Thursday, 21 September 2017

Today in rock history September 21st

1947 – Don Felder of the Eagles is born in Topanga, Calif.
1954 – Motorhead drummer “Filthy” Phil Taylor is born in Chesterfield, England.
1965 – The Moody Blues play their first major gig at London’s Royal Albert Hall as part of a bill called Brian Epstein’s Evening of Popular Music. They share manager Epstein with the Beatles.
1968 – Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum gives its Beatles statues their fifth hair and clothes makeover in four years, in keeping with the lads’ taste for hippie fashions.
1971 – Pink Floyd give their album Meddle a quadraphonic mix at London’s Command Studios.
1974 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive release “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet.”
1979 – U.N. Secretary General Kurt Waldheim makes an appeal to the Beatles to reunite to benefit the Vietnamese boat people.
1987 – Bassist Jaco Pastorius of Blood, Sweat & Tears dies after being beaten up in Florida. He had been trying to break in to Fort Lauderdale’s Midnight Club. He was 35.
1991 – Status Quo play four British arenas in 11 hours. The Guinness Book of World Records is on hand to confirm that, yep, it’s a record.
1993 – Nirvana’s album “In Utero” is released.
1999 – Hole bassist Melissa Auf Der Maur leaves the grunge band to embark on a solo career. She changes her mind and joins the Smashing Pumpkins instead.
2000 – Bono appears on Capitol Hill in an effort to get American lawmakers to agree to his debt relief plan for the Third World.
2000 – Phil Collins, Mike Rutherford, and Tony Banks reform as Genesis for a one-off performance at the London Hilton during the British Music Roll of Honour gala, organized by the Music Managers Forum. The act’s manager, Tony Smith receives the Peter Grant Award for outstanding achievement at the event.
2004 – Singer Cat Stevens (“Wild World”), who changed his name to Yusuf Islam after becoming a Muslim, is denied entry into the United States after his name is found on an anti-terrorist watch list. Stevens denies links to the terror group Hamas.
2009 - Eddie Van Halen made a cameo appearance on the season premiere of the seventh season of Two and a Half Men.

Today in rock history September 20th

 1948 – Styx drummer John Panozzo is born.
1963 – The Rolling Stones’ second single, “Poison Ivy,” is withdrawn.
1964 – The Beatles wrap up their American tour with a charity show in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bob Dylan visits them backstage and later introduces the bandmates to pot.
1966 – George Harrison journeys to India to meet with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for the first time.
1966 – Guitarist Nuno Bettencourt of Boston metal band Extreme is born in Portugal
1967 – Matthew and Gunnar Nelson, the identical twin sons of singer Ricky Nelson, are born. They form the rock group Nelson and hit No. 1 in 1990 with “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection.”
1968 – Ben Shepherd, bassist for Seattle grunge outfit Soundgarden is born in Okinawa, Japan.
1969 – No. 1 on both the American and British albums charts today is Blind Faith, the only album by the supergroup that features Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, and Ginger Baker.
1969 – The Beatles’ publishing company, Northern Songs, is bought by Associated TV for 1 million pounds, while their new business affairs manager, Allen Klein, negotiates an increased royalty rate for the band with EMI/Capitol.
1970 - The Doors’ singer Jim Morrison was found guilty in Miami of exposing himself onstage during a concert the previous year though he was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior.
1971 - Peter Frampton departed Humble Pie to start a successful solo career. His debut solo album Wind of Change was released the following year.
1972 - Paul and Linda McCartney were arrested for growing a crop of marijuana at their farmhouse in Campbeltown, Scotland.
1973 – Jim Croce dies in a plane crash in Natchitoches, La.
1973 – Los Angeles’ Roxy club opens with a show by Neil Young & Crazy Horse.
1983 – Former Blind Faith members Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton are among the performers at the ARMS benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The concert raises money for research into multiple sclerosis.
1991 – Nirvana kicks off a six-week U.S. tour.
2003 – Rocker Melissa Etheridge exchanges vows with her partner, actress Tammy Lynn Michaels, in California, in spite of a law preventing homosexuals from marrying in the state.
2005 – “New Sensation” hit-makers INXS select J.D. Fortune (surely not his real name) to be their front man in the final episode of the reality series Rock Star: INXS.
2006 – The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards says he’s finally given up drugs … because they’re not strong enough. “I think the quality’s gone down,”
2010 - Leonard Skinner, the gym teacher who inspired the name Lynyrd Skynyrd died of Alzheimer’s disease at a nursing home in Jacksonville, FL. He was 77 years old.

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Today in rock history September 19th

1934 – Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ future manager, is born in Liverpool
1946 – Status Quo drummer John Coghlan is born in Dulwich, England
1958 – Rock siren Lita Ford (“Kiss Me Deadly”) is born in London
1964 – John Lennon gives his permission for his drawing titled “The Fat Budgie” to be printed up on Christmas cards.
1968 – In the studio, recording starts on the Beatles song “Piggies,” a track that would inspire Charles Manson.
1970 – Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush album enters the charts.
1973 – Byrds guitarist/vocalist Gram Parsons is found dead in a hotel room in Joshua Tree, Calif.
1974 – Max Weinberg plays with the E Street Band for the first time at Philadelphia’s Main Point.
1979 – Another Beatles reunion scare, as the New York Post announces, “The Beatles are back!” The premature announcement is based on rumors surrounding a benefit concert for Cambodian boat people.
1979 - Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne, and James Taylor are among the participants at the first No Nukes concert in New York.
1985 - Frank Zappa, John Denver and Twisted Sister singer Dee Snider testified before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee against the Parents Music Resource Centre’s plans on wanting warning labels on albums.
1987 – Pink Floyd release A Momentary Lapse of Reason. The comeback album is the band’s first since the departure of Roger Waters and the subsequent lawsuit over the use of the band name.
2000 – Rick and Barbara Springfield release a statement following his arrest on charges of spousal assault saying they “will continue their relationship and raise their family.”
2003 – Jack Bruce, former bassist with Cream, undergoes a success liver transplant after being diagnosed with cancer.
2008 –AC/DC’s release “Rock N’ Roll Train.”
2008 – With the Chicago Cubs two wins (or Milwaukee Brewers losses) away from clinching a playoff spot, Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has penned a song in honour of the baseball team. “All The Way,”

Today in rock history September 18th

1950 – Michael Hossack, drummer with the Doobie Brothers, is born in Paterson, N.J.
1951 – Bassist Dee Dee Ramone of the Ramones is born in Fort Lee, Va.
1964 – The Beatles are involved in a bomb scare as a phone caller says there is an explosive on their flight to Dallas. It turns out to be a false alarm.
1965 – Today in the British pop paper Disc, you can read “My Life as a Stone’s Wife” by Bill Wyman’s wife, Diane
1966 – The Doors appeared at Bido Lito’s, Hollywood, California. Also on the bill The Seeds.
1967 – In London’s Raymond Revue Bar, the Beatles shoot the striptease scene for The Magical Mystery Tour.
1970 – Jimi Hendrix is found dead from barbiturate overdose.
1971 – Pink Floyd performs at the Classical Music Festival in Montreux, Switzerland. They become the first rock group to play the festival, performing their work “Atom Heart Mother.”
1972 – In London you can visit the Rock at the Oval festival. Headliners are the Who, but the bill is filled out by Mott the Hoople and the Faces, whose Kenny Jones would later sub for the deceased Keith Moon on drums.
1974 – Listeners tuning in to New York’s WNEW-FM tonight might hear a soothing Liverpudlian voice taking them into the night. The guest DJ is John Lennon.
1976 – At Don Kirshner’s Rock Music Awards, Fleetwood Mac win Best Group and Best Album for Fleetwood Mac. Their single “Say You Love Me” is currently at No. 11 on the charts. Peter Frampton is awarded Rock Personality of the Year.
1980 – Amsterdam’s Paradise Club is the setting for a two-day festival celebrating the life of Jimi Hendrix, which ended 10 years ago today. The 1,100 attendees watch Hendrix films and an appearance by the Noel Redding Band, with Mitch Mitchell guesting on drums.
1983 – Members of Kiss appear on MTV without their trademark makeup.
1991 – Rob Tyner, lead singer with the MC5, dies at age 47 of a heart attack.
1997 – The Rolling Stones play Chicago’s Double Door Club as a warm-up for their Bridges to Babylon tour. The Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan is in the audience, but he pays the $7 admission along with the other 400 lucky punters.
2000 – Rick Springfield is arrested for alleged spousal assault after police discover “minor injuries” on his wife. He’s released just in time to tape an episode of Behind the Music.
2004 – Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young perform at the 19th annual Farm Aid in Auburn, Washington. Dave Matthews, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Trick Pony and rock ‘n’ roller Jerry Lee Lewis also perform for the farmers.
2006 – Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a plaque to mark a tiny basement said to be the birthplace of British rock and roll, fifty years after the “2 i’s” coffee bar opened in London’s Old Compton Street.
2008 – One of the bigger breakout hits of the Toronto Film Festival was It Might Get Loud, a documentary that consists entirely of Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge swapping stories, expounding on their experiences and of course jamming with each other.
2008 – Unreleased material Jimi Hendrix wrote and recorded with twin brothers Arthur and Albert Allen — a.k.a. the Ghetto Fighters — may finally be released through software/multimedia company we-R-you

Today in rock history September 17th

1950 – Vocalist Fee Waybill (John Waldo) of the Tubes is born in Omaha, Neb.
1967 – The Doors appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show.” Sullivan asks Jim Morrison to omit the line “Girl, we can’t get much higher” from the song “Light My Fire.” Morrison agrees, then sings it anyway.
1967 – On The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, in one of the greatest rock TV moments ever, Keith Moon rigs his drum set to explode at the end of the Who’s performance of “My Generation.” The resulting detonation cuts Moon’s leg, singes Pete Townshend’s hair, and does some serious damage to his hearing.
1976 - The Sex Pistols performed a concert for inmates at the Chelmsford Maximum Security Prison in Essex, U.K.
1984 – No. 1 Chart Toppers Pop Hit: “Missing You,” John Waite.
1991- Slash says the logic behind Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II is that fans can buy one and tape the other off their friends. Regardless, the band sells half a million copies of the two records in two hours.
1997 – The Fleetwood Mac reunion tour in support of the band’s new album “The Dance,” gets under way at the Meadows in Hartford, Conn.
1998 – Hootie & The Blowfish make an emergency stop in Denver during their American Airlines flight from New York to Los Angeles when a passenger described as “extremely agitated” reportedly turns violent after meeting the band.
2003 – Former Smashing Pumpkins frontman and Zwan leader Billy Corgan presents a multimedia poetry performance in his Chicago hometown, opening the Poetry Center of Chicago’s 31st Annual Reading Series at the Art Institute of Chicago’s Rubloff Auditorium.
2003 – U2’s Bono meets with President George W. Bush to discuss giving more money to AIDS initiatives. In a press conference after their talk, he says, “I’m not here peddling a cause. Seven thousand people dying a day is not a cause. It’s an emergency.”
2004 –Black Rebel Motorcycle Club announce that drummer Nick Jago has left the band, but that “the doors always open for him to play with BRMC.”
2010 – Ozzy Osbourne cancels German show due to back troubles
2010 – American Idol has new judges… News Corp.’s Fox will announce next week that recording artists Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining “American Idol” as judges.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Rock Talk – Peter Frampton

Part 1
1.     Peter Frampton – Show me the way
2.     The Herd – I don’t want our loving to die
3.     Humble Pie – Hallelujah (I love her so)
4.     George Harrison – What is life
5.     Peter Frampton – All I want to be is by your side
Part 2
1.     Peter Frampton – I’m in you
2.     Peter Frampton – Doobie wah
3.     Peter Frampton – More ways than one
4.     Peter Frampton – Show me the way
5.     Peter Frampton – Winds of change

Timesweep 16th September

Part 1
Back to 1986
1.     INXS – What you need
2.     Simple Minds – Sanctify yourself
3.     Ozzy Osbourne – Shot in the dark
4.     Jackson Browne – In the shape of a heart
5.     Stryper – Calling on you
Part 2
1.     Pat Benetar – Sex as a weapon
2.     Status Quo – Red sky
3.     Bruce Hornsby & The Range – Mandolin rain
4.     Poison – Cry tough
5.     ACDC – Who made who
6.     Eddie Money – Take me home tonight
7.     Journey – Be good to yourself

Part 3
This week in rock history
1.     Bachman Turner Overdrive – You ain’t seen nothing yet
2.     Genesis – No son of mine
3.     Bon Jovi – Born to be my baby
Part 4
This week’s birthdays
1.     The Ramones – Baby I love you
2.     The Beatles – Baby you’re a rich man
3.     Extreme – Get the funk out
4.     Nelson – I can’t live without your love and affection
Part 5
1.     The Eagles – One of these nights
2.     Whitesnake – Here I go again
3.     Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – I love rock and roll
4.     Alice Cooper Band – Under my wheels
5.     Bruce Springsteen – Under my wheels
Part 6
1.     Pink Floyd – Breath
2.     Allman Bros Band – Rambling man
3.     Aerosmith – Dream on
4.     Alice Cooper Band – Elected
5.     Roger Daltrey – Giving it all away
Part 7
1.     Slade – How does it feel
2.     Stealers Wheel – Stuck in the middle
3.     Lou Reed – Walk on the wild side
Part 8
A look at freedom
1.     Roger Daltrey – Free me
2.     Cream – I feel free
3.     Free – A little bit of love
4.     Tom Petty – Free falling
Part 9
A look at doctors
1.     Doobie Bros – The doctor
2.     Little Feat – Rock and roll doctor
3.     Robert Palmer – Doctor doctor (bad case of loving you)
4.     Motley Crue – Dr Feelgood
Part 10
1.     Jackson Browne – Doctor my eyes
2.     The Who- The real me
3.     UFO – Doctor doctor
4.     Kiss – Calling Dr Love
Part 11
1.     WASP – I don’t need no doctor
2.     Van Halen – Somebody get me a doctor
3.     The Beatles – Dr Roberts
4.     Spin Doctors – 2 princes

Brit Rock 16th September

1.     Deep Purple  - Woman from Tokyo
2.     Canned Heat – Let’s work together
3.     Genesis – Land of confusion
4.     Jon Bon Jovi – Blaze of glory
5.     Lenny Kravitz – It ain’t over ‘till it’s over
6.     The Rahs – The time is now
7.     Novelists – A bitter end
8.     Lilium – It’s clearly me
9.     Evanescence – My immortal
10. Peter Frampton – Do you feel like we do
11.  Small Faces – Tin soldier
12. Alcatraz  - Hiroshima mon amor
13.  Spinal Tap – Stonehenge
14.  Bryan Adams & Tina Turner – It’s only love
15. Huey Lewis & The News – The heart of rock and roll
16.  Genesis – That’s all
17. Queen – Radio gag a
18.Chris DeBurgh – High on emotion
19.Billy Idol – Eyes without a face
20.The Scorpions – Still loving you
21.Steve Perry – Oh Sherrie
22.Deep Purple – Knocking at your back door
 Hour three is all 1970’s classics
1.     Santana – Black magic woman
2.     The Who – Who are you
3.     Queen – Good old fashioned lover boy
4.     The Police – Roxanne
5.     Led Zeppelin – All my love
6.     Peter Frampton – Baby I love your way
7.     Thin Lizzy – Cowboy song
8.     Van Halen – You really got me
9.     Black Sabbath – Never say die
10.Steve Miller Band – Swingtown
11.The Eagles – Life in the fast lane
12. Doobie Bros – Long train running
13Steely Dan – Reelin’ in the years
14.Neil Young – Needle and the damage done