More of today’s rock history lesson:
2009: While boarding a flight to Taipei, Taiwan at Los Angeles International Airport to kick off Guns N’ Roses tour in support of Chinese Democracy singer Axl Rose attacked a paparazzi for allegedly getting too close to a woman in Rose’s entourage. The photographer didn’t file charges against Rose.
2007: Led Zeppelin performed their first concert in 19 years at London’s O2 Arena.
Jason Bonham filled in on drums for his father, the late John Bonham. Over one million people applied for a chance at the 9,000 pairs of tickets.
1999: Rick Danko, bassist for The Band died in his sleep at his home near Woodstock, NY. He was 56 years old.
1998: Bruce Springsteen won a $3 million legal battle in the U.K. with two companies that wanted to release previously unreleased songs from his early career. Masquerade Music wanted to release an album titled Before the Fame & Flute International wanted to release an album of 19 unreleased songs.
1983: Pat Benatar peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Love is a Battlefield”, Benatar’s second top ten single in the U.S.
1983: Stevie Nicks made her first appearance as a musical guest on Saturday Night Live where she performed “Stand Back” and “Nightbird”.
1976: Generation X, featuring Billy Idol on lead vocals made their live debut at the Central College of Art and Design in London.
1971: Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by a jealous boyfriend during a concert at London’s Rainbow Theatre. Zappa suffered a broken leg & a fractured skull, which required him to spend nine months in a wheelchair.
1967: The Steve Miller Blues Band signed with Capitol Records for $750,000. The Blues portion of the band’s name would shortly be dropped.
1966: The Beach Boys reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for one week with “Good Vibrations” off their highly praised album Pet Sounds.