January 8th: Bill Graham, Queen, Rush, Steve Clark, Axl Rose and more ...

On This Day in Rock

1931: Rock promoter Bill Graham is born. He dies in 1991.

1963: The Beatles appeared live on Scottish TV's Round Up, transmitted live from The Theatre Royal, Glasgow. They mimed to 'Please Please Me.'

1966: The Beatles started a six week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Rubber Soul' the group's seventh US chart topper, which went on to spend 56 weeks on the chart. The group also started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'We Can Work It Out' the group's 11th US No.1 single.

1969: Mike Jagger and Keith Richards were both barred from an exclusive hotel for wearing "op art" pants and nothing else. They were both asked to leave the Hotel Crillen in Lima, Peru after refusing to change clothes.

1977: Queen went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Day At The Races.'

1979: Canadian rock band Rush were named the country's official Ambassadors Of Music by the Canadian government.

1983: 'Dirty Laundry' by Don Henley peaks at Number Three on the pop chart, where it stays for three weeks.

1991: Steve Clark, guitarist with Def Leppard, was found dead at his Chelsea flat by his girlfriend, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption combined with prescription drugs. The autopsy revealed he had died from an overdose of codeine and had valium, morphine and a blood alcohol level of .30, three times the British legal driving limit. In 2007 Clark was ranked No.11 on Classic Rock Magazine's "100 Wildest Guitar Heroes".

2001: A woman who believed that Axl Rose communicated with her via telepathy was arrested for stalking the Guns N' Roses singer for a second time. Police detained Karen Jane McNeil after she was spotted loitering outside his house.

2004: The estate of George Harrison started a $10 million legal action against Dr. Gilbert Lederman of Staten Island University Hospital, claiming the doctor coerced Harrison to sign souvenirs. The main allegations of the legal action was that Dr. Lederman got an extremely sick Harrison to sign his son’s guitar and autographs for his two daughters.

2010: Jimmy Page launched a new set of stamps in the UK which featured classic album covers from the last 40 years including Led Zeppelin IV, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells, The Division Bell by Pink Floyd, A Rush Of Blood To The Head, Coldplay, Power, Corruption And Lies, New Order, Let It Bleed, The Rolling Stones, London Calling, The Clash, Screamadelica, Primal Scream, The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, David Bowie and Parklife by Blur.

 «  Return to previous page
 »  Send to a friend