Wednesday April 29th
1934 – Otis Rush, one of the most intense and
inventive guitarists of the post-War Chicago blues renaissance, is born
in Philadelphia, Miss. Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, and Fleetwood Mac have
covered his songs.
1949 – Francis Rossi of Status Quo is born in London.
– Jimi Hendrix, The Walker Brothers, Engelbert Humperdink and Cat
Stevens played two shows at Bournemouth Winter Gardens, England.
1968 – The musical “Hair” opens at the Biltmore Theater on Broadway.
– Bruce Springsteen tries to climb over the fence at Elvis Presley’s
Graceland estate in an attempt to see Presley. He is escorted off the
premises by guards.
1980 – Black Sabbath begin their first tour with Ronnie James Dio as the singer.
– A high school in South Beloit, Ill., moves up the time of its
graduation ceremony to accommodate a Bon Jovi concert that the majority
of its students are due to attend.
1988 – Eric Clapton and Patti Boyd, about whom he wrote “Layla” and “Wonderful Tonight,” file for divorce.
1993 – One of rock’n’roll’s preeminent guitarists and producers, Mick Ronson, 46, dies of cancer of the liver in London.
– Gilby Clarke of Guns N’ Roses breaks his hand in a motorcycle
accident, leading to the cancellation of several live dates.
Steven Tyler sustains a knee injury at Aerosmith’s concert in Anchorage,
Alaska. The injury is bad enough to require surgery and force the band
to postpone the 14 remaining dates of its North American tour.
It is announced that drummer Tommy Lee has quit Motley Crue to devote
time to his new band and family, following his reunion with Pamela
Anderson Lee. Lee’s new band is called Methods of Mayhem.
2003 – A $5
million lawsuit against former Creedence Clearwater Revival leader John
Fogerty was dismissed after a personal-injury lawyer claimed that he
suffered hearing loss in his left ear from attending a Fogerty concert.
– Jack Osbourne, son of Ozzy, enters the Las Encinas rehab clinic in
Pasadena. He had been suffering from insomnia and depression following
the success of the The Osbournes TV show.
2003 – Pearl Jam buy a
1,400 square-mile area of rainforest in Madagascar to compensate for the
5,700 tons of greenhouse gas emissions they estimate their current
North American tour with incur.
2003 – Ancient metal band Great White
play their first gig since a fire at one of their Rhode Island shows
killed 100 people. The concert is to establish a scholarship fund for
the son of Great White guitarist Ty Longley, who died in the fire.
– Rockers The Who fear they’ve taken their final bow – because they’re
struggling to stage shows with Pete Townshend’s hearing problems.