Thursday, 4 May 2017
Today in rock history 4th May
1942 – Born on this day, Ronnie Bond, The Troggs. 1945, Born on this day, Georg Wadenius, Blood Sweat & Tears. 1949 – Born on this day, Zal Cleminson, guitar, Sensational Alex Harvey Band. 1951 – Born on this day, Mick Mars (real name Bob Deal), Motley Crue. 1951 – Born on this day, Bruce Day, Santana. 1967 – The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared on UK TV’s Top Of The Pops’. 1970 – Four students at Kent University were killed and eleven wounded by National Guard troops at a campus demonstration protesting the escalation of the Vietnam War. The incident inspired Neil Young to compose ‘Ohio’ which became a hit for Crosby Stills Nash & Young. 1972 – Born on this day, Mike Dirnt, bass, Green Day 1973 – Led Zeppelin opened their 1973 North American tour, which was billed as the ‘biggest and most profitable rock & roll tour in the history of the United States’. The group would gross over $3 million from the dates, flying between gigs in ‘The Starship’ a Boeing 720 passenger jet, complete with bar, shower room, TV and video in a 30′ lounge and a white fur bedroom. 1977 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Hotel California,” The Eagles. 1989 – Stevie Ray Vaughan set out on what would be his last ever tour at the Orpheum Theatre, Vancouver, British Columbia. 1996 – Alanis Morissette started a six-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with ‘Jagged Little Pill’. 1997 – Courtney Love placed an advert in The Seattle Times selling the house she had shared with Kurt Cobain. The five bedroom four bathroom house was on the market for $3m. The carriage house where Kurt Cobain died had been knocked down during refurbishment. 2003 – Modern rock act Third Eye Blind portrays veteran U.K. rock act the Kinks on an episode of the NBC series “American Dreams.” 2004 - Ex-Guns N’ Roses members Slash & Duff McKagen sue Axl Rose for $1 million, alleging that Rose turned down multiple offers to use Guns N’ Roses music on movie soundtracks without consulting them. 2006 – Pearl Jam sticks around after taping a song for CBS’ “The Late Show With David Letterman to play a 10-song set inside New York’s Ed Sullivan Theatre exclusively for members of its fan club. 2012 – Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys dies.