when Rod Stewart announces he’s leaving the band in 1976.
1987 - Dire Straits became the first band to sell three million copies of one album in the U.K. when Brothers in Arms reached that plateau.
1992 – Ozzy Osbourne swears that tonight’s show in Costa Mesa, Calif., will be his last concert ever. He’s joined onstage by Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler, and Bill Ward in an emotional reunion and, not surprisingly, is eventually convinced to return to performing.
1999 – Elton John threatens to cancel a show in Winnipeg, Manitoba, after customs officers search his plane and keep his entourage waiting at the airport for two hours.
2000 – Due to the throat troubles of their frontmen, Chino Moreno and Fred Durst, Deftones and Limp Bizkit, respectively, cancel separate shows north of the U.S. border.
2000 – The man who nearly a year earlier broke into the home of and stabbed former Beatle George Harrison is found not guilty by reason of insanity in the U.K.’s Oxford Crown Court. Michael Abram is ordered confined to a mental hospital indefinitely for his attack.