Tag: Today in Rock July
Stephen Pearcy (Ratt) - 53
Michael Sweet (Stryper) - 49
Mark Slaughter (Slaughter) - 48
Jimmy Crespo (ex-Aerosmith) - 58
Carlos Cavazo (ex-Quiet Riot/current Ratt) - 55
Bon Scott (AC/DC) was born in 1946. He died in February of 1980 at the age of 33.
Frank Bello (Anthrax) - 47
Ronnie James Dio (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven & Hell) was born; he died May 16, 2010, at age 67.
Rik Emmett (Triumph) - 59
Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) - 53
Mark “The Animal” Mendoza (Twisted Sister) - 57
Joe Satriani (Chickenfoot) - 56
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath/Heaven and Hell) - 63
Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister) - 60
July 23: Slash (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snakepit) - 47
July 26: Gary Cherone (Extreme, ex-Van Halen) - 51
July 27: Rex Brown (ex-Pantera, Down) - 48
Today In Rock:
1965: John Lennon published A Spaniard in the Works in the United States.
1966: Janis Joplin moved into Big Brother & The Holding Company’s house in California’s San Geronimo Valley.
1967: The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band went to number one in the United States.
1968: John Lennon opened an exhibition of his drawings titled You Are Here.
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were involved in a car crash in Scotland. John needed 17 stitches to his face.
1969: The Doors released their album The Soft Parade.
1970: Jimi Hendrix recorded for the first time in his Electric Ladyland studios.
1979: Sony introduced the Walkman, a portable cassette tape player.
1979: The Doobie Brothers celebrated their tenth anniversary by jamming at Los Angeles’ Friar’s Club.
1981: Steppenwolf bassist Rushton Moreve died in a car crash in Los Angeles.
1963: Bob Dylan performed “Only a Pawn in Their Game” at a voters’ registration rally in Greenwood, Mississippi.
1966: Chas Chandler went to see Jimi Hendrix play at New York’s Café. The former Animal later told Hendrix he should move to London in order to launch his career.
1968: The Doors played The Hollywood Bowl supported by Steppenwolf and The Chambers Brothers. The concert was recorded for posterity as The Doors at the Hollywood Bowl.
1968: Bill Graham opened the Fillmore West in San Francisco.
1968: John Lennon sold his psychedelic Rolls Royce.
1969: The Rolling Stones turned their free Hyde Park concert into a memorial service for Brian Jones, who died in his swimming pool on July 3rd. Jagger read Shelley’s “Adonais” by way of tribute and the band released thousands of butterflies over the crowd. Sadly, most of the insects had themselves expired.
1971: A Led Zeppelin gig in Milan turned violent when police fired tear gas at the crowd. The band escaped unharmed, but numerous arrests were made and a roadie was hit in the head with a bottle.
1975: Guitarist Steve Miller showed off his new band as he supported Pink Floyd at England’s Knebworth. The Floyd premiered their Wish You Were Here album in a performance that displayed fireworks, Spitfire planes flying over head and even a model plane that crashed into the stage.
1978: EMI halted production on The Rolling Stones Some Girls album after some of the celebrities featured in the cover art complained about the use of their images.
1981: The Rolling Stones shot the “Neighbors” video. The band hung out of a window in the high concept promo.
1988: A movement to ban Grateful Dead concerts in the town of Oxford, Maine crumbled after the protestors learned that they would have to ban concerts held at the county fair.
1989: Rod Stewart was knocked unconscious after hitting his head onstage.
1989: The Replacements kicked off their tour supporting Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers at the Miami Arena.
1992: RIP Helix guitarist Paul Hackman, who died when the band’s tour van rolled off the road in southern British Columbia.
2002: Styx threw a picnic for members of the Port Authority Police Department, who lost three percent of their numbers during the September 11th attacks. The PAPD gave Styx an iron cross forged from the World Trade Center’s steel beams.
1964: A Hard Day’s Night premiered in London.
1965: Marty Balin and Paul Kantner formed the group that a month later would be called Jefferson Airplane.
1965: The number one album in the United States was Beatles VI and the number one single was The Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.”
1966: The Rolling Stones played Syracuse’s War Memorial Hall. During the performance, the band allegedly desecrated the American flag by dragging it across the stage.
1967: Pink Floyd performed for the third time on the BBC’s Top of the Pops, promoting their successful “See Emily Play” single. Singer Syd Barrett showed up in a psychedelic outfit, but for the actual televised performance, changed into a costume of rags.
1967: Rolling Stone Brian Jones collapsed and entered the hospital while awaiting trial on drugs charges.
1968: The number one single in the United States was The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.”
1969: John Lennon and Yoko Ono were released from a hospital following a car crash in Scotland.
1973: Queen released “Keep Yourself Alive,” their debut single in the U-K.
1980: In Hollywood, Florida, 36 Ted Nugent fans were arrested for throwing bottles and smoking pot at the rocker’s concert.
1991: Van Halen’s album For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge debuted at number one.
1967…The Monkees began a nationwide tour with Jimi Hendrix supporting.
1968: The Yardbirds finally called it quits, which led guitarist Jimmy Page to form The New Yardbirds, who later became Led Zeppelin.
1973: Paul McCartney released “Live and Let Die.”
1975: In Arkansas, Keith Richards was charged with weapons possession and reckless driving. He was later cleared.
1980: Twelve years after they formed as The New Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin played their final concert together at West Berlin’s Eissporthalle. Drummer John Bonham died that September.
1986: David Lee Roth released his first solo album, Eat ‘Em and Smile.
1986: Bob Dylan performed a second gig with The Grateful Dead and joined them for three songs.
1989: It was reported that CDs were outselling vinyl albums for the first time.
1992: The Red Hot Chili Peppers headed the MTV Video Music Awards with eight nominations.
1994: The fourth Lollapalooza tour kicked off in Las Vegas.
1995: Rod Stewart’s jet was forced to land at Landvetter Gothenburg International Airport in Sweden after it collided with a bird. Stewart melodramatically declared, “I almost crashed.” Aviation officials described the event as “undramatic.”
2003: John Mayer and Counting Crows kicked off their co-headlining summer tour. They were on the road until September.
2003: During a Vienna show, R.E.M. played the unreleased “Permanent Vacation,” which was last featured in their set 20 years ago.
2004: A judge ruled that the independent Cleopatra Records label could release Hollywood Rose: The Roots of Guns N' Roses, an album of early recordings and demos, over the objections of singer Axl Rose.
2006: Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett died aged 60. He defined British psychedelic eccentricity with songs like “Arnold Layne” and “See Emily Play.”
1969: While on the Australian set of Ned Kelly, Marianne Faithful overdosed on barbiturates. Faithful was dropped from the production, which starred Mick Jagger, and entered a hospital for heroin addiction two days later.
1974: David Bowie played Philadelphia’s Tower Theatre. The weeklong series of concerts was recorded and later released as David Live. Bowie later remarked that the album should have been called David Bowie Is Alive and Living Only in Theory.
1976: Aerosmith plays the Hampton Roads Coliseum in Hampton, VA with Widowmaker on the Rocks Tour.
1977: KISS' Love Gun Tour began in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The band performed thirty-three shows in the US & Canada. This was the first tour where Ace sang lead vocals (Shock Me), and the three Los Angeles Forum shows were recorded for Alive... II.
1977: Steely Dan released the album Aja.
1980: Dead Kennedys frontman Jello Biafra announced his intention to run for mayor of San Francisco. He placed fourth.
1984: At Wembley Stadium, Bob Dylan was joined by U2’s Bono and Van Morrison, who sang “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” with him.
2000: Iron Maiden had to cancel several dates on their European tour after guitarist Janick Gers fell off stage during a show.
2004: Scott Weiland, formerly of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver, was given three years probation after being found guilty of DUI.
1969: The Rolling Stones released “Honky Tonk Women.”
1969: David Bowie released his album Space Oddity.
1975: Fleetwood Mac released Fleetwood Mac, their first album which featured the songwriting couple Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks.
1979: Los Angeles’ Bruin Theatre hosted the premiere of Rust Never Sleeps, a Neil Young concert film directed by Young himself. The show featured in the film took place October 22nd, 1978 at San Francisco’s Cow Palace.
1980: The Rolling Stones videotaped a promo for the single “Emotional Rescue.”
1995: R.E.M.’s Mike Mills underwent abdominal surgery while the band was in Germany. Earlier in the year, drummer Bill Berry suffered an aneurysm while on stage in Switzerland.
1979: Deep Purple drummer Ian Paice joined Whitesnake.
1979: DJ Steve Dahl tried to kill off disco with a Disco Demolition Night at Chicago’s Comiskey Park. A bonfire was started into which disco records were pitched while the crowd chanted, “Disco sucks.” Most participants took the spare vinyl home, though.
1983: David Bowie kicked off his North American Serious Moonlight Tour in Montreal.
1992: Axl Rose was arrested at New York’s Kennedy Airport on charges of inciting a riot following a disastrous 1991 Guns N’ Roses concert in St. Louis.
2003: Rob Halford announced that he would rejoin Judas Priest for a new album and tour – their first together in 13 years.
1968: Steppenwolf released “Born to Be Wild.” The lyrics gave birth to the term “heavy metal.”
1969: New York’s Flushing Meadows Singer Bowl played host to a festival that had sets from the Jeff Beck Group, Vanilla Fudge, Jethro Tull, Ten Years After and Led Zeppelin.
1973: Queen released their self-titled debut album.
1974: Eric Clapton released his hit version of “I Shot the Sheriff.”
1978: The BBC banned The Sex Pistols’ song “No One Is Innocent.”
1984: The Jacksons’ Victory tour reached Dallas, where Eddie Van Halen joined Michael Jackson on stage to perform “Beat It.”
1985: Live Aid took place as concerts were held in Philadelphia and London to raise money for Ethiopia’s starving. Over a billion people around the world listened in or watched the concerts on TV. In Philadelphia, Bob Dylan suggested that some of the money raised be set aside to help America’s farmers, which angered Live Aid organizer Bob Geldof, but inspired Willie Nelson to come up with Farm Aid.
1988: Sting rocked Washington, D.C.’s Kennedy Center to benefit the rainforests.
1993: At the All-Star baseball game in Baltimore, Rush’s Geddy Lee treated the audience to his interpretation of “Oh Canada.”
1969: At the Mississippi River Rock Festival, The Band were upstaged when their boss, Bob Dylan, joined them onstage for three songs. He was introduced as “Elmer Johnson.”
1980: Former Beatles and Stones manager Allen Klein began a two-month sentence for cheating on his tax return.
1982: Alan Parker’s film, Pink Floyd’s The Wall, premiered at the Leicester Square Empire in London.
1987: Steve Miller got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1989: Alice Cooper released his “Poison” comeback single. It went to number seven on the charts, his biggest hit since 1972’s “School’s Out.”
1992: Megadeth’s Countdown to Extinction, was released.
1958: John Lennon’s mother died in a road accident in Liverpool, England.
1963: Paul McCartney was busted for speeding and fined 17 English pounds for the offense.
1967: Jefferson Airplane and The Doors both performed at the Anaheim Civic Center.
1968: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their self-titled debut album.
1970: Creedence Clearwater Revival released their fifth album Cosmo’s Factory.
1973: A depressed Ray Davies, balancing a beer can on his head, announced he was retiring from the music scene at London’s White City Stadium during a Kinks concert.
1974: Elton John re-signed with the record label MCA. Elton received eight-million dollars for delivering his next five albums to them, which included Captain Fantastic & the Brown Dirt Cowboy.
1978: Bob Dylan played to an audience of 200 thousand at his open-air concert at England’s Blackbushe Airport.
1989: Pink Floyd performed in Venice on a floating stage. 200-thousand people gathered to see them and they ended up causing damage to the city’s bridges and made marble crumble from centuries-old buildings.
1994: In Detroit, Pink Floyd performed Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety for the first time in almost 20 years.
1999: Bruce Springsteen kicked off the North-American leg of his reunion tour with The E Street Band at New Jersey’s Continental Airlines Arena.
1999: The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir married Natasha Muenicr.
2002: Bob Seger’s boat, Lightning of St. Clair Shores, finished first in its division in the Port Huron-to-Mackinac Island Sailboat Race in Michigan.
1963: The Beatles started recording “’Til There Was You,” “You Really Got a Hold on Me” and “Money (That’s What I Want).”
1964: The Rolling Stones got their first U-K number one with “It’s All Over Now.”
1968: The Grateful Dead released Anthem of the Sun. It failed to chart.
1969: Janis Joplin and her Kozmic Blues Band made their first appearance on The Dick Cavett Show.
1970: Pink Floyd played a free concert at London’s Hyde Park that attracted an audience of 20-thousand people.
1972: After Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were thrown in jail for rumbling with a photographer in Rhode Island, the mayor of Boston intervened so they could play a concert at the Boston Garden.
1973: Jethro Tull sold out three nights at the Los Angeles Forum in an hour and a half.
1975: At London’s Lyceum Theater, Bob Marley & the Wailers recorded the concert that is featured on their album Live!
1988: A California court upheld an earlier decision clearing Ozzy Osbourne’s song “Suicide Solution” of being responsible for a teenager taking his own life in 1984.
1989: Jefferson Airplane reformed. Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Grace Slick were joined by Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady, who had left the Airplane to play with Hot Tuna.
1994: The Rolling Stones played a secret gig in a Toronto nightclub for their fans.
1995: Neil Young formed the Vapor Records label with his manager, Elliot Roberts.
1974: David Bowie wrapped up his tour supporting Diamond Dogs in New York.
1975: The Rolling Stones played Denver, where Elton John joined them on stage.
1976: Deep Purple split up for the first time.
1980: A production of The Elephant Man, which starred David Bowie, opened in Denver.
1991: Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Steven Adler sued the band, alleging that they encouraged his heroin habit. Adler had been fired from the band the previous year because of his problems with drugs.
1965: Bob Dylan released “Like a Rolling Stone.” The single became his first major hit, reaching number two.
1968: Paul McCartney’s girlfriend, Jane Asher, announced on British TV that her engagement to the Beatles bassist had been broken off. McCartney met Linda Eastman on a business trip the previous month.
1974: The Doobie Brothers played England’s Knebworth Festival with The Allman Brothers and Van Morrison.
1974: The Ramones decided to make their drummer Joey Ramone the lead vocalist.
1975: On Bruce Springsteen’s Born to Run tour stop in Providence, Rhode Island, The E Street Band played their first gig with “Little Steven” Van Zandt on guitar.
1986: To celebrate his 39th birthday, Carlos Santana played a reunion concert with the original members of his band.
1986: Van Halen manager Ed Leffler was beaten up by an unknown assailant in a Dallas hotel elevator.
1987: Mick Jagger shot the video for “Let’s Work” in New York. The track came from for his solo album, Primitive Cool.
1980: AC/DC released Back in Black, their first album since the death of singer Bon Scott. It went to number four.
1987: Guns N’ Roses released their number one debut album Appetite for Destruction.
1987: Paul McCartney finished recording Russian versions of rock and roll songs for his Soviet-only release Choba B CCCP.
1990: On pay-per-view, you could have watched the Roger Waters’ production of The Wall. The concert at the Berlin Wall featured a host of guest performers like Van Morrison, Bryan Adams and Sinead O’Connor.
2003: Black Sabbath removed images from a film that played during their Ozzfest set that associated George W. Bush with Adolf Hitler after drummer Bill Ward posted his disapproval on his Web site.
1965: The Rolling Stones were found guilty of insulting behavior after they urinated on the wall of a gas station in East Ham, England, earlier in the year. Mick Jagger, Bill Wyman and Brian Jones were all fined five British pounds each. The owner of the gas station said that to add insult to injury, the band drove off “making a well-known gesture.”
1967: Jimi Hendrix called it quits as the support act for The Monkees.
1967: The Doors made their debut on American Bandstand and performed “Light My Fire.”
1979: The Sony Walkman went on sale to the public.
1980: A reunited Allman Brothers Band announced that they’d signed with Clive Davis’ Arista label.
1964: The Beatles went to number one in the U-K with “A Hard Day’s Night.”
1966: The Rolling Stones played San Francisco. The concert was their last American live performance with founding guitarist Brian Jones.
1967: An advertisement advocating the legalization of marijuana appeared in the London Times, signed by all four Beatles.
1969: At the Fillmore East, Neil Young appeared onstage with Crosby, Stills and Nash for the first time.
1970: Chicago released their single “25 or 6 to 4.”
1978: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band opened in New York starring Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees.
1980: Kiss unveiled Eric Carr as their new drummer at New York City’s Palladium.
1981: A Bob Dylan show in Avignon, France ended in tragedy when a fan was killed after falling on a tangle of electrical cables, knocking the power out. In the midst of the blackout, another fan fell off a wall she was standing on and later died.
1985…Bob Dylan appeared at the 12th World Festival of Youths and Students in Moscow.
1990: Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa became the proud parents of Evan James.
2005: Megadeth lead singer Dave Mustaine sued David Ellefson, alleging the bassist used the name of the group without his permission.
1968: Decca pulled The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet from its release schedule and cited the sleeve as the problem. The design featured a graffiti-covered toilet. It was one of the first disagreements between the band and the label. Mick Jagger angrily pointed out that Decca released Tom Jones’ A-tom-ic Jones with a nuclear explosion printed on its jacket sleeve.
1974: The first Beatles Convention was held in Boston.
1979: Two years after it was originally released in Britain, The Clash’s self-titled debut album received an American release. In the meantime, The Clash had become one of the biggest-selling import albums ever.
1990: The German keyboardist with The Grateful Dead, Brent Mydland, died of a drug overdose. He was 37.
1992: Paul Stanley of Kiss married model Pamela Bowen.
2003: Mick Jagger celebrated turning 60 at a private party in Prague. Among the invitees was former Czech president Vaclev Havel, who gave Jagger a two-foot-high crystal vase.
2003: Iron Maiden drummer Nicko McBrain was arrested outside of a Wantagh, New York gig after allegedly running over a parking attendant.
1969: Led Zeppelin and The Doors played at the Seattle Pop Festival. Robert Plant stated that he was not impressed by Jim Morrison's bizarre performance.
1974: Lynyrd Skynyrd released “Sweet Home Alabama.”
1976: Tina Turner filed for divorce from her husband, Ike.
1976: Bruce Springsteen sued his former manager, Mike Appel, for fraud and breach of contract. Appel later filed a countersuit and tied up Springsteen’s recording of the follow-up to Born to Run for the next two years.
1976: John Lennon received his green card and was granted permanent residency status in the U-S after a four-year court battle.
1977: Led Zeppelin called off the remainder of their North American tour after Robert Plant’s son Karac died from a stomach infection.
1979: Alice Cooper’s Indian Art Store in Scottsdale, Arizona was hit by a fire bomb that destroyed 200-thousand dollars’ worth of merchandise. Cooper blamed disco fans.
1995: In Montpelier, France, The Rolling Stones were joined onstage by support act Bob Dylan for a version of his “Like a Rolling Stone.”
2001: Lynyrd Skynyrd bassist Leon Wilkeson died in his Florida home. He was 49.
1970: Ned Kelly, the film starring Mick Jagger in the title role, opened in Australia. Halliwell’s Film Guide fumed, “Obstinately unlikable action picture with some kind of message which never becomes clear amid all the cleverness.”
1973: Watkins Glen Raceway in New York hosted the world’s biggest rock festival. 600-thousand people watched The Grateful Dead, The Band and The Allman Brothers.
1975: Bob Dylan played his first session for the Desire album. On “Romance in Durango,” he was joined by Eric Clapton on dobro, while Emmylou Harris played steel guitar on “Abandoned Love.”
1978: In response to a fan’s request, Ted Nugent autographed his arm with a Bowie knife.
1978: An episode of the sitcom What’s Happening! featured a guest appearance by The Doobie Brothers.
1999: Steven Tyler of Aerosmith told the New York Daily News he was trying to prevent his ex-wife from printing naked photos of him in a new book. He said, “She has some old pictures we took one night in a toxic psychosis and she thought it would be very funny to put them in her book.”
1961: Bob Dylan performed at New York’s Riverside Church as part of a 12-hour radio broadcast.
1963: The Newport Folk Festival was held after a four-year layoff. Headliners included Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary. With a good sense of timing, Peter, Paul & Mary also released their interpretation of Dylan’s “Blowin’ in the Wind,” which later went to number two.
1965: The Beatles second film Help! debuted at The Pavilion Theatre in London. Halliwell’s Film Guide said, “It looks good but becomes too tiresome to entertain.”
1966: Bob Dylan crashed his motorcycle in Woodstock, New York. The incident immediately passed into myth, with many wondering if Dylan was hurt at all or simply used the accident to disappear from public life. Middletown Hospital admitted him with a concussion and broken neck vertebrae. Dylan continued to suffer from paralysis and mild amnesia for the next month.
1970: The Rolling Stones’ contract with Decca ended. The band informed manager Allen Klein that “neither he nor ABKCO Industries have any authority to negotiate recording contracts on their behalf” and began to consider starting their own label.
1973: The takings from two Led Zeppelin concerts were stolen from their New York hotel. The thieves were said to have gotten away with over 180-thousand dollars in cash.
1974: “Mama” Cass Elliot died of a heart attack in London at age 32. A coroner mistakenly said she died of choking on a ham sandwich.
1976: Eric Clapton began his first English tour in five years at Hempstead’s Pavilion Theatre.
1980; David Bowie opened on stage in Denver in the title role of Elephant Man to critical acclaim.
1998: Miramax Films bought the rights to The Beatles’ landmark movie Hard Day's Night. The DVD was released later that year, complete with new footage and digitally re-mastered stereo sound.
2002: Ozzy Osbourne started a three-week break from Ozzfest as his wife, Sharon, began chemotherapy treatments. System of a Down took over as headliners. To compensate for any disappointment, Sharon arranged for the fans to receive a free treat from the food concession stands.
2003; Bobby Thompson, Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager, died in his hotel room in Birmingham, Michigan after a long battle with throat cancer.
2006: Kid Rock and Pamela Anderson were married on a luxury yacht in San Tropez. Among the guests: Elton John’s partner David Furnish and photographer Dave LaChappelle.