Today in rock history Friday 16th October
1938 – Christa Paffgen is born in Cologne, Germany. She takes the
moniker Nico before moving to New York to do a brief stint as frontwoman
for The Velvet Underground.
1943 – Bassist C.F. “Fred” Turner of Bachman-Turner Overdrive is born.
1947 – Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir is born in San Francisco.
1953 – Guitarist Tony Carey, who as well as performing solo was in Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow, is born in Fresno, Calif..
1962 – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is born in Melbourne, Australia, as Michael Balzary.
1963 – It’s announced that the Beatles will play at this year’s Royal Command Performance.
1966 – Grace Slick performs as a member of Jefferson Airplane for the
first time at San Francisco’s Fillmore West after Signe Anderson bows
out of the group’s lineup. Slick introduces the band to two new songs,
“White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love.”
1972 – Creedence Clearwater Revival announces its decision to split up.
1981 – Bob Dylan kicks off his Shot of Love tour at the Milwaukee
Auditorium. It’s his first live outing since his controversial 1979
tour, during which he played only Christian material.
1992 – Two weeks after tearing up a picture of the pope on Saturday
Night Live, Sinead O’Connor is booed at a Bob Dylan tribute concert at
Madison Square Garden. She replies by reciting the words to Bob Marley’s
“War” before being escorted from the stage by Kris Kristofferson,
2001 – two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan
into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his ‘Love
and Theft’ tour should be tighter than ever didn’t have a pass when he
2003 – Courtney Love appears in court in an effort to regain custody of
her daughter Francis Bean Cobain. The child was placed in the care of
Kurt Cobain’s mother after Love was arrested for being under the
influence of drugs.
2006 – CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering
Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself.
Blondie and Talking Heads also found fame after performing at the club,
which helped launch US punk music.