Today in rock history Thursday 17th December
1942 – Bluesman Paul Butterfield is born in Chicago.
1949 – Paul Rodgers, whose hard-rockin’ tones have graced records by Free and Bad Company, is born in Middlesborough.
1958 – Mike Mills of R.E.M. is born.
1960 – returning from Hamburg, The Beatles appeared at the Casbah
Coffee Club in Liverpool. Chas Newby joined The Beatles on bass guitar
(to replace Stuart Sutcliffe, who had remained in Hamburg), a position
he would hold for only two weeks and four performances. When Newby bowed
out to return to college, Paul McCartney became The Beatles’ bass
1966 – Country Joe & the Fish perform at a Benefit for Legalization of Marijuana at San Francisco’s California Hall.
1967 – In London, John Lennon and George Harrison hold a party for the
area secretaries of the Official Beatles Fan Club. The guests are
treated to sneak previews of the films Magical Mystery Tour and The
Beatles at Shea Stadium.
1968 – Pink Floyd release “Point Met At the Sky” in England. It’s their
fourth 45, and their last single release in the UK for 11 years.
1971 – At Harlem’s Apollo Theater, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appear at a
benefit for the families of victims of the Attica State Prison riots.
1981 – Fifteen-year-old Christopher Tyrer sees the metal group Saxon in
Wolverhampton, England and head-bangs along to their set. When he wakes
up the following morning, Tyrer discovers that he is paralyzed down one
side and can’t speak. His condition deteriorates and dies on Christmas
Day. A coroner rules it was “death by misadventure.”
1982 – The Who perform one of their first last farewell concerts at
Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens.
1987 – Robert Plant plays with his old group, the Band of Joy, in
Folkestone. Plant performs Led Zeppelin numbers as a solo
artist for the first time, including “Trampled Underfoot” and “Misty
1992 – Keith Richards performs with his band the X-Pensive Winos at London’s Town & Country Club.
1995 – a statue of the late Frank Zappa was unveiled in Vilnius, the
capital of the Republic Of Lithuania.
1997 – David Bowie launched his BowieNet on the Internet.
1999 – When an autograph hunter hands Keith Richards a guitar to sign
outside New York’s Russian Tea Room, the Rolling Stone walks off with
the instrument. The victim opts not to press charges, reasoning, “It’s
2005 – U2 had the top-grossing tour of 2005, according to an end-of-year
chart compiled by US magazine Billboard. More than three million people
watched the band’s sell-out 90-date Vertigo tour which grossed $260m
(£146.6m). The Eagles, took $117m (£66m) from 77 shows and Neil Diamond
grossed more than $71m (£40m).