THIS DAY IN ROCK

December 1st: The Who, Janis Joplin, Kiss, Talking Heads, U2, Poison and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1960: Beatles singer-bassist Paul McCartney and drummer Pete Best are deported to England from West Germany after they are arrested on suspicion of arson. They had spent the previous night in jail in Hamburg after there was a fire in their hotel room.

1961: The Beatles performed a lunchtime show at the Cavern Club in Liverpool. That night they headlined a six-group Big Beat Session at the Tower Ballroom, New Brighton in Wallasey.

1964: Beatles drummer Ringo Starr booked into University College Hospital to have his tonsils removed.

1964: The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig.

1965: During a North America tour The Rolling Stones appeared at the Vancouver Auditorium, British Columbia.

1967: During a 15 date UK tour Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, Nice and Amen Corner all played two shows at Chatham Town Hall.

1968: Janis Joplin makes her final appearance with Big Brother & the Holding Company.

1971: 'Happy Xmas (War Is Over)' by John Lennon & Yoko Ono is released.

1973: 'Dream On' by Aerosmith peaks at Number 59 on the pop chart.

1973: 'Ringo' by Ringo Starr peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1976: 'Hard Luck Woman' by Kiss is released.

1977: During a North American tour Queen appeared at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

1977: 'Moonflower' by Santana is certified gold.

1979: U2 plays their first show outside Ireland, at The Moonlight Club in London.

1980: Talking Heads, with five extra musicians, start a brief U.K. tour as they appear at the Hammersmith Palais, London, England. The opening act is a little-known Irish band called U2.

1983: Neil Young was sued by Geffen Records because his new music for the label was “not commercial in nature and musically uncharacteristic of his previous albums.”

1984: 'Volume One' by The Honeydrippers peaks at Number Four on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1987: A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film 'The Wall' to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.

1990: C.C. Deville guitar player with Poison spent six hours in jail in Louisville, after being arrested for public drunkenness and criminal mischief after a concert in the town that night.

2003: Ozzy Osbourne admits in Britain's Daily Mirror that he was sexually abused as a child. He says, "Two boys used to wait for me to come home after school. They felt me and touched me. It became a regular thing on the way home from school." He adds that he was too scared to tell his parents about the abuse and later needed counseling about the trauma.

2004: 'How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb' by U2 enters the album chart at Number One.


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