THIS DAY IN ROCK

May 14th: The Yardbirds, Talking Heads, Jethro Tull, Supertramp and more ...


On This Day in Rock

1960: The Silver Beats (John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Stu Sutcliffe and Tommy Moore) performed at Lathom Hall, Seaforth, Liverpool. They played a few songs during the "interval" to audition for promoter Brian Kelly. Also appearing are Cliff Roberts & the Rockers, The Deltones, and Kingsize Taylor & the Dominoes. This is the only occasion on which the group uses the name "Silver Beats", quickly changing it back to "Silver Beetles".

1963: The Beatles appeared at The Rink Ballroom, Sunderland, England.

1966: 'Shapes Of Things' by The Yardbirds peaks at Number 11 on the pop chart.

1970: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young release "Ohio" just 10 days after members of the Ohio National Guard kill four students and wound nine others at Kent State University during an anti-war protest.

1976: 33 year-old Keith Relf, former lead singer for The Yardbirds, was electrocuted while tuning a guitar which was not properly earthed. The accident happened in his West London home where he was found by his eight year old son, still holding the plugged-in electric guitar. The Yardbirds had the hits 'For Your Love', 'Heart Full of Soul', and 'Shapes of Things'.

1977: Talking Heads played a gig at The Rock Garden in London where Brian Eno who was in the audience sees them and goes on to produce the band.

1977: Songs From The Wood by Jethro Tull peaks at Number Eight on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1977: Even In The Quietest Moments by Supertramp peaks at Number 16 on the album chart.

1983: Pyromania by Def Leppard peaks at Number Two on the album chart, where it stays for two weeks.

1988: Led Zeppelin reunited for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary party at Madison Square Garden, New York, appearing with Jason Bonham the son of John Bonham on drums. Other acts performing included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King.

2004: Phil Spector was arrested after getting into a scuffle with his chauffeur at his California mansion. The 64 year old record producer was taken into custody and later released after a court date was set.

2005: Motley Crue appears on America's Most Wanted to help with the search for missing fan Tracey Gardner-Tetso, who was reported missing by her husband two months earlier when she failed to meet up with friends at a Crue concert near Baltimore. The band also offers a $10,000 reward for information.

2006: Red Hot Chili Peppers started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Stadium Arcadium' the bands ninth studio album, also a US No.1.

2008: Metallica kicked off a 26-date North American and European tour at the Wiltern Theatre, Los Angeles, California.


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