1998 – It is announced that Aerosmith will postpone the first 13 dates of its 50-date U.S. tour following a freak gas station fire that leaves drummer Joey Krammer with seconddegree burns. This marks the second setback to the Aerosmith tour; 18 earlier dates had to be postponed following Steven Tyler’s knee injury and surgery […]
1994 – Grace Slick pleads guilty to pointing a shotgun at police at her Tiburon, Calif., home on March 5. The former Jefferson Starship lead singer said she’d been under stress because her Mill Valley home had burned down the previous fall and she’d lost most of her memorabilia, including items stolen by Corte Madera […]
1985 – David Bowie’s schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. He was 47.
1978 – Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, starring Peter Frampton, George Burns, and the Bee Gees, opens in New York. As I recall, the general consensus of the times… everyone thought it was the end of Peter’s career as it had been… doing a commercial sellout like this. Maybe he thought it would be […]
1977 – Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines of Lynyrd Skynyrd are killed when their rented plane crashes in a swamp near Gillsburg, Miss. 20 October 1977, 6:55 pm. While flying from Greenville, South Carolina to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair 240 aircraft crashed in a Mississippi swamp. The plane […]
1974 – Al Green’s ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits on the soul singer in the bathroom of his Memphis home. She then shoots herself. Green suffered second-degree burns on his back, neck, and arms, and later underwent a religious conversion.
1971 – Montreux Casino in Switzerland burns down during a Frank Zappa gig. Ian Gillan, vocalist of Deep Purple, who was recording in close proximity, is inspired to write the classic “Smoke On The Water” about the incident.
1971 – A fire burns down the Montreux Casino in Switzerland during a Frank Zappa concert. Deep Purple witness the conflagration and go on to write “Smoke on the Water” about the catastrophe.
1969 – Famous Ash Grove, Los Angeles (home of Canned Heat and Taj Mahal) burns to the ground. The Ash Grove was a folk music club in Los Angeles, founded in 1958 by Ed Pearl and named after the Welsh folk song, “The Ash Grove.” In its short fifteen years, the Ash Grove forever altered […]
1968 – After they burn an American flag onstage, the Nice (“America”) are banned from London’s Royal Albert Hall.
1959 – Pete Burns, that funny man from Dead or Alive, is born.
1956 – Joseph “Satch” Satriani (born July 15, 1956 in Westbury, New York, U.S.) is an American guitarist and former guitar instructor. He is heavily influenced by Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. He also has a signature series amplifier, the Peavey JSX. In 1988, Satriani was recruited by the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger […]