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
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