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
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
1999 – Lynyrd Skynyrd cancel their show in Odessa, Texas, after bassist
Leon Wilkeson is hospitalized. He has an infected intestine and urinary
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
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
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.