Today in rock history Tuesday 1st December
1944 – Eric Bloom, singer and nominal leader of heavy-metal funsters Blue Oyster Cult, is born.
1944 – Doors drummer John Densmore is born in Los Angeles.
1947 – French rocker Alain Bashung, who has found European success with
concept albums about famous French femmes, is born in Paris.
1961 – Manager Brian Epstein meets with Decca representatives to discuss a deal for his new up-and-coming band the Beatles.
1966 – Jimi Hendrix signs a management deal with Yameta, a firm started by Who managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp.
1968 – Janis Joplin makes a final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.
1969 – George Harrison and Ringo Starr turn up at London’s Royal Albert
Hall to watch Delaney & Bonnie perform with Eric Clapton.
1976 – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours is still hogging the No. 1 spot on the
albums chart today, but at No. 2 is rising songwriter Billy Joel with
1976 – The Sex Pistols appear on London TV’s Today show, on which host
Bill Grundy prompts a profanity-ridden rant from the band members. The
press outrage over the Pistols’ behavior leads to a ban on the group
from all but five of the venues they’re scheduled to play on their new
1977 – Brad Delson (Linkin Park) is born
1980 – Talking Heads kick off their U.K. tour at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. They’re supported by U2.
1993 – Pink Floyd hold a press conference to announce their 1994 world tour.
1999 – Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, and
punk legend Jello Biafra throw a curfew-violating concert in Seattle to
protest the World Trade Organization summit.
2003 – Ozzy Osbourne tells the U.K. tabloid Daily Mirror that as a boy he was molested by two older youths at school.
2004 – U2’s 11th album How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb goes into the
charts at No. 1, knocking Eminem’s Encore off the top spot.