The Beatles played two shows today in 1966. First they made good a show in Cincinnati Ohio from the day before that had been cancelled due to heavy rain, then they flew to St. Louis Missouri where they played Busch stadium under a giant tarp, again due to heavy rain. It was here that Paul McCartney decided that his band was done with playing live. They would never tour again.
Led Zeppelin left SeaTac airport for Los Angeles today in 1971. They’d played the Seattle Center Coliseum the night before, and were doing the first of two nights at the Forum on the tour that had started in Vancouver. What Jimmy Page remembers most about the four nights is the thunderous ovations they got for a totally unfamiliar song that wouldn’t come out on album until November: Stairway to Heaven.
The Jefferson Airplane were in Akron Ohio tonight in 1972, and after the band’s equipment manager referred to local police as “pigs”, they attacked the band on stage. Singer Grace Slick was maced in the eyes, guitarist Jorma Kaukonen was thrown to the ground and injured, and bassist Jack Casady was arrested. The audience then pelted police with rocks, the cops responded with tear gas.
The Eagles brought their One Of These Nights tour to Seattle’s Paramount Theater tonight in 1975.
Happy anniversary to U2 frontman Bono Vox (Paul Hewson), who got married today in 1982 at All Saints Church in Raheny, Ireland to his girlfriend since 1975, Alison Stewart, with bassist Adam Clayton as best man. Unusual for a rock star, the two are still married. They have four kids.
#28 on the Rolling Stone Top 100 Guitarists Of All time List, Ramones guitarist Johnny Ramone (Cummings) underwent four hours of brain surgery today in 1983 after he had been found unconscious in a New York City street after a fight the night before. He died of prostate cancer in 2004 and is the subject of an annual memorial, the most recent of which took place this last Sunday at the L.A. cemetery where he is buried. In attendance was the last surviving original Ramone, drummer Tommy, Rock and Roll High School actress P.J. Soles, and Chris Cornell of Seattle’s Soundgarden who counts the Ramones and AC/DC as the most influential bands of his musical upbringing.
Synthesizer inventor Dr. Robert Moog died today in 2005 of brain cancer. After a demonstration on stage at the Monterrey Pop Festival in 1967, his keyboard became instrumental (heh) to the sound of The Doors, The Rolling Stones Their Satanic Majesties Request album, The Beatles Abbey Road album, and ELP keyboardist Keith Emerson is credited as the first to play it live.
Glam rocker Gary Glitter returned to Bangkok Thailand today in 2008 after being refused entry to Hong Kong. He’d already been booted from or forced to flee on his sailboat Spain, Portugal, South Africa, Cuba, Zimbabwe, Mexico, Columbia, Venezuela, Brazil, his native England, and Vietnam where he spent three years in prison for his insatiable lust for (extremely) underage girls.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
First Edition and solo country guitarist, singer, and songwriter Kenny Rogers is 74.
Santana keyboardist Tom Coster is 70.
Guitarist and frontman for The Clash, Joe Strummer (John Mellor) would be 61, he died of an undiagnosed congenital heart defect at 50.