Friday 31st July
1946 – Guitarist Bob Welch, a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971 to 1974, is born in Los Angeles.
1958 – Bill Berry of R.E.M. is born.
1964 – A Rolling Stones concert in Belfast, Northern Ireland, is stopped after only 12 minutes when violence breaks out in the audience.
1965 – In England, the Yardbirds with Jeff Beck perform at the Cleethorpes Jazz Festival.
1966 – Cream play their first gig in Windsor, England.
1966 – In Birmingham, Ala., a Beatles record-burning session is held to protest John Lennon’s “bigger than Jesus” remark.
1967 – After a public outcry, a London Appeals Court drops drug charges against Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards. Mick Jagger, also busted for drugs, has his jail sentence reduced to a conditional discharge. The Stones record “We Love You” to commemorate the event.
1971 – Bob Dylan appears at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh at Madison Square Garden.
1971 – Pink Floyd leave England to set out on their first tour of the Far East.
1971 – At a Who concert in Forest Hills, N.Y., a security guard is stabbed.
1984 – Eric Clapton leaves Roger Waters’ Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking tour in Canada after two weeks.
2012 – 10 fans trade 1979 Who tickets for a Quadraphenia Feb. show on this Day in Rock! Ten fans of English rock band The Who traded in tickets from a canceled 1979 gig in Rhode Island for entry to the group’s upcoming February show,