Friday, 28 July 2017

Today in rock history 28th July

1943 – Blues guitarist Mike Bloomfield is born in Chicago. 1945 – Rick Wright of Pink Floyd is born in London. 1949 – Steve Took, who played with Marc Bolan in T. Rex, is born. He was asked to leave the band in 1969 after several bizarre incidents that included giving himself a vicious beating onstage. 1949 - Simon Kirke-drummer for Free & Bad Company is born 1954 - Steve Morse-guitarist for Deep Purple is born 1965 – Rolling Stone Charlie Watts is moving up in the world. He buys a 16th century wooden mansion in Sussex, England. 1965 – The Who make their first appearance on British TV’s Ready Steady Go! Their managers pack the audience with mods, ensuring a rapturous reception as the band rips through “I Can’t Explain.” 1970 – Ned Kelly, starring Mick Jagger as the behelmeted highwayman, opens in Australia. Reception is unkind. 1973 – A crowd of 600,000 gathers for a rock festival at Watkins Glen Raceway, N.Y., to hear the Grateful Dead, the Band and the Allman Brothers Band. 1973 – Grand Funk Railroad’s “We’re An American Band” is released. It will top the Billboard chart near the end of September. 1975 – Bob Dylan plays his first session for the Desire album. 1978 – In response to a fan’s request, Ted Nugent autographs his arm. With a Bowie knife. 1979 – The World Series of Rock is held at Cleveland Stadium, with Journey, Ted Nugent and Thin Lizzy. 1982 – To Jackson Browne, a son. Browne and second wife Lynne Sweeney become the proud parents of Ryan Daniel Browne today. 1993 – Roger Waters marries Priscilla Phillips at the Romsey Registry Office 1995 – Control of Jimi Hendrix’s estate is passed on to his father, James Al Hendrix, who fought a long legal battle for the rights to his son’s likeness and music. 1999 – Eddie Vedder joins Pete Townshend onstage at New York’s Supper Club to rip through “Magic Bus” and “Better Man.” 1999 – Steve Tyler of Aerosmith tells the New York Daily News he’s trying to prevent his ex-wife from printing naked photos of him in a new book. 2001 – Presley Scott Harwell, son of Smash Mouth lead singer Steve Harwell and Michelle Laroque, dies from complications due to acute lymphatic leukemia. 2004 – The second highest new entry in U.S. album charts is Van Halen’s new hits collection The Best of Both Worlds, which lands at No. 3.

Today in rock history 27th July

1955 – Chuck Berry’s debut single, “Maybellene,” enters the R&B chart. It later becomes a No. 1 R&B hit, remaining at the top for 11 weeks. 1969 – Led Zeppelin and the Doors play the Seattle Pop Festival. But Robert Plant isn’t too impressed with Jim Morrison. He remembers, “He hung on the side of the stage and nearly toppled into the audience and did all those things that I suppose were originally sexual things. 1976 – Bruce Springsteen sues his former manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of contract. Appel later files a countersuit, and ties up Springsteen’s recording the follow-up to Born to Run for the next two years. 1976 – John Lennon receives his “green card” from U.S. immigration authorities. 1977 – Led Zeppelin call off the remainder of their North American tour after Robert Plant’s son, Karac, dies of a respiratory ailment. 1979 – Before the Cooper’stown restaurant in Phoenix, there was Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Ariz. Today it’s hit by a firebomb that destroys $200,000 worth of merchandise. Cooper blames disco fans. 1984 – The Prince film “Purple Rain” premieres. 1986 – Queen becomes the first Western act since Louis Armstrong in 1964 to play in Budapest, Hungary. 1991 – Warrant lead singer Jani Lane marries model Bobbie Brown in Los Angeles. 1995 – In Montpelier, France, the Rolling Stones are joined onstage by support act Bob Dylan for a version of his “Like a Rolling Stone.” 2000 – The Rhyme & Reason Tour, featuring the Beastie Boys and Rage Against the Machine postponed due to a biking injury suffered by Beastie Boys principal Mike D. 2001 – Leon Wilkeson, bassist of Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd, dies in his sleep in his Jacksonville, Fla., home. He is 49. 2004 – Courtney Love is sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor drug charge. She is also ordered to attend rehab. 2006 – Nickelback singer Chad Kroeger is arrested for drunk driving after being stopped swerving in Surrey, British Columbia. 2010 - Growing Up Twisted, the reality television show starring Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider premiered on the A&E Network.

Today in rock history 26th July

1943 - Mick Jagger born Dartford, Kent 1949 – Queen drummer Roger Taylor is born in Kings Lynn 1961 – There was a hole in his heart – and he was former Extreme and Van Halen singer Gary Cherone, born today. 1968 – Howlin’ Wolf plays the first of three nights at San Francisco’s Avalon Ballroom, supported by Quicksilver Messenger Service. 1968 – Decca pulls the Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet from its release schedule, citing problems with the sleeve. 1968 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney complete “Hey Jude” during a writing session at Paul’s home. 1970 - Jimi Hendrix performed in his hometown of Seattle for the last time at Sicks Stadium. He reminded the audience how disappointed he was that he had to go to the U.K. to make it in the music business before his home country accepted him. 1974 – The first Beatles Convention is held in Boston. 1976 - Ted Nugent received his first Gold album for his self-titled debut album released the previous year. It later went on to sell two million copies in the U.S. 1977 – Elvis Costello is arrested for playing outside the London Hilton. The new wave songwriter was hoping to interest record executives into giving him an American record deal, as a CBS Records conference was being held inside. He’s fined 5 pounds, but CBS invites him to play a proper audition. 1977 - Robert Plant’s son Karac died of an unidentified viral infection. Led Zeppelin’s tour of North America was immediately cancelled. 1979 – Today’s Rolling Stone reports on the popularity of promotional videos, citing David Bowie’s “Boys Keep Swinging” and Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” as examples. 1990 – Grateful Dead keyboardist Brent Mydland dies of a drug overdose in Lafayette, Calif., at age 38. 1992 – Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley marries actress-model Pamela Bowen in Los Angeles. 2000 – Oasis are forced off stage at Switzerland’s Paleo Festival after being pelted with bottles and cans. A promoter says, “The arrogant, provocative attitude of Liam Gallagher is doubtless not unconnected to the reaction of the audience.” 2003 – Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain is arrested outside of their Wantagh, N.Y., date after allegedly running over a parking attendant. 2003 – Limp Bizkit abandon their set during the Chicago stop of the Summer Sanitarium tour after the crowd hurl plastic bottles at singer Fred Durst. 2003 – Mick Jagger celebrates turning 60 at a private party in Prague. Among the invitees is former Czech president Vaclev Havel, who gives Jagger a two-foot-high crystal vase. 2004 – The Darkness return to their old school in Lowestoft, England, to open a new music center. They also take part in a Q&A session with pupils. 2004 - A Staples back-to-school campaign commercial starring Alice Cooper humorously utilizing Cooper’s “School’s Out” premiered nationally. The commercial depicted Cooper in the role of a father shopping for back-to-school supplies with his daughter who is unhappy about returning to school. 2006 - Ric Ocasek made his second appearance on The Colbert Report where he volunteered to lead a commando mission to “rescue” Stephen Jr., the baby eagle at the San Francisco Zoo named after Stephen Colbert.

Today in rock history 25th July

1941- Manny Charlton-guitarist for Nazareth is born today 1943 – Drummer Jim McCarty, the missing link between the Yardbirds and the Detroit Wheels, is born in Liverpool 1950 – Bassist Mark Clarke of hard-rock legends Mountain and Uriah Heep is born in Liverpool 1964 – Today’s Billboard reports on the success of the British group the Animals, who recently enjoyed a U.K. No. 1 with “House of the Rising Son.” 1965 – Bob Dylan performs his first non-acoustic set at the Newport Folk Festival to a hostile crowd. 1966 – The Rolling Stones play San Francisco. The concert is their last American live performance with founding guitarist Brian Jones. 1967 – In today’s London Times appears a petition calling for the legalization of marijuana. It’s signed by the Beatles and their manager, Brian Epstein. 1968 – Eric Clapton plays lead guitar for George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” on the album “The Beatles” (also known as “The White Album”). 1969 – Led Zeppelin play Milwaukee at the Midwest Rock Festival. 1969 – Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young give their first live performance at the Fillmore East in New York. 1970 – Chicago release their single “25 or 6 to 4.” 1980 – Kiss unveil their new drummer at New York’s Palladium. The newly christened Eric Carr, born Paul Caravello, is made up to look like a fox after the band decides against the hawk look. 1984 – The body of “Big Mama” Thornton, who recorded the original “Hound Dog,” is found in a Los Angeles boarding house. She was 57. 1990 – To the Boss, a son. Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa become the proud parents of Evan James. 1992 – Bryan Adams helps two motorists whose car struck his on a highway in St. Gellen, Switzerland. Adams was traveling from Zurich to Vienna as part of a concert tour when the other car skidded out of control, grazed his car and hit an embankment. 1999 - On the final day of Woodstock ’99 in Rome, NY, riots occurred during the closing set by the Red Hot Chili Peppers which resulted in 120 arrests. 2001 - The Doors’ drummer John Densmore & Bonnie Raitt among others were arrested in Itasca, IL for protesting against a company that is claimed to destroy rainforests. 2003 – A student film of John Lennon imitating a baboon sells for $53,700 at an auction. 2003 – Iron Butterfly guitarist Erik Braunn dies of heart failure. He was 52. 2005 – Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine sues his former bassist David Ellefson, alleging he used the name of the group without Mustaine’s permission. 2010 - Emerson, Lake & Palmer performed a one-off fortieth anniversary concert headlining the initial High Voltage festival at London’s Victoria Park.

Monday, 24 July 2017

Today in rock history 24th July

1945 – Drummer Alan Whitehead of Marmalade is born in Oswestry, England. 1961 – Extreme drummer Paul Geary is born 1964 – Bob Dylan performs at the Newport Folk Festival, showing off his new originals-only singer/songwriter image rather than the Dustbowl Orphan of yore. The reviews are not great. 1964 – A riot breaks out when the Rolling Stones play the English city of Blackpool, contributing to their bad-boys-of-rock image. 1965 – At the Newport Folk Festival today, Bob Dylan performs “All I Really Wanna Do” at an afternoon workshop. The following day he scandalises the festival when he makes his electric debut. 1967 - Jefferson Airplane received their first Gold record for their second album Surrealistic Pillow. 1972 – The No. 1 record in the U.K. is T. Rex’s “Get It On.” 1977: Led Zeppelin performed their final concert in the U.S. at Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland. Rick Derringer & Judas Priest was the opening acts. 1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, George Burns, and the Bee Gees, opens in New York. The reviews are not great. 1980 – Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra announces he will run for mayor of San Francisco. He comes fourth. 1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Roll with It,” Steve Winwood. 1990 – The case against Judas Priest opens in Reno, Nev. The band members are accused of planting subliminal messages in their album Stained Class that led two young fans to attempt suicide. The group is later cleared of wrongdoing. 1998 – It is announced that Aerosmith will postpone the first 13 dates of its 50-date U.S. tour following a freak gas station fire that leaves drummer Joey Krammer with second degree burns. 1999 - Phil Collins married his third wife, Orianne Cevey in Switzerland. Some of the wedding guests included Eric Clapton, Elton John & Mark Knopfler. They would later divorce in 2007. 2003 – The film Masked and Anonymous, starring Bob Dylan as an enigmatic rock performer, opens in New York 2005 – Patrick Sherry, vocalist of up and coming West Yorkshire rock band, Bad Beat Revue, died today Sherry leapt towards the crowd at the end of the bands set and tried to grab a lighting rig from the ceiling but missed and hit the floor. Does this qualify as a Darwin Award winner.

Today in rock history 23rd July

1950 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Blair Thornton is born in Vancouver, British Columbia. 1955 – Chess Records releases “Maybellene,” the first single by a guitarist called Chuck Berry. 1963 – Neil Young participates in his first recording session in Winnipeg, Manitoba. 1964 – The Beatles take part in the Night of a Hundred Stars at the London Palladium. 1965 – Awlright! Guitar god and top-hat lover Slash is born today in Stoke-on-Trent 1965 – The Kinks storm through “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is. 1966 – Prime Minister Harold Wilson personally reopens The Cavern Club in Liverpool, 1971 – The Rolling Stones and Brian Jones’ father sue former manager Allen Klein for $29 million, alleging that he mismanaged the band’s funds. 1977 – Judas Priest begins its first U.S. tour in Oakland, Calif., as the opening act for Led Zeppelin. 1977 – It’s a rock-promoter rumble between the forces of Led Zep manager Peter Grant and Bill Graham. Grant, Zep’s John Bonham, and two others are arrested after fighting with three of Graham’s employees at the Oakland Coliseum. The Zep crew pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges and later settles a lawsuit out of court. 1980 – Keith Godchaux, former keyboardist of the Grateful Dead, dies in an auto wreck at the age of 32 1987 – The surviving Beatles sue EMI-Capitol, demanding $40 million in back royalties and the right to own their recordings. 1989 – Ringo Starr kicks off his first-ever solo tour with the All-Starr Band, featuring Joe Walsh, Billy Preston, and Clarence Clemons. 1992 – Bruce Springsteen begins a solo world tour at New Jersey’s Brendan Byrne Arena. 1993 – Nirvana plays a surprise show at the New Music Seminar at Roseland in New York City. The band showcases songs from its yet to be released album, “In Utero.” 1998 – It is announced that Iron Maiden will have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. dates due to throat troubles for vocalist Blaze Bayley, whose doctor advises him not to sing for one month. 2003 – Weezer begin working with producer Rick Rubin on the follow-up to Maladroit. Guitarist Brian Bell says expect “more textures.” 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager Bobby Thomson dies in his sleep prior to Ozzfest’s Detroit stop. 2004 – Courtney Love turns herself in at a Los Angeles police station. The grunge princess became a wanted woman after failing to appear at arraignment to respond to a charge of felony assault with a deadly weapon. 2004 – Linkin Park’s Projekt Revolution tour kicks off in Cincinnati. Among the performers in the package jaunt are Snoop Dogg, Korn, the Used, Less Than Jake, Ghostface and Funeral for a Friend.

Today in rock history 22nd July

1944 – Richard Davies of Supertramp is born. 1947 – Drummer Don Henley of the Eagles is born in Gilmer, Texas. 1965 -Mick Jagger, Brian Jones & Bill Wyman were fined 5 pounds each for urinating on the wall of a gas station in East Ham, England. 1967 - Vanilla Fudge made their live debut at the Village Theatre in New York City on a bill with The Byrds. 1968 – The Byrds’ “Sweetheart of the Rodeo” album is released. 1972 - The Who released “Join Together” which went on to reach number seventeen on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. 1972 - Paul & Linda McCartney were arrested in Sweden on charges of drug possession. 1983 - Dire Straits began a two night stand at London’s Hammersmith Odeon where they recorded & filmed their first live album & concert video Alchemy: Dire Straits Live which was released the following year. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Sledgehammer,” Peter Gabriel. The song is the first single from Gabriel’s album “So.” 1996 – Now Slayer just doesn’t seem to be the sort of band you’d ever accuse of being satanic. But that’s just what the angry parents of a murdered girl in California say. In their lawsuit against Slayer and American Recordings, they claim three boys were incited to kill Elyse Pahler through the group’s lyrics. 1998 – Raimundo Amador, Spain’s premier exponent of gypsy flamenco-blues, records a live album alongside his idol, B.B. King, in front of a capacity audience of 20,000 at Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring. 2005 – The Doors drummer John Densmore wins a ruling that keeps the other two surviving members – Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger – from using the band’s name as part of their oldies act, The Doors of the 21st Century.