Thursday, 25 May 2017

Rock Talk - Steve Hackett & Rick Springfield

Part 1 1. Genesis - I know what I like in your wardrobe 2. Genesis - The carpet crawlers 3. Genesis - Firth of fifth Part 2 1. Rick Springfield - Jessie's girl 2. Rick Springfield - Don't talk to strangers 3. Rick Springfield - Rock of life 4. Rick Springfield - Human touch 5. Soundgarden - Black hole sun 6. Chris Cornell - You know my name

Brit Rock 27th May

1. U2 - The fly 2. Def Leppard - Animal 3. L7 - Pretend we're dead 4. Johnny Cash - Hurt 5. Gregg Allman - Midnight rider 6. Lynyrd Skynyrd - The ballad of Curtis Loew 7. Ghosts Of Social Networks - Outside the wheel 8. This Party - Lover 9. 10,000 Maniacs - Candy everybody wants 10. Soundgarden - Black hole sun 11. Audioslave - Like a stone 12. Chris Cornell - You know my name 13. Chris Cornell - Nearly forgot my broken heart 14. Blink 182 - I miss you 15. The Rasmus - In the shadows 16. Fountains Of Wayne - Stacey's mum 17. The Darkness - Love is only a feeling 18. Bowling For Soup - 1985 19. The Killers - All the things that I've done 20. Green Day - Boulevard of broken dreams 21. Velvet Revolver - Fall to pieces 22. Marillion - Fantastic place 23. ELO - 10538 overture 24. Paul Weller - The changing man Hour three continues our look at artists in the rock and roll hall of fame 1. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 2. Aerosmith - Love in an elevator 3. Fleetwood Mac - Big love 4. Bob Dylan - Tangled up in blue 5. Queen - One vision 6. Cheap Trick - Surrender 7. The Eagles - Take it easy 8. Elton John - The bitch is back 9. Grateful Dead - Touch of grey 10. Alice Cooper - Ballad of Dwight Fry 11. Kiss - Beth 12. Heart - All I wanna do is make love to you

Today in rock history 25th May

1948 - Klaus Meine-singer for The Scorpions born in Germany 1950 – Born today, Robby Steinhardt-violinist for Kansas 1965 - Dave Davies, guitarist for The Kinks stumbled onto drummer Mick Avory’s cymbal and was knocked unconscious during a concert in London. 1969 - The Who & Led Zeppelin performed on the same bill for the only time at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. 1978 - The Who performed a secret concert for fan club members at London’s Shepperton Film Studios for their documentary The Kids Are Alright. This would be Keith Moon’s last performance with The Who. 1983 – This Day in Dio: Dio release their Holy Diver album. 1988 – Frank Zappa must have had a great agent. Because he’s invited to perform during the opening night of the historic Reagan/Gorbachev summit in Moscow. But he also had lousy business sense. Zappa declined. 1989 – “Weird Al” Yankovic records “She Drives Like Crazy” and “Isle Thing” for the UHF soundtrack. 1990 - Lou Gramm departed Foreigner. Guitarist Mick Jones said Gramm’s departure was due to Gramm’s solo work conflicting with Foreigner’s commitments. Gramm later re-joined Foreigner in 1992 before departing again in 2003. 1997 – The day after his 56th birthday, Bob Dylan is admitted into a Los Angeles hospital with chest pains. What’s feared to be a heart attack turns out to be a case of histoplasmosis, or an inflammation of the sac around his heart. He cancels a European tour. 2000 – In Houston, Eddie Van Halen is tested for cancer at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The hospital says that the tests are routine, and that the guitarist is not ill. 2000 – Paul McCartney wins the ultimate accolade from Britain’s music industry when he is awarded the first Fellowship of the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters Award during the annual Ivor Novello awards in London. 2000 – The 21st annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards are webcast live via the House Of Blues website. 2003 – Mars Volta keyboardist Jeremy Ward is found dead of a suspected drug overdose at his Los Angeles home. He was 27. 2004 – Courtney Love pleads guilty to being under the influence of a controlled substance, a charge stemming from a 2003 arrest. She is now eligible for a sentence that would require her to attend a drug treatment program instead of going to jail. 2004 – In a surprising move, Vermont-based jam band Phish announces that it plans to split following the conclusion of its summer tour in August. 2006 – Legendary songwriting and producing team Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Kinks frontman Ray Davies, electro-rock outfit New Order and veteran pop siblings the Bee Gees are among the honorees at the 51st Ivor Novello Awards for songwriters. 2007 – Wayne Fontana of the 60’s group, “Mindbenders”, was taken into custody. Wayne admitted to pouring petrol on a bailiff’s vehicle and setting it on fire.

Today in rock history 24th May

1941 – Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) is born in Duluth, Minn. 1947 – Born today, Albert Bouchard-drummer for Blue Oyster Cult 1963 – Guitarist Elmore James, who influenced blues boom bands like Fleetwood Mac, dies in Chicago from a heart attack. More than 400 blues musicians attended his funeral. 1964 – On The Ed Sullivan Show tonight, the Beatles appear in a previously taped performance of “You Can’t Do That” from the set of A Hard Day’s Night. 1965 – John Lennon publishes his second volume of prose, A Spaniard in the Works, in England. 1968 – Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested on charges of marijuana possession. The same day the Stones release “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” 1969 – Born today, Rich Robinson-guitarist for The Black Crowes 1979 – Patrons looking to buy tickets to Genesis’ benefit show at L.A.’s Roxy are surprised to find the band itself manning the box office. Proceeds from the show go to local hospitals. 1982 – Jefferson Starship, the Grateful Dead, Boz Scaggs, and Country Joe McDonald play San Francisco’s Moscone Center to raise money for the Vietnam Veterans Project. 1982 – Drummer Topper Headon leaves the Clash 1988 – OU812 (Van Halen) is released this day 1991 – Byrds co-founder and Rock `n’ Roll Hall of Fame member Gene Clark dies of a heart attack at the age of 46. 1994 - Poison singer Bret Michaels lost control of his Ferrari & crashed into a telephone pole in Burbank, CA. Michaels broke his thumb, nose & collarbone, lost four teeth, cracked his sternum, & received a hairline fracture of his upper jawbone. 1998 – In an official ceremony backstage prior to Van Halen’s show at the CoreStates Spectrum, Philadelphia mayor Ed Rendell proclaims May 24th Van Halen Day in Philadelphia. Each member of the band is given a personalized replica of the Liberty Bell. 1999 – An online audience watches David Bowie write and record the song “What’s Really Happening” in a Webcast. 2004 – Bruce Springsteen’s lawyers shut down an online auction of what purports to be the Boss’ birth certificate. 2005 – Rock act Motley Crue files suit against NBC, arguing the network violated the group’s free speech rights and hurt its concert and album sales. 2005 – Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne put the Beverly Hills house that featured in their reality hit The Osbournes up for sale. 2012 – Elton John cancels shows to “The Million Dollar Piano” Last weekend Elton was treated for respiratory infection that triggered the cancelations.

Today in rock history 23rd May

1934 – Robert Moog, inventor of the synthesiser, is born 1946 – Born on this day, Daniel Klein, bass, J Geils Band 1947 – Born on this day, Bill Hunt, Electric Light Orchestra 1963 – The Beatles, touring with Roy Orbison, performed at the Odeon Cinema, Nottingham, England. 1967 – Pink Floyd went into the studio and recorded ‘See Emily Play’, the group’s second single and written by original frontman Syd Barrett. 1967 -Philip James Selway, drums, Radiohead, is born 1970 – Paul McCartney’s debut solo album, ‘McCartney’, started a three-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. 1970 – The Beatles album ‘Let It Be’ started a three week run at No.1 on the UK chart, featuring ‘The Long And Winding Road’, ‘Across The Universe’ and ‘Let It Be.’ 1970 – The Grateful Dead gives its first performance outside the U.S., a four-hour set at the Hollywood Rock Festival in the U.K. 1973 – Jefferson Airplane were prevented from giving a free concert in Golden Gate Park when San Francisco authorities passed a resolution banning electronic instruments. The group later wrote ‘We Built this City’ about the ban. 1974 – George Harrison announced the launch of his own record label, ‘Dark Horse.’ 1975 – Led Zeppelin started a three night run at Earl’s Court, London, England. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70) – £2.50 ($4.25). 1978 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kicked off their 117 show Darkness Tour at Shea’s Buffalo in Buffalo, New York. 1979 – Tom Petty files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The filing is partly the result of a dispute with Petty’s record label, which had been purchased by MCA. 1980 – Saxon and Tygers Of Pan Tang kicked off a 22-date UK tour at Bristol Coliston Hall. Tickets, £2.00-£3.00. 1987 – The Beastie Boys and Run DMC opened their UK tour in London. 1991 – Photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. 1992 – A statement issued by Freddie Mercury’s attorneys stated that Mercury had bequeathed the majority of his estate (£10 million/$17 million) to his long-time friend Mary Austin. 2000 – “Binaural,” Pearl Jam’s long-awaited sixth studio album hits U.S. store shelves. 2000 – Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins announces that the Seattle-based rock group will officially break up at year’s end. 2003 – Moody’s Investor Service warns $55 million worth David Bowie Bonds may be downgraded due to the record industry’s sales slump. 2006 – The king of Sweden presented the surviving members of Led Zeppelin with the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm recognising them as “great pioneers” of rock music. 2010 – The Rolling Stones re-release, “Exile On Main Street”, and hit the UK No. 1 Album chart for the first time in 16 years.

Monday, 22 May 2017

Today in rock history 22nd May

1950 – Bernie Taupin is born 1954 – Bob Dylan (Robert Allen Zimmerman) has his bar mitzvah. 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis arrives in London with his 14 year old bride. At Heathrow Airport he is cornered by the press and Jerry answers all their questions concerning his new found Bride and 3rd cousin, Myra Lewis. The arrival was meant to kick off his British tour, but the controversial news so shocked the public that Jerry was forced to cancel the tour! 1962 – Jesse Valenzuela, Gin Blossoms, is born 1965 – The Beatles hit No. 1 with “Ticket To Ride” on the US charts 1966 – Bruce Springsteen, at age 16, begins his songwriting career in the back of a ’61 Mercury en route to a recording studio. He and George Theiss, the lead singer in the Boss’ first band, the Castiles, co-write “That’s What You Get” and “Baby I.” 1971 – The Rolling Stones “Sticky Fingers” Hit No. 1 Today in the US . Artwork for the cover was create by Andy Warhol which consisted of a zipper that when unzipped revealed an image of Joallesandro’s Privates in some briefs and tight jeans. Fan frenzy proceeded believing that the image was really Mick Jagger’s. Also on the album is the “Tounge and Lip” trademarked design by John Pasche which has become the Rolling Stones Icon. 1979 - Cheap Trick received their first Platinum album for At Budokan, which was initially only released in Japan & only released in the U.S. after import copies sold well. 2000 - The ASCAP awarded Steely Dan the Founders Award, the ASCAP’s top honor for lifetime achievement in songwriting. 2001 - Motley Crue released their autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World’s Most Notorious Rock Band. The book went on to become a New York Times Bestseller. 2002 – Southern California alt-metal band Alien Ant Farm’s tour bus is involved in a highway crash in Spain, resulting in the Deaths of the hired bus driver and injuries to the band and crew. 2006 – Led Zeppelin and conductor/artistic director Valery Gergiev are awarded the 15th annual Polar Music Prize on by His Majesty King Carl Gustaf XVI of Sweden. The prestigious prize is presented during a nationally televised ceremony from Konserthuset, the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra’s concert hall, where the annual Nobel Prize ceremony is held. 2009 – White Stripes drummer Meg White marries Jackson Smith. They tied the knot at ex-husband and bandmate Jack White’s Nashville home. 2011 - Former Kiss guitarist Vinnie Vincent was arrested on assault charges at his home in Rutherford County, Tennessee. Vincent allegedly smacked his wife in the face & dragged her through a pile of broken glass. Cops also found four dead dogs at the scene. 2011 - Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer made his second appearance on The Simpsons where he appeared as himself. 2011 – The end of the world was Heralded in today when Spinal Tap’s drummer, Butch Bangin’, spontaneously exploded today which started a chain reaction that began with all drummers.

Today in rock history 21st May

1943 – Born on this day, Vincent Crane, keyboards, The Crazy world of Arthur Brown 1943 – Born on this day, John Dalton, The Kinks 1943 - Hilton Valentine-guitarist for The Animals is born today 1955 – Born on this day, Stan Lynch, drums, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 1963 – The Beatles, recorded record two BBC radio programs at the Playhouse Theatre in London. 1971 – UK rock group Free announced that they were splitting up. 1973 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Frankenstein,” The Edgar Winter Group. 1979 – Elton John started a tour of Russia, the first Western star ever to do so. 1980 – Joe Strummer of the Clash is arrested at a Hamburg, West Germany, show after smashing his guitar over the head of an unruly audience member. 1980: - Bob Dylan performed his final gospel show in Dayton, OH. A second show there was canceled due to poor ticket sales. 1980 – Five Jimi Hendrix Gold discs were stolen from The Electric Ladyland studios in California. 1983 - Def Leppard made their first and only appearance on American Bandstand where they performed “Photograph” & “Rock of Ages”. 1983 – David Bowie went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Let’s Dance’, his second US No.1, also a No.1 in the UK. 1996 - Styx and Kansas kicked off a three-month tour at the Five Seasons Center in Cedar Rapids, IA. This was Styx’s first tour with their classic lineup in 13 years. 2000 – Scott Weiland, lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, and model Mary Forsberg, are wed in Los Angeles. 2001 – U2 lead singer Bono and his wife Ali welcome a new baby boy into their family. 2007 – Former singer with Creed, Scott Stapp was arrested at his Florida home and charged with assault. The 33-year-old was held without bail following the charges, which related to a domestic assault. 2008 - Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler checked into Las Encinas Hospital rehabilitation clinic in Pasadena, CA to recover from multiple leg surgeries.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Today in rock history 20th May

1944 – Joe Cocker (John Cocker) is born in Sheffield 1960 – The Silver Beetles consisting of John, Paul, George, Stu Stucliffe and Tommy Moore play their first tour 1966 – After waiting for John Entwistle and Keith Moon to show for a gig at the Ricky Tick Club in Windsor, England, Roger Daltrey and Pete grab the drummer and bassist from their opening act and proceed to play the night. Keith and John finally arrive in the middle of the set. Harsh words and a fight proceeded until it ended with Pete hit Keith with his guitar. 1967 - Jimi Hendrix signed a U.S. record deal with Reprise Records. 1968 - The Who’s guitarist Pete Townshend married Karen Astley, daughter of composer Ted Astley. They would later separate in 1994 & divorce in 2000. 1968 – On returning from India, The Beatles tape 23 new songs on George Harrison’s 4 track 1969 – Led Zeppelin begins a 3 day recording session at A&R Studios 1970 – The last Beatles film, “Let It Be,” premieres in London. 1977 – The stage show “Beatlemania” opens at the Winter Garden Theater, New York. 1979 – Elton John plays Leningrad and becomes the first Western solo pop star to tour the Soviet Union. 1995 – Don Henley married model Sharon Summerall. Guests included Billy Joel, Randy Newman, Sheryl Crow, Sting, Jackson Browne and Bruce Springsteen. 1997 – U2 caused traffic chaos in Kansas City, Missouri after they paid for traffic control to close down five lanes so they could shoot the video for ‘Last Night On Earth’. Apart form major traffic jams a passing Cadillac crashed into a plate glass window trying to avoid a cameraman. 1998 – Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward takes ill and is hospitalized in London. Ward was to join the band for its first European tour since 1978. 1998 – Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee is sentenced to six months in jail and three years’ probation for kicking his soon-to-be ex-wife, onetime “Baywatch” star Pamela Anderson, as she holds their infant son. The verdict also specifies that Lee complete 200 hours of community service and donate $5,000 to a battered women’s shelter. 2001 – R.E.M. started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Reveal’. 2006 – Heavy metal monsters Lordi became Finland’s first ever Eurovision Song Contest winners after their song Hard Rock Hallelujah won in Athens. 2007 – Linkin Park went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Minutes To Midnight’ the bands fifth Top 20 UK album. Also a US No.1. 2007 - Rush singer & bassist Geddy Lee made an appearance on Bob and Doug McKenzie Two-Four Anniversary special which aired in Canada. A short film of Bob and Doug would be shown as an intro to a song on their tour that year. 2013 – Ray Manzarek of The Doors died on this day

Today in rock history 19th May

1945 – Pete Townshend, lead guitarist/songwriter of the Who, is born in London. 1947 – Greg Herbert of Blood Sweat & Tears is born 1947 - Steve Currie-bassist for T. Rex is born 1949 - Dusty Hill-bassist for ZZ Top born in Texas 1951 - Joey Ramone-singer for The Ramones is born 1954 - Phil Rudd-drummer for AC/DC is born 1960 – Alan Freed is indicted for accepting payola 1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Ticket to Ride,” The Beatles. It is the first Beatles single to feature Paul McCartney on lead guitar. 1976 - After falling asleep at the wheel, Keith Richards crashed his Bentley in Buckinghamshire, England. Police discovered cocaine & LSD in the car. 1979 – Eric Clapton marries George Harrison’s ex-wife, Patti Boyd. Harrison, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney are among the musicians who perform at the wedding reception. 1984 – On this day, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon has been on the American charts for 10 years solid. 1992 - Aerosmith donated $10,000 to MIT in Boston to fund an explicit exhibition of photographs & sculptures after the National Endowment for the Arts pulled support. 1996 - Peter Frampton, The Smashing Pumpkins and Sonic Youth made guest appearances on The Simpsons where they were on tour as part of a music festival that Homer Simpson joined as a carnival freak. 2000 – Folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary celebrate their 40th year together with a U.S. tour that kicks off with a three night stand in Las Vegas. 2000 – The Allman Brothers announce that founding guitarist Dickey Betts will not be a part of the veteran Southern rockers’ summer tour. In a statement, the band says, “sadly, there are creative differences.” 2000 – Three ex-members of the Dead Kennedys are awarded approximately $220,000 in damages after a San Francisco jury finds that band leader Jello Biafra (real name Eric Reed Boucher) failed to pay them back royalties or to promote their catalogue. 2004 – The Strokes play a homecoming show at New York’s Central Park, covering Guided By Voices’ “A Salty Salute.” 2010 – Radio Station, “Absolute Classic Rock” names, “Stairway to heaven” the UK’s favorite classic rock song 2012 – Van Halen postpones over 30 concert dates in the US.

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Rock Talk - Richie Furay - Buffalo Springfield & Poco

Part 1 1. Buffalo Springfield - Mr Soul 2. Buffalo Springfield - Sit down, I think I love you 3. Poco - Picking up the pieces 4. Poco - Kind woman 5. Poco - You better think twice 6. Buffalo Springfield - Rock and roll woman Part 2 1. The Southern-Hillman-Furay Band - Fallin' in love 2. Poco - Call it love 3. Buffalo Springfield - For what it's worth 4. Richie Furay - We were the dreamers 5. The Southern-Hillman-Furay Band - Border town

Timesweep 20th May

Part 1 A look at women 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 5. Van Halen - Oh pretty woman 6. The Eagles - Witchy woman Part 2 1. Bob Dylan - Rainy day women 2. Santana - Black magic woman 3. Rolling Stones - Honky tonk woman 4. Deep Purple - Woman from Tokyo 5. The Guess Who - American woman 6. Thin Lizzy - Don't believe a word Part 3 Back to 1990 1. ACDC - Thunderstruck 2. Jeff Lynne - Every little thing 3. Gary Moore - Walkin' by myself 4. Extreme - Hole hearted Part 4 1. Billy Idol - Cradle of love 2. Faith No More - From out of nowhere 3. Aerosmith - Janie's got a gun 4. The Quireboys - Hey you 5. Black Crowes - Hard to handle Part 5 This week's birthdays 1. The Kinks - Sunny afternoon 2. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Refugee 3. J Giels Band - Freeze frame Part 6 1. Bob Dylan - Like a rolling stone 2. The Band - Stagefright 3. Stevie Nicks - Stand back Part 7 This week in rock history 1. The Who - I'm a boy 2. The Clash - Rock the casbah 3. Bruce Springsteen - Human touch Part 8 1. Queen - I want it all 2. Van Halen - When its love 3. Ozzy Osbourne - Flying high again Part 9 Back to 1975 1. Led Zeppelin - Kashmir 2. Rainbow - 16th century greensleeves 3. Deep Purple - Burn Part 10 1. Elton John - Pinball wizard 2. Doobie Bros - Take me in your arms 3. Smokie - Don't play your rock and roll to me 4. Bad Company - Shooting star Part 11 1. David Bowie - Fame 2. Bruce Springsteen - Thunder road 3. Pink Floyd - Wish you were here

Brit Rock 20th May

1. Kiss - Cold gin 2. Oasis - Cigarettes and alcohol 3. George Thoroughgood & The Destroyers - One bourbon, one scotch, one beer 4. John Lee Hooker - Whiskey & wimmin 5. The Who - Who are you 6. T-Rex - Get it on 7. Focus - Hocus pocus 8. Simple Minds - Sanctify yourself 9. Gary Moore - Shapes of things 10. Foo Fighters - Walk 11. The Hooters - Satellite 12. Reef - Place your hands 13. Foo Fighters - Monkey wrench 14. Aerosmith - Taste of India 15. Placebo - Nancy boy 16. Bon Jovi - Janie don't take your love to town 17. Genesis - Shipwrecked 18. Green Day - Good riddance (time of your life) 19. INXS - Beautiful girl 20. Joe Cocker - You are so beautiful 21. Marillion - Beautiful 22. Badfinger - No matter what 23. Stephen Stills - Love the one you're with 24. Warren Zevon - The werewolves of London 25. Charlie Daniels Band - The devil went down to Georgia Hour three is rock and roll hall of fame recipients 1. Deep Purple - Hush 2. Chuck Berry - You never can tell 3. Genesis - No son of mine 4. Peter Gabriel - Big time 5. Jackson Browne - Somebody's baby 6. Rolling Stones - Mixed emotions 7. Black Sabbath - Never say die 8. Van Morrison - Bright side of the road 9. Guns 'N' Roses - November rain 10. Lou Reed - Satellite of love 11. Janis Joplin - Me and Bobby McGee

Today in rock history 18th May

1911 – Big Joe Turner is born in Kansas City, Mo. His shouting blues inspired rock singers like Elvis Presley and Little Richard. 1944 – Albert Hammond, who wrote the meteorologically misleading “It Never Rains in Southern California,” is born in London. He also wrote “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now” for Starship with Diane Warren. 1949 – Keyboardist Rick Wakeman of Yes is born in London. 1949 – William Wallace, Guess Who, is born 1963 – Bob Dylan duets with Joan Baez on “With God on Our Side” at the Monterey Folk Festival. 1963 – The Beatles begin their third U.K. tour supporting Roy Orbison. By the end of the 21-date tour, the fast-rising band was the headliner. 1964 - The Animals recorded their rendition of “The House of the Rising Sun” in one take in London. 1964 – David Frost interviews Paul McCartney on the BBC show A Degree of Frost. 1965 – Here’s a Grammy Awards ceremony to remember. After Peter Sellers presents the Beatles with the Best Performance by a Vocal Group trophy, John Lennon leads the band in an a cappella rendition of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.” 1966 – It’s Bruce Springsteen’s first day at a recording studio as the Castiles (of which the Boss is a member) cut their song “That’s What You Get.” 1968 – The Doors, the Animals, Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Country Joe & the Fish, and Taj Mahal all play the Northern California Folk Rock Festival. 1969 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Get Back,” The Beatles. 1972 – According to today’s New York Times, the Beatles have agreed to split the fortune they accrued in their partnership. Paul McCartney says they’ve come to this arrangement to free up the $17 million that was frozen as they sued one another. 1979 – Journey host The Midnight Special, with special guests the Jacksons and Herbie Hancock. 1982 – Joe Strummer reappears after fleeing the Clash and moving to Paris for a month. He claims his disappearance was due to exhaustion and doubts about his career. 1993 – Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley of KISS are given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 2003 – Aussie rockers INXS play a gig at a Singapore restaurant to prove the country is safe despite the outbreak of the deadly SARS virus. 2005 – Dave Matthews Band top the album charts with Stand Up, while Weezer’s Make Believe debuts beneath the jam rockers at No. 2. 2011 – Roger Waters performs “The Wall Live” in London at the 02 Arena.! The show was sold out.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Today in rock history17th May

1948 – Prog-rock drummer Bill Bruford is born in Sevenoaks 1958 - Paul Di’anno-original singer for Iron Maiden born in London today. 1963 – The Monterey Folk Festival opens with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Peter, Paul & Mary, and Pete Seeger 1965 – Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor is born today in Mercer, Pa. 1967 – The Bob Dylan documentary Don’t Look Back debuts at San Francisco’s Presidio Theatre. 1968 - Dave Abbruzzese-drummer for Pearl Jam is born 1968 – Wonderwall, a psychedelic film with soundtrack by George Harrison, premieres at the Cannes Film Festival. 1969 – Chicago release their double debut album, Chicago Transit Authority. 1974 – ABC broadcasts the Elton John special Say Goodbye to Norma Jean and Other Things, during which the singer plays “Candle in the Wind” and “Rocket Man.”. 1975 – Elton John picks up a platinum disc for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy. The album is the first to sell a million copies on its first day of release. 1975 – Mick Jagger needs 20 stitches in his hand after putting it through the window of a restaurant in Montauk, N.Y. 1978 – Lou Reed begins a week-long stand at New York’s Bottom Line club. The concerts are taped for his live album Take No Prisoners. 1980 – Drummer Peter Criss left Kiss and was replaced by Eric Carr 1981 – Appearing at Bingley Hall, Stafford, England, Whitesnake 1987 – A fire sweeps through Tom Petty’s Encino, Calif., mansion, causing a million dollars in damage 1989 – Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman’s first Sticky Fingers restaurant opened in London. 1989 – At the Cannes Film Festival, Roger Daltrey announces that he intends to pursue the study of Chinese medicine. 1990 – Nirvana played the last date of a North American tour at the Zoo in Boise, Idaho. This was Chad Channing’s final gig with the band, 1992 – A sore throat forces Phil Collins to abandon a Genesis gig in Tampa, Fla., after only two songs. 1999 - Bruce Fairbairn, producer for artists such as Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, & Kiss, was found dead in his Vancouver home shortly after completing recording sessions for Yes’ album The Ladder. He was 49 years old. 2003 – Stone Temple Pilot singer Scott Weiland is arrested after police stop him for driving without lights shortly before midnight in L.A. Cocaine and heroin is found in his car. 2008 – Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty posted a two-minute clip of themselves playing with newborn mice on Youtube. The video showed Doherty and Winehouse in a bare room, making rambling comments, picking up the mice and talking to them. 2010 - ZZ Top made a cameo appearance on Two and a Half Men appearing in a fantasy sequence.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Today in rock history 15th May

1948 – Brian Eno (Brian Peter George St. John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno) is born in Suffolk, 1951 – Dennis Fredericksen (Toto) is born this day 1953 – Mike Oldfield is born in Reading. 1965 – The Byrds release their first single, “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Written by Bob Dylan. 1967 – Paul McCartney visits the Bag O’ Nails club in London to see Georgie Fame perform. The same night he meets Linda Eastman for the first time. 1968 – At a press conference, Paul McCartney and John Lennon say they’ve ended their association with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. 1970 – In the new releases section of the local record store is the self-titled debut from the mighty Black Sabbath. 1970 – A Pink Floyd concert at London’s Crystal Palace is so loud it kills fish in a nearby lake. 1971 – Paul McCartney releases his album Ram. 1974 – Ahmet, son of Frank Zappa and bald MTV host, is born. 1974 – Bill Wyman releases the first solo album by a Rolling Stone, Monkey Grip. 1975 – Fleetwood Mac debut their new lineup in El Paso, Texas. It’s the first incarnation of the band that includes Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Mick Fleetwood, and John and Christine McVie. 1976 – Rolling Stones: Black and Blue US LP is the no. 1 chart topper 1980 – Sex Pistols film The Great Rock and Roll Swindle released. 1981 – John Lydon with his band Public Image Ltd get booed offstage at New York’s Ritz Club. Lydon posed behind a screen while his band shadow synced to a tape. 1982 – Asia US LP by the band with the same name is the no. 1 chart topper 1994 – Singers Sting and Nancy Wilson receive honorary doctorates from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. 1995 – Stone Temple Pilot Scott Weiland is arrested in Pasadena, Calif., on charges of drug possession. 1997 – Rock winces as the Muzak company announces it will turn four Kiss songs into elevator-friendly instrumentals. 1997 – Courtney Love sold the Seattle mansion she shared with Kurt Cobain. 2000 – Free, one of the U.K.’s best-respected rock bands, is celebrated with the U.K. release of a five-CD box set. 2000 – Sweden’s King Carl XVI presents Isaac Stern and Bob Dylan each with the Polar Music Prize at Stockholm’s Berwaldhallen venue. 2001 – Megadeth release their tenth album The World Needs a Hero, their first on new label Sanctuary. 2003 – The Police’s former road manager, Kim Turner, dies of cancer. He was also the brother of Wishbone Ash founders Martin and Glenn Turner. 2004 – Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder plays a surprise five-song solo set at Seattle’s Showbox club, as part of a benefit concert that raised approximately $16,000 for the local chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. 2004 – The Beastie Boys play a secret show for fans at London’s ICA to promote their new album To the 5 Boroughs. 2005 – Nine Inch Nails hit No.1 on the US album chart with “With Teeth”

Today in rock history 16th May

1946 – Born on this day, Robert Fripp, King Crimson, 1947 – Born on this day, Darrell Sweet, Nazareth 1964 – Born on this day, Boyd Tinsley, violinist, Dave Matthews Band, 1965 - Krist Novoselic-bassist for Nirvana is born this day in California 1966 - Jeff Beck recorded “Beck’s Bolero” which would be the B-Side of his debut single “Hi Ho Silver Lining” at IBC Studios in London. The song was written by Jimmy Page who also played on the song along with John Paul Jones and Keith Moon. 1969 - Pete Townshend spends the night in a New York City jail after assaulting a man who jumped onstage during a Who concert at The Filmore East. It turned out that this man was a plainclothes police officer trying to warn the audience that a fire had broken out, which Townshend wasn’t aware of. 1984 - Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in Memphis, TN on charges of public intoxication on Beale Street. According to the police report, Osbourne was “staggering drunk”. 1986 – Guitarist Robert Fripp married one time punk singer Toyah 1986 – Caitlin O’Riordan of the Pogues marries Elvis Costello in Dublin, Ireland. 1987 – David Crosby married his long time girlfriend Jan Danceon 1998 - Keith Richards broke his ribs after falling off of a ladder in his library, which caused the Rolling Stones to reschedule several dates of their European tour in support of Bridges to Babylon. 1999 – Jean Davis, co-founder of the Glastonbury Festival dies of cancer. He is 60. 2010 - Ronnie James Dio passes away. 2011 – Celebrated rock band ‘TOTO’ will perform a rare concert at London’s HMV Hammersmith Apollo on Sunday 26th June, 2011.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Today in rock history 14th May

1943 – Bassist Jack Bruce of Cream is born today in Lanarkshire, Scotland. 1952 – David Byrne, lead singer of the Talking Heads, is born in Dumbarton, Scotland. 1955 – “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & the Comets first enters the top 40. It would become the first No. 1 record of the rock era. 1956 – Buddy Holly’s optometrist has him try contact lenses, but Holly decides he didn’t like them, and sticks with his famous glasses. 1962 – Ian Astbury, the wolf child of the Cult, is born in the badlands of Heswall, England. 1963 – Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1964 – London Records prepares giant promotion – ‘Watch Out USA Here They are! The Rolling Stones! They’re great! They’re outrageous! They’re rebels! They sell! They’re England’s hottest – but hottest group!’ 1966 – Mike Inez, Alice In Chains, Ozzy Osbourne, is born 1968 – Paul McCartney and John Lennon make a guest appearance on The Tonight Show to announce the creation of Apple Corps. 1976 – Keith Relf of the Yardbirds dies of electrocution at the age of 33. 1977 - Heart released their second album Little Queen which went on to peak at number nine on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell three million copies in the U.S. 1988 – Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden sees the surviving members of Led Zeppelin reunited with John Bonham’s son Jason on drums. 1993 – Sold at a sale at Christies, London, four ‘Super Hero’, Costumes worn by the group Kiss, for £20,000. 1998 – Ticketmaster group reports it sold 522,926 tickets worth 19.5 million over its Internet site, Ticketmaster Online, during the first quarter of the year. 2003 – Former Faith No More frontman Mike Patton says his band Mr. Bungle “is over.” 2008 – Metallica kicked off a 26-date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Today in rock history 13th May

1941 – Joe Brown was that rarity – an English rock ‘n’ roll guitarist whose early singles influenced a young Paul McCartney. He is born today in Lincolnshire. 1945 – “Magic” Dick Salwitz of the J. Geils Band is born in New London, Conn. 1946 – Bassist Danny Klein of the J. Geils Band is born in New York City. 1950 – Danny Kirwan, guitarist and vocalist in early incarnations of Fleetwood Mac, is born. 1966 – Darius Carlos Rucker, lead singer of Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Charleston, S.C. 1966 – The Kinks record “Sunny Afternoon.” 1966 – The Rolling Stones release the future No. 1 “Paint It Black.” 1970 – The Beatles documentary Let It Be premieres in New York. 1971 – Jefferson Airplane call a halt to recording their latest album after Grace Slick crashes her Mercedes in San Francisco. 1983 – Iron Maiden unleash Piece of Mind. 1985 – Bruce Springsteen marries actress Julianne Phillips in Lake Oswego, Ore. They divorce in 1989. 1993 – The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bette Midler and Barry White lend their voices to the season finale of the Fox animated comedy series “The Simpsons.” 2004 – Courtney Love pleads not guilty to assault charges, then holds a press conference in the Manhattan Criminal Court ladies restroom. She is alleged to have hit a fan over the head with a mic stand during a New York club show. 2004 – KISS’ Gene Simmons comes under fire from the Australian Muslim community after branding the Islamic culture “vile” in a Melbourne radio interview. 2007 – Brian May was under 24-hour security watch after a deranged man announced he was setting off to murder him – then disappeared. Police were hunting for a schizophrenic who left a letter behind at his home blaming the Queen guitarist for his illness. In it the man – said May was an “impostor” and that HE was the real rock star. He signed the letter “Brian May.” 2011 – Rolling Stone Magazine voted “Like A Rolling Stone” by Bob Dylan as the best ever song.

Today in rock history 12th May

1942 – The great Ian Dury is born today 1946 – Born on this day, Ian McLagan, keyboards, Small Faces. 1948 – Steve Winwood is born in Birmingham 1950 – Billy Squier is born 1954 – Barry Borden, drummer, Molly Hatchet, is born 1958 – Born on this day, Eric Singer, drummer, Kiss. 1963 – When CBS refuses to let him play “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues,” Bob Dylan storms off The Ed Sullivan Show. 1967 – Pink Floyd play London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their first concerts to experiment with quadraphonic sound. The band composes a song for the Games for May event, which later becomes “See Emily Play.” 1970 – The Grateful Dead release Workingman’s Dead. 1971 – Mick Jagger and Bianca Perez-Mora marry in St. Tropez, France. 1979 – In San Francisco, Jefferson Starship play another free concert, this time introducing new singer Mickey Thomas. 1983 – MeatLoaf files for bankruptcy. 1990 – Former Eagles Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Timothy B. Schmit play together at a Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll convention. 2000 – Thieves steal the gates to Liverpool, England’s Strawberry Fields. The children’s home inspired the John Lennon song. A scrap dealer later turns in the gates to the police. 2006 – Sum-41’s guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh announces he is leaving the band to pursue a metal direction with his band Brown Brigade. 2008 – Neil Young gets a spider named after him. Jason Bond, a biologist at East Carolina University, named a newly discovered arachnid, Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. 2010 – Rocker Scott Weiland refuses to feel bitter about his dismissal from Velvet Revolver, insisting he wishes his former band mates “all the best.” Weiland was kicked out of the group in April 2008 following a series of arguments with founders Slash, Matt Sorum and Duff McKagan. 2011 – Lou Reed has just announced that he will release a live DVD of his historic performance at Lollapalooza in Chicago in 2009. 2011 – Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill married Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge.

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Rock Talk – John Lydon

Part 1 1. Public Image Limited - Public Image Limited 2. Public Image Limited – This is not a love song 3. Timezone and John Lydon – World destruction 4. Public Image Limited – Death disco 5. Public Image Limited – The order of death Part 2 1. Public Image Limited - Rise 2. Sex Pistols – Holidays in the sun 3. Sex Pistols – Anarchy in the UK 4. Public Image Limited - Seattle 5. Sex Pistols – Pretty vacant

Timesweep 13th May

Part 1 Back to 1971 1. The Doors – Lover her madly 2. Stephen Stills – Love the one you’re with 3. The Who – Baba O’ Reilly 4. Black Sabbath- Iron man 5. Badfinger – No matter what 6. Led Zeppelin – Rock and roll Part 2 1. Mountain – Nantucket sleighride 2. David Bowie – Changes 3. Free – My brother Jake 4. Rod Stewart – Reason to believe 5. Deep Purple – Strange kind of woman Part 3 This week’s birthdays 1. J Giels Band – Must of got lost 2. Hootie & The Blowfish – I only wanna be with you 3. Cream – Sunshine of your love 4. The Cult – She sells sanctuary Part 4 1. Toto – Hold the line 2. Mike Oldfield – To France 3. King Crimson – In the court of the crimson king 4. Nazareth – Broken down angel Part 5 1. Nirvana – Smells like teen spirit 2. UK – In the dead of night 3. Iron Maiden – Running free 4. David Bowie – Life on Mars Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Rolling Stones – We love you 2. Supertramp – Breakfast in America 3. Free – A little bit of love 4. Steve Miller Band – Swingtown Part 7 1. Led Zeppelin – What is and what should never be 2. Kiss – Heaven’s on fire 3. Van Halen – Panama 4. Van Halen – Eruption Part 8 1. The Who – Baba O’ Reilly 2. ZZ Top – Rough boy 3. ACDC – Whole lotta Rosie Part 9 A look at men 1. Heart – Magic man 2. ZZ Top – Sharp dressed man 3. Spencer Davis Group – I’m a man 4. Lynyrd Skynyrd – Simple man Part 10 1. Bob Dylan – Mr tambourine man 2. Neil Young – Southern man 3. REM – Man on the moon Part 11 1. Fleetwood Mac – Man of the world 2. The Beatles – Nowhere man 3. Alman Bros Band – Rambling man 4. Kate Bush – The man with the child in his eyes

Brit Rock 13th May

1.The Quireboys – 7 o’ clock 2.Rush – Time stand still 3.The Doors – Love me two times 4.Pink Floyd – Time 5.The Guilt – Anomalys 6.Alex Hulme – Family tree 7.Dronnigen – Sugarbox 8.Katalina – Kicks killer 9.Snakecharmer – That kind of love 10.Foreigner – That was yesterday 11.Whitesnake – Ain’t no love in the heart of the city 12. Bad Company – Feel like making love 13. Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy train 14.Y&T – Summertime girls 15. White Stripes – Dead leaves and the dirty ground 16.Red Hot Chilli Peppers – The zephyr song 17.Chad Kroger – Hero 18.Avril Lavigne – Hero 19. Linkin Park – In the end 20.Sum 41 – In too deep 21.Status Quo – Jam side down 22.Alien Ant Farm – Movies 23.Bowling For Soup – Girl all the bad guys want 24. Nightwish – The phantom of the opera 25.Creed – With one last breath 26. Hoobastank – The reason It’s an hour of rocking cover versions for hour three 1.Metallica – Whiskey in the jar 2.Thin Lizzy – Rosalie 3.Jimi Hendrix Experience – All along the watchtower 4.Eric Clapton – Knocking on heaven’s door 5.Joe Cocker – With a little help from my friends 6.Peter Frampton – While my guitar gently weeps 7.Black Crowes – Hard to handle 8.The Stranglers – Walk on by 9.Guns ‘N’ Roses – Live and let die 10.Johnny Cash – Hurt 11. Muse – Feeling good 12. Van Halen – You really got me 13.The Jam – David Watts

Today in rock history 11th May

1935 – Kit Lambert, who helped introduced the Who’s Pete Townshend to the mod phenomenon as the band’s manager, is born. He also produced albums like The Who Sell Out and Tommy. 1941 – Eric Burdon of The Animals is born in Tyneside, 1947 – Allman Brothers Band drummer Butch Trucks is born in Jacksonville, Fla. 1963 -The English music press is picking up on the Rolling Stones. In today’s New Record Mirror appears an article headlined “The Rolling Stones – Genuine R&B.” 1964 – The Rolling Stones are refused lunch at a hotel in Bristol, England, because they are not wearing jackets and ties. 1967 – The Beatles cut “Baby You’re a Rich Man” at Olympia Studios. It’s the first time they’ve recorded outside of Abbey Road. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix hits UK chart with The Wind cries Mary. 1970 – The Who release Live at Leeds. The Beatles release their single “The Long and Winding Road.” Both compete in the shops with the Woodstock soundtrack. 1972 – In a TV interview with Dick Cavett, John Lennon says he thinks the FBI is tapping his phone as part of a plan to have him deported from the U.S. 1974 – Backstage at Elvis’ L.A. Forum concert, the King meets rising combo Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant and Presley sing “Love Me” together. 1975 – Gregg Allman, a future Mr. Cher, appears on her TV variety show. 1977 – Iggy Pop releases ‘The Idiot’ and it hits #30 in the UK and #32 in the US. The album is produced by David Bowie. 1981 – Reggae star Bob Marley dies of cancer in a Miami hospital at the age of 36. 1995 – Jimmie Vaughan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray reunite for a tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan in Austin, Texas, the late blues guitarist’s hometown 1996 – During a Smashing Pumpkins concert at a Dublin rock club, a girl is crushed to death in the mosh pit. 2003 – Rock musician Noel Redding, best known for his stint as the bassist of the Jimi Hendrix Experience, is found dead at his home in Ireland of unknown causes. He is 57. 2005 – Nine Inch Nails’ With Teeth debuts at No. 1, and a rare smile cracks Trent Reznor’s face. 2008 - Rush’s original drummer John Rutsey died in his sleep of an apparent heart attack due to complications from diabetes. He was 55 years old.

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Today in rock history 10th May

1944 – Dave Mason, who went from being a road manager for the Spencer Davis Group to guitarist with Traffic, is born. 1946 – Born on this day, Donovan. 1957 – Moron, I mean punk rocker Sid Vicious (John Simon Ritchie) is born in London. 1960 – The Silver Beetles audition for a spot supporting Billy Fury on This Day in Rock. The group consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stuart Sutcliffe, and Tommy Moore. 1960 – Bono (Paul Hewson) of U2 is born in Dublin, Ireland. 1963 – The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Come On’ 1966 – A year after returning to her home state of Texas from San Francisco, Janis Joplin heads west again. She was summoned by Chet Helms, a friend who is now managing Big Brother & the Holding Company. 1967 – Mick Jagger and Keith Richards appear in court on charges of drug possession in Chichester, England. They plead not guilty and elect to go to trial. The same day, fellow Rolling Stone Brian Jones is arrested on charges of unlawful possession of drugs. 1968 – Jim Morrison of the Doors incites an audience riot during a Chicago concert, then escapes backstage as the crowd battles with police. 1969 – The Who debut the Tommy tour in Detroit Michigan 1969 – The Moody Blues started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘On The Threshold Of A Dream’ 1970 – David Bowie won the Ivor Novello Award for “Space Oddity” 1974 – A party to celebrate the launch of Led Zeppelin’s Swan Song label at Los Angeles’ Bel Air Hotel ends with the guests tossing food and chinaware at one another. 1985 – The Go-Go’s announce their breakup. 1986 – Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue marries actress Heather Locklear. 1994 – Linda McCartney unveils a line of frozen meatless dinners at a Chicago press conference.Yuk. 2000 – Courtney Love is among those participating in the Million Mom March on Washington, D.C. Love is campaigning on behalf of gun control. 2006 – Great White tour manager Daniel Biechele is sentence to four years in jail after pleading guilty to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter 2006 – Panic! at the Disco announce that bassist Brent Wilson is leaving the band. Later the rising emo group will claim Wilson never played a note on their hit album A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out. 2007 - A tribute concert to former Pink Floyd frontman Syd Barrett took place at the Barbican Centre in London. The concert featured performances from Roger Waters, David Gilmour, Chrissie Hynde, John Paul Jones, Nick Mason & Rick Wright. 2011 – Accept guitarist Herman Frank punctures a lung 2011 – The Cars release ‘Move like this’ on CD

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Today in rock history 9th May

1944 – Richie Furay of Buffalo Springfield and Poco is born in Yellow Springs, Ohio. 1945 – Born on this day, Steve Katz, guitar, vocals, Blood Sweat & Tears, 1949 – Billy Joel is born in Hicksville, Long Island, N.Y. 1950 – Born on this day, Tom Petersson, bass, vocals, Cheap Trick 1963 – Paul McCartney meets Jane Asher after a Beatles’ Albert Hall gig. 1964 – Chuck Berry starts his first U.K. tour in London, supported by the Animals, Carl Perkins and the Nashville Teens. 1965 – During a UK tour Bob Dylan played the first of two sold out nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1969 – Beatles guitarist George Harrison’s experimental album Electronic Sounds was released on Zapple records. 1970 – Guess Who: American Woman US 45 is no. 1 chart topper. 1973 – Mick Jagger makes official donation of $350,000 to aid victims of Nicaraguan earthquake, adding £150,000 of his own money to the receipts of Stones benefit concert at La Forum. 1974 – Bruce Springsteen’s performance at Boston’s Harvard Square Theatre prompts Jon Landau to say: ‘I have seen the future of rock and roll and his name is Bruce Springsteen.’ 1974 - Bachman-Turner Overdrive received their first Gold record for Bachman-Turner Overdrive II which contained the hit singles “Let It Ride” & “Takin’ Care of Business”. 1975 – Born on this day, Ryan ‘Nik’ Vikedal, drums, Nickelback. 1980 – Supertramp’s ‘The Logical Song’ won Best Song Musically and Lyrically at the 25th Ivor Novello Awards held in London. 1987 – Starship: Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now UK 45 is no. 1 chart topper! 1991 – Bill Wyman divorces his rather young bride, Mandy Smith. 1992 – Bruce Springsteen made his North American network television debut on Saturday Night Live. 1998 – Puff Daddy and Jimmy Page are musical guests on “Saturday Night Live.” The two perform their collaboration “Come To Me,” which borrows heavily from Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir.” 2004 – The No. 1 album is Guns N’ Roses’ Greatest Hits.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Today in rock history 8th May

1940 – Ricky Nelson (Eric Hilliard Nelson) is born in Teaneck, N.J. 1943 – Paul Samwell-Smith (The Yardbirds) is born this day 1953 – Billy Burnette (Fleetwood Mac) is born 1953 – Alex Van Halen (Van Halen) is born this day 1968 – T. Rex debut on UK chart with Deborah. 1969 – John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr signed a business management contract with Allen Klein and his company ABKCO, but Paul McCartney refused to sign, continuing to let the Eastmans represent his interests. 1970 – The Let It Be album is released 1971 – Rolling Stones: Sticky Fingers UK LP is no. 1 chart topper 1976 – BBC Radio 1 DJ Johnny Walker announced he was quitting the station after being told he must pretend to like The Bay City Rollers. 1976 – Rolling Stones’ Black and Blue hits UK LP chart. 1993 – Aerosmith’s “Get a Grip” enters The Chart Toppers 200 top pop album chart at No. 1., becoming the group’s highest-debuting album and highest-charting album ever. 1993 – Mark Knopfler received an honorary music doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. 1996 – A Los Angeles judge ruled against Tommy Lee and wife Pamela Anderson in their bid to keep Penthouse magazine from publishing still photos from an X-rated home movie that was stolen from their home. 1996 – Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen has spousal battery charges refiled against him in Los Angeles. He had failed to finish a substance abuse counseling program, one of the conditions of the 1995 charges being dropped. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen was at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Devils and Dust’ his 13th No.1 studio album. 2006 – A British judge rules that Apple Computers did not break an agreement with The Beatles – who own the Apple label – not to enter the music with their iPod and iTunes stores. 2006 – Eric Clapton kicked off a 12 date UK tour at the SECC in Glasgow, Scotland. 2006 – The Rolling Stones called off their forthcoming European tour after guitarist Keith Richards underwent emergency brain surgery. The 62 year-old guitarist suffered “mild concussion” when he fell out of a coconut tree on holiday in Fiji. 2009 - Jane’s Addiction kicked off their first tour with their original lineup in eighteen years in West Palm Beach, FL in a co-headlining tour with Nine Inch Nails.

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Today in rock history 7th May

1946 – Bill Kreutzmann, drummer for the Grateful Dead is born 1946 - Jerry Nolan-drummer for The New York Dolls is born 1950 – Prairie Prince, drummer for The Tubes is born 1961 – Phil Campbell (Motorhead) is born 1964 – Chuck Berry’s No Particular Place to Go hits UK chart. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix played two shows at London’s Saville Theatre. Ringo Starr, Brian Jones and members of The Beach Boys and The Moody Blues were in the audience. 1967 – Bob Dylan gives his first interview since his 1966 motorcycle accident to the Daily News. 1970 – During a North American tour Pink Floyd appeared at Pauley Pavilion, at the University of California in West Hollywood, Los Angeles, California. 1972 – Reginald Dwight changed his name by Deed poll to Elton Hercules John. 1977 – The Eagles went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Hotel California’, the groups fourth US No.1, a No.8 hit in the UK. 1978 – David Bowie played the first of three nights on his Low / Heroes world tour at Madison Square Garden in New York City. 1986 – John Mellencamp protests with farmers before the Farmers Home Administration office in Chillicothe, Mo. 1991 – At a Court in Macon, Georgia a local couple lose their case against Ozzy Osbourne. They claimed that their son was inspired to attempt suicide by Ozzy’s music. 1992 – A leather Jacket worn by John Lennon during 1960-1963, was sold at Christies, London, for £24,200. 1994 – Aerosmith played the first of seven nights at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo, Japan, during their 245 date Get A Grip world tour. 1998 – Steve Perry leaves Journey a second time after the band decides to tour without the lead singer, who is suffering from back trouble. 2003 – London’s Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) formally cautions Pete Townshend for “accessing a Web site containing child abuse images” in 1999. 2003 – Fleetwood Mac kick off their tour in support of Say You Will in Columbus, Ohio. 2011 – AC/DC refuses to allow their songs for download.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Today in rock history 6th May

1945 – Bob Seger is born in Dearborn, Mich. 1965 – In their Clearwater, Florida hotel room, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards work out opening riff of the song Satisfaction, following Richard’s purchase of a Gibson fuzz-box. 1967 – The Who’s Keith Moon gives an interview in which he advises, “To get your playing more forceful, hit the drums harder.” 1967 – Mark Williams Ryan, guitarist for Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Silver Spring, Md. 1971 – Chris Shiflett is born on This Day in rock! He is the guitarist for the Foo Fighters. 1978 – Foreigner debut on UK chart with Feels Like the First Time. 1984 – Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson record “State of Shock.” 1993 – Jerry Lee Lewis’ home in Mississippi is raided by federal agents when it’s discovered the Killer has neglected to pay $1.6 million in taxes. 1997 – The first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held in Cleveland. Among those inducted are Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Jackson 5, the Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell, the Young Rascals, and Parliament-Funkadelic (meaning George Clinton). 2000 – Hoosier native son John Mellencamp delivers the commencement address to the Indiana University senior class. John Mellencamp addresses Indiana University’s Class of 2000. “Take the pressure off yourself,” he says. “I’m not talking about being lazy. I’m talking about taking time for yourself and finding out who the hell you are. 2001 – Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich and his wife Skylar welcome a baby boy into their family. 2004 – David Bowie cancels a scheduled concert in Miami after a local stagehand falls to his death at the James L. Knight Center prior to the performance. 2004 – A sale at Christie’s in London became the most successful pop auction in the company’s history after Beatles memorabilia sold for a record £788,643. The auction included a leather collar worn by John Lennon which sold for £117,250. 2005 – Audioslave becomes the first U.S. rock act to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba when the group performs at La Tribuna in Havana, which can accommodate as many as 1 million spectators. 2005 – US coffee shop chain Starbucks banned the sale of Bruce Springsteen’s latest album Devils and Dust over concerns about its adult content. The retailer – which stocked CDs at its branches in the US – said it would be promoting other albums instead. 2006 – W. Axl Rose announces on Eddie Trunk’s syndicated radio show that the long-awaited Guns N’ Roses album Chinese Democracy will be released this fall. 2006 – Pink Floyd reaches the staggering plane of 1,500 weeks on the Chart Toppers charts with its record setting 1973 album “Dark Side of the Moon.”

Friday, 5 May 2017

Today in rock history 5th May

1948 – Bill Ward (Black Sabbath) is born this day 1963 – On a recommendation by George Harrison, Dick Rowe Head of A&R at Decca records, (and the man who turned down The Beatles), went to see The Rolling Stones play at Crawdaddy Club, London. The band were signed to the label within a week. 1965 – Alan Price announces he is leaving the Animals at the peak of their popularity. He is replaced by Dave Rowberry. 1968 – Buffalo Springfield disbands. 1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival releases their hit “Bad Moon Rising,” 1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “American Woman,” Guess Who. 1973 – David Bowie scored his first UK No.1 album when ‘Aladdin Sane’ started a five-week run at the top, featuring the single ‘Drive In Saturday’. 1973 – At Tampa Stadium in Florida, 56,800 Led Zeppelin fans see Led Zeppelin. The band grosses $309,000. At the time the show set a record for the largest paying crowd at an American rock concert. 1984 – Simple Minds singer Jim Kerr married Chrissie Hynde in a horse drawn carriage in Central Park, New York. 1986 – Ahmet Ertegun announces that Cleveland will be the site of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 1990 – A tribute concert to John Lennon organized by his widow Yoko Ono draws less than one-third of the expected 45,000 fans in Liverpool, England. 1990 – During a North American tour Nirvana appeared at the Einstein-A-Go-Go in Jacksonville Beach, Florida. 1995 – Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler was arrested on a felony count of possession of heroin, as well as two misdemeanour drug charges. 1996 – Rage Against The Machine went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Evil Empire’. 1997 – Bruce Springsteen is awarded Sweden’s Polar Music Prize. It’s considered the musical equivalent of the Nobel Prize. 2002 – Two disc jockeys from Denver’s KRFX-FM, Rick Lewis and Michael Floorwax, stopped a live radio interview with Detroit rocker Ted Nugent after he used derogatory racial terms for Asians and Blacks. The station received dozens of complaints. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen tops the U.S. album charts with Devils & Dust, a largely acoustic offering not featuring his E Street Band.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Rock Talk – Martin Turner – Wishbone Ash

Part 1 1. Wishbone Ash – Changing tracks 2. Wishbone Ash – The king will come 3. Wishbone Ash – Time was 4. Wishbone Ash – Blowin’ free Part 2 1. Wishbone Ash – Leaf and stream 2. Wishbone Ash – Blind eye 3. Wishbone Ash – Helpless 4. Wishbone Ash - Phoenix

Timesweep 6th May

Part 1 A look at dancing 1. The Sweet – Ballromm blitz 2. Led Zeppelin – Dancing days 3. Genesis – I can’t dance 4. Bruce Springsteen – Dancing in the dark 5. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Mary Jane’s last dance Part 2 1. Van Halen – Dance the night away 2. David Bowie – John I’m only dancing 3. Thin Lizzy – Dancing in the moonlight 4. Billy Idol – Dancing by myself 5. Poison – Your mama don’t dance 6. Aerosmith – Shut up and dance 7. 7. Meatloaf – Two out of three ain’t bad Part 3 A look at the fascinating subject that is radio 1. Rush – The spirit of radio 2. The Ramones – Do you remember rock and roll radio 3. Queen – Radio gaga Part 4 1. REM – Radio song 2. Autograph – Turn up the radio 3. Golden Earring – Radar love 4. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – The last DJ Part 5 High fashion 1. The Hollies – Long tall woman in a black dress 2. ZZ Top – Sharp dressed man 3. Elvis Presley – Blue suede shoes 4. Joe Cocker – You can leave your hat on Part 6 This week’s birthdays 1. Motorhead – Killed by death 2. Fleetwood Mac – Save me 3. Van Halen – Hot for teacher 4. Buffalo Springfield – For what it’s worth 5. Cheap Trick – If you want my love Part 7 This week in in rock history 1. Rolling Stones – Paint it black 2. Bon Jovi – I’ll be there for you 3. The Guess Who – American woman Part 8 Back to 1969 1. Rolling Stones- Gimme shelter 2. David Bowie – Space oddity 3. Badfinger – Come and get it Part 9 Back to 1984 1. Slade – Run runaway 2. Foreigner – That was yesterday 3. Chicago – Along comes a woman 4. Queen – Hammer to fall Part 10 1. Deep Purple – Perfect strangers 2. Bon Jovi – Runaway 3. Russ Ballard – Voices 4. Huey Lewis & The News – If this is it Part 11 1. ZZ Top – Legs 2. Sammy Hagar – I can’t drive 55 3. Alan Parsons Project – Don’t answer me

Brit Rock 6th May

1. Steve Miller Band – Rock ‘n’ me 2. Kiss – God gave rock and roll to you 3. ACDC – Rock and roll ain’t a noise pollution 4. ELO – Roll over Beethoven 5. Stealers Wheel – Star 6. Journey – Don’t stop believing 7. Journey – Lovin’ touchin’ squeezin’ 8. Reunion – Life is a rock (but the radio rolled me) 9. Nickelback – Rock star 10. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I love rock and roll 11. UFO – Only you can rock me 12. Meatloaf – Rock and roll dreams come true 13.Pearl Jam – Alive 14.Yes – Owner of a lonely heart 15. Yes – Starship troopers 16.Guns ‘N’ Roses – Patience 17. Kevin Johnson – Rock and roll (I gave you all the best years of my life) 18. Led Zeppelin – Rock and roll 19. John Fogerty – Rock and roll girls 20. Rainbow – Love live rock and roll It’s a look at some of the artists who’ve been inducted into the rock and roll hall of fame 1. ZZ Top – TV dinners 2. Metallica – For whom the bell tolls 3. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have you ever seen the rain 4. ACDC – Let there be rock 5. Neil Young – Rocking in the free world 6. The Beatles – Let it be 7. The Beatles – Here comes the sun 8. Sex Pistols – Holidays in the sun 9. Rod Stewart – Hot legs 10.Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free bird 11. The Ramones – Baby I love you

Today in rock history 4th May

1942 – Born on this day, Ronnie Bond, The Troggs. 1945, Born on this day, Georg Wadenius, Blood Sweat & Tears. 1949 – Born on this day, Zal Cleminson, guitar, Sensational Alex Harvey Band. 1951 – Born on this day, Mick Mars (real name Bob Deal), Motley Crue. 1951 – Born on this day, Bruce Day, Santana. 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops’. 1970 – Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose ‘Ohio’ which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young. 1972 – Born on this day, Mike Dirnt, bass, Green Day 1973 – Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the ‘biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States’. The group would gross over $3 million from the dates, flying between gigs in ‘The Starship’ a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30′ lounge and a white fur bedroom. 1977 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Hotel California,” The Eagles. 1989 – Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. 1996 – Alanis Morissette started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Jagged Little Pill’. 1997 – Courtney Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom four bathroom house was on the market for $3m. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment. 2003 – Modern rock act Third Eye Blind portrays veteran U.K. rock act the Kinks on an episode of the NBC series “American Dreams.” 2004 - Ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash & Duff McKagen sue Axl Rose for $1 million, alleging that Rose turned down multiple offers to use Guns N’ Roses music on movie soundtracks without consulting them. 2006 – Pearl Jam sticks around after taping a song for CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman to play a 10-song set inside New York’s Ed Sullivan Theatre exclusively for members of its fan club. 2012 – Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Today in rock history 3rd May

1944 – Born on this day, Pete Staples, The Troggs. 1953 – Born on this day, Bruce Hall, REO Speedwagon. 1965, The Beatles spent the day filming for their forthcoming film ‘Help!’ on Salisbury Plain with the British Army’s Third Tank Division. 1968 – Jimi Hendrix laid down ‘Voodoo Chile’ for the ‘Electric Ladyland’ album. 1969 - Jimi Hendrix was arrested on drug charges at Toronto International Airport. He’s later released after posting $10,000 bail. 1971 - Grand Funk Railroad held a press conference at New York’s Gotham Hotel, where only six reporters show up, despite the band’s success at the time. 1972 – Born on this day, Josey Scott, lead singer, Saliva. 1975 – Chicago started a two week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Chicago VIII’, the groups third US No.1. 1976 – David Bowie played the first of six sold out nights at Wembley, his first UK gig in three years. 1978 – The first date of a 12-date UK tour by The Climax Blues Band supported by Dire Straits. 1991 - Texas Governor Ann Richards declares ZZ Top Day. 2000 – Metallica delivers over 60,000 pages of information to Napster’s San Mateo, Calif., offices, listing more than 1.4 million copyright violations of 95 Metallica songs 2004 – US Supreme Court rejected an appeal by two musicians who claimed they were owed royalties from Ozzy Osbourne. Bassist Robert Daisley and drummer Lee Kerslake had fought a long-running battle since 1997 with the Osbourne family claiming they were entitled to money from the albums ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman.’ 2006 – “Baywatch” actress Donna D’Errico files for divorce from Motley Crue’s bassist Nikki Sixx, citing irreconcilable differences. 2011 – Steven Tyler from Aerosmith admitted that his addiction to drugs was so drastic that he hid cocaine in a drum on stage to take a fix during shows.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Today in rock history 2nd May

1945 – Goldy McJohn (Steppenwolf) is born this day 1944 – Born on this day, Bob Henrit, drums, Argent 1950 – Foreigner vocalist Lou Gramm is born in Rochester, N.Y. 1954 – Prescott Niles (The Knack) is born this day 1957 – Elvis Presley records Jailhouse Rock at MGM, Culver City, California. 1963 – The Beatles were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘From Me To You’, the group’s first No.1 and the first of eleven consecutive No.1’s. 1964 – The Rolling Stones self-titled debut album started a 12-week run at No.1 on the UK charts. The album spent a total of 51 weeks on the UK chart. 1965 – Although he swore he would never allow the band to appear on his show again, Ed Sullivan plays host to the Rolling Stones for a second time. 1969 – The Who gave a press preview of their new rock opera ‘Tommy’ at Ronnie Scott’s in London 1969 – The Beatles recorded a re-make of the new George Harrison song ‘Something’ at Abbey Road Studios. 1969 – Pink Floyd record another concert for their Ummagumma album, this time at the Chamber in Commerce in Manchester 1972 – Bruce Springsteen auditioned for CBS Records A&R man John Hammond in New York. Springsteen played a short set for him in his office; Hammond was so impressed that he arranged a real audition that night at the Gaslight Club in New York for other Columbia executives. Bruce passed the audition. 1972 – Les Harvey, guitarist with soul/rockers Stone the Crows, is electrocuted after touching a faulty microphone onstage in Swansea 1979 – The Who play their first gig since the death of Keith Moon at Rainbow Theatre, with Kenny Jones on drums. 1980 – South Africa bans Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall, Part II,” claiming the song is “prejudicial to the safety of the state.” 1991 – Appearing at The Marquee Club, London, Extreme. 1991 – Nirvana booked into Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California for 16 days,on a budget of $65,000 and with Butch Vig producing. 1992 – UK duo Nirvana filed a suit against the American band of the same name claiming that they had been using the name since 1968. 2000 – Metallica chat online with fans about their Napster woes. 2003 – Kings Of Leon played their first ever UK date when they appeared at The Empress Ballroom in Blackpool. 2004 – Total Guitar magazine’s readers voted Guns N’ Roses’ anthem ‘Sweet Child O’ Mine’ as the greatest guitar riff ever ahead of Nirvana’s grunge anthem ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’. 2005 – Eric Clapton joined former Cream members drummer Ginger Baker and bass player Jack Bruce for the first of four nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall. 2006 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards was released from hospital in New Zealand after the 62 year-old suffered “mild concussion” when he fell out of a coconut tree 2008 – Chad Kroeger was banned from driving for a year after being convicted of drink-driving in the Canadian city of Vancouver. 2009 – Bob Dylan mingled unnoticed with other Beatles tourists during a minibus tour to John Lennon’s childhood home. 2013 - Jeff Hanneman from the band “Slayer” died today.

Sunday, 30 April 2017

Today in rock history 1st May

1956 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Heartbreak Hotel,” Elvis Presley. The song is Presley’s first No. 1 single. 1957 – Steve Farris, Mr Mister, is born 1966 – The Beatles play their last show for a paying audience in Britain at the NME Poll Winners’ Party. 1966 – Born on this day, Johnny Colt, The Black Crowes. 1968 – Born on this day, D’arcy Wretsky-Brown, bass, Smashing Pumpkins, 1969 – Jimi Hendrix is busted for narcotics possession at Toronto Airport. He is released on $10,000 bail. 1969 – Neil Young releases Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere. 1969 – Bob Dylan and Johnny Cash videotape a special to appear on ABC. They play Dylan’s “I Threw It All Away,” “Living the Blues,” and “Girl From the North Country.” 1970 – In New York, Bob Dylan records with George Harrison. The two mess around on the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” Dylan’s “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” and “Da Doo Ron Ron.” 1973 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive release their self-titled debut album. 1975 – In one of their best-ever publicity stunts, the Rolling Stones announce their Tour of the Americas by playing “Brown Sugar” on the back of a flatbed truck driving down Manhattan’s Fifth Avenue. 1977 – The Clash begin their first tour of England at London’s Roxy. 1984 – Mick Fleetwood of Fleetwood Mac files for bankruptcy. 1993 – Supermodel Naomi Campbell announces her engagement to U2 bassist Adam Clayton. 1998 – Columbia Records presents Jeff Buckley’s posthumous set, “Sketches for `My Sweetheart, The Drunk,’” in its entirety during an online listening session. 1999 – An exhibition of Paul McCartney’s paintings, including a portrait of David Bowie, opens in Siegen, Germany. 2000 - Neil Young was sued for $1.8 million by Jimmy McDonough, a writer who claimed that Young had blocked the publication of an authorized biography that he spent several years working on. 2001 – “Touring Band 2000,” the first full-length DVD featuring Pearl Jam, is released. The three-hour disc features 28 live songs filmed in various cities during the band’s 2000 U.S. tour. 2005 – Nine Inch Nails close the Coachella Festival in California. Other performers during the day included New Order, The Bravery and Mos Def. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen’s Devils & Dust tops the U.K. album chart in its first week of release. 2005 – Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas went to No.1 on the US album chart with his first solo album ‘Something To Be.’ T 2009 – A Queen fan won a private two-hour guitar lesson with Brian May after bidding more than £7,500 at a charity auction in London. The auction was held in support of the Action for Brazil’s Children Trust, of which May is a patron.

Today in rock history April 30th

1948 - Wayne Kramer-guitarist for MC5 born today. 1965 – The Kinks begin their first U.K. tour. 1970 – Twiggs Lyndon, road manager with the Allman Brothers, is arrested on charges of murder after stabbing a club manager over alleged breach of contract. 1976 – The alleged date of a great Keith Moon story. The Who drummer reportedly pays several New York cab drivers $100 each. All they have to do is block either end of the block of his hotel. He then proceeds to empty his hotel room of its contents onto the empty street below. 1977 – Led Zeppelin play the Silverdome in Pontiac, Mich. The audience of 77,229 sets a new record for attendance at a single-act concert. 1980 – The film “McVicar,” starring Roger Daltrey and Adam Faith, premieres. 1983 – The original Manfred Mann, reunites for a London concert. 1983 - Muddy Waters dies 1988 – Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon drops out of the Billboard 200 chart for the first time in 725 weeks. It would be back. 1999 – Darrell Sweet, the drummer for Scottish rock group Nazareth, suffers a fatal heart attack as the band arrives at an amphitheater in New Albany, Ind., to begin the second leg of its U.S. tour. He is 51. 2002 - The Who’s Roger Daltrey made a guest appearance on the 100th episode of That 70’s Show as music teacher Mr. Wilkinson 2003 – AC/DC wannabes The Datsuns win Album of the Year, Export Gold Best Group, Outstanding International Achievement and Breakthrough Artist of the Year at the New Zealand Music Awards. 2004 – Courtney Love enters a formal plea of “not guilty” to two charges of felony drug possession in Los Angeles after turning up an hour late for her court appearance. 2005 – The Dave Matthews Band agreed to pay $200,000 (£105,000) after their tour bus dumped human waste on a boatload of tourists in Chicago in August 2004. 2008 – A giant inflatable pig which floated away during a Roger Waters concert was recovered in tatters in California. Two families from La Quinta who found what was left of the inflatable, decided to share four life tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Today in rock history 29th April

1935 – Otis Rush, one of the most intense and inventive guitarists of the post-War Chicago blues renaissance, is born in Philadelphia, Miss. Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac have covered his songs. 1938 - Klaus Voormann-bassist for Manfred Mann is born today. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England. 1968 – The musical “Hair” opens at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway. 1976 – Bruce Springsteen tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the premises by guards. 1980 – Black Sabbath begin their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as the singer. 1987 – A high school in South Beloit, Ill., moves up the time of its graduation ceremony to accommodate a Jovi Bon concert that the majority of its students are due to attend. 1988 – Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight,” file for divorce. 1993 – One of rock’n’roll’s preeminent guitarists and producers, Mick Ronson, 46, dies of cancer of the liver in London. Ronson, aside from his solo credits, is probably best known for his guitar work with David Bowie and with Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue. 1993 – Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses breaks his hand in a motorcycle accident, leading to the cancellation of several live dates. 1998 – Steven Tyler sustains a knee injury at Aerosmith’s concert in Anchorage, Alaska. The injury is bad enough to require surgery and force the band to postpone the 14 remaining dates of its North American tour. 1999 – It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela Anderson Lee. Lee’s new band is called Methods of Mayhem. 2003 – A $5 million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert. The Judge said the plaintiff assumed the risk of hearing damage when he attended the concert in 1997. 2003 – Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, enters the Las Encinas rehab clinic in Pasadena. He had been suffering from insomnia and depression following the success of the The Osbournes TV show. 2003 – Pearl Jam buy a 1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the 5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimate their current North American tour with incur. 2003 – Great White play their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows killed 100 people. The concert is to establish a scholarship fund for the son of Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire. 2007 – Avril Lavigne was at No.1 on the US album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the UK chart. 2010 - As the June 15 release date approaches for Ozzy Osbourne's Scream - his first album in three years and 10th studio album overall–the album cover artwork and full track listing are revealed. 2010 – Rockers The Who fear they’ve taken their final bow – because they’re struggling to stage shows with Pete Townshend’s hearing problems. The 64 year old has suffered from partial deafness and tinnitus for many years.

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Today in rock history 28th April

1945 – John Wolters, drums, Dr Hook, is born 1953 – Bassist, Guitarist & Vocalist Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth is born 1968 - Daisy Berkowitz, Marilyn Manson, is born 1973 – Pink Floyd’s album ‘Dark Side Of The Moon’ goes to No.1 on the US chart on This Day in Rock. It spent a record breaking 741 weeks on the top 100 album charts selling over 20 million copies world-wide. 1978: Cheap Trick began a two night stand at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo where the concerts were recorded. Cheap Trick At Budokan was released the following year & went on to sell three million copies in the U.S. alone. 1981 – Steve Currie, T-Rex was killed in a car crash returning to his home near Vale de Parra, Algarve, Portugal. He was 33 years old. 1982 – The California State Assembly consumer-protection-committee, CSACPC, heard testimony from “experts” who claimed that when ‘Stairway To Heaven’ was played backward, contained the words: “I sing because I live with Satan. The Lord turns me off, there’s no escaping it. Here’s to my sweet Satan, whose power is Satan. He will give you 666. I live for Satan.” 1983 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Beat It,” Michael Jackson. Eddie Van Halen plays lead guitar on the tune. 1990 – Guns N’ Roses leader Axl Rose marries Erin Everly. 1999 – Shock rocker Marilyn Manson cuts short his concert in Des Moines, Iowa and abruptly walks off stage when he realizes someone stuck a large yellow “smiley face” on one of his stage props. The resulting rowdiness ends in 23 arrests. 2002 - Motley Crue singer Vince Neil allegedly attacked record producer Michael Schuman outside of the Rainbow Bar and Grill in West Hollywood, CA. Neil later pled guilty to a misdemeanor charge of battery. 2005 – A concert by Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society in Boise, Idaho, is cancelled after the metal guitarist allegedly does some redecorating on the venue interior with a baseball bat. 2009 – The Advertising Standards Authority ruled that a TV commercial starring Iggy Pop believed to be misleading. Iggy exclaimed in the spot that he carried an insurance policy with Swiftcover claiming that the company carried musicians at the time of the ad. They did not.

Rock Talk – Geddy Lee

Part 1 1. Rush – The spirit of radio 2. Rush – Closer to the heart 3. Rush – Jacob’s ladder 4. Rush – New world man 5. Rush – Limelight Part 2 1. Rush – Fly by night 2. Rush – Tom Sawyer 3. Rush – A passage to Bangkok 4. Rush – YYZ 5. Rush – Time stand still

Timesweep 29th April

Part 1 Back to 1982 1. Genesis – Paperlate 2. Rick Springfield – Don’t talk to strangers 3. The Scorpions – No one like you 4. Peter Gabriel – Shock the monkey 5. Iron Maiden – Hallowed be thy name Part 2 1. Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I love rock & roll 2. Judas Priest – You got another thing coming 3. Donald Fagen – I.G.Y. 4. Rainbow – Stone cold 5. John Mellencamp – Hurts so good 6. Van Halen – Oh pretty woman Part 3 Birthdays 1. Black Crowes – Hard to handle 2. Steppenwolf – Magic carpet ride 3. Foreigner – That was yesterday 4. Sex Pistols – Pretty vacant Part 4 1. S.A.H.B. – Boston tea party 2. Motley Crue – Dr Feelgood 3. Santana – Black magic woman 4. Green Day – When I come around Part 5 1. Black Sabbath – N.I.B. 2. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Hollywood nights 3. Hootie & The Blowfish – I only wanna be with you 4. Def Leppard – When love and hate collides Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Bachman Turner Overdrive – Let it ride 2. The Who – The acid queen 3. Aerosmith – Living on the edge Part 7 1. Jimi Hendrix Experience – Wind cries Mary 2. Crosby Stills Nash & Young – Ohio 3. David Bowie – The Jean Genie 4. Rolling Stones – Satisfaction Part 8 1. Foreigner – Feels like the first time 2. John Mellencamp – Hurts so good 3. Pink Floyd – Money Part 9 Playing games 1. Foreigner – Head games 2. Kansas – Play the game tonight 3. 3. The Ramones – What’s your game 4. Queen – Play the game Part 10 1. The Scorpions – Passion rules the game 2. Alan Parsons Project – Games people play 3. Yes – Your move/All good people Part 11 1. Crosby Stills & Nash – War games 2. Peter Gabriel – Games without frontiers 3. John Lennon – Mind games 4. Little River Band – Playing to win 5. Journey – Don’t stop believing

Brit Rock 29th April

1. ACDC – Rock or bust 2. ACDC – Thunderstruck 3. The Eagles – The last resort 4. Aerosmith – What it takes 5. Bruce Springsteen – Tougher than the rest 6. David Bowie – Starman 7. Dion – King of the New York streets 8. Little Richard – Lucille 9. The Kinks – Lola 10. Poco – Call it love 11. Paul McCartney & Wings – Nineteen hundred and eight five 12. Bachman Turner Overdrive – You ain’t seen nothing yet 13. Free – A little bit of love 14. Black Sabbath – Neon knights 15. Motorhead – Ace of spades 16. Pete Townshend – Let my love open the door 17. ACDC – Back in black 18. Judas Priest – Living after midnight 19. Ozzy Osbourne- Crazy train 20. The Scorpions – The zoo 21. Rush – The spirit of radio 22. The Pretenders – Stop your sobbing 23. Pat Benetar – Hit me with your best shot 24. Bon Jovi - Lay your hands on me 25. Lovin’ Spoonful – Darling be home soon 26. Del Amitri – Kiss this thing goodbye It’s an hour of acoustic rock for hour three 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 – Wheels within wheels 11. David Bowie – Life on Mars 12. Edie Brickell & The New Bohemians – Circle 13. The Waterboys – Fisherman’s blues

Today in rock history 27th April

1947 – Badfinger’s Pete Ham is born in Swansea, Wales. 1948 – Kate Pierson of The B-52s is born in Weehawken, N.J. 1951 – Guitarist Ace Frehley (Paul Frehley) of Kiss is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1956 – Gene Vincent gets the call from Capitol Records, which tells the “Be-Bop-a-Lula” singer it wants to market him as its equivalent of RCA’s Elvis Presley. 1964 – John Lennon’s book In His Own Write is published in the U.S. Newsweek declares that the Beatles singer/guitarist is “an unlikely heir to the English tradition of literary nonsense.” 1966 – The Beatles finished recording the new John Lennon song ‘I’m Only Sleeping’ at Abbey Road studios London, England. 1969 -Joe Cocker makes his debut appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1969 – A court finds John Lennon’s erotic lithographs “unlikely to deprave or corrupt,” and his exhibition in London is reopened. 1975 – Pink Floyd played the last of a four night run at Los Angeles’ Sports Arena. A total of 511 fans were arrested over the four nights for possession of marijuana. 1976 – Customs officers on a train at the Russian/Polish Border detained David Bowie, after Nazi books and mementoes were found in his luggage. Bowie claimed that the material was being used for research on a movie project about Nazi propaganda leader Joseph Paul Goebbels. 1981 – Ex-Beatle Ringo Starr marries actress Barbara Bach. 1982 – Frank Zappa releases “Valley Girl.” Featuring the rantings of his daughter Moon Unit Zappa, the song would go on to become his biggest pop hit, reaching No. 32. 1990 – David Bowie claims he will play his old material for the last time on his current Sound + Vision tour, the American leg of which begins today. 1994 – The historic Fillmore club reopens in San Francisco. The opening acts include Smashing Pumpkins, Ry Cooder & David Lindley and American Music Club. 2003 – Iggy Pop reunites with the Stooges for the first time in decades on the closing night of California’s Coachella Festival. 2004 – Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer Thom Yorke develops severe problems with his voice. 2006 – Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards suffers a brain hemorrhage after falling out of a palm tree on the island of Fiji. The Richards family were on vacation. Doctors say the rock warhorse will need an operation to drain his skull. 2010 – Billy Corgan has launched a Twitter tirade against Courtney Love, who’s now known as Courtney Michelle. 2010 – A movie based on the life of Ozzy Osbourne is to go into production imminently.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Today in rock history 26th April

1938 – Born on this day, Duane Eddy, guitarist, 1943 – Born on this day, Tony Murray, The Troggs 1960 – Filming begins on the Elvis Presley movie “G.I. Blues. 1964 – Phenomenal audience response as Beatles, Rolling Stones, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Brian Poole and Cliff Richard appear at NME poll-winners concert. 1965 – During a UK tour The Who appeared at Bridgewater Town Hall 1969 – During the bands second North American tour Led Zeppelin played the second of two nights at The Winterland Ballroom, San Francisco in California. 1978 – Ringo Starr stars in his first TV special in America – an updated version of Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper. 1982 – Rod Stewart is mugged and robbed of his $50,000 Porsche by a gunman in broad daylight on Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles 1982 – Meat Loaf played the first of four sold out nights at Wembley Arena, London. 1984 – Mike McCartney unveiled the £40,000 statue of The Beatles by John Doubleday at the new £8 million Cavern Walks shopping centre in Liverpool, England. John’s first wife, Cynthia, was also in attendance. 1986 Van Halen: 5150 US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1990 – Nirvana appeared at the Pyramid Club in New York City. The bands label Sub Pop filmed the show and the performance of ‘In Bloom’ was later used as a promo clip. 1994 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home on March 5. The former Jefferson Starship lead singer said she’d been under stress because her Mill Valley home had burned down the previous fall and she’d lost most of her memorabilia, 1995 – Courtney Love reportedly turned down an offer of $1m from Playboy to pose nude for the magazine. 2003 – David Lee Roth apprehends and detains a knife-wielding man he discovers trespassing on his Southern California estate. The former Van Halen frontman keeps the felon at bay with a shotgun. 2010 – AC/DC triumph in chart thanks to ‘Iron Man 2′ The rock band’s songs which are compiled in an album and used as the soundtrack to the Marvel movie is topping the U.K. Albums chart.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Today in rock history 25th April

1923 – Albert King (US blues guitarist) is born this day. 1945 – Stu Cook (Creedence Clearwater Revival) is born 1950 – Steve Ferrone, drummer with the Average White Band and Eric Clapton, is born in Brighton 1958 – Chuck Berry’s Sweet Little Sixteen hits UK chart. 1964 – The Beatles have an amazing 14 singles on the American chart. 1974 – Jim Morrison’s widow, Pam, dies in Hollywood at the age of 27. Police suspect heroin use may have played a part in her death. 1974 – Rolling Stone reports that concerts by Yes, Gregg Allman, and the Beach Boys have all been hit by streakers, no doubt inspired by Ray Stevens’ No. 1 hit “The Streak. 1981 – Wings break up after Denny Laine leaves the band. Paul McCartney says he will carry on as a solo artist. 1987 – U2 replace Beastie Boys at top of US LP chart with The Joshua Tree. 1990 – The Fender Stratocaster on which Jimi Hendrix played “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock sells at a London auction for $295,000. 1993 – The Grateful Dead gather around one of their own, saying they will help pay for artist Stanley “Mouse” Miller’s liver transplant. Miller created the band’s distinctive skull-and-roses logo. 1994 – The Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their ‘Hell Freezes Over’ album. 1994 – A judge sentences Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz to 200 hours’ community service after he beats up a TV cameraman during River Phoenix’s funeral. 1997 – U2’s ‘Pop Mart’ world tour kicked off at The Las Vegas San Boyd Stadium in front of 35,000 fans. The tour featured the largest video screen in the world and would visit 80 cities around the planet. 1997 – Warren Haynes and Allen Woody quit the Allman Brothers Band to tend to their careers as Gov’t Mule. 2000 – Eric Clapton is reunited on a TV stage in London with his former Derek & the Dominos keyboard player Bobby Whitlock, for their first performance together in 29 years. 2003 – Jim Morrison’s parents sue the Doors 21st Century – made up of Ray Manzarek ,Robbie Krieger and The Cult’s Ian Astbury – claiming their U.S. tour “maliciously misappropriated” the name and logo of the original Doors lineup. 2004 – Piano man Billy Joel drives his car into a house in Long Island. Nobody is seriously injured. It’s his third car crash in two years. 2005 – Bruce Springsteen kicks off his solo “Devils & Dust” tour in Michigan, at Motown’s Fox Theatre. 2010 – Starting this week, Amazon.com will stream a new single from the upcoming self-titled Stone Temple Pilots album.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Today in rock history 24th April

1945 - Doug Clifford-drummer for Credence Clearwater Revival is born 1947 - Glenn Cornick-bassist for Jethro Tull is born this day. 1954 - Jack Blades-bassist for Night Ranger and Damn Yankees is born this happy day. 1961 – Bob Dylan earns a $50 session fee playing harmonica on Harry Belafonte’s “Midnight Special.” 1963 – Born on this day, Billy Gould, Faith No More. 1965 – The Beatles’ “Ticket to Ride” goes to No. 1 on the U.K. chart. Manager Brian Epstein writes to Melody Maker to point out that Paul McCartney performs the lead guitar on the record. 1967 – Born on this day, Shannon Larkin, drummer, Ugly Kid Joe. 1967 – Born on this day, Patty Schemel, Hole. 1968 – The Beatles new company Apple Records turned down the offer to sign new artist David Bowie. 1968 – Born on this day, Aaron Comess, drums, The Spin Doctors. 1969 – Paul McCartney publicly denies rumours that he is dead. 1970 – Grace Slick and Abbie Hoffman leave a White House party without having dosed young Tricia Nixon with LSD as planned. The Jefferson Airplane singer was invited to the bash by Tricia, and took along the outlaw Hoffman as her date. Hoffman was turned away at the gate. Slick went with him. 1971 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘4 Way Street.’ 1974 – David Bowie releases Diamond Dogs. 1975 – Badfinger’s Pete Ham commits suicide by hanging himself in his London garage. 1975 – While on tour in Florida, Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan quit the New York Dolls. 1976 – The British pop paper Sounds features a two-page spread on promising newcomers the Sex Pistols. 1976 – Led Zeppelin scored their sixth UK No.1 album with ‘Presence’, also No.1 in the US. 1976 – Paul and Linda McCartney spent the evening with John Lennon at his New York Dakota apartment and watched Saturday Night Live on TV. Producer of the show Lorne Michaels made an offer on air asking The Beatles to turn up and play three songs live. Lennon and McCartney thought about taking a cab to the studio, but decided they were too tired. This was the last time Lennon and McCartney were together. 1989 – Tom Petty releases his first solo album, Full Moon Fever. 1990 – While preparing Roger Waters’ ambitious production of The Wall at the Berlin Wall, workers discover an unexploded bomb from the World War II era. 1992 – In Switzerland, David Bowie marries his second wife, Iman. 1993 – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, and Neil Young unite for the sixth edition of Farm Aid. This year it’s held in Ames, Iowa. 1998 – Douglas Springsteen, the mill hand and ex-prison guard who inspired his son Bruce’s songs “Adam Raised a Cain,” “Independence Day,” “My Hometown,” “Mansion on the Hill” and “My Father’s House” dies in Belmont, Calif. 2002 - A judge rules that Courtney Love will not have to undergo a psychiatric evaluation as part of her legal struggle with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic over control of Nirvana’s recordings. 2003 – The White Stripes perform their cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” on Late Night With Conan O’Brien. 2007 – Aides to George Bush were told they couldn’t book a luxury five star hotel suite because Mick Jagger had already booked it during The Rolling Stones current world tour. 2013 – 3 Doors Down cancels tour due to bassist Robert Todd Harrell’s arrest.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Today in rock history 23rd April

1936 – Roy Orbison is born in Vernon, Texas. 1960 – Steve Clark (Def Leppard) is born. 1969 – Famous Ash Grove, Los Angeles (home of Canned Heat and Taj Mahal) burns to the ground. 1975 – Badfinger’s Pete Ham commits suicide by hanging himself in his London garage. 1978 – Sex Pistols bass player Sid Vicious filmed his version of ‘My Way’ for the Sex Pistols’ film ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle.’ 1981 – Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins give a live performance in West Germany that is later released as the LP “The Survivors.” 1983 – David Bowie started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with the Nile Rodgers produced ‘Let’s Dance’, featuring the title track which made No. 1 on the US and UK singles chart and ‘China Girl.’ 1988 – Iron Maiden: Seventh Son of a Seventh Son US LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1988 – Roy Orbison celebrated his 52nd birthday at a Bruce Springsteen concert, during which the audience sang happy birthday to him. 1991 Johnny Thunders dies from a drug overdose in New Orleans. The former New York Doll was 38. 1994 – Pink Floyd,The Division Bell is US no. 1 chart topper. 2003 – Bruce Springsteen defends the beleagured Dixie Chicks, who suffered a backlash after criticizing George W. Bush. In a statement, he declares, “To me, they’re terrific American artists expressing American values by using their American right to free speech." 2003 – Twisted Sister announce they are reforming to do a tour of military bases in Korea. 2003 – Former head Hole member Courtney Love places an ad in New York’s Village Voice looking for new band members. “We like Emily the Strange, Lolita Goth, Patty Schemel’s drumming, Nuggets and ‘Performance’ the Movie,” it reads. “We love Flea but don’t want you to play like him. We start NOW. NO BOYS.” 2004 – Green Day issue a statement to counter a widespread rumour that frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has died . “Despite what you may have heard rumoured on the Internet,” the band say, “Billie Joe did not recently die in a car accident.” 2010 – Ozzy Osbourne will release Scream – his first album in almost three years and 10th studio album overall – June 15th via Epic Records. 2010 – Poison frontman Bret Michaels is in critical condition from a brain hemorrhage after being rushed to an undisclosed hospital after complaining of a severe headache.

Today in rock history 22nd April

1950 – Peter Frampton is born in Beckenham 1951 – Paul Carrack is born today in Sheffield, England. He has sung with Ace, Squeeze, and Mike & the Mechanics. 1963 – Gene Vincent’s recording contract with Capitol expires. His last recording is a remake of Be-Bop-A-Lula. 1965 – Bob Dylan’s Blonde on Blonde LP released in the US. 1969 – John Lennon and Paul McCartney record “The Ballad of John and Yoko.” 1969 – John Lennon changes his middle name from Winston to Ono. 1969 - In Dolton, England, the Who perform their rock opera Tommy live in its entirety for the first time. 1972 – Deep Purple: Machine Head UK LP is no. 1 chart topper. 1974 – Tina Turner starts filming in the role of Acid Queen in the Who’s film “Tommy.” 1978 – Johnny Thunders plays a surprise gig at London’s Speakeasy, backed by a band featuring Sex Pistols Paul Cook and Steve Jones. 1979 - The Rolling Stones perform two benefit concerts for the blind in Toronto to fulfill terms of Keith Richard’s sentence for heroin trafficking. 1998 – It is announced that Faith No More has decided to break up. 1999 – Marilyn Manson releases a statement on the Columbine High School shootings. “It’s tragic and disgusting anytime young people’s lives are taken in an act of seneseless violence,” he says. “My condolences go out to the students and their families.” 2004 – It’s reported that U.S. Marines are blasting ‘s “Shoot to Thrill” at high volumes to drive Muslim insurgents from their homes in Iraq. 2004 – Metallica quashes an Internet rumour that James Hetfield committed suicide by overdosing on sleeping pills. “Contrary to what you may have read on message boards,” say the band, “James Hetfield is alive and doing extremely well.” 2007 – Avril Lavigne went to No.1 on the UK album chart with her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, also a No.1 on the US chart. 2008 – Whitesnake‘s new album, “Good To Be Bad”, was released. 2008 - Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora pled no contest to one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence of alcohol. Sambora received three years probation. 2008 – It was revealed that 60’s singer Tommy Steele took Elvis Presley on a secret tour of London in 1958 after Presley struck up a friendship with Steele.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Today in rock history 21st April

1947 – Punk rock pioneer Iggy Pop (James Jewel Osterburg) is born 1959 – Robert Smith of the Cure is born in Sussex 1961 – The Beatles debut at the Cavern Club in Liverpool 1963 - The Beatles and The Rolling Stones meet for the first time during a Rolling Stones performance at Crawdaddy Club. ‘We got all nervous’, says Bill Wyman, ‘but then we had a chat with them afterwards and stayed up all night rapping and became really good mates.’ 1967 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles completed the sessions for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The final recordings were a short section of gibberish and noise which would follow ‘A Day in the Life’, in the run-out groove. 1969 – Janis Joplin and the Kozmic Blues Band play London’s Royal Albert Hall. 1970 – Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spooky Tooth, Jackie Lomax, Elton John (making his solo concert debut) and Heavy Jelly all appeared at The Roundhouse, London, tickets cost 25 shillings. 1973 – Alice Cooper went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Billion Dollar Babies.’ Also a No.1 album in the UK. 1978 – Folk singer Sandy Denny dies at age 31 after falling down a flight of stairs. You can hear her on Led Zeppelin IV‘s “Battle of Nevermore” and with her band Fairport Convention 1981 – A car crash in Seattle hospitalizes Eric Clapton with bruised ribs and a lacerated shin. 1982 – Joe Strummer disappeared for three weeks, which resulted in The Clash cancelling a tour. He was found living rough in Paris. 1990 – Fleetwood Mac scored their fourth UK No.1 album with ‘Behind The Mask.’ 1990 – Paul McCartney played in front of 184,000 fans at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, creating a new world record for the largest crowd attending a rock concert. 1993 – Grateful Dead drummer Bill Kreutzmann saves a young surfer from a California riptide. 1993 – Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman marries the 33-year-old Suzanne Accosta in the south of France. 1994 – Courtney Love turns in the shotgun Kurt Cobain used to kill himself to a guns-for-tickets trade-in program. 2001 – R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck is arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport for allegedly assaulting two crew members on an overnight flight from Seattle to London. 2004 – California rockers Hoobastank top the American singles chart with “The Reason.” 2005 – Onstage in Asbury Park, N.J., Bruce Springsteen takes a stand against hunger by donating all of the proceeds from a tour rehearsal show to World Hunger Year. 2007 – Doris Richards died of cancer. The 91-year-old mother of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards bought her son his first guitar for his 15th birthday.

Rock Talk - Iggy Pop

Part 1 1. The Stooges - Search and destroy 2. Iggy Pop - Lust for life 3. The Stooges - 1969 4. Iggy Pop - Real wild child 5. The Stooges - Gimme danger Part 2 1. Iggy Pop - Candy 2. Iggy Pop - Nightclubbing 3. Iggy Pop And Debbie Harry - Well did ya evah 4. The Stooges - I wanna be your dog 5. Iggy Pop - The passenger