Today in rock history Thursday 10th November
1965 – The Warlocks change their name to the Grateful Dead and play
their first gig under the name at the second San Francisco Mime Troupe
Appeal Party at the Fillmore Auditorium.
1966 – The Electric Prunes release their garage rock classic, “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night.”
1967 – The Byrds played the first of an 8 night run at the Whisky-a-go-go, Hollywood, California.
1967 – Steve Miller shocks the music industry when his hitherto unknown
Blues Band signs with Capitol Records for a whopping $750,000. Miller
drops the “Blues” portion of his group’s name and goes on to return
Capitol’s investment with hits like “The Joker.”
1968 – John Lennon makes his first solo TV appearance, singing “Yer Blues.”
1968 – Led Zeppelin perform at London’s Marquee on one of their first
tours. The manager John Gee later recalled, “The group was very loud – I
thought they were overpoweringly loud for the size of the Marquee.
Anyway the lads received an enthusiastic but not overwhelming reaction
from the audience.
1971 – The jealous boyfriend of a Frank Zappa fan climbs onstage during a
Zappa concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre. He throws Zappa off the
stage, breaking his leg and ankle. The arch-satirist also suffers a
fractured skull and has to spend the next nine months in a wheelchair.
1976 – Paul McCartney & Wings release the triple LP set Wings Over America, which quickly goes to number one.
1980 – John Lennon’s body is cremated in New York.
1998 – a recording of a 1963 Beatles concert was sold at auction at
Christies in London for £25,300, ($41,500). The tape of The Beatles’
10-song concert was recorded by the chief technician at the Gaumont
Theatre in Bournemouth during one of six consecutive nights which The
Beatles had played.
1998 – Alanis Morissette, Radiohead, Jimmy Page & Robert Plant,
Peter Gabriel, Tracy Chapman, Asian Dub Foundation, Youssou N’Dour, and
Shania Twain are part of the superstar lineup that performs at the
Amnesty International Concert for Human Rights Defenders at Bercy
Stadium in Paris.
1998 – Bruce Springsteen wins a two and a half year legal battle over two British
companies seeking to release previously unreleased songs from his early
career. Masquerade Music sought to release a CD titled “Before the
Fame,” while another music publisher, Flute International, hoped to
release an album of 19 previously unreleased songs.
1999 – Rick Danko, bassist and singer for acclaimed rock act the Band,
dies at his home in Woodstock.
2000 – Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello and Tim Commerford
are among those taking part in a Los Angeles march supporting the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The duo enliven the rabble by
cheering, “They say Death Row, we say hell no!”
2007 – Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at
London’s 02 arena. Original band members Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and
John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their
late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in
a ballot for the 9,000 pairs of tickets available for the show, Paris Hilton being amongst the lucky winners.