Today in rock history Saturday 14th November
1949 – Styx guitarist James Young is born in Chicago
1951 – Barry Brandt, drummer with hard-rock band Angel, is born.
1956 – Former Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such is born.
1964 – Jimmy Reed plays in Britain backed by Them, an Irish band including a young Van Morrison.
1967 – Pink Floyd begin a U.K. tour supporting the Jimi Hendrix Experience.
1967 – John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s art exhibition Half-A-Wind Show closes at London’s Lisson Gallery.
1969 – Led Zeppelin begin recording their third album at Olympia
Studios, kicking off with a run-through of “Since I’ve Been Loving You.”
1990 – In today’s issue of Newsweek, the Who’s Pete Townshend says he’s
bisexual. “I know how it feels to be a woman because I am a woman,” he
1992 – John Mellencamp keyboard player John Cascella is discovered dead in his car in Indiana of a heart attack.
1995 – The Rolling Stones release their acoustic “Stripped” album.
2000 – As promised, the Offspring give away $1 million of its own money
to a lucky fan. Two finalists in the band’s online giveaway, where fans
who downloaded the song Original Prankster were automatically entered,
appear on MTV’s “Total Request Live” to compete in a trivia contest to
determine who will take the prize. 14-year-old Ashley Hitchcock wins,
correctly identifying Noodles as the oldest member of the band.
2004 – Paul McCartney, Coldplay’s Chris Martin,
Robbie Williams, Keane, Snow Patrol, Travis, The Darkness and others
take part in the recording of a new version of “Do They Know It’s
Christmas?” The highlight of the session is U2’s Bono reprising his
immortal line, “Tonight thank God it’s them instead of you.”