Thursday, 31 March 2016

Today in rock history 1st April

1945 – John Barbata (Jefferson Starship) is born 1955 – George Martin became the head of A&R for EMI’s Parlophone label 1970 – 50 musicians recorded the orchestral scores for The Beatles tracks ‘The Long And Winding Road’ and ‘Across The Universe’ for the Phil Spector produced sessions. 1970 – Earls Court in London received over one million postal ticket applications for The Rolling Stones forthcoming six concerts as part of the group’s European tour. 1973 – Curved Air kicked off a 12-date UK tour at Birmingham Town Hall. 1976 – Making their live debut in the UK, AC/ DC played at The Red Cow, Hammersmith, London. 1976 – The Buzzcocks played their debut live gig when the appeared at Bolton Institute Of Technology. The power was turned off after three numbers. 1992 – Billy Idol is fined $2,000 by a Beverly Hills, Calif., judge after pleading no contest to charges he hit a woman in the face as they left a restaurant together the previous October. 1992 – Singer Jimmy Buffett and wife Jane Slagsvol have their second child, which they name Sarah Delaney, in Nashville, Tenn. 2000 – Santana started a nine week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with, ‘Maria Maria.’ 2002 – Paul McCartney kicked off the first leg of his 19 date ‘Driving USA’ North American tour at The Oakland Arena, Oakland. 2004 – Paul Atkinson, veteran record executive and guitarist for the Zombies, dies in his sleep after a long battle with cancer and kidney disease. He is 48. 2009 – In what appears to be an elaborate April Fools joke, Nine Inch Nails have announced the release of a new Timbaland-produced album called ‘Strobe Light’.

Brit Rock 2nd April

Brit Rock 2nd April This foolish quest for a better rock show in the land must end now, there isn't one. Find a station at 1. T-Rex - Debprah 2. The Doors - Hello I love you 3. Vanilla Fudge - Ticket to ride 4. The Beatles - Blackbird 5. Steppenwolf - Magic carpet ride 6. Iron Butterfly - In a gidda di vada 7. Creedeence Clearwater Revival - I put a spell on yopu 8. Canned Heat - On the road again 9. Rolling Stones - Street fighting man 10. The Marbles - Only one woman 11. Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown traffic 12. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick men 13. Blackfoot - Highway song 14. The Darkness - Friday night 15. Status Quo - Dear John 16. Survivor - Eye of the tiger 17. Judas Priest - Another thing coming 18. Billy Idol - White wedding 19. Queen - Las pralablas da amor 20. George Thoroughgood - Bad to the bone 21. Peter Gabriel - Shock the monkey 22. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Diane 23. Asia - Only time will tell 24. Iron Maiden - 22 Acacia Avenue 25. Don Henley - Dirty laundry Hour three is music from the 1980's 1. Queen - One vision 2. Cinderella - Somebody save me 3. Foreigner - That was yesterday 4. Russ Ballard - Voices 5. Peter Gabriel - Red rain 6. Gun - Better days 7. The Hooters - Satillite 8. ZZ Top - Gimme all your loving 9. Richard Marx - Don't mean nothing 10. Ozzy Osbourne - Bark at the moon 11. Genesis - Home by the sea 12. Roachford - Cuddly toy

Timesweep 2nd April

Timesweep 2nd April This foolish quest for a better rock show in the land must end now, there isn't one. Find a station at Part 1 1. Edwin Starr - War 2. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate son 3. Guns 'N' Roses - Civil war 4. Rolling Stones - Gimme shelter 5. U2 - Sunday bloody Sunday Part 2 1. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the USA 2. Peter Gabriel - Games without frontiers 3. Black Sabbath - War pigs 4. John Lennon - Give peace a chance 5. Quireboys - Hey you Part 3 1. Rolling Stones - Mixed emotions 2. Bon Jovi - I'll be there for you 3. Eric Clapton - Pretending Part 4 1. ACDC - Let there be rock 2. Billy Idol - Cradle of love 3. The Who - I can't explain Part 5 1. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee 2. Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the devil 3. Alanis Morrisette - Hands clean Part 6 1. The Guess Who - These eyes 2. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Simple man 3. The Band - Up on cripple creek Part 7 1. Motley Crue - Home sweet home 2. Gary Moore & Phil Lynott - Out in the fields 3. The Cult - She sells sanctuary 4. Def Leppard - Promises Part 8 1. Jimi Hendrix - All along the watchtower 2. Canned Heat - On the road again 3. The Band - The weight 4. UFO - Only you can rock me Part 9 1. T-Rex - Children of the revolution 2. Yes - America 3. Focus - Sylvia 4. Van Morrison - Jackie Wilson said 5. Free - A little bit of love Part 10 1. Led Zeppelin - Black dog 2. Elton John - Tiny dancer 3. Cat Stevens - I can't keep it in Part 11 1. Jackson Browne - Doctor my eyes 2. America - Horse with no name 3. Deep Purple - Space truckin' 4. Dire Straits - Sultans of swing

Today in rock history 31st March

1934 – John D. Loudermilk, who in the midst of an erratic career wrote the classic “Tobacco Road,” is born in Durham, N.C. 1948 – Bad Company guitarist Mick Ralphs is born in Hereford, 1948 – Prog alert! Focus flautist Thijs Van Leer is born in Amsterdam. 1958 – Chuck Berry releases the single “Johnny B. Goode.” It becomes his fifth top 10 single, peaking at No. 8. 1959 – AC/DC’s Angus Young, the poster child for hard-riffin’ rock, is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix begins first his British tour as part of a package that includes Cat Stevens. 1969 – George Harrison and his wife, Patti, appear in an Amersterdam court charged with possession of cannabis. They are fined 250 pounds. 1969 – In Amsterdam John and Yoko call off their “Bed-In” so they can premiere Ono’s new film Rape in Vienna. 1972 – The No. 1 album in the country today is America’s self-titled debut, featuring their classic “A Horse With No Name.” 1973 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon enters the Billboard albums chart for the very first time. 1982 – The Doobie Brothers break up for the first time. 1982 – Toto release their No. 2 single “Rosanna.” 1983 – Pink Floyd release The Final Cut, their last album with Roger Waters. 995 – A Led Zeppelin fan tries to stab Jimmy Page with a pocketknife. The fanatic says he believed the mighty Zep were “Satanic.” 2003 – Moby and Santana cancel gigs in Hong Kong after an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome virus kills 12 people there. 2003 – The new Radiohead album Hail to the Thief appears online three months before it’s due in stores. 2004 – The Darkness are forced to postpone shows in Cleveland and Pittsburgh after singer Justin Hawkins comes down with a sore throat. 2004 – In a radio interview, Ozzy Osbourne confirms that he is reforming Black Sabbath for a summer tour. 2006 – Courtney Love sells off part of her stake in the Nirvana song catalog to primary Wave Music Publishing.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Today in rock history 30th March

1914 – Sonny Boy Williamson, a master of the blues harmonica whose songs were covered by the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers Band, Canned Heat, and Rod Stewart, is born in Jackson, Tenn. 1945 – Eric Clapton is born in Ripley, 1948 – Jim Dandy Mangrum of Black Oak Arkansas is born in Black Oak, Ark. 1964 – British press report first Mods and Rockers clash in Clacton 1967 – The cover for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is photographed at a studio on London’s Flood Street, using cardboard cutouts and wax figures to represent the Beatles’ heroes. The effigies featured include Edgar Allan Poe, Lenny Bruce, Vidal Sassoon, Laurel and Hardy, Bob Dylan, and Huntz Hall. 1967 – Pink Floyd debut on UK singles chart with Arnold Layne. 1968 – In London, David Bowie makes his debut with the Lindsay Kemp mime troupe in Pierrot in Turquoise. 1970 – Led Zeppelin walk off stage during a Pittsburgh gig and say they won’t play until the police stop intimidating the audience. Ten minutes later they resume the show. 1974 -Steely Dan debut on UK LP chart with Pretzel Logic. 1974 – Ramones play first show at the Performance Studio with Joey playing drums. 1975 – Jeff Beck releases his first solo album, Blow by Blow, in the U.S. 1976 – The Sex Pistols play their first gig at London’s 100 Club. There are 50 people in the audience, including the next English person you meet. 1984 – Greg Lake leaves Asia to be replaced by the band’s original bassist/singer, John Wetton. 1987 – Paul Simonon and Topper Headon of the Clash are arrested on charges of shooting pigeons. 1999 – It is announced that anti-American feeling over the bombing of Yugoslavia has prompted rock group KISS to cancel three concert dates in Russia. 2003 – Limp Bizkit unveil guitarist Wes Borland’s replacement when they play Wrestlemania. Their new axe-man is Mike Smith, formerly of Snot. 2004 – Welsh rock band The Stereophonics play a gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall to benefit the Teenage Cancer Trust. They’re joined onstage by Ron Wood, The Jam’s Paul Weller, The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Manic Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield. 2004 – Guns N’ Roses pull out of the Rock in Rio – Lisbon festival following the sudden departure of guitarist Buckethead. 2006 – Led Zeppelin: A man is removed from a flight to London on suspicion of terrorism after a taxi driver reports he was listening to The Clash’s “London’s Burning” and Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” on his way to the airport. Harraj Mann is released without charge. 2012 – Jerry Lee Lewis ties the knot for the 7th time.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Today in rock history 29th March

1943 – Chad Allan (Guess Who) is born 1947 – Bobby Kimball (Toto) is born 1959 – Jane’s Addiction frontman and Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell is born in New York as Perry Bernstein. 1967 – John Popper (Blues Traveler) is born 1967 – Beatles begin work on Bad Finger Boogie (later renamed With a Little Help from My Friends) at Abbey Road. 1968 – Fleetwood Mac release Black Magic Woman in the UK. 1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce that Yoko is pregnant with John’s son. 1972 – In Bombay, India, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page record versions of “Four Sticks” and “Friends” with the Bombay Symphony Orchestra. Unfortunately, differing music theories lead to the sessions being scrapped. 1973 – Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show appear on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 1987 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now,” Starship. 2001 – New York’s Radio City Music Hall honors Brian Wilson. 2004 – Jon Bon Jovi becomes a dad for the fourth time – officially. His wife gives birth to a son, Romeo Jon. 2005 – Neil Young was treated for a brain aneurysm at a hospital in New York. Doctors expected the 59 year old to make a full recovery. The aneurysm was discovered when Young’s vision became blurred after the induction ceremony for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last month. 2007 – U2 singer Bono accepted an honorary knighthood at a ceremony in Dublin. Fellow band members The Edge and Adam Clayton joined the frontman’s wife and four children at the British ambassador David Reddaway’s official residence. 2011 – settles lawsuit over selling Beatles songs illegally.

Sunday, 27 March 2016

Today in rock history 28th March

1945 – Born on this day, Chuck Portz, The Turtles. 1948 – Born on this day, John Evans, Jethro Tull 1958 – Buddy Holly kicked off the first night of a 43 date tour at Brooklyn Paramount Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show also featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors,The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins. 1964 – Madame Tussauds, London unveiled the wax works images of The Beatles, the first pop stars to be honoured. 1967 – Working on session for the new Beatles album Sgt Pepper at Abbey Road studios in London, John Lennon recorded his lead vocal for ‘Good Morning Good Morning’, and Paul McCartney added a lead guitar solo to the track 1974 – Blues artist Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup died of a stroke at the age of 69. He wrote the Elvis Presley hit ‘That’s All Right (Mama).’ 1976 – Francis Rossi, Rick Parfitt and Alan Lancaster from Status Quo were arrested after an incident at Vienna Airport, all three were released on bail. 1976 – Genesis began their first North American tour since Peter Gabriel left the band, appearing in Buffalo, New York, with Phil Collins taking over as lead singer. 1976 – Born on this day, Dave Keuning, guitarist, The Killers 1977 – During a UK tour, Pink Floyd played the first of four sold out nights at New Bingley Hall, Staffordshire County Showground, Stafford. 1981 – Elton John’s version of The Beatles ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ was released as a tribute to John Lennon. Even though Paul sang the original. 1982 – David Crosby was arrested after crashing his car on the San Diego Highway. Police also found cocaine and a pistol in the Crosby Stills & Nash stars car. When the police asked Crosby why he carried the gun, his reply was, “John Lennon.” 1992 – Over $100,000 (£58,800) worth of damage was caused at The Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre, California, when Ozzy Osbourne invited the first two rows of the audience on stage. Several others took up the offer and the band was forced to exit the stage. 1992 –During a North American tour Pearl Jam appeared at the Cabaret Metro in Chicago with Smashing Pumpkins as the support act. 2000 – Former Led Zeppelin member Jimmy Page accepts “substantial” libel damages and a public apology at London’s high court over a magazine article that accuses him of contributing to the Death of former bandmate John Bonham. 2005 – After playing a warm-up date the night before at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, U2 kicked off their Vertigo tour at the iPay One Center in San Diego, California. 2006 – “loudQuietloud: A Film About the Pixies” premieres during the South by Southwest film festival in Austin, Texas.

Today in rock history 27th March

1951 – Tony Banks of Genesis is born 1964 – Beatles have Top 6 singles in Australia. 1965 – Jeff Beck replaces Eric Clapton in Yardbirds. 1968 – Grapefruit – the Apple group managed by John Lennon – make their stage debut at the Royal Albert Hall. 1972 – Grand Funk Railroad fire their producer/manager Terry Knight. 1973 – Jerry Garcia is busted for speeding on the New Jersey turnpike, but the fifteen-dollar speeding ticket turns into $2,000 bail when the police find pot, cocaine and LSD in Garcia’s car. He spends three hours in jail 1979 – Bruce Springsteen: On the BBC tonight, English TV viewers watch the world premiere of Bruce Springsteen’s first video, a live version of “Rosalita.” 1979 – After a much-publicized love tussle with his friend George Harrison, Eric Clapton finally marries Harrison’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd, in Arizona. 1981 – AC/DC release Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. 1984 – Metallica made their UK live debut at the Marquee, London. 1986 – Sammy Hagar plays his first gig with Van Halen. 1987, U2 performed from the roof of a store in downtown LA to make the video for ‘Where The Streets Have No Name’, attracting thousands of spectators and bringing traffic to a standstill. The police eventually stop the shoot. 1992 – Bruce Springsteen releases the albums Human Touch and Lucky Town on the same day. 1998 – Alice Cooper breaks ground for Cooper’s Town, the 50-year-old rocker’s sportsand rock’n’roll-themed restaurant and bar to be built three blocks from the Arizona Diamondbacks’ baseball stadium. 2000 – Ian Dury, one of the best-loved individuals in recent U.K. music history, dies after a long battle with cancer. He is 57. 2002 – R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe takes the stand to defend guitarist Peter Buck against air rage charges in Britain. Stipe describes Buck as a “Southern gentlemen.” 2003 – The Rolling Stones postpone their Hong Kong concerts over fears of the spread of the killer flu, severe acute respiratory syndrome. 2003 – John Lennon’s childhood home at 251 Menlove Avenue in Liverpool is opened to the public. 2006 – Pete Wells, slide guitarist and one of the founders of Australian power blues band Rose Tattoo, dies in a Sydney hospital. 2007 – The wife of Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland was arrested on suspicion of burning over $10,000 (£5,000) of his belongings outside their home after police in southern California found a bin of smouldering clothes. Earlier that day, the couple left two rooms vandalised after an argument at a luxury hotel

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Today in rock history 26th March

1946 – Fred Sheehan (Boston) is born this day 1948 – Richard Tandy (ELO) is born 1948 – Steve Tyler (Aerosmith) is born 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their “Bed-in” at the Amsterdam Hilton. 1994 – Soundgarden : Superunknown : US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1998 – Chuck Negron files suit against his former Three Dog Night band mates, alleging that they breached a 1990 settlement agreement and interfered with his career. 2000 – Santana started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Supernatural.’ 2000 – Phil Collins takes home the Oscar for best original song at the Academy Awards in Los Angeles, earning his first golden statue for “You’ll Be In My Heart,” 2002 – Former Ozzy Osbourne/Motley Crue drummer Randy Castillo dies. 2006 – U2’s The Edge donated his favourite guitar a 1975 Gibson Les Paul to a charity he co-founded to replace instruments lost or destroyed when Hurricane Katrina hit the US. 2006 – Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as the greatest guitar solo of all time. 2010 – Jimi Hendrix coming to Rock Band 2011 – Yes re-team with Trevor Horn, the producer behind their 1983 hit “Owner Of A Lonely Heart”

Friday, 25 March 2016

Today in rock history Friday 25th March

1938 – Hoyt Axton, who wrote Steppenwolf’s “The Pusher” and Three Dog Night’s “Joy to the World,” is born in Duncan, Okla. 1947 – Elton John is born this day 1964 – The Beatles make their first appearance on Britain’s Top of the Pops, singing “Can’t Buy Me Love.” 1965 – Bob Dylan debuts on UK chart with Times They Are a’Changing. 1967 – The Who perform their first US shows in New York (at Murray The K’s Easter rock-and-roll extravaganza). 1967 – Cream arrive in the U.S. to begin their first American tour. Featuring Ginger Baker, Jack Bruce and Eric Clapton. 1976 – Jackson Browne’s wife Phyllis Major commits suicide. He is working on his Pretender LP. 1979 – The mighty Van Halen release Van Halen II. 1990 – Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is arrested for allegedly exposing himself during a concert in Augusta, Georgia. 1995 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder is rescued after being swept 250 feet offshore in New Zealand. 2002 – Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell walks out of rehearsals for new project with members of Rage Against the Machine. Fortunately, he later returns 2002 – U2 singer Bono testifies on Peter Buck’s behalf at the R.E.M. guitarist’s air rage trial in London. 2003 – Both R.E.M. and Lenny Kravitz post anti-war songs online for download. 2003 – Tom Petty cancels what would have been his first European tour in ten years after consulting with promoters. No word if war fears were involved. 2003 – Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler’s actress daughter Liv marries her longtime boyfriend, Royston Langdon of New York rockers Spacehog, in the Caribbean. 2005 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne’s Buckinghamshire mansion catches fire. The pair are treated for smoke inhalation after rescuing their pets from the blaze. 2008 – Richie Sambora was arrested in California on suspicion of drink driving.

Brit Rock 26th March

For all of you foolish enough not to have listened yet via the website Here's what you're missing. 1. DC Talk - Jesus freak 2. Third Day - Soul on fire 3. Stryper - Calling on you 4. Mike & The Mechanics - Silent running 5. Queensryche - Heaven on their minds 6. Ian Gillan - Gethsemene (I only want to say) 7. Tess Of The Circle - You take me out of my head 8. Saint Jude - Soul on fire 9. Frankie Miller - Be good to yourself 10. Free - A little bit of love 11. Thunder - Love walked in 12. Marillion - Easter 13. Gary Moore - Over the hills and far way 14. Aerosmith - Rag doll 15. Hooters - Satellite 16. Pink Floyd - Learning to fly 17. The Cult - Lil' devil 18. INXS - New sensation 19. Faith No More - We care a lot 20. Whitesnake - Cryin' in the rain 21. Genesis - Tonight tonight tonight 22. Heart - There's the girl 23. Richard Marx - Don't mean nothing Hour three is rock without amplifiers 1. Foo Fighters - Times like these 2. Bruce Springsteen - Wrecking ball 3. Fairport Convention - Meet on the ledge 4. Lindisfarne - Lady Eleanor 5. Cat Stevens - Lady D'arbanville 6. Extreme - More than words 7. Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Our house 8. Johnny Cash - One 9. U2 - All I want is you 10. Rory Gallagher - A million miles away 11. David Bowie - Life on Mars 12. Edie Brickell - Circles 13. The Waterboys - Fisherman's blues

Timesweep 26th March

For all of you foolish enough not to have listened yet via the website Here's what you're missing. Part one 1. The Eagles - One of these nights 2. David Bowie - Fame 3. Kiss - I wanna rock and roll all night 4. Pink Floyd - Wish you were here 5. Rainbow - 16th century greensleeves 6. Bad Company - Feel like making love Part two 1. Bob Dylan - Tangled up in blue 2. Aerosmith - Sweet emotion 3. The Who - Squeeze box 4. Led Zeppelin - Dancing days 5. Queen - Somebody to love Part three 1. Steppenwolf - Magic carpet ride 2. Focus - Hocus pocus 3. Steve Miller Band - Abracadabra 4. Heart - Magic man Part four 1. Genesis - Turn it on again 2. The Babys - Everytime I think of you 3. Jethro Tull - Living in the past 4. Toto - Hold the line 5. Eric Clapton - Promises Part five 1. Steelers Wheel - Stuck in the middle 2. ELO - Showdown Part six 1. Van Halen - Dreams 2. U2 - Where the streets have no name 3. Crosby Stills & Nash - Suite Judy blue eyes Part seven 1. The Who - The real me 2. Asia - Only time will tell 3. Black Sabbath - Iron man Part eight 1. Billy Idol -White wedding 2. Bryan Adams - Cuts like a knife 3. Motley Crue - Too young to fall in love Part nine 1. The Beatles - She's a woman 2. ELO - Evil woman 3. The Hollies - Long cool woman in a black dress 4. The Doors - LA woman Part ten 1. Van Halen - Oh pretty woman 2. Bob Dylan - Rainy day women 3. Santana - Black magic woman Part eleven 1. The Rolling Stones - Honky tonk women 2. Deep Purple - Woman from Tokyo 3. The Guess Who - American woman 4. The Eagles - Witchy woman 5. Queen - Seven seas of Rhye

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Today in rock history 24th March

1949 – Nick Lowe is born in Woodchurch, England. 1962 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards first perform together as Little Boy Blue & the Blue Boys. 1965 – The Beatles continued filming ‘Help’ at Twickenham Studios, 1973 – Lou Reed is bitten by a fan who jumps on stage in Buffalo, N.Y. 1973 – Alice Cooper: Billion Dollar Babies UK LP no. 1 chart topper. 1973 – Pink Floyds Dark Side of the Moon released in the UK. 1982 – Iron Maiden release the album The Number of the Beast. 1986 – Van Halen release 5150… or is that Van Hagar. 1991 – After repeatedly criticizing Miller Beer, the tour sponsors, The Black Crowes are dropped as the opening act on ZZ Top’s tour. 2000 – A film company paid £635,000, ($1,079,500) for over nine hours of film shot during the 70s by Yoko Ono. The film contained shots of Lennon smoking hash and talking about his political beliefs. 2001 – A stretch of road on Highway 19 in Macon, Georgia, was named Duane Allman Boulevard, near where the Allman Brothers guitarist died aged 24 in a motorcycle crash on October 29, 1971. 2001 – A Bon Jovi-headlined concert at the Colonial Stadium in Melbourne grosses Australian $1.7 million to benefit flood-stricken farmers. 2001 – Sammy and Kari Hagar give birth to their second daughter in a Northern California hospital. Samantha Pastel Hagar weighs in at a healthy 6 lbs., 1 oz. and is the second child for the couple. 2002 – Papa Roach’s Jacoby Shaddix becomes the proud father of a baby boy, Makaile Cielo Shaddix. 2005 – Anthrax announce they are reforming with their classic Among the Living line-up for a tour. 2008 – During a North American tour, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band played at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio. 2010 – Legendary Swedish guitarist Yngwie Malmsteen announced his first Russian concert appearances in 21 years.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Today in rock history 23rd March

1949 – Ric Ocasek is born in Baltimore. 1963 – Doo-wop prince Dion marries his “Runaround Sue,” Sue Butterfield. 1964 – John Lennon’s book In His Own Write is published in Britain. 1964 – The Beatles win three Ivor Novello Awards for their songwriting: 1970 – Although the Beatles had abandoned the tracks originally cut for Let It Be, their business manager, Allen Klein, invites Phil Spector to remix the recordings. 1972 – Pink Floyd spend the first of eight days recording performances at Pompeii, Italy’s Roman amphitheater. 1973 – Yoko Ono is granted permanent residency in the U.S. 1978 – In today’s issue of Rolling Stone, it’s reported that Fleetwood Mac are planning on performing in Moscow. 1985 – Billy Joel marries model Christie Brinkley. 2002 – ZZ Top bassist Dusty Hill and his girlfriend for the past decade, actress Charleen Chuck McCrory, finally tie the knot. 2003 – U2 makes their Oscar debut performing at the 75th Anniversary Academy Awards. The Irish quartet plays “The Hands That Built America” from “Gangs of New York.” 2008 – Neil Aspinall, who ran the Apple Corps music empire for the Beatles from 1970 – 2007 died at a hospital in New York from cancer aged 66.

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Today in rock history 22nd March

1931 – William Shatner, famed Star Trek actor and odd interpreter of Bob Dylan’s “Mr. Tambourine Man,” is born in Montreal. 1943 – Vocalist Keith Relf of the Yardbirds is born in Surrey. 1944 – Born on this day, Tony McPhee, guitar, vocals, The Groundhogs 1947 – Harry Vanda, guitarist with Australian pop act the Easybeats (“Friday on my Mind”), is born in the Netherlands. He went on to produce several AC/DC albums 1948 – Randy Jo Hobbs, who played bass for Montrose, is born in Union City, Ind. Montrose includes lineup Sammy Hagar, Bill Church, and Ronnie Montrose. 1958 – Buddy Holly and the Crickets play Gaumont, Salisbury, UK. 1965 – Bob Dylan releases Bringing It All Back Home, which contains his first electrical efforts. 1967 – The Who play their first American live gig at New York’s Paramount Theater. 1967 – Beatles begin Within You and Without You at Abbey Road. 1974 – The Eagles release their third album, On the Border. 1974 – Ten Years After play their last gig – at the Rainbow Theatre, London, 1975 – No. 1 on the Billboard charts is Led Zeppelin’s Physical Graffiti. No. 3 is Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks. 1978 – All You Need is Cash (Eric Idle’s Beatle satire) gets its first TV showing. 1978 – The Police sign to A&M Records. 1980 – Pink Floyd: Another Brick in the Wall US 45 is no. 1 chart topper. 1986 – No. 1 Chart Toppers hit: “These Dreams,” by Heart. The song is the group’s first charttopping single. 1994 – Ted Nugent records a public service announcement warning kids against inhaling aerosol spray cans. 2000 – In the presence of Angus Young, the Spanish town of Leganes unveil a sign designating a street “Calle de AC/DC.” 2000 – A fan falls 90 feet to his death during a KISS concert at the Oakland Arena in California. 2003 – Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose sends the Offspring a cease and desist letter after they announce plans to call their new album Chinese Democrazy 2004 – Marilyn Manson gets on bended knee and proposes to longtime girlfriend, burlesque artist Dita von Mona Teese 2004 – Ozzy Osbourne was voted the nation’s favourite ambassador to welcome aliens to planet Earth. 2006 – Aerosmith cancel their North American tour as Steven Tyler enters hospital for throat surgery. A publicist denies the singer is suffering from throat cancer.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Today in rock history 21st March

1949 – Eddie Money (Edward Mahoney) is born 1950 – Roger Hodgson (Supertramp) is born this day 1955 – Big Maybelle records Whole Lotta Shakin’ in New York. 1961 – Beatles play Cavern Club for the first time (following call from Pete Best’s mum to DJ Bob Wooler). 1965 – The Who appeared at the Trade Union Hall, Watford. 1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono begin their ‘Bed-In’ at Amsterdam Hilton. 1976 – David Bowie and Iggy Pop are busted for suspected marijuana possession in New York, but charges are later dropped. 1983 – Pink Floyd release The Final Cut, their last album recorded with Roger Waters. 1984 – Strawberry Fields, an area in Central Park bought by Yoko Ono in memory of her late husband was opened. 1987 – ZZ Top wrap up their Afterburner world tour with a final show in Honolulu. 1991 – Leo Fender dies . His most famous creations include the Fender Stratocaster. 2002 – Marilyn Manson announces his new album is called The Golden Age of Grotesque. Fans have to wait until 2003 for its release, however. 2003 – Matchbox Twenty postpone their European tour as war escalates between the United States and Iraq. 2003 – Kid Rock and country star Tim McGraw play a surprise concert outside of Detroit to benefit the Red Cross. 2005 – MTV airs the final episode of The Osbournes. The dysfunctional metal family get paid a visit from TV guru Dr. Phil. 2012 – “Yellow Submarine” the animated Beatles movie was restored completely

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Today in rock history 20th March

1951 – Carl Palmer drummer born today 1964 – The Beatles perform on English TV’s Ready Steady Go! program, which achieves its highest rating. 1965 – The No. 1 single in the British Isles is the Rolling Stones’ “The Last Time.” 1968 – Eric Clapton is arrested in Los Angeles along with Neil Young, Richie Furay, and Jim Messina. The four are charged with “being in a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used.” Clapton is later found innocent, while the Buffalo Springfield guys receive a small fine. 1969 – John Lennon marries Yoko Ono in Gibraltar 1971 – Yes release The Yes Album in the UK. 1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “A Horse with No Name,” America 1976 – Alice Cooper married 19 year old Sheryl Goddard 1976 – Born on this day, Chester Bennington, vocals, Linkin Park 1977 – The final live T. Rex concert is held in Portsmouth, 1980 –A 28-year-old truck driver takes the office manager of Elektra/Asylum Records’ New York branch hostage. Joseph Riviera demands that either Jackson Browne or the Eagles give him money in order to start his own business. Neither responds, and he eventually surrenders to New York police. 1984 – Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats marries actress Britt Ekland. 1991 – Conor,Eric Clapton’s 4 year old son, falls to his death from a 53rd story New York City apartment window. Clapton later writes the song “Tears in Heaven" 2003 – Gene Simmons sats on his Web site, “”Spent most of yesterday reading the forthcoming Sex Money KISS I wrote for SIMMONS AUDIO/New Millennium. 2005 – Welsh trio The Stereophonics top the U.K. album charts with Language.Sex.Violence.Other?

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Today in rock history 19th March

Today in rock history Saturday 19th March 1946 – Born on this day, Paul Atkinson, guitar, The Zombies, 1953 – Born on this day, Billy Sheehan, bass guitarist, Mr. Big, 1958 – During his only UK tour, Buddy Holly played two shows at the Regal Cinema in Hull, Yorkshire. 1964 – UK Prime Minister Harold Wilson presented The Beatles with their awards for show business personalities of the year for 1963 at London’s Dorchester Hotel. 1965 – Tailor And Cutter Magazine ran an article asking The Rolling Stones to start wearing ties. The current fashion did not include wearing ties with shirts and many tie-makers were facing financial disaster. Mick Jagger said of the appeal, “The trouble with a tie is that it could dangle in the soup. It is also something extra to which a fan can hang when you are trying to get in and out of a theater.” 1968 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience played two shows at The Capitol Theatre, Ottawa, Canada. 1970 – David Bowie marries his first wife, Angie Barnett. 1971 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin. The song is the second posthumous No. 1 song of the rock era 1974 – Jefferson Airplane is re-named Jefferson Starship. 1976 – Paul Kossof guitarist with Free and Back Street Crawler died of heart failure on a flight from Los Angeles to New York. 1976 – Gary Thain bass player with Uriah Heep died of a drug overdose aged 28. 1982 – Randy Rhoads, the lead guitarist for heavy metal star Ozzy Osbourne, is killed when the plane in which he is flying buzzes Osbourne’s tour bus and crashes into a house. 1996 – The second Beatles Anthology series was released. The album featured ‘Real Love’, a track the remaining members of the Beatles recorded using an old demo track of John Lennon. 2002 – Sharon Osbourne announces that the line-up for this year’s Ozzfest will include her husband Ozzy, System of a Down, P.O.D., Audioslave and Drowning Pool. 2003 – War isn’t a joke for comedy rockers Tenacious D. They cancel the remainder of their European tour as the U.S. begins bombing Baghdad.

Friday, 18 March 2016

Today in rock history 18th March

1950 – John Hartman (Doobie Brothers) is born this day 1959 – EMI announces that it has now stopped all production of 78 rpm discs. 1965 – Rolling Stones earn their ‘Bad Boy’ reputation when the group members are fined £5 each for urinating in front of a public filling station after a concert in Essex. 1965 – John Lennon gave his friend and ex-Quarry Man Pete Shotton £20,000 to open Hayling Supermarkets. Lennon, George Harrison and Shotton became joint directors of Hayling Supermarkets Ltd. 1966 – Born on this day, Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains, 1967 – Pink Floyd signed to EMI Records in the UK. 1968 – Steve Miller releases Sittin’ In a Circle, his debut single. 1972 – Ringo Starr films Marc Bolan concert at Wembley for Born to Boogie. 1972 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Heart of Gold,” Neil Young. The song is Neil Young’s only solo single to reach the top 30. 1973 – Pink Floyd perform Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety at London’s Earls Court. 1975 – The movie version of the Who’s Tommy premieres in New York, presented in “Quintophonic Sound.” 1976 – The Film ‘The Man Who Fell To Earth’ featuring David Bowie premiered in London. 1978 – California Jam 2 draws 250,000 fans to Ontario Motor Speedway near Los Angeles to hear Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Foreigner and others. 991 – After attending an in-store promo appearance U2 were fined £500 ($850) after being found guilty of selling condoms illegally at the Virgin Megastore, Dublin. 1994 – In a tragic forerunner of later events, police confiscate 4 guns and 25 boxes of ammo after Kurt Cobain’s wife, Courtney Love calls them, fearing he would commit suicide. 1994 – Rolling Stones: After Bill Wyman confirms that he will no longer tour with The Rolling Stones the band announces Darryl Jones as his replacement on bass. 1996 – The Sex Pistols announced their comeback at the 100 Club in London, 20 years after they had split. 1997 – Taylor Hawkins replaces William Goldsmith as the Foo Fighters’ drummer. Goldsmith announced earlier that he would be leaving due to creative differences. 2000 – U2 are awarded the Freedom of the City of Dublin in a ceremony at which they perform four songs. Bono also takes advantage of the honor and brings some sheep to graze on a Dublin green. 2002 – The Ramones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame by Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam and close friend of the Ramones. 2003 – Former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted joins Ozzy Osbourne’s band. 2004 – Courtney Love exposed her breasts during an appearance on David Letterman’s TV talk show. 2008 – Heather Mills’ evidence in her divorce case with Sir Paul McCartney was “inconsistent, inaccurate” and “less than candid”, according to judge Mr Justice Bennett.

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Timesweep 19th March

Timesweep 19th March The classic rock show that makes all others pack up and go home can be heard on a fine station via the website Part 1 1. Genesis - Turn it on again 2. Rush - The spirit of radio 3. Judas Priest - Breaking the law 4. Rolling Stones - Emotional rescue 5. Pete Townshend - Let my love open the door 6. Motorhead - Ace of spades Part 2 1. Black Sabbath - Neon knights 2. Queen - Play the game 3. Bob Seger - Against the wind 4. Ozzy Osbourne - I don't know 5. Rainbow - All night long 6. Jefferson Starhip - Jane Part 3 1. Motorhead - Ace of spades 2. Steve Miller Band - The joker 3. Bob Seger - Still the same 4. Whitesnake - Gambler 5. Rolling Stones - Tumbling dice Part 4 1. Gary Moore - Walking by myself 2. George Thoroughgood - Bad to the bone 3. The Beatles - Ya ya blues 4. Robert Cray - Right next door 5. JJ Cale - After midnight Part 5 1. Pink Floyd - Shine on you crazy diamond Part 6 1. Ozzy Osbourne - I don't know 2. Queen - Save me 3. Alice Cooper - Only women bleed 4. Rush - Closer to the heart Part 7 1. The Zombies - She's not there 2. Mr Big - To be with you 3. Asia - Heat of the moment 4. Eddie Money - Take me home tonight Part 8 1. Supertramp - The logical song 2. John Lee Hooker - Boom boom 3. Elton John - Tiny dancer 4. Elton John - The bitch is back Part 9 1. Deep Purple - Fireball 2. Badfinger - No matter what 3. Jethro Tull - Locomotive breath 4. The Who - Baba 'O Reilly Part 10 1. Rolling Stones - Wild horses 2. Slade - Coz I luv u 3. Free - My brother Jake Part 11 1. The Doors - Love her madly 2. Paul McCartney - Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey 3. John Kongas - He's gonna step on you again 4. Bad Company - Feel like making love

Brit Rock 19th March

Brit Rock 19th March The mainstream rock show that makes all others pack up and go home can be heard on a fine station via the website 1. Status Quo - Paper plane 2. Wings - Jet 3. Saxon - 747 strangers in the night 4. Iron Maiden - Aces high 5. Bruce Springsteen - My hometown 6. Jackson Browne - In the shape of a heart 7. The Eagles - Life in the fast lane 8. John Tracy - Fairytales come true 9. Glen Campbell - Walls 10. Tom Petty - Mary Jane's last dance 11. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee 12. Jimi Hendrix - The wind cries Mary 13. Bowling For Soup - 1985 14. Alien Ant Farm - Smooth criminal 15. Blink 182 - I miss you 16. 3 Doors Down - Inside of me 17. Anders Boswell - Moon age space 18. Public Service Broadcasting - Sputnik 19. Creedence Clearwater Revival - Have you ever seen the rain 20. The Beatles - A day in the life 21. The Beatles - You won't see me 22. Focus - House of the king 23. Jethro Tull - Life is a long song 24. Moody Blues - Voices in the sky And it's the 1990's for hour three 1. Reef - Place your hands 2. REM - What's the frequency Kenneth 3. Alanis Morrisette - You oughta know 4. Nirvana - Lithum 5. Radiohead - High and dry 6. U2 - One 7. Pulp - Help the aged 8. Pearl Jam - Jeremy 9. Bush - Swallowed 10. Fastball - The way 11. Jesus Jones - Right here, right now 12. Everclear - Everything to everyone 13. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Under the bridge 14. Green Day - Good riddance (time of your life)

Today in rock history 17th March

1944 – Paul Kantner (Jefferson Airplane) is born 1951 – Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham is born in Santa Monica, Calif. 1962 – Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated, featuring guitarist Alexis Korner and drummer Charlie Watts, begin a Saturday-night residency at London’s Ealing Jazz club. During their tenure there, young guitarist and R&B fanatic Brian Jones will join the band. 1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles finished the recoding of ‘She’s Leaving Home’ after adding backing vocals to the track. Harpist Sheila Bromberg who was part of the string section on the track became the first woman to play on a Beatles recording. 1967 – Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins is born in Chicago. 1971 – Peter Gabriel married is girlfriend Jill. They were together on and off for 17 years. 1973 – Dr Hook’s single ‘On The Cover Of Rolling Stone peaked at No.6 on the US chart. 1975 – Born on this day, Justin Hawkins, vocals, The Darkness. 1976 – The Bob Dylan song “Hurricane” prompts boxer Rubin “Hurricane”‘ Carter’s retrial. 1990 – Rick Grech, bass player with Family, Blind Faith and Traffic died of kidney and liver failure. 1998 – Van Halen release their first album with new singer Gary Cherone, titled Van Halen III. 2002 – Nickelback started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Silver Side Up.’ 2003 – Paul McCartney tops the Rolling Stone rich list, with earnings of $72 million. 2003 – Dire Straits singer-guitarist Mark Knopfler is hospitalized after his motorcycle collides with a car in London. He suffers a broken collarbone and six broken ribs. 2004 – The Kinks singer Ray Davies received his CBE medal from the Queen at Buckingham Palace for services to the music industry. 2005 – Justin Hawkins from The Darkness became the centre of the latest hands-on activity at Madame Tussauds in London. His wax double would judge the air guitar skills of visitors who would be invited to play an imaginary guitar with smoke and music pumping out. Hawkins said: ‘I find the process of air guitaring rather silly. What makes a good air guitarist? Alcohol. ‘ 2005 – Former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant is presented with his lifetime achievement Grammy award at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Today in rock history 16th March

1948, Born on this day, Michael Bruce, guitar, Alice Cooper Band. 1954 – Born on this day, Nancy Wilson, vocals, Heart, 1958 – The Champs go to No. 1 with “Tequila.” 1959 – Plans announced for the first American rock-and-roll package tour to hit Europe. Performers including Bobby Darin, Conway Twitty, Duane Eddy and Pony Tails are contracted, along with UK star Cliff Richard. 1964 – DJ Alan Freed is charged with tax evasion 1964 – Ringo Starr is elected vice president of the Leeds University Law Society. 1967 – Pink Floyd begin sessions at Abbey Road studios for their debut album, Piper at the Gates of Dawn. 1972 – John Lennon lodged an appeal with the US immigration office in New York, after he was served with deportation orders arising from his 1968 cannabis possession conviction. 1977 – After being with the label for just six days The Sex Pistols were fired from A&M due to pressure from other label artists and its Los Angeles head office. 1979 – Twisted Sister sell out New York’s Palladium. It’s the first time an unsigned band has headlined and filled the 3,000-seat theater. 1989 – MTV America launched a contest to give away Jon Bon Jovi’s childhood home. 1991 – Eddie Van Halen and his wife, actress Valerie Bertinelli, have a son. The couple names the child Wolfgang Van Halen. 1992 – During a Metallica gig at Orlando Arena fans dangled an usher by his ankles from the balcony as trouble broke out at the concert. The band was charged $38,000 (£22,353) for repairs and cleaning after the audience trashed the building. 1996 – The Ramones performed what they claimed would be their last ever date in Buenos Aires, Argentina. 2004 – Courtney Love shows up two hours late for a preliminary hearing in Los Angeles on drugs possession charges. During the proceedings, she fires her legal team, only to declare them rehired after a warning from the judge. 2004 – Mick Jones of the Clash joins the Libertines onstage at a Love Music Hate Racism Gig in London. The guitarist performs the Clash hit “Should I Stay or Should I Go” with the band. 2005 – Billy Joel checked into a rehabilitation centre for alcohol abuse. A statement from the 55-year-old singer’s spokesperson put his latest problems down to “a recent bout of severe gastrointestinal distress.”

Monday, 14 March 2016

Today in rock history 15th March

1912 – Born on this day, blues guitarist and singer Sam ‘Lightnin’ Hopkins. 1940 – Born on this day, Phil Lesh, bass, The Grateful Dead. 1947 – Ry Cooder is born in Los Angeles 1955 – Dee Snider of the heavy metal group Twisted Sister is born in Massapequa, N.Y. 1963 – Bret Michaels is born Bret Michael Sychak, 1967 – The first session .George Harrison’s new song ‘Within You Without You’ took place at Abbey Road studios. 1969 – Cream started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with their album ‘Goodbye.’ 1969 – Janis Joplin was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. 1969 – Tyrannosaurus Rex singer Marc Bolan’s first book of poetry ‘The Warlock Of Love’ was published. 1972 – Born on this day, Mark Hoppus, Blink 182. 1975 – Led Zeppelin went to No.1 on the UK chart with the double album ‘Physical Graffiti’, the first on their own ‘Swan Song’ label, the album spent six weeks at No.1 on the US chart. 1977 – Pink Floyd played the first of six sold-out nights at Empire Pool, Wembley, London. 1986 – Starship went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Sara’, it reached No.66 in the UK. 1989 – The Rolling Stones signed a $70 million (£40 million) contract to play 50 North American dates. It was the largest contract in rock history. 2000 – Mick Jagger was ordered to increase his child support payments to Brazilian model Luciana Morad from $5,500 (£3,235) a month to $10,000 (£5,888). 2000 – Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that him and former model Heather Mills had become ‘an item’. The couple had met after working on the same charity project. 2002 – Yoko Ono unveiled a seven foot bronze statue of John Lennon overlooking the check- in hall of Liverpool John Lennon airport. The re-branding of the airport featured a sketch of Lennon’s face with the words ‘Above Us Only Skies.’ 2004 – Prince, the late George Harrison, Traffic, ZZ Top, Bob Seger, Jackson Browne, the Dells and Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner are welcomed into the ranks of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2010 – A rare Led Zeppelin live recording has been unearthed – in a car boot sale.The band’s celebrated gig at St. Matthews Baths Hall, a converted swimming pool in Ipswich, during November 1971 was never actually recorded. Or so everyone thought.

Today in rock history 14th March

1952 – David Byrne (Talking Heads) is born 1955 – CBS talent scout Arthur Godfrey turned down the chance to sign Elvis Presley, instead at the same audition he signed singer Pat Boone. 1964 – Billboard reports that Beatle records currently account for 60 per cent of US record sales. 1969 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a live concert for ‘Fan Club’, the Dutch TV show in Amsterdam, Holland. 1971 – “Me and Bobby McGee,” Janis Joplin’s only Top Forty hit, reaches #1. It tops Billboard’s pop singles chart for two weeks. Kris Kristopherson penned the song. 1971 – Rolling Stones play a farewell concert at the Roundhouse, London, before moving to France to escape UK taxes. 1981 – Eric Clapton is seriously sidelined by an attack of bleeding ulcers today that leads him to cancel his 60-date tour of the U.S. 1982 – I Love Rock ‘n Roll (Joan Jett & the Blackhearts) was a hit. 1983 – Jon Bon Jovi, Richie Sambora and Alec John Such formed Bon Jovi. 1990 – Flea and Chad Smith from The Red Hot Chili Peppers were arrested for sexually harassing a woman on Daytona Beach, Florida. They were each fined $1,000 (£588). 1995 – Can’t Stop Lovin’ You (Van Halen) is released this day in rock. 1999 – Stereophonics went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Performance And Cocktails’, only the third Welsh band to score a No.1 2001 – Peter Blake, who designed The Beatles’ classic Sgt. Pepper album cover sued the group’s record company for more money. Blake was paid £200 ($340) for the famous figures 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne holds a farewell party for bassist Robert Trujillo, who leaves his band for Metallica. At the shindig, wife Sharon Osbourne collapses from heat exhaustion 2005 – U2, The Pretenders, Buddy Guy, the O’Jays, and Percy Sledge are all inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at a dinner in New York. 2011 – Owsley “Bear” Stanley, a 1960s counterculture icon who worked with The Grateful Dead and was a prolific LSD producer, died in a car crash in Australia.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Today in rock history 13th March

1933 – Mike Stoller of the Leiber & Stoller writing team (“Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”) is born today on Long Island, N.Y. 1948 – Walter Parazaider (Chicago) is born this day . 1960 – Adam Clayton, bass, U2, is born 1965 – Eric Clapton leaves the Yardbirds over their new “pop” direction. 1965 – The Kinks release “Tired of Waiting for You.” 1965 – Beatles begin filming Australian sequences of film Help. 1966 – Rod Stewart leaves Steampacket to go solo. 1971 – Stephen Stills hits UK chart with Love The One You’re With. 1987 – The first cassete single is released and it’s … Bryan Adams’ “Heat of the Night.” 1987 – Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1993 – Lenny Kravitz : Are You Gonna Go My Way : UK LP is number one on the charts. 1996 – Alanis Morissette: Mississippi revokes a commendation it gave to Glen Ballard. The state’s officials are angry over the producer’s participation in the salacious Alanis Morissette song "You oughta know" 1996 – The Ramones: A crowd in Buenos Aires riots after it’s revealed that the Ramones tickets they waited all night to buy have already been sold. 1998 – The Smashing Pumpkins file suit against U.K.-based Sound And Media Ltd., alleging that the firm released a “book-with-CD” about the band without proper clearances. 2001 – Eric Clapton releases “Reptile,” his first solo album since 1998’s “Pilgrim.” 2002 – Radiohead and actor Ewan McGregor contribute voiceovers to an advertisement for anti-poverty charity War on Want that premieres today in the U.K. 2004 – Blink-182 are forced to cancel several dates on their Australian tour after drummer Travis Barker breaks his foot while getting off a bus in Melbourne. 006 – Metallica inducts Black Sabbath into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Metallica also performs a short set of Sabbath songs during the event at New York’s Waldorf Hotel. 2006 – The Sex Pistols opt not to attend their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf Astoria Hotel. “We’re not coming. We’re not your monkeys,” reads a handwritten statement. 2006 – Blondie, The Sex Pistols, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Miles Davis are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Blondie’s performance is marred when several old members of the band try to rush the stage. 2012 – Mike Hossack, a longtime member of rock band The Doobie Brothers dies.

Friday, 11 March 2016

Today in rock history12th March

1948 – James Taylor is born in Boston. 1949 – Born on this day, Bill Payne, Little Feat. 1949 – Born on this day, Mike Gibbins, drummer with Badfinger. 1957 – Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) is born this day. 1965 – The Beatles wrap up their location shooting of Help! in the Bahamas. In an interview with The New York Times, Beatles manager Brian Epstein predicts that the band will still be popular in 10 years and declares the Rolling Stones “a fine group.” 1969 – Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman at Marylebone Registry Office in London. 1971 – Jethro Tull release Aqualung LP. 1971 – A London High Court judge rules in favor of Paul McCartney’s action to dissolve the Beatles’ partnership. 1971 – The Allman Brothers Band begins recording the classic double LP “Live at the Fillmore East.” 1974 – Nilsson and John Lennon are ejected from the Troubador Club in Los Angeles for heckling Tom Smothers’ comedy act. 1977 – The Sex Pistols were involved in a fight at London’s Speakeasy Club with Bob Harris, presenter of BBC 2’s The Old Grey Whistle Test resulting in one of the show’s engineers needing 14 stitches in his head. Two days later Harris’s solicitors contact Derek Green at A&M the bands record label. 1990 – Nirvana and Tad appeared at the Town Pump in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. 1994 – Congratulations to Pat Benatar and her husband, Neil Geraldo, who become parents of daughter Hana Juliana. 1995 – The Spin Doctors played a gig at singer Chris Barron’s old School in Princeton and raised $10,000 (£5,882) towards a trip to France and the UK for the school choir. 2003 – The Chinese government forbids the Rolling Stones from playing the songs “Brown Sugar”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Beast Of Burden” and “Let’s Spend The Night Together” during their April tour. 2003 – Ryan Adams ends his war of words with the White Stripes by declaring their new album Elephant, “may be the best rock ‘n’ roll record ever made.” 2004 – Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker breaks his right foot while in Australia, forcing the cancellation of the band’s planned tour of the continent, as well as several shows in Japan and two in Hawaii. 2006 – Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour tops the U.K. album charts with On An Island. 2010 – Singer/songwriter and Elton John and Pink Floyd collaborator Lesley Duncan has died aged 66. 2010 – Pink Floyd won its court battle with EMI on Thursday with a ruling that prevents the record company from selling single downloads on the Internet from the group’s concept albums.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Today in rock history 11th March

1947 – Vocalist/organist Mark Stein of Vanilla Fudge is born in Bayonne, N.J. 1948 – George Kooymans (Golden Earring) is born this day. 1964 – Vinnie Paul is born. 1967 – Beatles music publisher Dick James announces that “Yesterday” is the most covered song of all time, with 446 versions. 1970 – The world’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll movie, Jean-Luc Godard’s One Plus One, starring the Rolling Stones, opens in the U.S. The obtuse film features Godard’s trademark Marxist lecturing interspersed with scenes of the Stones composing “Sympathy for the Devil. 1970 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young win a Grammy, Best New Artists. 1971 – Jim Morrison The Doors Lead Singer booked into The Hotel George’s in Paris. 1974 – An insurance company pays out $112,000 on Janis Joplin’s life insurance policy following her accidental overdose in 1970. 1975 – Mick Jagger stops by Los Angeles’ Record Plant studios and ends up getting involved in a jam session with Wings and Ron Wood. 1977 – Billy Idol’s Generation X play a concert at Leicester University in England that ends in violence when a glass is broken over bassist Bob Andrews’ head. 1982 – Jimmy Page releases his first solo album, the soundtrack to Death Wish II. 1992 – Eric Clapton records an episode of MTV Unplugged. The subsequent record becomes one of the best-selling of his career. 1995 – At the Grammys this evening, Sheryl Crow is awarded Song of the Year for “All I Wanna Do” and is named Best New Artist. 1997 – Former Fab Four member Paul McCartney is officially knighted by Queen Elizabeth II during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace. 2003 – Ticketmaster sell a record 1 million tickets in a single day, as shows for the Dixie Chicks and Bruce Springsteen go on sale. 2003 – AC/DC: To celebrate their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, AC/DC play a one-off show at New York’s Roseland Ballroom. 2008 – As fans around the world await a follow up to 2003’s St. Anger, Metallica is eyeing September as the release date for their new album. 2009 – People tried to gate crash an Iron Maiden concert in Bogota.Colombian police arrested more than 100 people after stones were thrown hours before the group were due to perform.

Brit Rock 12th March

To hear the best mainstream rock show in Europe, go to the website, click on the Brit Rock banner and choose from one of the numerous stations broadcasting the show. 1. Blur - Song 2 2. Green Day - Good riddance (time of your life) 3. Aerosmith - Pink 4. Radiohead - Karma police 5. Bush - Swallowed 6. Placebo - Nancy boy 7. Reef - Place your hands 8. Genesis - Shipwrecked 9. Sheryl Crow - Everyday is a winding road 10. Foo Fighters - Everlong 11. Pulp - Help the aged 12. Kula Shaker - Hush 13. Deep Purple - Knocking at your back door 14. Elvis Presley - You're so square 15. Buddy Holly - Not fade away 16. Little Richard - Long tall Sally 17. Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole lotta shakin' going on 18. Fats Domino - Blueberry hill 19. Elton John - Funeral for a friend/Love lies bleeding 20. David Bowie - The Jean genie 21. Pink Floyd - Us and them 22. The Who - 5.15 23. Inglorious - Unaware 24. The Beatles - You never give me your money 25. Foreigner - Feels like the first time It's an hour of anti love songs for hour three 1. Alanis Morrisette - You oughta know 2. Alice Cooper - Poison 3. Them Crooked Vultures - No one loves me and neither do I 4. Jim Capaldi - Love hurts 5. Bon Jovi - You give love a bad name 6. J Giels Band - Love stinks 7. Buzzcocks - What do I get 8. Marilyn Manson - Tainted love 9. Bob Dylan - Positively 4th street 10. Ugly Kid Joe - Everything about you 11. Blue October - Hate me 12. Meatloaf - Paradise by the dashboard light 13. Foo Fighters - Monkey wrench

Timesweep 12th March

To hear the best classic rock show in Europe, go to the website, click on the Timesweep banner and choose from one of the numerous stations broadcasting the show. Part 1 1. Guns 'N' Roses - Sweet child of mine 2. Family - Burlesque 3. Crosby stills Nash & Young - Teach your children 4. Pearl Jam - daughter 5. Kansas - Carry on wayward son 6. David Bowie - Boys keep swinging Part 2 1. Muddy Waters - mannish boy 2. Harry Chapin - Cats in the cradle 3. Fleetwood Mac - man of the world 4. Genesis - Mama 5. Ozzy Osbourne - Mama I'm coming home 6. The Who - I can't explain Part 3 1. Supertramp - Breakfast in America 2. Def Leppard - Pour some sugar on me 3. ZZ Top - TV dinners 4. Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian restaurant Part 4 1. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the holy 2. Bon Jovi - Raise your hands 3. Elton John - Pinball wizard Part 5 1. Neil young - Heart of gold 2. Free - Wishing well 3. Ozzy Osbourne - So tired Part 6 1. The Guess Who - American woman 2. The Beatles - She's a woman 3. Rolling Stones - Honky tonk women 4. The Eagles - Witchy woman Part 7 1. Jefferson Starship - Find your way home 2. Badfinger - No matter what 3. U2 - With or without you 4. Grateful Dead - Friend of the devil 5. Twisted Sister - I wanna rock Part 8 1. Poison - Nothing but a good time 2. Alice Cooper - I'm eighteen 3. Heart - Never 4. Thin Lizzy - Don't believe a word 5. The Babys - Isn't it time Part 9 1. The Kinks - You really got me 2. The Rolling Stones - It's all over now 3. The Pretty Things - Don't bring me down 4. Nashville Teens - Tobacco road 5. The Beatles - I saw her standing there Part 10 1. Them - Baby please don't go 2. The Zombies - She's not there 3. Bob Dylan - The times they are a changing 4. The Swinging Blue Jeans - Good golly Miss Molly Part 11 1. Cheap Trick - I want you to want me 2. The Cars - Just what I needed 3. Meatloaf - Paradise by the dashboard light 4. Red Hot Chilli Peppers - Can't stop

Today in rock history 10th March

1947 – Tom Schulz (Boston) is born in Toledo Ohio. Tom was guitarist mastermind behind the mega group Boston. 1958 – Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen is US R&B No. 1 1963 – Jeff Ament (Pearl Jam) is born. 1966 – Edie Brickell is born in Oak Cliff, Texas. 1971 – Beatles manager Allen Klein is barred from involvement in the band’s affairs as the Fab Four’s career together winds down. 1972 – America awarded gold disc for Horse with No Name. 1973 – The Pink Floyd album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ was released in America, it spent over 740 weeks on the chart over a 14-year period. 1973 – Born on this day, John Charles LeCompt, guitar, Evanescence. 1974 – David Bowie performs the Philadelphia concert that is later released as the album David Live. 1981 – Jimmy Page makes his first solo appearance since the dissolution of Led Zeppelin, joining Jeff Beck onstage in London to jam through three encores. 1984 – Ian Gillan leaves Black Sabbath. 1984 – Van Halen held the No.1 position on the US singles chart with ‘Jump’. 1996 – Alanis Morissette won Best Album for ‘Jagged Little Pill’, Best Female singer, Best Rock Album, Best songwriter and best single at the 25th Juno Awards held in Hamilton, Canada. 1998 – Eric Clapton’s “Pilgrim” is issued worldwide. 1998 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of Alt-Rock group Stone Temple Pilots, debuts his solo career with “12 Bar Blues” on Atlantic. 2002 – Alanis Morissette went to No.1 on the US album chart and No.2 on the UK chart with ‘Under Rug Swept.’ 2003 – An eclectic array of artists induct the new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at New York’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani inducts the Police, while Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler inducts AC/DC. Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello introduces the surviving members of the Clash, Elton John inducts Elvis Costello, and Billy Joel salutes the Righteous Brothers. 2003 – The White Stripes postpone an Austin concert after drummer Meg White slides on some ice and fractures her wrist in two places. 2011 – Bon Jovi is No. 1 currently in Box Office tours.

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Today in rock history 9th March

1948 – Born on this day, Chris Thompson, vocals, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, 1964 – The Beatles filmed the last day of train scenes for the movie A Hard Dad’s Night. During their six days of filming aboard a moving train, The Beatles traveled a total of 2,500 miles on the rails. 1968 – Bob Dylan started a ten-week run at No.1 on the UK chart with his ninth album ‘John Wesley Harding’. A US No.2 in the same year. 1979 – UK band Eddie & The Hot Rods released a new album ‘Thriller’, featuring special guest Linda McCartney on backing vocals. 1981 – Robert Plant played a secret gig at Keele University, England with his new band The Honey Drippers. 1985 – Mick Jagger released his solo single ‘Just Another Night’ a No. 12 hit in the US and No. 32 on the UK charts. 1991 – ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’ gave The Clash their only UK No.1 single after the track was used for a Levi’s TV advertisement. 2000 – PETA member Chrissie Hynde leaps into the window of a Gap in New York to protest the retailer’s alleged use of cow leather from India. 2001 – The Recording Industry Association of America sends Napster a list of 135,000 songs they want barred from the MP3-swapping Web site. 2002 – Don Henley plays a benefit show to raise money for the Linden Municipal Hospital Authority in his Texas hometown. 2007 – Brad Delp lead singer of US rock band Boston committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning 2011 –Eric Clapton has put up several personal items for auction at Bonhams in New York City. Proceeds from the event will benefit Crossroads, a treatment center that Clapton established in Antigua. 2012 – David Bowie is commemorated with a plaque on Heddon Street, London. 2016 - Sir George Martin, the fifth Beatle, dies aged 90.

Monday, 7 March 2016

Today in rock history 8th March

1947 – Michael Allsup (Three Dog Night) is born this day 1948 – Mel Galley (Whitesnake) is born this day 1949 – Born on this day, Dave Lambert, The Strawbs. 1957 – Born on this day, Clive Burr, Iron Maiden 1965 – David Bowie made his TV debut with The Manish Boys on a UK program called ‘Gadzooks! 1968 – The Fillmore East opens in New York City. 1968 – Appearing at New York’s Filmore East, Albert King, Janis Joplin and Tim Buckley. 1969 – The Small Faces split up after singer Steve Marriott announced he was leaving the band. Ronnie Lane, Ian McLagan and Kenny Jones linked up with Ronnie Wood and Rod Stewart and formed The Faces. 1973 – Paul McCartney is arrested for growing marijuana on his farm in Scotland. “Paul McCartney pleads guilty to having grown marijuana on his Scottish farm. He’s fined the British equivalent of $240. The singer explains that a fan gave him the seeds, and he didn’t know what kind of plants would blossom. 1974 – Bad Company gives its debut performance in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1975 – The NME reports that the Rolling Stones are trying out guitarist Wayne Perkins as a replacement for Mick Taylor. 1982 – Elton John begins tour of New Zealand, his first for two years. 1987 – Bob Seger tells an audience at Detroit’s Joe Louis Arena he’s on his last tour. The rocker returned to the road shortly afterward. 2004 – The Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office charge troubled ex-Hole leader Courtney Love with disorderly conduct. 2004 – Jack White of the White Stripes pleads guilty to simple assault and battery and is sentenced to probation and anger management therapy. White beat up the lead singer of the Von Bondies at Detroit’s Magic Stick club in December 2003. 2009 – A blue plaque in honour of The Who drummer Keith Moon was unveiled on the site of the Marquee Club in Soho, London, where in 1964 the band played the first of 29 gigs there. Fans on scooters turned up to pay tribute to Moon. 2011 – Phil Collins of Genesis, Singer and drummer has announced his retirement so that he can spend more time with his family and sons.

Today in rock history 7th March

1946 – Peter Wolf is born in the Bronx, N.Y. He is the lead singer of the J. Geils Band until 1983. 1958 – First US DJ convention held in Kansas. Broadcasters vote against Top 40 formatting recently adopted by American stations. 1964 – The Dave Clark Five bring their Tottenham sound to The Ed Sullivan Show for the first time tonight. 1973 – While attending a showcase concert given by his new signing, Bruce Springsteen, famed Columbia A&R man John Hammond suffers a heart attack. He survives. 1975 – In London, the audience at the Hammersmith Odeon learns about Chuck Berry’s unusual concert practices when he walks off stage after 58 minutes. 1976 – Madame Tussaud’s waxworks in London unveils a likeness of Elton John. 1987 – The first five Beatles albums, Please Please Me, With the Beatles, A Hard Day’s Night, Beatles for Sale and Help! were released on Compact disc. 2003 – Red Hot Chili Pepper singer Anthony Kiedis signs a deal with Hyperion Books to write his life story. 2007 – Rhett Hutchence the brother of INXS singer Michael Hutchence defended his decision to sell some of the late star’s belongings online saying he needed money to set up home with his new girlfriend. Items in the auction included lyrics, T-shirts and a fax his brother had sent to his then girlfriend Kylie Minogue. 2010 – Bret Michaels says he has nothin’ to apologize for about “Nothin’ to Lose,” his new song featuring Miley Cyrus.

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Today in rock history 6th March

1945 – Hugh Grundy (Zombies) is born. 1947 – David Gilmour of “Pink Floyd” is born today in 1947. 1965 – Rolling Stones are in Liverpool tracking a new record, “Got Live if You Want It”. 1967 – The Beatles recorded sound effects onto the song ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ at Abbey Road studios in London. 1970 – The Beatles release “Let it Be” as a single in the UK. 1970 – Charles Manson releases his own LP, “Lie.” 1973 – Slade were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Cum On Feel The Noize’. 1975 -Led Zeppelin ‘s “Physical Graffiti” goes gold! 1989 – Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and wife give birth to Chelsea Anna Tyler. 2004 – David Crosby is arrested for leaving a bag of Marijuana, a knife and a loaded .45 gun in a hotel room in New York. 2005 – Metal DJ “Tommy Vance” dies from a stroke. His claim to fame is a a Rock show played on Friday nights for the BBC. 2005 – Welsh trio The Stereophonics top the U.K. singles chart with “Dakota.”

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Today in rock history 5th March

1965 – The Mannish Boys released their debut single ‘I Pity The Fool’, featuring a young David Bowie. 1965 – Rolling Stones begin tour of UK, supported by the Hollies, Goldie and Gingerbreads. 1970 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono check into the London Clinic. Later in the month the couple begin a primal-scream course. 1971 – Led Zeppelin perform “Stairway to Heaven” in concert for the first time at the Ulster Hall in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 1971 – UK band Badfinger kicked off their first US tour appearing in Toledo, Ohio. 1973 –The former US manager of Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jeffrey was one of 68 people killed in a plane crash in France. Jeffery was en-route to a court appearance in London related to Hendrix. 1982 – John Belushi (Blues Brothers and SNL) dies. 1985 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Can’t Fight This Feeling,” REO Speedwagon. 1992 – R.E.M. cleaned up in The Rolling Stone Music Awards winning Album of the year, for ‘Out Of Time’, Artist of the year, Best single for ‘Losing My Religion’, Best video for ‘Losing My Religion’ and Best band, Best guitarist and Best songwriter awards. 1994 – Grace Slick is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home. The former Jefferson Starship lead singer later says she has been under stress 1995 – Bonzo Dog Band songwriter Vivian Stanshall dies in a fire at his home in Muswell Hill, England. 2001 – KISS frontman Paul Stanley is served divorce papers from his wife of nine years. Pamela Bowen Stanley cites irreconcilable differences. 2002 – The first episode of ‘The Osbournes’ TV show was aired on MTV in the US. 2005 – Guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, who left Korn after finding God, is baptised in Israel’s Jordan River along with 20 other members of his church, the Valley Bible Fellowship. 2007 – Records by the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon were chosen for preservation by the US Library of Congress.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Timesweep 5th March

To hear the finest classic rock show in the world bar none, go to the website and choose a station. Part 1 1. Motley Crue - Shout at the devil 2. Iron Maiden - 666 the number of the beast 3. Charlie Daniels Band - The devil went down to Georgia 4. Van Halen - Running with the devil 5. Rolling Stones - Sympathy for the devil Part 2 1. ACDC - Highway to hell 2. INXS - Devil inside 3. Tenacious D - Tribute 4. The Cult - 'Lil devil 5. Alice Cooper - Devil's food 6. Ozark Mountain Daredevils - Jackie blue Part 3 1. Led Zeppelin - Communication breakdown 2. Blood Sweat & Tears - Spinning wheel 3. David Bowie - Space oddity Part 4 1. Three Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 2. The Eagles - Take it to the limit 3. Manfred Mann's Earth Band - Joybringer 4. Boston - Peace of mind Part 5 1. Pearl Jam - Jeremy 2. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians - Circle 3. Vanilla Fudge - You keep me hanging on 4. Badfinger - Come and get it 5. Iron Maiden - Hallowed be thy name Part 6 1. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - Hollywood nights 2. Graham Bonnet - Night games 3. Paul McCartney - Every night 4. Moody Blues - Night in white satin Part 7 1. Small Faces - Tin soldier 2. Bad Company - Bad Company 3. The Clash - Should I stay or should I go Part 8 1. John Lennon - Stand by me 2. Huey Lewis & The News - Jacob's ladder 3. Jethro Tull - Aqualung 4. Sex Pistols - Holidays in the sun Part 9 1. Motorhead - Ace of spades 2. Saxon - Wheels of steel 3. Iron Maiden - Running free 4. Rush - Spirit of radio 5. Pete Townshend - Let my love open the door Part 10 1. The Scorpions - The zoo 2. The Ramones - Do you remember rock & roll radio 3. Journey - Any way you want it Part 11 1. The Pretenders - Talk of the town 2. Dire Straits - Tunnel of love 3. The Jam - Start 4. REM - Stand

Brit Rock 5th March

To hear the finest mainstream rock show in the world bar none, go to the website and choose a station. 1. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 2. Pink Floyd - Time 3. The Quireboys - 7 o' clock 4. The Who - 5.15 5. Deep Purple - Highway star 6. Jimi Hendrix - Crosstown traffic 7. Golden Earring - Radar love 8. Queen - I'm in love with my car 9. Bruce Springsteen - Cadillac ranch 10. Tom Cochrane - Life is a highway 11. Terraplane - I can't live without your love 12. Thunder - Dirty love Hour two and I'm joined by Biff Byford from Saxon. 13. Saxon - Live to rock 14. Saxon - Solid ball of rock 15. Saxon - Battering ram 16. Saxon - Denim and leather 17. Saxon - Wheels of steel 18. Saxon - Princess of the night 19. Saxon - If I was you 20. Saxon - And the bands played on 21. Saxon - 747 strangers in the night 22. Girlschool - Race with the devil 23. Diamond Head - In the heat of the night Hour three is an hour of glam rock 1. The Sweet - Ballroom blitz 2. Slade - Cum on feel the noize 3. David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust 4. T-Rex - Jeepster 5. Roxy Music - Do the strand 6. Suzi Quatro - If you can't give me love 7. Hanoi Rocks - Up around the bend 8. The Darkness - Friday night 9. Alice Cooper - School's out 10. Geordie - I can do it 11. Alvin Stardust - Jealous mind 12. Wizzard - Angel fingers 13. Sparks - The number one song in heaven 14. Mott The Hoople - All the way from Memphis 15. David Essex - Rock on

Today in rock history 4th March

1948 – Chris Squire (Yes) is born. 1950 – Billy Gibbons of ‘ZZ Top’ is born! 1963 – Jason Newstead (Bassist for Metallica) is Born. 1966 – John Lennon, in an interview in the London Evening Standard, creates international controversy with his remark that the Beatles “are probably bigger than Jesus right now.” 1970 – In Tampa, Fla., Janis Joplin is fined $200 for using obscene language during a November 1969 concert there. 1977 – The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the El Mocambo a small club in Toronto, Canada. 1982 – Rolling Stone announces that Moon Unit Zappa and Dweezil Zappa have united to form Fred Zeppelin. Their first single, they say, will be called “My Mother Is a Space Cadet.” 1986 – The Band’s pianist, Richard Manuel, commits suicide by hanging himself. 2003 – At a show in Jacksonville, Fla., Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play Hank Ballard’s “Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go,” in honor of the songwriter, who died on March 2. 2011 -Courtney Love settle her lawsuit with Dawn Simorangkir, fashion designer, who claimed that Love defamed her in a series of messages on Twitter last year.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Today in rock history 3rd March

1966 – Neil Young, Stephen Stills and Richie Furay formed Buffalo Springfield in Los Angeles. 1967 – Jeff Beck Group, featuring Ron Wood and Aynsley Dunbar, makes its stage debut in London (at Finsbury Park Astoria). 1967 – After a promoter refuses to pay the Animals an advance for their concert in Ottawa, the band decides not to play. The audience riots and causes $5,000 in damages. 1968 – The Grateful Dead celebrate their move from Haight-Ashbury to Marin County with a special farewell concert in San Francisco. 1969 – Led Zeppelin recorded their first BBC Radio 1 ‘Top Gear’ session during the afternoon at the Playhouse Theatre in London, England. 1973 – Slade: Cum on Feel the Noize UK 45 No. 1 Chart Topper. 1978 – Van Halen opens its first tour at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. The group’s contract specifies that M&Ms be provided to the group during the stint with the brown candies removed. 1983 – A member of Hell’s Angels testifies to a Senate judiciary panel. He says the infamous motorcycle gang’s California chapter has had a murder contract out on Mick Jagger for the past 14 years and has tried to kill him twice. 1986 – Metallica released their highly influential album, Master of Puppets, considered by many in the metal community to be the best metal album of all time. 1994 – The Smashing Pumpkins were banned from appearing on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, due to the content of the songs lyrics. The bands single ‘Disarm’ was this weeks highest new entry. 1999 – US music professor Peter Jeffrey went to court to sue The Smashing Pumpkins, their promoters and a company who make ear plugs after claiming his hearing was damaged at a concert in Connecticut. 2003 – Ray Jackson who found fame with Lindisfarne took out legal action against Rod Stewart over his 1970s hit song ‘Maggie May.’ Jackson claimed he came up with the worldwide hit’s classic mandolin melody and claimed he may have lost at least £1m because he was not credited for the track’s distinctive “hook.” 2009 – To celebrate the release of U2’s twelfth studio album and their appearance every night for a week on The Late Show with David Letterman, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg temporarily renamed part of 53rd street in Midtown Manhattan U2 Way. 2012 – Guitarist extraordinaire, Ronnie Montrose passed away

Today in rock history 2nd March

1942 – Lou Reed (Louis Firbank) is born in Freeport, N.Y. 1947 – Keyboardist Josef Chirowski, who has played with Alice Cooper and Peter Gabriel, is born in Germany. 1949 – Rory Gallagher is born in Ballyshannon. 1956 – Mark Evans (AC/DC) is born. 1962 – Jon Bon Jovi (Bon Jovi) is born. 1964 – Beatles begin work on their first movie Hard Day’s Night in London, with director Richard Lester. 1964 – George Harrison meets his (and Eric Clapton’s) future spouse Pattie Boyd. 1968 – Blue Cheer give birth to heavy metal when their interpretation of “Summertime Blues” is released. The single goes to No. 14. 1975 – Linda McCartney is arrested on charges of marijuana possession after Los Angeles police pull the McCartneys over for allegedly running a red light and smell a familiar musk emerging from their Lincoln Continental. Driver Paul is not charged. 1983 – Compact disc launched. 1985 – Bryan Adams’ Reckless hits UK LP chart. 1991 – 21 years after it’s first release ‘All Right Now’, by Free made No.2 in the UK singles chart after being re-issued to coincide with its use in a Wrigleys Chewing gum TV ad. 1999 – Neil Young launches a solo tour in Vancouver, B.C. It is his first completely solo outing in more than 25 years. 1999 – The Las Vegas House of Blues opens with a performance by Bob Dylan. U2’s Bono joins him to sing “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door.” 2007 – Jimi Hendrix was crowned the ‘wildest guitar hero’ of all-time in a poll of music fans for Classic Rock magazine. 2008 – Canadian guitarist, singer, Jeff Healey, died of cancer. 2010 – At a Ozzy Osbourne book signing at a Florida Barnes & Noble turned dramatic when the bomb squad was called in, due to a fan with some marijuana and homemade fireworks.