Sunday, 20 August 2017

Today in rock history 20th August

1948 – Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin is born in West Bromwich 1949 – Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy is born in Dublin, Ireland 1966 – Darrell Lance Abbott, also known as “Diamond Darrell”, and “Dimebag Darrell” (August 20, 1966 – December 8, 2004) was an American guitarist, best known as a founding member of the heavy metal bands Pantera and Damageplan. 1969 – The Beatles convene in the studio together for the last time as they wrap up recording “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” 1969 – Frank Zappa disbands the Mothers of Invention following a short tour in Canada. 1970 – William Frederick “Fred” Durst of Limp Biskit is born 1973 – The Rolling Stones release their single “Angie.” 1981 – At Los Angeles’ Sport Arena, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play a benefit for Vietnam veterans. 1988 – Performing at the Donington rock festival in England, Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose tells the audience to “try not to kill yourselves.” Tragically, two people die in a crowd surge while the band plays. 1990 – Aerosmith appeared at the Marquee Club London. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page joined the band on stage for a blues jam. 1991 – Nirvana and Sonic Youth kicked off a joint European tour at Sir Henry’s Pub, Cork, Ireland. 1993 – Santana kick off a tour with Bob Dylan supporting in Portland, Ore. 2000 – Bon Jovi brings down the curtain on the 28-year career of London’s Wembley Stadium as a live music venue. The show is the group’s fifth at the 80,000-seat venue. 2001 – Foo Fighters cancel the remaining three dates of their U.K. and European tour after drummer Taylor Hawkins is hospitalized. Hawkins “apparently overindulged during festivities” 2003 – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines Great White and Station club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian a total of nearly $100,000 for workplace violations related to the fire that killed 100 people during a February concert in Providence, R.I. 2006 – The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at Twickenham Stadium on their ‘A Bigger Bang’ world tour. 2010 - As Ozzy Osbourne gears up for the August 14 launch of the 2010 OZZ Fest, the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer has released “Life Won’t Wait,” the second single from his worldwide smash Epic Records album.

Today in rock history 19th August

1940 – Drummer Ginger Baker (Peter Baker) is born in Lewisham 1945 – Ian Gillan, vocalist with the best-known incarnation of Deep Purple, is born in Hounslow 1951 – Queen bassist John Deacon is born in Leicester 1963 – Joey Tempest, lead screamer with Swedish pop/metal band Europe is born. 1964 – The Beatles kick off their second American tour at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. Support comes from the Righteous Brothers, Jackie DeShannon, the Exciters, and Bill Black’s Combo. 1967 – To Ringo Starr, a son. He and wife Maureen are the proud parents of Jason. 1967 – Pink Floyd debut on UK LP chart with ‘Piper at the Gates of Dawn’ 1971 – Led Zeppelin kicked off a North American tour at the Pacific Coliseum in Vancouver, Canada. The band played to a sold out crowd of over 17,000 fans, another 3,000 fans outside the venue who didn’t have tickets started a battle with local police. 1980 – After Alice Cooper cancels a Toronto show because of illness, 1,400 entertainment-starved ticket-holders riot. 1991 - Judas Priest performed their last concert with Rob Halford for 13 years at the CNE Grandstand in Toronto. During the concert Halford was injured as he rode a motorcycle onstage when he collided with a drum riser hidden behind dry ice. Halford later returned to finish the concert. 1997 – Fleetwood Mac’s reunion album “The Dance” is released. 2000 – In Meridan, Miss., Gregg Allman plays a benefit for Jeff Fountain, the father of his fiancee, Stacey. Fountain was injured in a motorcycle accident in June. 2003 – David Bowie plays songs from his new album Reality at a low-key tour warm-up gig in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 2005 - A bronze statue of Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Lynott’s hometown of Dublin, Ireland. 2005 – Courtney Love is sentenced to a chemical dependency program after a judge finds she has broken her probation. Love admitted to taking drugs in July. 2007 - A concert in honour of late Boston singer Brad Delp was held at the Bank of America Pavilion in Boston & featured performances by Godsmack, Extreme, RTZ & Boston.

Today in rock history 18th August

1950 – Foreigner drummer Dennis Elliott is born in London 1953 – Drummer of the Canadian power trio Mahogany Rush is born. 1962 – Ringo Starr plays with the Beatles for the first time at a Horticultural Society Dance in Birkenhead 1966 – Paul Jones left Manfred Mann, just as “Pretty Flamingo” was climbing the charts. 1969 – Mick Jagger is accidentally shot on the set of ‘Ned Kelly’ 1969 – Hendrix debuts a new band, Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, at the Woodstock music festival in New York State. 1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash play at Woodstock with newly added member Neil Young in what is their second public performance. 1974 – Keyboardist Patrick Moraz replaced Rick Wakeman in Yes 1977 – The funeral for Elvis Presley is held at Graceland before 150 invited mourners. 1977 – The Police Play their first gig without original guitarist Henri Padovani at Rebecca’s Club in Birmingham 1979 – On PBS, John Lennon and Bob Dylan star in the documentary Eat the Document. While sitting in the back of his limo, Dylan tells Lennon he’s going to throw up. 1981 – The new Moody Blues album, Long Distance Voyager, hit the platinum level in sales 1984 – Motley Crue gives its performance debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, 1990 - During Aerosmith’s set at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the U.K., Jimmy Page joined Aerosmith onstage for a rendition of The Yardbirds’ “Train Kept A-Rollin’”. Other acts on the bill included Whitesnake & Poison. 1992 – Kurt Cobain of Nirvana and Courtney Love of Hole have their first child. Daughter Frances Bean is born in Los Angeles. 1995 – Security guards carry a sobbing Courtney Love offstage after she begins fighting with Hole fans because they aren’t cheering loudly enough during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain View, Calif. 1997 – To announce their Bridges to Babylon tour, the Rolling Stones drive to a press conference at the Brooklyn Bridge in a ’55 Cadillac. Mick steers. 1999 – It is announced that Spin Doctors’ lead singer Chris Barron has been diagnosed with a rare paralysis of his vocal chords. Doctors indicate that he may never regain the full use of his voice. 2000 – Badfinger’s Joey Molland fractures his leg after falling off stage during the Classic Rock Festival in Darrington, Wash. 2003 – The Rolling Stones make over 300 of their post-1971 songs available as purchasable downloads on 2005 – Iron Maiden are pelted with eggs, bottle caps and ice on their last appearance at Ozzfest. The power is also cut off several times. Sharon Osbourne later accuses Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson of having “disrespected” the heavy metal festival.

Today in rock history 17th August

1949 - Born on this day, Sib Hashian, drums, Boston 1958 – Belinda Carlisle is born. 1960 – The Beatles begin their first Hamburg engagement at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany, playing the first of 48 nights at the Club. 1962 – Born on this day, Gilby Clarke, guitarist, spent 3 years as the rhythm guitarist of Guns N’ Roses, replacing Izzy Stradlin in November 1991. 1965 – Born on this day, Steve Gorman, drums, The Black Crowes 1966 - The Beatles created more controversy during a press conference in Toronto when John Lennon sided with American draft dodgers that moved to Canada rather than go to war in Vietnam. 1970 – Christine McVie joins Fleetwood Mac on keyboards. 1977 – Tens of thousands of fans travel to Memphis to pay tribute to Elvis Presley. President Jimmy Carter issues a tribute statement. 1984 – Elton John announces he is retiring from touring. 1985 - ZZ Top headlined the Monster of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the U.K. Other acts on the bill included Bon Jovi, Metallica & Ratt. 1991 - Nirvana filmed the music video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in Culver City, CA. The video cost less than $50,000 to make & led MTV to favour alternative bands in place of pop metal bands. 1991 - AC/DC headlined the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the U.K. on a bill that included Metallica, Motley Crue, Queensryche & The Black Crowes. This was the first & only time in the festival’s history that every band on the bill had a Platinum album in the U.S. 1998 – Carlos Santana’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is unveiled 2004 - Chevrolet ended its 15 year association with Bob Seger whose song “Like A Rock” had been used in their commercials for its Silverado truck. 2006 – The Smashing Pumpkins enter the studio to work on their first album since splitting in 2000 and Billy Corgan’s subsequent failure to get us interested in anything else.

Today in rock history 16th August

1948 - Barry Hay-singer for Golden Earring is born 1949 - Scott Asheton,drummer for The Stooges is born 1962 – Brian Epstein told Pete Best that the other Beatles wanted him out of the group, and that he was being replaced. Epstein then asked Best to perform with The Beatles that night at the Riverpark Ballroom in Chester, Cheshire. Pete Best does not show up, 1965 – David Jones’ official stage name became David Bowie. 1966 – During a US tour The Beatles appeared at the John F. Kennedy Stadium, Philadelphia playing their set during huge electric storm. 1966 – The Byrds played the first of two nights at the Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, California. 1968 – Working at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles recorded 14 takes of the new George Harrison song ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’, taking the song from its early acoustic version into an electric version. 1968 – Bruce Springsteen’s new band Earth made their live debut at the Off Broad Street Coffee House in Red Bank, New Jersey, admission was 75c. 1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young supported by Joni Mitchell appeared at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago, Illinois. 1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Convention Hall in Asbury Park with Joe Cocker as support. Zeppelin had been asked to perform at Woodstock but due to this gig commitment were unable to attend. 1975 – Peter Gabriel announces his departure from Genesis. 1977 – Elvis Presley is found unconscious in his bathroom at Graceland Mansion. He is pronounced dead of heart failure. 1986 - Def Leppard performed their first concert in the U.K. since drummer Rick Allen lost his arm in a car accident at the Monsters of Rock Festival, Castle Donnington. The headliner was Ozzy Osbourne and other acts on the bill included the Scorpions and Motorhead. 1998 – Pete Townshend performs to a SRO crowd at the Chicago House of Blues in a benefit concert that raised about $300,000 in proceeds for Maryville Academy, a residential child-care facility for abused or neglected children. 2002 – The Rolling Stones perform a surprise club show in Toronto in preparation for their upcoming Licks world tour. 2005: The reality television show Tommy Lee Goes to College premiered on NBC. The show featured Lee attending the University of Nebraska and attempting to fit in. 2010 – Ozzy appears on Jimmy Kimmel tonight doing the classic Crazy Train and closing out the show with Fearless.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Today in rock history 15th August

1942 – Drummer Peter York of the Spencer Davis Group is born in Middlesborough 1950 - Tommy Aldridge-drummer for Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake & Thin Lizzy is born 1958 – Buddy Holly marries Maria Elena Santiago at his parents’ home in Lubbock, Texas. 1962 – Drummer Pete Best plays his last gig with the Beatles at the Cavern in Liverpool. 1964 – The Kinks hits #1 in the UK with “You Really Got Me” 1965 – The Beatles play New York’s Shea Stadium for an audience of 56,000. The crowd sets a record for attendance at a rock concert. 1967 – Fleetwood Mac appeared at the Marquee Club London, 1969 – During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair. 1969 - The first Woodstock Festival kicked off in White Lake, NY. It was attended by over 400,000 concertgoers & featured acts such as Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Santana, the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Mountain, Joe Cocker, The Band, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young & Jimi Hendrix. 1974 – Neil Young taps into the spirit of Seventies malaise with ‘On the Beach,’ which ‘Rolling Stone’ calls “the most despairing album of the decade.” 1983 – Joey Ramone goes under the knife today. He has brain surgery after being beaten up in a fight. 1987 – Keith Richards enters a studio in Montreal to begin work on his first solo album, Talk Is Cheap. 1995 – Motley Crue vocalist Vince Neil’s 4-year-old daughter, Skylar, dies of multiple organ failure in Los Angeles. 2000 – David Bowie and Iman welcome their first child, Alexandria Zahra Jones, into the world. A statement reports that Bowie is involved in the delivery process and even cuts the umbilical cord. 2001 – Dave Matthews and his wife Ashley welcome the birth of their twin daughters Stella Busina and Grace Anne. 2001 - Peter Frampton made a guest appearance on Family Guy. When Death visited Frampton’s house, Frampton said Death should be at Keith Richards’ house, which was a joke pitched by Frampton himself. 2013 – Paul McCartney wins back song rights from Michael Jackson.

Today in rock history 14th August

1941 – David Crosby is born David Van Courtland in Los Angeles 1962 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein approaches the marketable Ringo Starr, currently performing at Butlin’s holiday camp in Skegness, England, about replacing the ordinary Pete Best on the drum stool. Starr starts with the Beatles four days later. 1966 – John Lennon can’t win. After he apologizes for his “more popular than Jesus” remarks earlier in the week, the London Catholic Herald brands his apology “arrogant.” Meanwhile, the Beatles play the first rock concert held at Cleveland Stadium before 24,000 people. 1970 – At a La Jolla, Calif., hotel, Stephen Stills is arrested and charged with cocaine possession 1971 – Rod Stewart releases “Maggie May.” It becomes his breakthrough single in the U.S., going to No. 1. 1985 – Michael Jackson outbids Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, at $47.5 million, to obtain catalogue rights to 250 songs written by Lennon and McCartney. 1988 – Robert Calvert, the “resident poet with Hawkwind, dies in Kent, England, of a heart attack. 1994 – On the 25th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival, Santana performs at Woodstock II. 1995 – Members of the Grateful Dead meet and decide to cancel their fall tour in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s Death 1999 – Van Halen singer Gary Cherone is given a Courage Award by the American Life League for his stance against abortion. 1999 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform with local Russian artists during a free music festival in Moscow’s Red Square. 2003 – A black out hits the North East of America. Among those cancelling shows as a result are KISS and Aerosmith, Bob Dylan and Tori Amos. 2004 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts announces he is being treated for throat cancer. 2004 – The Strokes play the first Little Steven’s International Underground Garage Festival in New York. Also performing are Iggy & the Stooges, New York Dolls, Big Star, and The Raveonettes. 2008 - Jackson Browne sued Republican Party presidential candidate John McCain and the Republican National Committee over unauthorized use of his song “Running on Empty” in a McCain campaign commercial in Ohio.