Today in rock history Wednesday 4th November
1956 – Pretenders guitarist James Honeyman-Scott is born in Hereford, England.
1961 – Bob Dylan gives a concert at the Carnegie Chapter Hall in New York. Only 43 people attend.
1963 – The Beatles appear on London’s U.K. Royal Variety Show, which is attended by the Queen Mother.
1968 – At Abbey Road Studios, Pink Floyd record “Point Me at the Sky” and “Careful With That Axe, Eugene.”
1969 – Led Zeppelin play a disastrous gig at
Ontario’s Kitchener Memorial Auditorium. John Bonham is too ill to
perform “Moby Dick.” Jimmy Page blows out his amplifier. And only 2,000
people turn up to see the band.
1972 – The Doobie Brothers go to No. 11 on the singles chart with “Listen to the Music.”
1976 – A Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band
concert at New York’s Palladium Theater is delayed when someone phones
in a bomb threat. Springsteen later jokes it was done by a former
manager who’s suing him.
1978 – Boston plays in the city of Boston for the first time, a sold-out show at the Boston Garden.
1978 – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are sued by a former bass player. Greg Reeves wants $1 million in unpaid royalties.
1994 – Fred “Sonic” Smith, guitarist with agit-rockers the MC5 and
husband of Patti Smith, dies of a heart attack in Detroit. He was 45.
2003 – VH1 films the opening night of Kid Rock’s winter tour in Detroit
for a Christmas special. Keeping it seasonal, Rock performs “Frosty the
Blowman” and “Santa Baby.”
2007 – The Eagles went to No.1 on the UK album chart for the first time ever – 33 years after their debut album On the Border.
2010 – RUSH is honored at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards on This Day
in Rock Music History! in New York City with the Legend of Live award,
which “honors groups or individuals who have made significant and
lasting contributions to live music and the touring business, and
acknowledges the recipients’ commitment to the art of performing live
and reaching fans through the concert experience.”