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Rock B-Days/Today In Rock History: February

by on Feb.01, 2015, under ROCK B-DAYS/TODAY IN ROCK

Feb. 1:
Jani Lane (Warrant, Saints Of The Underground, Liberty & Justice, solo) – b. 1964 – d. 8/11/11
Ray Sawyer (Dr. Hook & the Medicine Show) – 78
Don Everly (Everly Brothers) – 78
Mike Campbell (Mudcrutch, Stevie Nicks, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, the Blue Stingrays, worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Fleetwood Mac, Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman, Warren Zevon, George Harrison) – 65
Rich Williams (Kansas) – 65
Fran Christina (Fabulous Thunderbirds) – 64
Exene Cervenka (X, The Knitters, solo) – 59
Lisa Marie Presley – 47
Patrick Wilson (Weezer, The Special Goodness) – 46
Ron Welty (The Offspring, Steady Ground) – 44

Feb. 2:
Graham Nash (The Hollies, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Crosby, Stills & Nash, solo) – 73
Ross Valory (Journey, The Storm, Steve Miller Band, Frumious Bandersnatch, The Vu) – 66
‎Rick Dufay‬ (Aerosmith, solo) – 63‬
Robert DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots, Army Of Anyone, Talk Show) – 49
Ben Mize (Counting Crows) – 44

Feb. 3:
Angelo D’Aleo (Dion and the Belmonts, The Belmonts) – 75
Eric Haydock (The Hollies) – 73
Stan Webb (Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown, Canned Heat, solo) – 69
Dave Davies (Kinks, solo) – 68
Lee Ranaldo (Sonic Youth, The Cribs, Text of Light) – 59
Tony Butler (Big Country, DOG + more) – 58
Laurence Tolhurst (The Cure) – 56
Richie Kotzen (Poison, Greg Howe, Mr. Big, Vertú -project with Stanley Clarke and Lenny White, The Winery Dogs, solo) – 45

Feb. 4:
John Steel (The Animals, sessionist) – 74
Alice Cooper (Vince Fournier) – 67
John Schlitt (Petra, Head East) – 65
Phil Ehart (White Clover, Kansas) – 65
Jerry Shirley (Humble Pie, Fastway, Badfinger, Waysted) – 63
Noodles – Kevin John Wasserman (The Offspring) – 52
Duncan Coutts (Our Lady Peace) – 46
Rick Burch (Jimmy Eat World) – 40

Feb. 5:
Hal Blaine (Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Ronettes, Jan and Dean, The Mamas & the Papas, The Byrds, Johnny Rivers, Elkie Brooks, The Association, Sonny & Cher, The Grass Roots, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Frank Sinatra, John Lennon, Neil Diamond, Simon & Garfunkel, John Denver, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Captain & Tennille, The Carpenters, Henry Mancini, The 5th Dimension, The Supremes, Barbra Streisand, Nancy Sinatra, Diana Ross, Dean Martin, The Partridge Family, The Wrecking Crew) – 86
Chuck Winfield (Blood Sweat& Tears) – 72
Al Kooper (The Royal Teens, The Blues Project, Blood Sweat & Tears, Kooper played organ on ‘Like A Rolling Stone’ by Bob Dylan and wrote “This Diamond Ring” for Gary Lewis and the Playboys. He also discovered and produced Lynyrd Skynyrd and played with Alvin Lee, B.B. King, Bill Wyman, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Harry Chapin, Jimi Hendrix, Labelle, Michael Bloomfield, Mick Jagger, Mose Jones, Paul Butterfield, Ray Charles, Ringo Starr, Shuggie Otis, Stephen Stills, Ten Years After, The Animals, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,solo, many others) – 71
David Denny (Frumious Bandersnatch, Steve Miller Band) – 67
Christopher Guest (Nigel Tufnel) (Spinal Tap) – 67
Tommy Skeoch (Tesla) – 53
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Loaded, Neurotic Outsiders, 10 Minute Warning, The Fartz, Fastbacks, The Gentlemen, Jane’s Addiction, Kings Of Chaos) – 51
Chris Barron (Spin Doctors) – 47

Feb. 6:
1945: Bob Marley, singer/songwriter and guitarist who had a 1981 UK No.8 single with ‘No Woman No Cry’, plus over ten other UK Top 40 singles and the 1976 US No.8 & UK No. 15 album ‘Rastaman Vibration’. Marley died of cancer on May 11th 1981. The 1984 ‘Best Of’ album spent 330 weeks on the UK chart. In 1990, February 6th was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.
Richie Hayward (Little Feat, Fraternity of Men, The Factory) – b. 1946 – d. 8/12/10
Punky Meadows (The Intruders, The English Setters, The Cherry People, BUX, Angel) – 65
Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Vantage Point, prolific session drummer: Jeff Beck, The Who, Judas Priest, Tears for Fears, Mike Oldfield, Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Big Jim Sullivan, Pete Townshend, Big Country, Whitesnake, Jack Bruce, David Gilmour, Frank Zappa, Brian Eno, Jon Anderson, Bonnie Tyler, Trevor Rabin, 10cc, Mick Jagger, Joe Satriani, Russ Ballard, Mike Rutherford, John Wetton, Asia, Derek Sherinian, Jordan Rudess and many more) – 58
Axl Rose (William Bailey) (Guns N’Roses, Hollywood Rose, L.A. Guns, Rapidfire) – 53

Feb. 7:
Alan Lancaster (Status Quo, Party Boys and the Bombers) – 66
Jimmy Greenspoon (Three Dog Night) – 66
Joe English (Wings, Sea Level, Pieces of Eight, The Joe English Band, Jam Factory, Tall Dogs Orchestra, Kingfish, Compassion All Star Band) – 65
Mark St. John (KISS, Front Page, White Tiger) – b. 1956 – d. 4/5/07
Garth Brooks – 53
David Bryan (Bon Jovi) – 53
Jim Durki (Dnark Angel) -
Sully Erna (Godsmack) – 47
Wes Borland (Limp Bizkit, Black Light Burns) – 40

Feb. 8:
Adolfo de la Parra (Canned Heat) – 69
Vince Neil (Motley Crue, solo) – 54
Mandy Lion (WWIII, Wicked Alliance, Mandy Lion Band) -
Mika Karppinen (H.I.M., To Separate the Flesh from the Bones) – 44
Will Turpin (Collective Soul, solo) – 44
Dave “Phoenix” Farrell (Linkin Park) – 38

Feb. 9:
Carole King – 73
Rachel Bolan (Skid Row) – 49
Mark Osegueda‬ (Death Angel) – 46‬
Jeremy Davis (Paramore) – 30

Feb. 10:
Nigel Olsson (Plastic Penny, Elton John, Uriah Heep, Spencer Davis Group, solo) – 66
Cliff Burton (Metallica, Agents of Misfortune, EZ-Street, Trauma) – b. 1962 – d. 9/27/86

Feb. 11:
Gene Vincent – b. 1935 – d. 10/12/71
Gerald “Gerry” Goffin – b. 1939 – d. 6/19/14)
Sheryl Crow – 53
Mike Shinoda (Linkin Park) – 38

Feb. 12:
Ray Manzarek (Doors, Manzarek-Krieger, Rick & the Ravens, Nite City, The Manzarek-Rogers Band) – b. 1939 – d. 5/20/13
Joe Schermie (Three Dog Night) – b. 1946 – d. 3/26/02
Stanley Knight (Black Oak Arkansas) – b. 1949 – d. 2/16/13
Steve Hackett (Genesis. GTR, Quiet World, solo) – 65
Michael McDonald (The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, The Dukes of September, solo) – 63
Brian David “Robbo” Robertson (Thin Lizzy, Motorhead, Wild Horses, solo) – 59
Reed Mullin‬ (Corrosion Of Conformity) – 49

Feb. 13:
Peter Tork (The Monkees, Shoe Suede Blues, George Harrison, James Lee Stanley, Release, Cottonmouth, The Peter Tork Project) – 73
Roy Dyke (Ashton Gardner & Dyke, Badger, Pat Travers, George Harrison, Remo Four) – 70
Peter Gabriel (Genesis, solo) – 65
Bob Daisley (Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Uriah Heep, Gary Moore, Yngwie Malmsteen) – 65
Rebop Kwaku Baah (Traffic, Ginger Baker, Wings, others, solo) – b. 1944 – d. 1/12/83
Ed Gagliardi (Foreigner, Spys) – b. 1952 – d. 5/11/14
Scott Smith (Loverboy) – b. 1955 – d. 11/30/00
Tony Butler (Big Country, On the Air, The Pretenders, Roger Daltrey, Pete Townshend) – 58
Les Warner (The Cult, Batusis) – 54
Henry Rollins (Black Flag, Rollins Band, solo) – 54
Jeff Waters (Annihilator) – 49
Dave Padden‬ (‎Annihilator‬) – 39

Feb. 14:
Merl Saunders (The Dinosaurs, Legion of Mary, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Tom Fogerty, solo + more) – b. 1934 – d. 10/24/08
Vic Briggs (Animals, Dusty Springfield, The Echoes + more) – 70
Tim Buckley III – b. 1947 – d. 6/29/75
Doug Simril (Steve Miller, Boz Scraggs, solo) – 68
Roger Fisher (Heart, Alias, Clever Bastard, solo) – 65
Sylvain Sylvain / Sylvain Mizrahi (New York Dolls, The Criminals) – 64
Rob Thomas (Matchbox 20, solo) – 43

Feb. 15:
Glyn Johns (UK producer, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Beatles – ‘Let It Be’ sessions), Joan Armatrading, Midnight Oil, The Eagles, The Faces and Led Zeppelin) – 73
Mick Avory (The Kinks) – 71
John Helliwell (Supertramp) – 70
Jake E. Lee (Ozzy Osbourne, Badlands, Wicked Sensation, Red Dragon Cartel) – 58
Brandon Boyd (Incubus) – 39
Brooks Wackerman (Bad4Good, Infectious Grooves, Suicidal Tendencies, The Vandals, Bad Religion, Kidneys, Tenacious D, Korn, The Innocent, Fear and the Nervous Sytem) – 38

Feb. 16:
Sonny Bono (Sonny & Cher) – b. 1935 – d. 1/5/98
Pete Willis (Def Leppard, Gogmagog, Roadhouse) – 55
Andy Taylor (Duran Duran, Power Station, Robert Palmer, Rod Stewart, The Almighty, Thunder (band), Mark Shaw, Love and Money, Paul Rodgers, C. C. Catch, solo) – 54
Dave Lombardo (Slayer, Testament, Philm, Grip Inc., Fantomas) – 50
Brad Walst (Three Days Grace) – 38

Feb. 17:
Doyle Bramhall (Stevie Ray Vaughan, Chessmen, Nightcrawlers, Texas Storm, solo) – b. 1949 – d. 11/12/11
Ricky Medlocke (Blackfoot, Lynyrd Skynyrd) – 65
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Network, Foxboro Hot Tubs, The Boo) – 43
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders, Alanis Morissette, Stevie Salas) – 43

Feb. 18:
Yoko Ono (John Lennon, Plastic Ono Band) – 82
Clyde “Skip” Battin (The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Skip & Flip, solo) – b. 1934 -d. 7/6/03
Dennis De Young (Styx, solo) – 68
Keith Knudsen (Doobie Brothers, Southern Pacific) – b. 1948 – d, 2/8/05
Robbie Bachman (Brave Belt, Bachman Turner Overdrive) – 62
Jamie West-Oram (The Fixx) – 61
Gar Samuelson (Megadeth) – b. 1958 – d. 7/22/99
Jason Sutter (Smash Mouth, American Hi-Fi, Marilyn Mason, Chris Cornell, others) – 46
Raine Maida (Our Lady Peace, solo) – 45
Merritt Gant (Overkill, Blood Audio, Faith or Fear) – 44

Feb. 19:
Paul Dean (Loverboy) – 69
Pierre van der Linden (Focus, Pierre van der Linden) – 69
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath, Heaven & Hell, Earth, Velvett Fogg, Mythology, WhoCares, solo) – 67
Mark Andes (Canned Heat, Spirit, Jo Jo Gunne, Firefall, Heart) – 67
Eddie Hardin (Spencer Davis Group, Axis Point, Hardin & York, Jon Lord, solo) – 66
Andy Powell (Wishbone Ash) – 65
Francis Buchholz (Scorpions, Michael Schenker Group) – 61
Doug Aldrich (Lion, Hurricane, House Of Lords, Burning Rain, Bad Moon Rising, Dio, Whitesnake, Revolution Saints) – 51
Todd LaTorre (Crimson Glory, Queensryche) – 41
Daniel Adair (3 Doors Down, Nickelback, Burn Halo) – 40

Feb. 20:
Lew Soloff (Blood, Sweat& Tears, solo) – 71
J. Geils (J. Geils Band) – 69
Walter Becker (Steely Dan) – 65
Randy California (Spirit, The Blue Flame, solo) – 64
Kee Marcello (Europe) – 55
Kurt Cobain (Nirvana) – b. 1967 – d. 4/5/94
Paweł Maciwoda‬ (Scorpions) – 48

Feb. 21:
David Geffen – Geffen record label boss. Founder of Asylum records signed The Eagles, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Jackson Browne, Joni Mitchell. Formed Dreamworks in 1995 – 72
Paul Newton (Uriah Heep, Shinn, Hensley Lawton Band) – 67
Jerry Harrison (The Modern Lovers, Talking Heads, Producer) – 66
Vince Welnick (The Tubes, Grateful Dead, Missing Man Formation, Mickey Hart Band, Todd Rundgren) – b. 1951 – d. 6/2/06
Lester Hunt (Climax Blues Band) – 59
Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello and the Attractions, Elvis Costello and the Imposters, solo) – 57
Michael Ward (Wallflowers, School of Fish, Innocent Criminals, Ben Harper, Gogol Bordello) – 48
Randy Blythe (Lamb Of God) – 44
Scott Griffin (LA Guns, Hookers N’ Blow) -

Feb. 22:
Jon Brant (Cheap Trick, Siren, solo) – 60
Dave Spitz‬ (Black Sabbath, White Lion, Great White) – 57
Akira Takasaki (Loudness, Lazy, solo) – 54
‎Glen Alvelais‬ (Forbidden‬, Testament, Hatriot, LD/50) – 47
Scott Phillips (Creed, Alter Bridge, Projected) – 42
Joe Hottinger (Halestorm) – 29

Feb. 23:
Johnny Winter – b. 1944 – d. 7/16/14
Rusty Young (Poco) – 69
Steve Priest (Sweet) – 67
Terry “Tex” Comer (Warm Dust, Ace) – 66
Brad Whitford (Aerosmith, Joe Perry Project, solo) – 63
Michael Angelo Batio – 59
Michael Wilton (Queensryche) – 53
John Norum (Europe, Dokken, Don Dokken, Glenn Hughes, UFO, Eddie Meduza, solo) – 51
Chris Vrenna (Nine Inch Nails, Tweaker, Marilyn Manson + more) – 48
Jeff Beres (Sister Hazel) – 44

Feb. 24:
Paul Jones (Paul Pond) (Mannfred Mann’s Earth Band, Eric Clapton’s Powerhouse, The Blues Band, The Manfreds, solo) – 73
Nicky Hopkins (The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, Led Zeppelin, The Kinks, The Who, The Easybeats, The Move, The Jeff Beck Group, Donovan, New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Steve Miller Band, Cat Stevens, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Badfinger, Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Jefferson Airplane, The Jerry Garcia Band, Peter Frampton, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart + many more) – b. 1944 – d. 9/6/94
Lonnie Turner (Steve Miller Band, solo) – b. 1947 – d. 4/28/13
Tim Staffell (Smile (became Queen), Humpy Bong, Morgan, aMIGO) – 67
George Thorogood (George Thorogood & the Destroyers) – 65
Ronnie Platt (Kansas, Shooting Star Band) -
Chris Fehn (Slipknot, Thunderbolt Gasoline, Shed, Will Haven) – 43
Matt Skiba (Alkaline Trio, Heavens, The Hell, Matt Skiba and the Sekrets) – 39

Feb. 25:
George Harrison (The Beatles, Traveling Wilburys, solo) – b. 1943 – d. 11/29/01
John Doe (X, The Knitters + more) – 61
Dennis Diken (The Smithereens, Bell Sound, Dave Amels) – 58
Mike Peters (The Alarm, Big Country, solo) – 56
Pia Maiocco (Vixen, wife of Steve Vai) – 53

Feb. 26:
Fats Domino – 87
Johnny Cash – b. 1932 – d. 9/12/03
Bob Hite (Canned Heat) – b. 1943 – d. 4/5/81
Paul Cotton (Poco) – 72
Mitch Ryder (The Detroit Wheels, solo) – 70
Jonathan Cain (Journey, The Babys, Bad English, Michael Bolton, solo + more) – 65
Michael Bolton (singer, songwriter; Blackjack, solo) – 62
Tom Commerford (Rage Against The Machine, Audioslave, Puscifer, solo) – 47

Feb. 27:
Eddie Gray (Tommy James & Shondells) – 67
Robert Balderrama (Question Mark & The Mysterians, Joe King Carrasco and the Crowns, Robert Lee Revue) – 65
Neil Schon (Santana, Betty Davis, Azteca, Journey, Schon & Hammer, HSAS, Bad English, solo) – 61
Adrian Smith (Urchin, Iron Maiden, Psycho Motel, Bruce Dickinson + more) – 58
Johnny Van Zant (The Austin Nickels Band, The Johnny Van Zant Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Van Zant, .38 Special) – 56
Nasty Suicide/Jan Stenfors (Hanoi Rocks, The Suicide Twins, The Cherry Bombz + more) – 52

Feb. 28:
Brian Jones (Rolling Stones) – b. 1942 – d. 7/3/69
Geoff Nicholls (Black Sabbath, Quartz, Tony Martin) – 67
Eddie Manion (Southside Johnny, The Sessions Band, The Miami Horns, Bruce Springsteen, E Street Band, Little Steven, Robert Cray, solo) – 63
Randy Jackson (Zebra) – 60
Justin Sane/Justin Meacham (Avenged Sevenfold, Suburban Legends, Pinkly Smooth) – 35

Today In Rock History:
February 1:
1949: RCA unveils the first 45-rpm record-playing system. It is the first time a record and record changer are made for each other.
1949, RCA Records issued the first ever 45rpm single, the invention of this size record made jukeboxes possible.
1963: 17 year-old Neil Young performed his first professional date at a country club in Winnipeg.
1967: Beatles record title song for Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band LP.
1968: The Who kicked off their third North American tour at the Civic Auditorium San Jose, California
1977: Led Zeppelin’s tour is postponed indefinitely because of vocalist Robert Plant’s trouble with tonsillitis.
1980: Iron Maiden head out on the Metal For Muthas Tour, their first UK headling trek.
1988: The Cars announced they were breaking up after 12 years of working together.

February 2:
1962: The Beatles played their first professionally organised gig outside of Liverpool at The Oasis Club, Manchester. The group’s set started with their version of ‘Hippy Hippy Shake.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played live on UK TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Purple Haze.’
1973: An organ exploded in San Francisco, injuring the hands of Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s keyboard player, Keith Emerson. It was all part of the stage act, but the explosives in the instrument went off prematurely.
1978: Van Halen signed with Warner Brothers Records.
1979: the ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicous dies of a heroin overdose in the New York City apartment of his present girlfriend, Michelle Robinson. The death is ruled an accident. He was 21 years old.
1980: in honor of the first anniversary of the death of ex-Sex Pistol Sid Vicious, 1,000 punks march from London’s Chelsea section to Hyde Park. Vicious’ mother, Ann Beverly, was to have been at the head of the march, however, the night before she was sent to the hospital for a drug overdose.
1985: Foreigner “I Want to Know What Love Is” #1 US single
2006: Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora and Heather Locklear announced they were splitting after 11 years of marriage.

February 3:
1959: 22 year old Buddy Holly, The Big Bopper and Ritchie Valens, aged 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa, the pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed. Holly hired the plane after heating problems developed on his tourbus. All three were traveling to Fargo, North Dakota, for the next show on their Winter Dance Party Tour which Holly had set – covering 24 cities in three weeks, to make money after the break-up of his band, The Crickets, last year.
1967: Jefferson Airplane performed at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium; they shared the bill with Quicksilver Messenger Service.
1968: Paul McCartney records Lady Madonna without the other Beatles.
1969: John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison hired Allen Klein as The Beatles’ business manager. Paul McCartney disagreed with the decision, leading to further divisions among the group.
1976: David Bowie kicked off an American tour in Seattle, showing off his new “Thin White Duke” persona.
1978: Van Halen signs with Warner Bros.
1979: Blues Brothers “Briefcase Full of Blues” #1 US LP
1998: Pearl Jam released their fifth album, titled Yield.
2003: Legendary producer Phil Spector was arrested in connection with the shooting death of a woman at his mansion in Alhambra, California.
2006: Former Dynasty star Heather Locklear filed for divorce from Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora after 11 years of marriage. Locklear who was previously married to Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee and Sambora were married in 1994 and have an eight-year-old daughter called Ava.
2007: Daughtry were at No.1 on the US album chart with their self-titled debut. Lead singer Chris Daughtry was the fourth-place finalist on the fifth season of American Idol. The album sold over a 1m copies after just five weeks of release, becoming the fastest selling debut rock album of all time.
2010: AC/DC singer Brian Johnson, joined a growing group of critics of Bob Geldof and U2 singer Bono over their very public charity work, saying they should stop lecturing audiences about charity work and instead do their good deeds in private. Johnson said “When I was a working man I didn’t want to go to a concert for some bastard to talk down to me that I should be thinking of some kid in Africa. I’m sorry mate, do it yourself, spend some of your own money and get it done. It just makes me angry.”

February 4:
1968: Billed as ‘Tour 60 cities in 66 Days’ The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Winterland in San Francisco.
1968: Working at Abbey Road studios, London, The Beatles recorded ‘Across the Universe.’ John and Paul decided the song needed some falsetto harmonies so they invited two girl fans into the studio to sing on the song. The two were Lizzie Bravo, a 16-year-old Brazilian living near Abbey Road and 17-year-old Londoner Gayleen Pease.
1969: The day after the other three Beatles appointed Allen Klein as business manager, Paul McCartney hired the law firm Eastman & Eastman as Apple’s general legal counsel.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono donated their hair for an auction in aid of the Black Power movement.
1972: In a memo to Attorney General John Mitchell, South Carolina Senator Strom Thurmond suggested that John Lennon be deported.
1974: John Lennon and Yoko Ono temporarily separated.
1977: American Bandstand celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC special hosted by Dick Clark.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours album was released.
1984: Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble kicked off their 114-date ‘Couldn’t Stand the Weather tour’ at the War Memorial Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
1989: Guns N’Roses become the first act for fiteen years to place two LPs in US Top 5 – “Appetite for Destruction” (2) and “Lies” (5). The last act was Jim Croce.
1992: Pearl Jam appeared at The Borderline in London, England, tickets cost £5 ($8.50).

February 5:
1962: The Beatles played two shows, one at the Cavern Club at lunchtime and, in the evening, at the Kingsway Club in Southport. This was the first time Ringo Starr appeared live with the group after drummer Pete Best became ill.
1967: The News of the World reported that Mick Jagger had taken LSD at the home of a member of The Moody Blues. Jagger sued the paper for libel.
1968: Beatles go gold with Yellow Submarine
1977: Iggy Pop signs to RCA.
1983: Def Leppard’s album, Pyromania, started a 92-week run on the U.S. charts. It never reached #1, but sold over 6 million copies in the U.S. alone.
1998: Slaughter guitarist Tim Kelly dies from injuries suffered in a collision on State Route 96 in Arizona. Kelly was 34.
2003: Courtney Love blamed her bad language for the alleged air rage incident that led to her arrest at London’s Heathrow Airport. As she left Heathrow’s police station the singer said, “I cussed at a lady. My daughter always said I had a potty mouth.” When asked what it had been like inside the police station, the singer said, “It was fine. They were wonderful in there. It was like being on Prime Suspect.”
2004: Janet Jackson’s right breast became the most searched-for image in Internet history. Jackson’s breast was seen by millions on TV after Justin Timberlake pulled at her bodice during a duet at the Super Bowl.
2006: The Rolling Stones played three songs during the half-time show of the Super Bowl in Detroit. After the event, the Stones expressed their displeasure over having Mick Jagger’s microphone turned down to censor a line in the song, “Start Me Up.”

February 6:
1958: George Harrison joined Liverpool group The Quarrymen. The group who were named after Lennon’s school featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Len Garry, Eric Griffiths and John Lowe.
1970: Eric Clapton played the first of two nights at The Fillmore East in New York City.
1981: Paul McCartney joins Ringo Starr and George Harrison in recording All Those Years Ago, a tribute to Lennon.
1982: Joan Jett debuts on US Hot 100 at No. 63 with I Love Rock & Roll.
1982: The J Geils Band started a six week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘Centrefold’, the bands only US No.1. A No.3 hit in the UK. The bands album ‘Freeze- Frame’ started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart on the same day.
1982: Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey was hospitalised after being attacked after a gig in Belfast
1990: Billy Idol has to give up a major role in Oliver Stone’s film “The Doors” after he breaks several bones in a serious motorcycle accident.
2001: Guitarist Don Felder was fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million law suit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of implied-in-fact contract. Henley and Frey then countersued Felder for breach of contract, alleging that Felder had written and attempted to sell the rights to a “tell-all” book. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount.
2002: Ratt guitarist Warren DeMartini and drummer Bobby Blotzer win the battle over ownership of the name “RATT” in a victory in the Lost Angeles Superior Court.

February 7:
1964: Beatles visit America for first time. ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’ is No. 1, and thousands of screaming fans greet them at Kennedy airport.
1966: The Beatles released their single ”Nowhere Man.”
1966: First edition of the first rock magazine, Crawdaddy, published in US.
1969: John and Yoko were featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine, on sale for 35 Cents, (2/6). John was named as Rolling Stone’s ‘Man Of The Year’.
1969: The Who recorded Pinball Wizard at Morgan Studio’s, London.
1969, Doors singer Jim Morrison was arrested for drunk driving and driving with no license in Los Angeles, California.
1970, Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull married record company secretary Jennie Franks.
1970: Led Zeppelin scored their first UK No.1 album with ‘Led Zeppelin II’. Featuring the US single ‘Whole Lotta Love’, it went on to stay on the chart for 138 weeks selling over 6 million copies in the US.
1979: Stephen Stills completes the first digitally recorded rock LP, which is never released.
1980: Pink Floyd premiere their concert The Wall in Los Angeles. The ambitious production actually featured a wall built between band and audience during the first half of the concert. The first performance at Los Angeles’ Sport Arena was held up after fireworks set fire to the stage curtains. Pink Floyd played the first of seven sold out nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, California.
1983: Led Zeppelin go platinum with “Coda” LP.
1986: The Rolling Stones shot the video for “Harlem Shuffle” in New York City.
1994: Blind Melon’s singer Shannon Hoon is thrown out of the American Music Awards for loud and disruptive behavior.He is later charged with assault, battery, resisting arrest and destroying a police station phone.
2000: Foghat’s Dave Peverett succumbed to cancer. The 57-year-old singer and guitarist led the popular ‘70s hard rock quartet to the top 20 with the track “Slow Ride.”
2001: A court ruled that the Bruce Springsteen Club could keep the domain name BruceSpringsteen.com, much to the Boss’ chagrin. He wanted the name for his own Web site.
2001: U2 played a secret show at London’s Astoria. Stars attending the show included actor John Hurt, Queen’s Roger Taylor, Mick Jagger, Bob Geldof, Chris Evans and members of Toploader.
2004: Queen’s single ‘We Will Rock You’ topped a poll of music fans to find the greatest rock anthem of all time. The 1977 song beat the band’s classic ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ into second place in a survey of 1,000 people carried out for the UCI cinema chain. The poll was carried out to mark the release of new Jack Black comedy ‘School of Rock.’

February 8:
1963: On tour with Helen Shapiro in Carlisle, England, The Beatles were refused entry into a local ballroom because they were wearing leather jackets.
1964: On their first full day in New York, The Beatles (minus George who had a sore throat), went for a photo-opportunity walk around Central Park. Over 400 girl fans followed The Beatles and extra police were called in to control them. Later in the day The Ronettes interviewed The Beatles for radio.
1969: George Harrison’s tonsils were removed at London’s University College Hospital. The tonsils were destroyed so they could not be sold.
1969: Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Steve Winwood announce plans for Blind Faith.
1973: Max Yasgur died of a heart attack aged 53. He was the owner of the dairy farm in Bethel, New York at which the Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held between August 15 and August 18, 1969.
1980: In London, David Bowie and his wife, Angie, were divorced after nearly ten years of marriage. David won custody of their nine-year-old son, Zowie.
1988: The Who – minus deceased drummer Keith Moon – reunited for their 25th anniversary.
1994, Oasis were forced to cancel their first foreign tour after they were deported from Holland. The band were involved in a drunken brawl on a cross-channel ferry resulting in members of the band being arrested and locked in the brig on the ferry.
2005: The Doobie Brothers’ drummer Keith Knudsen died of pneumonia at the age of 56 in San Francisco.
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February 9:
1964: Beatles make their US TV debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1990: Nirvana set out on a short west coast tour opening for Dinosaur Jr. at the Pine Street Theater, Portland, Oregon.
1993: Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney both released solo albums. Mick’s was
called Wandering Spirit and Paul’s was titled Off The Ground.
1997: The Simpsons,which has featured such guest stars as Aerosmith, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Peter Frampton. becomes the longest-running prime-time animated series. The record was previously held by “The Flintstones.”
2001: Black Sabbath announce they will headline the 2001 Ozzfest Tour, despite having played what were billed as farewell gigs more than a year before.
2001: Testament announce they are reworking some older material from The Legacy and The New Order, with former guitarist Alex Skolnick, for a limited edition release called First Strike Is Deadly.
2004: The retail chain Tower Records filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.
2009: Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant took home five prizes for his collaboration with bluegrass singer Alison Krauss at this years Grammy Awards held in Los Angeles. The duo won album of the year for “Raising Sand” and record of the year for “Please Read The Letter.” John Mayer won Best solo rock vocal performance for “Gravity,” Kings of Leon won Best rock performance by a group with “Sex on Fire” and best rock song went to Bruce Springsteen for “Girls in Their Summer Clothes”.
2009: Ringo Starr became the 2,401st person to be added to the Hollywood Walk Of Fame during a ceremony that marked the 50th anniversary of the attraction. The Beatles as a group were given a star in 1998.
2010: The White Stripes were taking on the US Air Force, complaining that it used one of the group’s songs ‘Fell In Love With A Girl’ in a TV advert without permission. In a statement on their website, the duo said they took “strong insult and objection, with the implication that we licensed one of our songs to encourage recruitment during a war that we do not support.

February 10:
1966: Bob Marley married Rita Anderson a singer in the group The Soulettes. The couple had three children together.
1967: The Beatles recorded the orchestral build-up for the middle and end of ‘A Day in the Life’. At the Beatles’ request, the orchestra members arrived in full evening dress along with novelty items. One violinist wore a red clown’s nose, while another a fake gorilla’s paw on his bow hand. Others were wearing funny hats and other assorted novelties. The recording was filmed for a possible ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ television special which was ultimately abandoned. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mike Nesmith from The Monkees and Donovan also attended the session.
1968: The Beatles turned all of their business affairs over to the newly formed Apple record company.
1973: Steely Dan’s LP “Can’t Buy a Thrill” hits US chart.
1974: Deep Purple kicked off a 28 date North American tour at the Los Angeles Forum, California.
1977: The Clash started recording their debut album at CBS studios in London, England.
1978: Van Halen’s debut album Van Halen was released.
1979: Dire Straits released their signature single “Sultans of Swing.”
1990: Eric Clapton played the last of a record-setting 18 nights at London’s Royal Albert Hall.
2003: The Rolling Stones played a free show in Los Angeles to raise awareness of global warming. Their support act was sax player (and former President) Bill Clinton.
2005: Courtney Love resolved charges of assault with a deadly weapon and drug possession by signing a plea agreement in Los Angeles. The assault charges stemmed from 2004, when she allegedly hit musician Kristin King with a whisky bottle.

February 11:
1963: Beatles record all tracks for their first LP “Please, Please Me” with George Martin at Abbey Road Studios between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m.
1964: Beatles play their first US concert at Washington Colosseum. Over 350 police surrounded the stage to keep the 8,000-plus screaming fans in control. One police officer found the noise so loud, he stuck a bullet in each ear as earplugs. The Beatles had to stop three times and turn Ringo’s drum kit around and re-position their microphones so that they could face all the audience.
1970: Fleetwood Mac, The Allman Brothers and Grateful Dead all appeared at the Fillmore East in New York City.
1973: a local charity raised over £500 selling bed sheets and pillowcases used by The Rolling Stones after a show at Western Springs Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.
1982: U2 kicked off a 32-date North American tour in New Orleans.
1983: The Rolling Stones documentary “Let’s Spend the Night Together” opened in New York.
1992: Motley Crue fire singer Vince Neil when he turns up for rehearsals, claiming that his passion for the music had been overtaken by his involvement with racing cars.
2008: Heather Mills and Sir Paul McCartney appeared at the High Court in London for a hearing to reach a financial settlement for their divorce. The couple, who had a four-year-old daughter, Beatrice, announced the end of their four-year marriage in 2006.

February 12:
1964: Beatles round off American visit with gig at Carnegie Hall, New York. The Beatles returned to New York City by train from Washington, D.C. for two performances at Carnegie Hall. There was such a demand for tickets that some extra seating was arranged surrounding the stage. Tickets ranged from $1.65 to $5.50.
1967: Keith Richards’ home, ‘Redlands’, in West Wittering raided for drugs.
1968: Billed as ‘Tour 60 cities in 66 Days’ The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Centre Arena, Seattle, Washington.
1968: Jimi Hendrix awarded an honorary high-school diploma from Garfield School (he dropped out aged fourteen).
1966: The Rolling Stones fly to New York to tape an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
1968: Jimi Hendrix returns home to Seattle where he plays for the students of Garfield High School (which he dropped out from) and receives the key to the city.
1970: John Lennon performed ‘Instant Karma’, on BBC TV’s ‘Top Of The Pops’, becoming the first Beatle to have appeared on the show since 1966.
1972: Led Zeppelin’s ‘Black Dog’ peaks at #15 on the pop chart.
1973: Montrose release their debut featuring a young Sammy Hagar on vocals.
1977: Blondie, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and the Ramones all appeared at the Whisky a Go Go in Los Angeles, California.
1994: Alice In Chains entered the US album chart at No.1 with ‘Jar Of Flies.’
1995: Van Halen, scored their first US No.1 album with ‘Balance.’
1997: U2 held a press conference in the Lingerie Department at the Greenwich Village Kmart store in Manhattan, New York City, to announce their Pop Mart world tour. The tour was set to start in Las Vegas on April 25th of this year.
1997: David Bowie received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
2002: Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson unveils McFarlane Toys’ Eddie figures at the American International Toy Fair in New York.
2003: Former Doors drummer John Densmore took out legal action against The Doors keyboard player Ray Manzarek and guitarist Robby Krieger for breach of contract, trademark infringement and unfair competition. The band had reformed with Ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Densmore said “It shouldn’t be called The Doors if it’s someone other than Jim Morrison singing.”

February 13:
1967, The Beatles released the double A sided single ‘Strawberry Fields Forever/Penny Lane’ on Capitol Records in the US. The single spent 10 weeks on the chart peaking at No.1.
1970: Black Sabbath’s self-titled first LP is released.
1972: Led Zeppelin is forced to cancel a concert in Singapore concert when officials won’t let them off the plane because of their long hair.
1976, Genesis released their first album since the departure of Peter Gabriel, ‘A Trick Of The Tail’ featuring eight new tracks with drummer Phill Collins taking on the role of lead vocalist.
1982: Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” celebrates 402 weeks in US Top 200 LP chart – longest run in chart history.
1982: The marble slab was stolen from the grave of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s singer Ronnie Van Zant, police found it two weeks later in a dried up river bed.
2004: Led Zeppelin were awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s Grammys. Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham all attended. Robert Plant did not, since he was working on a new album and tour.
2010: Doug Fieger singer, songwriter with The Knack died after a long battle with cancer. Had the 1979 US No.1 & UK No.6 single ‘My Sharona’.

February 14:
1970: The Who record album “Live at Leeds” at a concert at Leeds University.
1972: Steppenwolf announce they are splitting up. “Steppenwolf Day” was declared in Los Angeles as the band announced their break up.
1972: John and Yoko begin a week-long stint on US TV as co-hosts of The Mike Douglas Show. Highlights include appearance by Chuck Berry – ‘My hero’, says John.
1973: David Bowie collapsed on stage during a concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1974: Bob Dylan tour ends at the Forum, Los Angeles. Ringo Starr, Carole King and Neil Young join him on stage. Much of Before the Flood album recorded here.
1978: Dire Straits began recording their first album at Basing Street Studios, London. The whole project cost $21,250 to produce.
1980: Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott marries Caroline Crowther
1981: Billy Idol quits Generation X.
1982: Iron Maiden’s Beast On The Road tour opens.
1984: Elton John gets married to Renata Blauer.
1987: Bon Jovi hit sales of five million with “Slippery When Wet”.
1987: Bon Jovi “Living on a Prayer” #1 US Single
1990: The Rolling Stones played the first of ten nights at the Korakuen Dome, Tokyo, Japan. The shows were seen by over 500,000 fans, making the band $20 million
1992: the movie Wayne’s World debuts in the US. It features a cameo from Meatloaf.
1999: Elton John appeared as himself in a special episode of the animated series The Simpsons shown on US TV.
2000: Kiss announced that they were going to do a farewell tour in makeup and then sell off the stage props from their career in an auction.
2002: Mick Tucker, drummer for The Sweet dies at age 54 after a five-year battle against leukemia.
2003: Australian police uncovered Beatles album art and reel-to-reel tapes in a raid. All the material appeared to be from the White Album and Abbey Road sessions, which were stolen from the band’s London studio in 1969.
2004: Dave Holland, former drummer with Judas Priest was jailed for eight years for indecent assault and the attempted rape of a 17-year old boy. The youth, who had learning difficulties, had been taking drum lessons from Holland.

February 15:
1958: First Dick Clark Show broadcast on US TV, featuring Connie Francis, Pat Boone, Chuck Willis and Jerry Lee Lewis.
1964: Meet the Beatles begins an eleven-week run at top of US LP chart.
1968: John and Cynthia Lennon, along with George and Patti Harrison, fly to India to study meditation with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Paul and Ringo joined them a few days later, but Starr would become bored and leave on March 1st comparing the experience to be like a ‘Butlins holiday camp.’ Much of the Beatles’ ‘White Album’ was written during their stay.
1971: The Who first perform Lifehouse Pete – Townshend’s new rock opera. It failed, although some songs were recorded for The Who’s next LP.
1998: The Rolling Stones performed the final show of their Bridges to Babylon North American tour at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Hotel. Mick Jagger called the crowd, which included Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Sting, “The best-dressed audience I’ve ever seen in my life.”
1999: ”Rolling Stones Day” was declared in Minnesota.
2001: David Lee Roth sued VanHalenStore.com, claiming they were violating the Consumers Legal Remedies Act by selling merchandise with his image on it.
2002: Tommy Lee was sued by the parents of the boy who drowned in his pool the previous year. They alleged there was no lifeguard provided at the pool. Lee was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

February 16:
1964: The Beatles made their second live appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, exactly one week after the first. Before an audience of 3,500 at the Deauville Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, The Beatles performed ‘She Loves You’, ‘This Boy’, ‘All My Loving’, ‘I Saw Her Standing There’, ‘From Me to You’, and ‘I Want to Hold Your Hand’.
1968: George and Patti Harrison, and John and Cynthia Lennon fly to India for two months of transcendental meditation study with Maharishi Mahish Yogi. Ringo and Maureen Starr, Paul McCartney, Jane Asher, Mia Farrow and Donovan join them two days later. Experience is later written about in song Sexy Sadie.
1971: The Rolling Stones were sued by the Hell’s Angel who was accused of stabbing a concertgoer at Altamont in 1969. Alan David Pasaro alleged that the Stones invaded his privacy by including footage of the fatal attack in their documentary Gimme Shelter.
1972: Hell’s Angel Alan David Pasaro was acquitted of the murder of Rolling Stones fan Meredith Hunter at Altamont.
1972: Led Zeppelin made their Australian live debut when they kicked off a six date tour at the Subiaco Oval, Perth.
1972: John Lennon performed with Chuck Berry on The Mike Douglas Show. Lennon and Yoko Ono were co-hosts of the afternoon talk show for the week.
1974: During a tour of America the members of Emerson, Lake & Palmer were arrested in Salt Lake City after swimming naked in the hotel pool. They were each fined $75
1992: Mick Jagger is refused entry to Japan because he didn’t have proper papers to enter the country.He spends the night in a Tokyo airport hotel but eventually Japanese Immigration officials issue him with a visa.
1993: At the Brit Awards in London. Rod Stewart, Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan, Kenny Jones and Bill Wyman (who was filling in for the sick Ronnie Lane) play together in what turns out to be a Faces reunion.
2004: Sir Paul McCartney telephoned the British tabloid The Sun to deny reports of a rift between his second wife, Heather Mills, and his daughter, Stella McCartney. “I’m sick of people saying Heather and Stella don’t get on,” he said, adding, “The truth is they do.”
2005:Kid Rock was arrested in Nashville on charges that he punched a DJ at a nightclub.

February 17:
1967: Beatles release “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Penny Lane”.
1972: Pink Floyd begin a four-night stand at London’s Rainbow Theatre during which they premiere “Dark Side of the Moon” a full year before it was released. Tickets cost £1 ($1.70).
1972, Los Angeles radio station KDAY played two new Rolling Stones tracks non-stop for a day after obtaining stolen tapes from a producer’s home.
1975: John Lennon released Rock n’ Roll. It was his last album before leaving the music business for five years.
1976: The Eagles released their Greatest Hits.
1979: Clash begin their first American tour. Dubbed Pearl Harbor 79, the tour opens at Palladium in new York. First song is I’m So Bored with the USA.
1981: Iron Maiden begin their first ‘real’ world tour dubbed the Killer World Tour.
1988: a 12-year old Hollywood, FA, Motley Crue fan set his legs on fire while trying to imitate a stunt in the group’s ‘Live Wire’ video. The boy suffered burns over ten percent of his body. Motley Crue issued a statement saying the band’s stunts should not be tried at home.
1989: Whitesnake’s David Coverdale marries Tawny Kitaen in Bel Air.
1990: Aerosmith appears on Saturday Night Live where they perform a version of the Wayne’s World theme song during a skit in which they appeared as themselves.
1996: A Platinum American Express card once belonging to Bruce Springsteen was sold for $4,500 (£2,650) at a New York memorabilia sale. The singer had given the expired card to a waiter in a LA restaurant by mistake and let them keep it as a souvenir.
2000: John Lennon’s Steinway piano, on which he composed ‘Imagine’, went on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England. The piano was set to be auctioned on the Internet later in the year and was expected to fetch more than $1.7 million.
2004: Don Henley of The Eagles attacked the music industry in a Washington Post editorial. “When I started in the music business, music was important and vital to our culture,” he wrote, adding, “Record labels signed cutting-edge artists, and FM radio offered an incredible variety of music. Music touched fans in a unique and personal way. Our culture was enriched and the music business was healthy and strong. That’s all changed.”
2005: A 1965 Fender Stratocaster guitar belonging to Jimi Hendrix sold for £100,000 at an auction in London. Other Hendrix items sold included a poem written two weeks after his appearance at the Monterey Festival which went for £10,000 and the first Jimi Hendrix Experience’s single ‘Hey Joe’, signed by all the band sold for £2,000.
2006: The Rolling Stones topped Forbes Magazine’s list of the top moneymakers in U-S music for 2005. The rockers made 168-million dollars in record and ticket sales that year.

February 18:
1965: Working at Abbey Road studio’s in London, The Beatles recorded two new songs: John Lennon’s ‘You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away’ and a new Paul McCartney song ‘Tell Me What You See.’
1968: David Gilmour replaced Syd Barrett in Pink Floyd. Barrett had checked himself into a psychiatric hospital and later went into seclusion.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
1974: KISS release their self-titled debut which barely cracks the Billboard Top 100.
1974: Yes played their first show at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
1977: Triumph performs their first U.S. concert in San Antonio, TX.
1977: KISS play their first Madison Square Garden show in New York City.
1980: Bill Wyman announced that he was leaving The Rolling Stones. After an intervention by the rest of the band, the bassist was convinced to stay. He quit in 1992.
1992: Vince Neil quits as lead singer of Motley Crue, after 11 years with the group. The band reunited on the American Music Awards five years later only to break up again. They reunited once more in 2005.
2001: Iron Maiden manager, Rod Smallwood, begins a 350 mile trek across Kenya by bicycle for SCOPE, the UK’s largest charity for disabled people and their families, as part of the Kenya Bike-Away, which has been organised to help people with cerebral palsy.

February 19:
1965: Working at Abbey Road studios in London, The Beatles recorded a new John Lennon song ‘You’re Going To Lose That Girl’ in two takes. The track was released on the Help! album.
1972: Paul McCartney’s Give Ireland Back to the Irish banned by the BBC.
1972: Led Zeppelin achieve their second biggest single, ‘Black Dog’, which hits #15 and goes on to become an FM radio staple.
1974: KISS makes their TV debut performing on Don Kirshner’s Rock Concert.
1977: Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” LP released.
1977: Manfred Mann’s Earth Band scored a No.1 single in the US with their version of the Bruce Springsteen song ‘Blinded By The Light.’
1980: Heavy rock lost one of it’s most prolific and charismatic frontmen. Bon Scott (born Ronald Belford Scott) died in the wee hours of Februray 19 in the back seat of a friends car following a usual alcholic binge in London. His death comes just months after the band scores its first big American success with the album, Highway To Hell. He was 33 years old.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne was arrested in San Antonio, Texas for urinating on the Alamo. Osbourne was wearing a dress at the time of his arrest
1992, During their Use Your Illusion Tour Guns n’ Roses played the first of three nights at the Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan.
1995: Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee marries Baywatch babe Pamela Anderson on a beach in Cancun. She wore a white bikini.
1997: a New York judge dismissed a $7 million lawsuit a fan filed against Motley Crue for hearing loss suffered at one of their concerts.

February 20:
1960: Jimi Hendrix made his stage debut when he played a show at a High School in Seattle.
1963: The Beatles drove through the night from Liverpool to London to appear on the live lunchtime BBC radio program “Parade of the Pops.” Performing ‘Love Me Do’ and ‘Please Please Me’, the appearance lasted just over 4 minutes. They then drove another 180 mile trip back north for their performance that night at the Swimming Baths, Doncaster, Yorkshire.
1970: The single ‘Instant Karma’ by The Plastic Ono Band was released in the US. John Lennon had written, recorded and mixed the track all in one day on the 22nd January 1970.
1971: Yes appeared at Kingston Poly, London, England. Support act was Queen. Tickets cost 50p ($0.85c).
1972: Alice Cooper and Badfinger appeared at The Convention Hall in San Diego, California
1974: Yes sell out Madison Square Gardens, New York. Nothing unusual about that, except that they didn’t advertise. Tickets sold in two days on word of mouth.
1976: KISS have their footprints added on the sidewalk outside Hollywood’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater.
1982: Pat Benatar marries her guitarist, Neil Gerado, in Hawaii.
1991: Bob Dylan was awarded a lifetime achievement award at the 33rd annual Grammy’ Awards.
2003: 100 people died after pyrotechnics ignited a club during a gig by Great White in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Great White singer Ty Longley was also killed in the accident. Two brothers who owned the club were charged, along with the former tour manager with involuntary manslaughter. Foam soundproofing material at the edge of the stage set alight and the blaze spread quickly in the one-story wooden building as fans all tried to escape through the same exit. Great White began a tour in July 2003 to raise money for the survivors and families of victims.

February 21:
1961: The Beatles played three gigs in one day. The first was a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club, then at night they appeared at the Cassanova Club, Liverpool and at Litherland Town Hall, Liverpool.
1977: Fleetwood Mac released ‘Rumours’. The album went on to sell more than 15 million copies world-wide and spent 31 weeks at No.1 on the US chart.
1981: REO Speedwagon went to No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Hi Infidelity’. The album spent a total of 15 weeks at No.1.
1982: American DJ Murry The K died. Murray is thought to be the first person to play a Beatles record on radio in America. During the early days of Beatlemania, he frequently referred to himself as “the Fifth Beatle”. Married six times, he died of cancer a week after his 60th birthday.
1995: For the first time in seven years, Bruce Springsteen performed live with the E Street Band.
2006: Kid Rock filed a lawsuit to prevent the distribution of a videotape featuring himself and Creed’s Scott Stapp being “serviced” by four women.

February 22:
1963: The Beatles formed their Northern Music Publishing Company. Michael Jackson eventually purchased it.
1965: Beatles begin filming second movie, “Help”.
1969: Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, England. Support act was David Bowie performing a one-man mime act.
1974: the first of two nights at London’s Rainbow with former David Bowie guitarist Mick Ronson
1978: The Police appeared in a Wrigley’s Chewing Gum commercial for US TV, the band dyed their hair blonde for the appearance.
1978: Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York and charged with drug possession.
1980: Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, featuring Roger Glover, Graham Bonnet and Cozy Powell appeared at The Royal Highland Exhibition Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland.
1987: Andy Warhol, pop artist and producer died after a gall bladder operation. The founder of the Pop Art movement, produced and managed The Velvet Underground, designed the 1967 Velvet Underground And Nico ‘peeled banana’ album cover and The Rolling Stones ‘Sticky Fingers’ album cover.
1989: Jethro Tull win the first Hard Rock/Metal Grammy Award.
1992: Kurt Cobain marries Courney Love
1993: Iron Maiden vocalist Bruce Dickinson announced he was leaving the group in order to pursue a solo career. He returned in 1999.
2001: Winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards included U2, record of the year and song of the year with ‘Beautiful Day’, Steely Dan won album of the year for ‘Two Against Nature’
2003: Sir Paul McCartney played a private show in San Diego for the 50th birthday of Wendy Whitworth, the executive producer of CNN’s Larry King Show. Sir Paul donated his $1 million (£0.6 million) fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.

February 23:
1964: The Beatles appeared on a prerecorded segment for The Ed Sullivan Show. It was the first time Sullivan had an act on three times. They also appeared on the front cover of Newsweek.
1965: Filming began on The Beatles follow up to ‘A Hard Days Night’ on location in the Bahamas with the working title of ‘Eight Arms To Hold You.’
1972: Humble Pie’s “Rockin’ at the Fillmore” goes gold
1975: After nearly a two-year wait since Houses of the Holy, Led Zeppelin released Physical Graffiti.
1978: David Coverdale’s Whitesnake made their debut at the Sky Bird Club, Nottingham, England.
1978: Sid Vicious of The Sex Pistols and Nancy Spungen were arrested in New York for possession of drugs.
1978: The Eagles received the GRAMMY for Record of the Year for “Hotel California.” The band refused to perform during the ceremony because they didn’t think they were going to win.
1979: Dire Straits played their first American show when they appeared in Boston.
1979: The Police released their single “Roxanne.” It became their first American hit.
1980: U2 appeared at The Moonlight Club, at The Railway Hotel in London, tickets cost £2
1980: Queen: Crazy Little Thing Called Love #1 US single. Freddy Mercury’s tribute to Elvis Presly was supposedly written while he was in the bath.
1986: The Rolling Stones play live for the first time in five years. At London’s 100 Club they join a tribute to late keyboardist, Ian Stewart. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Pete Townshend also played
1994: Among the guests for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas are Eddie Van Halen, Chris Isaak and B.B. King .
2003: Howie Epstein bassist with Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers died of a suspected drug overdose in New Mexico. He had replaced The Heartbreakers original bassist Ron Blair, Epstein also worked with Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Linda Ronstadt and Del Shannon.
2003: Thw winners at the 45th Grammy Awards, held at Madison Square Garden, New York, included: Best male pop vocal, John Mayer, ‘Our Body Is A Wonderland’. Best male rock vocal, Bruce Springsteen, ‘The Rising’, Best female rock vocal, Sheryl Crow, ‘Steve McQueen’, Best rock performance by group, Coldplay,
2006: The surviving members of Alice in Chains announced they were reforming for a series of concerts. Singer Layne Staley died in 2002.
2006: Twenty people were injured when ticketless fans try to gatecrash a Rolling Stones concert in Buenos Aires. Police used rubber bullets and tear gas to control the unruly crowd.

February 24:
1963; The Rolling Stones started a Sunday night residency at The Station Hotel, Richmond, Surrey. The Stones were paid £24 for the gig ($41) and played on the first night to 66 people.
1965: The first full day of filming took place for The Beatles movie ‘Help!’ with the group riding bicycles on location near London Airport, England.
1969: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played their last ever-British performance when they appeared at the Royal Albert Hall.
1975: Led Zeppelin releases the legendary “Physical Graffiti”.
1976: Eagles “Greatest Hits” becomes the first album in history to be certified platinum, on way to sales of 12 million.
1978: “Follow You Follow Me” by Genesis released.
1979: The Police released their single “Roxanne.”  It became their first American hit.
1982: “Fire and Ice” wins Pat Benatar a Grammy for best rock performance of 1981.
1982: Winners at the Grammy Awards included John & Yoko Album of the year with ‘Double Fantasy
1988: Alice Cooper announces he is going to run for Governor of Arizona, as a member of the “Wild Party.”
1992: The U.S. Postal Service allows Elvis fans to vote on two proposed designs for a commemorative stamp, an early Elvis and a later bloated seventies version. Eventually, the younger Elvis wins and is issued on January 8, 1993.
1992: Kurt Cobain married Courtney Love in Waikiki, Hawaii. The press reported that the couple were expecting a baby on Sept 10th of this year.
1993: Eric Clapton wins six Grammy’s including included Record of the Year for “Tears in Heaven.”
1998: Elton John receives his knighthood at Buckingham Palace
1998: Tommy Lee is arrested and charged with hitting his wife Pamela Anderson Lee
2000: Carlos Santana won eight awards at this year Grammy Awards. Before the ‘Supernatural’ album, the guitarist had not had a Top 10 album since 1981. Sting won two awards, one for best pop album and another for best male pop vocalist. Sir Elton John won the legend award and Phil Collins the best soundtrack award for ‘Tarzan’.
2002: Paul McCartney performed “Yesterday” at a special Liverpool concert tribute to George Harrison on what would have been the late Beatles guitarist’s 59th birthday.

February 25:
1963: “Please Please Me” became the first Beatles single to be released in the United States. It was issued on the Vee Jay record label and went relatively unnoticed.
1964: George Harrison attended a birthday party in his honor, but when he saw that the press had been invited, he smashed the cake and walked out.
1965: The Rolling Stones performed their just-released single “The Last Time” on the British rock show Ready! Steady! Go!
1970: Led Zeppelin performed at Sweden’s Goteborg Courthouse.  While Jimmy Page played the instrumental “White Summer,” a fan in the audience decided to accompany him on harmonica. When the song was over, Page spat on him.
1978: Jefferson Airplane declared it to be “Earth Day.”
1981: Winners at this years Grammy Awards included Bob Seger who won Best Rock performance for ‘Against The Wind’, Pat Benatar won Best female performance for ‘Crimes Of Passion’
1983: Having won same category the previous year, Pat Benatar is awarded Grammy for “Shadows of the Night”.
1983: Toto awarded record-equalling five Grammys for Toto LP and Africa single.
1984: ‘Jump’, by Van Halen started a five-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart, a No.7 hit in the UK.
1985: U2 began their first full north American arena tour, starting at the Dallas Reunion Arena in Texas.
1998…Bob Dylan won three GRAMMYs, including Album of the Year for Time Out of Mind. During Dylan’s performance at the ceremony, an audience member, with the words “soy bomb” painted across his chest, jumped on stage.
2002: Riverhead Books bought the rights to publish Kurt Cobain’s journals.
2002: Billy Joel was honored as MusiCares Person of the Year in Los Angeles.
2003: Paul McCartney and his band performed at the 50th birthday of fan Wendy Whitworth in San Diego. Whitworth’s husband paid one-million dollars to McCartney, who donated his fee to the Adopt-a-Minefield charity.
2004: The Rolling Stones topped a US Rich List of music’s biggest money makers. The list was based on earnings during 2003 when the band played their “Forty Licks” tour, which made them $212 million in ticket, CD, DVD and merchandise sales. The three million fans who went to the shows spent an average of $11 each on merchandise. Bruce Springsteen was listed in second place and The Eagles in third.

February 26:
1955: Billboard reported that for the first time since their introduction in 1949, 45rpm singles were outselling the old standard 78′s.
1964: The Beatles worked on the final mixes for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’ and ‘You Can’t Do That’ tracks. The single, which was released the following month, topped the charts all over the world.
1965: Guitarist Jimmy Page released a solo single called ‘She Just Satisfies’ in the UK. Page played all the instruments on it except for the drums, and produced the track, as well as singing lead vocals
1966: The Beatles ‘Rubber Soul’ was at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s seventh US album chart topper.
1977: Eagles “New Kid in Town” #1 US Single
1987: In the US Capitol Records releases the first 4 Beatles albums on CD
1997: At the Grammys ceremony, Eric Clapton wins three awards and the Beatles, two.

February 27:
1964: The Rolling Stones made their second appearance on BBC TV show Top Of The Pops performing ‘Not Fade Away.’
1967: Pink Floyd recorded their first single ‘Arnold Layne’, with producer Joe Boyd at Sound Techniques studio in Chelsea, England.
1971: Five months after her death, Janis Joplin started a nine-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Pearl.’
1972: T Rex appeared at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
1972: Led Zeppelin appeared at Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney in Australia.
1974, Cher filed for divorce from Sonny Bono. Cher married Gregg Allman from The Allman Brothers band on June 27 1975
1977: Keith Richard busted for dope in Toronto.
1980: Winners at the Grammy Awards included: song of the year, ‘What A Fool Believes’, The Doobie Brothers, album of the year, Billy Joel’s ’52nd St’
1990: Armored Saint guitarist Dave Prichard dies of leukaemia.
2001: Elektra Records state that the second leg of the North American Stiff Upper Lip tour is the fastest selling AC/DC tour ever.

February 28:
1964: The Yardbirds played at the Rhythm and Blues Festival at The Town Hall, Birmingham, England.
1970: Led Zeppelin perform in Copenhagen under the pseudonym Nobs, because of a threat of suit by Count Evan von Zeppelin, a relative of the airship designer Ferdinand, if the band play under the name Zeppelin in Denmark.
1970: In an interview with the New Musical Express, Fleetwood Mac’s Peter Green talked about his plans to give all his money away. The following year Green confronted his accountant with a gun after he sent him an unwanted royalty check. The guitarist went to jail briefly before being transferred to an asylum and was committed to a mental hospital in He re- launched his career in the 90′s.
1972: George and Patti Harrison were injured in a car crash; Patti was unconscious for several days.
1981: Iron Maiden release their “Killers” album.
1982: Thin Lizzy guitarist Scott Gorham collapsed during the bands European tour suffering from heroin withdrawal.
1985: David Byron, singer with Uriah Heep died from an epileptic fit and liver disease aged 38. Had a hit with ‘Easy Livin’ from the 1972 album Demons and Wizards
1986: Metallica release “Master Of Puppets”.
1994: Eric Clapton played his 100th performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, in aid of the ‘Children In Crisis’, charity.
1996: Grammy award winners included Nirvana’s ‘Unplugged”, which won best alternative album

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