Today in rock history Wednesday 2nd December
1960 – Bassist Rick Savage of Def Leppard is born.
1964 – Ringo Starr enters a London hospital to get his tonsils removed.
1969 – Having watched them play with Eric Clapton last night in London,
George Harrison joins Delaney & Bonnie to perform with them in
Bristol, England, tonight. He tours the U.K. with their ensemble,
marking the first series of live performances by a Beatle since 1966.
1971 – Led Zeppelin release “Black Dog” as a single in the U.S.
1973 – The Who are arrested in Montreal for allegedly wrecking a hotel
suite. They spend six hours in jail and are ordered to pay a $2,100
fine. John Entwistle later writes the song “Cell Block Number Seven”
about the incident.
1986 – Jerry Lee Lewis checks into the Betty Ford Clinic to overcome a painkiller addition. Great balls of fire!
1988 – Today on Geraldo, the talk-show host welcomes Gene Simmons, Paul
Stanley, and Willie Nelson to talk about a subject that touches us all:
sex on the road.
1995 – Actress Roxie Roker, mother of rocker Lennie Kravitz, dies
in Los Angeles of an undisclosed illness at age 66. Roker was a star of
the long-running TV comedy “The Jeffersons” as well as a stage actress.
1997 – A man dies after falling from the balcony of the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan during a Rolling Stones concert.
2001 – With four awards, the Dave Matthews Band reigns supreme as the big winner at the second annual My VH1 Music Awards.
2003 – Alice Cooper receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It sits
between Gene Autry and Hugh Hefner’s.
2003 – Switzerland investigates Marilyn Manson after the religious group
Christians for Truth allege his concert in Zurich broke a law designed
to protect the sanctity of Swiss religion.
2007 – Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne made more than $800,000 (£389,032) for
charity after they sold off some of their possessions from their former
US home. Items sold included the family’s custom pool table for $11,250
(£5,470) and a pair of Ozzy’s trademark round glasses went for $5,250
(£2,553). The beaded wire model of the Eiffel Tower that adorned the
kitchen fetched $10,000 (£4,862), while skull-adorned trainers worn by
Ozzy sold for $2,625 (£1,276).