THIS DAY IN ROCK

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On This Day in Rock

1962: Jimi Hendrix was honorably discharged from the 101st Airborne Paratroopers, after breaking his ankle during his 26th and final parachute jump.

1966: David Bowie and The Lower Third appeared at The Lion Hotel in Warrington, England, (they were paid £30 for the gig). Also appearing was The Powerhouse which featured Eric Clapton Jack Bruce, Steve Winwood and Paul Jones.

1967: Jeff Beck, Cream and John Mayall all appeared at London's Saville Theatre.

1969: Working at Abbey Road, Paul McCartney recorded ‘Her Majesty’. Then Paul, George, and Ringo record 15 takes of ‘Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight’. John Lennon was absent, in hospital in Golspie, Scotland, following a car accident the previous day.

1969: Thunderclap Newman started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with the Pete Townshend produced track 'Something In The Air.' Featured on the soundtrack for the movie, 'The Magic Christian'. The band featured guitarist Jimmy McCulloch who went on to work with Wings.

1969: Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit the Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival. Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell would later team with bassist Billy Cox to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, who played at the Woodstock Festival.

1971: Queen appeared at Surrey College, England. This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

1973: Roxy Music's synthesiser player Brian Eno quit after personality clashes with the bands singer Bryan Ferry.

1980: Bob Weir and Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs bust.

1981: Bruce Springsteen played the first of six nights at the new Brendan Byrne Arena, New Jersey.

1982: Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London's' Fulham Road.

1983: 'White Wedding' by Billy Idol peaks at Number 36 on the pop chart.

1983: Rod Stewart started a three week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Baby Jane', his sixth UK No.1.

1991: Axl Rose caused a riot to break out during a Guns N' Roses gig after leaping into the crowd to remove a camera from a fan at Riverpoint Amphitheatre in Maryland Heights, MO. Over 50 people were injured and 15 fans were arrested.

1992: Mick Jagger became a grandfather when his daughter Jade gave birth.

2001: Liverpool Airport at Speke was renamed John Lennon Airport. Yoko Ono was present to unveil a new logo that included the late Beatle's famous self- portrait and the words, 'Above Us Only Sky' taken from his 'Imagine' album.

2004: David Crosby pleads guilty to a gun possession charge and pays a $5,000 fine in New York City, while a marijuana possession charge is dropped.

2005: The Live 8 concerts take place in Philadelphia, London, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, Johannesburg, and Toronto, featuring acts such as Coldplay, Linkin Park, the Dave Matthews Band, the Killers, Madonna, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Snoop Dogg, U2, Crosby Stills and Nash, event organizer Bob Geldof and many others.


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