More of today’s rock history lesson:
2010: Electric Light Orchestra cellist Mike Edwards was killed when a cylindrical hay bale weighing 1,300 pounds rolled and collided with the van he was driving. Edwards was 62 years old.
2002: The Rolling Stones kicked off their 40th anniversary tour in Boston in support of their compilation album Forty Licks.
1999: Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx was arrested after a concert in Raleigh, NC on charges on inciting a riot in Greensboro, NC in October of 1997. Sixx also faced charges of assault and disorderly conduct.
1994: John Mellencamp peaked at number three on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with his cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night” which was a duet with Me’shell Ndegeocello & was Mellencamp’s tenth and last top ten single in the U.S.
1992: David Bowie became the first person to appear on the cover of Architectural Digest in four years.
1988: Triumph performed their last concert with guitarist and singer Rik Emmett until 2008 at the Kingswood Music Theatre at Canada’s Wonderland in Vaughan, ON outside of Toronto.
1982: The US Festival kicked off the first of three days in San Bernardino, CA. Artists on the bill included The Police, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Pat Benatar, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Cars, The Kinks, Santana, Fleetwood Mac, & the Grateful Dead.
1977: Heart peaked at number eleven on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart with “Barracuda” their third top forty single in the U.S.
1970: It was reported that Bob Dylan’s bootleg album Great White Wonder has sold over 350,000 copies.
Freddie King born in 1934
Don Brewer-drummer for Grand Funk Railroad born in 1948
Steve Jones-guitarist for the Sex Pistols born in 1955