Thursday 2nd July
1941 – The ageless Charlie Watts of the Rolling Stones is born in Islington, England.
1949 – Roy Bittan, pianist with Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, is born.
1969 – Noel Redding and Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience, however there is some good news for rock enthusiasts as Leslie West and Felix Pappalardi team up to create Mountain.
1980 – Bob Weir and Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead are arrested with their manager, Danny Rifken, on charges of inciting a riot. They were alleged to have interfered with a drug-related arrest during a concert at the San Diego Sports Arena.
1981 – Bruce Springsteen plays his first show at New Jersey’s Brendan Byrne Arena. He sold out six shows at the venue in the space of an hour.
1982 – Clash drummer Topper Headon is charged with stealing a bus stop sign.
1984 – This Day in Dio: Dio release their album The Last in Line.
1987 – Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones emerges from retirement to begin producing the Mission’s Children.
1991 – Several people are injured at a Guns N’ Roses concert in Maryland Heights, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. Lead singer Axl Rose is charged with third-degree assault and property damage but doesn’t turn himself in for a year.
1992 – Mick Jagger’s daughter Jade gives birth to a daughter. She is the first grandchild for the 48-year-old Rolling Stone.
2003 – In Billboard, the Who’s Pete Townshend dismisses those who’ve passed judgment on him after his arrest for kiddie porn, and instead cares about its affect on “friends, fans, family and strangers who feel they know me through my work.”
2005 – Live 8 concerts are held in locations from London to Philadelphia to Tokyo to raise awareness of African poverty.