More of today’s rock history lesson:
2005: Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell sued ex-wife and former manager Susan Silver claiming she diverted money owed to Cornell to other Soundgarden band members and that Silver was also holding Cornell’s library of music, lyrics and Grammys hostage.
2005: During Pearl Jam’s concert at the Gigantinho Gymnasium in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Ramones drummer Marky Ramone joined them onstage for a rendition of The Ramones’ “I Believe in Miracles”.
1993: Former Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton was killed in a car accident in Santa Barbara, CA. He was 47 years old.
1991: During Nirvana’s appearance on Top of the Pops in the U.K., Kurt Cobain sang in a low-pitched voice in protest of lip-synching “Smells Like Teen Spirit”.
1990: Charges of assault against Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose were dropped after Los Angeles prosecutors couldn’t find enough evidence after he allegedly hit his neighbor over the head with an empty wine bottle.
1979: Iron Maiden signed with EMI Records. Earlier in the month they recorded two songs for the compilation Metal For Muthas released by the same label.
1979: Ringo Starr’s home in Los Angeles, which he rented from Harry Nilsson caught fire. Nobody was injured, but many of Starr’s Beatles momentos were lost in the fire.
1974: John Lennon made his final concert appearance at Madison Square Garden in New York City to perform three songs with Elton John, making good on his promise after “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” hit number one on the singles chart.
1964: The Kinks peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “You Really Got Me” which was their first top ten single in the U.S.
Randy Newman born in 1943
Matt Cameron-drummer for Soundgarden & Pearl Jam born in 1962