2006 – U2’s Bono and the Edge team with Pearl Jam and join Aussie acts Jet, Paul Kelly, Eskimo Joe, Evermore and the John Butler Trio at a Make Poverty History concert in Melbourne. The event draws 14,000 to the Myer Music Bowl, and is broadcast to thousands more on giant screens through Melbourne, Brisbane […]
2006 – Robbie “Rocket” Watts, guitarist for Australian rock act the Cosmic Psychos, dies in Melbourne. He is 47. A GUITARIST in a Melbourne band that influenced grunge rockers, including Nirvana and Pearl Jam, has died. Robbie “Rocket” Watts from the Cosmic Psychos died suddenly on Saturday night after a gig in Bendigo. The band […]
2005 – Former Crowded House and Split Enz drummer Paul Hester is found dead of an apparent suicide Saturday in a park in Melbourne. He is 46.
2004 – Radiohead is forced to cancel its show in Melbourne after lead singer Thom Yorke develops severe problems with his voice. A local specialist diagnoses Yorke with hoarseness of voice, a significant upper airway infection and associated heavy inflammation of his vocal chords.
2003 – Prince plays a secret show at the Bennett’s Lane jazz club in Melbourne, Australia on this day in rock history!
1962 – Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is born in Melbourne, Australia, as Michael Balzary.
1953 – One-hit wonder Samantha Sang (“Emotion”) is born in Melbourne, Australia.
1949 – Kiss bassist Gene Simmons is born Chaim Witz in Haifa, Israel. Gene Simmons (born Chaim Witz (pronounced Haium) on August 25, 1949) is an Israeli-born American hard rock bass guitarist, vocalist, and actor. He is best known as “The Demon,” his blood-spitting, fire-breathing, and tongue-wagging persona in the hard rock band Kiss, an […]
1943 – Jim Morrison of the Doors is born in Melbourne, Fla., the son of a U.S. Navy admiral. James Douglas Morrison (December 8, 1943—July 3, 1971) was an American singer, songwriter, poet, writer and film director. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of The Doors and is widely considered to […]