Monday, 14 December 2015

Today in rock history 14th December

Today in rock history Monday 14th December
1949 – AC/DC bassist Cliff Williams is born in Romford, England.
 1962 –  Bill Wyman made his live debut with The Rollin’ Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, England.Note that the group were know as The Rollin’ Stones during this period.
  1962 – Bob Dylan releases his first single “Mixed Up Confusion/Corrina Corrina.” However, his record label quickly withdraws the single.
 1963 – The Beatles played a show for their Southern Area Fan Club at Wimbledon Palais, London. To prevent damage to the stage from fans the management of the Palais constructed a platform for The Beatles to perform on, surrounded by a steel cage.
 1967 – Rolling Stone Brian Jones collapses and is admitted to a London hospital. He later discharges himself.
 1967 – Dick Clark announces he’s producing a new film about hippies that will star Jack Nicholson and Susan Strasberg. Originally called The Love Children, the film hits screens as Psych-Out, featuring music from the Strawberry Alarm Clock and the Seeds.
 1971 – The MC5’s manager John Sinclair is released from prison after Michigan relaxes its drug penalties. Sinclair had been sentenced to ten years in prison for possession of two marijuana joints.
 1972 – In London, Born to Boogie, starring Marc Bolan, premieres. The Ringo Starr-directed film also features an appearance by Elton John.
 1973 – Bruce Springsteen appeared at the Pinecrest Country Club, Shelton, Connecticut. Only 200 tickets were sold for the show.
  1974 – David Crosby and Graham Nash play a benefit concert for the United Farm Workers in San Francisco.
  1976 – Led Zeppelin begin rehearsing for their first American tour in two years, due to kick off in February.
 1980 – Yoko Ono calls for a 10-minute silent vigil around the world for her husband, John Lennon, who was shot to death six days earlier.
 1995 – The FBI makes public their files relating to John Lennon’s attempted deportation.
 1996 – Alanis Morissette makes the final stop of her highly successful 1996 tour at Richardson Field in Honolulu. After her last song, the diminutive singer decides to celebrate the end of the tour by throwing whipped cream pies at her four band members.
 1999 – Former Fab Four member Sir Paul McCartney plays a one-off gig at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, where the Beatles formed three decades earlier. It is the first time since the 1963 that McCartney has played the Cavern.
  1999 – Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel their show in Odessa, Texas, after bassist Leon Wilkeson is hospitalized. He has an infected intestine and urinary tract.
2003 – As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustained in an earlier ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne has some cheering news when “Changes,” his duet with daughter Kelly, debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart.
 2004 – Thousands attend a memorial for the late Pantera/Damageplan guitarist Dimebag Darrell in Arlington, Texas. Eddie Van Halen, Jerry Cantrell and Zakk Wylde attend the ceremony along with Darrell’s brother Vinnie Paul.
 2005 – 61-year-old Led Zeppelin legend Jimmy Page is made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II for his work with Brazilian street children.
2010 – Ozzy Osbourne’s Ferrari hit a Mercedes from behind right before entering an L.A. highway.Both parties waited for police to arrive and then traded information – departing without incident. There were no injuries and damage was minor. The rock star’s rep didn’t immediately comment.
 2010 – German guitar legend Michael Schenker  has announced that he has formed a new band named, Strangers In The Night with UFO bass player Pete Way, former Scorpions drummer Herman Rarebell and singer Michael Voss. 

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