Today in rock history
Friday October 2nd
1950 – Guitarist Mike Rutherford is born
1951 – Sting (Gordon Sumner) is born in Wallsend, England.
1964 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein’s book A Cellarful of Noise is published
1965 – Tonight’s episode of Shindig! is America’s first chance to see the Who, performing “I Can’t Explain.”
1967 – Police raid the Grateful Dead’s house at 710 Ashbury St. in San
Francisco and bust the band’s members on charges of marijuana possession
1969 – John Lennon disses his own company in an interview, saying that
Apple is like a black hole that sucks up his earnings as an artist.
1971 – Rod Stewart enjoyed a two sided, US number one record with “Maggie May / “Reason To Believe”.
1976 – Joe Cocker is the musical guest on tonight’s Saturday Night
Live. During his rendition of “Feelin’ Alright,” Cocker impressionist
John Belushi comes out and duets with him.
1977 – Gene Simmons picks up a platinum record for his self-titled solo debut
1982 – “Jack and Diane” by John Cougar led the Billboard singles chart,
while his earlier release, “Hurts So Good” was still at number ten.
1982 – Peter Gabriel performs with Genesis for the first time since
leaving the band in 1975. Phil Collins and the gang join him at a
concert to benefit WOMAD. The concert saves Gabriel’s ailing world music
1985 – Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA” tour ends with the last of four shows at Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles.
1993 – Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” enters the Billboard LP chart, where it will go on to reach number one.
1995 – Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill” reaches the top of the
Chart Toppers 200 in its 15th week giving the Maverick label, founded by
Madonna, its first No. 1
1995 – Journey announce that they’ve decided to re-form
1998 – Cheap Trick are inducted into the Hollywood Rockwalk
1999 – John Paul Jones, former bass player with Led Zeppelin, plays his first solo concert in Galway, Ireland.
2003 – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx sues sneaker maker Vans, alleging they used his image in an ad without permission.