Today in rock history Friday 11th December
1957 – Jerry Lee Lewis marries his 13-year-old cousin, Myra Gale Brown.
1958 – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx is born in Seattle.
1963 – The Beatles appear on the BBC’s Juke Box Jury, passing comment on that week’s new records.
1964 – Justin Currie, leader of Scotch rockers Del Amitri, is born.
1966 – Beatles manager Brian Epstein tries to sign Little Richard after
promoting two of the wild rocker’s London concerts. Richard declines the
1967 – Jethro Tull are formed.
1967 – The Beatles partnership Apple Music signs its first act, Grapefruit.
1968 – The Rolling Stones begin taping their Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus TV
special in England, as their album Beggar’s Banquet debuts in the
British album charts at No. 3. Guests include the Who, Eric Clapton,
Jethro Tull and John Lennon appearing as the Dirty Mac Band, performing
1968 – Lennon also puts his home in Weybridge, England up for sale.
1969 – The Magic Christian, starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr,
receives its premiere at a Royal Command Performance in London. Outside
the cinema, John Lennon and Yoko Ono parade with placards reading
“Britain Murdered Hanratty,” referring to a man many believe was wrongly
executed for murder in 1962.
1971 – Chart-Toppers: David Bowie releases ‘Hunky Dory,’ which contains the classic “Changes”
1972 – Genesis make their American live debut with a show at Massachusetts’ Brandeis University.
1973 – Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley was nearly electrocuted during a
concert in Florida when he touched a short-circuited light. The
guitarist was carried from the stage but returned 10 minutes later to
finish the show.
1988 – Days after the death of the great Roy Orbison, Don Henley, Tom
Petty, and Graham Nash perform a concert in his honour at the Wiltern
Theatre in Los Angeles.
1989 – The Recording Industry Association of America certified four Led
Zeppelin albums as multi-platinum: ‘Presence’ (2 million), ‘Led
Zeppelin’ (4 million), ‘Physical Graffiti’ (4 million) and ‘In Through
The Out Door’ (5 million).
2002 – The hobbled Guns N’ Roses North American tour suffers a final
blow as promoter Clear Channel Entertainment confirms it is canceling
the remaining dates with which it is affiliated. A handful of shows
being worked by other promoters are also axed.
2002 – David Lee Roth sues Van Halen, alleging his old band didn’t
include him in a 1996 renegotiation of their contract with Warner Bros.
2003 – MTV gives viewers a glimpse into the holiday season at the home
of Ozzy Osbourne and his family with “The Osbourne Family Christmas
Special.” A wide range of celebrity guests join in on the festivities,
including Jessica Simpson, who duets with Ozzy on “Winter Wonderland,”
2003 – The RIAA certifies AC/DC’s Back In Black as the world’s
second-best-selling album of all time, behind Michael Jackson’s
2010 – Pearl Jam will be celebrating their twentieth anniversary with a new live album titled Live on Ten Legs.