Tuesday May 12th
1946 – Born on this day, Ian McLagan, keyboards, Small Faces,
1948 – Steve Winwood is born in Birmingham, England.
1950 – Billy Squier, Rock Star, is born
1954 – Barry Borden, drummer, Molly Hatchet, is born
1958 – Born on this day, Eric Singer, drummer, Kiss.
1963 – Bob Dylan is invited to appear on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show,” but refuses when he is forbidden to sing “Talking John Birch Society Blues.”
1967 – Pink Floyd play London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall, one of their first concerts to experiment with quadraphonic sound. The band composes a song for the Games for May event, which later becomes “See Emily Play.”
1968 – Jimi Hendrix is busted for hashish and heroin at the Canadian border. He says the drugs were planted, and the charges are later dropped.
1970 – The Grateful Dead release Workingman’s Dead.
1971 – Mick Jagger and Bianca Perez-Mora marry in St. Tropez, France.
1979 – In San Francisco, Jefferson Starship play another free concert, this time introducing new singer Mickey Thomas. He’s the guy you hear on Starship classics like “We Built This City.”
1983 – MeatLoaf files for bankruptcy.
1990 – Former Eagles Don Henley, Glenn Frey, and Timothy B. Schmit play together at a Los Angeles rock ‘n’ roll convention.
2000 – Thieves steal the gates to Liverpool, England’s Strawberry Fields. The children’s home inspired the John Lennon song. A scrap dealer later turns in the gates to the police.
2006 – Sum-41’s guitarist Dave “Brownsound” Baksh announces he is leaving the band to pursue a metal direction with his band Brown Brigade.
2006 – Guns N’ Roses actually show up and play a gig at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. The first of four shows features six new songs from the long-awaited Chinese Democracy album.
2008 – Neil Young gets a spider named after him
2010 – Rocker Scott Weiland refuses to feel bitter about his dismissal from Velvet Revolver, insisting he wishes his former band mates “all the best.”
2011 – Kings of Leon frontman Caleb Followill married Victoria’s Secret model Lily Aldridge.