Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Today in rock history June 28th

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

Today in rock history June 27th

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

Monday, 26 June 2017

Today in rock history June 26th

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

Today in rock history June 25th

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

Today in rock history June 24th

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

Friday, 23 June 2017

Rock Talk - Mike Rutherford

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

Timesweep 24th June

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

Brit Rock 24th June

The finest mainstream rock show in the world 1. Great White - Once bitten, twice shy 2. Rolling Stones - Mixed emotions 3. Stevie Nicks - Stand back 4. Queen - The miracle 5. Marillion - Hooks in you 6. Tom Petty - Running down a dream 7. Chris Rea - The road to hell 8. Aerosmith - What it takes 9. Don Henley - New York minute 10. Eric Clapton - Forever man 11. Poco - Call it love 12. Evanescence - My immortal 13. Black Sabbath - Neon knights 14. Motorhead - Ace of spades 15. Pete Townshend - Let my love open the door 16. ACDC - Back in black 17. Judas Priest - Living after midnight 18. Ozzy Osbourne - Crazy train 19. The Scorpions - The zoo 20. Rush - The spirit of radio 21. Pat Benatar - Hit me with your best shot 22. Bon Jovi - Lay your hands on me 23. Lovin' Spoonful - Darling be home soon 24. Meatloaf - Two out of three ain't bad It's an hour of folk rock for hour three 1. Cat Stevens - Remember the days of the old school yard 2. Fairport Convention - Meet on the ledge 3. Bob Dylan - Tangled up in blue 4. The Byrds - Eight miles high 5. Suzanne Vega - Luka 6. Harry Chapin - W.O.L.D. 7. Simon & Garfunkel - The sound of silence 8. Mumford & Sons - Winter winds 9. The Waterboys - Fisherman's blues 10. The Pogues - Dirty old town 11. The Beach Boys - Sail on sailor 12. Joan Armatrading - All the way from America 13. Lindisfarne - Lady Eleanor 14. Chris DeBurgh - Lonely sky 15. Clannad - Robin (the hooded man)

Today in rock history June 23rd

1940 – Stuart Sutcliffe, the fifth Beatle and one of the world’s worst bass players, is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1941 - Robert Hunter-lyricist for the Grateful Dead is born 1965 – The Yardbirds appeared at The City Hall, Salisbury, England, admission 10 shillings, ($1.40). 1966 – The Beatles fly to Germany, where they will begin their last world tour. The Rolling Stones depart London the same day to begin a tour of America. 1967 – John Entwistle bass player from The Who married Alison Wise. 1973 – George Harrison started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Living In The Material World’, his second US No.1. 1975 – Jefferson Starship release Red Octopus. Rolling Stone celebrates Marty Balin’s return to the fold by saying, “If it weren’t for Balin, Red Octopus would be completely unlistenable.” 1975 – Alice Cooper falls from stage at a Vancouver, British Columbia, concert, breaking six ribs. 1977 – A very inebriated Keith Moon joins Led Zeppelin onstage in Los Angeles. 1979 – The No. 1 album in the U.S. is Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. 1979 – The Knack release “My Sharona.” 1981 – Guitarist Robert Fripp re-forms King Crimson with Bill Bruford, Adrian Belew, and Tony Levin. 1984 – Van Halen release the all-time driving classic “Panama.” 1994 – A daughter, Francesca is born in Tarzana, Calif., to Gilby and Daniella Clarke. Gilby Clarke is the guitarist for Guns ‘N Roses. 2000 – Neil Young is honored in Toronto with a star on the Canada Walk Of Fame. 2004 – A statement appears on Dave Navarro’s Web site claiming Jane’s Addiction have split for good. 2004 – Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews, Scotland’s oldest University and made a “Doctor of Music.” 2006 – Robert Plant leads the bill for a June 23 benefit concert for Love principal Arthur Lee, who is battling lukemia.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Today in rock history June 22nd

1936 – Singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson is born in Brownsville, Texas, the son of a minister 1947 – Howard Kaylan (Howard Kaplan) of the Turtles is born in New York City. After the Turtles disband in 1970, he and bandmate Mark Volman join Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention 1948 – Todd Rundgren is born in Upper Darby, Pa. 1959 – Chuck Berry enters the US chart with Back in the USA. 1961 – At a recording session in Hamburg, the Beatles lay down “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Cry for a Shadow,” “When the Saints Go Marching In,” “Why,” “Nobody’s Child,” and “My Bonnie.” 1968 - The Jeff Beck Group, featuring Rod Stewart as lead singer made their first U.S. appearance at New York’s Fillmore East. Stewart had such bad stage fright that he spent the entirety of the first song behind a large speaker cabinet. 1975 – At New York’s Madison Square Garden, Eric Clapton joins the Rolling Stones onstage to jam on “Sympathy for the Devil.” 1979 – Mick Taylor (who once referred to himself as ‘The only person to quit the Rolling Stones and live’!) releases first solo LP. 1981 – Mark Chapman pleads guilty to the murder of John Lennon and is sentenced to 20 years in jail. 1984 - Aerosmith kicked off their reunion tour with Joe Perry and Brad Whitford back as their guitarists at the Capitol Theatre in Concord, NH. The 58 date tour was called the Back in the Saddle Tour. 1991 – Jimi Hendrix’s lyrics to “Room Full of Mirrors” sell for $35,200 at a New York auction. 1992 – Tom Jones is joined during his performance at London’s Town & Country Club by Pink Floyd guitarist Dave Gilmour. 1993 – Ozzy Osbourne changes his mind yet again about retirement and says he will reunite with Black Sabbath for a tour. 1995 – R.E.M. perform “What’s the Frequency, Kenneth?” with Dan Rather at a sound check in New York. 2005 – Coldplay’s X&Y stays atop the American album chart for a second week. Foo Fighters debut at No. 2 with their double album In Your Honor. 2005 - Ted Nugent reached an agreement with Karen Gutowski of Dover, NH to pay $3,500 a month in child support. Nugent fathered a son with her in 1994 while married to his second wife Shemane, with whom he remains married to this day.

Today in rock history June 21st

1944 - Ray Davies-singer for The Kinks born in London this day 1948 - Don Airey-keyboardist for Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne, Whitesnake & Deep Purple is born 1948 - Joey Molland-guitarist for Badfinger born this day 1950 - Joey Kramer-drummer for Aerosmith born in the Bronx, New York 1951 – Nils Lofgren is born in Chicago. He is the leader of the group Grin from 1969-74 and releases six solo albums from 1975-81. In 1985 he joins Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band. 1955 – Johnny Cash’s first single, “Cry Cry Cry,” is released. 1988 – Pink Floyd perform at Versailles, France, a concert that is later released as the “Delicate Sound of Thunder” video. 1990 – It’s Little Richard Day in Los Angeles as the rock ‘n’ roll pianist is awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1993 – The U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear an appeal from John Fogerty. He’s hoping to recoup legal fees from a copyright battle with the other members of Creedence Clearwater Revival. 1998 – Charlie Daniels wins the Harry Hap Peebles Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by the International Entertainment Buyers Association at the organization’s annual conference in Nashville. 2000 – 39 year-old Karen McNeil who claimed she was the wife of Axl Rose and that she communicated with him telepathically was jailed for one year for stalking the singer. 2001 – Bluesman John Lee Hooker, believed to be 83, dies of natural causes at his home in Los Altos, Calif 2002 – New York radio station WPLJ-FM debuts the title track from Bruce Springsteen’s forthcoming album “The Rising” only to be immediately served with a cease and desist order from the Boss’ label, Columbia. 2003 – Kicking off their first world tour in four years in Holland, R.E.M. debut new songs “Bad Day” and “In Time.” 2003 – U2 and The Corrs perform at the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics, held in Croke Park, Dublin, Ireland. 2005 – Billy Corgan takes out full-page advertisements in two newspapers announcing that he wants to reform the Smashing Pumpkins. “I want my band back, and my songs, and my dreams,” he says.

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Today in rock history June 20th

1942 – Brian Wilson is born in Ingleside, Calif. 1955 – Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony is born in Chicago. 1964 – John Lennon is described as “in a pathetic state of near illiteracy” by one book critic after the publication of In His Own Write. 1964 – Touring Australia The Beatles played a third night at Sydney Stadium in Sydney. 1965 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Mr. Tambourine Man,” The Byrds. 1967 – Jimi Hendrix and the Jefferson Airplane perform at San Francisco’s Fillmore. 1969 – Young David Bowie signs with Mercury Records. 1969 – Jimi Hendrix plays the Newport Jazz Festival for a whopping $125,000. At the time it’s the largest fee ever for a concert appearance. 1974 – Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage, England. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians. 1980 – During a UK tour Fleetwood Mac played the first of six sold-out nights at Wembley Arena, London, 1986 – Phil Collins, Dire Straits, Tina Turner and Elton John all appeared at the fourth annual ‘Prince’s Trust Rock Gala’ held in London. 1987 – Boston appear at the 10th annual Texas Jam for their first live performance in eight years. 1987 – Aerosmith appeared at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Texas, the first night on their Permanent Vacation 147 date world tour. 1994 – It’s reported that Paul, George, and Ringo are working on a new song for inclusion in the Anthology boxed set. 1994 – The Rolling Stones begin rehearsing in Toronto for their Voodoo Lounge live extravaganza. 1998 – Black Sabbath, Foo Fighters, Korn, Pantera, Soulfly, Slayer, Fear Factory, Coal Chamber, Life of Agony, Limp Bizkit, Entombed, Human Waste Project, Neurosis, and Pitchshifter all appeared at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl, 2004 – In St. Petersburg’s Palace Square, Paul Mccartney plays his 3000 gig since first performing with the Quarrymen. 50,000 Russians turn out to see the ex-Beatle, who predictably plays “Back in the USSR.” 2008: Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was honored with an honorary doctorate in music at the University of Surrey in the U.K.

Monday, 19 June 2017

Today in rock history June 19th

1950 – Ann Wilson of Heart is born in San Diego 1963 – Drummer Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio) is born. 1965 – The Kinks and the Moody Blues both play their first American date at New York’s Academy of Music. 1965 – The Rolling Stones score their first #1 on the American charts with “Satisfaction”. 1967 – Paul McCartney tells a British television audience that he has taken LSD. 1971 – Almost exactly a year to the day after the appearance of ‘Gasoline Alley’, Rod Stewart releases his self-produced masterpiece, ‘Every Picture Tells a Story. 1977 – Led Zeppelin play a one-off show in San Diego between six gigs in New York and six gigs in Los Angeles. Jimmy Page is apparently so out of it from his heroin habit that he has to be physically carried onto the plane to California. 1982 – Asia live up to their “supergroup” tag when their self-titled debut tops the albums chart. 1982 – Rainbow hits #40 with “Stone Cold 1984 – Tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s 10-night stand at New Jersey’s Meadowlands go on sale. Twenty-four hours later, 202,000 tickets have been snatched up. 1987 - Guns N’ Roses performed their first concert outside of the U.S. at London’s legendary Marquee Club. 1988 – Anthrax’s Danny Spitz marries fiancee Valerie. 2000 – There’s a new addition to Bob Dylan’s group today in Portland, Ore. It’s Professor Patrick Ladd, who signs Dylan’s lyrics for the benefit of the hard of hearing. 2003 – The opening date of the Lollapalooza tour – featuring Audioslave and Queens of the Stone Age – is cancelled because organizers say Jane’s Addiction’s stage won’t fit the Ionia County Fairgrounds venue in Michigan. 2005 – Richard Ashcroft, formerly a singer with “Bittersweet Symphony” hit-makers The Verve, is arrested in Chippenham, England after barging into a youth club and demanding to work with the children. Alcohol may have been involved. 2007 - The Illinois Senate passed Senate Resolution 255 which designated that April 1st of every year as Cheap Trick Day in the State of Illinois.

Today in rock history June 18th

1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool 1942 - Carl Radle-bassist for Derek and the Dominos is born 1959 – R&B legend Fats Domino records “I Want to Walk You Home” in New Orleans. 1967 – After an argument between Jimi Hendrix and the Who over who’s going to close the Monterey festival, Hendrix plays an incendiary set that sees him light his guitar on fire. 1968 – London’s National Theatre premieres In His Own Write, an adaptation of the writings of John Lennon. 1977 – Boston earned their third top 40 single in the U.S. when “Peace of Mind” peaked at number 38 1977 – Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook are stabbed by a gang who, safe to say, are not Sex Pistols fans. 1977 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers supported by The Boomtown Rats appeared at Friars, Aylesbury, 1984 – At New York’s Madison Square Garden, nutty Judas Priest fans tear up hundreds of seats as their idol performs. 1987 – A concertgoer sues Motley Crue, claiming that she went deaf because their PA was turned up too loud. 1996 – Beck’s fourth full-length album, “Odelay,” is released. 1997 – During a North American tour U2 played the first of two nights at Oakland Coliseum, San Francisco supported by Oasis. 1998 – Heart embarks on a U.S. in Chicago. Other tour stops include Detroit and Los Angeles. 2002 – U2 lost a bid to prevent the demolition of Hanover Quay studio in Dublin. 2011 - Clarence Clemons dies at the age of 69.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Today in rock history June 17th

1930 – Born on this day, Cliff Gallup, guitarist, Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps, 1947 – Born on this day, Greg Rolie, Santana, 1963 – The Rolling Stones released their first UK single, ‘Come On’, it peaked at No.21 on the UK chart. 1965 – Working at Abbey Road studios in London The Beatles completed work on the new Paul McCartney song ‘Yesterday’ with the overdubbing of an additional vocal track by McCartney and a string quartet. 1966 - Guitarist Peter Green joined John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers 1972 - The Grateful Dead played for the last time with founding member, organist Ron “Pigpen” McKernan at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. 1972 – The Rolling Stones album ‘Exile On Main Street’ started a four-week run at the top of the US charts 1978 - Jefferson Starship cancelled their appearance at Germany’s Lorelei Festival due to Grace Slick being too inebriated to perform. 1980, Van Halen kicked off a 6-date UK tour at Newcastle City Hall. 1980 - Led Zeppelin kicked off their Tour Over Europe at the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, Germany. This would be their final tour. 1991 – For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge (Van Halen) is released this day 1999 – A teenage girl was crushed to death during a gig by Hole at the Hultsfred Festival, Sweden. 2005 – Karl Mueller, bassist and founding member of the Minneapolis-based rock act Soul Asylum, dies at his home. He was 41. 2006: The Rolling Stones announced that Ron Wood entered rehab for alcohol dependency. He did rejoin their A Bigger Bang tour when it resumed in July. 2007 – The Traveling Wilburys went to No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Collection.’

Friday, 16 June 2017

Rock Talk - Ray Davies

Part 1 1. The Kinks - You really got me 2. The Kinks - All day and all of the night 3. The Kinks - Shangri-la 4. The Kinks - Dedicated follower of fashion 5. The Kinks - Dead end street 6. The Kinks - A well respected man 7. The Kinks - David Watts Part 2 1. The Kinks - Lola 2. Ray Davies - The great highway 3. The KInks - The village green preservation society 4. The Kinks - Waterloo sunset 5. The Kinks - Sunny afternoon 6. The Kinks - Don't forget to dance

Timesweep 17th June

Part 1 A look at smoking 1. Pink Floyd - Have a cigar 2. Rolling Stones - Satisfaction 3. Deep Purple - Smoke on the water 4. Steve Miller - The joker 5. David Miller - Rock and roll suicide Part 2 1. The Doors - Light my fire 2. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick me 3. Howling Wolf - Smokestack lightning 4. Motley Crue - Smoking in the boys room 5. Glen Frey - The heat is on 6. Stevie Nicks - The heat is on Part 3 A pitiful look at those with children 1. Guns 'N' Roses - Sweet child of mine 2. Pearl Jam - Daughter 3. Kansas - Carry on wayward son Part 4 This week in rock history 1. Suzi Quatro - Can the can 2. Rolling Stones - Come on 3. Jimi Hendrix Experience - The wind cries Mary 4. The Kinks - All day and all of the night Part 5 1. Genesis - Invisible touch 2. Aerosmith - Dude looks like a lady 3. Guns 'N' Roses - Live and let die 4. REM - What's the frequency Kenneth Part 6 This week's birthdays 1. Santana - Oye como va 2. Mike & The Mechanics - All I need is a miracle 3. Paul McCartney - Ballroom dancing 4. Heart - Never Part 7 1. ACDC - Who made who 2. Van Halen - Panama 3. Neil Young - Transformer man 4. The Turtles - Happy together 5. Todd Rundgen - I saw the light Part 8 Back to 1967 1. Traffic - Hole in my shoe 2. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Hey Joe 3. The Doors - People are strange 4. Dave Davies - Death of a clown 5. The Beatles - Sgt Peppers/With a little help from my friends Part 9 Back to 1973 1. Bachman Turner Overdrive - Let it ride 2. Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the jar 3. Emerson Lake & Palmer - Karn evil no. 9 Part 10 1. ELO - Roll over Beethoven 2. Deep Purple - Woman from Tokyo 3. The Faces - Cindy incidentally 4. Pink Floyd - Money Part 11 1. Roger Daltrey - Giving it all away 2. Aerosmith - Dream on 3. Steve Miller Band - The joker 4. Golden Earring - Radar love

Brit Rock 17th June

1. Chris Rea - I can hear your heartbeat 2. Eric Clapton - Behind the mask 3. Andreas S Jensen - Trust is my anchor 4. Lenny Kravitz - Let love rule 5. Foo Fighters - Run 6. Roger Waters - Deja vu 7. Pink Floyd - Mother 8. The Who - Love reign o'er me 9. Guns 'N' Roses - November rain 10. Aerosmith - What it takes 11. Thin Lizzy - Dancing in the moonlight 12. Ted Nugent - Cat scratch fever 13. Queen - We are the champions 14. Status Quo - Dirty water 15. David Bowie - Heroes 16. Sex Pistols - God save the queen 17. Fleetwood Mac - The chain 18. Rainbow - Kill the king 19. Eddie & The Hotrods - Do anything you wanna do 20. Neil Young - Like a hurricane 21. The Stranglers - Peaches 22. Santana - She's not there Hour three is an hour of soft rock 1. Robert Plant -Sea of love 2. Led Zeppelin - All my love 3. Jon And Vangelis - I hear you now 4. The Eagles - New kid in town 5. Guns 'N' Roses - Since I don't have you 6. Fleetwood Mac - Rhianna 7. Hall & Oates - Rich girl 8. Joe Jackson - Real men 9. Dean Friedman - Lydia 10. Poison - Every rose has its thorn 11. The Beach Boys - Sail on sailor 12. The Beatles - Blackbird 13. Bread - Sweet surrender

Today in rock history June 16th

1953 - Ian Mosley-drummer for Marillion born today 1966 – John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers (featuring guitarist Eric Clapton), appeared at The Marquee Club, London 1967 – Canned Heat performs at the Monterey (Calif.) Pop Festival, leading to a contract with Liberty Records. 1967 - Pink Floyd released their second single “See Emily Play”. Syd Barrett wrote the song about seeing a girl named Emily sleeping in the woods after taking a psychedelic drug. 1969 – Free appeared at Friars, Aylesbury 1973 – Suzi Quatro had her first UK No.1 single with the Nicky Chinn & Mike Chapman song ‘Can The Can’ 1979 – The Electric Light Orchestra started a five-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Discovery’ their first No.1 LP, 1982 – Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott dies following a period of cocaine and heroin addiction. 1982 – Donny Vanzant of 38 Special was arrested on stage in Tulsa, Oklahoma, (a dry town) for drinking alcohol in a public place. 1994 – Kristen Pfaff is found dead in her bathtub with syringes and other suspected drug paraphernalia nearby. The 26-year-old was the bass player for Hole, the band of Kurt Cobain’s widow, Courtney Love. 1995 - Pearl Jam kicked off their first American tour without the involvement of Ticketmaster in Casper, WY. The band accused them of monopolizing the ticket industry. 1996 – Metallica went to No.1 on the UK album charts with their album ‘Load’. 1996 – Rage Against The Machine, Beastie Boys, Smashing Pumpkins, Fugees, Red Hot Chili Peppers, John Lee Hooker, Beck, Sonic Youth, Yoko Ono, De La Soul and Richie Havens all appeared at the two-day Tibetan Freedom Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: 1999 – Screaming Lord Sutch was found dead after hanging himself. The singer turned politician was 58. 2004 – Velvet Revolver, the rock group made up of Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland and ex-members of Guns N’ Roses, top the U.S. album charts with their debut, Contraband. 2006 – Deep Purple perform a concert to inspire the Croatian soccer squad after their 1-0 defeat to Brazil in the World Cup. 2006 - Def Leppard was the first group inducted to the Sheffield Legends, a walk of fame in their hometown of Sheffield, U.K. 2007 - Rod Stewart married his girlfriend of seven years, Penny Lancaster on the Italian Riviera.

Today in rock history 15th June

1941 – Singer Nilsson (Harry Edward Nelson III) is born in Brooklyn, N.Y. 1943 – Muff Winwood of The Spencer Davis Group is born 1946 - Noddy Holder-singer for Slade born today in Staffordshire 1949 – Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply is born in Melbourne, Australia. 1951 – Born on this day, Steve Walsh, Kansas 1964 – The Beatles touring Australia played two sets at the Festival Hall, Melbourne 1964 – The Rolling Stones paid £1,500 ($2,500) in return air fares from America back to the UK to honour a booking made a year earlier for £100 ($170) at Magdalen College Oxford. 1965 – Bob Dylan recorded what would be his first ‘electric’ hit, ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ which peaked at No.2 in the US and No.4 on the UK singles chart. 1965 – The Rolling Stones kicked off an 8-date mini-European tour at The Odeon Theatre in Glasgow, Scotland, supported by The Hollies. 1967 – Guitarist Peter Green quit the John Mayall Band. Green went on to form Fleetwood Mac. 1969 – During a UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester 1970 – Mick Fleetwood from Fleetwood Mac married Jenny Boyd 1976 – The Sex Pistols recorded their first demos in Clapham’s Majestic studios followed by a gig that night at The 100 club, London. 1977 – Alice Cooper’s boa constrictor, a mainstay of his stage act, dies after being bitten by a rat. 1977 – The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed ‘Anarchy In The UK’ outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day. 1985 – Dire Straits started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with, ‘Brothers In Arms’. 1986 – U2 and Sting headlined a concert in New Jersey celebrating 25 years of Amnesty International. 1988 – During Bruce Springsteen’s stay in Rome during a world tour a photographer took a shot of Bruce in his underpants sharing an intimate moment with his backing singer Patti Scialfa. The picture confirmed the rumours that Bruce and Patti were having an affair. 1989 – Nirvana’s debut album ‘Bleach’ was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster ‘Bleach Your Works’ urging drug users to bleach their needles. 1999 – “No Boundaries,” a compilation album created for the benefit of the refugees of Kosovo, is released by Epic Records. The 16-track set features rare, live and previously unreleased special versions of songs by an array of musicians, including Pearl Jam, Alanis Morissette, Neil Young, Rage Against the Machine, Oasis, Korn, and others. 2002 – A rare autographed copy of The Beatles’ album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band sold at auction for £34,000 ($57,800), more than five times the estimated price. 2003 – Metallica were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘St Anger’, the bands fourth US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK. 2008 – Liverpool was voted England’s most musical city in a national campaign set up by the Arts Council. 2012 – Asia announce the release of their new album ‘XXX’

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Today in rock history 14th June

1945 – Born on this day, Rod Argent, keyboards, The Zombies 1949 – Born on this day, Jim Lea, bass, piano, violin, Slade 1949 – Born on this day, Alan White, drummer, Plastic Ono Band and Yes 1963 – Born on this day, Chris Degarmo, Queensryche 1964 – Touring Australia, The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. 1968 – Pink Floyd appeared at the Midsummer Ball, University College London, Bloomsbury 1969 – Mick Taylor is introduced to the media as the new guitarist in the Rolling Stones during a photo call in London’s Hyde Park. 1970 – Derek and the Dominoes played their first gig when they appeared at London’s Lyceum. 1980 – Peter Gabriel scored his first UK No.1 album with his third solo release ‘Peter Gabriel’. 1980 – The movie “Roadie,” starring Meat Loaf, debuts 1982 – The Pretenders fire bass player Pete Farndon. Two days later the band’s guitar player, James Honeyman-Scott, dies. Farndon dies of a drug overdose in 1983. 1986 – Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony. 1986 – Queen scored their 5th UK No.1 album with ‘A Kind Of Magic’, featuring the single ‘One Vision’. 1995 - Police in Columbus, OH received 20 complaints of noise that a Ted Nugent concert was too loud. Nugent didn’t turn down the volume because he was within the legal noise limits. 1995 – Irish rock great Rory Gallagher dies at age 47 in London from complications following a liver transplant. 2001 – Charlie Daniels opens the Charlie Daniels Museum in downtown Nashville. 2002 – Mick Jagger became a Sir when he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2003 – Bryan Adams, Iggy Pop and Paul Weller all appeared at a weekend festival at The Isle Of Wight.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Today in rock history 13th June

1949 – Born on this day, Dennis Locorriere, guitar, Dr Hook 1951 – Born on this day, Howard Lees, Heart 1963 – Born on this day, Robbie Merrill, bassist, Godsmack 1969 – The Rolling Stones held a photo call in Hyde Park to introduce new guitarist Mick Taylor. 1970 – Rivers Cuomo, Weezer’s lead singer is born 1975 – John Lennon makes his last TV appearance to sing “Imagine.” He retires soon after to become a house husband and raise his son Sean. 1980 – Roadie the movie opened this week in the U.S. Meat Loaf starred as a road manager for rock groups, trying to solve all problems thrown his way by spoiled rock stars. 1984 – The Jacksons’ “State of Shock,” with Mick Jagger doing guest vocals, is released. 1987: Whitesnake peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 Album Chart with their self-titled album which went on to sell eight million copies in the U.S. 1995 – Alanis Morissette released ‘Jagged Little Pill’. The album went on to sell over 30 million copies world-wide making Morissette the first female Canadian to score a US No.1 album. 2003 – The elder statesman of music were rewarded in this year’s Queen’s Birthday Honours list for their services to music. Sting was awarded a CBE, Gerry Marsden an MBE, Errol Brown an MBE and Pink Floyd’s Dave Gilmour a CBE. 2003 – The Arctic Monkeys made their live debut at The Grapes pub in Sheffield, England. They received £27 from ticket sales. 2005 – Canada’s largest specialist music retailer HMV Canada pulls all of Alanis Morissette’s products from its shelves in protest to a North American deal that gives Starbucks six-weeks exclusive rights to sell Morissette 2011 – Clarence Clemmons, known for his work in the E Street band with Bruce Springsteen, suffered a stroke.

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Today in rock history 12th June

1951 - Bun E. Carlos-drummer for Cheap Trick born today 1951 - Brad Delp-singer for Boston is born in Boston 1965 – All four of the Beatles are named to receive MBE’s in Queen Elizabeth’s Birthdays Honours List. 1966: The Dave Clark Five made their record breaking twelfth appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. The band later made six more appearances, a record for a British band. 1970: The Guess Who performed at the White House for an audience which included Prince Charles and the Nixons. Mrs. Nixon requested that they drop “American Woman” from the set. 1972: John Lennon released his third post-Beatles album Some Time in New York City his fourth album with Yoko Ono. 1977 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Dreams,” Fleetwood Mac. 1982: Jackson Browne, Gary “U.S.” Bonds, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen & James Taylor were among the 750,000 in attendance for the Rally for Nuclear Disarmament at Central Park in New York City, the largest political rally in U.S. history. 1993: Rod Stewart entered the Billboard 200 Album Chart at number two with Unplugged…and Seated which was Stewart’s second live album. It contained his first performance with Ronnie Wood in nearly 20 years & went on to sell three million copies in the U.S. 1998 – John Fogerty cancels the first date of his U.S. tour because it conflicts with Game 5 of the NBA Finals, in which the Chicago Bulls face the Utah Jazz. 2005 – Pink Floyd announced they would reunite with former bassist Roger Waters, who left the band in 1985, on July 2 for the Live 8 London concert. This would be the first time the band had played together as a quartet since The Wall tour in 1981. 2006 – Korn are forced to cancel their European tour after singer Jonathan Davis is hospitalized to treat a blood disorder. 2012: Pearl Jam’s former chief financial officer Rickey Goodrich was charged with thirty-three counts of theft for allegedly stealing $380,000 from the band’s management company & spending the money on lavish vacations, spa treatments, life insurance & pricey California wines.

Today in rock history 11th June

1949 – ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard – the one with the sensible facial hair – is born in Frankston, Texas. 1950 – Graham Russell of Air Supply is born in Nottingham 1952 – Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special) is born this day in rock history. 1955 – Fats Domino hit number 1 on the U.S. R&B singles chart for the first of 11 weeks in 1955, with “Ain’t It a Shame” 1958 – Barry Adamson of Magazine is born 1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis gets a cold reception in New York. Although he plays the first of two club dates there today, the second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales. Lewis has become a national pariah after it was revealed he married his 14-year-old cousin. 1964 – As Ringo Starr is released from London’s University College Hospital, where he was recuperating from tonsillitis, Queen Elizabeth issues a command to the Beatles to attend her birthday party. 1964 – The Rolling Stones hold a press conference on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue. It ends when the police arrive to break it up. 1966 – The European media report that the Who’s Roger Daltrey has been killed in a car accident. 1967 – Marc Bolan placed an ad in Melody Maker in 1967, looking for some bandmates. It read, “Freaky lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new band. 1968 – London’s Olympic Studio catches fire while the Rolling Stones are there recording Beggars Banquet. 1970 – Back in the ’70s, it seems we really were interested in every last thing that John Lennon and Yoko Ono did. Today the couple announce that they will continue to vacation in California. 1976 – AC/DC headlined their first concerts in Scotland, where several of the members were born. 1976 – On The Midnight Special, host Helen Reddy welcomes guests Fleetwood Mac. 1979 – Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion and is sentenced to four months in prison. 1983 - Alex Van Halen married Valerie Kendall in Los Angeles. Alex’s brother Eddie was the best man. The couple filed for divorce one year later. 1988 – The Nelson Mandela 70th Birthdays Party Concert in London features Dire Straits, Stevie Wonder and Simple Minds. 1995 – Courtney Love is hospitalized in Seattle after experiencing a bad reaction to prescription medicine. 1998 – Stone Temple Pilots lead Scott Weiland skips a scheduled Superior Court date in Los Angeles and checks himself into a drug treatment facility. 2002 - Paul McCartney married Heather Mills. Guests included Ringo Starr, David Gilmour, Elton John & Chrissie Hynde. The couple would file for divorce four years later. 2005 - It was announced that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page & Queen guitarist Brian May were on Queen Elizabeth’s annual list of birthday honors. Page was named an officer of the Order of the British Empire & May was named a commander of the Order of the British Empire. 2006 – Izzy Stradlin joins Axl Rose onstage to perform “Patience,” “Night Train” and “I Used to Love Her” with Guns N’ Roses (Mark III) at England’s Download Festival.

Friday, 9 June 2017

Today in rock history 10th June

1910 – Bluesman Howlin’ Wolf (Chester Arthur Burnett) is born in West Point, Miss. 1964 – In the midst of their first American tour, the Rolling Stones pause at Chicago’s Chess Studios, where they lay down tracks for their album 12×5, which features the hit “It’s All Over Now.” Their heroes Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon visit them over the next two days in the studio. 1966 – Big Brother & the Holding Company perform with their new lead singer, Janis Joplin, for the first time. 1971 – A crowd gets so excited during a performance by Jethro Tull in Denver that police fire tear gas on them. 1974 – The Who play the first of four sellout nights at Madison Square Garden in New York. Tickets for the shows sold out in 60 hours. 1975 – The Eagles release One of These Nights. 1976 – At Seattle’s Kingdome, Paul McCartney & Wings play for a crowd of 67,100, setting an indoor attendance record. 1978 – The Rolling Stones open a tour in Lakewood, Fla. Bill Wyman falls off stage. 1981 – It’s a great day for music as Steve Howe, Geoff Downes, John Wetton, and Carl Palmer form Asia. 1981 – Bob Dylan kicks off a tour in support of Shot of Love in Chicago. However, the record company delays the release of the album until the summer, perhaps righteously scared at the Christian direction Dylan had gone in on his last two records. 1984 - Rush and Ozzy Osbourne co-headlined the Texas Jam Festival at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. The other acts on the bill were Bryan Adams, .38 Special & Gary Moore. 1986 - Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia lapsed into a five day diabetic coma which resulted in The Grateful Dead cancelling the remainder of their tour. 1992 - The publishers of John Lee Hooker’s song “Boogie Chillen” filed a lawsuit against ZZ Top, claiming that “La Grange” had ripped off Hooker’s song. This lawsuit would be dismissed five months later. 1992 – A Los Angeles judge throws out a $25 million palimony suit brought against British rock singer Rod Stewart by Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kelly Emberg, his longtime girlfriend. She had claimed the couple lived together as husband and wife. 2001 – Flooding in the Houston area forces the cancellation of a concert by Journey with Peter Frampton and John Waite. 2004 – Peter Garrett, the former lead singer of Midnight Oil announces he will run for a seat on the Australian parliament as a Labour Party candidate.

Timesweep 10th June

Part 1 A look at food glorious food 1. Supertramp - Breakfast in America 2. Def Leppard - Pour some sugar on me 3. ZZ Top - TV dinners 4. Billy Joel - Scenes from an Italian restaurant 5. Warrant - Cherry pie 6. Van Halen - Ice cream man Part 2 1. REM - Orange crush 2. Rolling Stones - Brown sugar 3. Don McClean - American pie 4. Led Zeppelin - Hot dog 5. Gary Moore - Parisian walkways Part 3 Back to 1970 1. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 2. Badfinger - No matter what 3. Black Sabbath - NIB Part 4 This week's birthdays 1. Gary US Bonds - Quarter to three 2. Dire Straits - Brothers in arms 3. Deep Purple - Perfect strangers 4. Jimi Hendrix - Foxy lady Part 5 Back to 1979 1. Rainbow - Eyes of the world 2. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - Refugee 3. Dave Edmunds - Queen of hearts 4. Nick Lowe - Cruel to be kind 5. Sex Pistols - C'mon everybody Part 6 This week in rock history 1. Genesis - Land of confusion 2. Blind Faith - Well all right 3. Paul McCartney & Wings - Band on the run Part 7 1. Extreme - More than words 2. Bruce Springsteen - Tougher than the rest 3. Asia - Only time will tell Part 8 Back to 1965 1. The Who - I can't explain 2. Them - Gloria 3. The Yardbirds - For your love 4. The Animals - Don't let me be misunderstood 5. The Kinks - You really got me Part 9 It's 1972 1. Argent - Hold your head up 2. Alice Cooper - School's out 3. Deep Purple - Space trucking Part 10 1. Mott The Hoople - All the young dudes 2. The Strawbs - Lay down 3. The Faces - Stay with me Part 11 1. The Hollies - Long cool woman in a black dress 2. The Who - Join together 3. Black Sabbath - Changes 4. Pink Floyd - Us and them 5. Pink Floyd - See Emily play

Brit Rock 10th June

1. Skid Row - Youth gone wild 2. Wasp - The real me 3. Doobie Brothers - The doctor 4. Queen - I want it all 5. Billy Joel - I go to extremes 6. Marillion - Easter 7. Tom Petty - I won't back down 8. Faith No More - Epic 9. Great White - Once bitten, twice shy 10. Cream - Badge 11. Slade - How does it feel 12. Oasis - Cigarettes and alcohol 13. Beck - Loser 14. Weezer - Buddy Holly 15. Soundgarden - Black hole sun 16. Cranberries - Zombie 17. REM - What's the frequency Kenneth? 18. Jeff Buckley - Grace 19. Nirvana - The man who sold the world 20. Stiltskin - Inside 21. Pink Floyd - Keep talking 22. Allman Brothers Band - Rambling man 23. Rainbow - Temple of the king Hour three and it's non stop rock and roll 1. Buddy Holly - You're so square 2. Eddie Cochran - Somethin' else 3. Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode 4. Johnny Kidd And The Pirates -Shaking all over 5. Billy Joel - All shook up 6. Elvis Presley - Rock a hula baby 7. ZZ Top - Viva Las Vegas 8. Fats Domino - Ain't that a shame 9. Queen - Rock and roll medley 10. Little Richard - Lucille 11. Cliff Richard - Move it 12. Craig Douglas - Our favourite melodies 13. Dion - Runaround Sue 14. The Beatles - Twist and shout 15. The Who - Summertime blues/Shaking all over 16. Del Shannon - Runaway 17. Gary US Bonds - This little girl 18. Billy Fury - Fool's errand 19. Billy Fury - In thoughts of you 20. The Shadows - Apache

Today in rock history 9th June

1915 – Les Paul, the jazz musician whose name became synonymous with the electric guitar, is born 1941 – Born on this day, Jon Lord, keyboards, Deep Purple 1946 – Born on this day, Mitch Mitchell, drums, Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1950 – Born on this day, Trevor Boulder, bass, Spiders From Mars, Uriah Heep 1962 – The Beatles, on the last night of their tour with Roy Orbison, performed at King George’s Hall, Blackburn, Lancashire. It was during this tour that The Beatles’ fans started throwing jelly babies at them while they were on stage, after an off-the-cuff remark on television that George Harrison enjoyed eating them. 1967 – Everett Dean Felber, bassist for Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Bethesda, Md. 1969 - The Rolling Stones announced that Mick Taylor would be replacing the recently departed Brian Jones on guitar. 1970 – Princeton University gives Bob Dylan an honorary doctorate in music. 1972 – Record executive John Hammond makes Bruce Springsteen his latest signing to CBS. 1977 – George Harrison divorces Patti Boyd, who would later marry Harrison buddy Eric Clapton. 1986 – Bob Dylan begins the American leg of his True Confessions tour at San Diego’s Sports Arena. 1998 – Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall were involved in a brawl at The Metropolitan Hotel, London. 2002 – Peter Gabriel marries longtime companion Meah Flynn at the Li Capanni hotel he owns near Sardinia’s Emerald Coast. 2002 – It was announced that Rolling Stone Mick Jagger was to be given a knighthood for his services to music. 2003 – Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington is released from a Los Angeles hospital after suffering crippling stomach pains. Docs say a parasite or intestinal disorder was likely to blame. 2005 – U2 frontman Bono urges the European Union to step up efforts to support the disadvantaged in Africa. 2009 - The Who Sings My Generation the debut U.S. album by The Who was selected for the National Recording Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress as the album was deemed culturally significant.

Today in rock history 8th June

1942 – Chuck Negron vocalist for Three Dog Night is born 1944 – Boz Scaggs (William Royce Scaggs) is born in Ohio. He plays with Steve Miller in 1959 and again from 1967-69. 1947 – Mick Box, guitarist for Uriah Heep is born. 1954 – United States record companies distributed the first ever 45rpm vinyl discs. 1967 – The Beatles ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ went to No.1 in the UK. Costing £25,000 ($42,500) to produce the album was recorded over 700 hours of studio time. It was also the first album to print the lyrics on the sleeve. The album spent 27 weeks at No.1 on the UK chart. 1969 – Founder member of The Rolling Stones Brian Jones announced that he was leaving the group, saying that he no longer saw ‘eye to eye’ with the rest of the band. 1970 – Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border. 1970 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Long and Winding Road,” The Beatles. 1974 – Bill Wyman became the first Rolling Stone to release a solo album with ‘Monkey Grip’, 1974 – David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album ‘Diamond Dogs’. 1974 – Keyboard player Rick Wakeman announced that he was leaving Yes. 1974 – Paul McCartney and Wings went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Band On The Run’, his third solo US No.1, a No.3 hit in the UK. 1989 – At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior’s press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action. 1991 – Extreme went to No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘More Than Words’, a No.2 hit in the UK. 1991 – Bruce Springsteen married Patti Scialfa, at their Beverley Hills home. 1998 – Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, Sting, Pete Townshend and Sir Elton John are among the mourners at a private service for McCartney’s late wife, Linda, at St. Martins-in-the-Fields church in London 1998 – The Rolling Stones announce that they are postponing the U.K. dates on their current European tour until June of the following year. 1998 – Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Paul Weller and Martin Carr from The Boo Radleys were all involved in a fight at Dingwalls, Camden in London. 2001 – AC/DC, The Offspring, Queens Of The Stone Age and Megadeth all appeared at the Milton Keynes Bowl, England; tickets cost £28.50 ($48.45). 2003 – Former Midnight Oil singer Peter Garrett is made a Member of the Order of Australia by Queen Elizabeth II. 2003 – Evanescence started a four-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with ‘Bring Me To Life.’ 2003 – Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘How The West Was Won’, the bands seventh US No.1 album. 2009 – Aerosmith guitarist Brad Whitford will be missing the opening string of dates of the band’s Guitar Hero tour while he recovers from recent surgery.

Today in rock history 7th June

1944 – Byrds guitarist Clarence White is born this day 1958 – Prince (Prince Roger Nelson) is born in Minneapolis. 1964 – During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing Monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance. 1966 - Eric Kretz-drummer for Stone Temple Pilots born today 1967 - Dave Navarro-guitarist for Jane’s Addiction is born 1968 – Fleetwood Mac, Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane all appeared for the first of a three night run at the Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco, California. 1969 – Blind Faith makes its live debut in a London park. 150,000 people attend the free performance. 1969 – Keith Richards and his partner Anita Pallenburg were involved in a car crash near their home in Sussex. Richards escaped serious injury but Pallenburg was taken to hospital with a broken collarbone and the car was a write-off. 1969 – Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell both appeared on the first ABC TV Johnny Cash Show from Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. 1970 – The Who performs its rock opera, “Tommy,” at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House. 1975 – Elton John’s album ‘Captain Fantastic And The Brown Dirt Cowboys’, went to No.1 on the US album chart, the first album ever to enter the US chart at No.1. 1977 – Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City. 1987 – David Bowie played a concert in West Berlin in front of the Reichstag with the speakers pointing towards the nearby Berlin Wall where thousands of young East Berliners stood and listened. 1990 – The Black Crowes played their debut UK gig at the Marquee in London. 1991 – During their Use Your Illusion Tour, Guns n’ Roses played the first of two nights at the CNE Stadium in Toronto, Canada. 1994 – Grace Slick is ordered to serve 200 hours of community service and attend four Alcoholics Anonymous meetings after being found guilty of pointing a gun at police in March. 2007 – The funeral of guitarist, singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. 2008 – 3 Doors Down were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self titled second US No.1. 2012 – Bob Welch, an early member of rock band Fleetwood Mac died

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Today in rock history 6th June

1939 – Gary U.S. Bonds (Gary Anderson) is born in Jacksonville 1960 – Steven “Steve” Siro Vai is born in Carle Place, New York 1962 – In London, the Beatles audition for EMI’s George Martin at the Abbey Road studios, playing their compositions “Love Me Do” and “Ask Me Why.” 1966 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Paint It Black,” The Rolling Stones. 1968 – The Rolling Stones add new lyrics to their forthcoming single “Sympathy for the Devil” referring to the recent assassination of Robert Kennedy. 1970 – Syd Barrett plays his first solo concert since leaving Pink Floyd, although he’s helped out at London’s Extravaganza event by guitarist Dave Gilmour and drummer Jerry Shirley. 1971 – Frank Zappa and his Mothers of Invention are joined onstage at New York’s Fillmore East by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. 1972 – David Bowie releases his album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars. 1975 – Pink Floyd fly to America for a tour. It would end in disaster when an addled Roger Waters spits on the audience. He later records The Wall in an attempt to exorcise his demons. 1982 – Bonnie Raitt, Bob Dylan, Jackson Browne, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder, Stevie Nicks, and Crosby, Stills & Nash play the Peace Sunday: We Have a Dream concert for nuclear disarmament at Pasadena, Calif.’s Rose Bowl. 1986 – Bob Dylan performs at the Amnesty International concert at Los Angeles’ Forum. 1986 – Genesis release Invisible Touch. 1992 – David Bowie marries model and actress Iman in a church ceremony in Florence, Italy. The couple wed in a civil ceremony in May. 1994 – A son, Evan Shane, is born in Los Angeles to Paul and Pamela Bowen Stanley. 1995 – Pink Floyd releases its two-CD live album, “Pulse.” 1997 – Following Phil Collins’ departure, Genesis announce that his replacement is Ray Wilson, formerly with the band Stiltskin. 2000 – Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood checks himself into rehab in London. Wood, who is accompanied by his wife, is admitted to the Priory Clinic in an effort to overcome his addiction to alcohol before the Rolling Stones launch another world tour. 2002 – Founding Ratt guitarist Robbin Crosby succumbs to AIDS after an eight-year battle with the disease. Crosby, who co-wrote many of the pop-metal band’s best-known songs, is 42. 2003 – Officials at Six Flags in Darien Lakes, N.Y., ban Marilyn Manson’s Ozzfest appearance in August. 2004 – Metallica play a rare gig without drummer Lars Ulrich, who is sidelined with an undisclosed illness. Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo fill in for Ulrich, along with a Metallica drum tech, at the Download Festival in England’s Donington Park. 2004 – ZZ Top are nearly swept offstage by a rainstorm at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival in Dallas. 2006 – Billy Preston, the Fifth Beatle dies aged 59.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Today in rock history 4th June

1953 - Jimmy McCulloch-guitarist for Wings born upon this day 1956 – Reeves Gabrels is born on today .He giged with David Bowie from 1987 to 2000. 1964 – Jimmy Nicol becomes the Beatles’ temporary drummer when Ringo Starr becomes ill before start of a world tour. 1974 – Stefan Lessard who plays bass for the Dave Matthews Band is born. 1975 - The Rolling Stones became the first Western rock band to collect royalties for albums sold in Russia. 1984 - Bruce Springsteen released his seventh studio album Born in the U.S.A. which went on to be Springsteen’s most commercially successful album selling fifteen million copies in the U.S. alone. 1986 – The Conspiracy of Hope concert tour, starring Bryan Adams, Sting, Peter Gabriel, and U2, opens at San Francisco’s Cow Palace. 1990 – Stu Sweatman plays at Del Mar station. Ozzy Osbourne and entourage shows up at the gig and checks it out. 1997 – Ronnie Lane, bassist with the Small Faces and, later, the Faces, dies at his home in Colorado. He is 51. Lane had suffered from multiple sclerosis since 1977. 1997 – The body of Jeff Buckley is found floating in a harbor leading to the Mississippi River. Buckley had disappeared the previous Thursday while swimming with a friend 2000 – At a gig in Atlanta, Bruce Springsteen plays two new songs. The first is “Further On up the Road.” The second is the controversial “American Skin,” which references the shooting of Amadou Diallo by police in New York. 2001 – Beloved hard rock veterans Spinal Tap come back from the dead at New York’s Carnegie Hall with a 20-song, 90-minute performance as part of the annual Toyota Comedy Festival. 2002 – Coinciding with the publication of the first issue of Gene Simmons Toungue Magazine, Kiss introduces its novelty Kiss Kondomes to consumers.

Today in rock history 3rd June

1946 – Byrds drummer Michael Clarke is born Michael Dick in Spokane, Wash. 1946 – Singer Ian Hunter of Mott the Hoople and the Hunter Ronson Band is born in Shrewsbury, England. 1947 – Mickey Finn of T.Rex is born this day 1950 – Suzi Quatro is born in Detroit. 1952 – Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboardist Billy Powell is born in Corpus Christi, Texas. 1964 – The Rolling Stones, touring America for the first time, appear on ABC’s Hollywood Palace. The show is hosted by Dean Martin. 1967 – The Doors release their No. 1 single “Light My Fire.” 1967 – Jefferson Airplane appear on American Bandstand, playing “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.” 1970 - Deep Purple released their fourth studio album Deep Purple in Rock which was their first album to contain their classic Mark II lineup featuring singer Ian Gillan and bassist Roger Glover. 1970 – In the recording studio, Ray Davies of the Kinks changes the word “Coca-Cola” in the song “Lola” to “cherry cola” to qualify for airplay on the BBC. 1972 – Pink Floyd release the soundtrack to director Barbet Schroeder’s Obscured by Clouds. 1972 – The Eagles release “Take It Easy.” 1974 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Band on the Run,” Paul McCartney & Wings. It is recorded in Lagos, Nigeria. 1981 – Phil Collins releases his solo debut, Face Value. 1987 – Bryan Adams records a live version of the Christmas song “Run Rudolph Run.” 1989 – Pink Floyd perform in Moscow. 1993 – U2 re-sign with Island, guaranteeing six albums over the next 10 years. 1994 – Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam marries Beth Liebling. 1998 – Van Halen is forced to cancel a concert at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a chunk of ceiling plaster falls on drummer Alex Van Halen’s arm 2000 – Allman Brother Dickey Betts is arrested after threatening his wife with a knife, destroying his living room in Florida, and disappearing. 2003 – The Doors announce they’ve settled a lawsuit launched by Stewart Copeland. Copeland filed a breach of contract lawsuit after the reunited group replaced him with drummer Ty Dennis. 2003 – The Osbournes star Jack Osbourne reveals he entered rehab to fight an addiction to Oxycontin. 2004 – Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips tell MTV that the band broke up have split after personal issues arose with singer Scott Stapp. 2006 – Red Hot Chili Peppers were at No.1 on the UK and US album charts with Stadium Arcadium the bands ninth studio album. 2010 - The Los Angeles City Council has officially declared May 30th RONNIE JAMES DIO Day. The announcement was made at Sunday’s public memorial service for the recently deceased, metal singer.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Rock Talk - Joey Tempest

Part 1 1. Europe - The final countdown 2. Europe - Rock the night 3. Europe - Bag of bones 4. Europe - Last look at Eden 5. Europe - I'll cry for you Part 2 1. Europe - Superstitious 2. Europe - Open your heart 3. Europe - Not supposed to sing the blues 4. Europe - Carrie

Timesweep 3rd June

Part 1 Going home 1. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Sweet home Alabama 2. Blind Faith - Can't find my way home 3. The Eagles - Hotel California 4. Talking Heads - Burning down the house 5. Supertramp - Take the long way home Part 2 1. Eddie Money - Take me home tonight 2. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Our house 3. Motley Crue - Home sweet home 4. The Animals - House of the rising sun 5. The Scorpions - Coming home 6. Focus - House of the king Part 3 1. Queen - Headlong Back to 1963 2. The Beatles - Roll over Beethoven 3. Bob Dylan - A hard rain's gonna fall Part 4 This week in rock history 1. Paul McCartney & Wings - Live and let die 2. Aerosmith - Living on the edge 3. Black Sabbath - Neon knights Part 5 1. Ronnie Laine - The poacher 2. Grateful Dead - Touch of grey 3. The Faces - Stay with me 4. Rolling Stones - Not fade away Part 6 This week's birthdays 1. Rolling Stones - Emotional rescue 2. Magazine - Shot by both sides 3. Led Zeppelin - D'yer maker 4. Mott The Hoople - All the way from Memphis Part 7 1. T-Rex - Jeepster 2. Suzi Quatro - If you can't give me love 3. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme three steps 4. David Lee Roth - Yankee rose Part 8 1. The Byrds - Chestnut mayre 2. 3 Dog Night - Mama told me not to come 3. Uriah Heep - Gypsy Part 9 Back to 1975 1. John Lennon - Stand by me 2. Eric Clapton - Knocking on heaven's door 3. The Eagles - Life in the fast lane 4. Deep Purple - You keep on moving Part 10 1.Bad Company - Feel like making love 2. ZZ Top - Tush 3. Heart - Magic man 4. Bruce Springsteen - Born to run Part 11 1. Led Zeppelin - Houses of the holy 2. Queen - Love of my life 3. Aerosmith - Sweet emotion

Brit Rock 3rd June

1. Free - A little bit of love 2. Lynyrd Skynyrd - Gimme three steps 3. The Who - I can't explain 4. Them - Gloria 5. The Yardbirds - For your love 6. Chicago - 25 or 6 to 4 7. Badfinger - No matter what 8. Black Sabbath - N.I.B. 9. Fleetwood Mac - Oh well 10. Jefferson Airplane - Somebody to love 11. The Doors - Break on through 12. The Beatles - A day in the life 13. T-Rex - Children of the revolution 14. Led Zeppelin - All my love 15. Curved Air - Back street luv 16. Rolling Stones - Miss you 17.Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London 18. UFO - Only you can rock me 19. Bob Seger - We've got tonight 20. Iron Butterfly - In a gidda di vada 21. Deep Purple - Hush 22. Status Quo - Pictures of matchstick men 23. The Zombies - Time of the season 24. The Band - The weight 25. Taste - Born on the wrong side of time 26. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Voodoo chille 27. Pink Floyd - Comfortably numb Hour three - Canadian rockers 1. Rush - The spirit of radio 2. Alanis Morrisette - Ironic 3. Bryan Adams - Do I have to say the words 4. Nickelback - If today was your last day 5. Skid Row - Youth gone wild 6. Jeff Healey - While my guitar gently weeps 7. The Band - Rag mama rag 8. Neil Young - Southern man 9. April Wine - I like to rock 10. Avril Lavigne - Complicated 11. Bachman Turner Overdrive - You ain't seen nothing yet 12. The Guess Who - American woman 13. Steppenwolf - Born to be wild 14. Joni Mitchell - Chelsea morning

Today in rock history 2nd June

1941 – Charles Robert “Charlie” Watts is born 1964 – The Rolling Stones make their U.S. debut performance at the Manning Bowl in Lynn, Mass. 1972 – Former teen idol Dion performs in a reunion concert with The Belmonts at Madison Square Garden in New York. 1973 – Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham settles an argument with promoter Bill Graham at a San Francisco gig by emptying a bucket of water over him. 1984 – Aerosmith played at the Capitol Theater in Concord, New Hampshire, the first night on their 59 date North American Back In The Saddle Tour. 1993 – Aerosmith appeared at the Landon Arena in Kansas, the first night on their 169 date Get A Grip world tour. 1998 – Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Rod Stewart performs a series of one-hour shows along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood to promote his current album “When We Were the New Boys.” 2000 – Napster.com asks the Offspring to stop selling merchandise with its logo on it. The Web site also announces the reinstatement of 30,000 Metallica fans barred from using its MP3-sharing software. 2003 – Following a dispute over songwriting credits with John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, Paul McCartney agrees to let “Lennon-McCartney” be. McCartney outraged many Beatles fans by demanding “Yesterday” and other McCartney songs be credited to “McCartney-Lennon.” 2003 – Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland pleads innocent to drugs possession charges in Los Angeles. Court officials say Weiland will enter a rehab facility to combat cocaine and heroin addiction. 2004 - Judas Priest kicked off their reunion tour with singer Rob Halford at Stadiumsporthalle in Hannover, Germany. 2004 – Sir Paul McCartney tells Uncut magazine that he tried heroin without realising. “I was just handed something, smoked it, then found out what it was,” he says. “It didn’t do anything for me.” 2008 – Bo Diddly dies this day.

Today in rock history 1st June

1947 – Ronald David “Ronnie” Wood is born this very day 1949 - Mike Levine-bassist for Triumph born today 1964 – The Rolling Stones arrive at New York’s Kennedy Airport for their first U.S. tour. 1967 – The Beatles release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The album is certified gold for sales on its first day in stores. 1969 – During their noted “bed-in” at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, John Lennon and Yoko Ono record “Give Peace a Chance” with friends Tommy and Dick Smothers, Derek Taylor, Murray the K and Timothy Leary. 1973 – Paul McCartney & Wings release the single “Live and Let Die” from the James Bond movie of the same name. 1974 – Alanis Morissette, singer, songwriter is born 1977 – Kiss release their album Love Gun. 1978 – Bob Dylan performs the first of several warm-up shows for the second leg of his 1978 world tour in Los Angeles. 1980 – Jimmy Page buys Michael Caine’s English mansion for a reported 900,000 pounds. 1987 – Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz, aka Ad-Rock, is released on bail in Liverpool after being accused of assaulting a fan. 1998 – Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland, who was arrested for possession of cocaine and heroin in 1995, is arrested for drug possession again in New York. Weiland, who has about $100 worth of heroin, according to police, is charged with criminal trespassing and criminal possession of a controlled substance. 2003 – Paul McCartney wraps up his lucrative world tour with a show in Liverpool, birthplace of the Beatles. 2004 – Sum 41 flee the Congo after an outbreak of rebel violence in the country’s ongoing civil war. The Canadian punk rockers were in the country to make a documentary drawing attention to the African nation’s problems. 2004 – U2 frontman Bono tries to persuade European Union ministers to extend debt relief programs for the world’s poorest countries when he addresses a special meeting in Dublin. 2005 – The White Stripes’ Jack White marries Karen Elson, a redhaired model who appeared in the duo’s “Blue Orchid,” video. The pair were wed in a canoe standing at the confluence of the Rio Negro, the Solimones and the Amazon rivers. 2008 – Alton Kelley, one of the founding members of the ’60s San Francisco rock scene, died Sunday June 1st, 2008 at his home in Petaluma after a long illness. He was 67. Mr. Kelley will be remembered as the creator (with his artistic partner, Stanley Mouse) of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, such as the famed “skull and roses” poster for a Grateful Dead show at the Avalon Ballroom.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Today in rock history 31st May

1944 - Mick Ralphs from Mott The Hoople is born 1948 – John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) is born this day 1961 – Chuck Berry opened an amusement called “Berry Park” near St Louis 1962 – The Beatles performed at the Star-Club in Hamburg, West Germany 1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine 1973 - Steely Dan received their first Gold record for their debut album Can’t Buy a Thrill which went on to be certified Platinum 20 years later. 1976 - The Who entered the Guinness Book of World Records for performing the loudest concert in history at the time during their concert at England’s Charlton Athletic Grounds with 76,000 watts at 120 decibels. This record would stand for nearly a decade. 1989 - Keith Richards is given the Living Legend Award at New York’s International Rock Awards. Later an all-star jam takes places featuring Richards, Eric Clapton & Tina Turner. 1993 – Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and wife Dorothea Hurley have their first child in Red Bank, N.J. They name their daughter Stephanie Rose. 1995 – Bob Dole blasts Hollywood, singling out Time Warner for “the marketing of evil” in movies and music. He later admits he hasn’t seen or heard much of what he’s criticized. 1999 – “Behind the Music,” VH1’s highest-rated original series, begins airing at 9 p.m. nightly. The broadcasts kick off with the premiere of “The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.” 2005 – The Salvation Army close Strawberry Fields, a Liverpool children’s home which inspired the Beatles’ song, “Strawberry Fields Forever.” 2006 – A few hundred lucky fans pack into New York’s Avalon to witness Pearl Jam tape an episode of the VH1 series “Storytellers,” which premieres a month later on the music channel.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Today in rock history 30th May

1955 – Clash drummer Nicky “Topper” Headon is born in Bromley 1964 – The Beatles are No. 1 in the U.S. with “Love Me Do.” 1964 – Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) is born this day 1965 – The Rolling Stones played the final night of a US tour at the New York Academy of Music. During the afternoon the band recorded six songs for the Clay Pole TV show. 1966 – The Jefferson Airplane perform at a benefit for the Haight-Ashbury Legal Organization in San Francisco. 1968 – The Beatles kick off recording The Beatles double album by laying down 18 takes of “Revolution 1.” Sessions will gradually deteriorate until all four members are recording independently of one another. 1971 – At San Francisco’s Winterland Auditorium, 36 Deadheads have to be treated for hallucinations after ingesting apple drink at the venue. Not surprisingly, the drink was spiked with LSD. 1972 – The immortal Roxy Music play their first major date at Lincolnshire, England’s Great Western Express Festival. 1972 – Slade with Status Quo as support appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Tickets priced at 65p. 1978 – Led Zeppelin begin pre production recording In Through The Out Door. 1980 – Carl Radle, who played bass in Derek & the Dominos, dies from a kidney ailment at age 37. 1987 – Beastie Boy Adam Horovitz is arrested for allegedly hitting a female fan during a concert in Liverpool 1987 – David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feynoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland. 1992 – The Black Crowes went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘The Southern Harmony And Musical Companion’. 1996 – Bassist John Kahn, a bassist who played with Jerry Garcia, dies at the age of 48. 1997 – West Arkeen, who played guitar on Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion albums, dies. 1997 – Neil Young cancels his European tour after cutting his finger open while slicing a ham sandwich. 2003 – Linkin Park vocalist Chester Bennington is hospitalized in L.A. for “severe back and abdominal pains,” according to a statement from the band. Due to his condition, 12 European tour dates are postponed. 2007 – A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album ‘Icky Thump’ was played completely on Chicago’s radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure. 2009 – Ozzy Osbourne sued Black Sabbath’s Tony Iommi for lack of royalty payments.Tony was falsely claiming the right to sole ownership of the band’s name which cost Ozzy royalties from merchandise sold with the band’s name.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Today in rock history Monday 29th May

1945 – Gary Brooker, leader of Procul Harum, is born in Essex 1955 - Mike Porcaro-bassist for Toto is born today 1961 – Singer, songwriter and guitarist Melissa Etheridge is born in Leavenworth, Kan. 1972 – Paul McCartney releases his bizarre interpretation of “Mary Had a Little Lamb” as Wings. 1973 – Record executive Clive Davis is fired from Columbia for misappropriating $100,000. He later founded Arista Records and engineered Santana’s comeback with Supernatural. 1973 – Mike Oldfield releases his ambient masterpiece Tubular Bells 1973 – Roger McGuinn performs his first solo gig at New York’s Academy of Music and confirms rumors that his band The Byrds is finished. 1984 – Bob Dylan holds a press conference in Sirmione, Italy, and hands out the set list for his current European tour 1988 – Bob Dylan makes a guest appearance at a Levon Helm concert at New York’s Lone Star Cafe. The two perform “The Weight” and Chuck Berry’s “Nadine.” 1989 - John Cipollina, guitarist of Quicksilver Messenger Service died of chronic emphysema. He was 45 years old. 1991 – In Ohio a truck sideswipes Steve Winwood’s tour bus. Stevie is unhurt. 1995 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman,” Bryan Adams. 1997 – Jeff Buckley drowns while swimming with a friend off Mud Island in Memphis. 1999 – The Rolling Stones launch the European leg of their Bridges to Babylon tour, performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans in an open-air concert in Stuttgart, Germany. 1999 – The body of Philip “Taylor” Kramer is discovered in a valley in Malibu, Calif. The Iron Butterfly bass player had been missing since 1995. 2002 - David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar kicked off their co-headlining tour at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH outside of Cleveland. 2003 – Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson’s new band Hookah Brown call it quits a mere six months after their first show. Sighs Robinson, “Sometimes life gets in the way of people being able to make music together.” 2004 – Canadian rock act Sum 41 is forced to evacuate the African nation of Congo while filming a documentary, “From the Front Lines” for aid agency War Child Canada. 2005 – Bob Geldof and Elton John announce five July concerts that will make up Live 8 – a new initiative to raise awareness of poverty. Among the headliners are Coldplay, Dave Matthews Band, Lauryn Hill and Duran Duran. 2007 – A piano used by John Lennon on the night he died was put up for sale for $375,000 (£189,000) on The Moments in Time memorabilia website.

Today in rock history 28th May

1910 – Born on this day, T- Bone Walker, US blues guitarist, influenced Albert Collins, BB King, Buddy Guy, Freddy King. 1917 – Born on this day, Papa John Creech – violinist with Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna 1945 – John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival is born in Berkeley, Calif. 1949 – Born on this day, Wendy O. Williams – singer with The Plasmatics 1963 – During a UK tour supporting Roy Orbison, The Beatles played at the Gaumont Cinema in Worcester. 1964 – The BBC received over 8,000 postal applications for tickets for The Rolling Stones appearance on Juke Box Jury. 1969 – Rolling Stone Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull were arrested at their London home and charged with possession of cannabis, They were released on £50 ($85) bail. 1973 - The Faces’ bassist Ronnie Lane departed from the group & formed a new group Slim Chance. 1976 - The Allman Brothers Band broke up for the first time after Gregg Allman testified against a road manager accused of drug trafficking. 1977 – Sting, Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers played together for the first time when they performed as part of Mike Howletts band, Strontium 90 at the Circus Hippodroms, Paris. 1977 - Bruce Springsteen reached a settlement with former manager Mike Appel, which freed him to enter the recording studio. Their legal entanglements prevented him from recording. 1982 – Promoter Bill Graham staged a special Vietnam Veterans benefit concert in San Francisco starring The Jefferson Starship, The Grateful Dead and Country Joe. 1983 – The four day US Festival ’83’ took place in California, featuring The Clash, U2, David Bowie, The Pretenders, Van Halen, Stray Cats, Men At Work, Judas Priest, Stevie Nicks and Ozzy Osbourne. Over 750,000 fans attended the festival. 1988 – Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler married second wife Teresa Barrick in her hometown of Tulsa, Oklahoma. 1990 – Mitch Mitchell former drummer with Jimi Hendrix took out a High Court action against Private Eye magazine over an allegedly defamatory item. 1995 – Hootie & the Blowfish started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album charts with ‘Cracked Rear View’. The album went on to sell over 15m copies. 1996 – Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles after an apparent drug overdose. 2003 – Paul McCartney announces that he and his wife Heather Mills are expecting their first child later in the year. 2004 – Guitarist from 80’s glam band Enuff Z’ Nuff Derek Frigo died of a drug overdose aged 36 2007 – The Police kicked off their 152 show Reunion Tour at General Motors Place in Vancouver, Canada in front of 22,000 fans. 2012 – “Yellow Submarine” the animated Beatles movie was restored and re-released.

Saturday, 27 May 2017

Today in rock history 27th May

1948 – Born on this day, Pete Sears, Jefferson Starship 1957 – The Buddy Holly & the Crickets hit “That’ll Be the Day” is released. 1957 – Born on this day, Eddie Harsch, keyboards, The Black Crowes 1964 – Eleven boys are suspended at a Coventry school for having hairstyles like Mick Jagger. 1966 – Born on this day, Sean Kinney, Alice In Chains 1971 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Brown Sugar,” The Rolling Stones. 1977 – The Sex Pistols single ‘God Save The Queen’ was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts. 1988 – Def Leppard kicked off the third leg of their North American Hysteria world tour at George M. Sullivan Arena, Anchorage, Alaska. 1988 - The first U.S. Monsters of Rock tour kicked off at the Alpine Valley Music Theater in East Troy, WI. Van Halen were the headliners & the bill also included the Scorpions, Metallica and Dokken. 1994 - The Eagles kicked off their “Hell Freezes Over” reunion tour with a five night stand at the Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre in Irvine, CA. The tour lasted for over two years. 1997 – During a UK tour Marilyn Manson appeared at Rock City, Nottingham, 1997 – Oasis singer Liam Gallagher was left with cuts and bruises after a scuffle with a youth at the Tower Thistle Hotel in east London. Members of the band had been drinking at the bar when the fight broke out. 1999 – Winners at the Ivor Novello song writing awards included Rod Stewart who won a Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999 – B.B. King, Susan Tedeschi, and Keb’Mo’ capture multiple W.C. Handy Awards at the Blues Foundation’s ceremony at the Orpheum Theatre in Memphis. 1999 - Rush became the first rock band to receive a star on the Canadian Walk of Fame in Toronto. 2000 – Paula Yates was awarded £400,000 ($680,000) in an out-of-court settlement from her boyfriend Michael Hutchence fortune. 2006 – For the first time in their 22-year career, Red Hot Chili Peppers score a No. 1 album on The Chart Toppers 200. for “Stadium Arcadium” 2008 – Sir Paul McCartney was awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree from Yale University in the United States. Yale’s president, Richard Levin, said; The former Beatle had awakened a generation, giving a fresh sound to rock and roll and to rhythm and blues.

Friday, 26 May 2017

Today in rock history 26th May

1940 – The Band’s Levon Helm is born in Marvell, Ark. 1944 - Verden Allen-keyboardist for Mott the Hoople is born 1948 – Stephanie Lynn “Stevie” Nicks is born in Phoenix, Arizona. 1969 - John Lennon & Yoko Ono begin an eight day bed-in in room 1742 of The Hotel La Reine in Montreal to promote world peace. 1972 - Mott the Hoople, on the verge of splitting up were offered two new songs by David Bowie, “Suffragette City” & “All the Young Dudes”. They would record “All the Young Dudes”, which would be their commercial breakthrough. 1973 - Deep Purple released “Smoke on the Water” which went on to peak at number four on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart. 1976 - On a transatlantic British Airways flight, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page & Robert Plant got drunk and verbally harassed other first class passengers, including actors Dudley Moore and Telly Savalas. 1993 - Singapore lifted a ban on music by The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Chicago and Credence Clearwater Revival. 1994 – Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley secretly wed in the Dominican Republic. 1999 – The British punk revivalist band Manic Street Preachers refuse to play a concert to mark the opening of Wales’ parliament because Queen Elizabeth II is present. 2000 – Drummer Tommy Lee was jailed for five days for drinking alcohol. Lee appeared in front of a LA court charged with violating his probation by consuming alcohol, an act that directly contravenes the terms of his parole. 2001 – Appearing at Ozzfest, Milton Keynes Bowl, England were Black Sabbath, Slipknot, Tool and Papa Roach. Tickets cost £32.50 ($55.25). 2002 – The first episode of ‘At Home With The Osbournes’ was shown on MTV in the UK. 2010 – Sum 41 had this bad news for fans: It’s unfortunate to say but we are forced to postpone some upcoming European Tour dates. Stevo was in a minor accident yesterday and is unable to get on a airplane to fly to Europe to perform. Anyone who knows our band, knows that touring is our life and is the primary reason we play music. We are completely and utterly bummed out and we all wish Stevo a speedy recovery. 2010 – The good news for Stone Temple Pilots is that the band’s first studio album in nine years will be the highest debut on the Billboard chart.

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.