Today in rock history Thursday 3rd December
1948 – Ozzy Osbourne is born in Birmingham.
1949 – Born on this day, Mickey Thomas, Jefferson Starship.
1961 – Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager.
1964 – The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with their version of ‘Little Red Rooster’.
1965 – Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an
electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California,
when his guitar made contact with his microphone.
1965 – The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow’s Odeon Cinema.
1969 – The Rolling Stones recorded ‘Brown Sugar’ at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1.
1971 – Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a Frank Zappa
gig. Ian Gillan, vocalist of Deep Purple, who was recording in close
proximity, is inspired to write the classic “Smoke On The Water” about
1972 – Led Zeppelin perform at Green’s Playhouse, in Glasgow, Scotland.
When their publicist tries to stop some ticket scalpers, he is beaten by
fans outside the venue.
1976 – An inflatable pig is spotted floating over
London’s Battersea Power Station. It’s only the prop being used for the
album cover to Pink Floyd’s Animals. However, the balloon
breaks free of its moorings and drifts away, prompting the Civil
Aviation Authority to issue a warning to pilots flying over London.
1979 – Eleven audience members are trampled to Deaths at a concert
headlined by the Who at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati. It is drummer
Kenney Jones’ first tour with the Who.
1980 – Photographer Annie Leibovitz shoots John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their Dakota apartment in New York.
1986 – A lawsuit is filed against the group Judas Priest and CBS
Records, alleging two fans shot themselves after listening to the band’s
music for six hours.
1999 – U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after
loosing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the
missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.
2000 – Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment
trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund
planed to invest in small offices and shops in London, England.
2005 – Not-very-shocking-anymore shock rocker Marilyn Manson causes a
mild ripple of outrage when he marries longtime squeeze Dita Von Teese
at Castle Gurteen in Ireland.