THIS DAY IN ROCK

December 3rd: Molly Hatchet, Deep Purple, Pink Floyd, Judas Priest and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1952: Original Molly Hatchet guitarist Duane Roland is born. He died this past June at age 53.

1961: Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager.

1964: The Rolling Stones had their second UK No.1 single with their version of 'Little Red Rooster'.

1965: Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone.

1965: The Beatles set out on what would be their last ever UK tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on 12th December.

1969: The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a UK & US No.1.

1971: The Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a gig by Frank Zappa & the Mothers Of Invention. The incident is later chronicled by Deep Purple in "Smoke On The Water."

1971: Nazareth kicked off a nine-date UK tour at Worcester College, Oxford.

1975: Ronnie Wood’s wife Krisse was arrested for alleged possession of cannabis and cocaine after a raid on the couple's house in Richmond. Krissie’s friend Audrey Burgon was also arrested, newspapers reported that the two women were found ‘sleeping together.’

1976: The members of Pink Floyd go to Battersea Power Station in London for a photo shoot for the cover of their Animals album. They watch a 40-foot-long pig balloon get inflated with helium and rise, and soon saw it break away and drift off into the sky, forcing the British aviation authorities to alert pilots in and around London about a huge flying pig.

1977: Wings started a nine-week run at No.1 in the UK with 'Mull Of Kintyre'. The first single to sell over 2 million copies in the UK, (it was co-written by Denny Laine who sold his rights to the song when he became bankrupt).

1978: The Philadelphia Furies, a soccer team co-owned by Peter Frampton and Mick Jagger, lost their first match in the North American League, 3-0 to the Washington Diplomats.

1979: A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats.

1983: 'Genesis' by Genesis peaks at Number Nine on the album chart.

1986: Judas Priest were sued by two family's, alleging that the band were responsible for their son's forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records.

1999: U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after loosing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.

2000: Mick Jagger and U2 formed a £100 million offshore investment trust to buy commercial property. Based in the Channel Islands the fund planed to invest in small offices and shops in London, England.

2009: Rolling Stone guitarist Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault, after a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.


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