Friday, 20 October 2017

Today in rock history 20th October

1945 – Ric Lee, drummer, Ten Years After is born
1950 – Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla
1951 - Al Greenwood-keyboardist for Foreigner is born
1960 – Elvis Presley film “G.I. Blues” premieres
1961 – Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is recorded
1964 – James George “Soni” Sonefeld, drummer for the band Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Lansing, Michigan.
1964 – The Rolling Stones play Paris for the first time. The gig ends with the now-traditional riot, in which 150 people are arrested.
1966 – In New York, the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page record a jingle for the Great Shakes beverage, utilizing the riff from their song “Over Under Sideways Down.”
1969 – The Who play the first of six nights at New York’s Fillmore East, playing the entirety of their Tommy rock opera.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release The Wedding Album in the U.S. Highlights include “John and Yoko,” in which the couple yell each other’s name for 25 minutes.
1976 – The Song Remains the Same, a film that mixes Led Zeppelin performance footage with some rather dubious Lord of the Rings-style sequences, premieres in Manhattan.
1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a plane crash in Gillsburg, MS. Van Zant and Cassie Gaines were each 29 years old and Steve Gaines was 28 years old.
1978 – The Police give their U.S. performance debut at CBGB’s in New York.
1979 – On Saturday Night Live tonight, Bob Dylan performs three songs from his religiously inclined Slow Train Coming album. Observers report he’s gone gospel.
2001 - The Concert for New York City took place at Madison Square Garden. Many of the attendees were families and members of the New York Fire & Police Departments. Some of the artists that appeared included Paul McCartney, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Billy Joel and John Mellencamp.
2004 – U2’s Bono announces that a briefcase of notes and lyrics stolen from him back in 1981 has been returned to him. The briefcase was found in an attic in Tacoma, Wash.
2004 – Lenny Kravitz is sued after a backed-up toilet allegedly causes over $300,000 worth of damage to a neighbour’s apartment in New York.
2010 – Slash and Myles Kennedy perform acoustically on Australia’s ‘Max Sessions.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Today in rock history 19th October

1946 - Keith Reid-lyricist for Procol Harum is born.
1948 – Doobie Brothers vocalist/guitarist Patrick Simmons is born in Aberdeen, Wash.
1957 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley.
1966 – The Yardbirds land in New York to kick off their first American tour. Jeff Beck leaves after playing two dates, leaving Jimmy Page to take over the lead guitar slot.
1968 – Eighteen-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton plays with the Small Faces during a London concert. He later joins lead singer Steve Marriott in Humble Pie.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at Marylebone Magistrate’s Court to answer charges of marijuana possession. They are remanded on bail until November 28.
1974 – At London’s Island studios, Jimmy Page records “Scarlet” with Keith Richards and Traffic’s Rik Grech. Vocal duties are handled by Richards. Page pronounces the track “great, really good.”
1981 - During Bob Dylan’s concert at the Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, IN, Dylan called up wheelchair-bound friend Larry Kegan for the encore & let him perform Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down” while Dylan played the tenor saxophone.
1993 – Pearl Jam release their second album Vs., which tops the chart the following week despite featuring a llama on the cover.
2004 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the “Alfie” soundtrack
2004 – Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appear in public together for the first time in ten years at a Las Vegas rally for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
2005 – U2’s Bono has lunch with George W. Bush in the White House. They discuss G8, fighting AIDS, and probably their favourite Bible story.
2007 – Johnny Marr was made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford in Manchester.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Today in rock history 18th October

1926 – Chuck Berry is born in St. Louis as Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry
1949 – REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath is born in Peoria, Ill.
1949 – Joe Egan, Stealers Wheel, is born
1957 – Paul McCartney makes his live debut with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool, England.
1964 – The Animals begin their first headlining tour in Manchester, England. Supporting them are Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Tommy Tucker, and the Nashville Teens.
1966 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience play before 14,500 people at the Paris Olympia less than a week after they’ve formed. The band is the support for French superstar Johnny Hallyday.
1967 – John Lennon stars as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s film How I Won the War, which opens tonight at London’s Premiere Theatre.
1968 – Police raid John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s apartment in London and arrest the couple. They are charged with possession of marijuana.
1969 – Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner is arrested for marijuana possession in Hawaii.
1986 – Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries Eduardo DeMendoca
1986 – Huey Lewis and the News went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Fore!’
1989 - During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting the band. The following night, Rose apologized for saying that he would quit & delivered a five minute anti-drug oration.
1997 – Former Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton dies at age 49.
2010 –Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has said the legendary rock band may get back together to play concerts for charity.

Today in rock history 17th October

1946 – Jim Tucker, original guitarist with the Turtles, is born in Los Angeles.
1962 – The Beatles perform on TV for the first time today, on the British programme People and Places.
1963 – The Beatles have lunch with four Boyfriend magazine contest winners at the Old Vienna restaurant in London. Later in the day the group records The Beatles’ Christmas Record.
1967 – Bob Dylan begins recording John Wesley Harding.
1967 – The Beatles attend a memorial service for manager Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue.
1968 – Jose Feliciano releases “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans booed Feliciano when he performed his meandering interpretation earlier during the 1968 World Series.
1969 – The Kinks play their first concert in the U.S. in four years, supporting Spirit at New York’s Fillmore East. The American Federation of Musicians banned the group from playing there after a disastrous 1965 tour during which the band spent as much time fighting onstage as playing music.
1973 – In a court in Nice, France, Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg receive suspended sentences of one year for drug possession. Both also have to pay a $1,000 fine and Richards is barred from entering France for two years.
1986 – Run-D.M.C.’s remake of “Walk This Way,” a collaboration with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, enters the Top Forty. It becomes the first big rap-rock crossover hit, reaching #4.
1988 – Opel, a collection of previously unreleased material by Syd Barrett, is released in England.
1991 – John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast.”
1999 – Veteran rock band Santana sees its newest release “Supernatural” jump to the top spot at the nation’s retailers. It’s the Carlos Santana-led group’s first No. 1 release in 28 years.
2000 - The piano that John Lennon used to write Imagine was sold to George Michael for $2 million in an auction organized by Mick Fleetwood.
2008 –A slightly revised track listing for the new Guns N’ Roses album, “Chinese Democracy”, has now been posted at
2013 –Alex and Kelly Van Halen divorced over 20 years ago, yet Kelly has kept Van Halen as her surname. Now the company that controls the group’s name is suing her for trademark infringement.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Today in rock history 16th October

1938 – Iconic anti-singer Nico is born in Cologne, Germany.
1943 – Bassist C.F. “Fred” Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born.
1947 – Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is born in San Francisco.
1953 – Guitarist Tony Carey, who as well as performing solo was in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, is born in Fresno, Calif.
1962 – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is born in Melbourne, Australia, as Michael Balzary.
1963 – It’s announced that the Beatles will play at this year’s Royal Command Performance.
1965 – The Beatles record “Day Tripper”
1966 – Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.”
1968 – George Harrison flies to Los Angeles, where he will produce Jackie Lomax’s 1969 debut, Is This What You Want. It wasn’t.
1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival announces its decision to split up.
1981 – Bob Dylan kicks off his Shot of Love tour at the Milwaukee Auditorium. It’s his first live outing since his controversial 1979 tour, during which he played only Christian material.
1986 – Chuck Berry plays his 60th Birthdays concert in St. Louis this day in rock history! Eric Clapton and Keith Richards perform at a birthday party for Chuck Berry, who celebrates turning 60 on October 18.
1992 –Sinead O’Connor is booed at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. She replies by reciting the words to Bob Marley’s “War” before being escorted from the stage by Kris Kristofferson.
2002 – Billy Joel checked out of a Connecticut hospital known for treating substance abuse.
2003 –U2 donate $46,000 to the Irish branch of One in Four, a sex abuse charity facing closure due to lack of funds.
2003 – Courtney Love appears in court in an effort to regain custody of her daughter Francis Bean Cobain. The child was placed in the care of Kurt Cobain’s mother after Love was arrested for being under the influence of drugs.
2006 – CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself.

Today in rock history 15th October

1935 – Barry McGuire, who scored the world’s most miserable No. 1 with “Eve of Destruction,” is born in Oklahoma City.
1942 – Moby Grape drummer Don Stevenson is born in Seattle.
1955 – Buddy Holly (with Bob Montgomery) opens a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas.
1960 – Ringo Starr plays with the Beatles for the first time. The group is backing Wally Eymond in a Hamburg studio on his version of “Summertime.” Pete Best was unavailable to drum, and so the skin-beater with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes stepped in.
1964 – Crazed vocalist Screaming Lord Sutch stands for parliamentary election in England.
1965 – At San Francisco State College, Country Joe & the Fish perform at a Vietnam Day Committee Teach-In.
1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract, he received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.
1966 – Jefferson Airplane singer and new mom Signe Anderson makes her last appearance with the band at San Francisco’s Fillmore before quitting the group to have a baby. She’s replaced the next day by new singer Grace Slick.
1966 – Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine perform at the All Night Rave, an event sponsored by the English underground newspaper International Times.
1971 – Former teen idol Rick Nelson performs at an oldies show at Madison Square Garden, but is booed when he debuts some new material. He later writes the song “Garden Party” about the experience.
1987 – Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia begins a sold-out two-week solo residency on Broadway.
1989: Eddie Van Halen & Michael Anthony of Van Halen participated in the first World Music Invitational Pro/Am celebrity golf tournament at Stonebridge Ranch in Dallas.
1995: Paul & Linda McCartney made a guest appearance on The Simpsons. They made their appearance on the condition that Lisa Simpson is to remain a vegetarian for the remainder of the program’s run.
1996 – Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is charged with attacking a cameraman outside a Los Angeles club after the hapless photographer tried to take snaps of him and Pamela Anderson Lee.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne cancels his European tour after undergoing treatment for a nervous tremor. His doctors say the ailing rocker does not have Parkinson’s Disease.
2003 – One-time KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg outside of Los Angeles’ Rainbow Room during a melee by some irate club-goers.

Today in rock history 14th October

1946 – Singer Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues is born in Swindon, England.
1955 – Buddy Holly opens for Bill Haley & the Comets in Lubbock, Texas. His performance is seen by Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandell, who sets up a demo session for Holly and his band.
1957 – The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released.
1964 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts marries Shirley Ann Arnold in Bradford
1966 – At London’s All Saints Hall, Pink Floyd play their first set made up entirely of their psychedelic originals after a band decision to dump its R&B direction.
1967 – The Who release their single “I Can See for Miles” in Britain and the U.S. Pete Townshend is so sure he has a No. 1 on his hands that he’s described as crushed when the single reaches only No. 12 in the U.K.
1971 – John Fogerty is sued by the owners of Specialty Records. Their suit accuses Fogerty of plagiarizing the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly” in his song “Travelin’ Band,” but it’s later dropped.
1972 – In Adelaide, Australia, Joe Cocker and six members of his band are arrested after police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their dressing rooms. Cocker is later released on bail.
1993 – Rolling Stone magazine ranks the video for Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” as the No.1 video in video history
1994 – At a Pink Floyd concert at London’s Earls Court, a section of seating collapses, injuring several people
1998 – B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson’s Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour, The veteran rock artist says in a statement, “I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years.”
2003 – Montreal punk rock fans destroy cars and smash windows after Total Chaos and the Exploited cancel a show. Members of the Exploited were refused admission to Canada.
2003 – Troubled Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland files for divorce from his wife of three years.
2004 - Eric Clapton was banned from driving in France after being caught driving 134mph, 53mph above the speed limit in his Porsche 911 Turbo
2007 - Ted Nugent made a voice cameo on The Simpsons where he was on the phone telling a prisoner voiced by Steve Buscemi to vote no on a fictional proposition that banned crossbows in public schools, a jab on Nugent’s political stance.