Today in rock history Thursday 12th November
1945 – Neil Young is born in Toronto
1947 – Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, bassist with Blue Oyster Cult, is born.
1964 – Born on this day, David Ellefson, Megadeth
1965 – Velvet Underground made their live debut when the played at
Summit High School, New Jersey, the band were paid $75 for the gig.
1966 – The Grateful Dead perform at a Hell’s Angels dance held at San Francisco’s Sokol Hall.
1970 – The Doors play their last concert with Jim Morrison in New Orleans.
1971 – Led Zeppelin IV lands in stores.
The much-anticipated record had been delayed due to problems with the
final mixing and cover artwork, which doesn’t feature a title or the
1979 – San Francisco witnesses the premiere of Rock Justice,
a rock opera penned by Jefferson Starship’s Marty Balin. The show runs
for four nights at the Old Waldorf nightclub. Balin stars as a rock star
on trial for suffering a career nosedive.
1990 – Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is hit by a car in England and breaks both his legs.
2002 – Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after Paul McCartney altered
the song writing credits on his ‘Back In The US 2002′ album, changing
them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.
2003 – Phil Collins reveals that he has lost nearly 60 percent of his hearing in his left ear.
2003 – New Jersey radio station WCHR pulls all
Jethro Tull music from its playlist after flute-waving frontman Ian
Anderson criticizes excessive displays of the American flag, arguing,
“It’s easy to confuse patriotism with nationalism.”
2004 – Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, The White
Stripes, Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch, Underworld’s Karl Hyde,
Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker and Steve Mackay, and the Undertones’ Feargal
Sharkey attend the funeral of British DJ John Peel.
2008 – Mitch Mitchell, the innovative drummer who anchored the Jimi Hendrix Experience, dies at the age of 62.