Today in rock history Monday 2nd November
1944 – Keyboardist Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer is born in the U.K.
1947 – Bassist Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull is born.
1958 – Bass player Bobby Dall, better known as the quiet one in Poison, is born in Florida.
1963 – In the English newspaper Daily Express, a reporter tries to account for Beatlemania by saying it fills empty heads.
1967 – Pink Floyd spend the day at Abbey Road Studios in London
recording “Paintbox.” The Rick Wright composition will be the B-side to
their third single, “Apples and Oranges.”
1968 – Cream perform at Madison Square Garden during their farewell
tour. The band is given a platinum disc commemorating American sales of
the double album Wheels of Fire.
1973 – Ringo Starr releases his star-studded album Ringo. John Lennon,
Paul McCartney, and George Harrison all perform on the record.
1974 – George Harrison opens his North American tour in Vancouver, the
first-ever solo tour by a Beatle and the first time Harrison himself has
hit the road since 1966.
1976 – In an interview with the BBC program The Old Grey Whistle Test,
Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant and manager Peter Grant explain they
got the idea to make The Song Remains the Same after using large TV
screens at their 1975 Earl’s Court concerts.
2003 – R.E.M. top the U.K. album charts with their hits collection In Time.
2007 – Ozzy Osbourne claimed his reputation had been tarnished after a
party supposedly involving him was organized by US police officers to
round up missing criminal suspects. Over 500 people in North Dakota with
outstanding arrest warrants were sent invitations and more than 30
suspects turned up. Osbourne said it was “insulting” that his name had
been used but police argued it was a “creative” way to fight crime.
2007 – The mighty Led Zeppelin’s eagerly-awaited reunion concert in
London was postponed for two weeks after guitarist Jimmy Page broke a