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 […]
2003 – The Rolling Stones celebrate a year of being on the road promoting their 40 Licks compilation with a gig in Glasgow, Scotland.
2002 – Lonnie Donegan, known as the “king of skiffle’ dies in his sleep in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, England. He is 71. Lonnie Donegan MBE (29 April 1931 – 3 November 2002) was a skiffle musician, possibly the most famous of them all, with more than 20 UK Top 30 hits to his name. He is […]
2001 – appearing at Glasgow SECC, Scotland were The Offspring. Tickets cost £15 ($25.50).
2001 – Police raid a record store in Glasgow, Scotland and confiscate T-shirts promoting the Goth metal band Cradle of Filth. The Lord Provost of Glasgow took offence to the T-shirt’s legend “Jesus is a c*nt,” accompanied by a picture of a nun masturbating with a crucifix.
2000 – Madonna marries British film director Guy Ritchie at Skibo Castle in Dornoch, Scotland. The pair would split in a much publicized divorce in November, 2008.
2000 – A 17-year-old concertgoer is knifed before an Oasis show in Glasgow, Scotland. Police say he and his girlfriend were assaulted by a mob of Oasis fans who went on the rampage at a nearby school for the deaf.
1997 – Diana, Princess of Wales, dies. Her Deaths is felt in various corners of the U.K. music business. Scottish act Wet Wet Wet and Primal Scream postpone U.K. shows. U2 pays tribute to the Princess before their Sept. 2 show in Edinburgh, Scotland. Michael Jackson dedicates his Sept. 3 HIStory concert in Ostend, Belgium, […]
1990 – After complaining of an inflamed finger at a Glasgow, Scotland, concert, Keith Richards discovers the digit has gone septic. The Stones cancel their subsequent tour dates for the week, marking the first time the band has pulled out of a show due to illness.
1976 – In 1976, AC/DC headlined their first concerts in Scotland, where several of the members were born. Their U.S. record company had just reissued the High Voltage album, made up of tracks from the original High Voltage LP and their second release, TNT.
1973 – Paul McCartney is arrested for growing marijuana on his farm in Scotland. “Paul McCartney pleads guilty to having grown marijuana on his Scottish farm. He’s fined the British equivalent of $240. The singer explains that a fan gave him the seeds, and he didn’t know what kind of plants would blossom from them. […]
1972 – Led Zeppelin perform at Green’s Playhouse, in Glasgow, Scotland. When their publicist tries to stop some ticket scalpers, he is beaten by fans outside the venue.