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1922 Alan Freed born…   1942  Drummer Carmen Appice born…   1955 Paul Simonon of the Clash born…   1964 Beatles release Beatles ’65 in the US…  1968 Who release Sell Out...     1977 Sex Pistols denied US visas the day before scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live…   1981 Robbie Krieger of the Doors joins Blue Oyster Cult on Roadhouse Blues during Reseda, California BOC show…   1984 Robert Plant plays Saturday Night Live with the Honeydrippers…   1989 Paul McCartney donates $100,000 to Friends of the Earth…   1991 Scorpions donate $62,000 to Russia for humanitarian aid…   2005 NJ state legislator introduces bill to make Born To Run license plate, with sales to benefit Garden State food banks   2009 Rock Hall Of Fame announces Genesis and the Stooges will be inducted…   2010 First guitar Pete Townshend ever played auctioned for $11,000 to benefit Teenage Cancer Trust…


 

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Rock Hall announces 2019 inductees

 

Fan vote toppers Def Leppard headlines the class of 2019 entering the Rock Hall Of fame. They are joined by Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, the Cure, Radiohead and the Zombies. The Hall continued its unfortunate tradition of enshrining at least one totally inappropriate nominee. Janet Jackson is this year's. The ceremony takes place March 29th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.


12-13-1948 Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter born

 

Brilliant guitarist and a self-taught expert in missile systems, Jeff 'Skunk' Baxter, was born on this day in 1948. A member of Ultimate Spinach for their last album, Baxter then joined Steely Dan for their first 3 releases before settling in as a Doobie Brother member in 1974. His fascination with technical aspects of audio algorithms and high capacity storage led to an interest in ways that technology could be a bridge developing defensive missile systems. He has been a go-to consultant for the Pentagon and several other agencies and companies involved in notional defense. Also born 12/13, Ted Nugent (1948) and the band Television's Tom Verlaine (1949). On this day in 1985, Phil Collins appeared on an episode of Miami Vice. In 2002 Zal Yanofsky of the Lovin' Spoonful died of a heart attack, and in 2010 Paul McCartney played the Appollo Theater in Harlem.


Geezer Butler's new band debuts track

Black Sabbath's Geezer Butler is joining forces with ex GNR drummer Matt Sorum, Billy Idols long time guitar slinger Steve Stevens and Apocalyptica front man Franky Perez in a new group named Deadland Ritual. Here's a look & listen.

 

 


12-6-1968 Beggar's Banquet released

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today marks the anniversary of the release of Beggar's Banquet in 1968. It was the last full Stones album recorded with Brian Jones, who showed up only occasionally for sessions and often wanting to play instruments other than guitar (sitar on Street Fighting Man, harmonica on Dear Doctor and Prodigal Son, Mellotron on Jigsaw Puzzle and Stray Cat Blues). The following year on December 6th, the Stones headlined the ill fated Altamont Speedway concert near San Francisco. And on 12/6/1970, Gimme Shelter, the remarkable film documenting that concert, had its premier in New York City. Jackson Browne's Running On Empty got released on this day in 1977. Roy Orbison died on 12/6/1988, and the Eagles ended their 13 year hiatus, getting together for a video shoot that would be step on in reuniting for the Hell Freezes Over tour.


12-5-1973 Band On The Run released

 

Band On The Run was an apt title for the album Paul McCartney put out on this day in 1973. The initial recordings were done in Nigeria, but two Wings members balked on going, resulting in Paul playing drums and doing a good bit of lead guitar, as well. Then, Paul and Linda where held-up at knife point in Lagos, losing a satchel containing lyrics and some of the recordings. It was back to the UK to complete the album.

Also released on 12/5, Pearl Jam's Vitalogy (1994) and the Pink Floyd Pulse DVD (2005). Rockers born on this date include JJ Cale and Buffalo Springfield, Loggins & Messina member Jim Messina. And on 12/5/2005 actress Valerie Bertinelli file for divorce from Eddie Van Halen.


12-4-1980 Led Zeppelin announces breakup

 

 

 

 

Today in 1980 marked the official end of Led Zeppelin. The announcement came a couple of months after John Bonham's death. Chris Hillman of The Byrds and Beach Boy Dennis Wilson were both born on December 4th, 1944, as was Lynyrd Skynyrd mainstay Gary Rossington in 1952. The doors opened on the Beatles Abbey Road Boutique on this date in 1967. Guitarist Tommy Bolin, who had stints in the band Zephyr, the James Gang and Deep Purple, OD'ed on this day in 1976 and Bob Marley suffered a gunshot wound during a robbery of his Jamaica home on the same day. And we lost Frank Zappa to pancreatic cancer 12/4/1993.


12-3-1948 Ozzy Osbourne born

 

Happy birthday to the Prince of Darkness. John Michael Osbourne made his earthly entrance on this day in 1948. Molly Hatchet's Duane Roland was born 12/3/1952. Rubber Soul got its UK release on this day in 1965. The fire at the Montreux casino during a Frank Zappa concert that inspired Deep Purple's Smoke On The Water happened 12/3/1971. In '79 11 fans lost their lives in a stampede for a general admission Who concert in Cincinnatti. Also lost on this date were Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan (2014) and Scott Weiland (2015).

 


Springsteen readies solo album

 

Bruce Springsteen will close out 2018 with the final performance of his three times extended run of sold out shows at the Walter Kerr Theatre (12/15), the release of a double album culled from those performances (12/14) and a Netflix special filmed during Springsteen On Broadway shows (12/16). Initial indications he would tour Europe with the E Street Band were walked back by The Boss in a statement on Twitter saying, “Just a note to quell some of the rumors over here on E Street. While we hope to be back with you soon, the E Street Band won’t be touring in 2019. Before I go back to my day job, the year will be consumed with a break after our Broadway run and various recording projects I’ve been working on. We do hope to see you soon, and until then, we have some mighty E Streeters out there regularly performing with their own projects who’d love and deserve your support.”

 

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11-30-1979 The Wall released

 

Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing At Baxters left the hanger on this day in 1967. Pink Floyd released the monumental double album The Wall on the final day of November in 1979, and Sammy Hagar was out with Three Lock Box on 11/30/1982. Rockers born on this day include Ten Years After's Leo Lyons (1943), Deep Purple Roger Glover (1945), John Glascock of Jethro Tull (1952) and Billy Idol (1955).


11-30-1979 The Wall released

 

Jefferson Airplane's After Bathing At Baxters left the hanger on this day in 1967. Pink Floyd released the monumental double album The Wall on the final day of November in 1979, and Sammy Hagar was out with Three Lock Box on 11/30/1982. Rocker born on this day include Ten Years After's Leo Lyons (1943), Deep Purple Roger Glover (1945), John Glascock of Jethro Tull (1952) and Billy Idol (1955).


 

 

 

 

 

Rockers born on this date John Mayall (1933), Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals (1943) and Boston's Barry Godreau (1951). On 11/29/1976, ZZ Top released album 5, Tejas. In 1979s Supertramp performed at the Pavillion de Paris, recording their set for the double Paris Live album released the following year. On this day in 2001 we lost George Harrison to cancer. And on 11/29/2006, someone bought the original artwork for the Rolling Stones tongue and lips logo for $470,000 at a London auction.


11-29-2001 George Harrison passes

 

 

 

 

 

Rockers born on this date John Mayall (1933), Felix Cavalieri of the Rascals (1943) and Boston's Barry Godreau (1951). On 11/29/1976, ZZ Top released album 5, Tejas. In 1979s Supertramp performed at the Pavillion de Paris, recording their set for the double Paris Live album released the following year. On this day in 2001 we lost George Harrison to cancer. And on 11/29/2006, someone bought the original artwork for the Rolling Stones tongue and lips logo for $470,000 at a London auction.


Extraordinary recording console heading to auction

Photo: Bonhams

 

What just might be the ultimate Rock collectible is headed for auction in December. Bonhams auctions will drop the gavel on a console Elvis Costello and Chris Difford of Squeeze put together that combines Helios recording studio consoles that were used in the recording sessions for Led Zeppelin IV, as well as studio recordings by Bob Marley, Eric Clapton, David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Steve Winwood and dozens more. Early estimates put its value at $700,000, but it is likely to land a top bid well north of a million dollars in the December 11 auction in London.


11-28-1968 Jimi Hendrix plays Philharmoic Hall in New York City

Hendrix had wanted to play Carnegie Hall but was turned down. Lincoln Center agreed to two concerts at Philharmonic Hall (later re-named Avery Fischer Hall, provided a classical artist open the show.  Harpsicordist Fernando Valenti was tasked with the unenviable challenge.  A raucous audience eager for the headliner made matters miserable for Fernando. Taking pity, Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell emerged to provide some percussion late in his set. Hendrix delivered an electrifying set that left ushers as the classical venue shellshocked.  

 

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