Today in rock history Saturday 12th December
1942 – Keyboardist Mike Pinder of the Moody Blues is born in Birmingham, England.
1943 – Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts is born in Jacksonville, Fla.
1946 – Jethro Tull drummer Clive Bunker is born.
1963 – Spin Doctors guitarist Eric Schenkman is also born.
1966 – Pink Floyd play London’s Royal Albert Hall for the first time.
1967 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones is let off the
hook by a London appeals court. He faced nine months in prison after
being found guilty of possessing cannabis. However, three psychiatrists
testify that his nerves would be unable to handle such a lengthy
incarceration, and the court agrees to commute his sentence.
1968 – Second day of taping the Rolling Stones’ Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus with Eric Clapton, John Lennon, the Who and Jethro Tull.
1974 – The Rolling Stones’ second guitarist Mick Taylor announces he is quitting the band.
1979 – Paul McCartney & Wings perform in
Birmingham, England, the latest stop on their farewell tour. Led
Zeppelin’s Robert Plant and John Bonham, who performed on the Wings
album Back to the Egg, attend the show.
1997 – In Burbank, Calif., former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty begins recording an MTV special.
2000 – Guns N’ Roses announce that their long awaited Chinese Democracy is due for release in June 2001.
2001 – Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic file a countersuit against
Courtney Love. The case involves the release of material by Nirvana. The
suit is in response to an action Love filed earlier that claims
Nirvana’s contract with Universal Music Group is void and that all
rights pertaining to the band revert to her.
2003 – Rolling Stone Mick Jagger, 60, is knighted by Prince Charles at
Buckingham Palace. The one-time Satanic Majesty brings his 92-year-old
father Joe to the ceremony.
2007 – a copy of John Lennon’s book, A Spaniard in the Works, which
contained a lock of Lennon’s hair, sold at Gorringes Auction House for
2008 – the town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced
it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. The 13
streets in Dartford, Kent, were to be given names such as Angie Mews,
Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street.
Leader of the council, Jeremy Kite, said he thought Ruby Tuesday Drive
sounded a “fantastic” place to live, but police were concerned the
street signs might be stolen by fans.
2013 – Heart release new live performance on DVD and Blu-ray.