Today in rock history Sunday 25th October
1944 – Vocalist Jon Anderson of Yes is born in Lancashire, England
1948 – Guitarist Glenn Tipton of Judas Priest is born.
1956 – Scorpions guitarist Matthias Jabs is born in Hanover, Germany.
1960 – A 17-year-old Mick Jagger accidentally meets his old school chum
Keith Richards on a train. The two bond together again over a mutual
love of R&B record.
1963 – The Beatles begin their first tour of Sweden in Karlstad.
1968 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono announce that their first child should
be born sometime in January. Unfortunately, Yoko miscarries.
1969 – Led Zeppelin play to their largest indoor crowd to date. At the
Boston Garden, they perform before a crowd of 17,000 and rake in
1969 – Pink Floyd release their quadruple-sided monstrosity Ummagumma.
Song titles include “The Grand Vizier’s Garden Party,” “Sisyphus, Part
IV,” and “Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together in a
Cave and Grooving With a Pict".
1991 – Promoter Bill Graham, the former mime troupe cohort who owned the
storied Fillmore venues and put on the Philadelphia Live Aid concert,
dies in a helicopter crash.
2003 – Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Dave
Matthews Band, Pearl Jam, Willie Nelson, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Dashboard
Confessional and Wilco are among the performers at the 17th annual
Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, Calif.
2003 – Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner marries Mia Tyler during a performance by her dad’s band, Aerosmith, in Las Vegas.
2006 – Kurt Cobain tops Forbes’ list of the top-earning dead rock stars.
2006 – Ronnie James Dio announce he’s reuniting with his old Black
Sabbath chums–Tony Iommi, Geezer Butler and Bill Ward–as Heaven and
2014 – Jack Bruce dies at the age of 71.