Today in rock history Friday 18th December
1931 – Allen Klein, who managed both the Beatles and Rolling Stones, is born in Newark, N.J.
1938 – Animals bassist and Jimi Hendrix manager Chas Chandler is born in Heaton, England.
1943 – Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones is born in Kent.
1948 – Bill Nelson, formerly of Be-Bop Deluxe, is born in Wakefield, England.
1953 – Left-handed guitarist Elliot Easton, best known for playing with the Cars, is born in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1962 – The Beatles make their final trip to Hamburg, West Germany,
during their early pre-fame days. They play the Star Club for two weeks.
1966 – Pink Floyd plays London’s Blarney Club. A week later the club
changes its name to the UFO Club and quickly becomes a center of
psychedelic music activity.
1968 – Janis Joplin begins auditions for her Kozmic Blues Band in San Francisco.
1968 – On the occasion of the Underground Art
Movement’s Christmas party in London, John Lennon and Yoko Ono hold a
press conference from the inside of a white bag. Ono calls it “Bag-ism.”
1968 – Keith Richards celebrates his 25th birthday today, and leaves for
a Brazilian holiday with his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg, Mick Jagger
and Marianne Faithfull.
1978 – Led Zeppelin finish recording their last studio album In Through the Out Door.
1983 – Keith Richards gets married to Patti Hansen on his 40th birthday.
Mick Jagger acts as best man at the ceremony in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico.
1992 – Canadian radio station CFRA bans the
27-year-old Beatles song “Run For Your Life.” Station officials say the
lyric “I’d rather see you dead little girl, than to be with another man”
promotes violence against women.
1993 – Authorities discover the body of Douglas Hopkins in Arizona. The
Gin Blossoms songwriter had killed himself on December 5.
2000 – British music magazine Melody Maker, which began publishing weekly in 1926, publishes its last issue.
2000 – Bruce Springsteen, backed by the Max Weinberg 7 & Friends,
plays the second in a pair of benefit shows at New Jersey’s Asbury Park
Convention Hall. The show benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth
County, the Women’s Center of Monmouth County (which serves families
affected by domestic violence and sexual assault), the FoodBank of
Monmouth & Ocean Counties, and the Parker Family Health Clinic (a
free healthcare facility).
2000 – Kirsty MacColl, a much-loved figure on the British music scene
for more than 20 years, dies while swimming on vacation in Cozumel,
Mexico. MacColl, 41, is hit by a speedboat while swimming in an area
reserved for swimmers. Her two sons are with her at the time of the
accident, but are unharmed.
2000 – Bob Geldof is granted custody of Heavenly
Hiraani Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily was the daughter of his former wife Paula
Yates and INXS singer Michael Hutchence. Yates was found dead in her
London home in September.
2003 – Audioslave’s Tom Morello and System of a Down’s Serj organize
a benefit concert for striking grocery workers in Los Angeles. Among
the performers are Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Corey Taylor of
2004 – The crowd at London’s Astoria riots after it is announced
Babyshambles, the band led by ex-Libertine Pete Doherty, will not
perform. Doherty has been battling addictions to crack cocaine.