Thursday 11th June
1949 – ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard – the one with the sensible facial hair – is born in Frankston, Texas.
1952 – Donnie Van Zant (.38 Special) is born this day in rock history!
1958 – Jerry Lee Lewis gets a cold reception in New York. Although he plays the first of two club dates there today, the second show is canceled due to poor ticket sales. Lewis has become a national pariah after it was revealed he married his 14-year-old cousin.
1966 – The European media report that the Who’s Roger Daltrey has been killed in a car accident. Looks alive too me!
1967 – Marc Bolan placed an ad in Melody Maker in 1967, looking for some bandmates. It read, “Freaky lead guitarist, bass guitarist and drummer wanted for Marc Bolan’s new group.
1968 – London’s Olympic Studio catches fire while the Rolling Stones are there recording Beggars Banquet.
1969 – Beatles: Ballad of John and Yoko UK 45 is no. 1 chart topper
1969 – Always with his eye on the main chance, David Bowie releases his single “Space Oddity” to cash in on this month’s Apollo 11 lunar landing.
1976 – In 1976, AC/DC headlined their first concerts in Scotland, where several of the members were born.
1979 – Chuck Berry pleads guilty to income tax evasion and is sentenced to four months in prison.
1998 – Stone Temple Pilots lead Scott Weiland skips a scheduled Superior Court date in Los Angeles and checks himself into a drug treatment facility. The court date stems from charges filed in the beginning of the year for possession of heroin.
2006 – Izzy Stradlin joins Axl Rose onstage to perform “Patience,” “Night Train” and “I Used to Love Her” with Guns N’ Roses (Mark III) at England’s Download Festival.