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 […]
2006 – Bob Geldof is honored with a special achievement accolade at the German industry’s annual Echo Awards in Berlin. The veteran Irish musician and humanitarian is lauded for masterminding the historic Live 8 concerts, and for his distinguished career both as frontman of the Boomtown Rats and as a solo artist.
2005 – A fan-run museum dedicated exclusively to the Ramones opens in Berlin, Germany. This awesome day in rock history!
2005 – Bob Moog, inventor of his namesake range of synthesizers and one of the most significant figures in the evolution of electronic music, dies at his home in Asheville, N.C. He is 71. A native of N.Y., Moog was diagnosed with brain cancer in late April and had since undergone radiation treatment and chemotherapy. […]
2005 – Germany’s Supreme Court rules that the neo-Nazi rock group Landser is a criminal organization. The landmark decision means the group can be collectively persecuted for hate crimes. Lead singer Michael Regener is currently serving a three year sentence for inciting racial hatred.
2000 – Halfway into the first song of the band’s encore for their Mannheim, Germany show, Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers falls losing his footing and plunges 10-feet off the front of the stage and into the photographers’ pit. Gers is rushed to the hospital where he receives six stitches to a gash in his […]
1999 – The Rolling Stones launch the European leg of their Bridges to Babylon tour, performing in front of 80,000 enthusiastic fans in an open-air concert in Stuttgart, Germany.
1999 – Ernst Mosch, Germany’s “king of folk music,” collapses and dies at his home in Germaringen. He is 73. Mosch founded an orchestra in 1955 that popularized the typical sound of Bohemian brass-band music and subsequently sold more than 40 million records on Teldec and Koch.
1999 – An exhibition of Paul McCartney’s paintings, including a portrait of David Bowie, opens in Siegen, Germany.
1998 – Van Halen is forced to cancel a concert at the Docks club in Hamburg, Germany, after a chunk of ceiling plaster falls on drummer Alex Van Halen’s arm during the band’s soundcheck. Alex’s arm is merely bruised in the incident.
1995 – R.E.M.’s Mike Mills becomes yet another rock casualty on the ill-fated Monster tour. He undergoes abdominal surgery while the band is in Germany.
1984 – In Dortmund, Germany, Yes are joined onstage by Jimmy Page, who joins in on a rendition of the Beatles’ “I’m Down.”