Monday, 7 December 2015

Today in rock history 8th December

Today in rock history Tuesday 8th December
1943 – Jim Morrison of the Doors is born in Melbourne, Fla.
 1947 – Allman Brothers vocalist and organist Gregg Allman is born in Nashville.
 1957 – Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen is born.
 1965 – The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” enters the U.K. chart at No. 1
 1967 – Traffic release their debut album, Mr. Fantasy.
1968 – Graham Nash leaves the Hollies after a London concert.
 968 – In the London Sunday Express, it’s reported that Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are planning an expedition to Rio de Janeiro to see a magician. Keith Richards reveals, “We have become very interested in magic and we are very serious about this trip. We are hoping to see this magician practice both white and black magic. He has a long and difficult name which we cannot pronounce. We just call him ‘Banana’ for short.”
 1969 – Jimi Hendrix appears in Toronto Supreme Court to answer charges of hashish and heroin possession. Hendrix admits he has used pot, hashish, LSD, and cocaine a handful of times. But he tells the judge he has “outgrown” drugs. The jury, presumably unfamiliar with Hendrix’s history, finds him not guilty.
 1975 – Bob Dylan’s Rolling Thunder Revue plays its last night at Madison Square Garden. The Night of the Hurricane raises $100,000 for Hurricane Carter, a boxer unjustly jailed for murder immortalized in Dylan’s song “Hurricane.
 1975 – Uriah Heep bassist Gary Thain dies of a drug overdose in his bath.
 1980 – John Lennon is shot to Death outside of his New York City home by Mark David Chapman.
 1981 – A year after her husband’s death, Yoko Ono publishes in Rolling Stone a letter saying, “I think of John’s death as a war casualty – it is the war between the sane and the insane.”
 1995 – Courtney Love puts on a suit for a TV interview with Barbara Walters for ABC’s “10 Most Fascinating People of 1995.” Love tearfully tells Walters she wishes she’d done “eight thousand million things” differently to prevent husband Kurt Cobain’s Death.
 1998 – It is announced that for the first time in nearly a decade, Bruce Springsteen will again tour with the E Street Band.
 1999 – Santana tells a press conference in Mexico City that while he was praying in church, the Virgin of Guadalupe spoke to him. He adds, “Marijuana is not a drug and if factories are set up here to make clothes, tofu cheese, medicine and paper from marijuana, we won’t have to chop down so many trees.”
 2000 – Metallica sues perfume manufacturer Guerlain Inc. and the Neiman-Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman department store chains, alleging that they have infringed on and diluted the rock band’s trademarked name by creating and marketing a “Metallica” perfume brand.
 2000 – On his Web site, Julian Lennon does his best to remember the father who was never there for him on the 20th anniversary of John Lennon’s murder. “I had a great deal of anger towards Dad because of his negligence and his attitude to peace and love,” he posts. “That peace and love never came home to me.” 
 2003 – Ozzy Osbourne breaks his collarbone and several ribs after he crashes an ATV on the grounds of his Buckinghamshire estate in England. Doctors say he may take two months to fully recover.
 2004 – Pantera guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott is murdered on stage in Columbus, Ohio, in a shooting spree that also claims the life of the band’s head of security, Jeffrey “Mayhem” Thompson, a club employee and an audience member.
2010 - Alice Cooper portrays Scrooge in a unique performance to promote his 10th Annual Christmas Pudding Concert

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