Today in rock history Saturday 24th October
1936 – Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stones, is born.
1946 – Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton is born in Canada.
1966 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein arranges to bring his band’s heroes the Four Tops over to England for a tour.
1973 – John Lennon sues the U.S. government, accusing it of tapping his phone.
1973 – At the Marlborough Street Magistrate Court in London, Rolling
Stone Keith Richards is slapped with a $500 fine and given a conditional
discharge on three firearm offenses and four drug charges. His
girlfriend Anita Pallenberg is given a conditional discharge after she
was found in possession of 25 Mandrax tablets.
1975 – Bob Dylan re-records “Hurricane” after earlier versions of his
song about the imprisoned boxer misidentified a bystander in the bar
where Hurricane Carter was alleged to have shot two men. It’s his final
session for the Desire album.
1978 – In Toronto, Keith Richards pleads guilty to heroin
possession. The judge gives him a one-year suspended sentence and orders
him to play a benefit for the Canadian National Institute for the
1979 – The September release of In Through the Out Door, Led Zeppelin’s
first new album in three years, buoys sales of their back catalog.
Today, all nine of their albums are among Billboard‘s top 200 albums.
Led Zeppelin IV occupies the No. 90 spot, with In Through at No. 1.
1980 – Paul McCartney is honored by the Guinness Book of World
Records for being the best-selling songwriter and recording artist in
1988 – Opening arguments are heard in the case of Fantasy Records
vs. John Fogerty. The label claims Fogerty’s solo recording “The Old Man
Down the Road” sounds a little too much like his Creedence Clearwater
Revival song “Run Through the Jungle,” for which it owns the copyright.
1989 – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that it’s inducting the
Who, Simon & Garfunkel, the Kinks, the Platters, Hank Ballard, Bobby
Darin, the Four Seasons, the Four Tops, Holland/Dozier/Holland, Carole
King, and Gerry Goffin.
1991 – When 12,000 people turn up to see Bryan Adams at Glasgow,
Scotland’s Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre, he breaks the
record for the largest all-standing indoor concert.
1995 – Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s first studio album in four years, “It’s A Mystery,” is released.
2003 – Metallica cancel their South American tour this month, blaming
physical injury and mental exhaustion. Says James Hetfield, “we are
fried… both in body and in mind.”
2003 – Bruce Springsteen pledges money to help save the Bottom Line, a
storyed New York club faced with eviction. In the past, the folk venue
has played host to such names as Springsteen, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder
and Bonnie Raitt.
2003 – Ben Moody, Evanescence’s founding guitarist , walks out on the
Goth rockers in the midst of their European tour. Singer Amy Lee fumes,
“”You don’t do that to your band. You wouldn’t do that to your friends
or your family. You don’t do that to anyone.”
2005 – Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is sentenced to 80 days behind bars
after he pleaded no contest to DUI and causing injury. DeVille was
arrested after running into a parked car in August.
2006 – To celebrate the 20th anniversary of its best-selling album, Def
Leppard reissues Hysteria as a two-CD package. Beyond a remastered
edition of the original album, the new edition includes a bonus disc
with a host of non-album tracks first issued during the period.