Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Today in rock history June 28th

1943 – Procul Harum drummer Bobby Harrison is born today 1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Bad Moon Rising” which was their second top ten single in the U.S. 1977 – Elton John achieved a lifelong ambition when he became the Chairman of Watford Football Club. 1978 – The Clash supported by The Specials appeared at Friars, Aylesbury 1979 – Born on this day, Tim McCord, bass, Evanescence 1980 – Roxy Music scored their second UK No.1 album with ‘Flesh And Blood’. 1983 – David Bowie appeared at The Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh, on his Serious Moonlight tour. 1990 – Over 200 women filed court actions against Chuck Berry after it was alleged that he had been secretly filming them in the rest rooms of the restaurant he owned. 1991 – “Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Oratorio” debuts at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral. McCartney co-writes the 90-minute work with American-born composer Carl Davis to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Liverpool’s Royal Philharmonic. 1993 – The Manic Street Preachers played a sold out gig at the Marquee Club, London. 1996 – Def Leppard kicked off the North American leg of their 133-date Slang world tour at The Blossom Music Centre, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. 1997 – Radiohead went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their third album ‘OK Computer’. 1997 – The classic Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ spent its 1056th week on the US album chart. 1997 - Bob Seger drove his BMW off of the Trans-Canada Highway in Nipigon, Ontario & was charged with drunk driving after crashing his car. 2000 – Chris Cornell, former lead singer of Seattle’s Soundgarden, and his wife, artist manager Susan Silver, become parents of a baby daughter when Lillian Jean is born. 2001 – Phish and the Grateful Dead are the big winners at the second annual Jammy Awards, held at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. 2002 - Rush kicked off their tour in support of Vapor Trails which was their first tour in five years at the Meadows Music Theater in Hartford, CT.

Today in rock history June 27th

1942 - Bruce Johnston-bassist for The Beach Boys is born today 1970 – The English band Smile decide to change their name to Queen. 1970 – Pink Floyd perform “Atom Heart Mother” live for the first time at the Bath Festival 1970 – Led Zeppelin, The Byrds and Jefferson Airplane all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music in Bath, England, tickets £1.10s. 1976 – After much legal wrangling, John Lennon finally receives his green card. 1978 – Kansas becomes the first group chosen as UNICEF’s deputy ambassadors of goodwill. 1980 – John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin collapsed on stage during a gig in Nuremberg, West Germany. 1989 – The Who perform their rock opera Tommy at Radio City Music Hall in New York to benefit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a children’s charity. 1991 – Carlos Santana is arrested in Houston on charges of marijuana possession. 1993 – In concert, Don Henley dedicates his cover of “It’s Not Easy Being Green” to President Clinton. 1994 – Aerosmith became the first major band to let fans download a full new track free from the internet. 1995 – Godfather of grunge Neil Young and godchildren of grunge Pearl Jam release their collaborative album Mirror Ball. 2000 –Sum 41 release their debut album Half Hour of Power 2002 – One day before the scheduled first show of The Who’s 2002 US tour, bass player John Entwistle, died aged 57 in his hotel room at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 2006 – Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose is arrested in after allegedly biting a security guard in the leg outside his hotel. 2008 – Kings of Leon, The Fratellis, Editors, The Gossip, The Feeling, KT Tunstall, Kate Nash, Jay Z, Amy Winehouse, The Raconteurs, James Blunt, Crowded House, Seasick Steve, Martha Wainwright, The Verve, Leonard Cohen, The Ting Tings, Goldfrapp, Neil Diamond, Pete Doherty, Scouting for Girls, Mark Ronson, Duffy, The Zutons, Groove Armada and John Mayer all appeared at this year’s 3 day UK Glastonbury Festival.

Monday, 26 June 2017

Today in rock history June 26th

1942 – Larry Taylor, bassist with Canned Heat, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955 - Mick Jones-guitarist for The Clash born in Wandsworth, London. 1955 – “Rock Around the Clock” hit-makers Bill Haley & the Comets have sold 3 million records in the last 13 months, according to the Decca label. 1963 – Lennon and McCartney write “She Loves You” in a hotel room in Newcastle 1964 – Moody Blues is formed by Mike Pinder 1966 – The Rolling Stones play San Francisco’s Cow Palace, with Jefferson Airplane and Sopwith Camel opening. 1967 – At the height of the “Summer of Love,” the Mothers of Invention release ‘Absolutely Free,’ a dark-themed album from the anti-establishment mind of bandleader Frank Zappa. 1968 – Beatles open their Apple Corporation office at 95 Wigmore Street, London. 1970 – Guess Who: American Woman US 45 is no. 1 chart topper. 1973 – Police raid Keith Richards’ home in Cheyne Walk, London. They discover guns, ammunition, Mandrax, and Chinese heroin. The Rolling Stones guitarist is arrested with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg. 1973 – Singer Marsha Hunt files a paternity suit against Mick Jagger, claiming he is the father of her 2-year-old daughter. She later loses the case. 1974 - Bad Company released their self-titled debut album on Swan Song Records, which was launched by Led Zeppelin. The album went on to reach number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sold five million copies in the U.S. 1975 – Bob Dylan officially releases the long-bootlegged Basement Tapes. 1977 – Eagles: Hotel California US LP is no. 1 chart topper 1980 – The Rolling Stones release Emotional Rescue and hold a party at New York’s Danceteria. 1982 - Asia peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Heat of the Moment” where it would remain for three weeks. 1996 - Van Halen announced that Sammy Hagar has left the band & that David Lee Roth had re-joined them to record two songs for their first greatest hits album. 2003 – Rock behemoths Deep Purple are deluged with emails after announcing their new album will be called Bananas. Fans are irate over the ridiculous name. 2004 – UK prog rockers Muse play the biggest show of their careers when they headline the Sunday night at Glastonbury Festival. 2005 – Nine Inch Nails close the Coachella Festival in California. 2008 – Total Guitar magazine voted Celine Dion’s rendition of the AC/DC track ‘You Shook Me All Night Long’ as the world’s worst cover version ever, the magazines editor Stephen Lawson said Dion’s cover was “sacrilege”.

Today in rock history June 25th

1946 – Ian McDonald of Foreigner is born in London. 1954 – David Paich of Toto is born. 1966 – The Beach Boys, The Byrds, Love, Captain Beefheart, The Lovin Spoonful and Percy Sledge all appeared at The Hollywood Bowl, 1967 – During a north American tour The Jimi Hendrix Experience gave a free afternoon concert in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. They then played another two shows that evening at the Fillmore West. 1967 – The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love” is recorded live during a British TV broadcast. 1969 – Guitarist Mick Taylor makes his performance debut with the Rolling Stones in Rome. 1983 – The Police scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Synchronicity’, 1983 - Kiss performed the last concert in makeup until 1996 at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 1988 – Hillel Slovak original guitarist and founding member of The Red Hot Chili Peppers died from a heroin overdose shortly after the band returned from a European tour. 1988 – Van Halen started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘OU812′. 1994 – Stone Temple Pilots started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Purple’. 1995 – Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pulse’ the bands fifth US No.1. 1995 – Pearl Jam cancels their current tour, citing their ongoing war with Ticketmaster as the reason. 2005 – Tickets for a forthcoming Rolling Stones gig at the Hollywood Bowl were set to become the most expensive in rock ‘n’ roll history. Fans would have to pay up to £249 for a seat – £2 per minute to watch the Stones. 2010 - Rush received their star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their star is located at 6752 Hollywood Blvd.

Today in rock history June 24th

1944 – Jeff Beck is born in Surrey 1945 – Vocalist Colin Blunstone of the Zombies is born in Hatfield 1947 – Drummer Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac is born in London 1965 – A Spaniard in the Works, John Lennon’s follow-up to In His Own Write, is published in England 1969 –Led Zeppelin appear on Maida Vale, a BBC Studios production. 1978 – Genesis, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, Devo, Brand X and The Atlanta Rhythm Section all appeared at Knebworth Park, tickets cost £6 ($10). 1984 – In Dortmund, Germany, Yes are joined onstage by Jimmy Page, who joins in on a rendition of the Beatles’ “I’m Down.” 1989 – Paul McCartney scored his seventh UK No.1 solo album with ‘Flowers In The Dirt’, 1989 – Richard Marx scored his second US No.1 single with ‘Satisfied’, 1992 – Billy Joel receives his high school diploma from Hicksville High School on Long Island, N.Y. 1995 - During a Pearl Jam concert at The Polo Field in San Francisco, Eddie Vedder called the concert short complaining of stomach flu. Neil Young would come out to finish the show, but many Pearl Jam fans weren’t happy. 1999 – Eric Clapton parts with 100 of his guitars and generates over $5 million for his Crossroads Centre at Antigua, and alcohol and drug-dependency treatment center in the West Indies. 2000 - Kiss began a two day auction of various stage props, instruments & costumes worn & used throughout their career, bringing in over $875,000. 2003 - Boston guitarist Tom Scholz filed a lawsuit against Artemis Records for $4 million alleging that the label failed to properly promote their fifth album Corporate America which was released the previous November. 2004 – A Fender Stratocaster that Eric Clapton nicknamed “Blackie” sold at a Christie’s auction for $959,500 (£564,412) in New York, making it the most expensive guitar in the world. 2007 – The White Stripes went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Icky Thump’ the duo’s sixth studio album.

Friday, 23 June 2017

Rock Talk - Mike Rutherford

Part 1 1. Genesis - Land of confusion 2. Mike And The Mechanics - The living years 3. Genesis - That's ll 4. Mike And The Mechanics - Over my shoulder 5. Mike And The Mechanics - All I need is a miracle Part 2 1. Genesis - Turn it on again 2. Mike And The Mechanics - Silent running 3. Genesis - Mama 4. Genesis - Abacab

Timesweep 24th June

The finest classic rock show in the world Part 1 Back to 1986 1. David Lee Roth - Yankee rose 2. It Bites - Calling all the heroes 3. Beastie Boys - Fight for your right to party 4. Poison - Cry tough 5. Bruce Hornsby & The Range - Mandolin rain 6. Jackson Browne - In the shape of a heart Part 2 1. Genesis - Tonight tonight tonight 2. Bon Jovi - Wanted dead or alive 3. Status Quo - Red sky 4. Europe - Rock the night Part 3 This week in rock history 1. Supertramp - Take the long way home 2. The Police - Synchronicity Part 4 1. The Moody Blues - The voice 2. Queen - Seven seas of Rhye 3. The Who - Heaven and hell 4. Deep Purple - Space trucking Part 5 Back to 1967 1. Small Faces - Itchycoo Park 2. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe 3. Procul Harum - Whiter shade of pale 4. The Moody Blues - Nights in white satin 5. Traffic - Hole in my show Part 6 This week's birthdays 1. Fleetwood Mac - The chain 2. Jeff Beck - Beck's bolero 3. Colin Blunstone - Say you don't mind 4. Foreigner - Urgent Part 7 1. Toto - Hold the line 2. Canned Heat - Let's work together 3. The Clash - London calling 4. Deep Purple - Burn Part 8 We surrender 1. Rainbow - I surrender 2. Cheap Trick - Surrender 3. Boston - Surrender to me 4. Bruce Springsteen - Brilliant disguise Part 9 A look at fools and foolish people 1. Whitesnake - Fool for your loving 2. Robert Plant - Ship of fools 3. Doobie Bros - What a fool believes 4. Def Leppard - Fooling Part 10 1. Foghat - Fool for the city 2. The Rolling Stones - Fool to cry 3. The Who - Won't get fooled again Part 11 1. World Party - Ship of fools 2. The Beatles - Fool on the hill 32. Cinderella - Nobody's fool