Grace Slick, the trailblazing vocalist that fronted the Jefferson Airplane, turns 79 today. October 30 is also the birthday of Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles and AC/DC veteran Chris Slade. Bill Berry announced he was leaving REM on this day in 1997, and U2, Metallica, Ray Davies, Jeff Beck and Lou Reed made unannounced appearances with Mick Jagger during the Rock Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concert at Madison Square Garden on this day in 2009.
Duane Allman was such a gifted guitarist hat he remains one of the most influential players to ever pick up the instrument. He was so immersed in music that people who knew him well said it was unusual to see him without a guitar in hand or within reach. When one wasn't, he was often enjoying another passion; riding his motorcycle. While doing that on this day in 1971, Duane lost his life when he crashed on a Macon, Georgia street.
His brother Gregg was laid to rest last year next to Duane in Rose Hill Cemetery in the city the Allman Brothers Band adopted as their home.
On a recent visit to Macon that was cut short by the need to get out of the path of Hurricane Michael, we made an early morning visit to the brothers' resting place, then stopped by the house band members lived in. The Big House is a museum now.
Made a couple of stops downtown in Macon... the Capricorn Records Studios and Offices are long shuttered, but it is hoped funds can be raised to restore and preserve the building.
Another building of note is the Tic Toc Room. Now an upscale bistro, this was a club where Otis Redding, James Brown, Little Richard and other legendary Rock & Soul artists hung out and performed.
We look forward to getting back to spend more time at these and other sites in this storied musical town.
Happpy birthday today to one of the leading ambassadors for Southern Rock, Mr, Charlie Daniels, born on this day in 1936 in Wilmington, North Carolina and still making music on guitar, fiddle, mandolin and banjo. On October 28, 1977 Never Mind The Bullockcks Here's The Sex Pistols got unleashed and in 1985 ZZ Top released Afterburner. In 1991 Pink Floyd's Nick Mason and David Gilmour got banged up in the wreck of their enty in the Pan American Road Race in Mexico.
The two most prominent news magazines in the US hit the newstands on this date in 1975 with feature articles and covers of a guy from the swamps of Jersey. Gary Tallent from his E Street Band was born on this day in 1947, Kenneth (KK) Downing of Judas Priest in 1951 and Stone Temple Pilots / Velvet Revolver veteran the late Scott Weiland was born on October 27, 1967.
10/26 1965 Beatles appointed members of Order of British Empire… 1967 Magical Mystery Tour premiers on BBC TV… 1975 Elton John plays Dodger Stadium… 1981 Queen and David Bowie release Under Pressure… 1987 Billy Joel releases Koh Ept... 1991 Ozzy Osbourne breaks his foot during a Chicago concert… 1991 Bonnie Raitt plays Saturday night Live… 1992 Pearl Jam sells a record 950,000 copies of the album Vs in its first week of release 1993 Jackson Browne releases I’m Alive… 2006 Jimi Hendrix songs owned by the estate of a former manager go up for sale to benefit UK charities… 2014 Jack Bruce dies of liver cancer at 71... 2014 Sting musical The Last Ship opens in New York...
Rockers born on 10/25 include Judas Priest's Glen Tipton (1948), Matthias Jabs of the Scorpions (1956) and Red Hot Chili Peppers and Chicken foot member Chad Smith (1962). The Stones were on the Ed Sullivan Show this night in 1964. 10/25/1969 Pink Floyd's 4th, the double disc Ummagumma, got released. The title was supposedly a slang reference to sex a friend of the band used. On this day in 1991, Bill Graham, the concert promoter that established and ran the Fillmores on both coasts and Winterland in San Francisco, was killed in a helicopter crash near that city.
Happy birthday wishes Jon Anderson, the man that gave voice to the vast majority of the best songs recorded by Yes, only to be passed over for a soundalike. Jon was born on this day in 1944. On Octobrer 24, 1995 Ozzy Osbourne released Ozzmosis. In 2005, this was the opening night of three Cream reunion concerts in Madison Square Garden.
Born on 10/23 Rolling Stone Bill Wyman (1936) and Humble Pie / Spooky Tooth veteran Greg Ridley (1947). King Crimson made its US concert debut in a very unlikely spot - Goddard College in Vermont, on this day in 1969 Genesis released Trespass in 1970. Sid Vicious, in jail awaiting trial for stabbing his girlfriend to death, attempted suicide in 1978. In 1998 a court upheld a school's ban on allowing its marching band to perform White Rabbit becuase of the drug reference in the lyrics. On 10/23/1999 Eric Clapton, BB King John Mellencamp, John Fogerty, Lenny Kravitz and Sheryl Crow played at a White House event promoting music programs in public schools, and on this day 8 years ago, Neil Young reunited the Buffalo Springfield for his Bridge School benefit concert in Mountainview, CA.
Ted Nugent is out with a new album November 9. The Music Made Me Do it is the first studio effort in nearly five years for the axe grider. The 10 track album is accompanied by a concert DVD filmed during a performance in Sterling Heights, Michigan. The Nuge is never at a loss for words, so here's what he hast to say about it...
Happy Birthday to guitar great Leslie West of Mountain, born Leslie Weinstein on this day in 1945, as was the Rascals Eddie Brigati. LSD proponent Timothy Leary was born on October 22, 1920. Two great songs on the mid 60's dropped on this date in '65; Get Off Of My Cloud by the Stones and The Who's My Generation, and in 1977 Queen released the anthem We Will Rock You the week before it came out on their album News Of The World.
Mark Knopfler will spend a lot of 2019 on the road in a world tour that will span multiple months and continents. He's also taking a stance that should limit access to tickets to actual fans and reduce the ability of scalpers and third party sites to snap them up for inflated resale. Get all the info here.
On this day in 1977 Genesis released Seconds Out, the double live release recorded when the band played Paris four months earlier during its Wind & Wuthering tour. It was Steve Hackett's last with the group. Born on October 21 were Manfred Lubowitz aka Manfred Mann, Steve Cropper and Toto's Steve Lukather. Bob Dylan recorded his first album in one day in 1961, and the Allman Brothers Band opened what would be their final residency at the Beacon Theatre in New York on this date in 2014.
Jon Scott's great ears and his passion for music made him a trusted guy in an industry loaded with people lacking on one or both counts. An endorsement of his book from these friends is also an indication his new book on Tom Petty will be a good one.
Hard to believe more than a year has passed since we lost Tom Petty. Tom would have turned 65 today. Others born on 10/20 include recording engineer genius Tom Dowd and Ten Years Afters' Ric Lee. On this date in 1973 Steve Miller released The Joker. The Zeppelin movie The Song Remains The Same premiered in London in '76. The Lynyrd Skynyrd tour plane crash that claimed the lives of Ronnie Van Vant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and 3 others happened on 10/20/1977. Aerosmith released A Little South of Sanity in 1998 and AC/DC cranked out Black Ice in 2008.
The Yardbirds arrived ro start their first US tour on this date in 1966. The Who's groundbreaking Quadrophenia and David Bowie's Pin Ups got released on his day in 1973. Tom Petty's Damn The Torpedoes dropped on 10/19/1979. Born on this date, Doobie Brothers Patrick Simmons (1945) and reggae great Peter Tosh (1944).
On this day in 1977 Lynyrd Skynyrd released Street Survivors. Just three days later, Ronnie Van Zant, Steve and Cassie Gaines and three others lost their lives when the chartered plane carrying the band and key crew members ran out of fuel and crashed near Gillsburg, Mississippi on the flight between Greenville, South Carolina and Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The band:s record company hastily reissued the album in a cover without the flames.
Other 10/17 events in Classic Rock... 1980 Dire Straits released Making Movies, 1984 Billy Joel released Storm Front. In 1994 Bob Dylan made a surprise appearance with the Grateful Dead at Madison Square Garden, and in 2005 Bruce Springsteen and Patti Scialfa joined U2 on People Get Ready at the band's Philadelphia concert.
One of the great double albums in Rock history dropped on this day in 1968... Electric Ladyland. On October 16 in '72 Creedence Clearwater Revival issued a press release announcing the end of the band. in 1992 one of the best tribute concerts put together took place at Madison Square Garden to honor Bob Dylan at the 3 decade mark in his career. In 2005 Free/Bad Company frontman Paul Rodgers did his first US date singing lead for Queen. Last year on this date Tom Petty was laid to rest after a memorial service for family and friends in LA. Happy Birthday today to Bob 'Ace' Weir of the Grateful Dead.
October 15 was a busy day. Eric Clapton's short-lived Derek & The Dominos opened their only US tour on this day in 1970. In '73 the Grateful Dead released Wake Of The Flood. In 1984 AC/DC put out '74 Jailbreak and in '87 guitar great Joe Satriani released Surfing With The Alien. Other albums making their debut on 10/15 Warren Zevon's Mr. Bad Example (1991) and Bad Company's Stories Told & Untold (1996). And on this day in 1980 Van Halen did a concert in Sioux Falls... noteworthy only because we unearthed a video report about it done by a local TV station...
Happy birthday to Justin Hayward. The Moody Blues veteran was born on this day in 1946. Thomas (She Blinded Me With Science) Dolby turns 60 today. On October 14th in 1966, Grace Slick fronted the Jefferson Airplane in her first concert with the band at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. KISS members all released solo albums on this day in 1978, and INXS released Listen Like Thieves in 1985.
Happy birthday to one of the most entertaining Rockers on or off a stage, Montrose/Van Halen/Chickenfoot/Circle and solo artist Sammy Hagar, born on this date in 1947. Joining the Red Rocker arriving on October 13 in other years, cutting edge comedian Lenny Bruce (1925), Paul Simon (1942), Chicago's Robert Lamm (1944) and Fleetwood Mac vet Rick Vito (1949). The Jimi Hendrix Experience did its first official concert on this day in 1966 in Everux, France, and on October 13th in 1978 Billy Joel released 52nd Street.
On this day in 1966 the Jimi Hendrix Experience officially formed a few days after Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding had jammed for the first time. Other noteworthy 10/12 thangs... Rod Stewart's last concert with the Faces (1975, Nassau Coliseum) Sex Pistol's Sid Vicious charged with stabbing his girlfriend to death (1976), The Who and the Clash played Shea Stadium (1982) and Pearl Jam released Vs (1993).
Lindsey Buckingham thinks he has a case to make against Fleetwood Mac over his ouster from the group. Variety got a look at the suit and reports that Buckingham contends his share of the current tour that he was excluded from would have been between 12 and 14 million dollars. He either wants to earn it by getting back in the band or get a substantial amount as compensation for having been unjustly removed. It was almost inevitable a band with a long history of histrionics finds itself dealing with another episode.
Billy Joel released his third album on this day in 1974. Other goings-on 10/11... Darryl Hall of Hall & Oates was born (1946), Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car wreck that killed three in Chicago (1969), Saturday Night Live premiered (1975), Paul McCartney performed a free live set in Times Square (2013), Rod Stewart was knighted at Buckingham Palace (2016).
John Mellencamps was born on this day in 1951. Like John Fogerty, Mellencamp got seriously screwed over by unscrupulous people in the music industry. Things are better for both these days.
Others born on October 7... Quicksilver Messenger Services Dina Valenti, Kevin Godley of 10cc and Dave Hope of Kansas. John Lennon's US deportation order was overturned on this day in 1975. In '76 Steve Hackett left Genesis and on this day in 1982, Genesis released Three Sides Live.
The task was considered so insurrmountable that most AC/DC fans figured the band was done when Bon Scott died. The guy that filled his role and gave the band another 38 years of Rocking our world was born on this day in 1947. Happy birthday Brian Johnson!