Today in rock history Monday 28th December
1946 – Edgar Winter is born in Beaumont, Texas.
1947 – Dick Diamonde, bassist with “Friday on my Mind” hit-makers the Easybeats, is born in Hilversum, Holland.
1963 – In today’s New Yorker is an interview with Beatles manager Brian
Epstein. It’s the first serious press the Beatles have received in the
1967 – Tonight at the Oxford New Theatre in England, the Lindsay Kemp
Mime Troupe performs Pierrot in Turquoise. Among the cast is the young
1968 – The Miami Festival kicks off, drawing
100,000 people over its three days for a line-up that includes Jose
Feliciano, Procol Harum, and Fleetwood Mac. It’s the first major rock
festival held on the east coast.
1968 – Over in the UK, the Rolling Stones enter the charts at No. 3 with Beggars Banquet.
1968 – Led Zeppelin play their first ever gig in Canada at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum supporting Vanilla Fudge and the MC5.
1971 – Sha Na Na performs tonight at Carnegie Hall. The MC for the event is the Who’s Keith Moon, one of their biggest fans.
1972 – Mick and Bianca Jagger arrive in Managua,
Nicaragua to search for Bianca’s mother in the wake of an earthquake
that has devastated the city. They bring with them medical supplies.
Bianca’s mother is eventually found safe and well.
1975 – At a gun show in Spokane, Wash., guest Ted
Nugent has a gun pulled on him by an attendee. David Helfer is wrestled
to the ground by the audience and security guards and later charged with
“intimidating with a weapon.”
1983 – Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys drowns while swimming near his boat in the harbor at Marina del Ray, Calif.
2003 – The Who’s Pete Townshend tells a London newspaper he contemplated
suicide after police arrested him for accessing a child porn Web site.
Charges were later dropped.
2005 – Pink Floyd were voted the greatest rock stars ever in a survey of 58,000 listeners from UK radio station Planet Rock.
2010 – Whitesnake, Mr. Big and Buckcherry are confirmed for Sweden Rock Festival 2011.