Thursday July 23rd
1950 – Bachman-Turner Overdrive guitarist Blair Thornton is born in Vancouver, British Columbia.
1955 – Chess Records releases “Maybellene,” the first single by a guitarist called Chuck Berry.
1963 – Neil Young participates in his first recording session in Winnipeg,
1965 – Awlright! Guitar god and top-hat lover Slash is born today in Stoke-on-Trent, England.
1965 – The Kinks storm through “You Really Got Me” on the TV show, Where the Action Is.
1966 – Prime Minister Harold Wilson personally reopens The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.
1977 – Judas Priest begins its first U.S. tour in Oakland, Calif., as the opening act for Led Zeppelin.
1977 – It’s a rock-promoter rumble between the forces of Led Zep manager Peter Grant and Bill Graham. Grant, Zep’s John Bonham, and two others are arrested after fighting with three of Graham’s employees at the Oakland Coliseum. The Zep crew pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges and later settles a lawsuit out of court.
1987 – The surviving Beatles sue EMI-Capitol, demanding $40 million in back royalties and the right to own their recordings.
1993 – Nirvana plays a surprise show at the New Music Seminar at Roseland in New York City. The band showcases songs from its yet to be released album, “In Utero.”
1998 – It is announced that Iron Maiden will have to cancel the remainder of its U.S. dates due to throat troubles for vocalist Blaze Bayley, whose doctor advises him not to sing for one month.2003 – Ozzy Osbourne’s longtime tour manager Bobby Thomson dies in his sleep prior to Ozzfest’s Detroit stop.