2008 – Mitch Mitchell, the innovative drummer who anchored the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has died at the age of 62. Mitchell passed away on November 12 in Portland, Oregon of natural causes. The London native had completed an 18 city American tour as a featured performer with Experience Hendrix, a series concert series celebrating the […]
1942 – Paul McCartney is born in Liverpool, England. The Beatles have 20 No. 1 songs, more than any other recording act, and McCartney by himself or in duets has another nine. His biggest post-Beatles hits are “Ebony and Ivory,” a duet with Stevie Wonder that stays at No. 1 for seven weeks, and “Say […]
2008 – Alton Kelley, one of the founding members of the ’60s San Francisco rock scene, died Sunday June 1st, 2008 at his home in Petaluma after a long illness. He was 67. Mr. Kelley will be remembered as the creator (with his artistic partner, Stanley Mouse) of hundreds of classic psychedelic rock posters, such […]
1963 – The Beatles are introduced to the Rolling Stones for the first time backstage in Richmond, England. George Harrison says he’s particularly impressed by the unsigned band’s performance.
2006 – Pink Floyd co-founder Roger “Syd” Barrett dies in Cambridge, England at the age of 60, due to complications from diabetes.
2005 – Richard Ashcroft, formerly a singer with “Bittersweet Symphony” hit-makers The Verve, is arrested in Chippenham, England after barging into a youth club and demanding to work with the children. Alcohol may have been involved.
2006 – Izzy Stradlin joins Axl Rose onstage to perform “Patience,” “Night Train” and “I Used to Love Her” with Guns N’ Roses (Mark III) at England’s Download Festival.
2005 – Chris Curtis, the original drummer and backing vocalist for influential 1960s Merseybeat combo the Searchers, dies in Liverpool, England, after a long illness. He is 63.
2004 – Radiohead’s Thom Yorke speaks at the ‘No to Star Wars’ CND rally outside an air force base in Yorkshire, England.
2004 – The Darkness return to their old school in Lowestoft, England, to open a new music center. They also take part in a Q&A session with pupils.
2004 – Metallica play a rare gig without drummer Lars Ulrich, who is sidelined with an undisclosed illness. Slipknot’s Joey Jordison and Slayer’s Dave Lombardo fill in for Ulrich, along with a Metallica drum tech, at the Download Festival in England’s Donington Park.
2003 – As he recovers in a Berkshire, England, hospital from injuries sustained in an earlier ATV crash, Ozzy Osbourne has some cheering news when “Changes,” his duet with daughter Kelly, debuts at No. 1 on the U.K. singles chart