Friday, 20 October 2017

Today in rock history 20th October

1945 – Ric Lee, drummer, Ten Years After is born
1950 – Tom Petty is born in Gainesville, Fla
1951 - Al Greenwood-keyboardist for Foreigner is born
1960 – Elvis Presley film “G.I. Blues” premieres
1961 – Bob Dylan’s self-titled debut album is recorded
1964 – James George “Soni” Sonefeld, drummer for the band Hootie & The Blowfish, is born in Lansing, Michigan.
1964 – The Rolling Stones play Paris for the first time. The gig ends with the now-traditional riot, in which 150 people are arrested.
1966 – In New York, the Yardbirds with Jimmy Page record a jingle for the Great Shakes beverage, utilizing the riff from their song “Over Under Sideways Down.”
1969 – The Who play the first of six nights at New York’s Fillmore East, playing the entirety of their Tommy rock opera.
1969 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono release The Wedding Album in the U.S. Highlights include “John and Yoko,” in which the couple yell each other’s name for 25 minutes.
1976 – The Song Remains the Same, a film that mixes Led Zeppelin performance footage with some rather dubious Lord of the Rings-style sequences, premieres in Manhattan.
1977 - Lynyrd Skynyrd singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and backup singer Cassie Gaines were killed in a plane crash in Gillsburg, MS. Van Zant and Cassie Gaines were each 29 years old and Steve Gaines was 28 years old.
1978 – The Police give their U.S. performance debut at CBGB’s in New York.
1979 – On Saturday Night Live tonight, Bob Dylan performs three songs from his religiously inclined Slow Train Coming album. Observers report he’s gone gospel.
2001 - The Concert for New York City took place at Madison Square Garden. Many of the attendees were families and members of the New York Fire & Police Departments. Some of the artists that appeared included Paul McCartney, The Who, David Bowie, Elton John, Eric Clapton, Bon Jovi, James Taylor, Billy Joel and John Mellencamp.
2004 – U2’s Bono announces that a briefcase of notes and lyrics stolen from him back in 1981 has been returned to him. The briefcase was found in an attic in Tacoma, Wash.
2004 – Lenny Kravitz is sued after a backed-up toilet allegedly causes over $300,000 worth of damage to a neighbour’s apartment in New York.
2010 – Slash and Myles Kennedy perform acoustically on Australia’s ‘Max Sessions.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Today in rock history 19th October

1946 - Keith Reid-lyricist for Procol Harum is born.
1948 – Doobie Brothers vocalist/guitarist Patrick Simmons is born in Aberdeen, Wash.
1957 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jailhouse Rock,” Elvis Presley.
1966 – The Yardbirds land in New York to kick off their first American tour. Jeff Beck leaves after playing two dates, leaving Jimmy Page to take over the lead guitar slot.
1968 – Eighteen-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton plays with the Small Faces during a London concert. He later joins lead singer Steve Marriott in Humble Pie.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at Marylebone Magistrate’s Court to answer charges of marijuana possession. They are remanded on bail until November 28.
1974 – At London’s Island studios, Jimmy Page records “Scarlet” with Keith Richards and Traffic’s Rik Grech. Vocal duties are handled by Richards. Page pronounces the track “great, really good.”
1981 - During Bob Dylan’s concert at the Holiday Star Theater in Merrillville, IN, Dylan called up wheelchair-bound friend Larry Kegan for the encore & let him perform Chuck Berry’s “No Money Down” while Dylan played the tenor saxophone.
1993 – Pearl Jam release their second album Vs., which tops the chart the following week despite featuring a llama on the cover.
2004 – Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart are the lead performers on the “Alfie” soundtrack
2004 – Nirvana’s Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic appear in public together for the first time in ten years at a Las Vegas rally for Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry.
2005 – U2’s Bono has lunch with George W. Bush in the White House. They discuss G8, fighting AIDS, and probably their favourite Bible story.
2007 – Johnny Marr was made a visiting professor of music at the University of Salford in Manchester.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Today in rock history 18th October

1926 – Chuck Berry is born in St. Louis as Charles Edward Anderson “Chuck” Berry
1949 – REO Speedwagon guitarist Gary Richrath is born in Peoria, Ill.
1949 – Joe Egan, Stealers Wheel, is born
1957 – Paul McCartney makes his live debut with the Quarrymen at the New Clubmoor Hall in Liverpool, England.
1964 – The Animals begin their first headlining tour in Manchester, England. Supporting them are Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Tommy Tucker, and the Nashville Teens.
1966 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience play before 14,500 people at the Paris Olympia less than a week after they’ve formed. The band is the support for French superstar Johnny Hallyday.
1967 – John Lennon stars as Private Gripweed in Richard Lester’s film How I Won the War, which opens tonight at London’s Premiere Theatre.
1968 – Police raid John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s apartment in London and arrest the couple. They are charged with possession of marijuana.
1969 – Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner is arrested for marijuana possession in Hawaii.
1986 – Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie marries Eduardo DeMendoca
1986 – Huey Lewis and the News went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Fore!’
1989 - During a Guns N’ Roses set supporting The Rolling Stones at the Los Angeles Coliseum, Axl Rose announced he was quitting the band. The following night, Rose apologized for saying that he would quit & delivered a five minute anti-drug oration.
1997 – Former Alice Cooper guitarist Glen Buxton dies at age 49.
2010 –Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason has said the legendary rock band may get back together to play concerts for charity.

Today in rock history 17th October

1946 – Jim Tucker, original guitarist with the Turtles, is born in Los Angeles.
1962 – The Beatles perform on TV for the first time today, on the British programme People and Places.
1963 – The Beatles have lunch with four Boyfriend magazine contest winners at the Old Vienna restaurant in London. Later in the day the group records The Beatles’ Christmas Record.
1967 – Bob Dylan begins recording John Wesley Harding.
1967 – The Beatles attend a memorial service for manager Brian Epstein at the New London Synagogue.
1968 – Jose Feliciano releases “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Fans booed Feliciano when he performed his meandering interpretation earlier during the 1968 World Series.
1969 – The Kinks play their first concert in the U.S. in four years, supporting Spirit at New York’s Fillmore East. The American Federation of Musicians banned the group from playing there after a disastrous 1965 tour during which the band spent as much time fighting onstage as playing music.
1973 – In a court in Nice, France, Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg receive suspended sentences of one year for drug possession. Both also have to pay a $1,000 fine and Richards is barred from entering France for two years.
1986 – Run-D.M.C.’s remake of “Walk This Way,” a collaboration with Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, enters the Top Forty. It becomes the first big rap-rock crossover hit, reaching #4.
1988 – Opel, a collection of previously unreleased material by Syd Barrett, is released in England.
1991 – John Mellencamp is hospitalized in Seattle after suffering dizzy spells during a promotion at a local radio station. His doctor later attributes the problem to “too much coffee, stress and not enough breakfast.”
1999 – Veteran rock band Santana sees its newest release “Supernatural” jump to the top spot at the nation’s retailers. It’s the Carlos Santana-led group’s first No. 1 release in 28 years.
2000 - The piano that John Lennon used to write Imagine was sold to George Michael for $2 million in an auction organized by Mick Fleetwood.
2008 –A slightly revised track listing for the new Guns N’ Roses album, “Chinese Democracy”, has now been posted at
2013 –Alex and Kelly Van Halen divorced over 20 years ago, yet Kelly has kept Van Halen as her surname. Now the company that controls the group’s name is suing her for trademark infringement.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Today in rock history 16th October

1938 – Iconic anti-singer Nico is born in Cologne, Germany.
1943 – Bassist C.F. “Fred” Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born.
1947 – Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is born in San Francisco.
1953 – Guitarist Tony Carey, who as well as performing solo was in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, is born in Fresno, Calif.
1962 – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is born in Melbourne, Australia, as Michael Balzary.
1963 – It’s announced that the Beatles will play at this year’s Royal Command Performance.
1965 – The Beatles record “Day Tripper”
1966 – Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs, “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.”
1968 – George Harrison flies to Los Angeles, where he will produce Jackie Lomax’s 1969 debut, Is This What You Want. It wasn’t.
1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival announces its decision to split up.
1981 – Bob Dylan kicks off his Shot of Love tour at the Milwaukee Auditorium. It’s his first live outing since his controversial 1979 tour, during which he played only Christian material.
1986 – Chuck Berry plays his 60th Birthdays concert in St. Louis this day in rock history! Eric Clapton and Keith Richards perform at a birthday party for Chuck Berry, who celebrates turning 60 on October 18.
1992 –Sinead O’Connor is booed at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at Madison Square Garden. She replies by reciting the words to Bob Marley’s “War” before being escorted from the stage by Kris Kristofferson.
2002 – Billy Joel checked out of a Connecticut hospital known for treating substance abuse.
2003 –U2 donate $46,000 to the Irish branch of One in Four, a sex abuse charity facing closure due to lack of funds.
2003 – Courtney Love appears in court in an effort to regain custody of her daughter Francis Bean Cobain. The child was placed in the care of Kurt Cobain’s mother after Love was arrested for being under the influence of drugs.
2006 – CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself.

Today in rock history 15th October

1935 – Barry McGuire, who scored the world’s most miserable No. 1 with “Eve of Destruction,” is born in Oklahoma City.
1942 – Moby Grape drummer Don Stevenson is born in Seattle.
1955 – Buddy Holly (with Bob Montgomery) opens a show for Elvis Presley in Lubbock, Texas.
1960 – Ringo Starr plays with the Beatles for the first time. The group is backing Wally Eymond in a Hamburg studio on his version of “Summertime.” Pete Best was unavailable to drum, and so the skin-beater with Rory Storm & the Hurricanes stepped in.
1964 – Crazed vocalist Screaming Lord Sutch stands for parliamentary election in England.
1965 – At San Francisco State College, Country Joe & the Fish perform at a Vietnam Day Committee Teach-In.
1965, Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract, he received $1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.
1966 – Jefferson Airplane singer and new mom Signe Anderson makes her last appearance with the band at San Francisco’s Fillmore before quitting the group to have a baby. She’s replaced the next day by new singer Grace Slick.
1966 – Pink Floyd and the Soft Machine perform at the All Night Rave, an event sponsored by the English underground newspaper International Times.
1971 – Former teen idol Rick Nelson performs at an oldies show at Madison Square Garden, but is booed when he debuts some new material. He later writes the song “Garden Party” about the experience.
1987 – Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia begins a sold-out two-week solo residency on Broadway.
1989: Eddie Van Halen & Michael Anthony of Van Halen participated in the first World Music Invitational Pro/Am celebrity golf tournament at Stonebridge Ranch in Dallas.
1995: Paul & Linda McCartney made a guest appearance on The Simpsons. They made their appearance on the condition that Lisa Simpson is to remain a vegetarian for the remainder of the program’s run.
1996 – Drummer Tommy Lee of Motley Crue is charged with attacking a cameraman outside a Los Angeles club after the hapless photographer tried to take snaps of him and Pamela Anderson Lee.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne cancels his European tour after undergoing treatment for a nervous tremor. His doctors say the ailing rocker does not have Parkinson’s Disease.
2003 – One-time KISS guitarist Bruce Kulick is shot in the right leg outside of Los Angeles’ Rainbow Room during a melee by some irate club-goers.

Today in rock history 14th October

1946 – Singer Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues is born in Swindon, England.
1955 – Buddy Holly opens for Bill Haley & the Comets in Lubbock, Texas. His performance is seen by Nashville talent scout Eddie Crandell, who sets up a demo session for Holly and his band.
1957 – The Elvis Presley classic, ‘Jailhouse Rock’ was released.
1964 – Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts marries Shirley Ann Arnold in Bradford
1966 – At London’s All Saints Hall, Pink Floyd play their first set made up entirely of their psychedelic originals after a band decision to dump its R&B direction.
1967 – The Who release their single “I Can See for Miles” in Britain and the U.S. Pete Townshend is so sure he has a No. 1 on his hands that he’s described as crushed when the single reaches only No. 12 in the U.K.
1971 – John Fogerty is sued by the owners of Specialty Records. Their suit accuses Fogerty of plagiarizing the song “Good Golly, Miss Molly” in his song “Travelin’ Band,” but it’s later dropped.
1972 – In Adelaide, Australia, Joe Cocker and six members of his band are arrested after police allegedly discover marijuana and heroin in their dressing rooms. Cocker is later released on bail.
1993 – Rolling Stone magazine ranks the video for Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” as the No.1 video in video history
1994 – At a Pink Floyd concert at London’s Earls Court, a section of seating collapses, injuring several people
1998 – B.B. King picks up a lifetime achievement award at the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson’s Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour, The veteran rock artist says in a statement, “I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years.”
2003 – Montreal punk rock fans destroy cars and smash windows after Total Chaos and the Exploited cancel a show. Members of the Exploited were refused admission to Canada.
2003 – Troubled Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver frontman Scott Weiland files for divorce from his wife of three years.
2004 - Eric Clapton was banned from driving in France after being caught driving 134mph, 53mph above the speed limit in his Porsche 911 Turbo
2007 - Ted Nugent made a voice cameo on The Simpsons where he was on the phone telling a prisoner voiced by Steve Buscemi to vote no on a fictional proposition that banned crossbows in public schools, a jab on Nugent’s political stance.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Today in rock history 12th October

1957 – Little Richard publicly renounces rock `n’ roll and embraces Christianity during a tour in Australia.
1970 – Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s “Jesus Christ Superstar” debuts on Broadway.
1971 – Early rock’n’roller Gene Vincent of “Be Bop A Lula” fame dies at age 36 from a ruptured stomach ulcer.
1975: Rod Stewart performed his final concert with The Faces at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, NY.
1978 – Sid Vicious of the Sex Pistols is arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen.
1987 - Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider announced that he was leaving the band. Snider later reunited with Twisted Sister ten years later.
1991 – Nirvana’s album, “Nevermind” hits No. 1 on the Chart Toppers Album chart, going gold. The same day, Nirvana plays “Saturday Night Live.”
1999 – David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young appear at New York’s Madison Square Garden to announce their forthcoming album and CSNY2K tour.
2001 – Limp Bizkit guitarist Wes Borland quits the band. A post on the group’s Web site states, “Limp Bizkit and Wes Borland have amicably decided to part ways. Both Limp Bizkit and Borland will continue to pursue their respective musical careers.”
2005 – Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee suffered minor burns at a concert in Casper, Wyoming during a pyrotechnics explosion. Lee was treated at a local hospital for the injuries to his arm and face, which occurred while he was suspended from a wire 30 feet above the stage.
2011 –Guitar maker ‘Gibson faces criminal investigation over claims it violated environmental laws for importing exotic and protected woods.
2011 – Chickenfoot Announces 5-date tour in Europe.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Today in rock history 11th October

1946 – Born on this day, Gary Mallaber, drums, Steve Miller Band.
1955 – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.
1962 – Born on this day, Andy McCoy, Hanoi Rocks.
1962 – Born on this day, Scott Johnson, Gin Blossoms
1965 – The Beatles release their single “Roll Over Beethoven,” a cover of the Chuck Berry classic.
1967 – The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
1967 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono open their joint exhibition Half-a-Wind Show at London’s Lisson Gallery.
1968 – During a Beatles recording session at Abbey Road six saxophonists recorded parts for ‘Savoy Truffle’ for the forthcoming White Album. George Harrison distorted the saxophones to get the desired sound.
1969 – The No. 1 album in America today is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River.
1975 - The first episode of Saturday Night Live then titled Saturday Night premiered on NBC. The episode was hosted by George Carlin, first musical guests were Janis Ian & Billy Preston & the bandleader was Paul Shaffer.
1983 - Kiss performed their first concert without makeup at the Cascais Hall in Lisbon, Portugal.
1990 – Drummer Dave Grohl played his first gig with Nirvana when they appeared at the North Shore Surf Club in Olympia.
1997 – Gregg Allman, Bo Diddley, Keb’Mo’, Buddy Guy and John Hiatt are among the musicians who perform at a tribute to Muddy Waters at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
1999 – Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.
2005 – Rod Stewart received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honour a career spanning more than 40 years.
2005 – Freddie Mercury’s 1974 Rolls Royce was offered for auction on eBay by his family. The Silver Shadow luxury vehicle had already attracted bids of up to £8,400. It came with an unused box of tissues the singer always stored in the car.
2006 – Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation.
2010 - Vince Neil will go to trial on January 6 on drunken driving and speeding charges stemming from his recent arrest.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Today in rock history 10th October

1902 – The Gibson Mandolin guitar company was formed.
1939 – The real Eleanor Rigby died in her sleep of unknown causes at the age of 44.
1955 – David Lee Roth is born in Bloomington, Ind
1959 – The Quarry Men played at the Casbah Coffee Club, Liverpool.
1960 – Born on this day, Eric Martin, singer, Mr. Big
1970 – Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Paranoid.’
1978 – Joe Perry and Steve Tyler from Aerosmith were injured after a cherry bomb was thrown on stage during a gig in Philadelphia. The group performed behind a safety fence for the rest of the tour.
1979 – Fleetwood Mac were awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame..
1980 – The funeral took place of Led Zeppelin’s drummer John Bonham. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarist’s Jimmy Page’s house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption.
1987 -  ZZ Top announced that they made an advance booking for the first passenger flight to the Moon.
1992 – Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash (Saul Hudson) marries Renee Suran in Marina Del Rey, Calif.
1995 - Peter Frampton released the long awaited follow-up to his record-setting live album released 19 years earlier. Its title: Frampton Comes Alive II.
2006 – Sting releases “Songs From the Labyrinth,” an album of 16th century lute songs.
2011 – Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell tied the knot.

Monday, 9 October 2017

Today in rock history 9th October

1940 – John Lennon is born in Liverpool
1944 – John Entwistle of the Who is born in London
1948 – Jackson Browne is born in Heidelberg, West Germany.
1971 – This evening, John Lennon celebrates his 31st birthday in a New York hotel room that includes guests Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, and Phil Spector. Everybody gets very drunk.
1975 – Sean Lennon is born this day
1976 – Rather differing philosophies are on display at Oakland-Alameda County Stadium, where the Who and the Grateful Dead co-headline.
1977 – The Clash delay the start of a concert in Sweden after a bomb scare
1978 – David Bowie releases his live album Stage
2000 – John Lennon’s views on everything from the breakup of the Beatles to his attitude toward revolution and drugs, deemed too controversial to print 30 years before, are revealed in a the book “Lennon The Complete Rolling Stone Interviews.”
2000 – On what would have been Beatles frontman John Lennon’s 60th Birthday, the John Lennon Museum opens to the public. Braving heavy rains, about 1,200 people line up around the museum in Tokyo 
2001 – U2 frontman Bono, R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe, and electronica maven Moby make unannounced appearances in New York, at the second of two anti-violence benefit concerts organized by the Beastie Boys.
2001: Bob Dylan was refused backstage access to his own concert at the Jackson County Exposition Center in Medford, OR for not presenting his pass. Dylan requested tighter security during this tour & the guards that didn’t recognize him were thrown out.
2003 – Limp Bizkit are sued by 172 fans for storming off stage at the Summer Sanitarium tour’s Chicago stop after only playing 17 minutes. The band had been bombarded with garbage.
2003 – Singer Jon Stevens leaves INXS over musical differences. He originally joined the “Need You Tonight” band in 2002 following the death of Michael Hutchence.
2006 – U2 leave the Island label–their home for nearly 25 years–for Mercury.
2010 – In honour of John Lennon’s 70th Birthday on Saturday October 9, 2010, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and BoxofVision LLC will today seal three authorized time capsules to carry his legacy to future generations.

Today in rock history 8th October

1948 – Johnny Ramone – the Ramones’ famed one-chord guitarist – is born in Long Island, N.Y. His real name is John Cummings.
1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis cuts “Great Balls of Fire” after a lengthy dispute with his producer over whether he was supposed to be playing the devil’s music.
1964 – Ringo Starr successfully passes his driving test on the same day the Beatles have their first recording session for “I Feel Fine.”
1966 - Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a concert at Sussex University in the U.K. after a twenty minute drum solo on “Toad”.
1968 – The Beatles work on recording “The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill,” and Yoko Ono cuts the first female “lead vocal” on a Beatles song.
1977 – Jimmy Page plays down rumors of a Led Zeppelin split at the band’s Swan Song offices. He lashes out at the press, which accused him of dabbling in black magic.
1987 – Chuck Berry receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame the same day that Hail! Hail! Rock ‘n’ Roll, a documentary about a Berry tribute concert organized by Keith Richards, premieres.
1988 – Keith Richards, probably fully recovered from doing battle with Chuck Berry, performs on Saturday Night Live.
1988 – Farewell to Dark Side of the Moon. The Pink Floyd album finally drops out of the Billboard 200 chart, 741 weeks after it first debuted there.
1994 – U2, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick, and others perform on the pay-per-view special A Tribute to Elvis.
2004 – The Strokes, Blondie, Sonic Youth, Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Joan Jett perform at a charity tribute to the Ramones in New York.
2006 – The Killers started a three week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Sam’s Town’ the US bands second album.
2010 – Ozzy Osbourne has blasted religious leaders in Kansas for using the lyrics to his song “Crazy Train” to promote messages of hate and evil. The rocker was appalled when he learned that members of the Westboro Baptist Church had paraphrased lyrics from the song
2010 - A Weezer anti-fan has launched an online campaign to stop the band from releasing another album – and he’s hoping to raise $10 million to silence them. Weezer anti-fan, from Seattle, Washington claims he was inspired by friends who are fans of the “Buddy Holly” rockers but disappointed by their recent musical offerings.
2010 - According to, AC/DC have beaten Nirvana, Red Hot Chilli Peppers and The Beatles in an online poll to find the best acts of all time.

Today in rock history 7th October

1945 – Kevin Godley, drummer with 10cc and later a respected video director, is born in Manchester
1949 – Bassist Dave Hope of Kansas is born in Kansas
1951 – John Mellencamp is born in Seymour, Ind. He is given the name Johnny Cougar by David Bowie’s manager, Tony DeFries.
1953 – Bon Jovi drummer Tico Torres is born
1966 – Johnny Kidd, he of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, dies in a car accident in Radcliff, England.
1967 – The Beatles turn down a million-dollar offer to play Shea Stadium again.
1970 – Ned Kelly, the second film starring Mick Jagger, is released in Britain.
1975 – John Lennon can finally stay in the U.S. The U.S. Court of Appeals in New York rules that his 1968 pot bust is an invalid excuse for forcing him to leave America.
1977 – David Bowie releases Heroes, the second album in his trilogy recorded with Brian Eno.
1977 – Guitarist Steve Hackett leaves Genesis to start a solo career.
1978 – On today’s singles chart, Boston’s “Don’t Look Back” peaks at No. 4, while Exile continue to hold the No. 1 spot with “Kiss You All Over.”
1980 – A court rules that the death of John Bonham, Led Zeppelin’s drummer, was accidental.
1982 – Jimmy Page is found guilty of cocaine possession. He’s given a 12-month conditional discharge.
1989 – Jefferson Airplane perform a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank. All you have to do to get in is donate a can of food.
1996 – Bruce Springsteen’s solo show at Charlotte, N.C.’s Ovens Auditorium sells out in eight minutes. He’s promoting his Ghost of Tom Joad album
1997 – Continuing a verbal sparring match which started earlier in the month, Elton John replies to Keith Richards’ charge that John’s only claim to fame is “writing songs for dead blondes.” John shoots back, “He’s so pathetic, poor thing. It’s like a monkey with arthritis, trying to go onstage and look young.”
1998 - Ozzy Osbourne, Elton John, Meat Loaf & Joe Strummer of The Clash were among the guest stars on South Park. They appeared as musicians whose careers were boosted by Chef’s advice & played a benefit concert for him.
2004 – Poison’s C. C. DeVille is named the worst guitarist soloist of all time by Guitar World magazine. Exhibit A is his nine-minute solo from Swallow This … Live!
2004 – Melissa Etheridge reveals that she has breast cancer.
2009 – KISS founding drummer Peter Criss announced on his official website that last year he was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Friday, 6 October 2017

Today in rock history 6th October

1951 – REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin is born in Evanston, Ill.
1964 – The Beatles record 13 takes of “Eight Days a Week.” It’s the first time Lennon and McCartney have gone into the studio with an incomplete song, then finish it during the recording process.
1966 – Big Brother & the Holding Company perform at the Love Pageant Rally in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
1966 - Tommy Stinson-bassist for The Replacements and Guns N’ Roses is born
1967 – California police close down San Francisco’s Matrix club during a performance by Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1967 – The UFO Club closes in London. Formerly the Blarney Club, the venue became a favorite of psychedelic bands like Pink Floyd.
1969 – Record buyers are shocked to discover that the latest Beatles single wasn’t written by Lennon and McCartney. Instead, George Harrison’s “Something” is the A-side that lands in record shops today.
1980 – In Dublin, former Sex Pistols singer Johnny Lydon is arrested after allegedly getting involved in a bar room brawl. He is later acquitted on appeal.
1994 – Glenn Frey goes under the knife today, enduring surgery on his colon.
1998 – Bruce Springsteen is in court today – a British court. He’s trying to prevent Masquerade Music from selling a CD called Before the Fame.
2002 - Mick Jagger donated $170,000 to his old grammar school in Dartford, U.K. for musical instruments and a band director.
2003 – School of Rock, starring burly Tenacious D comic Jack Black as a metalhead-turned-substitute teacher, tops the U.S. box office.
2003 – One-time Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth drops his lawsuit against the band. Roth was seeking over $200,000 in unpaid royalties.
2005 – A Rolling Stones concert at the University of Virginia is stopped after the venue receives a bomb threat. The concert continues after bomb-sniffing dogs survey the stage.

Thursday, 5 October 2017

Today in rock history 5th October

1943 – Steve Miller is born in Milwaukee.
1947 – ACDC singer Brian Johnson is born
1949 – Brian Connolly, vocalist with Sweet is born in Hamilton, Scotland.
1954 – Bob Geldof is born in Dublin, Ireland.
1962 – In the U.K., the Beatles release their first single, “Love Me Do.”
1963 – On today’s edition of BBC Radio’s Saturday Club, Bo Diddley performs backed by Stones Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, and Charlie Watts.
1966 - Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time. The Jimi Hendrix Experience was formed shortly thereafter.
1969 – Tonight on The Ed Sullivan Show, you watch the Who doing their best to behave themselves.
1970 – Violinist Papa John Creach joins Jefferson Airplane
1970 – Prince Rupert Lowenstein is made the Rolling Stones’ financial adviser
1988 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Love Bites,” Def Leppard.
1991 – Two albums by the group Guns N’ Roses debut in the top positions on Chart Toppers’s album chart. “Use Your Illusion II” debuts at No. 1, followed by “Use Your Illusion I.”
1999 – Paul McCartney releases Run Devil Run. The collection of rock ‘n’ roll covers originally recorded by artists like Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley is his first album since the death of his wife, Linda, in 1998.
2003 – Ted Nugent becomes the star of his own reality show, Surviving Nugent, which airs on VH1. On the programme, the Nuge introduces a bunch of cossetted city slickers to his blood ‘n’ thunder backwoods lifestyle.

Today in rock history 4th October

1947 - Jim Fielder-bassist for Blood, Sweat & Tears is born
1961 – Bob Dylan makes his concert hall debut at New York’s Carnegie Hall, earning $20 for the night. Of the 53 people that attended, most were friends.
1963 – Eric Clapton replaces Anthony Topham in the Yardbirds.
1963 – The Beatles make their first appearance on the UK rock and roll TV show Ready Steady Go!, where they are interviewed by fellow performer, Dusty Springfield.
1968 – One of the original super groups, Cream, a trio consisting of Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce, set out on their farewell tour.
1969 – “Abbey Road”, the last album recorded by The Beatles, enters the UK charts at number one.
1969 – Creedence Clearwater Revival started a four week run at the top of the US album chart with “Green River”, the group’s first number one album.
1970 – Janis Joplin is found dead in a room at the Landmark Motel in Hollywood from an accidental heroin overdose.
1974 – Irish rockers Thin Lizzy play their first date with the twin-guitar line-up of Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson in Aberystwyth, Wales.
1975 – Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” LP hits #1 on the US album chart
1980 – Queen had their second US number 1 song when “Another One Bites the Dust” hit the top of the Billboard chart.
1980 – Fleetwood Mac members Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham and Mick Fleetwood present the University of Southern California Trojan Marching Band with a platinum record for their contribution to the album “Tusk”.
1988 – Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara Bach fly to Tucson, Arizona to enter an alcohol abuse program. Over six weeks later, they complete the program and return to England.
1990 – Two separate lawsuits are combined on appeal against CBS Records and Ozzy Osbourne by the parents of 17 year old Harold Hamilton and 16 year old Michael Waller, both of whom are alleged to have committed suicide after listening to Osbourne’s “Suicide Solution”. The Supreme Court would refuse to reinstate the case.
1996 - Van Halen announced that former Extreme singer Gary Cherone would be replacing Sammy Hagar.
1999 - Ozzy Osbourne issued a press release asking the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to remove Black Sabbath from the ballot. Black Sabbath was later inducted in 2006.
2005 – Michael Gibbins, drummer for Badfinger on their hits “Come And Get It”, “Day After Day” and “No Matter What”, died in his sleep at the age of 56.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Today in rock history 3rd October

1938 – Rock ‘n’ roll teen Eddie Cochran is born in Oklahoma City.
1949 – Fleetwood Mac songwriter Lindsey Buckingham is born in Palo Alto, Calif.
1954 – Blues guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan, widely ranked up there with Hendrix, is born in Dallas.
1962 - Tommy Lee-drummer for Motley Crue is born
1967 – Folk legend Woody Guthrie passed away of Huntington’s chorea in a hospital where he had spent the last ten years
1967 – Keith Richards gets a local priest to bless his guard dogs
1969 – John Lennon records “Don’t Worry Kyoko” with the Plastic Ono Band at Lansdowne Recording Studios in Britain. The song later appears on Lennon and Ono’s Wedding Album.
1970 – Janis Joplin listens to a playback of the instrumental “Buried Alive in the Blues,” for which she intends to cut a vocal for her album Pearl. She dies the next day.
1970 – Cream’s Jack Bruce teams up with John McLaughlin, Larry Young, and Tony Williams to form the fusion group Lifetime.
1972 – Led Zeppelin play their second night at Tokyo’s Budokan Hall during a tour of Japan.
1978 – The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they had been arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.
1982 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Jack & Diane,” John Cougar.
1992 – Sinead O’Connor did her career some major damage when she appeared on US TV’s Saturday Night Live and held up an 8″ x 10″ color photo of Pope John Paul II, ripped it into pieces and said, “Fight the real enemy.”
2000 – 45-year-old Mark David Chapman, the man who twenty years earlier fired five shots into John Lennon’s back, faces the parole board. Parole for John Lennon’s murderer is denied.
2000 – Benjamin Orr, former bassist and singer of the Cars, dies at his home in Atlanta from pancreatic cancer. He is 53.
2003 – School of Rock, starring Tenacious D’s Jack Black, opens in theatres around the country.
2006 – The U.S. Supreme Court throws out a lawsuit by Vinnie Vincent against his former bandmates in KISS. Vincent alleged he was owed royalties from the 1983 album Lick It Up.
2007 – The Rolling Stones set a new record for the top grossing tour of all time when their A Bigger Bang tour, which ran from the Fall of 2005 to August 26, 2007, earned the band a staggering $558,255,524.

Today in rock history 2nd October

1945 – Don McLean is born in New Rochelle, N.Y.
1950 – Guitarist Mike Rutherford is born this day
1951 – Sting (Gordon Sumner) is born in Wallsend,
1964 – At London’s Granville Theatre the Beatles rehearse for a taping of the American pop show Shindig!
1965 – Tonight’s episode of Shindig! is America’s first chance to see the Who, performing “I Can’t Explain.”
1965 – Manfred Mann are allowed into the Soviet Union and become the first Western rock band to tour there.
1967 – Police raid the Grateful Dead’s house at 710 Ashbury St. in San Francisco and bust the band’s members on charges of marijuana possession. They are released on bail after six hours in jail and later cleared of charges, as the police had failed to obtain a search warrant.
1969 – John Lennon disses his own company in an interview, saying that Apple is like a black hole that sucks up his earnings as an artist.
1971 – Rod Stewart enjoyed a two sided, US number one record with “Maggie May / “Reason To Believe”.
1976 – Joe Cocker is the musical guest on tonight’s Saturday Night Live. During his rendition of “Feelin’ Alright,” Cocker impressionist John Belushi comes out and duets with him.
1977 – The Electric Circus, a well-known punk club in Manchester closes.
1977 – Gene Simmons picks up a platinum record for his self-titled solo debut
1982 – Peter Gabriel performs with Genesis for the first time since leaving the band in 1975. Phil Collins and the gang join him at a concert to benefit WOMAD. The concert saves Gabriel’s ailing world music organization.
1985 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1993 – Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will go on to reach number one.
1995 – Journey announce that they’ve decided to re-form
1998 – Cheap Trick are inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk
1999 – John Paul Jones, former bass player with Led Zeppelin, plays his first solo concert in Galway, Ireland.
2003 – Radiohead makes it a hat-trick of wins when it wins the “best act in the world today” award for the third-year running at the Q Awards in London.
2003 – The Offspring announce Rocket from the Crypt drummer Atom Willard will fill the stool vacated by Ron Welty earlier in the year.
2003 – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx sues sneaker maker Vans, alleging they used his image in an ad without permission.
2004 – Billy Joel marries for the third time. The lucky bride is Kate Lee
2004 -  During a Pearl Jam concert in Toledo, OH as part of the Vote for Change tour, Neil Young & Peter Frampton made surprise appearances to perform “All Along the Watchtower”, “Act Of Love”, “Cortez The Killer”, & “Rockin’ in the Free World” with Pearl Jam.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Today in rock history 1st October

1932 – Albert Collins (US blues singer/guitarist) is born
1947 – Wishbone Ash bassist Martin Turner is born in Torquay
1948 – Cub Koda, who wrote the memorable anthem “Smokin’ in the Boys’ Room” as part of Brownsville Station, is born in Detroit.
1962 – The Beatles sign a revised contract with their manager, Brian Epstein.
1967 – Pink Floyd land in New York to begin their first American tour
1970 – Funeral of Jimi Hendrix held in Seattle, Washington
1970 – In Milan, 2,000 fans riot when they’re denied entry to a Rolling Stones concert.
1971 – Gene Vincent cuts a session for British radio in London. It will be the last time Gene is in a studio. The “Be-Bop-A-Lula” singer would die on October 12, 1971.
1973 – Riding high on the success of Dark Side of the Moon, Pink Floyd begin sessions for their new album, declaring they intend to use only household objects to make the music. Very avant-garde. They later ditched the idea to record Wish You Were Here.
1977 – The Madison Square Garden Hall of Fame inducts its first rocker, Elton John.
1977 – Drummer Rat Scabies quits punk pioneers the Damned
1983 – By reaching No. 7 in US with ‘Metal Health’, Quiet Riot achieve most successful debut LP in heavy metal history to date
1983 – Robert Plant wraps up his first North American tour at Vancouver’s PNE Coliseum.
1995 – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Hootie & The Blowfish and the Dave Matthews Band raise close to $1 million at the Farm Aid concert in Louisville, Ky.
2000 – In Sydney, Men at Work and INXS perform at the Olympic closing ceremonies.
2003 – New York police refuse to give Bruce Springsteen an escort from his Shea Stadium gig after the Boss performs “American Skin (41 Shots),” about the shooting of Amadou Diallo.
2004 – Bruce Palmer, former bassist with West Coast folk rock legends Buffalo Springfield dies of a heart attack. He was 58.
2008 – Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues turns on the website ‘’. The goal of the site is to intice song writers to submit songs for prize money and prizes while getting their song heard by industry moguls
2011 – KISS rocker Gene Simmons tied the knot with his longtime girlfriend, Shannon Tweed.