Today in rock history Thursday 24th December
1945 – Lemmy, the leader of Motorhead and a bassist with Hawkwind, is born in Stoke-on-Trent, England as Ian Willis.
1946 – Jan Akkerman, guitarist with Dutch rockers Focus, is born in Amsterdam.
1963 – The Beatles kick off their first series of London Christmas concerts at the Astoria Cinema in Finsbury Park.
1964 – The Beatles begin a second annual series of Christmas concerts at London’s Hammersmith Odeon.
1968 – Led Zeppelin leave Britain to start their
first American tour. Robert Plant remembered, “It was Christmas, and
Christmas away from home for the English is the end of the world.”
1970 – In today’s Rolling Stone is the first part of an off-the-cuff interview with John Lennon by Jann Wenner.
1972 – Police stop a concert by Manfred Mann and
His Earth Band at the University of Miami after neighbors complain about
the noise. This sparks a riot among the students that lasts for two
hours. Mann and His Earth Band sit it out in the dressing room.
1972 – Yoko Ono’s ex-husband Tony Cox is reported missing with the couple’s daughter Kyoko.
1973 – Doobie Brothers guitarist Tom Johnson is arrested in Visalia, Calif., for marijuana possession.
2005 – U2’s Vertigo tour is declared the top-grossing trek of 2005.
2005 – Iggy Pop is fined by
the Swiss city of Lucerne for performing his music too loud at the Blue
Balls festival in July. Pop and The Stooges were clocked at 102.5
2005 – Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker becomes a father again, as wife
Shanna Moakler gives birth to 7 lb. 1 oz. daughter Alabama Louella
2009 – Larry Knechtel, the keyboard player for the Soft-Rock group Bread, died following a heart attack at the age of 69.