THIS DAY IN ROCK

November 12th: Led Zeppelin, Mott the Hoople, Bob Seger, Sammy Hagar and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1965: After changing his name from Toby Tyler to Marc Bolan, the future T Rex star performed his first single 'The Wizard' on the UK TV show 'Ready Steady Go!'

1968: UK book and record chain W.H. Smiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album 'Electric Ladyland' due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.

1970: The Doors final show with Jim Morrison takes place in New Orleans.

1971: Led Zeppelin appeared at The Locarno, Sunderland, England, tickets cost 75p.

1973: Mott The Hoople kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Leeds Town Hall with support group Queen.

1973: Queen begins their first tour of the U.K. at Leeds Town Hall in Yorkshire, opening for Mott The Hoople.

1977: Chicago XI by Chicago peaks at Number Six on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1979: Guitarist Snowy White replaces James "Midge" Ure in Thin Lizzy.

1983: Eliminator by ZZ Top peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.

1983: "Uptown Girl" by Billy Joel peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for five weeks. That same day, An Innocent Man peaks at Number Four on the album chart.

1988: U2 started a six-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rattle And Hum.'

1990: Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood broke both his legs after his car crashed on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire, England. Wood was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.

1994: Greatest Hits by Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band enters the album chart at its peak position of Number Eight.

1999: Sammy Hagar cuts off his hair on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno, and he donates the hair to the Locks Of Love children's charity, which makes hairpieces for children who've lost their hair because of medical conditions and treatments.

2001: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck goes on trial in London over an "air rage" incident on a British Airways flight from the U.S. to the U.K. He is eventually cleared of the charges.

2002: Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his 'Back In The US 2002' album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.

2008: Mitch Mitchell, the British drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience, was found dead in his US hotel room aged 61. Mitchell had been working with Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames when in 1966 he was invited to audition for a new band being formed to back Jimi Hendrix. During the 70's Mitchell failed an audition for Paul McCartney's new band, Wings.


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