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Creator Of RONNIE JAMES DIO Hologram Says 'Dio Returns' Concerts Are 'Unforgettable Experiences'

The CEO of the company behind the hologram of Ronnie James Dio says that the first leg of the "Dio Returns" tour was a resounding success, with "thousands" of fans coming out every night to take part in "an unforgettable experience."
Dio
died in 2010 at the age of 67 from stomach cancer. His hologram was created by a company called Eyeillusion and made its debut at the Wacken Open Air festival in August 2016 in front of more than 75,000 fans.
The production uses audio of Ronnie's live performances from throughout his career, with the DIO band playing live, consisting of Craig Goldy on guitar, Simon Wright on drums and Scott Warren on keyboards, along with Bjorn Englen on bass. Also appearing with them are former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and LYNCH MOB's Oni Logan.
Seems it hasn't gone down very well with Rock fans. Check it out on youtube here.
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I'm sure there's not many amongst us who don't have fond memories of Maiden England. Anyone living in the North East who appreciates quality Rock must surely have attended at least one of their concerts. And who can forget their momentous gig at Stormin'? Well, they're getting back together and are now seeking a Paul Dianno style singer for their set which will feature the very first two Maiden albums. If you are interested, or you know someone who may fit the bill, then contact 07800791447 666markcraig@gmail.com





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THE EARLY BIRD . . .

Riffs will always try and be as accurate and transparent with everything we do and to this end we have asked venues (and bands) to inform us of accurate start times at gigs - not a time they wish punters to arrive so they drink more and put more pennies in the till!! But Dave from High Howden Social Club has pointed out that it is sometimes beneficial for punters to arrive early, as sometimes their 'headline' gig nights fill up fast. So, take note of the start times, but if you really want to make sure you are there in good time for your fave band then yes, by all means, get there early.

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Update on the Rising Sun in Crawcrook - looks like the staff have been telling porkies as the management has left the pub and it looks extremely unlikely that any booked gigs will go ahead.....

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Just heard (thanks Jeff) that The Riverside Morpeth is shut. They have, apparently, informed relevant bands of the situation, which is greatly appreciated.

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Hmmm, strange things afoot at The Rising Sun, apparently it has not closed and none of the staff seem aware of any closure - but we also have it on good authority that two bands have been told their gigs have been cancelled due to imminent closure. If anyone can shine any light on these curious goings-on we will be most grateful....

Rising Sun Crawcrook pub now closed so, needless to say, all gigs cancelled.

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Mainsforth Music Fest (Raising funds for Motor Neurone and Parkinson's disease), Mainsforth Community Centre, Ferryhill. feat. George Shovlin & George Lamb, Russ Tippins, Bernie and the Bluenotes, Gary Grainger, Zoe Green. Tickets £10. Doors open from noon.
SUNDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

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Looking for covers band for Friday Dec 8th at Seaton Carew Social Club. This is a annual Charity event (budget is max £250 or less if ur feeling generous!!!) arranged by Ambulance Service for local charities. After a wide range of good time material...it's a Xmas Party. Been let down twice already. Anyone interested, call Kevin 07734449033.
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Livewire AC/DC Show supported by Strangers in The Night a tribute to UFO, Blackhall Community Centre Sat 17th feb 2018 , tickets on sale now; 07841033579 or online @ENTS24 £15.

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A special memorial concert is to take place at the Newcastle O2 Academy on Wednesday the 10th of January. It's being titled 'RODFEST', and it's to commemorate and celebrate local rock vocalist Rodrigo BVevino, who unfortunately passed away in early October this year. Known to his friends as Roddy B, this Brazilian born singer came to this country to follow his dream of performing in the UK. His distinctive power-house vocal style got him the attention of local musicians and eventually landed him the lead singer in Maiden England, which he held for the last few years of the band's existence. Since then he had been involved with several bands, some covers acts, some doing original material, yet always done to high standard with his trademark Brazilian passion stamped all over it. He was involved with so many various rock musicians in our region, and his passing has been deeply felt by so many people that he worked with, those he entertained, or even those he called friends. 
Local promoter (and good friend of Roddy), Gary Melling, has organised the Rodfest event to mark what would have been the singer's 43rd birthday. And to celebrate the evening he has amassed a line-up of some of this region's top rock acts, with the aim to raise money for the Roddy B Foundation which has been put together by Gary in association with Roddy's wife Eli. The line-up includes Deep Purple in Rock (featuring former members of Maiden England), Alcatraz House Band (who completely wowed the audience at this year's Stormin' The Castle bike rally), The Dirty South (highly popular southern rock ambassadors), Sticky Fingers (the band that's been bringing metal to the pubs for quarter of a century), The Force (one of the most respected rock acts in this region and beyond), and finally The Kill (probably the hardest working and partying rock band, who also perform as Bon Jovi Forever).

It's a fabulous billing of some amazing local talent. With tickets priced at a very reasonable £10 (for the main stage of the Academy), this is an opportunity not to be missed. Not only to see some of this region's giants of rock, but also to raise money for a very good cause, and to pay respect to a much-loved great entertainer. Anyone who ever met or knew Roddy, instantly recognised this man's passion for rock music. He really did live and breathe it. This is a fantastic moment for people to come together and show their support, as he'll be so sorely missed from the stages of the North East. All proceeds going to ‘The Roddy B Fund’ to be distributed as bursaries to young musicians.
O2 Priority Pre-sale – Tuesday 24th October 2017 at 9am
General sale – Thursday 26th October 2017 at 9am 
(Riffs is obliged to Colin Smoult for the above. As with most media, we rely on people 'in the know' to let US know).
Heavy rockers The Force (pictured above at the Penny Gill) are well-known in the North-East for their professionalism and attention to detail - indeed, their covers are superceded only by their superb self-penned numbers. And we understand they dropped everything to be free for this night. As spokesman Norm told Riffs: 'The Force are more than happy to support this cause. Rodrigo played with Phil and Geordie in Lovedrive, their Scorpions tribute band, and they both loved his talent and his personality.' It's always sad when someone who is so deeply into Rock leaves us, but so comforting to know that there are always those who will celebrate their life in the way that they would love - a night of solid Rock.
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18 - AND WHAT A BUNCH OF SKINFLINTS

Still rockin' the North-East with power and energy some bands can only dream of, and musicianship that for most bands is just unattainable, not to mention a phenomenal stage presence - we are talking about our own home-grown mega rockers . . .  Skinflint.
Difficult to believe that they are now celebrating 18 years in the business - well, we say business, but these lads just exude the love and passion that - dare we say it ('dare, dare') - that so many bands have lost - or never even had in the first place. Only mere boys (okay, a slight exaggeration) when Riffs first caught up with the band, reviewed them for the magazine (oh those were the days), took some pics, and then more pics . . . and before you knew it they were rockin' the crowds at Stormin' the Castle in '07. If there was one band that realised that musicianship without showmanship does not get you noticed, it's these guys. But don't take our word for the quality, stage presence and showmanship on offer; they are playing at the Royal in Stanley on Saturday 21 Oct (apparently the roof restorers have already been booked!) So we are proud to post here some pics of the early Skinflint. They say a picture paints a thousand words so . . .
The early years;
    

Then at the Office;
   
  

      

Then on to Storm the castle;
 





What a surpise to see local lad Contraband Ron on The Chase on Tuesday (3rd).

Sailing through the questions (thankfully he got the Keith Moon question right), he got right to the final chase.

Sensible Pencils indeed - it's a brilliant name.
 

The music world lost one of its greatest songwriters yesterday (Monday) when rock legend Tom Petty died of a heart attack at the age of 66. The loss was felt all over social media, where fans and fellow musicians paid heartfelt tributes to the singer whose prolific career spanned decades.



HEADS UP RE. BLACK HORSE MONKSEATON
Hi guys
Might be worth putting up that the above pub appears to have closed. My band Backwater had a gig booked for 8th Oct. However, posters sent with usual note to confirm gig - no reply
Rang landline - dead. Rang mobile I had for contact - voicemail and no response to texts.
Our bass player Google mapped it and it was showing as closed. No activity on f/book since June. Have accepted it's closed (short of visiting the premises) but just in case any other bands have gigs lined up they'll want to know I'm sure.
Regards, Steve (Backwater).


HUNDREDS TURNED AWAY
FROM FLUX CAPACITOR GIG
ON OCTOBER 13

A lot of eyes were on the Hells Bells gig at East Bedlington Community Centre last weekend and, by all accounts, the night was a resounding success. For those who are not aware, the East Bedlington Community Centre (EBCC) is non-profit making so all monies taken go to keep the Centre alive and help arrange bands for the future. The next big event is 80s party night with Flux Capacitor - It's on Friday 13th October, doors are 7pm and it's £5 a ticket. Again, tickets are available either directly from the Centre (absolutely no booking fee), or at wegottickets.com (which will include a 50p booking fee). There is optional fancy dress, with prizes being given away for best dressed on the night. Riffs has been sent some pics of the Hells Bells night and it looks like a nice big hall you can get your gear up to 11 in. Even (going by the door behind stage) looks like you have your own dressing room. You may also be thinking the same as us - shame about the non-black background! Well, Sarah from the Centre has been thinking the same thing and if the punters turn up in their droves, and drink lots (drink aware now!), the Centre may just be able to afford a massive black backdrop. And no, a tin of black paint will not suffice, as the venue hosts lots of other events. Just as an aside, Flux Capacitor has a rather envious pedigree; Riffs readers with good memories may remember those wild, wacky lads, the KooKooNauts who made a name for themselves around the North-East a few years ago, and rose to gracing the stage at Stormin' the Castle. Although 'only' the opening act, they stole the show to rapturous applause. So no pressure Flux lads, but all eyes, especially Riffs, are on YOU. (Oh - and we expect some good pics - yeah?)



LET'S KICK SOME SHIT!
The Shitkickers Ball4 is all set and rarin' to go: at The Cluny1 in Newcastle on Sunday 17th September 2017 from 2pm till 8pm. Four of the finest bands in the NE have assembled for what's going to be a brilliant full afternoon's musical entertainment at this excellent venue.
HED will be opening with their own special groove of Blues Rock that puts a new slant on well loved titles.
Pistoleros to follow will blow you away with their polished virtuoso covers of rock and pop songs that you rarely hear performed today.




STAN still continue to excite every audience they perform for with their self penned power pop anthems and heart wrenching ballads.






Groovetrain
are the premier Soul and R'n'B outfit of the area who'll knock you out with their imaginative arrangements of classic numbers. 
The tickets are available now for £5 from The Cluny1 or contact me by email and we can sort out PayPal, posting and any other queries you may have. Contact me at :- bentonblues@inthecrowd.co.uk 
(be aware other sites charge a booking fee). The Cluny1 is way down East on the Ouseburn Delta at Newcastle's historic Quayside. You can get there on foot from Byker Metro (15 mins) or catch one of the Quaylink buses straight from the many stops in the Toon. It has a fine selection of real ales and does an excellent Sunday dinner as well as other food. 
Hope to see you at what promises to be a monster afternoon with all the monies collected being donated to
St. Oswalds Hospice Gosforth.  There will be NO raffle and NO auction so best save all your change for the buckets that will be going round in the hands of big gadgies (and gadgettes) throughout the event. 
This will be the last music event I organise as I'm too owld for this game now so please can you tell all your mates, a FaceBook page has been set up as well :- 
https://www.facebook.com/events/343605216068726/
Graham
Well, Riffs has said it before and there's no chance of an apology for saying it again: getting the lads together, humping all the gear to the gig, setting it all up, soundchecking, not to mention having to do it with people (and other bands) milling about, and then after the gig (when you are tired, hungry and just thinking of your nice, warm bed) stripping down the gear, humping back on to whatever transport you are lucky enough to have, getting home and checking your pocket to find you have - oh yeah, f**k all!! But the satisfaction of doing all that to benefit people a lot worse off than yourself outweighs the hassle you have just been through, so can we - please - have a big, no make that a f**kin massive shout for these lads:
HED, PISTOLEROS, STAN, GROOVETRAIN
(and let's not forget the guy who has put the whole lot together - Graham - who is making this his last gig due to poor health. Graham - we salute you.)



AND YET ANOTHER BLUES
COUP FOR HARTLEPOOL


'Got a couple of interesting gigs coming up Nige, can you do me a couple of ads. Cheers, Tommy.'
That was our introduction to
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado.
Blues, as regular Riffs readers will know, is not quite up our street, but after listening to Denmark's Risager, if we were to walk up this street, it's his gaff we would be heading for. To say we were impressed is quite an understatement but, let's cut to the chase, it's not what WE think, it's what YOU think. So check em out first. Youtube and biography links below.

Early in 2015,
Thorbjørn Risager & The Black Tornado had their latest album voted as one the year’s best by Britain’s influential The Blues magazine, right alongside international stars such as Robert Cray, Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa. Clearly, Risager and his mates had taken their exhilarating mix of blues, soul and rock‘n’roll to the next level. Thorbjorn and band duly celebrated by returning to one of their favorite nightspots – the Harmonie in Bonn, Germany. They would treat local fans to a one-of-a-kind spectacle, hitting the stage as a ten-piece mini-orchestra. After Thomas Ruf of Ruf Records introduces this deluxe edition of the band – including a three-man horn section and backing vocalists Ida Bang und Lisa Lystam – the colossal sound of Risager’s semi-hollow body spearheads the all-out attack of opening number “If You Wanna Leave.” He and his Black Tornado are off to the races…
The band is appearing at Edinburgh Blues Club and Carlisle Blues Festival - so if you miss the Hartlepool gig, our bet is you missed out - period.
'This guy is a singer’s singer, but maybe born too late, because if he had been around in the ’50s and ’60s and lived in the USA, he would surely be a legend by now.' (Simon Redley in the legendary British magazine Blues And Soul)
'This is the sort of band that gets booked by unwary festival promoters as an early evening support only to discover they’ve stolen the show by 8pm. If you haven’t seen them yet, do.'
Friday September 29 - Thorbjorn Risager & The Black Tornado.
Hartlepool Supporters Club ts268ps......£15/17......07535979658
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7etBw_ikKp4

http://risager.info/biography/

Well, we don't know Tommy's secret in managing to attract such top class, remarkable and unparalleled acts - but let's be thankful he can.
And let's not forget
Ruf Records Blues Caravan on Saturday September 16.
Same details. Again, check them out on Youtube.



AND MARTIN MAKES IT FOUR

The Flying Vs are pleased to announce that from this weekend Martin Bage will be joining the band on guitar and will be back to a four piece. Jeff told Riffs: 'Martin is a great player and we look forward to reviving some old favourites and adding new songs into our repertoire.'





THE DEPUTIES RAISE THE ROOF
The Seghill Community Centre "Raise The Roof" appeal, to save the Centre from closing, is having a charity night  JULY 1. The roof is in a bad state of repair and The Deputies have kindly given their time to play at The Blake Arms in Seghill, Cramlington on Saturday 1st July at 9pm.
Tickets are £3 and are on sale at The Blake Arms and Seghill Community Centre or, alternatively, can be bought on entry on Saturday night.





BOOKING FEE?  FUCK RIGHT OFF!!
As you may - or even may not - know, the idea of charging a 'booking fee' when you pick up a ticket is one of those things that really gets on Riffs proverbial tits. Can you imagine a supermarket putting a booking fee on a carton of milk? 'Yeah, it may be a quid on the label mate, but we have to charge a booking fee to cover our costs, so that will now be £2.50'. I can see that going down a storm. As most of the gigs on our Listings page are local and executed by fair-minded people - venues and bands - we don't come up against this very often. Thankfully!
But 'hey hey hey - another sloppy piece of mud' [and if you can tell us which live 80s gig that came from you get free boxed ads for 3 months] Guess what's just dropped into Riffs inbox for us to publicise? An upcoming gig at an Ashington venue near the end of this month. And it is not only ticket but pay on the door. 'So what,' you may say, 'nowt wrong with that'. Certainly isn't, and isn't that just how it should be? BUT, the door price also includes the booking fee!!!!
Yep, a booking fee included on the pay on the door entry fee. The mind boggles. If the promoter feels justified in holding the punters to ransom then there's not much we can do about that. But we ain't gonna mention the gig, or the artist appearing, or the venue. And that goes for anyone else out to make a fast buck off decent people.
Can you imagine, in the not-too-distant future: 'Hiya, a fiver to pay on the door mate, but then I have to include a £2 booking fee and, oh look at the time, a pre-9 0'clock fee, and look at those awful trainers - so that's a £2 embarassing trainer fee, and that fookin' shirt's a disgrace'  . . . .

And don't get us started on venues advertising the gig earlier so as to sell more drinks..........


On 30th June Pearlescence (Pearl Jam tribute) and Rage Against A Machine will be performing a one hour set each at The Cluny to raise money for specialist outdoor equipment for students who attend Sir Charles Parsons School in Walker, Newcastle. The school provides education for students aged 11-19 who have additional needs, moderate learning difficulties and profound and multiple learning difficulties, and the money raised will go towards much needed specialist outdoor sensory equipment and residential trips for the students. Doors open at 7pm with Rage Against A Machine hitting the stage just after 8pm. Entry is £5 on the door, tickets can also be purchased form The Cluny website and collected on the night. Both bands can be found on Facebook and the school has a website if you would like to find out a bit more about them. So in a nutshell, two great tribute bands, one great venue and a great cause. All for £5!!! Hope to see as many there as possible.


JUST WHO ARE THOSE CATS?
A big event featuring a 1950s theme with raffles, dance-offs and prizes for best dressed is all set for Sunday June 25. The gig is in support of Beach Access North East and features Ruby and the Mystery Cats, Ryan Page, and Sarah Holmes. It's just £5 a ticket. Full info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/415643978806543/




The Allman Brothers Band drummer and founding member Butch Trucks died on Tuesday. He was 69. The cause of his death remains unclear.



No doubt many of you are gagging at the bit to know if we solved our computer problems (also many of you are now thinking 'computer problems? Didn't even know about it - and actually don't care, as long my listings are up or I can find out who's on this weekend'). But we console ourselves with the thought that many are wondering how we sorted it . Well, without going into detail, Dave Fulton, who helps out at Houghton Cricket Club, helpfully pointed us in the right direction, listing the possible culprits and ignoring those with alibis. A replacement graphics card was all that was eventually needed and our problems ceased. I am rather long in the tooth and do not expect anyone to rush in to fix things, but sometimes when you hit a brick wall, it's good to have someone to point you in the right direction and to remind you that everything is fixable; you just need to check things in the right order. Dave did just that and his advice was invaluable. Advice is no good to yourself - so give it to others!

MUSICALLY BEREFT!

Just to mention that here at Riffs we are not musical. We do not play an instrument; we cannot analyse a tune; we can't tune a guitar or know what makes a hit song - but what we do know about is publicity. And we love giving it to those deserving. We have mentioned it before but we are doing it again - any band that gives of their time, skills and effort to support a charity is entitled to a massive mensh on this, our News page. Along with some outrageous pictures too. So there, no excuses to not only be selfless and helpful to a deserving cause but also to shout about this cause too (and of course yourself!). So there, musical be we not, but we will surely shout about those who are.......

HOWDON PEEPS DO FRAZER PROUD
Always great to get feedback on gigs, etc and Dave has just let Riffs know that the Funds For Frazer gig at High Howdon Social Club on May 19 managed to raise a very impressive £1,550. Janie, Frazer's mum, we have it on good authority, was totally overcome. A massive thank you to everyone who took part and gave of their time, or money, or support, or all three!


The new album release from SteelyMan is “Blues from Horden Colliery”. A twelve track blues story of growing up in an East Durham mining village that still holds a proud community despite being neglected and forgotten by the powers that be since the mine closed. Not a deep political statement but a few comments on my life as a miner’s son.
Love Horden – Love the Blues...
SteelyMan...
www.steelyman.co.uk
The album can be found on; i-tunes, Spotify, soundcloud etc.




BAD BAD BOYS TO OPEN
TRIPLE HEADER


Just got some info regarding a rather interesting rockin' night with an eclectic hint of dirty blues. Although mentioning rock, and then blues, may lead you into certain incorrect assumptions. This intriguing triple header features the weird and wonderful LaVendore Rogue headlining; consisting of three ex-Hokie Joint members; multiple-British Blues Award nominees and winners: JoJo Burgess on vocals, Joel Fisk on guitar and Stephen “Cupsey” Cutmore on drums, as well as Rob “Tank” Barry on bass and Warren Lynn on keyboards. Ably supported by Kris Barras who, with his band, promise 'foot-stomping riffs and catchy tunes' (nuthin wrong with the ol' foot-stomping riffs). However, the band with whom Riffs was most impressed has the unenviable task of opening the night's proceedings - which probably reflects our take on music in general! With influences which include Nazareth, Gun and Schenker, you can understand why these guys aren't your cliched rockers. Bournemouth-based Western Sand look (and sound) as if they could hold their own at Knebworth (er, I mean in the 80s when it was worth a shit), Kerrang Weekender or Monsters of Rock. After a Youtoob visit I came away with the feeling that if only somone could drop a megaton of Marshall gear on a pitch-sized stage these guys would clean up. The fact that all these three fascinating bands have been brought together on one stage for one evening is not only refreshing but shows that promoters do not always just think 'kerching' when dishing up bands for out delectation. A big 'whoop' for Tommy Hartlepool here - 'WHOOP' - oh, just me then. Anyway, it's at the Belle Vue Club in Hartlepool, tickets are a realistic £12 (so sod all for the club, let's hope you all drink loads!) and it's on Saturday June 24 - yes, we know it's over two months away, but Tommy's gigs have an enviable habit of selling out surprisingly often (notice the Wishbone Ash gig?). Triple bills like this are few and far between, and Riffs, for one, have our money on The Almighty-sounding Western Sand - don't let us down guys. Since we've been into Rock/Metal we can count on the fingers of one hand how many opening acts have blown the headliners off the stage - but boy, don't it feel good!!
Check this out from Western Sands - here

WALLSEND PEEPS NEEDED
TO SUPPORT LITTLE FRAZER

Just hearing of a very special night being organised by Dave of High Howdon Social Club way up where the wall ends. Singer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Alex is the artist for the night (pic), and Jon and staff of the social club hope to raise some funds for a little Howdon boy - Frazer - who has severe epilepsy and is suffering from multiple fits every day. You may think they are trying to raise a fortune for special treatment abroad; or a respite holiday for his mum whose devotion takes up all her time; or even to bring in paid help to look after little Frazer to ease his pain?  No, all his mum is wanting is a special mattress, and an alert watch so she is aware when he is having a fit. Just these two items will help the family so much. It's on Friday May 19 and although you are asked to get a ticket for entry, how much you pay is entirely up to you.


As our readers may know, on 18 March, Classic Clapton headed off to play out in Colombo, Sri Lanka. They have created a photo album on Facebook that documents the trip. Their keyboards player Paul Warren was unable to make the Sri Lanka trip so Derek Miller of well-known band Cirkus stood in.
https://www.facebook.com/pg/classicclapton/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1794705100547041
Here is a review of the gig:-
http://www.ft.lk/article/605681/When-Clapton-came-to-Colombo
Sri Lanka page on the website here:-
http://www.classic-clapton.com/colombo.htm




This years Crookfest will be held bank holiday sunday 30th April featuring 21 cover and tribute bands across three stages for only £15. New to the fest for 2017 will be the Scooter Tent with a mix of Mod 60s 70s rock and Ska plus a blast of Northern Soul with JD and the Woodsmen. The Main Marquee will feature will more classic rock with bands covering groups such as  Bon Jovi, Slade, Journey, Meat Loaf, Guns n Roses, Thin Lizzy; while the Hut Bar goes a wee bit deeper in the style of Ozzy, Zeppelin, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Rory Gallagher and thrown into that mix will be the band Share the Darkness: these guys cover Irish legends The Dubliners, Chieftains and more, and alongside all this there's bars and food outlets. For full details go to www.crookfest.co.uk



The Howard Baker Band are proud to announce their April mini-tour which sees them travelling to Wales and France for four shows. The band has had line up changes since their last outing over the Channel and are now looking forward to heading out again with fresh faces and material. Their upcoming gig list is on the Riffs page and would invite anyone who’s interested to come along and catch a show before they go as they warm up their new rock and pop material, including some songs from Howard’s most recent album ‘The Paris Files’.  The band welcome enquiries from venues and reviews from audience members. You can also check upcoming gigs on their website at www.howardbakerband.co.uk and keep up to date through their Facebook page by searching for the Howard Baker Band.




And yet another band hits our live venues (long may this trend continue!) - The Lone Sharks. Again, a mature bunch of guys who have served their time in several local bands such as TT Blue, Old Codger and Nostalgic Fools. They gigged at Steels Club and the Mallard last weekend but you can get a taste of their fayre here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXRmxotkBYk


Just a had a brief mail from Broken Spoke. We reproduce it here: "
Just to say that Marge has kindly given Broken Spoke a booking for The Bell and Bucket on Sunday 4th June. After losing The Maggie Bank and Wooden Doll in the past year it is great to have somewhere in North Shields for bands to play."



The great Chuck Berry has passed away. A mega influence on the Stones, Beatles, Springsteen and countless others....


COVERS BAND WANTED FOR CHARITY GIG
We are holding a charity show on the 13th May which is a Saturday and are in need of some entertainment - covers band, nothing too heavy, motown would be nice. It is to raise funds to buy a Defibulator for my sons Autistic school, Columbia Grange in Washington. The night will be held in Silksworth Catholic Church and we are willing to pay expenses for the artist. Thank you. Miss S Mcglinchey   Tel 07857970000 or siobhan.mcglinchey@hotmail.co.uk


HEARTBREAKER RINGING THE BELL TONIGHT
Just goes to show what a good reputation does: Short notice but Marge has managed to squeeze in new boys Heartbreaker into her Rock gaff (The Bell and Bucket, North Shields) TONIGHT 17th. 'So what' I hear you moan. 'Never 'eard of 'em'. Ya think? These 'new boys' are anything but - look at this for some pedigree: ex Witchkraft, Sheiks, Sticky Fingers, The Paul Rodgers Story. So, apart from some frighteningly competent musicians, expect loads of Free and Bad Co
This week in . . .
1967, The Monkees performed live for the very first time at The Cow Palace, San Francisco to a sell-out crowd.

1994, American musician Rhett Forrester was shot and killed at a Northwest Atlanta intersection after he refused to give up his vehicle in an attempted carjacking, he was 37 years old. He was best known as the lead singer for New York-based band Riot from 1981 until 1984.

2002, English keyboardist Peter Bardens died from lung cancer aged 57. He was a founder member of the British progressive rock group Camel and also worked alongside Rod Stewart, Mick Fleetwood and Van Morrison, and recorded solo albums.


2017, English bass guitar player Pete Overend Watts and founding member of the 1970s rock band, Mott the Hoople died from throat cancer aged 69. Watts helped start the Buddies with guitarist Mick Ralphs, a band that evolved into Mott the Hoople after periods in which it was known as the Doc Thomas Group, the Shakedown Sound, then Silence. They became Mott the Hoople after Ian Hunter joined in 1969. Watts continued with Dale Griffin, Morgan Fisher and Ray Major in the Mott successor British Lions. He later became a record producer, producing albums for artists including Hanoi Rocks and Dumb Blondes.

Week commencing January 15 . . .
1965, The Rolling Stones recorded 'The Last Time' and 'Play With Fire' at the RCA studio in Hollywood, California. Producer Phil Spector played acoustic guitar on 'Play With Fire.'

1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded an appearance on Top Of The Pops performing a live version of "Hey Joe". They also played a show at the Seven and a Half Club in Mayfair, London during the evening.

1974, Former members from Free (Paul Rodgers & Simon Kirke), Mott The Hoople (Mick Ralphs), and King Crimson (Boz Burrell), formed Bad Company. The band went on to top the charts with their debut release.

1981, Wendy O. Williams of The Plasmatics was arrested on stage at Milwaukee and was charged with the offence of simulating sex with a sledgehammer. Williams later filed a multimillion dollar civil suit against the Milwaukee Police, claming they sexually assaulted and beat her during the arrest, but a jury rejected her claims.


2000, Spencer Goodman was executed by lethal injection in Huntsville, Texas. Goodman was convicted of kidnapping and murdering the wife of ZZ Top manager Bill Ham in 1991. Ham was present for the execution.

2011, The largest collection of Beatles memorabilia went on display in a new museum in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rodolfo Vazquez, a 53-year-old accountant, turned his mammoth Beatles collection into a museum with more than 8,500 objects - setting the new world record for the largest collection of Beatles memorabilia. Some of the items included a box of condoms bearing the names of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, a brick from the Cavern Club, a chunk of the stage from the Star Club in Hamburg, and certified copies of the band members' birth certificates. Among his favorite items were 64 boxes of chewing gum in the form of Beatles records.

2015, American session drummer Dallas Taylor died of complications from viral pneumonia and kidney disease, aged 66. He is best known as the drummer on Crosby, Stills and Nash's debut album, Crosby, Stills & Nash (1969) and their follow-up with Neil Young, Déjà Vu (1970) as well as appearing on Stephen Stills' eponymous first solo album in 1970. Taylor was the drummer for Stills' group Manassas in 1972 and 1973. In 1970, Dallas sat in with The Doors accompanying John Densmore on drums. Jim Morrison acknowledges him on The Doors Live in New York album.

1964, The Beatles played two shows at the Olympia Theatre, Paris, France, the first of an 18-night engagement. This first show was attended mostly by Paris' 'top society' members (all dressed in formal evening attire). The French press had little good to say about The Beatles in the next day's papers, but the foursome didn't care because they'd just received news that their single 'I Wanna Hold Your Hand' had hit No.1 in the US, selling 10,000 copies an hour in New York City alone.

1973, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Villanova University, Philadelphia, to an audience of 25 people. Due to a strike by Villanova's school newspaper The Villanovan, this concert went unadvertised, so this is probably the smallest crowd Bruce and The E Street Band have ever played in front of.

1985, David Bowie's schizophrenic half-brother Terry Burnes killed himself aged 47 after laying down on the railway lines at Coulsdon South station, London. He was killed instantly by a passing train. This incident was to be immortalized in the line ‘a crack in the sky and a hand pointing down at me’ in Bowie’s song ‘Oh, You Pretty Things’.

1987, TV presenter and pianist Jools Holland was suspended from Channel 4s UK music show The Tube for 6 weeks, after using the phrase 'groovy fuckers' during a live trailer broadcast in children's hour.

1992, Eric Clapton recorded his unplugged session for MTV. The set which included his current hit single 'Tears in Heaven' and a reworked acoustic version of 'Layla', earned six Grammy Awards for the album including Record of the Year.


1996, Jamaican authorities opened fire on Jimmy Buffett's seaplane, mistaking it for a drug trafficker's plane. U2 singer Bono was also on the plane; neither singer was injured in the incident. The incident inspired Buffett to write a song called 'Jamaica Mistaica'.

2000, American singer Will Jones died aged 71 from the effects of diabetes. He is best known as the bass vocalist for The Coasters and The Cadets. The Cadets' biggest hit was ‘Stranded In The Jungle’ and his bass vocals can be heard on The Coasters' hits ‘Yakety Yak’ and ‘Charlie Brown.’ He also sang lead on The Trammps cover version of ‘Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart’.

2000, It was reported that Mick Jagger had lost the chance of a knighthood because of his errant ways, Prime Minister Tony Blair having doubts about the message it would give about family values. This decision was changed and on 12 December 2003, Mick Jagger was made a Knight Bachelor by The Prince of Wales for services to music, as Sir Michael Jagger.

2013, It was announced that Joe Strummer was to have a city square named after him in Spain following a Facebook campaign. More than 2,000 residents of Granada, where The Clash frontman became a frequent visitor, signed a petition calling for him to be honoured. City hall officials agreed to the proposals and a square in the area was set to be renamed Plaza de Joe Strummer.

1965, The Who released their first single 'I Can't Explain'. With Jimmy Page on guitar and The Ivy League on backing vocals, it went on to reach No.8 on the chart.

1967, The Rolling Stones were forced to change the lyrics of 'Let’s Spend The Night Together' to Let’s Spend Some Time Together when appearing on the US TV The Ed Sullivan Show, after the producers objected to the content of the lyrics. Jagger ostentatiously rolled his eyes at the TV camera while singing the changed lyrics, resulting in host Ed Sullivan announcing that The Rolling Stones would be banned from performing on his show ever again.

1969, George Harrison had a five-hour meeting with John, Paul and Ringo where he made it clear that he was fully prepared to quit The Beatles. Harrison wasn't happy with plans for live performances and the current Let It Be film project.

1971, David Bowie released 'Holy Holy' as a single in the UK which failed to chart. A more frantic version of the song was recorded in 1971 for The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars but was dropped from the album, but subsequently appeared as the B-side to 'Diamond Dogs' in 1974.

1972, Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' made its debut on the US singles chart. The group's third single peaked at No.15 and spent 8 weeks on the chart. The song's title is a reference to a nameless, black Labrador retriever that wandered around the Headley Grange studios during recording.

1994, American singer songwriter Harry Nilsson died in his sleep of heart failure after spending the previous day in the recording studio. He recorded 'Everybody's Talkin' from the film Midnight Cowboy and wrote hits for Three Dog Night and The Monkees. Had the UK & US No.1 single with his version of the Badfinger Evans & Ham song 'Without You,'.


2002, 1980s British pop legend Adam Ant was admitted to a mental ward 24 hours after being charged by police with pulling a gun on staff in a London pub.

2015, American record producer, singer and musician Kim Fowley died of bladder cancer in Hollywood, California at the age of 75. He is best known for his role behind a string of novelty and cult pop rock singles in the 1960s, and for managing The Runaways in the 1970s. With Gary S. Paxton he recorded the novelty song ‘Alley Oop’, which reached No.1 on the charts in 1960 and was credited to the non-existent group the Hollywood Argyles. He arranged 'Nut Rocker' for B. Bumble and the Stingers, which became a No.1 hit in the UK in 1962.

Week commencing January 8 . . .
1963, Charlie Watts made his live debut with The Rolling Stones at The Flamingo Jazz Club, Soho, London. Before joining the Stones, Watts played regularly with Blues Incorporated.

1966, David Jones changed his name to David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones from The Monkees, just in time for the release of his single, 'Can't Help Thinking About Me'.

1970, Diana Ross made her last appearance with The Supremes at The Frontier Hotel, Las Vegas. During the show, Diana introduced her replacement, Jean Terrell, who would lead the group to seven more Top 40 hits including the Top 10 entries 'Up The Ladder To The Roof' and 'Stoned Love' later in the year.

1977, David Bowie released his eleventh studio album Low, the first of three collaborations with Brian Eno termed the "Berlin Trilogy". The track 'Sound and Vision' was released as a single and used by the BBC on trailers at the time, providing much needed exposure, and helped the song reach No.3 on the charts as Bowie opted to do nothing to promote the single himself.

1978, The Sex Pistols played their last show at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco where Johnny Rotten yelled to the crowd at the outset, “Ever get the feeling you’ve been cheated.” It was the last time the band played with bassist Sid Vicious.


1992, American rock drummer, Jerry Nolan from The New York Dolls died from a fatal stroke aged 45. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 New York Dolls and 1974 Too Much Too Soon. Nolan joined the New York Dolls in the autumn of 1972 to replace Billy Murcia, who had died of asphyxiation as a result of a failed attempt to revive him from a drug overdose while on tour in England, early in the band's career. Nolan left the Dolls together with Johnny Thunders in the spring of 1975. The two then placed a call to bassist Richard Hell, formerly of the Neon Boys and Television, to form The Heartbreakers.

2005, A $100,000 (£58,823) statue honouring the late punk guitarist Johnny Ramone was unveiled by his widow Linda at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Johnny died from prostate cancer in September 2004 at the age of 55. Hundreds turned out for the ceremony, including Tommy Ramone the only surviving band member. Dee Dee Ramone died of a drugs overdose in 2002 and Joey died in 2001 of lymphatic cancer.

1969, Led Zeppelin's debut album was released in the UK. Recorded at Olympic Studios in Barnes, London, the album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of just £1,782, most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs. The album spent a total of 71 weeks on the UK chart.

1975, The first night of a UK tour kicked off under the banner of The Warner Brothers Music Show. It featured Little Feat, Montrose, Tower Of Power, The Doobie Brothers and Graham Central Station. Also released was an album sampler featuring all the acts that was priced at 69p.

1977, The Police had their first rehearsal, held at drummer's Stewart Copeland's London flat, with Henri Padovani on guitar.


1993, Van Morrison failed to turn up at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction dinner, making him the first living inductee not to attend.

2005, It was announced that the Strawberry Field children's home immortalised by The Beatles was to close. The home in Woolton, Liverpool was made famous when John Lennon wrote 'Strawberry Fields Forever' after playing there as a child.

2017, Richard Carpenter said he was owed at least $2m (£1.6m) in royalties for the hits he recorded in The Carpenters. He claimed Universal Music had only paid the band a "minuscule fraction" of the money they were owed from downloads on sites such as iTunes and Amazon. The musician was suing for compensation, according to legal documents filed in Los Angeles.

1958, Gibson guitars launched it' 'Flying V' electric guitar. Guitarists who played a Flying V include Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Marc Bolan and Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top.

1964, The first night of a 14 date UK tour 'Group Scene 1964', featuring The Rolling Stones, The Ronettes, Marty Wilde, The Swinging Blue Jeans and Dave Berry and The Cruisers, played at the Granada Theatre, Harrow on The Hill, Middlesex.

1967, The Who played their first gig of this year when they appeared at Morecambe, Central Pier. The band played over 200 gigs in this year, including their first ever US tour.

1973, Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' (with Mick Jagger on backing vocals), started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart. In 2015, after keeping quiet for more than 40 years, Carly Simon admitted that 'You're So Vain' was about Warren Beatty, but only one verse of it. Simon said the other verses were about two other men.

1975, The mayor of Boston cancelled a Led Zeppelin concert after over 2,000 fans rioted trying to buy tickets. The fans caused an estimated $50,000 to $75,000 damage at Boston Garden. The gig, during the bands North American tour, was rescheduled for Feb 4th.

1980, Georgeanna Tillman singer with Motown girl group The Marvelettes died from lupus and sickle cell anemia aged 35. The Marvelettes scored the 1961 US No.1 single 'Please Mr Postman'. In 1963 Tillman was diagnosed with lupus, she also had been diagnosed with sickle cell anemia during childhood.

1993, It was reported that David Bowie had lost over £2.5 million in unpaid royalties to an Italian Mafia-linked bootleg fraud.

1997, Two bronze busts worth £50,000 were stolen from a garden at George Harrison's estate in Henley-on- Thames, Oxfordshire. Thieves had climbed a 10- foot-wall and cut the figures of two monks from their stone plinths.

2001, Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour won the right to his dot com name. Dave took legal action in his battle to reclaim davidgilmour.com from Andrew Herman who had registered the URL and was selling Pink Floyd merchandise through the site.

2006, Guitarist, trumpeter and drummer Alex St. Claire died. Member of The Omens, The Solid Senders and an original member of Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band and Frank Zappa.

2017, Norway announced that it would become the first country in the world to gradually stop using the FM radio network. The move, which aimed to ditch the analogue platform in favour of a digital one - Digital Audio Broadcasting, would bring a clearer sound to the nation's five million people. Although it is to be noted that DAB broadcasts only in mono.

1969, Appearing live on The Lulu show on TV, The Jimi Hendrix Experience were booked to perform two songs, Voodoo Chile (which was performed in full), then Hendrix stopped performing his new single 'Hey Joe' after a verse and chorus and instead launched into a version of the Cream song 'Sunshine Of Your Love' as a tribute to the band who had split a few days earlier. Hendrix then proceeded to continuing jamming, running over their allocated time slot on the live show, preventing the show's host Lulu from closing the show properly.

1976, Bob Dylan's song, 'Hurricane', peaked at No.33 on the Billboard singles chart, helping to cause enough publicity to eventually get former boxer Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter released from jail. The song promoted Carter's innocence and a movie about Carter's life, starring Denzel Washington, was released in 2000.

2002, Liam and Noel Gallagher topped a poll of celebrities you would least like to live next to, getting 40% of the vote. Readers of Your Home magazine voted the brothers from Oasis as 'Neighbours From Hell'.

2014, Phil Everly, one half of the Everly Brothers, died of complications from lung disease aged 74, in California. In their heyday between 1957 and 1962, the Everly Brothers had 19 Top 40 hits, including 'Bye Bye Love', 'Wake Up Little Susie' and 'All I Have to Do Is Dream' and influenced acts such as The Beatles and The Beach Boys. The Everly Brothers had 35 Billboard Top-100 singles, 26 in the top 40. They hold the record for the most Top-100 singles by any duo. In the UK they had 30 chart singles, 29 in the top 40, 13 top 10, and 4 at No. 1 between 1957 and 1984.


1969, The entire shipment of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's album 'Two Virgins' was seized by authorities in New Jersey due to the full frontal nude photograph of the couple on the cover. The album was eventually wrapped in plain brown paper in record stores.

1971, The George Harrison album 'All Things Must Pass' started a seven week run at No.1 on the US album chart, making Harrison the first solo Beatle to score a US No.1 album. The triple album included the hit singles 'My Sweet Lord' and 'What Is Life', as well as songs such as 'Isn't It a Pity' and the title track that were turned down by The Beatles.

1979, Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious went on trial in New York accused of murdering his girlfriend Nancy Spungen three months earlier, when he claimed to have awoken from a drugged stupor to find Spungen dead on the bathroom floor of their room in the Hotel Chelsea in Manhattan, New York.

1980, US singer Larry Williams was found dead from a gunshot wound to his head in his Los Angeles, California home aged 45. Williams had the 1957 US No.5 & UK No. 21 single 'Short Fat Fannie.' Also known for 'Bony Moronie' and 'Dizzy Miss Lizzy.' The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Dr. Feelgood, Flying Burrito Brothers, Johnny Winter, Little Richard, The Who, Ritchie Valens and Bill Haley & His Comets all covered his songs.

1997, Guitarist Randy California from US group Spirit drowned when rescuing his 12-year old son when he was sucked into a riptide in surf off Hawaii.

Week commencing January 1 . . .
1963, The Kinks made their live debut when they played at the Lotus House Restaurant, London. Now recognised as one of the most important and influential rock acts of the era, brothers Ray Davies and Dave Davies remained members throughout the group's 32-year run.

1967, American songwriter and producer Bert Berns died of a heart attack aged 38. He wrote many classic songs including 'Twist And Shout', 'Hang On Sloopy', ‘Here Comes the Night’, ‘I Want Candy’, ‘Under the Boardwalk’, ‘Everybody Needs Somebody to Love’ and 'Brown Eyed Girl'.

1970, Paul McCartney filed a suit against the rest of The Beatles to dissolve their partnership. According to the court documents, McCartney's main reason for wanting to legally break up the group stemmed from the decision taken by the others to to appoint Rolling Stones manager Allan Klein as their manager. McCartney didn't trust Klein and had wanted his new in-laws, Lee and John Eastman, to look after their affairs. The suit took more than four years of court hearings, with the group officially disbanding in January 1975.

1973, Australian band AC/DC made their live debut when they appeared at Chequers Bar in Sydney.

1979, David Bowie performed an acoustic version of 'Space Oddity' on the 'Kenny Everett New Year's Show'. Bowie was also seen on the Dick Clark TV show in the US on this date, on his Salute To The Seventies.

1985, Ricky Nelson was killed along with six others, when his charted light aircraft crashed in Texas. It's rumoured that freebasing cocaine caused an onboard explosion. Nelson had played himself on his parent's US TV The Adventures Of Ozzie and Harriet.' (1958 US No.1 'Poor Little Fool', 1961 UK No.2 single 'Hello Mary Lou' plus over 30 US Top 40 hit singles).

1999, The Manic Street Preachers performed to 57,000 fans at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff. The Guinness Book of Records confirmed that the concert set a new record as the biggest indoor show ever staged in Europe, tickets £30.

1966, Pink Floyd and Soft Machine appeared at the UFO presents Night Tripper at the Blarney Club, London.

1969, Peter Tork quit The Monkees buying himself out of his contract which left him broke. He went on to form a group called Release and played banjo on George Harrison's soundtrack to the film Wonderwall.


1998, American rhythm and blues singer Johnny Moore who was lead singer for The Drifters on their 1960s hit 'Under The Boardwalk', died at the age of 64. Moore began as lead singer of the Cleveland based group the Hornets, before being discovered by the Drifters. He joined the group as lead vocalist in New York in 1955, at age 21. Moore also sang lead on the hits ‘Saturday Night At The Movies’, ‘Come On Over To My Place’ and ‘Up In The Streets Of Harlem’.

1999, George Harrison and his wife Olivia were attacked when an intruder broke into their home in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire. Olivia beat off the attacker with a poker and heavy lamp. Harrison, who was stabbed in the chest, was admitted to hospital and treated for a collapsed lung and various stab wounds. His wife, Olivia, was treated for cuts and bruises she had suffered in the struggle with the intruder. Police later arrested Michael Abram from Liverpool who had nursed an irrational obsession with The Beatles.

1999, In the Queen's Millennium Honours list, former Slade singer Noddy Holder was awarded an MBE and guitarist Mark Knopfler was awarded an OBE.

2002, The funeral of former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer took place in London. Strummer had died of a heart attack on 22nd Dec 2002 aged 50.

2016, Allan Williams the first manager of The Beatles died at the age of 86. Williams worked with The Beatles from 1960 to 1961, getting the band gigs in Britain and in Hamburg. Williams personally drove the van to take the Beatles to Hamburg in 1960, which didn't have seats; The Beatles had to sit on their amplifiers in the back of the van.

1934, Born on this day (Saturday), American rock and roll and country musician and singer-songwriter Del Shannon best known for his 1961 UK and US No.1 single 'Runaway'. Suffering from depression, for which he was taking Prozac, Shannon committed suicide on February 8, 1990, killing himself with a .22-calibre rifle at his home in Santa Clarita, California.

1967, British guitarist and singer Dave Mason quit Traffic after differences of musical opinion. Mason wrote 'Hole in My Shoe', a psychedelic pop song that became a hit in for Traffic in 1967.

1968, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Civic Auditorium, Portland on their first North American tour opening for Vanilla Fudge.


1973, Jim Croce scored his second No.1 US single of the year when 'Time In A Bottle' went to the top of the charts. Croce was killed in a plane crash on the way to a concert on September 20th 1973.

1980, American singer, songwriter Tim Hardin died of a heroin overdose. Hardin wrote the songs 'If I Were A Carpenter' (covered by Bobby Darin, Johnny Cash and June Carter, The Four Tops, Leon Russell, Small Faces, Robert Plant and Bob Seger) and 'Reason To Believe' (covered by Rod Stewart). Hardin appeared at the 1969 Woodstock Festival.

2006, The wife of rock singer Marilyn Manson, Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese filed for divorce after just a year of marriage. The couple married in December 2005 in a ceremony held at a castle in Ireland.

2013, A one-of-a-kind signed hardback copy of Autobiography by Morrissey, the only copy of the full-colour hardback signed by the author, sold on eBay for £8,300, with all proceeds going to PETA as a New Year's present to help prevent the slaughtering of animals for meat. Morrissey signed only one copy of the book – the cover of which pictures the singer-songwriter bare-chested in a swimming pool.

1963, The music critics from The Times, named John Lennon and Paul McCartney as The Outstanding Composers of 1963. Two days later, the Sunday Times' music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the same two songwriters "the greatest composers since Beethoven."


1975, The Faces split became official. Rod Stewart had severed all connections with the group to work as a solo artist, Ronnie Wood was on permanent loan to the Stones, Ronnie Lane went on to form Slim Chance and drummer Kenney Jones joined The Who.

1980, John and Yoko's Double Fantasy album started an eight-week run at No.1 on the US chart. 'Just Like Starting Over' started a five-week stay at No.1 on the singles chart.

1983, Walter Scott lead singer of Bob Kuban & The In-Men, who scored a 1966 US hit with ‘The Cheater’, was seen alive for the last time. On April 10th, 1987, his badly decomposed, bound body was found floating face down in a cistern, he’d been shot in the back. Scott's second wife, Jo Ann Calceterra, pleaded guilty to hindering prosecution in his murder and received a five-year sentence. Her boyfriend (whom she married in 1986), James H. Williams Sr. was found guilty of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Walter Scott as well as his previous wife, Sharon Williams. James Williams received two life terms.

2008, Singer, songwriter, guitarist, Delaney Bramlett died in Los Angeles from complications after gall bladder surgery. Was a member of Delaney, Bonnie & Friends and worked with George Harrison, The Everly Brothers, John Lennon, Janis Joplin, J.J. Cale, and Eric Clapton.

2015, Singer Stevie Wright died aged 68. During 1964–69 he was lead singer of Sydney-based band the Easybeats, who had the 1966 world-wide hit 'Friday on My Mind'. The Easybeats were widely regarded as the greatest Australian pop band of the 1960s.

Week commencing December 25 . . .
1954, Johnny Ace shot himself dead backstage at the City Auditorium in Houston, Texas. The R&B singer was playing with a revolver during a break between sets, someone in the room said "Be careful with that thing’’ and he said ‘It’s OK the gun’s not loaded, see’’ and pointed it at himself with a smile on his face.

1968, Led Zeppelin arrived in the United States for the very first time in preparation of their debut North American tour. The group were paid an average of $1,500 for each show.

1978, John Lydon's new group Public Image Ltd played their first live gig at the Rainbow Theatre, London.


1998, Bryan MacLean, guitarist with Love, died of a heart attack aged 62 while having Christmas dinner with a young fan who was researching a book about the band. Love had the 1966 US No.33 single '7 And 7 Is', and the 1968 album Forever Changes.

1944, Born on this day (Monday), Henry Vestine, guitar, Canned Heat (1970 UK No.2 & US No.26 single 'Let's Work Together'). Died on 20th October 1997.

1945, Born on this day (Monday), Noel Redding, bassist with The Jimi Hendrix Experience who had the 1967 UK No.3 single 'Purple Haze', and the 1970 UK No.1 single 'Voodoo Chile'. Redding was the first person to join the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and the first to leave, his final concert with them was in June 1969. Redding died on 11th May 2003 aged 57.

1954, Born on this day (Monday), Annie Lennox, singer, The Tourists (1979 UK No.4 single 'I Only Want To Be With You'). Eurythmics (1983 US No.1 single 'Sweet Dreams', 1985 UK No.1 single 'There Must Be An Angel'). Solo (1995 UK No.2 single 'No More I Love Yous').

1962, During his first visit to the UK Bob Dylan performed at the King and Queen pub in London’s West End, the singer songwriter’s third UK gig.

1964, During a US tour Beach Boy Brian Wilson had a nervous breakdown during a flight from Los Angeles to Houston. Wilson left the band to concentrate on writing and producing. Glen Campbell replaced Wilson for the bands live shows before Bruce Johnston replaced him.

1972, Former Grand Funk Railroad manager Terry Knight arrived during a concert by the band with a court order to seize $1m in money or assets. Police informed the ex-manager that he couldn't take anything until after the show.


1985, Judas Priest fans Raymond Belknap and James Vance shot themselves after listening to the Judas Priest album ‘Stained Class.’ The two had drunk beer, smoked marijuana and then listened to hours of the album. Afterwards they took a shotgun to a nearby school playground where Belknap shot and killed himself. Vance then blew away his jaw, mouth and nose but lived for more than three years before dying of effects of the shooting.

2005, Geezer Butler, the bass player with Black Sabbath, offered £5,000 for any information leading to the safe return of Toga, the three-month-old penguin that had been stolen from a zoo on the Isle of Wight a few days earlier.

2013, The Mail On Sunday reported that documents they obtained from the Cabinet Office via the Freedom Of Information Act showed that George Harrison, who passed away in 2001, turned down the chance to be included in the New Year's Honours List in 2000. The OBE was recommended by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport who said that Harrison should be recognised for his contribution to the music industry. The citation read: "He was a member of a band that many people would say is the best thing that Britain has ever produced, and possibly the best in the world, The Beatles".

2008, Clint Ballard Jr. died. He wrote ‘Game Of Love’ a hit for Wayne Fontana And The Mindbenders, and Linda Ronstadt's, ‘You're No Good’. His songs have been recorded by The Hollies, Frankie Avalon, Ricky Nelson, The Zombies and Jan And Dean.

1962, The Tornadoes started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Telstar'. Produced and written by Joe Meek it was the first major hit from a UK act on the American chart. The record was named after the AT&T communications satellite Telstar, which went into orbit in July 1962.


1967, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Who, Keith West and Tomorrow, Eric Burdon & The Animals, 1984 (featuring future Queen guitarist Brian May) and Soft Machine all appeared at The Olympia, London at an all night festival 'Christmas On Earth Continued'. The DJ was John Peel plus the venue featured a paddling pool, light shows and a movie theatre, tickets £1.

1980, Stiff Records released an album in the UK called ‘The Wit and Wisdom of Ronald Reagan.’ The entire disc contained 40 minutes of silence.

1987, Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue was pronounced 'dead on arrival' in an ambulance when his heart stopped beating for two minutes. Sixx was given two shots of adrenaline in his chest to revive him. Fellow band members were prematurely informed of his death.

2002, Former Clash singer and guitarist Joe Strummer (John Graham Mellor) died of a suspected heart attack aged 50. Scored the 1979 No. 11 single 'London Calling', 1982 US No. 8 single 'Rock The Casbah, 1991 No.1 single 'Should I Stay Or Should I Go', first released 1982, plus 15 other UK Top 40 singles. The Clash's London Calling album was voted best album of the 1980s by Rolling Stone magazine. Strummer was also a member of the The Mescaleros.

2014, Joe Cocker died of lung cancer in Crawford, Colorado aged 70. The Sheffield-born singer was known for his gritty voice, spasmodic body movement in performance and definitive versions of popular songs of varying genre. Cocker had a career lasting more than 40 years, with hits including his cover of The Beatles' 'With A Little Help From My Friends', 'You Are So Beautiful' and 'Up Where We Belong'. He was made an OBE in 2011. In the early Sixties Cocker was performing as Vance Arnold. The name was a combination of Vince Everett, Elvis Presley's character in Jailhouse Rock (which Cocker misheard as Vance); and country singer Eddy Arnold.

2008, A cassette tape of a "drunk" John Lennon recording a cover version of a rock 'n' roll song sold at auction in Los Angeles for $30,000 (£20,200). The six-minute recording, made in autumn 1973, is of Lennon performing Lloyd Price's Just Because. "Debauched lyrics" improvised by "a drunk Lennon" include "just a little cocaine will set me right", and, "I wanna take all them new singers, Carol and the other one with the nipples, I wanna take 'em and hold 'em tight."

1959, Emile Ford and the Checkmates were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For.'

1967, Folk singer Joan Baez was sentenced to 45 days in prison after being arrested during an anti-war demonstration.

1969, Peter Paul and Mary went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Leavin' On A Jet Plane'. John Denver wrote the song in 1966 with the original title of 'Oh Babe I Hate to Go.'

1969, The Rolling Stones went to No.1 on the UK album chart with their 10th release Let It Bleed featuring 'Midnight Rambler', and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want.' It was the last studio album by the band to feature Brian Jones as well as the first to feature Mick Taylor.


1973, American singer Bobby Darin died aged 37. One of the first teen idols, he had the 1959 No.1 with 'Dream Lover' plus 20 other US Top 40 hits during the 60s including ‘Mack the Knife’ (Grammy Award for Record of the Year in 1960). Darin travelled with Robert Kennedy and worked on the latter's 1968 presidential campaign. He was with Kennedy the day he travelled to Los Angeles on June 4, 1968 for the California Primary. Darin was at the Ambassador Hotel later that night when Kennedy was assassinated.

1974, Former James Gang and Barnstorm guitarist Joe Walsh officially replaced Bernie Leadon in The Eagles after producer Bill Szymczyk had recommended Walsh to The Eagles.

2006, Matthew Fisher, a founding member of Procol Harum won a High Court battle over who wrote their song 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale'. Fisher who played organ on the 1967 hit had argued he wrote the distinctive organ melody, but Mr Justice Blackburne ruled he was entitled to just 40% of the copyright (rather than the 50% he was seeking). The court decided lead singer Gary Brooker's input was more substantial and Fisher's claim for back royalties - of up to £1m - was also rejected. For almost 40 years, the song had been credited to lead singer Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid.

2009, Larry Knechtel, the keyboard player for the Soft-Rock group Bread, died following a heart attack at the age of 69. Knechtel earned a Grammy award for his arrangement of Simon and Garfunkel's 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and also performed with Neil Diamond, Randy Newman, Ray Charles, The Beach Boys, The Doors, Elvis Presley, Hank Williams Jr., The Dixie Chicks and Elvis Costello.

2014, A single, thought to be the rarest record in the world, sold for £14,543 at auction. The London Records' pressing of Darrell Banks 'Open the Door to Your Heart', was thought to be the only copy in circulation. Banks, who toured with soul singer Jackie Wilson, only released two albums before he was killed in Detroit in February 1970. He was shot in the neck by an off-duty policeman, who had been having an affair with Banks's girlfriend. 'Open the Door to Your Heart' was his only hit, reaching No.2 on the R&B chart in the US.

Week commencing December 18 . . .
1944, American big-band musician, arranger, composer, and bandleader Glenn Miller was killed when his aircraft disappeared in bad weather over the English Channel while traveling to entertain US troops in France during World War II. Miller was the best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best-known big bands. In just four years Glenn Miller scored 23 No.1 hits. Miller's recordings include 'In the Mood', 'Moonlight Serenade', 'Pennsylvania 6-5000', and 'Chattanooga Choo Choo'.

1956, Elvis Presley gave his final performance on Louisiana Hayride, a live radio program that was broadcast on KWKH in Shreveport, Louisiana. Presley made 50 appearances on the show. At the end of the show, Horace Logan first made the now legendary phrase ‘Elvis has left the building’.

1977, The Sex Pistols were refused entry into the USA two days before a scheduled NBC TV appearance. Johnny Rotten because of a drugs conviction, Paul Cook & Sid Vicious because of 'moral turpitude' and Steve Jones because of his criminal record.

1999, Former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London. He said he would be campaigning for brothels, pot shops and boozing in libraries. "I changed London with the Sex Pistols, I can change London as Mayor."

2010, Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge. A demo pressing of the single 'Point Me To The Sky/Careful With That Axe Eugene' sold for £720. Pink Floyd signatures, in various blue marker pens on four separate pieces of paper mounted and framed together with a copy of 'Dark Side Of The Moon' sold for £624.00 and a demo pressing of the single by Syd Barrett 'Octopus' / 'Golden Hair' from 1969, misspelt 'Barratt' corrected in ink on A-side, sold for £300.

1966, Jimi Hendrix made his TV debut on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' (Marc Bolan was also on the show). The Jimi Hendrix Experience also recorded 'Foxy Lady' on this day. The United States version of Are You Experienced listed the song with a spelling mistake as 'Foxey Lady' and this is how it is still known among many North American fans.


1970, Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' The Welsh singer, songwriter and producer's only No.1 hit.

2005, A cheque signed by John Lennon made out to the Inland Revenue sold for £2,000 at a UK auction. It was sold by former madam Lindi St Clair (formerly known as Miss Whiplash), after she decided she had no use for it. Clair, who now runs a duck farm in Herefordshire, had bought the cheque for £4,000 in 1988. It was signed by Lennon on 23rd January 1968 on a District Bank Limited form and made out for £6,946.

1968, Liverpool folk group The Scaffold were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Lily The Pink', this year's Christmas No.1. 'Lily the Pink' was a new version of an older folk song entitled 'The Ballad of Lydia Pinkham', and a similar version was the unofficial regimental song of the Royal Tank Corps, at the end of World War II.

1971, Comedian Benny Hill was at No.1 on the singles chart with the innuendo-laden novelty song, 'Ernie (The Fastest Milkman In The West)', giving Hill his only No.1 and the Christmas No.1 hit of 1971. The song was originally written in 1955 as the introduction to an unfilmed screenplay about Hill's milkman experiences.

1983, The Flying Pickets were at No.1 on the singles chart with their version of the Yazoo song 'Only You'. Also this year's Christmas No.1 and the first a cappella chart-topper in the UK.


1998, During a gig in Tuscon, Arizona, a bottle thrown from the audience hit Black Crowes singer Chris Robinson. A security guard was then stabbed trying to eject a man from the crowd.

2000, Former Verve front man Richard Ashcroft was forced to cancel the remaining dates on his current UK tour after he fell on stage and broke two ribs. The accident happened during a show in Birmingham.

2008, Simon Cowell said he was "very embarrassed" after contracts signed by this year's X Factor contestants were leaked to the Daily Mirror newspaper. The 80-page document, which is enforceable "anywhere in the world or the solar system" was signed by all 12 finalists before the live shows began. It included a clause that prevents them from saying anything "unduly negative, critical or derogatory" about Cowell. Also the show claimed the prize as a "£1m recording contract", but the contestants' contract said the prize money was £150,000.

2012, Indian musician Ravi Shankar died after undergoing heart valve replacement surgery. He was one of the best-known exponents of the sitar and influenced many other musicians throughout the world. George Harrison who was first introduced to Shankar's music by Roger McGuinn and David Crosby, became influenced by his music and went on to help popularize Shankar.

2016, Bob Dylan said he was "truly beyond words" to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature. In a speech read on his behalf at the ceremony in Sweden, he said he thought his odds of winning were as likely as him "standing on the moon". Patti Smith performed 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' at the ceremony. But the singer had to apologise during her rendition after nerves got the better of her and she forgot the lyrics.

Week commencing December 4 . . .
1965, 18-year-old David Bowie recorded 'Can't Help Thinking About Me' at Pye Studios, London, which was later released as a single under the name David Bowie with The Lower Third. It became the first David Bowie record to be released as well as the first time the name "Bowie" appeared under the songwriters credit.

1967, American soul singer, songwriter Otis Redding was killed in a plane crash, aged 26. Redding and his band had made an appearance in Cleveland, Ohio on the local ‘Upbeat’ television show the previous day. The plane carrying Otis Redding and his band crashed at 3.28.pm into icy waters of Lake Monoma near Madison. Redding was killed in the crash along with members from the The Bar-Kays, Jimmy King, Ron Caldwell, Phalin Jones and Carl Cunningham. Trumpet player Ben Cauley was the only person to survive the crash.


1971, Playing the first of two nights at London's Rainbow Theatre, Frank Zappa was pushed off stage by Trevor Howell, the jealous boyfriend of an audience member. Zappa fell onto the concrete-floored orchestra pit - the band thought Zappa had been killed. He suffered serious fractures, head trauma and injuries to his back, leg, and neck, as well as a crushed larynx, which ultimately caused his voice to drop a third after healing. This accident resulted in him using a wheelchair for an extended period, forcing him off the road for over half a year.

2007, Led Zeppelin played their first concert in 19 years, at London's 02 Arena as part of the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones were joined on stage by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham. More than one million people had taken part in a ballot for the 20,000 tickets available for the show with all proceeds going to Ahmet's own charity. Zeppelin performed 16 songs including two encores. A number of celebrities attended the gig including Dave Grohl, Jeff Beck, Brian May, David Gilmour, The Edge, Peter Gabriel, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Jerry Hall, Priscilla Presley and Paris Hilton.

2011, A copy of The Beatles 'Love Me Do' 1962 Demonstration Record sold for $17,339.31 during a 10-day eBay auction. According to the seller, this original demo was the ‘Holy Grail’ of Beatles items.

1963, Frank Sinatra Jr was kidnapped at gunpoint from a hotel in Lake Tahoe. He was released two days later after his father paid out the $240,000 ransom demanded by the kidnappers, who were later captured, and sentenced to long prison terms. In order to communicate with the kidnappers via a payphone the senior Sinatra carried a roll of dimes with him throughout this ordeal, which became a lifetime habit, he is said to have been buried with a roll of dimes.


1968, Singer and guitarist Graham Nash left The Hollies and started work with David Crosby and Stephen Stills who went on to form Crosby Stills and Nash.

1969, On trial in Canada on drug possession charges, Jimi Hendrix told a Toronto court that he had only smoked pot four times in his life, snorted cocaine twice and took LSD no more than five times. Telling the jury that he had now 'outgrown' drugs. They found the guitarist not guilty.

1980, John Lennon was shot five times by 25 year old Mark Chapman outside the Dakota building in New York City where John and Yoko lived. Chapman had been waiting for Lennon outside the Dakota apartments since mid-morning and had asked for an autograph earlier in the day. Lennon was pronounced dead from a massive loss of blood at 11.30pm. Chapman has since said he shot the former Beatle because he wanted to "steal" his fame — stating that now he was a bigger nobody than he was before. He also revealed he planned the killing for three months and considered murdering other celebrities who he thought were "phonies."

1984, Vince Neil from Motley Crue was involved in a car accident in Redondo Beach, Ca, which killed Nick Dingley from Hanoi Rocks and injured two other passengers. Neil was jailed for 20 days and paid $2.6 million in compensation.

2000, A plaque to commemorate the 20th anniversary of John Lennon's death was unveiled outside his childhood home in Liverpool.

2016, Sir Mick Jagger became a father again at the age of 73, after his 29-year-old girlfriend, American ballerina Melanie Hamrick, gave birth to a boy in New York City. The singer already had seven children, whose ages range from 17 to 45 and he became a great-grandfather in 2014.

1960, The Crickets released the single 'I Fought the Law' on Coral Records. Written by Sonny Curtis of the Crickets, a remake by the Bobby Fuller Four became a top-ten hit for the band in 1966 and was also recorded by The Clash in 1979 after Joe Strummer and guitarist Mick Jones heard the song on a jukebox in San Francisco.

1965, The Byrds started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' the group's second No.1. A No.26 hit in the UK. Unlike their first chart topper, ‘Mr. Tambourine Man’, the entire band was allowed to play on the recording, instead of studio musicians.


1967, This was the penultimate night of a 16-date UK package tour, on which Pink Floyd joined The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner to play at the City Hall, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. Jimi Hendrix was having equipment problems and in his frustration rammed his Gibson Flying V into his speaker cabinets. Like an enormous arrow, the guitar became stuck in the amplifier, which the audience greeted as part of the act.

1976, American guitarist Tommy Bolin died from a heroin overdose aged 25 the day after opening a show for Jeff Beck in Miami, Florida. Bolin was a member of Zephyr (1969 to 1971), The James Gang (1973 to 1974) and Deep Purple (1975 to 1976).

1976, Workers at EMI records went on strike, refusing to package The Sex Pistols single 'Anarchy In The UK.'

1993, Multi-instrumentalist, producer and composer, Frank Zappa died of prostate cancer. Zappa recorded many albums with The Mothers Of Invention as well a solo recordings including the 1969 album 'Hot Rats' and 1974 album 'Apostrophe'. Zappa recorded one of the first concept albums, 'Freak Out' released in 1966, it was also one of the earliest double albums in rock music (although Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde preceded it by a week). He married Adelaide Gail Sloatman, in 1967, they had four children: Moon Unit, Dweezil, Ahmet Emuukha Rodan and Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen.

2016, Wayne Duncan, bassist with Australian rock band Daddy Cool died following a stroke. Their debut 1971 single 'Eagle Rock' stayed at No.1 on the Australian singles chart for ten weeks. Their debut July 1971 LP Daddy Who? Daddy Cool also reached No.1 and became the first Australian album to sell more than 100,000 copies.

Week commencing November 27 . . .
1961, Brian Epstein invited The Beatles into his office to discuss the possibility of becoming their manager. John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Best arrived late for the 4pm meeting (they had been drinking at the Grapes pub in Matthew Street), but Paul McCartney was not with them, because, as Harrison explained, he had just got up and was "taking a bath".


1966, The New Vaudeville Band started a three-week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Winchester Cathedral'. A No.4 hit in the UK.

1966, The Monkees made their live debut at the International Arena, Honolulu. The massive success of the TV series and its spin-off records had created intense pressure to mount a touring version of the group.

1969, The Rolling Stones recorded 'Brown Sugar' at Muscle Shoals studios. The single went on to be a No.1. The song was written by Mick Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger's secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.

1976, A giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London, after breaking free from its moorings. The pig, nicknamed Algie, was being photographed for the forthcoming Pink Floyd Animals album cover. The Civil Aviation Authority issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run, and the pig eventually crashed into a barn in Godmersham, Kent, where the farmer complained of his cows being scared by the incident.

1979, A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats, another 26 fans were injured. The concert was using 'festival seating' where seats are available on a first come-first served basis. When the waiting fans outside the Coliseum heard the band performing a late sound check, they thought that the concert was beginning and tried to rush into the still-closed doors.

1986, Judas Priest were sued by two families, alleging that the band were responsible for their son's forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves after listening to Judas Priest records. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of 'do it' had been included in the Judas Priest song Better By You, Better Than Me from the Stained Class album and alleged the command in the song triggered the suicide attempt. The trial lasted from 16 July to 24 August 1990, when the suit was dismissed.

2014, English keyboard instrumentalist Ian McLagan died of a stroke age 69. He was a member of Small Faces and The Faces and also worked with many other artists including with The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Joe Cocker, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Chuck Berry and Bruce Springsteen.

1969, The Monkees made what would be their last live appearance for 15 years when they played at The Oakland Coliseum, California.

1969, The Rolling Stones played the final night on a 17 date North American tour at the International Raceway Festival, West Palm Beach, Florida. Also appearing, The Moody Blues, Ten Years After, King Crimson, Janis Joplin, The Band, Steppenwolf and Iron Butterfly.

1971, Sly And The Family Stone were at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Family Affair', their fourth and final No.1. Rolling Stone magazine later ranked the song No.138 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.


2000, Scott Smith bassist for the Canadian rock band Loverboy died age 45. He was sailing his boat with two friends off the coast of San Francisco near the Golden Gate Bridge, when a large wave swept him overboard. Loverboy were best known for their hit singles ‘Working for the Weekend’ and ‘Turn Me Loose’, although their US Top Ten hits were ‘Lovin' Every Minute of It’ in 1985 and ‘This Could Be the Night’. Loverboy sold over 23 million records and in 1986 the band won six Juno Awards in 1982. He also later worked as a late-night radio DJ at CFOX.

2003, A block of East 2nd Street in New York City was officially renamed Joey Ramone Place. It is the block where Joey once lived with band mate Dee Dee Ramone and is near the music club CBGB, where the Ramones played their first gigs. In 2010, it was reported that "Joey Ramone Place," was New York City's most stolen sign. As of September 27, the sign has been moved to 20 feet above ground level.

2006, The sale of Syd Barrett's final belongings were sold by Cheffins auctioneers in Cambridge. The sale of the 77 items raised £119,890. Ten paintings alone raised over £55,000 and two bicycles over £10,000. The sale included such things as the armchair he used to sit in, his home-made bread bin, tools, notebooks and binders and books. The sale catalogue described Barrett - who quit Pink Floyd in 1968 - as a man with a "total disinterest in materialism."

2015, Former New Order bassist Peter Hook was suing his ex-bandmates for £2.3m, ($3.5m). Hook accused Bernard Sumner and Stephen and Gillian Morris of "pillaging" the pop group's assets after the three other band members set up a company without him
in 2011 to handle the band's income.

1976, Lancaster local council cancelled the Sex Pistols gig at Lancaster Poly. The reason was given in a statement by the council saying: 'We don't want that sort of filth (The Sex Pistols) in the town limits.' Ya just can't buy publicity like that.

1996, American singer and ukulele player Tiny Tim (Herbert Khaury) died from a heart attack on stage while playing his hit ‘Tiptoe Through the Tulips’ at a club in Minneapolis. On 17 December 1969, he married Victoria Mae Budinger on The Tonight Show; a publicity stunt that attracted over 40 million viewers. (they had a daughter, Tulip Victoria). He performed at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival in front of a crowd of 600,000 people.

2001, Beatles guitarist George Harrison died in Los Angeles of lung cancer aged 58. Following the breakup of The Beatles Harrison had a successful career as a solo artist and later as part of the Traveling Wilburys. The youngest member of The Beatles (aged 16 when he joined), his compositions include ‘Taxman’, ‘Here Comes the Sun’, ‘Something’, and ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’. Harrison released the acclaimed triple album, All Things Must Pass, in 1970, from which came the worldwide No.1 single 'My Sweet Lord.'

2007, Control, the biopic about late Joy Division singer Ian Curtis scooped five prizes at the British Independent Film Awards. The black-and-white film, which featured The Killers, David Bowie and New Order on the soundtrack, was shot for just £3m.

2007, Former Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle, a convicted sex offender, was arrested for failing to properly register a new permanent address. The 59-year-old had pleaded guilty in 1993 to charges of attempted capital sexual battery by an adult on a victim younger than 12 and being principal to lewd and lascivious behavior on a child younger than 16. He was sentenced to eight years of probation.


1947, Born on this day (Wednesday), Ronnie Montrose, guitarist, Montrose, Edgar Winter Group (1973 US No.1 & UK No.18 single 'Frankenstein). He died on 3 March 2012 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after taking his own life.

1970, Dave Edmunds was at No.1 on the UK singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' Also the first release on the new MAM record label.

1974, John Lennon made his last ever concert appearance when he joined Elton John on stage at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Lennon performed three songs; 'Whatever Gets You Thru The Night', 'I Saw Her Standing There' and 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.'

1976, The Tom Robinson Band made their live debut at The Hope & Anchor, London. The band's biggest hit '2-4-6-8 Motorway' peaked at No.5 in the UK in Oct 77. Robinson now also works as a radio presenter.

1976, The Sex Pistols appeared on BBC TV's 'Nationwide' and ITV's 'London Weekend Show'.

1991, Nirvana recorded a performance for BBC TV music show Top Of The Pops in London. When asked to lip-sync 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' to a pre-recorded tape Kurt Cobain protested by singing an octave lower (he later confirmed he was imitating Morrissey from The Smiths), and attempted to eat his microphone at one point. He also changed some of the lyrics, exchanging the opening line "load up on guns, bring your friends," for "load up on drugs, kill your friends."

1993, Steppenwolf drummer Jerry Edmonton was killed in a car crash not far from his Santa Barbara, California home, he was 47. Steppenwolf had the 1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild'.

2013, It was reported that George Harrison's sister was living in a pre-fabricated home and "struggling for money" since her allowance from The Beatles star's estate was cut off about a year after he died. 82-year-old Louise Harrison admitted that she had no access to her brother's multi-million dollar fortune and was cash-poor living in rural Missouri. She never challenged her brother's estate, adding "I don't care about the money, it's been over ten years and I haven't made any ripples."


2016, New Zealand born Ray Columbus, singer and songwriter, television host, music manager and entertainer died aged 74. He was the lead singer of Ray Columbus & the Invaders, who scored the 1964 hit was 'She's A Mod', a No.1 hit in Australia, the first song from a New Zealand group to reach the top of the charts in another country. During the 60s, Columbus toured with The Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison and The Newbeats.

1962, Born on this day (Tuesday), Matt Cameron, drummer with Soundgarden, who joined Pearl Jam in 1998. At the age of thirteen, he and some friends played in a cover band called KISS. However, after a letter from the management of the rather better-known band Kiss, threatening the boys with legal action, they called it a day.

1943, Born on this day (Tuesday), Randy Newman, singer, songwriter, Composer of 'Mama Told Me Not To Come', 'Simon Smith And The Amazing Dancing Bear', 1977 US No.2 single 'Short People.' Film soundtracks including 'Ragtime.' Once hailed as the greatest songwriter alive by Paul McCartney. Since the 1980s, Newman has worked mostly as a film composer, his film scores include Ragtime, Toy Story; A Bug's Life; Toy Story 2; Monsters, Inc.; Cars; Toy Story 3; and Monsters University.

1949, Born on this day (Tuesday), Hugh McKenna, keyboards, Sensational Alex Harvey Band (1975 UK No.7 single 'Delilah, 1975 album 'Next').



1961, Neil Christian and the Crusaders, featuring a young Jimmy Page on guitar, played a concert at Holloway Women’s Prison in London. The inmates were all dressed in washed out yellow, green, blue and red faded floral print dresses and wore homemade mascara, using the charcoal from burnt matches.

1967, The 16-date UK package tour with Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner travelled to Belfast to appear for two shows at the Whitla Hall, Queens College. It was Jimi's 25th birthday and before the shows the guitarist was given a birthday cake by the promoters This was to be the only concert that The Jimi Hendrix Experience ever played in Ireland.

1970, George Harrison released All Things Must Pass which includes the hit singles 'My Sweet Lord' and 'What Is Life', as well as songs such as 'Isn't It a Pity' and the title track that had been turned down for inclusion on releases by the Beatles. The triple album would go on to be certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA, making it the best selling album by a solo Beatle.

1970, Black Sabbath, Cactus and Steel Mill (featuring Bruce Springsteen) all appeared at the Sunshine In, Asbury Park in New Jersey. All three acts played two shows, tickets cost $5.00.

2005, Tony Meehan, drummer with The Shadows, died aged 62 from head injuries sustained in a fall at his London flat in Maida Vale. Had the 1963 UK No.1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other UK Top 40 singles. Left The Shadows in 1961 to work as a session drummer with Joe Meek. Also had the UK No.1 hit ‘Diamonds’ with Jet Harris.

1942, Born on this day (Monday), Jimi Hendrix guitarist, singer, songwriter who had the 1967 UK No.6 single 'Hey Joe', the 1970 UK No.1 single 'Voodoo Chile', and the 1968 US No.1 and UK No.6 album 'Electric Ladyland'. Hendrix, who is widely considered to be the greatest guitarist in musical history, made appearances at the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival, the iconic 1969 Woodstock Festival and the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival. Hendrix died on 18th September 1970 after choking on his own vomit - it is widely believed that had he not been left on his back by his present girlfriend, his life could have been saved.

Week commencing November 20 . . .
1967, The promotional film of The Beatles 'Hello, Goodbye' was aired on The Ed Sullivan show in the US. It was never shown at the time in the UK due to a musician's union ban on miming.

1967, This was the 10th date on a 16-date UK package tour that Pink Floyd played alongside The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Move, The Nice, The Eire Apparent, The Outer Limits and Amen Corner. Tonight's date was at the Palace Theatre, Manchester and, as with all of the dates, there were two shows per night.


1968, Cream played their farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London. Also on the bill were Yes and Taste. The concert was filmed and released as Cream's Farewell Concert which has often been criticized for both its mediocre sound and visual effects: during Ginger Baker's drum solo, he seems to change clothes at lightning speed due to careless post-editing.

1973, John Rostill former bassist with The Shadows died after being electrocuted at his home recording studio. A local newspaper ran the headline, 'Pop musician dies, guitar apparent cause'. After the break up of The Shadows Rostill worked with Tom Jones and wrote songs covered by Elvis Presley and Olivia Newton-John.

1973, The New York Dolls made their live UK debut at Biba's Rainbow Room, London. The American band who formed in New York in 1971 influenced the look of many new wave and 1980s-era glam metal groups.

1988, Russian cosmonauts aboard Soyuz 7 took into space a cassette copy (minus the cassette box for weight reasons) of the latest Pink Floyd album Delicate Sound Of Thunder and played it in orbit, making Pink Floyd the first rock band to be played in space. David Gilmour and Nick Mason both attended the launch of the spacecraft.

2000, Manchester club the Hacienda was auctioned off raising £18,000 for charity. Madonna made her UK TV debut at the club when C4 music show The Tube was broadcast live from the venue. Oasis, Happy Mondays, U2, New Order, Stone Roses, The Smiths and James all played at the club.

2008, The parents of missing Manic Street Preachers guitarist and lyricist Richey Edwards were granted a court order for him to be declared presumed dead, after he disappeared nearly 14 years ago. Despite alleged sightings all over the world many believed to be Edwards, whose car was found near the Severn Bridge, he was thought to have taken his own life at the age of 27.


2016, Punk memorabilia said to be worth £5m was set on fire in the middle of the River Thames in London. Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, burnt the items on the 40th anniversary of the Sex Pistols debut single. The 48-year-old told the crowd that "punk was never meant to be nostalgic". Corré, who founded the lingerie company Agent Provocateur, said he was angered by plans to mark 40 years of the subculture with a programme of events, gigs and exhibitions called Punk London, supported by partners including the mayor of London, the British Library and the British Film Institute.

1965, Bob Dylan married Sara Lowndes in a secret ceremony during a break in his tour. The marriage took place under an oak tree on a judge's lawn on Mineola, Long Island, New York. Sara, who is the mother of singer Jakob Dylan, filed for divorce on March 1st 1977.

1990, Bill Wyman announced that his 17-month marriage to model Mandy Smith was over. With the consent of her mother, Smith had started dating the 47-year-old Rolling Stones bassist when she was aged 13.


2002, The surviving members of The Doors - Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger, announced they would record and tour again with a new line up including ex- Cult singer Ian Astbury and former Police drummer Stewart Copeland. Original drummer John Densmore was not able to take part because he was suffering from severe tinnitus.

2005, A gig by former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was abandoned after 20 minutes because the floor at the venue began to sag. 2,000 people were told to leave Newcastle's Carling Academy, which had only been open for a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.

Week commencing November 13 . . .
1956, Fats Domino appeared on the US TV Ed Sullivan Show performing 'Blueberry Hill.' Before the song became a rock and roll standard it had been recorded by various artists including Louis Armstrong, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Gene Autry and Jimmy Dorsey. The version by Fats Domino was ranked No.82 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

1976, Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGBs in New York. Hell was an innovator of punk music and fashion and was one of the first to spike his hair and wear torn, cut and drawn-on shirts, often held together with safety pins. Malcolm McLaren, manager of the Sex Pistols, has credited Hell as a source of inspiration for the Sex Pistols' look and attitude.


1949, Born on this day (Saturday) Herman Rarebell, Scorpions.

1967, Pink Floyd were added to a 16-date UK tour with Jimi Hendrix, The Move, The Nice, Amen Corner, The Outer Limits and The Eire Apparent. It kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall, London. The headlining Hendrix was allotted exactly 40 minutes; The Move, who preceded him onstage, had just half an hour, and Pink Floyd, who appeared after The Outer Limits, were allowed between 15 and 20 minutes per show.

2004, The Rolling Stones were refused permission to pursue a claim against their former record company Decca for unpaid royalties through the courts. A High Court judge in London said the dispute would go to arbitration and not be decided in court. The dispute was over their Forty Licks compilation CD, which was released in 2002 and was the first collection to span their entire career.

2006, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame by Roger Taylor of Queen. Jimmy Page personally accepted the award in front of a 3,000 strong audience during the 3rd annual induction ceremony which was held at the famed Alexandra Palace in London.

1970, Syd Barrett released his second solo album Barrett only 10 months after his debut The Madcap Laughs. David Gilmour produced the whole album, which also featured performances by Pink Floyd's Richard Wright on keyboards. The album has since been reissued in remastered form with extra tracks from the sessions.

1976, The Melody Maker announced UK dates for the first major punk tour with The Sex Pistols and the Ramones co-headlining along with Talking Heads, The Vibrators and Chris Spedding. The 14-date tour which was due to start at Newcastle City Hall on Nov 29th never took place.

1949, Born on this day (Monday), Terry Reid, UK singer, member of Peter Jay's Jaywalkers. Reid turned down the job as lead singer with Led Zeppelin.

Week commencing November 6 . . .
1955, The Everly Brothers made their first studio recordings cutting four tracks in 22 minutes, at Nashville's Old Tulane Hotel studios. Family friend Chet Atkins engineered a chance for The Everly Brothers to record for Columbia Records in early 1956. However, their first and only single for the label, 'Keep A' Lovin' Me', was a flop, and they were quickly dropped from Columbia.

1967, The first issue of Rolling Stone Magazine was published in San Francisco. It featured a photo of John Lennon on the cover, dressed in army fatigues while acting in his recent film, How I Won the War and the first issue had a free roach clip to hold a marijuana joint. The name of the magazine was compiled from three significant sources: the Muddy Waters song, the first rock ‘n’ roll record by Bob Dylan and The Rolling Stones.

1968, Led Zeppelin played their first ever London show when they appeared at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm on the same bill as John Lee Hooker, Deviants, John James and Tyres. Robert Plant married his girlfriend Maureen in London on this day and held the reception at the gig.


1974, Bachman Turner Overdrive went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'You Ain't Seen Nothin' Yet'. Randy Bachman stuttered through the lyrics of the demo recording as a private joke about his brother Gary, who had a speech impediment. The record company liked that take better than the non-stammering version and released it.

2015, Scottish session drummer Andy White died aged 82. He was best known for replacing Ringo Starr on drums on the The Beatles' first single, ‘Love Me Do’. White was featured on the American 7" single release of the song, which also appeared on the band's debut British album, Please Please Me. He also played on ‘P.S. I Love You’, which was the B-side of ‘Love Me Do’. White also worked with Chuck Berry, Billy Fury, Herman's Hermits and Tom Jones.

2016, David Bowie's retrospective show at the Victoria & Albert Museum had enjoyed so much foot traffic it was now officially the most successful touring exhibition in the cultural institution’s 164-year history. According to the V&A, over half a million people had visited 'David Bowie Is' in sites across the globe, including the 312,000 visitors who saw the exhibition in London back in 2013.



1968, The Who, Joe Cocker and The Grease Band, The Mindbenders and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown all appeared at The Walthamstow Granada Theatre.

1971, Led Zeppelin released their fourth album. With no title printed on the album, and generally referred to as Four Symbols, it has gone on to sell over 37 million copies worldwide. The 19th century rustic oil painting on the front of the album was purchased by Robert Plant from an antique shop in Reading, Berkshire. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley.

1975, David Bowie made his US TV debut performing 'Fame', on the Cher CBS-TV show. Bowie, who was living in New York at the time, had written the song with John Lennon during a jamming session.

1991, Rhythm guitarist Izzy Stradlin quit Guns N’ Roses and was replaced by guitarist Gilby Clarke. Stradlin citied a combination of Axl Rose's personal behaviour and the difficulties of being around Slash, Matt Sorum, and Duff McKagan, due to his new-found sobriety.

2014, Australian drummer of AC/DC, Phil Rudd, had a charge of attempting to arrange a murder dropped in New Zealand, but he will still facing charges of drugs possession and making threats to kill. The U-turn by authorities, announced less than 24 hours after Mr Rudd appeared in court, was because of a lack of evidence his lawyer said.

2014, Two wealthy fans paid $300,000 to eat lasagne with Bruce Springsteen at his house. Springsteen started off the annual Stand Up For Heroes event by playing an acoustic set, then offering the instrument to the highest bidder. When bidding reached $60,000, he threw in a guitar lesson, which someone offered $250,000 for. At this point, he offered up a lasagne dinner at his house, a ride around the block in the sidecar of his motorbike and the shirt off of his back. All the money went to the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps injured servicemen and their families when they return home.


2016, Canadian singer, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen died at the age of 82 at his home in Los Angeles. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. His first album, Songs of Leonard Cohen (1967), was followed by three more albums of folk music: Songs from a Room (1969), Songs of Love and Hate (1971) and New Skin for the Old Ceremony (1974). "Hallelujah" is a song written by Canadian singer Leonard Cohen, originally released on his album Various Positions (1984). His song 'Hallelujah' found greater popular acclaim through a recording by John Cale, which inspired a recording by Jeff Buckley.