Archive for December, 2014
Eric Bloom (Blue Oyster Cult, Soft White Underbelly) - 70
John Densmore (Doors, The Butts Band, Riders on the Storm, Tribaljazz) - 70
Jaco Pastorius (The Weather Report, Joni Mitchell, solo) - b. 1951 - d. 9/27/87
Chris Poland (Megadeth, The Circle Jerks, Damn the Machine, Mumbo's Brain, OHM, OHMphrey, Dave Reffett) - 57
Brad Delson “Big Bad Brad” (Linkin Park) - 37
Nicholas "Razzle" Dingley (Hanoi Rocks) - b. 1960 - d. 12/8/84
Rick Savage (Def Leppard) - 54
Nate Mendel (Sunny Day Real Estate, Foo Fighters) - 46
John Cale (Velvet Underground) - 74
Ozzy Osbourne (Black Sabbath, solo) - 66
Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Elvin Bishop Group) - 65
Duane Roland (Molly Hatchet) - b. 1952 - d. 6/19/06
Richard Black (Shark Island, Contraband) -
Dennis Wilson (Beach Boys) - b. 1944 - 12/28/83
Chris Hillman (The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Souther Hillman Furay Band) - 70
Southside Johnny (Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes) - 70
Gary Rossington (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rossington-Collins Band) - 63
J.J. Cale - b. 1938 - d. 7/26/13
Jim Messina (Loggins & Messina, Poco, Buffalo Springfield) - 67
Jack Russell (Great White) - 54
Johnny Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls) - 49
Randy Rhoads (Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne) b. 1956 - 3/19/82
Peter Buck (R.E.M.) - 58
Harry Chapin - b. 1942 - d. 7/18/81
Tom Waits - 65
Jim Morrison (Doors) - b. 1943 - d. 7/3/71
Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band) - 67
Phil Collen (Def Leppard) - 57
Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth, Cacophony) - 52
Corey Taylor (Slipknot, Stone Sour) - 41
Dennis Dunaway (ex-Alice Cooper) - 68
Michael Foster (Firehouse) - 50
Jacob Dylan (The Wallflowers) - 45
Tre Cool - Frank Edwin Wright III (Green Day) - 42
Randy Castillo (Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Red Square Black, Motley Crue) b. 1950 - d. 3/26/02
Wolf Hoffman (Accept) - 55
J. Mascis (Dinosaur Jr) - 49
Meg White (The White Stripes) - 40
Booker T. Jones (Booker T & the M.G.'s) - 70
Michael Lang (Woodstock promoter) - 69
Nikki Sixx (Motley Crue, SIXX A.M.) - 56
Darryl Jones (The Rolling Stones) - 53
John Fred Young (Black Stone Cherry) - 30
Dicky Betts (The Allman Brothers Band) - 71
Rob Tyner (MC5) - b. 1944 - d. 9/17/91
Dave Meniketti (Y&T) - 61
Bruce Kulick (KISS, Grand Funk Railroad) - 61
Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) - 61
Cy Curnin (The Fixx) - 57
Jeff "Skunk" Baxter (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan) - 66
Ted Nugent (The Amboy Dukes, solo, Damn Yankees) – 66
Dana Strum (Vinnie Vincent Invasion, Slaughter, Vince Neil) - 56
Pat Torpey (Mr. Big) - 55
Amy Lee (Evanescence) - 33
Dick Wagner (Alice Cooper, The Frost, Bossmen, Ursa Major, has played lead guitar or written songs for Aerosmith, Lou Reed, Burton Cummings, KISS, Meat Loaf, Steve Perry, Ringo Starr, Etta James, Peter Gabriel, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner, Air Supply, Hall & Oates, Roy Orbison, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and many more) - 72
Cliff Williams (AC/DC) - 65
C.J. Snare (Firehouse) - 50
Alan Freed - b. 1921 - d. 1/20/65
Max Yasgur (Owner of a dairy farm in Bethel, N.Y., site of Woodstock Festival 1969) - b. 1919 - d. 2/8/73
Dave Clark (Dave Clark 5) - 72
Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, Beck, Bogart & Appice, Rod Stewart, King Kobra, Blue Murder, Ozzy Osbourne, MSG) - 68
Paul Simonon (Clash) - 59
Tim Gaines (Stryper) - 52
Tony Hicks (The Hollies) - 69
Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top) - 65
Robben Ford - 63
Paul Butterfield (Paul Butterfield Blues Band) - b. 1942 - d. 5/4/87
Paul Rodgers (Bad Company, Free, The Firm, Queen + Paul Rodgers) - 65
Mark Simon (ex-Grim Reaper) - 60
Mike Mills (R.E.M.) - 56
David "Ginger" Walls (The Wildhearts) - 50
Bryan "Chas" Chandler (The Animals, producer) - b. 1938 - d. 7/17/96
Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) - 69
Randy Castillo (Lita Ford, Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue) - b. 1950 - d. 3/26/02
Elliot Easton (The Cars) - 61
Uli Jon Roth (Scorpions, Electric Sun) - 60
Greg D’Angelo (White Lion, Anthrax, Pride & Glory) - 51
Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) - b. 1944 - d. 3/6/13
Jimmy Bain (Dio, Rainbow) - 67
Doug Johnson (Loverboy) - 57
Klaus Eichstadt (Ugly Kid Joe) - 47
Peter Criss (Kiss) - 67
Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project) - 66
Chris Robinson (Black Crowes) - 48
Frank Zappa (Mothers of Invention) - b. 1940 - d. 12/4/93
Albert Lee - 71
Carl Wilson (The Beach Boys) - b. 1946 - d. 2/6/98
Nick Gilder (Sweeney Todd, solo) - 63
Ernest "Barry" Jenkins (Eric Burton & The Animals) - 70
Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick) - 68
Jorma Kaukonen (Jefferson Airplane, Hot Tuna) - 74
Derek Smalls (Spinal Tap) - 71
Ariel Bender (Luther Grosvenor) (Mott The Hoople) - 68
Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, MSG, Rainbow, Impelliteri) - 67
Adrian Belew (King Crimson, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, The Bears, Tori Amos, solo) - 65
Dave Murray (Iron Maiden) - 58
Munetaka Higuchi (Loudness) - b. 1958 - d. 11/30/08
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog) - 50
Lemmy Kilmister (Hawkwind, Motorhead) - 69
Doyle Bramhall II (Fabuolous Thunderbirds, Arc Angels) - 46
Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience) - b. 1945 - d. 5/11/03
Jimmy Buffet – 68
Darren Wharton (Thin Lizzy, Phil Lynott, Dare) - 52
Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther) - 42
Josh Freese (A Perfect Circle, Guns N' Roses) - 42
Phil Spector - 75
Paul Anthony Quinn (Saxon) - 63
James Kottak (Kingdom Come, Scorpions) - 52
Lars Ulrich (Metallica) - 51
Peter Klett (Candlebox) - 45
Jared Leto (Thirty Seconds to Mars, actor ) - 43
Chris Daughtry (Daughtry) - 35
Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley) - 83
Mike Pinder (The Moody Blues) - 73
Mick Jones (Foreigner, Wonderwheel, Leslie West Band, Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings, Spooky Tooth, many sessions) - 70
Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf) - 66
Terry Bozzio (Frank Zappa, UK, Missing Persons, HoBoLeMa, Jeff Beck, Korn, Fantômas, Debbie Harry, many sessions) - 64
David Knopfler (Dire Straits) - 62
Rik Fox (Steeler, Surgical Steel, SIN) - 59
Jerry Gaskill (King's X) - 57
Scott Holiday (Rival Sons) -
Hayley Williams (Paramore) - 26
Edgar Winter (Johnny Winter, Rick Derringer, The Edgar Winter Group, Sawbuck, Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, solo) – 68
Alex Chilton (The Box Tops, Big Star) - b. 1950 - d. 3/17/10
Matt Jp Walst (My Darkest Days) -
Matt "Guitar" Murphy (The Blues Brothers) - 87
Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues) - 72
Rick Danko (The Band) - b. 1942 - d. 12/10/99
Cozy Powell (Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Micheal Schenker Group, Whitesnake, Emerson, Lake & Powell, Black Sabbath, The Brian May Band, Peter Green, Yngwie Malmsteen) - b. 1947 - d. 4/5/98
Dexter Holland (The Offspring) - 49
Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard) - 47
Bo Diddley - b. 1928 - d. 6/2/08
Del Shannon - b. 1934 - d. 2/8/90
Paul Stookey (Peter, Paul & Mary) - 77
Felix Pappalardi (Mountain) - b. 1939 - d. 4/17/83
Mike Nesmith (The Monkees) - 72
Davy Jones (The Monkees) - b. 1945 - d. 2/29/12
Patti Smith - 68
Clive Bunker (Jethro Tull, Manfred Mann's Earth Band) - 68
Jeff Lynne (The Move, ELO, Traveling Wilburys, solo, Producer) - 67
Tommy Clufetos (Ted Nugent, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath) - 35
Pete Quaife (Kinks) - b. 1943 - d. 6/23/10
Andy Summers (Police) - 71
Burton Cummings (The Guess Who) - 67
Tom Hamilton (Aerosmith) - 63
Today In Rock
1956 - The rock and roll film "Shake, Rattle and Roll" opened.
1957 - Three rock and roll acts made their debut on the Ed Sullivan Show: Buddy Holly & the Crickets ("That'll Be the Day"), Sam Cooke ("You Send Me"), and the Rays.
1961 - The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey. Between 1961 -1963, The Beatles played at The Tower Ballroom on 27 occasions.
1964 - Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.
1964 - The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60's such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.
1967 - On this Friday night the 16 date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice, Outer Limits and Amen Corner played at the Central Hall, Chatham. The Chatham Standard later reported: ‘Hendrix opened his act with the Beatles’ number Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the three-piece group made as much of an impression as a studio full of musicians. Once upon a time this sort of noise could not be reproduced outside a studio. He did several of his own numbers, including unfaultable versions of Hey Joe and Purple Haze and The Troggs’ Wild Thing.
1968 - Janis Joplin made her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1975 - The Styx album "Equinox" was released.
1976 - The Sex Pistols appeared on ITV's live early evening 'Today' show (in place of Queen who had pulled out following a trip to the dentists by Freddie Mercury). Taunted by interviewer Bill Grundy who asked the band to say something outrageous, guitarist Steve Jones says: 'You dirty bastard...you dirty fucker...what a fucking rotter!' The result was the Sex Pistols being banned in several British cities. Grundy died of a heart attack aged 69 on 9th Feb 1993.
1983 - Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was ‘not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums’. His latest album Everybody's Rockin' featured a selection of rockabilly songs (both covers and original material) which ran for just 25 minutes, Young's shortest album.
1987 - A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.
1990 - C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville, after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in the town that night.
1970 - Former Animal Eric Burdon launched his new initiative, Curb the Clap, by distributing bumper stickers. Burdon said he wanted to raise awareness of the “number one sickness in the record business today – VD” and raise money for the Los Angeles Free Clinic.
1971 - Led Zeppelin released “Black Dog” as a single in the United States.
1973 - The Who were arrested in Montreal after they trashed a hotel suite. They spent six hours in jail and then were ordered to pay a 21-hundred-dollar fine. John Entwistle later wrote the song “Cell Block Number Seven” about the incident.
1988: Geraldo Rivera welcomed Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Willie Nelson on his talk show to talk about sex on the road.
1997: A man died after he fell from the balcony of the Pontiac Silverdome during a Rolling Stones concert.
1998: Jimmy Buffett gave Mobile, Alabama a hand in recovering from Hurricane George. He performed a benefit concert, his first in his hometown in eight years.
1999: Sir Paul McCartney confirmed that he would play Liverpool’s Cavern Club for the first time since The Beatles said farewell to the club in 1963.
2003: The reunited Simon & Garfunkel performed at Madison Square Garden; it was their first New York gig in 10 years.
2003: Alice Cooper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, between those of Gene Autry and Hugh Hefner.
1965: Beatles release ‘Rubber Soul’ LP
1971: Switzerland’s Montreaux Casino burns to the ground during a gig by Frank Zappa. Deep Purple, in town at the time recording an album, commemorate the incident in the song ‘Smoke On The Water’.
1976: Deep Purple’s Tommy Bolin dies.
1991: Gilby Clarke replaces Izzy Stradlin as Guns and Roses’ rhythm guitarist
1969: Jimi Hendrix signed a contract for $12,500 to perform at the Fillmore East in New York.
1969: Santana go gold with debut LP
1976: Bob Marley shot and wounded outside his house in Jamaica
1980: Led Zeppelin issue the following statement about the death of John Bonham: “The loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
1993: Frank Zappa dies
1997: The two Black Sabbath reunion shows at Birmingham’s National Exhibition Center occur. Most felt it was a magic moment, pulled off, competent, spiced with a few surprise choices like ‘Spiral Architect’, ‘Lord Of This World’ and ‘Dirty Women’. It seems singer Ozzy Osbournewas considered the weakest link, even though everybody seemed most worried about drummer Bill Ward.
1964: The Rolling Stones had their second U-K number one with their cover of Willie Dixon’s “Little Red Rooster.” In the U.S., their version of Irma Thomas’ “Time is on My Side” went to number six.
1964: Kinks enter US chart with ‘You Really Got Me’
1967: Pink Floyd finished their tour opening for Jimi Hendrix at the Green’s Playhouse in Glasgow.
1968: Graham Nash left The Hollies and formed Crosby, Stills & Nash.
1968: Rolling Stones hold a ‘Beggar’s Banquet’ at Elizabeth Rooms to mark release of their LP of the same name
1969: Led Zeppelin manager Peter Grant prevented Atlantic from releasing “Whole Lotta Love” as a single in the U-K. John Bonham said, “We refused because they wanted to take the middle section out and we didn't like it. We don't want kids to think we are releasing an LP track just to get into the chart. I'm dead against that sort of thing – we feel it's conning the public.”
1976: Days after gunmen shot up his home, Bob Marley performed at the Smile Jamaica Concert in Kingston, Jamaica.
1980: John Lennon gave his final Rolling Stone interview to Jonathan Cott. On the same day, Mark David Chapman left Honolulu, Hawaii, to fly to New York, where he would shoot Lennon three days later.
2004: Elton John received a Kennedy Center honor in Washington, D.C. During the ceremony, Secretary of State Colin Powell performed a rap to celebrate another onoree, Warren “Bulworth” Beatty.
1963: Beatles send out the first of the specially recorded Christmas records to fans
1965: Rolling Stones begin sessions for ‘Nineteenth Nervous Breakdown and Mother’s Little Helper’ at RCA Hollywood studios
1966: The Beatles performed two takes of “When I’m 64,” marking the first session for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at Abbey Road Studios.
1968: Apple Records released James Taylor’s self-titled debut.
1968: President Richard Nixon sent out 66-thousand letters to supporters who could hold office in his administration, including Elvis Presley.
1969: The Rolling Stones performed a free concert at Altamont Speedway in San Francisco with Jefferson Airplane as the opening act. The Grateful Dead refused to perform after they heard stories of violence at the gig, including a Hell’s Angels security guard beating up Airplane singer Marty Balin. While the Stones performed “Under My Thumb” in pitch darkness, another Hell’s Angel killed a fan by stabbing him in the back. Four die at the concert, including Meredith Hunter, who is stabbed to death by Hell’s Angels security guards.
1969: Led Zeppelin made their debut on the US singles chart with 'Whole Lotta Love', it went on to make No.4 on the chart and was the first of six Top 40 singles for the group in the US. During the bands career, Zeppelin never released any singles in the UK.
1970: Rolling Stones film of 1969 tour, ‘Gimme Shelter’, premieres
1973: Steve Miller goes gold with ‘The Joker’
1979: AC/DC strikes it big in the U.S. with their fifth album, Highway to Hell. It turns gold and happens to be the last album recorded with original vocalist Bon Scott, who dies two months later.
1980: In the studio, John Lennon mixed “Walking on Thin Ice.” He was also interviewed by British DJ Andy Peebles. Meanwhile, Mark David Chapman arrived in New York from Honolulu. He checked into a YMCA nine blocks from John Lennon’s apartment.
1983: ‘Asia in Asia’, live TV concert from Budokan Theatre, Tokyo, has an audience of 20 million in US (via MTV)
1986: Ringo Starr agreed to become a spokesman for a wine cooler, which made him the first Beatle to get into advertising.
1988: Roy Orbison died from a cardiac arrest in Madison, Tennessee. He was 52.
1999: Paul McCartney fans lined up overnight to get a chance to see their hero play Liverpool’s Cavern club for the first time in more than 35 years. McCartney was giving away tickets to the December 14th performance via a special lottery.
2000: Bruce Dickinson and Queensryche’s Geoff Tate join Rob Halford onstage in London for a rendition of ‘The One You Love To Hate’.
2004: Mötley Crüe announced they were reforming for their first tour in five years.
2005: Former One Day at a Time actress Valerie Bertinelli filed for divorce from her husband, guitarist Eddie Van Halen.
1964: Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown while he was on a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. He decided soon after to stop touring with The Beach Boys.
1968: The Beatles self-titled double album, often referred to as The White Album because of its cover, topped the British album charts.
1973: Fleetwood Mac manager Clifford Davis declared that he owned the rights to the band’s name and assembled a second Fleetwood Mac to tour around the country. After a lengthy legal fight, the second Fleetwood Mac changed its name to Stretch.
1973: Paul McCartney & Wings released the album Band on the Run.
1980: Having recently arrived in New York, Mark David Chapman moved from a YMCA to the Sheraton Centre Hotel. The next day he fatally shot John Lennon.
1993: Guns N’ Roses announce they will keep the Charles Manson penned tune, ‘Look At Your Game, Girl’ on their album, The Spaghetti Incident? because the royalties from the song will go to the son of one of Manson’s victims.
1999: The Eagles held a press conference to announce that their first Greatest Hits package had become America’s best-selling album. Glenn Frey said, “I hated popularity contests when I was in high school, and I hate them now.”
2002: Police were called to a Philadelphia Guns N’ Roses concert after the band failed to appear and the show was abruptly cancelled. Two people were hospitalized from the resulting furor and G N’ R’s tour was called off completely the following week.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne told the Los Angeles Times that his stuttering and physically unstable condition was caused by a cocktail of prescription medicines. Osbourne was put on an array of tranquilizers and amphetamines to combat depression after his wife was diagnosed with cancer.
1969: Jimi Hendrix appeared in front of the Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admitted he had used pot, hashish, LSD and cocaine a handful of times. But he told the judge he had “outgrown” drugs. The jury found him not guilty.
1979: Styx “Babe” #1 US Single
1980: John Lennon was shot to death outside his New York apartment by Mark David Chapman. Lennon and Yoko Ono were just returning from the Record Plant studios.
1981: A year after her husband’s death, Yoko Ono published a letter in Rolling Stone that said, “I think of John’s death as a war casualty – it is the war between the sane and the insane.”
1984: Hanoi Rocks drummer Razzle (Nicholas Dingley) is killed when the car he’s riding in, driven by intoxicated Motley Crue singer Vince Neil, hits another vehicle. Two occupants in the other car were seriously injured; Razzle was pronounced dead at the hospital. He was just 24 years old.
1995: The Grateful Dead announced they were disbanding in the wake of Jerry Garcia’s death. Their statement read, “After four months of heartfelt consideration, the remaining members of the band met yesterday and came to the conclusion that the ‘long strange trip’ of the uniquely wonderful beast known as the Grateful Dead is over.”
1999: Santana told a press conference in Mexico City that while he prayed in church the “Virgin of Guadalupe” spoke to him. He added, “Marijuana is not a drug and if factories are set up here to make clothes, tofu cheese, medicine and paper from marijuana, we won’t have to chop down so many trees.”
2000: On his Web site, Julian Lennon did his best to remember the father who was never there for him. On the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's murder, he wrote: “I had a great deal of anger towards Dad because of his negligence and his attitude to peace and love. That peace and love never came home to me.” Meanwhile, in Cuba, Fidel Castro unveiled a statue in honor of Lennon at Havana's El Vedado Park.
2000: The FBI arrested a man who had threatened to kill "Valley Girl" singer Moon Unit Zappa. The man allegedly decided to murder Moon Unit after concluding she stole the lyrics to the song from him.
2003: David Bowie postponed the opening of his first North American tour in eight years after he came down with the flu.
2003: Ozzy Osbourne broke his collarbone and several ribs after he crashed an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate in England.
2004: Pantera and Damageplan guitarist Darrell Lance Abbott (aka Dimebag Darrell) was murdered on stage in Columbus, OH, after an audience member opened fire during a concert. Three others in attendance were also killed before shooter Nathan Gale is fatally shot by a police officer. Darrell was 38 years old.
1961: The Beatles played their first concert in the south of England with Ivor Jay & the Jaywalkers in Aldershot, England. The gig was billed as a “Battle of the Bands – Liverpool vs. London,” but only 18 people showed up.
1962: Future Beatles producer George Martin was taken to the Liverpool Cavern by the group’s manager Brian Epstein to see the band perform live.
1964: In the second week it was available in the U-K, The Beatles’ “I Feel Fine” became a million seller.
1967: Doors lead singer Jim Morrison arrested in New Haven, Connecticut following backstage fight when security guard mistakes him for a fan. Before the show a policeman found Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a abckstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprayed mace in Morrison's face. Once onstage, Morrison told the audience the story of what happened backstage and started taunting the police who then dragged him off stage and arrested him. The crowd then rioted, leaving the venue in disarray and many concert goers arrested. Later, over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.
1967: Cream enter US chart with ‘Disraeli Gears’ LP
1967: The Beatles’ “Hello Goodbye” topped the British singles charts.
1972: All-Star Orchestra version of ‘Tommy’ performed at the Rainbow Theatre
1972: Elton John hits Hot 100 with ‘Crocodile Rock’, his first US No. 1
1974: George Harrison released Dark Horse, his first album on the label of the same name. His cover of The Everly Brothers’ “Bye Bye Love” was a backhanded farewell to wife Patti Boyd, who took up with his friend Eric Clapton.
1974: On Monday Night Football, John Lennon stopped by the booth during a game between the Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. While he was there, guest Ronald Reagan explained the rules of football to him.
1976: John Lennon purchased a Renoir painting valued at half-a-million dollars.
1978: Steely Dan’s ‘Greatest Hits’ hits US LP chart
1984: Jimmy Page and the Firm recorded an MTV Special at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. Producers convinced Page and the band to perform “Stairway to Heaven.”
1991: After a long legal battle, Bob Marley’s $11.5 million estate is awarded to his wife Rita and her children. Ziggy Marley’s daughter is born on this day and he names her Justice in honor of the verdict.
1992: Bill Wyman leaves the Rolling Stones
1995: The Beatles’” Anthology Vol 1″ hits the top of the charts.
1999: Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic reunited with drummer Dave Grohl during a Foo Fighters performance in Seattle. The Foo Fighters’ own bassist was suffering from the flu.
2000: Sting received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2003: In the case surrounding the February 2003 fire at a Great White concert, a Rhode Island grand jury gave three indictments of involuntary manslaughter to the club’s two owners as well as the Great White's road manager.
1967: Steve Miller (Blues) Band, a previously almost unknown San Francisco group, signs with Capitol Records for unprecedented $750,000.
1991: Alan Freed, the man who coined the term ”Rock and Roll” is posthumously awarded a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame
1970: John Lennon releases ‘Plastic Ono Band’ LP, containing ‘Mother’ and ‘Working Class Hero’
1972: Genesis play their first-ever US concert at Brandeis University in Massachussetts
1976: KISS guitarist Ace Frehley is nearly electrocuted during a concert in Florida when he touches a short circuited light. He is carried from the stage but returns 10 minutes later to finish the show.
2000: A Perfect Circle’s debut album, Mer de Noms, is approved for release in China by the country’s government, the first Western rock album since Guns N’ Roses’ Use Your Illusion I and II were permitted in 1997. Mer de Noms is required to display an “explicit language” warning in China.
1901: Guglielmo Marconi sent out and received the very first radio signal.
1964: The Rolling Stones’ second American album, 12x5, went to number three on the chart.
1966: Pink Floyd perform their first concert at Oxfam benefit at Royal Albert Hall
1967: Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones was let off the hook by a London appeals court. He faced nine months in prison after he was found guilty of possessing cannabis. However, three psychiatrists testified that his nerves would be unable to handle such a lengthy incarceration, and the court agreed to commute his sentence.
1968: Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus’ filmed at Wembley TV Studios. John and Yoko, Eric Clapton, Who Jethro Tull and Mitch Mitchell are among the performers. It is never shown. It has since been released on DVD.
1969: Plastic Ono Band (featuring Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Alan White and John and Yoko) perform their first concert at the Toronto Peace Festival
1970: The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans
1974: The Rolling Stones’ second guitarist, Mick Taylor, announced he was quitting the band. The Stones carried on recording their album Black and Blue in Munich with a variety of guitarists, including Taylor’s eventual replacement, Ron Wood.
1979: Paul McCartney & Wings performed in Birmingham, England, the latest stop on their farewell tour. Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Bonham, who performed on the Wings album Back to the Egg, attended the show.
1985: Keyboardist Ian Stewart died in London. Stewart was a founding member of The Rolling Stones. However, Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham kicked him out of the band because he didn’t have “the right look.” Stewart became the band’s road manager and their indispensable sideman.
1987: Whitesnake go platinum with ‘Slide it In’
2000: Guns N' Roses announced their long-awaited album Chinese Democracy was due for release in June 2001. It actually came out in November of 2008
2002: The Boring Institute of America declared Ozzy Osbourne the most boring celebrity of the year.
2002: At a New York radio show, Kelly Osbourne re-ignited her family’s feud with Billy Corgan. She claimed Corgan’s new band, Zwan, was only on the bill because Corgan orally serviced the radio station’s program director. Kelly’s mom managed The Smashing Pumpkins briefly before quitting because, she claimed, Corgan made her sick.
2003: Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger was knighted by Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace. Jagger brought his 92-year-old father, Joe, to the ceremony.
1961: The Beatles performance at Liverpool's Cavern was witnessed by Mike Smith, an A&R man from the Decca record label.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono's Wedding Album entered the Billboard album chart at number 182.
1974: George Harrison had lunch with President Gerald Ford at the White House.
1974: Bachman-Turner Overdrive go gold with ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet’
1980: Steely Dan’s ‘Gaucho’ hits US LP chart
1983: During a solo concert at London's Hammersmith Odeon, Robert Plant was joined by his old Led Zeppelin cohort Jimmy Page. The two performed "Treat Her Right," a song that was originally a hit for Roy Head in 1965.
1984: Bruce Kulick joins KISS.
1988: Bruce Springsteen's divorce from Julianne Phillips became final. He later married his back-up singer, Patti Scialfa.
1993: Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash joined Billy Joel on stage in L-A to play a solo on the tune "Shameless.”
2000: Aerosmith and Queen make it into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame, while AC/DC and Black Sabbath are overlooked again.
1968: Iron Butterfly go gold with ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’
1974: Mick Taylor leaves Rolling Stones to form new group with Jack Bruce
2000: The search for Loverboy bassist Scott Smith, who was swept off his sailboat November 30th in the San Francisco Bay, officially ends.
1967: The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ LP goes gold
1968: Appearing on the ‘Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’, Grace Slick appears in blackface and raise a black-leather glove in a black power salute.The incident is one of several that leads to the show’s cancellation
1969: John Lennon and Plastic Ono Band (Featuring George Harrison, Delanie and Bonnie, Keith Moon and Billy Preston) make debut UK concert appearance in ‘War is Over’ gig at The Lyceum. The same day, posters, paid for by John and Yoko, go up around the world, stating ‘War is over if you want it’
1973: Genesis debut on US chart with ‘Selling England by the Pound’
1977: The Who perform a secret concert for their fan club members. Footage of the concert appears in Jeff Stein’s movie, The Kids Are Alright’
1977: Sex Pistols are denied visas to enter the US. They are due to appear on Saturday Night Live two days later at the start of a US tour.
1960: George Harrison deported from Germany during a Beatles tour. He is too young to have a work permit
1966: Jimi Hendrix releases ‘Hey Joe’ in US.
1970: ‘Travelling’ Band’, ‘Up Around the Bend’ and ‘Bad Moon Rising’ all certified gold for Creedence Clearwater Revival
1974: Ian Hunter quits Mott the Hoople
1971: David Bowie’s ‘Hunky Dory’ LP becomes his first to be released in US
1965: Beatles enter US chart with ‘Day Tripper’
1975: Rod Stewart announces departure from Faces
1976: Eagles hit US chart with ‘New Kid in Town’, on way to No. 1
1981: Rod Stewart plays Los Angeles Forum, along with Kim Carnes and Tina Turner. The show is broadcast around the world to a television audience of 35 million
1967: Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick form Jethro Tull, named after an eighteenth-century inventor of farming implements
1975: Guitarist Joe Walsh, formerly with the James Gang, joins Eagles as replacement for Bernie Leadon
1985: Heart’s “Heart” US #1 US Album
1968: Crosby, Stills and Nash perform together in public for the first time.
1968: ‘Traffic’ debut LP hits US Top 40
1969: Ginger Bakers Airforce (With Steve Winwood, Ric Grech, Chris Wood and Denny Laine) performs debut gig in Amsterdam
1979: Linda Ronstadt performs at a benefit show for the presidential campaign for California governor Jerry Brown, who is her boyfriend. The show at the San Diego Sports Arena,which inludes The Eagles and Chicago is followed-up by a similar show at the Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas. The two shows bring in over $450,000.
1976: Bob Seger’s ‘Live Bullet’ album goes gold in US
1978: Kenny Jones joins Who, taking the place of the late Keith Moon
1979: Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello and Clash are among those who perform at a benefit concert for the people of Kampuchea at Hammersmith Odeon, London
1981: Sotheby’s in London holds a rock & roll auction. An enamelled Abbey Road street sign went for $600, an autographed program from the Beatles Royal Command Performance sold for $2,000.
1991: Gregg Allman makes his acting debut as a drug baron in the movie, “Rush.”
1967: “Foxy Lady” by Jimi Hendrix Experience is released.
1969: Elton John and Bernie Taupin begin writing songs together.
1972: John Lennon’s film “Imagine” is premiered on national TV.
1965: The Beatles earn a gold record for the album “Rubber Soul,” just two-and-a-half weeks after its release.
1973: Tom Johnson of the Doobie Brothers is arrested in Visalia, California on charges of marijuana possession. His court appearance on January 10, coincides with the release of the group’s new album, ironically titled “What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits.”
1988: Poison: ‘Every Rose Has Its Thorn’ #1 US Single
1994: Pearl Jam “Vitalogy” #1 US Album
1959: Richard Starkey (Ringo Starr) receives his first drum set for Christmas. The 18 year old is currently working as an apprentice engineer.
1964: George Harrison’s girlfriend Patti Boyd is attacked by jealous female fans at Beatles’ Christmas concert at Hammersmith Odeon.
1967: Paul McCartney and Jane Asher get engaged.
1976: The Eagles’ sixth album “Hotel California,” their first with Joe Walsh, goes platinum.
1996: “The People vs. Larry Flynt,” starring Courtney Love, is released.
1963: Capitol Records in US (having rejected every Beatles record so far) finally rush-releases ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’. Within five weeks it is at No. 1
1967: Beatles’ ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ gets its first showing on BBC TV
1968: Led Zeppelin begins its first U.S. tour.
1970: George Harrison: ‘My Sweet Lord’ #1 US Single
1981: AC/DC: ‘For Those About to Rock We Salute You’ #1 US Album
1968: Beatles: ‘White Album’ #1 US Album
1968: The Miami Pop Festival – the first to be held on the East Coast – begins. A hundred thousand people see Procol Harum, Joni Mitchell, Canned Heat and Iron Butterfly
1968: Doors release ‘Touch Me’ in US
1971: Keith Moon comperes a concert at Carnegie Hall for one of his favorite acts, Sha Na Na
1975: In Spokane, Washington, David Gelfer points a .44 magnum at Ted Nugent. Gelfer is brought down by members of the audience and security guards and is charged with “intimidating with a weapon.”
1979: Emerson, Lake & Palmer announce their break-up.
1981: The J.Geils Band album “Freeze-Frame” goes gold.
1961: Janis Joplin sang in her first public engagement at a Halfway House in Beaumont Texas
1965: The Beatles single “I Feel Fine” and album, “Beatles ’65″ are certified gold in the US
1969: Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsies play debut gig at Fillmore East, New York
1974: Mick Fleetwood phones Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham, inviting them to join Fleetwood Mac. ‘He called us up sight unseen. We could’ve been the two heaviest jerks he’d ever seen’, says Nicks
1976: Cars make their concert debut at Pease Air Force Base in New Hampshire
1982: Max’s Kansas City, famous New York rock club, closes
1984: Rick Allen, drummer with Def Leppard, suffers car accident which leads to the amputation of his left arm