More of today’s rock history lesson:
2003: The Clash received a Lifetime Achievement award at the GQ Men of the Year Awards in London.
2000: Approximately 700 Def Leppard fans received refunds at a concert at the Oregon State Fair in Salem due to being accused of playing too quietly in order to obey local noise ordinances.
1995: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened its doors in Cleveland. Later that night nearby at Cleveland Stadium, The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame took place with artists such as Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Bob Dylan, John Fogerty, Heart, & Lou Reed.
1993: At the MTV Video Music Awards held in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheatre, Neil Young joined Pearl Jam on stage for a rendition of Young’s “Rockin’ in the Free World”. Pearl Jam also won Video of The Year, Best Group Video, Best Director and Best Metal/Hard Rock Video for “Jeremy”.
1989: Ozzy Osbourne was charged with threatening to murder his wife Sharon. The charges were dropped when they reconciled and Osbourne immediately entered rehab.
1989: The Jeff Healey Band peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Angel Eyes” which was also used in the movie Road House.
1984: Van Halen performed their final concert with their original lineup as part of the Monsters of Rock tour in Nuremburg, Germany on a bill that included AC/DC, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio & Motley Crue.
1978: Cheap Trick’s first single to appear on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, “Surrender” peaked at number sixty-two. The song would later be covered by everyone from Green Day to Marilyn Manson & appear in numerous television shows, movies & video games.
1970: Genesis ran an advertisement for a drummer in U.K. music magazine Melody Maker for a drummer. Phil Collins answered the ad & Genesis hired him after Collins told them he played percussion on George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass.
Mik Kaminski-violinist for Electric Light Orchestra born in 1951
Steve Porcaro-keyboardist for Toto born in 1957