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Rock Birthdays/Today In Rock History: January

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

Rock Birthdays
Jan. 1
Country Joe McDonald (Country Joe and the Fish) – 73
Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Love Affair, Hybrid Kids, Morgan) – 64
David Wayne (Metal Church, Reverend, Wayne) – b. 1958 – d. 5/10/05

Jan. 2
Chick Churchill (Ten Years After) – 69
Bernard Fowler (Rolling Stones, Herbie Hancock, Bootsy Collins, Tackhead, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Waddy Wachtel, Little Axe) – 56
Doug Robb (Hoobastank) – 40

Jan. 3
Sir George Martin (producer, arranger, composer, conductor, audio engineer and musician) – 89
Steven Stills (CSNY, CSN, Buffalo Springfield, Manassas, The Rides, The Stills-Young Band, Au Go Go Singers, The Continentals, solo) – 70
John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin, Them Crooked Vultures, Donovan, Seasick Steve, solo, producer, session work + more) – 69
Ross the Boss / Ross Friedman (Manowar, The Dictators, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom + more) – 61
David C. Lewis (Ambrosia, Shadowfax, Edgar Winter, Billy Preston, Al Stewart, Stephan Bishop, Gary Wright, Terry Sylvester (The Hollies), John Ford Coley, The Doobie Brothers, Heart, Michael Hedges) -
Tracy Grijalva‬ (‎Dio‬, Love/Hate) – 56

Jan. 4
John McLaughlin (Mahavishnu Orchestra, Carlos Santana, Stanley Clark, Jaco Pastorius + more) – 73
Michael Stipe (R.E.M., The Golden Palominos) – 55
Peter Steele (Type O Negative, Carnivore, Fallout) – b. 1962 – d. 4/14/10
Michael Olivieri (Leatherwolf) – 51
Benjamin Darvill aka Son of Dave (Crash Test Dummies, solo) – 48

Jan. 5
Sam Phillips – b. 1923 – 7/30/03
Phil Ramone (Legendary recording engineer, record producer, composer. Among those whose music he has produced are Clay Aiken, Burt Bacharach, Laura Branigan, Ray Charles, Karen Carpenter, Chicago, Peter Cincotti, Natalie Cole, Bob Dylan, Sheena Easton, Melissa Errico, Gloria Estefan, Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Elton John, Quincy Jones, Patricia Kaas, B. B. King, Julian Lennon, Madonna, Barry Manilow, Richard Marx, Paul McCartney, George Michael, Liza Minnelli, Anne Murray, Olivia Newton-John, Sinéad O’Connor, Fito Páez, Luciano Pavarotti, Peter Paul and Mary, Andre Previn, Diane Schuur, Carly Simon, Paul Simon, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, James Taylor, The Guess Who, and Dionne Warwick. He is also credited with recording Marilyn Monroe’s rendition of “Happy Birthday to You” to President John F. Kennedy) – b. 1941 – d. 3/30/13
Chris Stien (Blondie) – 63
Kelly Nickles (Sweet Pain, L.A. Guns, Faster Pussycat) – 53
Grant Young (Soul Asylum) – 52
Ted Poley (Danger Danger) – 51
Marilyn Manson (Brian Warner) – 46
Robbie Crane (Lynch Mob, Ratt, Vince Neil, Vertex, Adler’s Appetite, Angel City Outlaws, Tuff, Black Star Riders) – 46
Troy Van Leeuwen (Queens of the Stone Age, Desert Sessions, Enemy, Failure, The Wondergirls, A Perfect Circle, The Gutter Twins, Eagles of Death Metal, Mark Lanegan, Sweethead, Puscifer) – 45
Matt Wachter (30 Seconds to Mars, Angels & Airwaves) – 39

Jan. 6
Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd) – b. 1946 – d. 7/7/06
Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds, solo) – 64
Malcolm Young (AC/DC, Marcus Hook Roll Band) - 62
Neil Simpson (Climax Blues Band) – 56
Muzz Skillings (Living Colour, Medicine Stick) - 55
Michael Houser (Widespread Panic) – b. 1962 – d. 8/10/02
Pete Loran (Trixter) – 48
Gary Wiseman (Bowling for Soup) – 44
Eric Taylor (Saving Abel) -
‪Morgan Lander‬ (‎Kittie) – 33
James Durbin – 26

Jan. 7
Paul Revere (Paul Revere and The Raiders) – b. 1938 -d. 10/4/14
Rory Storm / Alan Caldwell (Rory Storm & The Hurricanes) – b. 1938 – d. 9/28/72
Jann Wenner (Founder, editor, publisher; Rolling Stone magazine) – 69
Kenny Loggins (Loggins & Messina, USA for Africa, Michael McDonald, Blue Sky Riders, solo) – 67
Ivan Moody (Motograter, Five Finger Death Punch) – 35
Jinxx (Black Veil Brides) – 29

Jan. 8
Elvis Presley – b. 1935 – d. 8/16/77
Bill Graham (concert promoter) – b. 1931 – d. 10/25/91
Robby Kreiger (The Psychedelic Rangers, The Doors, The Butts Band, Manzarek–Krieger, Robby Krieger Band, Experience Hendrix, solo) – 69
David Bowie (The Riot Squad, Tin Machine, The Hype, The Lower Third, The Konrads, solo) – 68
Terry Sylvester (The Escorts, The Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies, solo) – 67
Mike Reno (Loverboy, Moxy, solo) – 60
Alan Krigger (Ike & Tina Turner, Carl Wilson, Giuffria, London, D’Priest, Hollywood Allstarz + more) -
Andrew Wood (Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone) – b. 1966 – d. 3/19/90
Jeff Abercrombie (Fuel) – 45
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch, W.A.S.P.) – 42
Torry Castellano (The Donnas) – 36

Jan. 9
Joan Baez – 74
Jimmy Page (The Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, The Firm, solo, Coverdale/Page, Page and Plant) – 71
Cassie Gaines (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – b. 1948 – d. 10/20/77
David Johansen (New York Dolls, solo) – 65
Steve McRay (38 Special, Ted Nugent, Mose Jones, Atlanta Rhythm Section + more) – 65
Phil Lewis (Girl, L.A. Guns, New Torpedos, Tormé, Liberators, Filthy Lucre) – 58
Eric Erlandson (Hole, Rodney & the Tube Tops + more) – 52
Rocky George (Suicidal Tendencies, Fishbone, Cro-Mags) – 51
Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews & Friends+ more) – 48
Carl Bell (Fuel) – 48
Steve Harwell (Smash Mouth) – 47

Jan. 10
Scott McKenzie (The Singing Strings, The Journeymen, solo) – b. 1939 – d. 8/18/12
Jim Croce – b. 1943 – d. 9/20/73
Rod Stewart (Shotgun Express, The Steampacket, The Jeff Beck Group, The Hoochie Coochie Men, Faces, solo) – 71
Anysley Dunbar (The Jeff Beck Group, David Bowie, Frank Zappa, UFO, Whitesnake, Journey, Jefferson Starship, Lou Reed, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, Jake E. Lee, The Mojos, Flo & Eddie) – 69
Donald Fagen (Jay and the Americans, Steely Dan) – 67
Scott Thurston (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) – 63
Pat Benatar - 62
Michael Schenker (MSG, Scorpions, UFO, McAuley Schenker Group, Ratt, Contraband, The Plot) – 60
Curt Kirkwood (Meat Puppets, Eyes Adrift, Volcano) – 56
Parramore McCarthy (Warrior, Rough Cutt, Steve Steven’s Atomic Playboys) – 52
Matt Roberts (ex-3 Doors Down) – 37
Brent Smith (Shinedown) – 37

Jan. 11
Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) – b. 1942 – d. 6/18/11
Tony Kaye (Yes, Badfinger, Circa, Yoso, Badger, The Iveys, Detective, Cinema, Flash) – 69
Terry Williams (Dire Straits) – 67
Tom Dumont (No Doubt) – 47

Jan. 12
Long John Baldry – b. 1941 – d. July 21, 2005
Howard Stern – 61
Rob Zombie (White Zombie, solo) – 50
Zack de la Rocha (Rage Against the Machine) – 45
Matt Wong (Reel Big Fish) – 42

Jan. 13
Trevor Rabin (Yes, Rabbitt, Mr. Mister, Manfred Mann’s Earth Band, Roger Hodgson, solo, film composer) – 61
James LoMenzo (Clockwork, Rondinelli, White Lion, Megadeth, Pride & Glory, Slash’s Snakepit, Lynch Mob, Ozzy Osbourne, David Lee Roth, Black Label Society, HAIL!, Hydrogyn, John Fogerty) – 56
Wayne Coyne (The Flaming Lips, solo) – 54
Tim Kelly (Hellion, Slaughter) – b. 1963 – d. Feb. 5, 1998
Malcolm Foster (Pretenders, Simple Minds, others)

Jan. 14
T-Bone Burnett (singer, songwriter, Producer) – 67
Geoff Tate (Queensryche, Hear N;’ Aid, Operation: Mindcrime) – 56
Mike Tramp (White Lion, Freak Of Nature, solo) – 54
Zakk Wylde (Ozzy Osbourne, Pride and Glory, Black Label Society) – 48
Steve Bowman (Counting Crows, Third Eye Blind, John Wesley Harding, Penelope Houston, Luce) – 48
Dave Grohl (Scream, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age, Them Crooked Vultures, session work) – 46
Caleb Followill (Kings Of Leon) – 33

Jan. 15
Captain Beefheart (Don Van Vliet) – b. 1941 – d. 12/17/10
Ronnie Van Zandt (Lynyrd Skynyrd) – b. 1949 – d. 10/20/77
Melvyn Gale (Electric Light Orchestra, Wilson Gale & Co) – 63
Conrad Lant / Cronos (Venom, Probot) – 53
Biff Byford (Saxon, Fastway, Freedom Call) – 64
Adam Jones (Tool) – 50

Jan. 16
Bob Kulick (Lou Reed, KISS, Paul Stanley, Skull, W.A.S.P., Murderer’s Row, Michael Bolton, Doro, Alice Cooper, Balance, Meatloaf, Blackthorne) – 65
Paul Raven (Ministry, Killing Joke) – b. 1961 – d. 10/20/07
Kane Roberts (Robert William Athas) (Alice Cooper, solo) – 53
Rich Ward‬ (Fozzy‬) – 46

Jan. 17
Jim Ladd (Legendary DJ “The Lonesome Cowboy” – KMET, KLOS, KLSX, SiriusXM) – 67
Mick Taylor (John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Rolling Stones, The Gods, Angel Witch, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, solo) – 66
Fernando Von Arb (Krokus) – 62
Steve Earle – 60
Kai Hansen (Helloween, Gamma Ray) – 52
Kid Rock (solo, Uncle Kracker, Yelawolf) – 44
Jon Wysocki (Staind) – 44

Jan. 18
Steve Lynch (Autograph, Network 23) – 60
Chris Hager (Mickey Ratt, Sarge, Rough Cutt, Woop and the Count, Stephen Pearcy) – 56
Jonathan Davis (Korn, Jonathan Davis and the SFA, Killbot) – 44

Jan. 19
Phil Everly (The Everly Brothers) – b. 1939 – d. 1/3/14
Janis Joplin (Big Brother & The Holding Company, solo) – b. 1943 – d. 10/4/70
Rod Evans (Deep Purple, Captain Beyond, The Maze, The Horizons) – 68
Robert Palmer (Power Station, Vinegar Joe, Andy Taylor, John Taylor, Duran Duran, Chic, solo) – b. 1949 – d. 9/26/03
Martha Davis (Motels, solo) – 64
Dewey Bunnell (America) – 63
Jeff Pilson (Dokken, Dio, War & Peace, Foreigner, Steel Dagon, McAuley Schenker Group, T&N, producer) – 56
Whitfield Crane (Ugly Kid Joe, Another Animal, Life of Agony, Medication, Hail!) – 47

Jan. 20
George Grantham (Poco) – 68
Herman Frank (Accept, Victory, Hazzard) – 65
Ian Hill (Judas Priest) – 64
Paul Stanley (KISS, Wicked Lester, solo) – 63
Robin McAuley (McAuley Schenker Group, Micheal Schenker Group, Grand Prix, Far Corporation, Survivor, Raiding the Rock Vault) – 62
Scott Thunes (Frank Zappa, Wayne Kramer, Steve Vai, Andy Prieboy, Mike Keneally, The Mother Hips, Fear, The Waterboys, Big Bang Beat + more) – 55
Greg K. (Greg Kriesel) (The Offspring) – 50
Tracii Guns (Guns N’ Roses, L.A. Guns, Contraband, Hollywood Rose, Brides of Destruction, Quiet Riot, Devil City Angels) – 49
Derrick Green (Sepultura, Musica Diablo + more) – 44
Rob Bourdon (Linkin Park) – 36

Jan. 21
Wolfman Jack – b. 1938 – 7/1/95
Richie Havens – b. 1941 – d. 4/22/13
Edwin Starr (The Future Tones, Blinky Williams, solo) – b. 1942 – d. 4/2/03
Chris Britton (Troggs) – 71
Jimmy Ibbotson (Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Wild Jimbos, John McEuen, solo) – 68
Richie Ranno (Starz, Stories, Ian Lloyd, Fallen Angels, solo) – 65
Rob Brill (Berlin, Big F, solo) – 59
Cordell Crockett (Ugly Kid Joe) – 50
Chris Kilmore (Incubus) – 42
Matt Tuck‬ (‎Bullet For My Valentine) – 35

Jan. 22
Sam Cooke – b. 1931 – d. 12/11/64
Steve Perry (Journey, Ice, Alien Project, solo) – 66
Malcolm McLaren (Sex Pistols manager, writer, solo artist) – b. 1946 – d. 4/8/10 – 64
Steven Riley (W.A.S.P., L.A. Guns, Steppenwolf, Keel, Cherry People) – 59
Michael Hutchence (INXS) – b. 1960 – 11/22/97
Steve Adler (Guns N’ Roses, Hollywood Rose, Adler’s Appetite, Adler) – 50
Ben Moody (Evanescence, We Are the Fallen, The Halo Method) – 34
Orianthi Panagaris (Alice Cooper, Michael Jackson, solo) – 30

Jan. 23
Danny Federici (Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band) – b. 1950 – d. 4/17/08
Bill Cunningham (The Box Tops) – 65
Robin Zander (Cheap Trick, solo) – 62
Kirk Arrington (Metal Church) – 53
Louis Clemente (Testamment) – 50

Jan. 24
David Getz (Big Brother and the Holding Company, Country Joe and the Fish) – 75
Neil Diamond – 74
Warren Zevon – b. 1947 – 9/7/03
Michael DesBarres (Detective, Silverhead, Chequered Past, solo, Power Station, Michael Des Barres Band, actor) – 67
John Belushi (Blues Brothers) – b. 1949 – 3/5/82
Nigel Glockler (Saxon) – 62
Clive Edwards (Rococo, UFO, X-UFO, Bronz, Wild Horses, Pat Travers, Phil Lynott, Dave Stewart, Annie Lennox, John Cale, Ollie Halsall, Micky Moody, Bernie Marsden, SOS, Chris Thompson, Lionheart, Uli Jon Roth, Electric Sun, Neil Merryweather,Grand Prix, others) – 62
Jools Holland (Squeeze, Rhythm & Blues Orchestra) – 57
John Myung (Dream Theater) – 48
Michael Kiske (Helloween, Unisonic) – 47
Beth Hart (singer, songwriter, solo, collaborations) – 43

Jan. 25
Etta James – b. 1938 – d. 1/20/12
Michael Cotten! (Tubes) – 65
Tony Catania (Jason Bonham, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, The Tony Catania Project, solo)
Jesse Harte‬ (‎South Gang‬) -
Mercedes Sherida Lander (Kittie) – 31

Jan. 26
Corky Laing (Mountain, West Bruce & Laing, Corky Laing & The Memory Thieves) – 67
Chris Rhyne (Santana, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gino Vannelli, others)
Derek Holt (Climax Blues Band, Foxhole) – 66
Billy Greer (Kansas, Streets, Seventh Key, Native Window) – 64
Christopher North (Ambrosia + more) – 64
Edward Van Halen (Van Halen) – 60
Charlie Gillingham (Counting Crows + more) – 55
Tom Keifer (Cinderella) – 54
William Adler (Lamb Of God) – 39
Matt Heafy (Trivium) – 29

Jan. 27
Nick Mason (Pink Floyd) – 71
Brian Downey (Thin Lizzy, Funky Junction, Gary Moore, Phil Lynott) – 64
Seth Justman (J Geils Band) – 64
Janick Gers (Gillen, Iron Maiden, White Spirit, Gogmagog, Fish, Bruce Dickinson) – 58
Jaime St. James (Black ‘N Blue, Cold Gin, Warrant, Freight Train Jane, Let It Rawk) – 55
Tim Smith (Jellyfish + more) -
Margo Timmins (Cowboy Junkies) – 54
Marc Ferrari (Keel, Cold Sweat, Medicine Wheel, Ferrari) – 53
Mike Patton (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Fantomas) – 47

Jan. 28
Dick Taylor (The Rolling Stones, The Pretty Things) – 72
Rick Allen (Box Tops) – 69
Dan Spitz (Anthrax, Red Lamb, Overkill, DeuxMonkey, Paige-Spitz) – 52
Ashley Purdy (Black Veil Brides) – 31

Jan. 29
Andrew Loog Oldham (record producer, manager, author, The Rolling Stones) – 71
David Byron (Uriah Heap, Spice, solo) – b. 1947 – d. 2/28/85
Tommy Ramone (Ramones, Uncle Monk) – b. 1952 – d. 7/11/14
Richard Manitoba (The Dictators, Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom, MC5, Manitoba, The Dictators NYC) – 61
Eddie Jackson (Queensryche) – 54
Ron Young (Little Caesar) – 52
Jeff Duncan (Odin, Lost Boys, Armored Saint, DC4, Let It Rawk) -
Jonny Lang – 34

Jan. 30
Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane, Jefferson Starship, KBC Band) – 73
Steve Marriott (Small Faces, Humble Pie, Majik Mijits, Packet of Three, solo) – b. 1947 – 4/20/91
Phil Collins (Genesis, Flaming Youth, Brand X, solo) – 64
Bill Leverty (Firehouse, solo) – 48

Jan. 31
Charlie Musselwhite – 71
Terry Kath (Chicago) – b. 1946 – d. January 23, 1978
William “Curly” Smith (Jo Jo Gunne, Spirit, Boston, solo, sessions) – 63
Adrian Vandenberg (Vandenberg, Teaser, Manic Eden, Little Caesar, solo, Whitesnake, Vandenberg’s Moon Kings) – 61
John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) (Sex Pistols, Public Image Ltd, The Lydons and The O’Donnells, Time Zone, solo) – 59
Jeff Hanneman (Slayer) – b. 1964 – d. 5/2/13
Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars, The Fire Ants, Redband, East Of The Equator, The Methodists) – 48
Jeff Warner (Black ‘N Blue) -
Jeff Cooper (The Cure) – 47

Today In Rock History:
January 1:
1962: Beatles flunk their audition when Decca Records A&R man Dick Rowe isn’t impressed with Fab Four version of Please Mr. Postman and several other songs. Rowe tells manager Brian Epstein that ‘Guitar groups are on the way out’!|
1963: Beatles begin tour of Scotland.
1967: The Doors made their first live television appearance lip-synching their first single ‘Break on Through’ on Shebang, KTLA-TV Channel 5 in Los Angeles.
1968: Billboard magazine reported that for the first time albums had outsold singles in the US with album sales reaching over 192 million units.
1975: Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham join Fleetwood Mac.
1976: Fleetwood Mac release Go Your Own Way in US. Single goes on to become their first American Top 10 hit.
1979: Bill Graham closes the San Francisco Winterland Theatre. Grateful Dead have played there 48 times.
1989: Nirvana signed a one-year recording contract with Sub Pop records.
1990: New American radio station WKRL in Florida played the Led Zeppelin track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ for 24 hours, as a prelude to an all Zeppelin format.
2002: Eric Clapton married 25-year old Melia McEnery the mother of his baby daughter at a secret ceremony at the 15th Century St Mary Magdalen Church in Riplley, Surrey, England.

January 2:
1968: The entire shipment of John and Yoko’s album ‘Two Virgins’ was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.
1969: Led Zeppelin played the first of four nights at the Whisky A Go-Go, Los Angeles during the bands first North American tour. Support group was the Alice Cooper band.
1969: Filming began at Twickenham studios in England of The Beatles rehearsing for the ‘Let It Be’ album. The project ran into several problems including George Harrison walking out on the group on January 10th.
1978: Ozzy Osbourne rejoins Black Sabbath.
1979: Sex Pistol’s bass player Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier.
1986: Phil Lynott of Thin Lizzy passes away.
1991: George Harrison Becomes the first ex-Beatle to top US charts when All Things Must Pass hits No. 1.

January 3:
1964: Beatles appear on US TV for the first time in a short clip on the Jack Parr Show.
1966: First Acid Test held at Fillmore West, San Francisco.
1969: Appearing live on UK TV’s Lulu Show, Jimi Hendrix stopped performing his new single after a few bars and instead launched into a version of the Cream song ‘Sunshine Of Your Love’ as a tribute to the band who had split a few days earlier.
1970: Beatles record what will be their last song together – I Me Mine
1972: Two weeks of rehearsals for Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon tour began at the Bermondsey in London, England, (the venue was owned by The Rolling Stones).
1976: Gary Wright (formerly of Spooky Tooth) hits US chart for first time with Dream Weaver.
1981: Final night of David Bowie’s performance of Elephant Man on Broadway

January 4:
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience played the first of what would be over 240 gigs in this year when they appeared at the Bromel Club, Bromley. (Many of the concerts were two shows per night).
1967: The Doors released their self-titled debut album The Doors. Unique packaging of the album included each band member’s bio.
1968: The University of California, Los Angeles announced that students taking music degrees would have to study the music of The Rolling Stones saying they had made such an important contribution to modern music.
1970: Chauffeur Neil Boland was accidentally killed when The Who’s drummer Keith Moon ran over him. Moon was trying to escape from a Gang of skinheads after a fight broke out at a pub in Hatfield, England. Moon had never passed his driving test.
1970: The Beatles (without John Lennon) re-record vocals and a new guitar solo on the Paul McCartney song ‘Let It Be’ at Studio Two, EMI Studios, London. This session will be the final studio appearance for The Beatles, as a group. (The final date that all four of The Beatles were in the studio together is August 20, 1969).
1974: Elton John goes gold with Goodbye Yellow Brick Road
1975: Elton John started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with his version of The Beatles ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’. His third US No.1, the song featured John Lennon on guitar
1986: Thin Lizzy singer/bassist Phil Lynott died at the young age of 36. His longtime abuse of cocaine, heroin and booze led to his collapse on Christmas day, at his home in London. Kidney and liver infections complicated by pneumonia and, finally, heart failure took his life too soon.

January 5:
1968: Jimi Hendrix was jailed for one day in Stockholm, Sweden on drink charges after going berserk and destroying everything in his room at the Goteberg Hotel.
1973: Bruce Springsteen released his debut album ‘Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ.’
1978: Sex Pistols start their only US tour in Atlanta, Georgia
2004: Kinks singer Ray Davies was shot in the leg while on holiday in New Orleans. The 59-year-old singer-songwriter was shot when running after two men who stole his girlfriend’s purse at gunpoint. Davies was admitted to the Medical Centre of Louisiana but his injuries were not considered serious. New Orleans police said one person had been arrested, and police were still searching for the second.

January 6:
1958: Gibson guitars launched it’ ‘Flying V’ electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top
1968: The Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ started an eight week run at No.1 on the US album chart, the group’s 11th US chart topper.
1975: Boston Mayor Kevin White cancels Led Zeppelin show after one thousand fans cause an esimated $30,000 damage when they riot, breaking seats and doors.
1977: Sex Pistols dropped by EMI Records.
1977: Kiss go platinum in US with Rock and Roll Over LP.
1987: Eric Clapton started what became an annual event by playing six shows at the Royal Albert Hall, London.

January 7:
1974: Aerosmith played at the Michigan Theatre in Detroit, the first date on their 56 date North American Get Your Wings Tour.
1980: Led Zeppelin awarded US platinum LP for “In Through the Out Door”.
1981: Eagles Live LP goes platinum in US
1981: The Police played the first night of a North American tour at The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada during their Zenyatta Mondatta World Tour.

January 8 :
1966: The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Rubber Soul’ the group’s seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘We Can Work It Out’ the group’s 11th US No.1 single.
1969: Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing “op art” pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.

January 8:
1966: The Who and The Kinks perform on the last showing of Shindig on ABC-TV.
1966: The Beatles started a six week run at #1 on the US album chart with “Rubber Soul”, the group’s seventh US chart topper.
1975: Three Led Zeppelin concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden – 60,000 tickets in all – sell out in a record four hours.
1979: Rush Named as Canada’s ‘Ambassadors of Music’
1991: Steve Clark guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs.

January 9:
1963: Drummer Charlie Watts joined The Rolling Stones after leaving Blues Incorporated.
1965: The Beatles started a nine week run at No.1 on the US album chart with ‘Beatles 65′, the group’s fourth No.1.
1973: The Rolling Stones’ plans for a Far Eastern tour are disrupted when Mick Jagger is refused a Japanese visa on account of a 1969 drug bust. Jagger is quoted as saying, “I don’t take drugs. I don’t approve of drugs and I don’t approve of people taking drugs, unless they’re very careful.”
1975: Deep Purple awarded gold disc in US for Stormbringer, their first LP
1977: Peter Frampton releases I’m In You, album follow up to Frampton Comes Alive, blockbuster in US
1997: David Bowie performed his 50th Birthday Bash concert (the day after his birthday) at Madison Square Garden, New York with guests Frank Black, Sonic Youth, Robert Smith of The Cure, The Foo Fighters, Lou Reed, and Billy Corgan and Placebo. Proceeds from the concert went to the Save The Children fund.
2001: Winners at the 28th annual American Music Awards; Favourite Album, Creed, ‘Human Clay’, Male Artist, Kid Rock, Favourite Female Artist, Faith Hill, Favourite Group, Backstreet Boys, Favourite New Artist, 3 Doors Down.

January 10:
1964: The first US Beatles album, ‘Introducing The Beatles’, was released on Vee-Jay records. The album cover showed John, Paul and George with their now famous “mop top” haircuts, but Ringo had yet to convert. Vee-Jay would be forced to stop selling the disc by the end of the year because of legal complications, but by then over 1.3 million copies had been sold.
1981: John Lennon’s Double Fantasy LP goes platinum, a month after Lennon’s assassination. The album stays at Number One for eight weeks.
1984: Motley Crue played their opening show on the first leg of Ozzy Osbourne’s Bark At The Moon tour in front of nine and a half thousand people in Portland, Maine.
2005: A woman was suing Gene Simmons from Kiss for slander, alleging a documentary made her out to be a “sex-addicted nymphomaniac”. Georgeann Walsh Ward, 53, of New York, said during a VH1 documentary her photo was flashed up as Simmons talked about his past sexual encounters. Ms Walsh Ward had dated Simmons for three years when he was a student. In the documentary, Simmons boasted of having sex with over 4,600 women.

January 11:
1963: Whiskey A-Go-Go opens in Los Angeles.
1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded ‘Purple Haze’. Jimi also signed to the new record label Track Records on this day.
1968: Jimi Hendrix moves into the London townhouse where George Frederick Handel is believed to have composed “Water Music” and the “Messiah.” Hendrix says that he”will not let the tradition down.” and will also compose in the house.
1969: Jethro Tull’s debut LP This Was released in US.
1985: “Rock In Rio”, a Brazilian rock Festival held in Rio, claimed to be the biggest ever staged. The festival featured featuring; Queen, Rod Stewart, AC/DC, Whitesnake, Yes and Iron Maiden.
1992: Nirvana appeared on NBC-TV’s Saturday Night Live. Also on this day ‘Nevermind’ went to No.1 on the US album chart.
2003: Britain’s oldest rockers came out winners in The Pollstar listing of the Top 10 grossing US tours of 2002: Paul McCartney $68 million, The Rolling Stones $58 million, Elton John $47 million, The Who $20 million, Ozzy Osbourne $18 million, Peter Gabriel $10 million, Yes $6 million, Elvis Costello $5 million, The Moody Blues $4 million and Jethro Tull $3 million.
2003: Pete Townshend issued a public statement denying being a paedophile after his name was linked with a police Internet porn inquiry. But The Who guitarist did admit studying child pornography for research into a campaign against it

January 12:
1974: The Steve Miller Band were at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘The Joker’, the group’s first of three No.1′s.
1977: Keith Richards is fined £1000 for possession of cocaine found in his wrecked car. At the same court appearance, he is found not guilty of possession of LSD.
1993: The original members of Cream reunite in Los Angeles to perform at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Other inductees include Van Morrison, CCR, Sly and the Family Stone, Frankie Lymon,The Doors, Dinah Washington and Etta James.
1995: At the Rock and Roll Induction Ceremonies the inductees include Neil Young, The Allman Brothers Band, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, Al Green, Martha and the Vandellas and Frank Zappa.
1996: AC/DC played the first date on their Ballbreaker World Tour in Greensboro, North Carolina. The world tour would last for 11 months finishing on November 30, 1996 in Christchurch, New Zealand.

January 13:
1968: Cream debut on US chart with Sunshine of Your Love. Their biggest American hit, it peaks at No. 5.
1968: Dr. K.C. Pollack of the University of Florida reports that tests have found that the noise generated at rock & roll concerts is harmful to hearing.
1970: Steel Mill, (featuring Bruce Springsteen) played at The Matrix in San Francisco, California. Boz Scaggs was the scheduled headliner but he cancelled at that last minute due to illness. Rock critic Philip Elwood, who turned up intending to review Scaggs ended up writing a highly favorable review of Steel Mill for The San Francisco Examiner.
1973: Eric Clapton made his stage comeback at the Rainbow Theatre, London, with Pete Townsend, Ronnie Wood, Stevie Winwood, Rebop, Jim Capaldi and support from The Average White Band. The night’s two shows were recorded for the ‘Rainbow Concert’ album.
1977: Queen kicked off a 59-date world tour at Dane County Coliseum in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Opening act was Thin Lizzy.
1978: The Police begin recording their debut album.

January 14:
1963: Charlie Watts made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo Jazz Club, Soho, London.
1966: David Jones changes his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from the Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, “Can’t Help Thinking About Me”. He would later say that he chose “Bowie” because he likes that “big American bear-killin’ knife.”
1967: Over 25,000 people attend The Human Be-In-A Gathering Of The Tribes at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The event was a forerunner of major, outdoor rock concerts and featured The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service and Big Brother and The Holding Company.
1973: Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh is charged with possession of drugs in California.
1978: Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours LP logs its 31st week at No. 1 in America – the longest run until Thriller in 1984.
1978: Sex Pistols play their last live gig, at Winterland, San Francisco.
1989: U2 win US platinum disc with Rattle and Hum.
1989: Paul McCartney releases his album “Back In The U.S.S.R.” exclusively in Russia. Bootleg copies sold for as much as $1,000 in the US
2001: GUNS N’ ROSES perform before 200,000 fans at the Rock In Rio Festival.
2005: A $100,000 statue honoring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone – the only surviving band member. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.

January 15:
1964: Capitol Records obtains an injuction restraining Vee Jay Records from further invovement withrecordings by the Beatles.
1965: THE WHO release their first single, ‘Can’t Explain’. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the UK chart.
1967: US television censorship hits Rolling Stones when they appear on Ed Sullivan show singing Let’s Spend Some Time Together.
1969: George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles for good. Harrison wasn’t happy with plans for live performances and the Let It Be film project.
1971: George Harrison releases “My Sweet Lord”.
1976: Paul Simonon auditioned for The London SS, the band went on to become The Clash.
1977: Eagles “Hotel California” Top US Album
1982: The Police kicked off the North American leg of their 119-date Ghost In The Machine world tour at Boston Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, supported by The Go-Go’s.
2008: Ronnie Wood was recovering following an operation for a hernia after he sustained the injury during the band’s recent Bigger Bang tour. The 60-year-old Rolling Stones guitarist was told to rest for two months after the procedure.

January 16:
1969: LED ZEPPELIN I is released.
1969: Fleetwood Mac, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Albert Collins all appeared at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California.
1973: Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia to an audience of 25 people.
1978: Sex Pistol, Sid Vicious fell through a glass door at a San Francisco hotel, took a drug overdose and was rushed to hospital.
1980: Paul McCartney was jailed for nine days in Tokyo for marijuana possession after being found with 219g on his arrival at Narita Airport in Japan.
1988: George Harrison becomes the act with the longest span of No. 1 US hits in rock era as Got My Mind Set On You tops Billboard chart 24 years after he hit the top with Beatle’s I Want to Hold Your Hand. (George’s record is subsequently broken by Beach Boys).
1988: Elton John lands his 22nd US Top 10 hit as Candle in the Wind moves to No. 7
1991: The Byrds and Wilson Pickett are among those being inducted in The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame.
1992: Mick Jagger attends the Hollywood premiere of his film”Freejack”.
1992: Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV.
1996: Jimmy Buffett and U2 singer Bono escape unhurt when Jamaican authorities open fire on Buffetts’s seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker’s plane.

January 17:
1970: The Doors played the first of four shows at the Felt Forum in New York City. The shows were recorded for the bands forthcoming ‘Absolutely Live’ album.
1973: Ace Frehley auditions for KISS.
1974: Bad Company is formed, featuring Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson.
1981: Wendy O’Williams, lead singer of Plasmatics, arrested during performance in Milwaukee for ‘simulating masturbation with a sledgehammer in front of an audience’.
1981: Mötley Crüe formed when bass guitarist Nikki Sixx left the band London and began rehearsing with drummer Tommy Lee and vocalist, guitarist Greg Leon, (who later left). Sixx and Lee then added guitarist Bob “Mick Mars” Deal. Vince Neil accepted an offer to join (after turning them down) in April of this year.
1985: IRON MAIDEN play the first of five sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
1990: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies at New York’s Waldorf Astoria. The inductees include The Who, Hank Ballard, The Four Seasons, The Four Tops, , Simon and Garfunkel, the Platters and The Kinks
1996: The Jefferson Airplane, Gladys Knight and the Pips, David Bowie, Pete Seeger, The Shirelles, Tom Donahue, Little Willie John, Pink Floydand the Velvet Underground are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
2001: METALLICA bassist Jason Newsted leaves the band.
2001: IRON MAIDEN surprise former LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page with an autographed Fender guitar during a Rock In Rio press conference in Brazil.

January 18:
1964: The Beatles made their US chart debut when ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ entered the chart at No.45 just ten days after its release, making it the fastest-breaking and the fastest selling single in Capitol Records history. It went on to spend seven weeks at the No.1 position.
1965: The Rolling Stones recorded ‘The Last Time’ and ‘Play With Fire’ at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on ‘Play With Fire.’
1973: Pink Floyd complete sessions for Dark Side of the Moon at EMI studios, Abbey Road
1973: Rolling Stones hold benefit for Nicaraguan earthquake victims at Los Angeles Forum.
1974: Bad Company is formed, featuring Paul Rodgers and Simon Kirke from Free, Mick Ralphs from Mott the Hoople, and Boz Burrell from King Crimson.
1984: Van Halen kicked off their 103-date ’1984′ North American tour at Jacksonville Coliseum in Jacksonville, Florida.
1985: DEEP PURPLE’s Perfect Strangers tour opens – first Mk II show in 11 years.
1989: Ink Spots, Soul Stirrers, Bessie Smith, Phil Spector, Stevie Wonder, Rolling Stones, Dion, Otis Redding and Temptations join the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
1991: AC/DC’s show in Salt Lake City, UT is catastrophic when a general admission audience of 13,000 stampede, killing three individuals. One of the fathers brings suit against the band, but by spring ’91 the case is dismissed.
1991: Joe Cocker, Prince and Guns N’ Roses are among the performers as the10 day “Rock In Rio Two” festival opens in Brazil.
1995: Jerry Garcia escapes without a scratch as he crashes his rented BMW into a guard rail near Mill Valley, California.

January 19
1967: The Beatles began recording ‘A Day in the Life’ at Abbey Road studio’s London, recording four takes of the new song.
1970: “Easy Rider” starring Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper is released. Soundtrack LP features Jimi Hendrix, Steppenwolf and Byrds.
1971: The Beatles White Album was played in the courtroom at the Sharon Tate murder trial to find out if any songs could have influenced Charles Manson and his followers to commit murder.
1974: Black Oak Arkansas appeared at Kent State University, Kent Ohio. Support act was Bruce Springsteen. Tickets cost $4.00
1976: John, Paul, George and Ringo offered thirty million dollars to reform by promoter Bill Sergent.
1980: Pink Floyd: The Wall started a 15-week run at No.1 on the US album chart. The group’s third US No.1, it went on to sell over 8 million copies.
1988: Bon Jovi’s and Motley Crue manager Doc McGheep pleaded guilty to importing more than 40,000lb of marijuana into the US.
1993: Fleetwood Mac reunites to perform at Bill Clinton’s inauguration. The band’s”Don’t Stop” was used as the theme for his campaign.
1994: The Band, Rod Stewart,The Animals, The Grateful Dead, Elton John, John Lennon, Bob Marley and Duane Eddy are inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

January 20:
1964: Meet the Beatles LP released in US.
1969: Bruce Springsteen had two of his poems published in the Ocean County College Literary Yearbook Seascapes. Springsteen was in his second semester at the Toms River, New Jersey College.
1972: On the first date of a UK tour, Pink Floyd premiered their new album Dark Side Of The Moon at The Dome, Brighton, England.
1982: Ozzy Osbourne is hospitalized with rabies after biting the head off a dead bat that was thrown on stage by a fan.
1988: Mike Love of the Beach Boys insulted just about everybody in the music business, including Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger.The occasion was the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies.The Beach Boys were inducted along with the Beatles (George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and Yoko, Sean, and Julian Lennon all attend. Paul McCartney does not attend, sending instead a letter stating that continuing business differences with the other ex-Beatles was the reason for his absence), the Drifters, Bob Dylan, Berry Gordy, Jr., Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Les Paul and the Supremes.
1996: KISS announce that there will be a reunion tour this spring featuring the original lineup with make-up. The band plan to use the vintage Love Gun stage show and won’t play anything past 1983! The KISS unplugged record is scheduled for March, but a current legal battle between the band and MTV may see that date get pushed back again.
2001: the Ozzfest ’99 documentary film, “We Sold Our Souls For Rock & Roll”, directed by Penelope Spheeris, premiers at the Sundance Film Festival.

January 21:
1965: Rolling Stones arrive in Australia for tour.
1966, George Harrison married Patti Boyd at Leatherhead Register Office in Surrey with Paul McCartney as Best man. 1967: The Rolling Stones hit USA chart with Ruby Tuesday on way to No. 1George had first met Patti on the set of The Beatles movie ‘A Hard Days Night.’
1968: Jimi Hendrix recorded his version of the Bob Dylan song ‘All Along the Watchtower’ at Olympic Studios in London. Rolling Stone Brain Jones and Dave Mason from Traffic both played on the session.
1987: Roy Orbison inducted by Bruce Springsteen into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1989: Guns N’Roses become first act for six years to have two Top 10 American LPs, with Appetite for Destruction at No. 2 and Guns N’Roses Lies at No. 10
1991: Squeeze are the first performers as the MTV show “Unplugged” makes its debut.

January 22:
1889: Columbia Phonograph Company, later to become CBS formed in Washington.
1977: Wings: Wings Over America Top US Album
1983: The new 24-hour music video network MTV started broadcasting to the West Coast of America after being picked up by Group W Cable, Los Angeles.
1989: KISS’ Gene Simmons and former Playboy model Shannon Tweed have a son.
1990: GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Slash swore numerous times on live television while accepting an American Music Award. Viewers swamped the ABC-TV switchboard with irate calls and the network apologized.

January 23:
1988: Nirvana recorded a 10-song demo with Seattle producer Jack Endino. Sub Pop records boss Jonathan Poneman hears the tape and offers to put out a Nirvana single.
1990: Allen Collins guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd died of pneumonia after being ill for several months. Collins who was one of the founding members also co-wrote most of the band’s songs (including Free Bird), with late front man Ronnie Van Zant. He survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members. Collins was behind the wheel in a car accident in 1986 that killed his girlfriend and left him paralyzed from the waist down. He later pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter as well as driving under the influence of alcohol.
1990: David Bowie announced his forthcoming and final world tour, ‘Sound And Vision’ 1990, during which he will invite each local audience to decide on a ‘greatest hits’ running order, organised through local radio stations.
1994: Rage Against The Machine headlined the Rock For Choice benefit at The Palladium, Hollywood, California. Also appearing: Screaming Trees, Eddie Vedder, Mary’s Danish, 7 Year Bitch and Green Apple Quick Step.
1996: the City Council in Johnson City, Tennessee, withdrew permission for WHITE ZOMBIE to hold a show there. Several town residents had complained that the band advocated Satan worship.
2001: a lawsuit alleging SLAYER’s music caused a trio of the band’s fans to commit murder was dismissed by a California court.

January 24:
1962: Beatles sign their management contract with Brian Epstein.
1969: New Jersey state prosecutors issue a warning to US record dealers that they would be charged with distributing pornography if they were caught selling the John Lennon / Yoko Ono LP ‘Two Virgins’. The front cover of the album showed the pair frontally nude, while the back cover showed them from behind. The album still managed to reach No.124 on the US, but failed to chart at all in the UK, where only 5,000 copies were ever pressed.
1969: The Doors appeared at Madison Square Garden, New York City, They were paid over $50,000 for the gig making them one of the highest paid acts this year.
1969: JETHRO TULL plays their first show in the US in NYC. They are openers for LED ZEPPELIN.
1976: the live version of KISS’ ‘Rock & Roll All Nite’ (from Alive I), peaks at #12 on the chart.
1979: The Clash released their first single in the US, ‘I Fought The Law’ (written by Sonny Curtis of Buddy Holly’s Crickets).
1980: A billboard was erected on Sunset Strip, West Hollywood, California to promote Pink Floyd’s new album ‘The Wall’. Every day workmen added another brick to the wall until it was finished.
1981: AEROSMITH’s Steven Tyler is hospitalized after being involved in an accident on his motorcycle.
1992: Nirvana played their first ever show in Australia at the Phoenician Club in Sydney. Also on the bill, Tumbleweed and The Meanies.
1995: VAN HALEN releases Balance album, their last with lead singer Sammy Hagar.

January 25:
1969: Creedence Clearwater Revival hit US chart for third time with Proud Mary.
1970: John Lennon and Yoko Ono completely shave their heads and declare 1970 as ‘Year One’. Their hair is then donated to ‘Black House’, an interracial community centre in North London, and is auctioned.
1973: David Bowie leaves for a world cruise on the QE2.
1978: TED NUGENT autographs a man’s arm with a bowie knife – the fan requested it.
1986: Bruce Springsteen’s My Hometown climbs from No. 11 to No. 6, giving him his seventh top 10 single released from LP. Born in the USA, equalling the record set by Michael Jackson with Thriller.

January 26:
1970: John Lennon records Instant Karma with Producer Phil Spector.
1977: Former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green was committed to a mental hospital following an incident when he threatened his accountant Clifford Adams with an air rifle when he was trying to deliver a $51,000 royalty check to him.
1986: Allen Collins, guitarist from Lynyrd Skynyrd crashed his car, paralysing him from the waist down and killing his girlfriend Debra Jean Watts. Collins had survived a plane crash in 1977 that killed two other band members.
2007: The Rolling Stones topped the US music rich list for the second year running after making $150.6 million in 2006. Tim McGraw and Faith Hill were second in the poll with a combined fortune of $132 million and country band Rascal Flatts appeared third, having earned $110.5 million in the past year.

January 27:
1971: David Bowie arrives in US for his first visit. He does not play live but garners much publicity by wearing a dress in Texas.
1990: The town of Gainsville, Florida declares this day as “Tom Petty Day”
1997: the reunited MOTLEY CRUE perform on the American Music Awards.

January 28:
1968: The Who are escorted from a plane for misbehaving and ‘making the hostesses cry’ on tour in Australia.
1984: Van Halen’s album 1984 (including the hit Jump) hits US LP chart.
1984: Backstage after a Motley Crue show in Buffalo, New York, Tommy Lee found out that his girlfriend has posed for the current issue of Penthouse magazine without his knowledge, after a fan passes comment on the pictures. Tommy punched the fan unconscious with one hit, Motley’s manager Doug Thaler convinced the fan not to press any charges.
1985: Top US stars (and Bob Geldof) record charity single, We are the World.
1989 Bangles release Eternal Flame in US.
1989: Travelling Wilburys LP hits US Top 3.
1998: guitarist Chris DeGarmo leaves QUEENSRYCHE. He begins working with Peter Cornell, (Chris Cornell’s brother), on a future project.
2001: AEROSMITH are joined onstage by pop stars ‘N SYNC, BRITNEY SPEARS, NELLY and MARY J. BLIGE to sing ‘Walk This Way’ during the Super Bowl Halftime Show Sunday in Tampa, Fla.
2009: Lynyrd Skynyrd keyboard player Billy Powell died at the age of 56 of a suspected heart attack in Florida. Powell called police saying he was having trouble breathing and emergency services tried to resuscitate him, but he was pronounced dead an hour later. Powell had missed a doctor’s appointment on the day before his death; the appointment was for a checkup on his heart. He played piano on Kid Rock’s ‘All Summer Long’ (which sampled the Lynyrd Skynyrd song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’).

January 29:
1967: Jimi Hendrix and The Who appeared at The Saville Theatre, London, England. 20 year-old future Queen guitarist Brian May was in the audience.
1968: The Doors appeared at The Pussy Cat A Go Go, Las Vegas. 
After the show singer Jim Morrison taunts a security guard in the parking lot by pretending to smoke a joint, resulting in a fight. The police arrive who arrest Morrison and charge him with vagrancy, public drunkenness, and failure to possess sufficient identification.
1972: Henry McCulloch joins Wings.
1978: Whitesnake formed by David Coverdale.
1979: Emerson, Lake and Palmer disband following financially disastrous tour of America.

January 30:
1967: The Beatles went to Knole Park, Sevenoaks, Kent, for the first day of filming for the ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ promotional video. The film was shot in colour, for the benefit of the US market, (UK television was still broadcasting only in black and white).
1969: The Beatles played their lunchtime rooftop gig on top of the Apple building on Savile Row in London. Lasting for just over 40 minutes it was the last time The Beatles performed live.
1973: After recently changing their name from Wicked Lester, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss made their first appearance as Kiss at the Popcorn Club in Queens, New York.
1974: Greg Lake arrested for swimming nude in a Salt Lake City hotel pool, clearly visible from the street!
1988: Moving to No. 18, Everywhere gives Fleetwood Mac their fourth Top 10 single from Tango in the Night LP in US.
1990: Bob Dylan is honoured in France and becomes a commander in the Order of Arts and Letters.

January 31:
1979: Clash begin major American tour, with Bo Diddley supporting.
1998: The “Come Together” benefit concert becomes an E Street Band reunion, with Max Weinberg, Danny Federici and Clarence Clemons joining in. The show, held at a small New Jersey theatre, was a benefit for the family of Sgt. Patrick King, a Long Branch, NJ, police officer killed in the line of duty. It turns into a 3 1/2 hour jam with Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, Little Steven and other New Jersey musicians.
2007: Jim Morrison was enlisted to help fight global warming more than 35 years after his death. ‘Woman in the Window’, a previously unreleased poem written and recorded by The Doors frontman shortly before he died in 1971 was being set to music and used to publicise the Global Cool campaign.

February 1:
1977: LED ZEPPELIN’s 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.

February 2:
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.

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