Wednesday August 12th
1949 – Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler is born in Glasgow, Scotland.
1960 – Pete Best becomes the drummer for the Silver Beetles. Former drummer Tommy Moore had to give up the stool after taking a job as a forklift driver.
1966 – At San Francisco’s Fillmore, it’s a none-more-psychedelic double bill featuring the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane.
1967 – makes its performance debut. Windsor Jazz & Blues Festival,
1969 – The supergroup Blind Faith make their U.S. live debut at Madison Square Garden.
1970 – The Hollywood Bowl plays host to a tribute to Woody Guthrie, featuring Bob Dylan and Joan Baez among the performers.
1978 – The Who’s press officer, Pete Meaden, 35, commits suicide by overdosing on barbiturates.
1989 – The Rolling Stones play a secret club gig at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Conn. The band is warming up for its Steel Wheels tour.
1992 – The Grateful Dead announce they are canceling five shows in the Northwest so Jerry Garcia can recover from exhaustion.
1993 – Red Hot Chili Peppers guitar turnover Jesse Tobias replaces Arik Marshall. Three months later Tobias would be supplanted by Jane’s Addiction’s Dave Navarro. .
1995 – A mass wake is held for Jerry Garcia at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
1998 – Scott Weiland, the lead singer of the Stone Temple Pilots, pleads guilty to felony heroin possession and is sentenced to three months in a drug treatment facility.
2006 – Up-their-own-topographic-ocean prog rockers The Mars Volta are bottled offstage at the U.S. Endfest festival.