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The Three Tuns in Gateshead is now booking for January and February 2020. Anyone interested text me (Paul) 07940715824.

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The below article we originally put together a few weeks ago and things have come together nicely and Phil has now not only a got a date for the gig, but also has sold over fifty tickets for this Rockin' event. Phil is understandably cagey concerning the event and explains: "Me and the boys have booked a trial run at The Cluny on Sunday 22nd December, but this is to get a taster for next year." The gig is £10 a ticket (in excess of fifty sold to date) and kicks off at 6pm and runs till 9. Expect a night of surprises.....................

DIRTY DOGZ PHIL PROPOSES A NIGHT OF
'PANACHE, POWER, PRECISION AND PASSION'

And talking of 'no-nonsense', Riffs is excited at an email from Phil from Dirty Dogz fame who, after the demise of aforesaid band, has been pining for some quality, down-to-earth Rock done by mature, experienced musicians - or in his own words 'A tasty selection of highly regarded and seasoned pros' (I'm hearing people standing and clapping at the back . . .) and with the adage 'if you want something doing properly do it yourself' resounding around his thinking organ, Phil has decided to do just that.
Putting his money where his mouth is, Phil is arranging a 'little' soiree where he expects to showcase some incredible Rock talent. He told me: 'There’s still some cracking nights to be had out there I’m sure but, as most bands are finding, it's often hard chuffin work playing to 2 men, a whippet and a crazy couple in the corner who are adamant they want a bit of Britney! However, the frustration and disappointment seems to have wained a tad over the noted period of inactivity and I am dipping my arthritic toes (some may say foolishly) into the local, unpredictable rock'n'roll waters again.'
At the moment he has got his main band together: Joe Hope-Bass/Vox (“The Boy”), Ray Johns-Hammond (“The Man”), Sid White-Drums (“The Business”), Phil Caisley-Gtr/Vox (“The Dreamer”) but Phil promises some 'special guests' not to mention support band(s).
Still in its early stages, Phil is wanting to gauge support before he goes full tilt. He continued: 'Looking for definite feedback from real fans of live music who like nothing more than to immerse themselves in a night of quality sounds delivered with panache, power, precision and passion'. Expectations are high and Phil hopes the setlist to include 'interpretations/improvisations of classic rock, blues and psychedelia from Hendrix, Zeppelin, Cream, Stones, Beatles, Free, Neil Young, Peter Green, Bob Dylan...plus the odd original and a few surprises.' Phil has emphasised that this will happen only with enough prior interest. He welcomes texts on 07803 640235. I have promised Phil, Riffs' full involvement and when anything happens - we wanna know!
LET'S MAKE THIS HAPPEN.


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The Schooner in Gateshead is looking for bands for Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Call Paul 07940 715824


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The Schooner in Gateshead is looking for a band or artist to play This Saturday 7th December.
 0191 477 7404.   NOW SORTED   NOW SORTED   NOW SORTED


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A heads up............ Hearing little birdies talking about The Black Horse in Monkseaton stopping bands as the manager is close to leaving.

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BUFFALO FOUR SECRET NO LONGER

It seems only a brief five minutes ago that I popped along to Bishop Auckland's Bay Horse to catch the excellent Four Letter Word (review way, way down this very page). I also remember drummer Andy - not only for his steady and rhythmic playing - but also for the fact that I never got a picture of him! And I can well understand his disappointment when everyone in the band gets a photo - but not him. Even more so, considering he was doing the band a favour, standing in for their regular drummer. Andy plays in Buffalo Four who go down extremely well in the Blacksmiths in Gosforth but, he explained: "we have played there quite a few times and had some great nights with many compliments but apart from that venue we are unknown around Newcastle." It seems that Four Letter Word did quite well from Riffs mensh and Andy goes on to say: "they got a rave review and plenty of interest and some gigs from your article so thought we [Buffalo Four] are maybe due some attention. We have been going for 6 years and play to some pretty appreciative audiences but we are almost a secret in some places." Whoops, think I may have blown your secret Andy. Buffalo Four are at the Blacksmiths this Friday (6th).
Pic linked to the band playing 'I Won't Back Down'.      Metallica? AC/DC? C'mon lads, practice what you wear!!


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Air4ce at Cluny 2, Newcastle, 21st January 2020
Celebrating the life and music of Ginger Baker, featuring some of the north east's finest musicians - PLUS SPECIAL GUESTS...music from Ginger's work with Cream, Blind Faith, Graham Bond, Airforce, Billy Preston, and more.
Tickets (£8adv): click on poster.
And more information as it is announced here -https://www.facebook.com/Air4ce2020/

Apparently the first words that St. Peter said to Ginger, upon his arrival, were "look, I don't want any trouble".

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Those Queen tribute guys did it again - this time at Darlington's Hopetown & Whessoe Club on Saturday 23rd of this month when they wowed a packed house with Queen and Freddie's record-breaking and memorable songs covering over forty years. Qween's next gig is this Friday (29th) at Newcastle's Heaton Buffs but unfortunately there will be a lot of dissatisfied punters as the gig is strictly a private function so, unless you hold that special ticket, no entry. But keep your eye on Riffs Listings page as the lads will be playing in 2020.
If you just can't wait that long then We Are Champion, who do a superb tribute to Queen, have several gigs running up to Christmas. Also, on Sunday December 1 with a start time of 6pm at the Isabella in Blyth you can catch a Freddie Mercury tribute. Spoilt for choice!


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SHOT DOWN IN FLAMES
"Interesting idea, the tips for the band idea…..but here’s where my cynicism kicks in;
We have to be careful of the law of unintended consequence, it’s only a kick in the arse from there to playing for tips only, or used as an excuse not to pay a band or reduce their fee. Who would do such a thing I hear you say? Well there are plenty of reasons why a struggling venue may take that approach even before you factor in any exploitative reasons.
Yes it would sort some wheat from the chaff, but overall the standard would diminish because who would layout all that cash on gear without a fair chance of paid gigs?
But that dismisses the nous of even the most cynical of band bookers, theres not many that book bad bands, safe bands perhaps, and safe isn’t what brings in the punters, it may well entertain the ones already there however?"
Alan Fizzyfish
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Just heard from Patrick from the excellent Obsession and UK/DC that the Market Tavern in Chester-le-Street has ceased all bands for the forseeable future.

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What marvellous peeps there are out at Usworth and Washington.
Some of those fine punters piled into The Gardeners Club recently for Help for Heroes night when FOXX and Jay J Stevens waived their fee to make the night one to remember. Altogether the Club managed to make a very healthy £1400. Michelle from the club told Riffs:
"I had a lot of support ftom those who attended, also a big thankyou for those local businesses who donated prizes for our raffle in aid of Help For Heroes." The generosity of all those involved will make such a difference for our brave men and women.
And thanks to Michelle from Usworth and Washington Gardeners Club for letting Riffs know.

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HAD A GOOD NIGHT? - THEN FILL MY BOX
Well, our articles on dwindling punters for live gigs have been read by many, many people. The majority of whom do seem to agree that it is something that is happening now, and that it is affecting venues and bands alike. The only thing that is thin on the ground is solutions. I have heard one (from soneone who wishes anonymity), and as I have heard nothing better I will mention it here: A DONATION BOX ON THE BAR.
If you have had a great night at your local, seen a brilliant band playing stuff you like and recognise and the band have totally given their all, what do you do at the end of the night? Well, you just go home. And what if you haven't had that good a night, the band have been mediocre, stared at their feet all night and left you wanting? Well, you just go home. Now that seems rather unfair, the landlord doesn't know if you have had a good night or a bad one; that poor barmaid who has been smiling all night and serving all and sundry doesn't know, and the band who have lost at least a stone amongst them and played their collective kahunas off just see you leaving at the end of the night and have no idea if you loved them or hated them. SO - pop a few quid in the box on the bar. To be shared out equally between the band and the venue. One of the best night's ever? Bung a fiver/tenner in the pot and shout to the landlord "they were crackin' - I'll see that band again any time!" Now, to me, that seems feasible, but I am neither in a band, nor run a venue, so what do YOU think? Will it work - is it an A side, or just a terrible demo that won't make it onto the album? 

riffsonline@gmail.com

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An online station are taking music from signed/unsigned bands to be played for free.
No pop, just rock etc. no adverts.   http://www.marlab.dk
Thanks to Tony (former drummer with Cue) for this info.


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A late booking for these outrageous funsters. Friday night (22nd) at The Isabella in Blyth. Totally free entry and a wild night is guaranteed. Get along and let your Fez down!

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We have a straggler. By his own admission, the writer of the following article does not read the News page much, which does explain a lot. I know the Gig Listings is the most viewed page on Riffs but a lot of stuff on this page does tie in to the gigs so perhaps a glance now and then may prove beneficial. Any road up, here is Richie's thoughts on our main topic . . .

"I humped gear for a club band in the 70s then a pub band for 12 years after that, booked bands for 8 years for 3 pubs until quite recently but never for financial gain, still help out now and then when asked, so know a little bit about the music scene and how it works...
I have been watching bands since the 70s when clubs in my area that put bands on - solos and comedians, albeit on dedicated nights for each - used to be packed out but, one by one, they ended up dying a slow death, partly i think due to the loss of heavy industry. Pits, ship building and the like was to blame for some of it as shift workers could go out on a Thursday night and a Sunday night with Friday and Saturday nights taking care of them selves, if that makes sense, these people worked hard and went to clubs for nights out religiously and were not  frightened to spend their money, and not forgetting the earlier closing times where people on permanent days could go out, go home, bite to eat and be up for work no problem; we were all a lot younger then, yes there is Nissan and all of the knock on factories in my area but I am talking about a different age group here.
While talking about age I see some of the same people from that era at pubs now watching bands and, like myself, they are in there 60s with some older, one club is still going, but not as busy as it used to be with another two going down the sports club route and using private functions to survive. In a way what happened to clubs is the same as what is happening to pubs now, there got to be too many, also while for a long time they were a cheap night out, it got to be no longer the case with cover charges going up and all the add ons; bingo, raffles, various draws, it got where every other week there seemed to be something else. All of a sudden some pubs discovered a niche to host live music and were the better option cost-wise, you even ended up seeing some of the same musicians as many were happy to leave the club scene to gig the pubs.
The pubs saw an opportunity for making money by putting bands on after the club scene had died off, and while a lot were not designed to host live bands, they had to go with what they had got, most  got really good turnouts and were well supported, but over the years more and more pubs jumped on the bandwagon (no pun intended) and it watered the attendances down; where you once had a couple of venues you ended up with 5 or 6 and all within a small catchment area, people would go to where they thought they would have the better night. I think a similar thing happened in South Shields, for landlords they need decent turnouts on every gig night or it is no longer viable and becomes a struggle, also pub owners need to listen to the regulars as to what music they like, as all too often a pub will get taken over and book the wrong type of band, punk and acoustic is not going to go down well if people want rock music while, like myself, a lot of people still use Riffs and other music guides to find out what is on at venues, I think an up-to-date website is a must in this day and age. It is no good to anyone if a pub has a page and they do not keep it up to date as advertising plays an important part in letting people know who is playing and when; I think a few pubs are guilty of poor advertising,
I could mention a couple I know of where i never could find out who was playing, no good at all, they need to put it out there. I think with out doubt monthly pay plays a big part in sometimes having a lower turn out, the amount of times I hear people mention their funds are low the week before being paid, whereas back in the day when people were paid weekly they always seemed to manage money better and were able to go out, even the holiday period takes a toll on attendances, as does the run up to Christmas when money gets tighter. Quite often I have heard or read that the smoking ban has made a big difference, I myself think it has been very minimal; I think people have just accepted they have to go out side to smoke. I do not personally know anyone that has stopped going to gigs because of the ban.
Back to age and this has been mentioned various times on a music forum, there just does not seem to be many younger people attending gigs these days, certainly not the venues I go to, with the bulk of the audience being made up of 40s, 50s and 60s, unlike in my day where we were in our late teens. I have no idea the reason why. I might add that I go to watch predominately rock bands, maybe the old classics just do not appeal to the younger generation any more.
I must say that the northeast circuit is blessed with so many great bands and quality musicians; most of the time you are spoilt for choice. Referring to the 5 or 6 pubs in a small catchment area I have already mentioned, the pub with the more fancied band will get the better turnout with the others getting just enough people to break even if they are lucky. Every venue will have their group of regulars but these days they are looking at getting people to travel which we often do to Sunderland, Chester, Shields, ect, 3 or 4 sharing a taxi works out cheaper than the bus fare.
There seems to be a never ending supply of pubs that venture in to putting live music on only to find out that it is a hard slog with many giving up within a short period of time and not realising they need to be prepared to lose money early on until word gets out about their venue. I think the reality is that we will be left with the most well known of venues and those that are prepared to stick it out through this rough period.
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Richie, Washington


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AS YE SOW, SO SHALL YE REAP
Well, you gotta laugh, haven't you! This just dropped into Riffs inbox and I just thought it was so relevant. Then again, I bet nearly all bands and venues have similar stories (I've thought it prudent to edit) . . .

"The guy who books bands in the ----------- has 26 gigs to fill so he books 12 or 13 bands to fill them giving each one 2 gigs a year regardless as to whether they died on their collective arses on the 1st show or not. We have reached the point where we’re getting the second time round for the dregs and I’m not going to go and watch a band that were shite 6 months ago in the vain hope they’ve improved. The fact that neither the band nor the club have bothered to contact your good self, or even to put it on their FB page illustrates their commitment to their craft. The next scheduled band in the --------- is the ---------- and I know it’ll be packed. At that time I'll be in Belfast. During previous visits I/we have tried to find a venue in that city playing Rock and it appears there either ain’t any or they don’t advertise on the web. Imagine a place like Belfast and no live Rock on a regular basis? And we complain about the dearth of decent music!!!!".


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Well, it was fantastic to have such a brilliant response - and so many views from bands and venues across the North-East on what they thought was the reasons for reduction in audience numbers. It was eye-opening to see so many different and interesting viewpoints. And Alan from Fizzyfish, after reading every single one with interest, now gives his views on just who has hit the nail on the head. But are we any closer to rectifying the problem?
"Since I wrote that last piece I have had some conversations, and some of the points raised by the other writers make you think as well.
Our most recent gig is a little case study, when I first started regular gigging, relatively recently in 2003, this place was one of the better venues on the scene, I knew the pub from my youth and actually went to see another band play there as I was auditioning for them a week later.
When I joined Fizzyfish it was somewhere they hadn’t played so I negotiated a gig there and we became favourites - and the venue was one of our favourites, building a relationship with the audience and staff.
After
Fizzyfish split in 2010 we returned in a different guise a few months later, but we lost so much momentum that even with the boost of changing our name back to Fizzyfish we found so many venues had changed, the stability had gone from the scene. The venue I was talking about now had a “manager” in but seemed more invested in food than bands; his attitude was hostile and his partner was one of those who knew the price of everything and the value of nothing. They destroyed the pub and within months it had closed, had another false start then closed again and after a lengthy period has opened again.
The new owner is doing everything right, it’s a nicer environment, he’s keen and supportive, but crucially, that little community had moved on, they had to find different things to do. The last few years have seen the venue go from weekly gigs, to fortnightly gigs and 2020 will see one gig on the last Saturday of each month, and I fully support his approach.
Putting bands on was costing him too much, the crowds came back initially, but for all the reasons mentioned before and a few more, the audience is a shadow of its former self! Lost momentum in this game is a killer, it’s taken us best part of a decade to get back to the level of gigs and breadth of geographical coverage we once had, were a better band, but that only counts for so much these days despite our fee being the same as it was 15 years ago!
I don’t think any of us have all the answers, Mike from After Midnight raises a valid point and one we try to avoid, the too high a volume mistake, it means significant investment in quality gear, yet we still get the occasional can you turn it down/up requests (usually to turn it up!).
It’s been the same with our lights, we have had to cut them down as people were complaining about being blinded and most venues don’t allow smoke machines anymore so you have to get creative whilst still putting on a show.
I don’t blame the tribute acts moving up the tree and Paul from We are Champion (genius) just highlighted my point, a tribute to a good band with true mainstream appeal. But I know lads in less mainstream tributes who play less often and sometimes they are going nationwide, some even into Europe to sustain the interest.
Smoulty and I generally agree on stuff still, and I also agree with Dave from FM, his points about over saturation.
We have three venues who have us back 3 times a year, we make sure each return is as different as we can manage within what the punters will accept, but there are so many places that will not even answer any communication with us at all! Closed shops or closed minds.
We generally want one venue in each town, unless two venues will support us doing our different sets,  the Rollercoaster, which is our crowd pleaser all over the place set and the Seabass’tard which is our harder uglier rock set, it’s a lot of work. But some venues distrust that we can make that approach work, they seem to be risk averse, they want defined bands doing what they say on the tin, safety.
We are open to do more clubs in the future. The ones that have turned their backs on the agencies and excessive Bingo are now opening up a new avenue, we found it logistically difficult to be able to arrive at a club at the times they prescribed in the past, but now some are more flexible and we are as well, let’s see how that pans out!"

Alan, Fizzyfish

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Just become aware of a venue in Sunderland - Angels Place - and as was my wont did a quick google search just to get a 'feel', and was rather impressed; a biker's gaff with a great Rock atmosphere and on their Facebook page recently hosted Deep Purple In Rock. That video alone was enough to whet my appetite. Took me back to the good 'ol Seventies at Middlesbrough Rock Garden. If only someone would invent a time machine, that would be the time I'd zip back to........

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Here we go, last one. It's been a lot of hard work for me, but I hope it's made a difference. And if it hasn't, at least I've tried. If we all do one, may even be very small, thing, then at least we've done more than the next guy who has done sod all.........I have extreme respect and admiration not only for the bands who bust a gut getting organised and traipsing to the venue, setting up, belting out quality Rock (or whatever, but it should be Rock, really) and then at the end, stripping down their gear, and going home, but also to the venues who sometimes take a punt on a band and ending up crossing their fingers that the gig isn't marred by, well, any number of things that can go wrong. I have no musical talent whatsoever, and would worry myself into an early grave if I was to host bands on a weekly basis - so I do what I can from this computer. Humungous respect goes out to you all. Really.




Only one more 'Disappearing Audiences' article to go, which I am working on right now. So if you have something to say then now is the time - and by 'now' I don't mean sometime next week, or even in the next day or two or 'yeah, okay I'll probably type something out this weekend' - NO. I mean, like, today, in the next hour or two! It doesn't take that long to type something out so let people know your views. Anonymous is fine, as long as you are honest. And it's no good saying 'Well, there's no point cos I agree with a lot of what's been said'. How does anyone know that unless you say so?!!!! Like I say, last one today. That's it. Finito. Fin. Koniec. Tapitra. Galas. Ende.





I always, but always have on some belting Rock when I'm working on Riffs, and as I am now (11am Friday) half way through what will probably be the penultimate article on Disappearing Audiences, this track came on. I just remember being so disappointed when mega bands 'throw away' a classic track when at a live gig. Like 'this is xxxxx xxxxxx' and then it's done and over in a few minutes. UFO Doctor Doctor and Nazareth Bad Bad Boy come to mind. Waste of a good opportunity.
Now, THIS is an intro...
(Oh, and it really should go without saying - but PLAY IT LOUD!!!!!!!!)

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Your Point of View is No More Or Less Valid Than Anyone Else's
Well, I've got to say I've been knocked out by the eye-opening response concerning the demise of punters coming out to enjoy live music. From agents, bands, venues - you name them - they have been concise, honest, eloquent. And it just goes to prove that people DO care. Okay, there was some that haven't bothered; but that happens in every walk of life. If nothing else - and I sincerely hope there has been considerably more - it has given everyone involved the opportunity to see 'the other side' of life in the live music world. I have been enlightened; and I'm sure I'm not the only one. It highlights the fact that your point of view is no more or less valid than anyone else's.
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With all this talk of the problems of punter numbers, band prices, low turnouts etc, I was brought slap bang back to earth when I was made aware of the problems of a member of local lads Ghostband. It turns out the reason that they have been off the road for quite a while was the necessity for Brian Vasey to undergo a quadruple heart bypass, with other complications that necessitated quite a long layoff ("It was a rough time for him and he says the recovery was far worse than the op as they had to take a vein from his leg to use in his heart and it was his leg that hurt the most"). The good news is that he is on the long, slow, gradual road to recovery and is itching to get back on the road. But as guitarist Baz pointed out: "since April Chris (drums) and myself have either been depping in other bands, separately or together, and ones we had dep guitarsts for we never knew if they were going ahead, so other than a last minute Facebook ad, we thought it better not to advertise our gigs only to have to pull them. But since his op Brian has now bounced back and I now feel safer in advertising our gigs once more." The three gigs booked for December are: Sat 7 Old Ship, Newbiggin;  Sat 14 Acklam Steels Club, Middlesbrough;  Fri 27 Lambton Arms, Chester Le Street. I'm sure we all wish Brian well and for him to be fully recovered and fighting for the Old Ship on the 7th.

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Just this minute heard of a late gig by The Alcatraz House Band for this Friday (November 1st) at Steels Club in Sunderland. Haven't heard of AHB gigging for a very long time so they may just be testing the water so to speak. Let's hope this gig is the first of many as they were a very proficient band. Anyway, quick look in Riffs achives and here is Val's review of the band from way way back if anyone is interested . . .
Oh - and a slap around the chops for both Jenn and Steels Club as it was neither of them that we heard it from - and here we are discussing disappearing audiences!!



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TREAT THE BAND WELL OR PAY THE PRICE

Time for a bit ramble - well, it has been a while - and I am part way through article number four and it always takes longer than I imagine. Feeling my brain going porridgey I need a break so, with reference to the mention of some venues totally ignoring the band for the evening and not giving the band a welcome or whatever, I feel I must mention the time Riffs' Val ran a pub in West Auckland. It wasn't for very long (less than a year I think), but circumstances dictated that that was the way things would be for a short time. She had her licence, name above the door and whatever. She had a live gig night once a week and would have loved to have heavy Rock bands but her punters preferred more laid back music; Whitesnake, Bon Jovi (aaarggh), poppy type stuff - with maybe a little Rock thrown in. Anyway she would always make a point of welcoming the band, each one, by name. Telling them that they were an integral part of the evening and anything at all they wanted, or had any problems, they were to contact her, and only her, and she would sort it.Don't bother anywone else, come straight to her. She never charged the band for drinks, but heaven help any of the band's hangers on trying to get a freebie! (She could be quite formidable when she wanted to be - and sometimes when she didn't!). They were not charged for crisps, bar snacks etc. She had in her mind what she needed to break even, and a figure which would be great to achieve for a modest profit from the evening. On some occasions this figure was exceeded and she gave half to the band as a big thank you. She told me that the look on the guys' faces was pure astonishment that someone would acfually give them MORE than they asked for. Needless to say she didn't need to do much searching for bands as the word spread how well (and fairly) the bands were treated. Course a Riffs review usually followed for every band that appeared there. I remember more than one band said they would come and play (Val did do her homeword by the way - she wouldn't book crap) and just take whatever Val decided to pay them!! I bet that doesn't happen that often. And yes, she made sure they got a fair price. Many bands also played longer (well past finish time) to a vibrant and appreciative crowd and she would always make sure they got extra. When she took over the pub it was, how should I put it, slightly below what you would expect. Within just a few weeks the clientele improved and it became a decent pub. I remember one time a couple of Hell's Angel types (over 6ft tall, about 3ft across the shoulders, sleeveless denim jacket, tattoos, bald - you get the image) started squaring up to one another. Val was straight over to them, pulled her top down and said: "I could knock both of you out with these
(Val was about a 38FF by the way), so stop your messing and enjoy the night. Or I'll kick you both out!". They stood there nonplussed and I think they forgot they were fighting and just went shellshocked back to the bar. And yes, I have seen her throw many a drunk guy clean out of the pub, not one of them lifted a finger to her. But anyway, back to how to treat bands. The way Val treated the bands, to me, should be the norm, and I was really surprised to hear that some bands are treated so badly. It doesn't make sense to diss a band - they have mates in other bands and if they are impressed, the venue will benefit by getting a good reputation. It was not that long ago that a new band was struggling to get gigs and asked me here at Riffs how they would go about getting noticed in the region - they wanted me to do them a boxed ad. I said that would be a waste of money. No one is going to book a band just cos they took out an advert. I told them what I would do if I was a competent musician and wanted to get noticed: I would ring up Paul Tuns and tell him I had a great band, and what I played, then say I will play for expenses just to get a gig - even a support slot. I would then email Nige at Riffs (which is me by the way, in case you're losing the will to live) and say come along for some quality Rock, and also send in a blurb about the band accompanied by some wild and quirky pics. I would then ring around local landlords asking them to come along. Blitz social media with some pics of my band looking wild, happy and raucous (who wants to see a 'boring' band). And just hope that Paul Tuns loves us and mentions us to his mates (and of course gives us a return booking at a reasonable price). yeah, well I said most of this and never heard from them again. Anyway, back to article number four, or is it five........and why is my coffee stone cold?

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Really pleased to hear from Paul Tuns regarding Disappearing Audiences, and his contribution will be in the top spot in the next article to be uploaded today (Wednesday).

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And here's the third - probably one more to go if no more emails come in . . .




Just uploaded the second of 'Disappearing Audiences' articles (probably couple more to come as Riffs readers have been marvellous at giving their opinions and views on disappearing audiences [not in a supernatural way you understand]). Brilliant stuff and an absolute banquet for thought.
   

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I just gotta say I've had some brilliant replies to my request for insights into the dwindling crowds at live gigs. Well, here we are, Saturday (it is Saturday isn't it?!) and I still don't have anything ready regarding the upcoming article (now articles) on aforesaid subject. It's not that I'm lazy (although that may go some way) but I have had some frighteningly incisive, not to say interesting and long-winded (but totally relevant) replies. So much so that one article just will not encompass them all. My original idea was to edit them down to bite-size chunks (bullet points if you will) but . . . well, I found that a bit like trying to edit Stairway to Heaven or Rock Bottom down to three minutes. You could - but you'd need to hide away in a dark place for a long time so no-one would know who you are. So, yes, I'm working on it, so bear with me......

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Riffs is gathering info on your views as to what may be the cause of dwindling crowds for live music gigs around the North-East - and what, if anything, can be done about it. We have some great venues, caring landlords/owners and a plethora (that means lots) of top quality (I mean like fuckin' awesome) bands - so why so few punters? If you wish to have your say then just email me here:   riffsonline@gmail.com.   You can even remain anonymous if you wish (but make it clear in your email).

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APATHY RULES! - WHATEVER
Just this very minute (well, coupla days now) heard from an extremely well-known and well-respected North-East pub landlord who has put his heart and soul into live music for many years, that he is close to calling it a day with live bands. Over the past few years his gig crowds have steadly dwindled to a point now that it is hardly feasible to host live music. Considering the quality of musicianship and wide range of excellent bands on offer in our area, this is a total disgrace. Regular readers will have noticed that Riffs (and bands and venues) have mentioned the lack of live music support on many occasions of late but it is now becoming a frightening reality that venues will have to react to. The annoying thing is, the answer is unbelievably simple - fuck the box and get out and watch a band!

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ADRENALINE-FUELLED HEAVY ROCK
I think that any band who openly welcomes a review must be reasonably sure they are musically and visually capable.

Riffs never expects perfection, indeed, so glad we haven't found it 'cos life would then be filled with anti-climaxes. So it was nice to hear from Graham from Adrenaline who boast a night of 'Heavy Rock and Classic Rock' - my musical taste buds are a-rockin' already.

The gig is on November 9th, Saturday, at Darlington's Quakerhouse.

Now all I need to do is try and remember where I have heard the name Graham Forrester from.... An enlightening email will surely be heading my way.......

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There's many amongst us who just can't get enough AC/DC from the good ol' early days of Bon Scott. Well, your lust for Rock and Metal at its best can be well-satiated tonight (Friday 11th) at Gateshead's Three Tuns when UK/DC take to the stage for a blistering Rock set that I can assure you is dynamite. You have been duly notified.

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Whoops. Thought I had mentioned this but apparently not. The Times Inn, Dalton le Dale, has shut its doors. On its Facebook page, it says 'for good', but I don't think the staff and punters would see much good in it! I think they may mean 'permanently' or 'indefinitely'.


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VICTIM OF CHANGES
Without question, Rob Halford is one of Heavy Metal’s all-time great vocalists – as heard through his highly influential and groundbreaking work with Judas Priest. But age must do strange things to people, as he is about to release an all-new album entitled ‘Celestial’ - full of  'Christmas' songs.
‘Celestial’ sees Halford joined by a supporting cast of those very close to him – his brother (Nigel) on drums, his nephew on bass (Alex, son of Priest bassist Ian Hill), has sister (Sue) on bells, and twin guitar tandem of Robert Jones and Jon Blakey.
'Donner and Blitzen,' and 'Protected by the Light,' as well as reworkings of such holiday standards as 'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,' 'Joy to the World,' and 'Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,' sit alongside other offerings. 'Donner and Blitzen’ gets the snowball rolling for Celestial – a song full of excitement, love and hope,” says Rob. “You can hear and feel the power of Christmas time – energy roarin’ with rockin’ reindeers haulin’!”
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Gonna give a shout to Heart Shaped Stone who, up until today, I thought was a band but, apparently - well not apparently - because she has told me she isn't a band, she is solo, and she ought to know.
I'm giving a shout for two reasons. 1) she's taken out an advert in Riffs, which helps me pay the exorbitant prices for web hosting and domain name; and 2) she was the lead singer in two Rock bands - '99 Clicks', and 'Fallen Angel'. [I could squeeze in a 3) by saying she was very polite - you'd be surprised how many people aren't!].
As she told Riffs quite candidly: "
Everything I play is totally live, no tracks or gizmos, I strive to play well known cover songs that people like to hear on a night out and very often finish up with the audience singing along as the night goes on, mainly great singalong songs from the 80s and 90s from bands such as 3 Non Blondes, Oasis, Allanis Morrisette, Beautiful South, Fleetwood Mac, KT Tunstall, Blondie, Cranberries, plus some older, earlier and more modern songs too to please a wider range of audience."
She has a great following in her home town of North Shields but travels all over the North-East for gigs. She is no stranger to the weird and wonderful venues we have here in the North-East and has hosted buskers nights and mulitplayer live music gigs since 2017, now pushing her solo career.
I'll admit, unless she dives into the odd Priest or Motorhead track ("that really isn't going to happen, Nige") she may leave me a bit by the wayside but, as my niece told me "There's more to life than Heavy Rock". Errrmmmm, sorry Hazel, nope, you've lost me.
But I appreciate there is room for everyone in our thriving music arena and Heart Shaped Stone certainly have the background and professionalism to say "I'm here now, just leave everything to me". And that, surely, is what a lot of landlords are dying to hear. (second only to "there's hundreds of people queued outside for tonight's gig!")
There is a Facebook page showreel:

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Ginger Baker, one of the co-founders of Cream, has died at the age of 80.
Baker is best known for co-founding Cream with Eric Claption and Jack Bruce in 1966. He suffered various health problems in the later years of his life, telling Rolling Stone in 2013 that performing “exhausted” him. The candid interview also saw Baker reveal that he suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) from smoking. In February 2016, he was forced to cancel a tour with Air Force after being diagnosed with “serious heart problems”. He is thought to have undergone open heart surgery in June of that year.


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INTERNATIONAL DATELINE OCTOBER 7 . . .
INTERNATIONAL DATELINE OCTOBER 7 . . . INTE
Direct from Riffs International Overseas Reporter (you better believe it!) comes some AC/DC news; recently opened in Prahran, Melbourne (that's way over in Australia, by the way) is 'Angus and Bon' Steakhouse. Which, co-incidentally or not, is just around the corner from the Station Hotel where the band played one of their first Melbourne gigs back in 1975. Our intrepid Ozzie reported dutifully snapped this pic of the Angus and Bon plaque and I have requested that she wears her 'AC/DC founded 1974' t-shirt in front of the aforementioned establishment while taking a photo of herself (I think the hip amongst us call it a 'selfie') - but of course this all depends on the weather as I was unable to afford the very fastest pigeon. But a big thanks to Franki who, by her own admisssion ended up in Melbourne after missing the Hollywood plane. Don't worry, I told her, relax.








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Another thousand words, this time from Qween, also with a sellout concert on a recent Friday at Hedworth Hall:

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The Bay Horse in Bishop Auckland (on a recent Friday). . .
    
   


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Heard from Maddog - Chairman of the Tyne Wolves - that the Duke of Cumberland in Gateshead reopened fairly recently and is planning live gigs. The management intends to have regular band nights but The Tyne Wolves have got in quick with two gigs there already planned: Red Revival on 28th of this month, and Three Odd Shoes on Oct 4. Start time is 8pm and there will be a charity bucket for welcome contributions.

Val and myself have many happy memories of the Duke, with Thompa vying with Paul Tuns for the most gracious host in the North East. He set the bar extremely high, let's just hope the present management are even half as good.


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The gig arranged for Darlington's Forum for 24th of this month has been put back to next year and this new gig featuring The Tom Atkinson Band and the legendary Russ Tippins Band now takes its place:
 

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Heard from Dave from the Graham Henderson Experience that their gig tonight (Friday) at the Ox and Plough in Washington is off. The venue is closed and boarded so I guess that means no live gigs there for a while............but we'll let you know if anything changes.

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Better late than never - tonight's gig (Fri) at the now iconic Three Tuns in Gateshead is Heavy Metal USURPER. Tried my best to get a pic of the band but no luck. But there are some vids on Youtube taken at Trillans. I mention tonight's gig as it is now getting so damn difficult to get to see some Metal bands - and even more so if they play their own compositions; so good on Usurper. Check out their vids and if you are in the Gateshead area then why not pop along and give these guys some support? master of the wreck   baptism of fire
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TRIBUTE BAND BREAKS PUB ATTENDANCE RECORD
By all accounts Darlo Blues day on Sunday was a rip-roaring success and, although we would have liked to hear from several bands concerning their gig on the day, at least we've been contacted by The Paul Rodgers Story who, apparently, broke an attendance record at a Darlington pub! We hear that there was, wait for it, 110 (that's one hundred and ten) people watching just the band's sound check at Hoskins Bar in the town centre. And when the band kicked off, there had been an unbelievable 553 people in the venue. The previous record was 350. The band, needless to say, fed off the crowd and went down an absolute storm. The Paul Rodgers Story have a new website up and running www.paulrodgersstory.com (I've told them about the Riffs reviews links not working) and also I can link to a video taken on the night of the band playing 'Fire and Water'. Just click here.
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Has anyone a cure for Fizzyfish? Those adaptable funsters are at it again - raising money for charity. I can't put it much better than singer Alan so I'll quote directly from his email:
"This one's been drawn together really quickly, Sunday 29th Sept at the old B&M store on Harbour Walk, Hartlepool, TS24 0YA. We're helping out the Personal Trainers at The Gym Group in Hartlepool in an event to raise funds for Andy’s Man Club, set up to help people with mental health issues in remembrance of Adam Rutherford, a young lad who sadly took his own life. The event is free, but obviously we would welcome any donations on the day to the cause, there's 3 live music acts; Red Sky, the acoustic duo span off the band Skyran, the wonderful Jades a 4-part glamourous harmony group, and to end the afternoon there’s the ugly buggers that are us, Fizzyfish, with a power hour to end the day with a bang. The event runs from noon until around 4pm, there’s plenty of other stuff going on for those who like to physically exert themselves - and those who like to watch them try. Everyones doing their bit for nowt, from the organisers, Hart tool hire, PA company Soundwaves, Van Hire company and Hartlepool Council; they have all been a great help, all funds raised go straight to the cause."
There's nothing more I can add to enhance the event, except a plea for local people to go along, have a crackin' day out and try and pop a few pennies in the collecting buckets. Anyone who's organised an event knows just how much hard work - not to mention sweat and sleepless nights - goes into it, so to tot it all up at the end of the day to realise a financial reward for Andy's Man Club would put smiles on so many faces . . .
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DIRTY DOGZ PHIL PROPOSES A NIGHT OF
'PANACHE, POWER, PRECISION AND PASSION'

And talking of 'no-nonsense', Riffs is excited at an email from Phil from Dirty Dogz fame who, after the demise of aforesaid band, has been pining for some quality, down-to-earth Rock done by mature, experienced musicians - or in his own words 'A tasty selection of highly regarded and seasoned pros' (I'm hearing people standing and clapping at the back . . .) and with the adage 'if you want something doing properly do it yourself' resounding around his thinking organ, Phil has decided to do just that.
Putting his money where his mouth is, Phil is arranging a 'little' soiree where he expects to showcase some incredible Rock talent. He told me: 'There’s still some cracking nights to be had out there I’m sure but, as most bands are finding, it's often hard chuffin work playing to 2 men, a whippet and a crazy couple in the corner who are adamant they want a bit of Britney! However, the frustration and disappointment seems to have wained a tad over the noted period of inactivity and I am dipping my arthritic toes (some may say foolishly) into the local, unpredictable rock'n'roll waters again.'
At the moment he has got his main band together: Joe Hope-Bass/Vox (“The Boy”), Ray Johns-Hammond (“The Man”), Sid White-Drums (“The Business”), Phil Caisley-Gtr/Vox (“The Dreamer”) but Phil promises some 'special guests' not to mention support band(s).
Still in its early stages, Phil is wanting to gauge support before he goes full tilt. He continued: 'Looking for definite feedback from real fans of live music who like nothing more than to immerse themselves in a night of quality sounds delivered with panache, power, precision and passion'. Expectations are high and Phil hopes the setlist to include 'interpretations/improvisations of classic rock, blues and psychedelia from Hendrix, Zeppelin, Cream, Stones, Beatles, Free, Neil Young, Peter Green, Bob Dylan...plus the odd original and a few surprises.' Phil has emphasised that this will happen only with enough prior interest. He welcomes texts on 07803 640235. I have promised Phil, Riffs' full involvement and when anything happens - we wanna know!
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HEADS DOWN NO-NONSENSE BOOGIE
Nipped out to catch Ma Kelly's Boys last Sunday (15th Sep) at Crook Hotel, co-incidentally about the same time as John Coghlan's Quo were playing in Darlington as part of the annual Blues Festival. Again, Ma Kelly's Boys are seasoned musicians who have done their homework and noticeably love playing Quo's early stuff. Lots on offer, including 'Railroad', 'Roll Over Lay Down', 'Mystery Song' and many of the expected Quo classics - the sound was ballsy, meaty and perfectly balanced. Lead guitarist's feigned move to turn down the volume elicited angry shouts from the crowd. Think so too. Quo fans will not feel short-changed here.
   
     

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My faith in humanity has been partially restored - well, I say humanity; I mean the Rock-going public of the North-East. How? Well, I have just received (and now put together) a review of UK/DC at Glendale Club from last Friday (13th), and it was packed. Chocka. Heaving. And don't take my word for it, The Seaham Silverback was there, sent in his review with pictures of said crowd. Magnifico.
 

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Received a link to the new offering from our local lads Millennium. Coming in at around an ear-battering six minutes this Heavy Rock onslaught - A New World  - is a taster for the full album coming out this month. Seems there's fewer and fewer Rock and Metal heads left, but for the Metal minority this little ditty should satisfy. Paul from the band told me: 'It's tough for all bands but especially those that peddle their own stuff. Hopefully we'll travel a wider road soon.'  We wait with baited breath. Give it a listen, crank your speakers to 11, sit back, and enjoy . . .A NEW WORLD

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Just been sent a link to a great video by the NE STREET BAND. Check it out here

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Three Tuns in Gateshead need band for this Sat (14th). Contact Paul asap 07940715824 (and let me know if you get the gig and I'll post it on the Listings page). NOW SORTED,. FREDDIE PURVIS GOT THE GIG.

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After typing the below para something came to me that Colin Smoult said to me many, many moons ago when he was in Shovelmouth. He told me how much it means when, after a gig, if just one person comes over and says to the band how much they had enjoyed the gig. That, he said, made all the hard work so worthwhile.

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"Can you hear us at the back?"

Riffs is getting emails left, right and centre concerning the lack of support for quality bands playing their hearts out in the area. I do find it sad that bands who have invested not just money, but many, many hundreds of hours of dedicated rehearsals and practice take to the stage and, on so many occasions, see just a handful of punters. Now, I could quite understand this reaction to mediocre bands who get some gear together and tout themselves as a 'band', but I am talking about skilled musicians (and I'm not going to name anyone in particular) who have spent years on the live music circuit and rate as high as you will see anywhere. Riffs even reviews bands so you have a good idea of the best bands to see, so we're doing our bit! I mean, it's not that pubs charge for entry most of the time. All they ask is that you buy a drink or two. I know, if you are reading this I'm probably preaching to the converted, but get some mates, tell your friends, make a night of it - but give these guys some support. There will be a time, maybe not too far in the future when you will actually have one of the most frustrating feelings ever - no choice.

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While writing the review for Obsession yesterday (Sat) I twigged that the brilliant lead guitarist John Footitt was in a band called Riot, way back. So, after a search through Riffs' archives I found a review for Riot done at (you might guess) The Three Tuns, by Val. Again, not sure what year - but I know someone will help out. Here is the review. Plus a couple of pics of John belting out some toons including some Bon J . . .aaah, where's the sick bucket?!!!

       

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Less than a week to go until the Ruf Blues Caravan 2019 take to the stage at Hartlepool Supporters Club on Saturday 14th.
A lot of people may panic thinking they now do not have time to arrange tickets for the gig - but panic not, as Tommy is allowing pay on door to this event if all tickerts are not sold.
If you want to check availability just give him a quick email on thomas.wormald2@ntlworld.com. And he may even hold them on the door for you, I know not, but if you ask very nicely he just may.


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Just heard from
Blistered Molly that their charity Ball at Hexham Mart has been cancelled. It was listed for later this month but it is now not to be. Mike from the band told Riffs "I'm not suprised really, at £50 a ticket!" And I bet he was looking forward to that drum solo too. Such is life. Mike is slightly miffed as the band turned down a couple of bookings for that night so is now trying to fill that slot; it's Saturday September 28; contact
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And I thought Sunday was a day of rest!!

No sooner had I finished putting together last night's review of
The Codgers by the Seaham Silverback, than in pops an email from Rob of Qween who had another successful gig on Friday (30th Aug) at The Grand in Newcastle.

And he very kindly sent me in a couple of pics taken at that fine establishment.

I also hear that the band even did a meet and greet after the show for their many fans demanding a chat. Nice one guys.

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I notice that The Codgers are playing Houghton Sports and Social Club tonight (Sat) and there's just a chance that the Seaham Silverback may be out and about too. Now I'd hate for anyone to put two and two together . . .  but I've sorted through Riffs archives and dusted off some old pics I took of the young lads when they were Old Codger in 2007. So, without further ado:




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I can agree wholeheartedly with The Seaham Silverback's review of Starz a few weeks ago. I caught them last night (Thursday 29th Aug) at Osbournes in Yarm to get pics of them on stage and was mega-impressed by this versatile power trio. An object lesson in how to - seemingly effortlessly - entertain a crowd with an ultra-tight sound by seasoned and talented musicians and still have a laugh with the punters. To be able to play a bikers gig one night and a wine bar the next will give Starz an enviable edge. Tony from St. Peter's Club in Newcastle told me: "These lads are great. I have had them twice this year and intend to book them again for 2020."
I kidnapped guitarist Kenny between sets: "There is no other place like the North-East," he pointed out, "every weekend there are numerous local bands on offer to go and see - not many people realise this is special to the area." Although he still wouldn't be drawn on whether hardened rockers Black Rose would be publicising their upcoming album with some local gigs.
I have updated the Silverback's review with some pics but have not changed any of his text. Starz are still mid mini-tour and I unashamedly urge you to go see. Kiko, Mark and Kenny's repertoire is all-encompassing and I truly can't see anyone being disappointed.            
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FIZZYFISH HAVE DARLINGTON IN THEIR SIGHTS
By jove they're at it again! Fizzy by name and fizzy by nature. Only this time, the band who put the E in Entertainment plan to bring a bit of life to Darlington. They are playing for nopence, not a penny, not a threepenny bit, not a tanner, not a florin so as to help Family Help in Darlington, which specialises in domestic abuse support for women and women with children fleeing domestic abuse. They provide safe temporary accommodation for those that need it, in a purpose built refuge with 8 units.
Alan told Riffs: "We are honoured to be supporting the refuge and will be offering a night of entertainment for the princely sum of £6 a ticket. We will be going full on Rollercoaster set for this one, so nothing esoteric, just a great night of great tunes!"
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Well, some balls are held for charity and some for fancy dress, but the ball that's held in aid of Tynedale Hospice is the ball that Blistered Molly likes best. Yep, the band has been asked to play at the Hats and Glad Rags Ball in the Function Suite at Hexham Mart. Drummer Mike from the band tells me they are all looking forward to introducing the crowd to some Classic Rock and I note that within their repertoire they include some Free, Zep, AC/DC, Lizzy and . . . Sabbath. Hmmm, best keep clear of War Pigs methinks and probs go for Paranoid. Even Zep may be a push. "Well," said Mike confidently, "we'll suss out the crowd and see what we can get away with. The name of the game, though, is to entertain. And we have no worries on that score." With such a positive attitude the band may just make some converts. Singer Ashleigh is a big Zep fan so hopes are high for some blistering Rock. The event has been put together by Patricia Barnes of Hats and Glad Rags in Hexham and Gofton Wagyu and takes place on Saturday September 28th. It all kicks off at 7pm and you'll get chucked out around midnight.
Not a cheap night mind, coming in at £50. But hey, it is for charity and hospices up and down the country rely on public donations to survive. And if you had a loved one spending time in a hospice you would wish the best for them wouldn't you? If you do wish to treat yourself and partner then call 01434 606 444 or e-mail fundraising@tynedalehospice.com. Mike did say Blistered Molly intend to make it a night to remember. I think when Mike announces: "Hey everybody, this is our twenty-minute version of Moby Dick." That should do the trick.

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Had a little jaunt last night (Fri 23rd)  to Bishop Auckland to see
Four Letter Word do their stuff at the Bay Horse. Review and pics sorted for your delectation. The Seaham Silverback has just submitted to Riffs his review of The Whole Hog at The Glendale and this is now finished and both reviews are here to view.
      

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WELL - THEY HAVEN'T KILLED KENNY

Well, would you credit it? Riffs was opining the lack of music news today and into our lap popped this little gem concerning not only a great Metal band, but also we spy the ruggedly Rock looks of guitarist Kenny Nicholson who is no stranger to Riffs News pages. [And as this info didn't come from Kenny we officially slap him around the face with a wet lettuce].
He is now part of
Millennium, a Billingham-based Heavy Metal band who are due to release their fourth full-length studio album A New World on October 25th, 2019 through Pure Steel Records.
Vocalist Mark Duffy commented: “We try to keep some of our New Wave Of British Heavy Metal roots, but we also try a bit of variation with songs like ‘Obsolete’ and ‘Assassin’ that have a more straight ahead heavy metal feel to them." The band who played on the album consisted of:
Mark Duffy (vocals, Toranaga)
Will Philpot (guitar, Serpents Kiss)
Louis Astbury (guitar)
Paul Simpson (bass)
Darren Moore (drums)
We say 'consisted' as Louis Astbury has been replaced by Kenny, and drummer Darren Moore by Nigel Waterfall-Brown.
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Further to the mensh for the upcoming
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Bearing in mind I have been a lilfe-long UFO fan, I was looking forward to the
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TYNE WOLVES INITIATE RED REVIVAL

Now, this one's a month away but I'm rather intrigued with this. Maddog and the Tyne Wolves not only show their worth by putting on some regular Rock/Grunge/Metal offerings at the Deuchars Arms up there in Leam Lane but has Riffs mucho respect as he makes sure proceeds go to a cause close to his heart - the Kayaks charity. News enough you may agree but I've just heard from him of his gig on Sep 15 for: Red Revival. Now I know if I said they have a female singer a lot of you will immediately discount the band or subconciously think less off them - I hold my hands up there. But then think of Warlock, think of Benatar. Roxette even? And what about Harry? No - not Dirty, Debbie! Check out this song (click on image) and see what you think. Massive potential to be a rockin' combo there. And let's face it; if Maddog says to them 'I want you Rockin' tonight'. Would you argue?

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Just one day to go and we get info on tomorrow's (SAT 17th) Burning Rock Festival at Stanley. I've added the info to the Listings page but here's a rundown of who's on:
2pm no ordinary Angel; 3pm me mes; 4pm dog in a box; 5pm rigid digits; 6pm ballbreakers; 7pm riverrain; 8pm lock n load. Only a fiver and pay at gate. That's it.

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Gotta give a big shout to
Four Letter Word who are braving Darlington's apathetic Rock scene to be part of the Britannia's Britfest event in aid of St. Theresa's Hospice this Saturday (17th).
Much kudos to Michael and the lads for giving of their time for such a worthwhile cause, who are hoping to take to the stage around 5. It's from 2 to 9pm and other bands on the menu are East Coast Mainline; The Mechanical Capybara and String Edition.
I gotta say, know nothing much about the Britannia except it's seemed to have always been there, overseeing many changes to Darlo including the demise of Handcrafts from directly over the road, the building of the A68/St. Cuthbert's Way roundabout directly outside the pub, not to mention the massive ugly DWP building that it faces.
And they do their bit for the wild birds by always maintaining a fresh supply of num nums via their Britannia tree (not much escapes Riffs' eagle eye!!). So with that attention to detail it's probs a pub worth visiting.
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Having a look at Riffs Listings it's nice to see that Paul Tuns' panic at getting his August's gigs sorted is now history and he can look forward to some crackin' bands - culminating in the astounding coup of securing
Skinny Molly; featuring Lynryd Skynyrd's Mike Estes (as this is the ONLY north-east gig [apart from Stormin' biker rally the night before] you get to this gig or you've missed the band for well over a year). Zooming forward to this Friday (16th) he has the ever-popular FM. Have dug out a couple of pics which - according to the photo info. - I took in 2013. AC/DC, Hendrix and many others get an outing with this quality band and - from what I can remember - a stunning lead guitarist.
 


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Must give a shout out to David from High Howdon Social Club which was host to an Abba tribute last weekend. Between you and me he would be happy for them to sneak in 'Thunderstruck'. Well, you never know - the last song the Pistols played at their gig at Midddlesbrough Rock Garden in the Seventies was 'Teenage Kicks' - and who'da thought that? So fingers crossed for ya mate. On the off chance they do, be sure to let Riffs know!


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Isn't it nice - or do I mean 'rare' - when people keep their word? And so it is that Rob from Qween Sold Out (Soz - I mean Qween) sent in some pics - or should I say 'pic' - of his gig last night Saturday 9th at Newcastle Village Hotel.

Although I was expecting more than one, at least it's nice to have an image of the evening. I must apologise for the size though (unfortunately not the first time I've had to say that) but this is exactly as supplied.

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THIS MACHINE CREATES WHEELS OF STEEL
Nice to hear from
This Machine who, I have been reliably informed (cos they told me), have been having some rather pleasing responses regarding their cover versions. Saxon commented 'very cool' when talkin' 'bout Wheels of Steel - praise indeed. Also, their version of the Dead Daisies Long Way To Go got a 'like' on the Daisies' Facebook page. Not bad going for Norman, Tony, Sequel, Paul and The Hamster of Doom (aka Gazza) who I know have been on the circuit long enough to hone their musicianship to deserve such eminent acolades. I just hope this mensh doesn't embarrass the lads - no? Well, if that doesn't, then the following photos just may; taken ten years ago when myself and Val interviewed the band at The Three Tuns in Gateshead.
We were all much older then - we're younger than that now...


 

This Machine playing Wheels of Steel at The Frigate, Marske- here
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New Plough Dipton Music festival confirmed for Sunday 25th August
from 1.15pm through to 10.15pm 
Music all day with 6 live acts from solos to full bands as below:
Scott Kiers solo 
North Road duo
Mitch Laddie band
Jen Stevens Little Moth duo
Ash Humble solo 
Sofi-stication band
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HSC BACK ON THE CIRCUIT



Just a heads up for any sharp eyed readers - especially around the Hartlepool area - who have noticed that Hartlepool Supporters Club has been missing from our Gig Listings the last few months. Well, just heard from Tommy there and they have had a break from bands but are now back to firing on all six. Their gigs are, of course, now on our Listings and you would do well to check out that fine establishment, which has hosted some really rare out-of-town bands. Highlight for this month just has to be
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QWEEN SOLD OUT

Just heard that the
Qween gig (that's a Queen tribute for those of you have just got up or are or well hungover) this Friday 9th at Newcastle is now completely SOLD OUT. That's three gigs in a row for Qween that have sold out. Wonder if they'll be tempted to rename the band 'Qween Sold Out' . . .!!
Rob from the band has promised to send in some pics so I'll pop the best on the this page as soon as I get them.

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"Hey Molly, how you so skinny?"
Bands come and go, venues come and go, but Gateshead's Three Tuns has been one of the most reputable and long-established venues for North-East live gigs for as long as I can remember [many of you will be thinking 'well, that's about a fortnight then'] - indeed, just look at our old reviews and quite a few feature the Tuns, so it's quite fitting that Paul from that Rockin' gaff has the honour to be the ONLY North-East pub to host Lynyrd Skynyrd's Mike Estes and his band Skinny Molly. The band rate the Tuns gig so highly [it states on the Skinny Molly website that The Three Tuns is one of their favourite places to play] that not only did they plead with Paul to have a gig there [I totally imagine] but I understand they are having a warm-up the night before when they headline Stormin' The Castle Bikers Rally at Bishop Auckland. Those bikers appreciate a bit of the ol' Southern hospitality and will no doubt get the Mollies all fired up for a night of propa Rockin' boogie for the Tuns crowd. Just a shame they don't play Freebird anymore as they reckon it's just not called for at any of their gigs..............yeah, right!! - they wouldn't dare not play Freebird!!!! Skinny Molly also play the best of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Molly Hatchet, Blackfoot and The Outlaws. The Tuns gig is Saturday 31st August and tickets are a tenner. And, although we all know the Tuns is like a massive football arena once you get inside . . . Paul must make it known that when the tickets are gone - they're gone. No door entry wiithout a ticket. No squeezing in the odd punter. And apparently there's quite a few odd punters in Gateshead.

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Paul at the Tuns in now all sorted. All dates filled and up on the Listings page... he's appreciative of all bands who enquired and is full for August - unless someone pulls out!!

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Well, just dug out another Riffs review from way back, by dear ol' Val - and again, no idea when this was penned. Val mentioned it was the week after the 26th. Ah, right, so that's cleared that up........


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C'mon bands - Riffs is updated many times daily and when we say Paul needs bands for The Three Tuns in Gateshead for this month then we are talking now; we will let you know when the slots have been filled - but they haven't been yet. He still has three dates to fill
This Saturday 10th August
Next Friday 16th August
Next Saturday 17th August. So give him a call
07940 715824. WHEN? NOW!!

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AC/DC GB AT THE PENNY GILL
Hello everybody peeps. Well, just got back from The Penny Gill in Spennymoor where I nipped along to try out a new camera - always felt a bit of a wally lugging my large DSLR about, so invested in new technology. Was really pleased with the results; will need some tweaking but I thought I'd post a few pics from its very first use. I'm contemplating undertaking band reviews - just like the old days (but, unfortunately without Val) if there is a demand; and of course a review is no good without pics to illustrate. Anyway, this is from last night's gig (Sun Aug 4th) at The Penny Gill of AC/DC GB . . .   I recorded them playing 'High Voltage' and that is now on Youtube - https://youtu.be/V-0BzWOjMDk.



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The Bessie boys live at the City Hall 2015 (free ads for a whole year for anybody who doesn't chuckle): https://youtu.be/DpcMX4SmeG8
Bessie and the Zinc Buckets Facebook page: https://en-gb.facebook.com/bessieandthezincbuckets/

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I've started experimenting with linking bands names in the Listing page to Youtube videos of themselves - to help readers get an idea of what to expect at a gig. At the moment I've picked a few at random but, if any band wants a link to a particular video then please let me know and I will initiate that. I'm not sure what will happen though when that gig comes and goes; I guess you will need to re-send the link for me to keep it up to date............ I'll see how it goes........

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COME ON AND TOUCH ME

The keen-eyed amongst you may have noticed how many
Starz gigs there are now in August and September. Well, it just happens their popularity seems to know no bounds. I remember guitarist Kenny telling me earlier this year that they went out of their way to pick a set list that was recognisable but yet well away from the 'done-to-death' covers. Well, that has paid off in spades [what's the builders' motto - measure twice and cut once]. Kenny explained to Riffs: 'Starz has gone down really well everywhere; one landlord told us that we were the first band he'd listened to for months cos normally he switches off when he's serving behind the bar because he's sick of hearing the same old songs, he couldnt wait to get us back!' Not only that but Kenny is in The Paul Rodgers Story who had no choice but to reform after constant requests and, by all accounts, played a blinder recently at Darlington's Forum (and yes a re-booking ensued). And, if all that isn't impressive enough, his other band, the heavy Black Rose is on the verge of releasing a new album. Kenny went on: 'Black Rose are almost finished recording a new album which is a lot heavier than anything we have done in the past, it should surprise a few people!'
Couldn't be too heavy for me Kenny - or too loud!  Click pic to hear 'Cure For Your Disease' by Black Rose.
I wouldn't be surprised if Kenny makes himself available on a regular basis, surrounded by railings, for bands who want to just get close and touch him . . . or just stare in awe . . .

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Three Tuns all sorted for weekend - they have Romeo's Pistol for this Friday and Prism for Saturday. Two bands quick off the mark - mind you, neither have been in touch with Riffs. We got the confirmation from Paul Tuns. Y'know, ya try to give bands publicity . . .
Paul is still short for some dates late August so give him a call
07940 715824.

THREE TUNS NEEDS BAND FOR FRIDAY now sorted

Paul Tuns is well on his way to filing his listing for gigs in August but finds himself with a space for THIS FRIDAY 2ND (Three Tuns in Gateshead)- so get in there quick:
call or text 07940 715824. And when you have secured your gig, email me here at Riffs and I will add it to the Listings page - and if you are very polite I will give your band a mensh here on the News page!

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If I'm anything, I'm a man of my word; September's listings is now live and the first entry is for Friday 13th at
The Glendale, Hall Lane, Houghton le Spring DH5 8DA for a gig by UK/DC playing tracks by the legendary Bon Scott.

Angus from that band played with AC/DC GB recently and went down a storm at Steels Club in Sunderland, so a lot is riding on the Glendale gig.

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Can I make a clarification concerning the AC/DC GB review below. The Angus on the night of the gig review was from UK/DC, and he was standing in on that night at Steels Club and it is his band - UK/DC who is appearing at Glendale Club on Friday September 13th. UK/DC play the Bon Scott era songs, so that's the first five AC/DC albums; and some would argue undoubtedly the best. But let's not get into that. I should be getting September's list up soon on the Listings page and I will make sure that that will be the first gig entered into it.


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BANDS SOUGHT FOR GATESHEAD GIGS
Looks like landlord Paul Tuns is having a reet rough August suffering numerous cancellations! He has put an urgent shout out for bands for the following dates for his two pubs in Gateshead - no specific style has been mentioned so just give him a ring . . . call or text
07940 715824
SCHOONER
Sat 17th, Fri 23rd
THREE TUNS
Fri 2, Sat 3, Sat 10, Fri 16, Sat 17, Sat 24, Fri 30.


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The band's website:  
https://www.acdcgb.co.uk/
For a taste of the band:   https://youtu.be/QRCIfpYXSC8

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WE'LL HAVE NONE OF YER DEVIL MUSIC
AROUND THESE 'ERE PARTS

Well, ya just gotta feel sorry for those Junkyard Dogz, all set for their debut gig at Ye Old Cross in Ryton Village recently - but just days away from their much-anticipated gig and they are told it's off. Who says they can't go ahead? Environmental Health, that's who. Apparently the pub wants to start up live music nights but have been shot down in flames before they've even got going. Paul from the band told me: 'I wouldn't mind but they haven't even heard us!'

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Sorting through Riffs archives (well, when you wake at 5am you need something to fill in the time!) I noticed another little gem that warrants an airing, so without further ado here's Rough Justice from July 2008 at the Princess Alice in Middlesbrough . . .penned by yours truly.


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ONE VISION
    
By all accounts
Queen tribute Qween knocked 'em dead at Birtley Buffs Club recently. Every single ticket had been sold and the place was, as you can well imagine, rammed to the rafters. Rob from the band told Riffs: 'It was a great responsive audience who really appreciated our live show experience - Billy West, our lead singer, does "Freddie" proud at every gig and sings all Queen songs in copy key!' No doubt all the musos reading this will know exactly what 'copy key' is. Moving on: Rob has been elated at the response his band has been getting since its inception and playing to capacity crowds looks like the norm for this quality ensemble. Their next gig is at Hebburn Iona Social Club on Friday 12th July tickets from the club (£6)-.
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Twister at the Academy:  https://youtu.be/sh3AEUpWyFQ
Rock Solid: https://youtu.be/U8eBOJAF8_0

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NOW THESE TOWNS
THEY ALL KNOW OUR NAME

Riffs is forever hearing of venues closing and bands splitting so how heartened are we to tell of a band actually reforming?!! Yes, it's true. A big welcome back to . . . THE PAUL RODGERS STORY. It seems only five minutes ago that the lads (well, I say 'lads' but the pedigree of these mature guys is there for all to see/hear) were not only belting out the most memorable tracks from Free, Bad Co., Queen etc but they included Paul Rodgers' foray into solo work too. Not to mention Hendrix. Gaining an envious reputation for reliablility and quality musicianship throughout the North-East, it was a blow to many when the band called it a day.
Guitarist Kenny told me: '
Since the band split up we've had people asking us on a regular basis what happend to the band and the enjoyment they got from our gigs. A chance meeting between a couple of us led to our reform, so by popular demand we are back.'
Kenny continued: '
Because all the members are busy with other bands we can only fit in a very few gigs.'
Very few indeed, you'll be lucky to catch the band once a month - but a trek worth taking.
Needless to say Riffs shows The Paul Rodgers Story gigs on our Listings page but this is the current list up to Christmas (Oh heavens - it's still June and we've mentioned Christmas!!!!).

Thurs 4th July - The Forum, Darlington   cc
Sat 3rd Aug - Richmond Live Festival (on stage at 4pm)    cc
Sun 15th Sept -  Rhythm & Blues Festival, Darlington (Hoskins Bar at 6pm)
Thurs 28th Nov - Trillians, Newcastle
Fri 20th Dec - Cleveland Bay, Eaglescliffe


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HARTLEPOOL CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF
WISHBONE ASH

Another short notice gig just come to Riffs attention is this Sunday (23rd) at
Hartlepool Supporters Club [5pm £4.00]; The venue is celebrating the 50-year anniversay of the great Wishbone Ash. Performed by The Flying Vs, Jeff from the band told Riffs: 'It's one of a series of gigs we will perform this year. We will be joined by Dave Barnes from The Test Pilots as our Ted Turner. Having opened up for Wishbone Ash and their fans in 2014 at Chesterfield Winding Wheel, 2016 at The Grand Clitheroe and 2018 at The Y Theatre Leicester, we're looking forward to playing tracks from the early years Wishbone Ash, Pilgrimage, Argus, Wishbone IV, New England, and Strange Affair.'

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Just found out about this all-dayer today - two days before the event! Looks like their publicity dept. is away on holiday . . . Anyway, thanks to American Girl for keeping Riffs in the loop. Noticed there are no band times on the poster but one time we do know is that American Girl are due at 4.45pm. (and they've missed an 'S' from Assassin!)



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Following on from the unbelievable response I got from the last two recent 'who is this band' pics. And I say 'unbelievable' because no-one - yes no-one - emailed me! But am I saddened? [Well, yeah, just a tad] but am I disheartened? [Well . . .] but not to be deterred here is two more 'who the fuck is this?'  pics.................. any ideas anyone? Anyone . . .?
     



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True to my word I've dug out these two pics of a young band pictured at The Grand in Bishop Auckland (possibly) way back when - so if anyone knows who the band is, or when I took them (or why I never labelled them properly) we can then put a name to the band...
      


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YES, WE TAKE OUR OWN PHOTOS - ALWAYS HAVE
In reply to a recent email we received: ALL photos that accompany Riffs reviews (and indeed reviews by The Seaham Silverback) are taken at the actual gig - without exception. The reviews by myself and Val all contained photographs that I took of the band on that particular night. We do not snaffle pics from other websites, Facebook or whatever to enhance the review. If I ever use a photo in this column (not the column on the right) for illustrative purposes I always mensh that I nicked it from somewhere else (other than if it was sent directly to Riffs by the band/venue themselves). Myself and Val always prided ourselves on reviewing, photographing and writing the whole gig ourselves. In fact, typing this has just reminded me that I have scores (maybe hundreds) of photographs that are unnamed and I may post some on this column soon. Shame to have them gathering dust.... I am trying to persuade Mr Silverback to get armed with a camera so as to illustrate his reviews with some exciting pics... I am working on his review of The 3 Colonels from last night right now and should have it uploaded within a couple of hours....

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Mucho gracias to Alan W from The Grand in Bishop Auckland who recognised the single as 'Watcha Doin' To Me' by The Reds. Just one more to go . . . this catchy little punk ditty from the Seventies has bewildered me  . . . does anyone know who it is?


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Well, it's that time again - a look though Riffs' archives and see what gems we have hidden away. How about a review of
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Just a brief mensh for an upcoming gig at the Cluny 2 in Newcastle for 26th June when the
Tom Atkinson Band will be performing there. Over a year since the lads performed at the Cluny but they are all fired up for this upcoming gig. Tom Atkinson - Guitar/Vocs; Paul Gowland - Sax/Keys (Strictly Smokin’ Big Band); Stu Dawson - Bass (RJ Thompson, Preach Alaska); Jeff Armstrong - Drums (Flakes, Russ Tippins Band) include some original music in their set along with covers of Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson etc. Tickets are a fiver and available from http://www.thecluny.com
I did try to get a pic from Tom but, even though it would paint a thousand words, words are all I have ('to take your heart away').

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BACK IN BUFFS
It's always nice when something works out and goes to plan - cos in life it most often bastard well doesn't (what, me - bitter?). So it was great to get an email from Robert from Heaton Buffs concerning the
BOSS gig from last week. Not only was it a virtual sell-out - just five tickets left unsold [how's that for honesty? He could have quite easily told me it was a sell-out] - but the lads went down the proverbial storm. I remember searching Youtube for a video of the band to highlight the gig but found zilch (punk band from the 70s I think) but we can make up for it now because kind ol' Robert has sent me a link to the very opening of the band's set filmed live as it happenerd at the Buffs! So without further ado here is BOSS just seventeen years since their last visit at the Buffs - c'mon lads let someone else get a look in . . .


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Bit of sadness for me last week - lost a friend, a good supporter of Rock. Introduced me to Rammstein and Airbourne. He was a great lover of German lesser-known bands and I used to meet up with him at Newcastle Arena, or the Academy. A regular at live pub gigs in Redcar and was a regular at Dr. Browns in Middlesbrough. Great guy. He was given the all clear for cancer a few years ago and then it came back suddenly just weeks ago with a vengeance. Anyway Gaz, here's
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Listening to Rock on internet radio today (which supports the age-old question 'Why djs?') and on came Suzie Smiled by Tygers of Pan Tang and something stirred deep inside me, some distant memory of reviewing that band many moons ago.

A quick search of Riffs archives and - bingo! found it.

So, for your delectation . . . (and yet again, I mentioned the date [February 2], but not the year, so if anyone can help out?....)

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Due to my throat virus causing voice loss, my band Steeler can’t play gig at Redcar Rugby Club tonight Sat 25-May - Classic Rock covers band or similar is needed. Contact Pete 07775922523.

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Riffs has just been informed that the gig at Heaton Buffs this weekend - which we have down as Boss (and I thought was a Springsteen tribute) - is in fact a rather special reunion of a band from the 90s.
As Robert from the club told Riffs: 'They were a big deal on the club scene back in the 90s & early 00s. They are doing a few one-off shows with the original band line up; and of course they are 100% live!
We have already sold 200 tickets, with only 50 left.'
Apparently, back in 2002, Boss did an outstanding sell-out gig there and Robert is keen to duplicate that success.
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With regards to the Riffs review of Phil Caisley's Dirty Dogs featured below, Dave from the band has been in touch to shed some light on exactly when the gig took place and some info on what has become of the band . . .

'The date of the review was the 12th February 2010.  The Dirty Dogz were in existence from 2009 until 2013 doing the north east pub scene and the last gig was at Doctor Browns in Middlesbrough on the 2nd November of that year.  Phil, in my  opinion, is a great rock singer and it was a good band although we were certainly very punchy and could test the old ear drums for volume.  Keith John Dean on bass was replaced by Ian Raine (played with DeeeXpus, infinity, and lately, The Rising and many others).  The other guys are either not in bands or between bands whereas I am working with my brother in the ‘Graham Henderson experience’.
To remind yourself of what we were like – here is a link to a Youtube clip of us at the rock 4 All.
https://youtu.be/1LD2ouDwIKU    with keith on bass.
And here is a clip of my current band  - (with Ian Raine on Bass, now replaced by Duncan Sams).
https://youtu.be/u5ghYHhQvI4
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If you want it, here it is, come and get it
Here at Riffs I love to give publicity to live Rock bands - even more so if it happens to be their first gig. Can imagine it's quite a traumatic event and a lot rides on that debut gig. But I am saddened, I must say, that although publicity at Riffs is entirely free and I really don't expect anything back, that this offer is not taken up more readily. On a couple of recent occasions upon hearing of an approaching first gig I have asked for more info - a little blurb about the band and hopefully a pic or two - and I hear nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nought. Nil. Zippo. I'm not losing out, but I suspect that the band and indeed the venue would benefit from a tad of extra publicity . . . just saying.

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I'M ONLY HERE FOR THE BEER

Saturday 11th May was Houghton annual beer festival, a charity event organised by the round table running for several decades now. I’ve been going along for the last 5 years or so; nice venue in Houghton Colliery Welfare club and a decent afternoon out with mates. However, every year there’s what is loosely described as “live music” and without exception it is awful. Last year we offered to pay the organisers whatever they’d paid the “singer” to get him off (they declined). There’s usually about a dozen of us, all guys I know from various venues where we go to see bands who have varied tastes from blues to thrash metal to country, we all agreed this year’s offering was, once again, abysmal. The band was advertised as “an experienced function band” doing stuff from Adele, Ed Sheeran, Kings of Leon, Elvis, Buddy Holly Michael Buble and Pharrell Williams; half the stuff wasn’t recognisable until half way through the song, the instruments were out of tune and the singer couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. If the organisers read this, get artists who can sing and/or play; Russ Tippins or Tempest would bring people in, you’re close to driving people away.
Now, it was a charity event and the band may have agreed to play for free in which case they were worth the money. Do I name and shame them? Houghton Beer Festival 2019 afternoon session, will bring up an answer, but the hope is that the organisers will read this and either not bother with live music on afternoons OR book someone who will attract punters, not alienate them.
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The NE Street Band, playing iconic songs from Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band debuted at The Old Fox in Felling just recently and we have added a link to some footage here (only phone footage).
The band's website: https://www.nestreetband.co.uk
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THE PRIESTS OF THE TEMPLE OF ROCK

Bank holiday Monday gigs are a gamble for venues, if it’s been a nice day and the punters have been in the garden all day having a few drinks, they tend to stay there, it’s also a school night so folk tend to think better of going out. However,
The Force are one of those bands I’d walk barefoot over broken glass to go and see regardless, they set a standard that other bands in the North East aspire to reach and Monday 6th May was no exception. An early start gave an opportunity for those at work the following day to get their 8 hours kip and it meant the gear was pretty much in and checked by the time the audience started coming in. There was a decent turn out, but I was expecting the place to be rammed – punters eh?
The band opened with a couple of their own tracks before setting off in a set that featured Rush quite extensively with songs from Rainbow, AC/DC, UFO, Montrose, Metallica, Scorpions and Thin Lizzy. It would be wrong to try and pick out tracks that were better than the others, because I didn’t hear a bum note all evening and the sound was absolutely spot on from the word go. The twin lead guitars in Thin Lizzy’s “Emerald” were flawless, the guy I was sat next to turned to look at me at the end of the track and we were both thinking the same thing. Phil sat down for “Bad Motor Scooter” with his Strat over his knee and a bottleneck, first time I’ve seen him do this, and it was excellent.
I’m always staggered by the sheer professionalism of The Force, I doubt there can be a Rock fan between the Tees and the Tweed who hasn’t heard these guys, but if you fall into that small number, get out and see them, you’ll thank me.
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SWEETS FOR MY SWEET . . .
The Sugar Bs 18-year reunion gig on march 30 at the Park Inn, Hartlepool raised £700, split equally between Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool and The Great North Air Ambulance Service.

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LIGHTS, SMOKE, AND ROCK 'N' ROLL

I’ve been following Rock Solid for over ten years now and always look forward to every show, the gig in Houghton Glendale was a welcome spot; right on the doorstep. I saw them about January and since then they’ve invested in a completely new LED lighting rig with fancy rotating spots etc. On a night when the condensation was running down the walls, the lack of a few KW of heat from PAR cans was welcome for all concerned. The Solids have used smoke machines for years but they must have put new batteries in the current model - the stage was like a war zone all night. Our musical tastes are as varied as we are but the Solid’s set-list dovetails in with my predilections perfectly, kicking off with a couple of Priest tracks then running through AC/DC, Saxon, Maiden, Purple, Rainbow, Ozzy and Rush - what’s not to like?
One of the reasons Rock Solid are so well received has got to be their interaction with their audiences, the guys always have time for a few words both on and off the stage. Last night’s gig was their first in the Glendale for 8 years (apparently) and there’s another one in the pipeline for December this year, the room was full and the club was selling beer like it was going out of fashion. The crowd loved them and the band gave every impression they were having a good time. Events like this keep the Rock scene in the North East vibrant, everyone’s coming away from the night happy. Long live Rock`n` Roll!
The Seaham Silverback
On a personal note, myself (Nige) and Val have always rated Rock Solid as one of the best rock acts in the North-East music scene but, alas, have not had the pleasure in quite a few years, so it really pleased me to read the Silverback's review to know not only that the lads are still going strong after so many moons, but also that they actually seem to be improving. But as Val has said on numerous occasions: 'When you've got it, you've got it'.

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You can't beat quality pie
The Three Tuns Gateshead hosts its 14th International Pie Festival between 2nd May and 6th May.
Over 2000 pies, 100 varieties including Veggie and Vegan options all served with creamy mash, mushy peas and special house gravy £3.50.
Live music from Prism Pink Floyd, The Grumpies, Wham Bam Thank You Mam, The Russ Tippins Trio and The Beetles.


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'Probably one of the most entertaining
nights I’d had this year'


It was grab-a-granny night down in Houghton Sports & Social on 20th April with a 60s tribute band called FAB gracing the stage (No, I’d never heard of them either). It had been a scorching day so the wife and I headed down there early to re-hydrate ourselves and the car park was filling rapidly. Walking through the doors at 7.30 we got one of the last tables available, clearly some people knew something we didn’t. Bearing in mind we’re both over 60, our presence lowered the average age of the crowd which rather put me off, but I was thirsty and I’d paid my entrance money, so sod it – we stayed.
The band gave a nod to the appearance of the bands of the 60s era with suits, and even ties in the first set, the Hofner violin bass a salute to Paul McCartney and the numerous Beatles tracks scattered through the set. Now the band weren’t the best musicians or singers I’ve heard (but I’ve heard a LOT worse) but they grabbed the crowd by the scruff of the neck and shook them all night long. Any empty space was filled with folk on their feet and dancing almost from the off, tracks from The Beatles, Roy Orbison, The Searchers, Swinging Blue Jeans, The Hollies and Gerry and the Pacemakers with the obligatory Ferry across the Mersey. It was probably one of the most entertaining nights I’d had this year.
If you’re looking for a band to span a big age group or just for a fun party, I can’t recommend these guys highly enough. [PS, my photos turned out crap. I nicked this shot from the band’s Facebook page, I can’t credit the photographer by name, so please excuse the liberty].
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CROOKFEST 2019 - MAY 5
Crookfest is a annual may bank holiday rock music festival held in the County Durham market town of Crook with a variety rock styles performed by cover/tribute bands across 3 stages inside large marquees. The event takes place on Sunday 5th May 2019 in the Millfield ground home of Crook Town AFC from noon untill 11pm along with food and beer stalls a-plenty.

www.crookfest.co.uk


Rock Bands... Coda a Tribute to Led Zeppelin, AC/DC-GB, Mane Attraction, Circa69, Tubesnake, Edenthorn.
Punk Reggae Ska... The Marley Experience, The Sex Pistols Experience, Skapones, Panic Report, The Me Mes, The Anarchists. 
Indie Mod 80-90s... Revolver, ZEN, The Baggy Mondays, Deeper Season, The Thieves, Collaborators.

Crook Town AFC  Durham  Tickets £15 @ www.crookfest.co.uk


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Tempest in Houghton

I must confess I’ve never been a big fan of artists who use backing tracks -  with the exception of Russ Tippins -  they all seemed to lack the spontaneity of a full line up. So when some friends recommended I go see a duet called
Tempest featuring a guy on guitar with backing tracks and a lass on vocals I was hesitant to say the least. I couldn’t have been more wrong; Kaz & Ritchie are 2 of the nicest people you could want to meet and deliver a widely varied set that has never failed to impress.
We went to see Tempest at Houghton Sports & Social club 30th March where a decent crowd were treated to a great night with tracks from Patti Smith, Chris Rea, AC/DC, Blondie & Fleetwood Mac among others. For me, the highlight of the evening was their rendition of the Cranberries “Promises” which emphasised Kaz’s vocals as being the most powerful I’ve heard of any performer of either sex in the North East circuit – not a credit I give lightly and without some thought. In any band, the singer tends to be the focal point of the band and a singer as good as Tempest’s holds the attention, but it shouldn’t detract from Ritchie on guitar who played a storming set as well as taking the vocal lead a couple of times.
The sound was spot on, the band mixed with the audience before, during and after the show, the set list was excellent, having a girl on vocals gives a flexibility that a male based band cannot achieve, I cannot recommend Tempest highly enough, if you get a chance to see them, take it with both hands.
The Seaham Silverback.


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Just heard, courtesy of Alan Fizzyfish, that the Ship Inn, Richmond has closed - whether temp or permanent is unknown -  so any bands with a gig there will need to look elsewhere.

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The Glendale Rock nights are going down really well, the place was packed and there was a good friendly atmosphere in the place. I’d guess there was 80-ish in, punters were coming in late and leaving as there were no more seats, so the solution is going to be get there early if you intend to go to a gig there. I’ve been following Lock n Load for a couple of years, I first saw them at beer festival since when the line-up has gone through a couple of changes. Dave, the current singer was originally on drums and they had a girl on vocals with legs up to her armpits, I’ve got to say she was easier on the eye than Dave, but Dave’s vocals suit the current set list down to a tee.
Kicking off with “Tie your mother down” they ran through tracks from Whitesnake, AC/DC, Bryan Adams, ZZ Top and Zeppelin in the first set alone. Journey’s “Separate ways” was always going to stretch the old vocal chords and we’ve all heard it murdered on numerous occasions but the band pulled it off like it was another day in the office.
Now I’m regularly accused of being proper OCD about the sound, balance and levels but I couldn’t find fault with any of that from the word go, I was much impressed with the guitar sound in particular that captured Brian May’s tone for the opening Queen number, to Billy Gibbons choppy fuzz, Bryan Adams jangly intro on “Run to you” and Gary Moore’s mournful sustain on “Still got the blues”. All from 1 guitar. Respect.
The band are a mix of ages, so some of the set was written before they were born; now as an aging rocker I applaud this tribute to the music I love, but feel slightly sad that little of any musical value seems to have risen to the top for young bands to play. The second set picked up where the first had finished with a bit of Bon Jovi then the band threw in “Nellie the elephant” to a rapturous greeting before some more Whitesnake, AC/DC, Billy Idol and G&R before finishing the night with “The Hunter” – always gonna go down well in Houghton. A cracking night all round, the band were happy, everybody I spoke to had a great time and the club sold lots of beer. Next up “The Force” on 29th of this month.
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Steve Hutchinson from South Shields has recently re-joined CLASSIC CLAPTON on keyboards & backing vocals.
He was a member of Animals 2 for 6 years during the 1990s alongside original members Hilton Valentine & John Steel.
Currently he performs with heritage band Animals 3 and also UK Legends. He previously played with Classic Clapton from 2003 - 2005.


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Looks like there is yet another change of management and booking agent at The Maggie Bank and all bands booked by the previous team are once again cancelled. If bands think they are playing there they should get in touch with the pub to clarify the situation.

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I AIN'T AFRAID OF NO GHOSTS
That little birdie that told Riffs what a crackin' gig awaited anyone partaking of ghostly goings-on at the Glendale last Friday has, we are cock-a-hoop to say, put his money where his mouth is [or should we say 'beak']. He not only popped in to said establishment with some mates but was good enough to write a quick appraisal of the gig and sent it in to Riffs. So, without further ado . . .
'Last Friday we went to see The Ghost Band at Houghton Glendale WMC. For me this was a much anticipated gig, I’d seen them at Philadelphia beer festival last year playing a brief set and I was much impressed by their choice of Blues/Rock and the level of musicianship. Last night built on that first impression as the band ran through tracks from Hendrix, Gary Moore, Jeff Healey, Tom Petty, John Mayall and Free among others. The guys I’d brought with me hadn’t seen the band before and were captivated by the whole show. In fact the entire evening should have been videoed and distributed to all bands in the region; 3 guys who aren’t exactly in the first flush of youth had all their gear brought in, connected and checked in 20 minutes.
The sound check took literally 5 – 10 minutes and was spot on throughout the night. A far cry from other bands I’ve seen recently who spent 75 minutes on a sound check and the sound was shite when they’d done, it took the “sound engineer” all the first set to get it somewhere near, even walking around with an iPad. What’s the point of all those hours of practice if you sound like you’re playing inside a spin dryer? I’m sure we’ve all sat through 45 minutes of fretboard masturbation turned up to 11. Watch the Ghost Band and see how it’s done.
Climbing off my high horse, I can recommend the Ghost Band to anyone who appreciates good music played well with the minimum distraction and gobshitery between numbers.'
The Seaham Silverback.

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Just heard from Stormy Phil that the Ship Inn at Benton is now closed.

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NURSES TO WALK THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA
As someone who has seen first-hand the absolutely wonderful and caring work our beloved Nurses do (and the amount of piss that Hunt Jeremy takes) I have no hesitation in giving a big shout out to the Valentines Night gig at The Alexandra in Grangetown, Sunderland.

The palliative care nurses working in St Benedicts Hospice in Sunderland are walking the Great Wall of China - yes, they are going to walk along the Great Wall of China!!) to raise funds for St Benedicts Hospice Charity.

Tickets are £6 available from The Alex, the Hospice or
just turn up on the night and splash cash on the door.
Please pop along and help these wonderful people - oh, nearly forgot - there's a jam-packed evening of live music too!!!
The Wolcott Band
Exit Left
Joanne Wallace
Steve Ayther



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GHOSTS AT THE GLENDALE
A little birdie tells Riffs what a cracking little venue Glendale Social Club in Houghton le Spring is, and what a great night it should be this Friday when The Ghost Band take to the stage. Birdie Dave goes on to say: 'The club have bands on every 2nd & 4th Friday of the month. Normally no cover charge, cheap beer and a nice clean club with loads of free parking. It’s on the bus route too for those who use public transport although I’m not sure what time the local buses stop running. I’m just an interested punter and have nothing to do with the club, but I like to encourage and support anyone who is prepared to get stuck in.'


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CONSPIRACY TO ROCK

If you like your rock of the hard and heavy variety check out Conspiracy Theory; a new band making inroads into the north east rock and metal scene. If you’re a bit tired of seeing too many rock bands playing the same old stuff, CT’s intention is to do the songs that no-one else does. And that doesn’t mean obscure material you’ve never heard of, if you’re into rock and metal you’ll know everything they do. From Rainbow to Dio, Whitesnake to Purple, Maiden to Priest, Uriah Heep to Rush or the guitar greats such as Schenker or Moore, you won’t forget them in a hurry. With stellar musicianship from highly experienced players having cut their teeth in bands such as PowerAge, Ministry of Rock, Black Rose and On The Rocks you’re bound to have a night to remember. You can catch them at Trillians, Newcastle on Friday 22nd February, The Penny Gill, Spennymoor Sunday 3rd March, Acklam Steelies Club, Middlesbrough Saturday 9th March or the Big Jug, Durham on Friday 15th March.


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BOYS IN ACTION . . .
One of the most enjoyable things I like to do is to announce the birth of a new band, and if they are a Rock band with pedigree then space on Riffs is a must. So without further ado let me announce . . .
STARZ, who are a new rock covers band and include three of the north east's top musicians who have decided to play some songs that were a little different from 'the usual stuff'. The band features members from bands such as Pistoleros, Bryan Adams Experience, Black Rose (not the TL one), The Paul Rodgers Story, Stoneheart, American Girl to name a few and are all well known throughout the north east for putting on a great show. The set list includes classic and modern punk rock (Sex Pistols/Green Day etc), glam rock (T Rex / Bowie etc), heavy rock (Motley Crue / Marilyn Manson etc) soft rock (Van Halen / The Cult etc) pop (Dead or Alive / Kinks etc) plus plenty of great songs for those that want to dance and some surprises including rock versions of songs by Gary Numan and the Bee Gees.
The band start gigging this month and you can check them out here -
Sunday 13th - Vigilant Inn, South Shields (7pm)
Saturday 19th - Holey Molies, Skelton, Teesside
Sunday 20th - Times Inn, Seaham
Thursday 31st - Osbournes, Yarm
The full list of all Starz gigs are on Riffs Gig Listings page, but for more info about the band go to http:www.starzrock.co.uk


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Riding On The Crest Of The New Wave fitted no-one better than Lene Lovich who this year is celebrating the 40th anniversary of ‘Stateless’, her debut album, featuring cult hit 'Lucky Number' by touring the UK in March 2019 and is set to appear at Newcastle Riverside on the 8th of March. The song was originally a 'b' side to 'I Think We're Alone Now' but was reissued as an 'a' side by Stiff in '79. Before joining Stiff Records (The Damned, Devo, Ian Dury, etc), her early work included performing in cabaret clubs as a London go-go dancer, voice-over work recording screams for Hammer Film Productions, and being the lyricist for French disco artist Marc Cerrone (including penning the sci-fi dance hit ‘Supernature’). Riffs has no further details regarding the gig as yet.....
Now let's see if I can still fit into my old 'If It Ain't Stiff . . .' t-shirt....


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Just had a heads up regarding The Magnesia Bank in North Shields; it appears the booking of the bands is now being undertaken by someone anew; and the usual confusion has ensued, so it is most advisable that any band who thinks they have a booking at that venue to double check asap.

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One of the top AC/DC tribute bands that are on offer to the good people of the North-East is surely Livewire. They are getting a great reputation for their annual shindig at Blackhall Colliery Community Centre in Hartlepool and they have just announced this year's gig - Saturday, Feb 23. It is a stunning venue with two bars and easy free parking. The band have purposely kept the price the same as last year and also hope to keep the same 300 capacity. Tickets on sale now £15 from ents24.com  or  07841 033579. The pic above is from last year's gig at the Centre.

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It's always a breath of fresh air to hear what other people think of the bands that we have featured, not only in our very own Riffs reviews, but also regularly in our listings. And one of the great stalwarts of the Rock brigade is the good ol' trusted and reliable Rock Solid. Good friend of Riffs Dave Fulton was kind enough to pen his thoughts on the gig by that very band on Boxing Day so, without further ado, here is said review:

If it’s Boxing Day, then Rock Solid must be playing in Houghton. In a tradition that started in the old Buffs club in Houghton (now a Wetherspoons) probably 12 years ago or more, the Solids have played to broadly the same crowd of fans of proper Rock in a friendly setting; this year in Houghton Sport & Social club. Originally advertised as a civilised alternative to turkey sandwiches with the in-laws it continues to draw a good crowd and this year was no exception. Kicking off with “Tie your mother down” and running through a compendium of 70s & 80s hard Rock, the band played new stuff by Saxon & Maiden along with perennial favourites by Priest, Rainbow, Ozzy, Purple and AC/DC. Playing as tight as I’ve heard them, this was no nonsense Rock with well-balanced sound and an easy rapport with their audience. How many times have you gone to listen to a band and they throw something into the set and you think to yourself “Lord, it’s years since I heard this” then you go home and dig out the vinyl or raid the Pirate Bay and re-acquaint yourself with the stuff? Saxon’s “Frozen Rainbow” did that for me, and Priest’s cover of “Diamonds & Rust” was another. How fortunate we are to have such a back catalogue of classic music to listen to, and bands like Rock Solid who dig them out, rehearse them and serve them up for our continued delight. Long may it continue; catch the Solids again on Good Friday, 19th April in Houghton Sports & Social.
Dave

(we have used an old pic of Rock Solid so many many apologies to the band if the line up has in any way changed)

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Coming to the Hartlepool Supporters Club on Saturday Jan 5 is The Sean Webster Band and our very own local lad Russ Tippins. Russ is a legend around the North-East - and no doubt further afield - with his ability to coax Metal mayhem from his guitar one minute and soulful soothings the next. He can fit into a Rock crowd with ease and yet his intimate acoustic evenings are a joy to behold. Worth the ticket price alone in our opinion; but for those who would like to know a bit more about the headliners, here are a few snippets of what has been said about the Sean Webster Band;
"The resultant impression I am left with is a really superb album that manages to effortlessly straddle the divide between Blues and high quality AOR, interspersed with splashes of Soul and Country."
NIGEL FOSTER - The Blues Foundation
"Loving the album. I'll play loads of tracks on my radio show over the coming weeks."
PAUL LONG - Blues and Roots Connections
"If you like a bit of bluesy soulfulness, delivered with conviction and great musicianship, Leave Your Heart At Door will surely fit the bill. Just keep the Kleenex handy". 
IAIN CAMERON - Blues Enthused
" I had a lovely day with this Sean, such a breath of fresh air "
JON ASTLEY - Close To The Edge Mastering

Tickets £15 / 17 from ents24

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This Machine are back on the map with a new website, Facebook page and also a new addition to their line up.
Recently joining the band is Paul Richardson, some of you may know him from Black Rose, Slip of the Tongue, Destroyer and also doing a mean Eddie Van Hailen in top tribute band Van Hailen UK
Paul joins the familiar line up of Norman, Tony, Le Sequel and the Hamster of Doom to make This Machine a 5 piece again. Check out their revamped Facebook and website (featuring blogs, videos and everything else) at
www.thismachinerock.com 
www.facebòok.com/thismachinerocks
To get a taste of the new line up then watch the band live  HERE
Last few gigs of the year are
14th Dec  Peterlee Central Club 
15th Dec  The Turbinia, Newton Aycliffe 
22nd Dec  The Fat Ox, Whitley Bay (special Christmas Show)
28th Dec  The market Tavern, Bedlington
30th Dec  The Queens Head, Cullercoats

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Very late change for tonight (Friday 7th) at the Blacksmiths Arms, Gosforth High Street as The Whole Hog were unable to make the gig so facilitated their replacement, who are Skullduggery who will take their place.

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'Ere's one for ya; this review from back in 2008 (I think!) is of Wild Rumours and was penned by Riffs' Val . . .

 

CELEBRATING THE SEVENTIES
"I saw you walking down the street
Your hair was hanging down too deep"

 
CELEBRATING NWOBHM

Factoid: In 1999, former Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren announced that he was running for the Mayor of London.

This week in . . .
1943 - American jazz pianist, organist, composer, singer, and comedic entertainer Fats Waller died of pneumonia on a train trip near Kansas City, Missouri. Waller wrote many songs including 'Ain't Misbehavin', 'Your Feet's Too Big' and 'The Reefer Song'. In 1926 Waller was kidnapped at gunpoint in Chicago and driven to a club owned by gangster Al Capone. Inside the club he was ordered to perform at what turned out to be a surprise birthday party for the gangster. He enjoyed success touring the UK and Ireland in the 1930s, appearing on one of the first BBC television broadcasts on September 30, 1938.

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.

1979 - Pink Floyd started a five week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)' their only UK chart topper. The song, which was also the final No.1 single of the 1970s, received a Grammy nomination for Best Performance by a Rock Duo or Group, but Floyd lost to Bob Seger's Against the Wind.

1984 - Do They Know It's Christmas? by Band Aid entered the chart at No.1 and stayed at the top for five weeks. It became the biggest selling UK single of all time with sales over 3 and a half million. Band Aid was masterminded by former Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof, who had been moved by a TV news story of famine in Ethiopia. Geldof had the idea of raising funds with a one-off charity single featuring the cream of the current pop world. Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Paul Young, Culture Club, George Michael, Sting, Bono, Phil Collins, Paul Weller, Francis Rossi and Rick Parfitt of Status Quo and Bananarama all appeared on the recording.

2010 - Various Pink Floyd items were sold at an Entertainment Memorabilia auction by Bonhams in Knightsbridge London. 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.


1955 - Dickie Valentine was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Christmas Alphabet', the first Christmas song to reach the No.1 position. It was the first Christmas No.1 that was actually about Christmas, a trend that would continue off and on over the next several decades.

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 singles chart with his version of the 1955 Smiley Lewis hit 'I Hear You Knocking.' The Welsh singer, songwriter and producers only No.1 hit.


1975 - Patti Smith released her debut studio album Horses. Produced by John Cale, Horses has since been viewed by critics as one of the greatest and most influential albums in the history of the American punk rock movement, as well as one of the greatest albums of all time. Horses has also been cited as a key influence on a number of acts, including Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smiths, R.E.M. and PJ Harvey.

2000 - It was announced that after 74 years the rock weekly Melody Maker was to close down. The Christmas edition would be the last one then it would merge with the NME creating a more sizeable broad-based magazine.

2001 - American singer, songwriter, and guitarist Chuck Schuldiner died of brain cancer. He founded the pioneering band Death in 1983. Schuldiner is often referred to as "The Godfather of death metal". Death's best-selling album is the 1991 release Human.

2012 - A collection of love letters written by Mick Jagger to American singer Marsha Hunt sold at auction for £187,250. The letters were penned in the summer of 1969 while The Rolling Stones frontman was in Australia. They are believed to be the inspiration for the band's hit single 'Brown Sugar'.

1970 - Smokey Robinson and the Miracles started a run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Tears Of A Clown'. It was the group's 26th Top 40 hit and first No.1. The song was written by Stevie Wonder in 1966, and his producer Hank Cosby, Smokey Robinson wrote the lyrics.

1970 - The Doors played what would be their last ever live show with Jim Morrison when they played at the Warehouse in New Orleans.


1985 - Scottish keyboard player Ian Stewart died of a heart attack in his doctor's Harley Street waiting room. Co-founder of The Rolling Stones (Stewart was the first to respond to Brian Jones's advertisement in Jazz News seeking musicians to form a rhythm & blues group). Stewart was dismissed from the line-up by the band's manager, Andrew Loog Oldham, in May 1963 but remained as road manager and piano player. He played on all The Rolling Stones albums between 1964 and 1983. Also played piano on Led Zeppelin's ‘Rock and Roll’ and ‘Boogie With Stu’ from Physical Graffiti. When the Stones were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, they asked that Stewart's name be included. "Stu was the one guy we tried to please," said Mick Jagger after he died. "We wanted his approval when we were writing or rehearsing a song." The last word is from Keith Richards autobiography, Life. "Ian Stewart, I'm still working for him. To me, the Rolling Stones is his band."

2008 - The town where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards grew up announced it was to name streets in a new estate after Rolling Stones hits. The 13 streets in Dartford, Kent, were to be given names such as Angie Mews, Babylon Close, Sympathy Street, Little Red Walk and Satisfaction Street. Leader of the council, Jeremy Kite, said he thought Ruby Tuesday Drive sounded a "fantastic" place to live, but police were concerned the street signs might be stolen by fans.

2012 - The Rolling Stones, The Who, Michael Stipe, Chris Martin, Bruce Springsteen and Roger Waters played at Madison Square Garden and raised over $30m (£18.6m) at a benefit gig in New York for those affected by superstorm Sandy which had caused the deaths of 120 people when it hit the Caribbean and US in October of this year. The surviving members of Nirvana, Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, also joined Sir Paul McCartney on stage to perform.

1961 - The Beatles agent Sam Leach attempted to introduce the group to London agents by promoting a show at The Palais Ballroom in Aldershot. The show was not advertised properly and, as a result, only 18 people attended (local newspaper The Aldershot News failed to publish the advertisement for the show). However, the band and friends had their own fun after the show, including a mock funeral for Paul McCartney.

1966 - Supergroup Cream released their debut studio album 'Fresh Cream'. The three piece of Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker also released their second single 'I Feel Free' on the same day.

1967 - The Doors appeared at the New Haven Arena, New Haven, Connecticut. Before the show a policeman found singer Jim Morrison making out with an 18 year-old girl in a backstage shower and after an argument the policeman sprays mace in Morrison’s face. Once on stage Morrison tells the story of the backstage episode and starts taunting the police who drag him off the stage and arrest him. The crowd riots leaving the venue in disarray and many are arrested. Later over 100 protestors gathered at the police station in demonstration and more arrests were made.

1992 - George Harrison was the recipient of the first Century Award, presented by Tom Petty at the third Billboard Music Awards in Universal City, California.

2010 - Eric Clapton announced he was to sell off part of his extensive guitar collection to raise money for his Crossroads rehab Centre in Antigua. Highlights of the sale would include a guitar Clapton played at the Cream reunion shows in 2005, estimated to sell for more than £13,000. The sale to be held by Bonhams in New York would also feature a vast collection of amps and speakers, including a pair of Marshall speaker cabinets.

Week Commencing December 2
1964 - Beach Boy Brian Wilson married Marilyn Rovell in L.A. The couple divorced in 1979. Marilyn and her sister and cousin were in a group, the Honeys, who were produced by Brian Wilson. Marilyn and Brian had two daughters, Carnie and Wendy, who became members of Wilson Phillips.

1967 - The Beatles Apple boutique on 94 Baker Street, London, opened its doors. The store closed seven months later when it fell foul of council objections over the psychedelic mural painted on the outside. All the goods from the shop were given away free to passers by and to people who had queued throughout the night for a chance of getting a free item.


1974 - Carl Douglas started a run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting'. The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million.

1993 - Manic Street Preachers co-manager Phillip Hall died from cancer. Hall was a former Record Mirror journalist and had also worked in PR for Stiff Records. Represented many acts including The Stone Roses, The Pogues, James, The Waterboys, The Beautiful South and Radiohead.

2016 - Greg Lake, who fronted both King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer, died aged 69 after a battle with cancer. One of the founding fathers of progressive rock, the band combined heavy rock riffs with a classical influence. They scored hit albums with Pictures at an Exhibition, Trilogy and Brain Salad Surgery and Lake had his solo hit 'I Believe in Father Christmas'. Jimi Hendrix considered joining ELP in their earliest incarnation, and if this had happened, the band would've been known as HELP.

2016 - An inquest into the deaths of British band Viola Beach after a crash in Sweden heard that "none of the young men suffered". The four-piece group and their manager, who were aged between 19 and 32, died in the early hours of 13 February 2016, following a gig in Stockholm. Their car crashed into a raised section of a bridge and plummeted into a canal.

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".

1965 - Rolling Stone Keith Richards was knocked unconscious by an electric shock on stage at the Memorial Hall In Sacramento, California, when his guitar made contact with his microphone.

1965 - The Who released their debut studio album: My Generation. In the United States it was released by Decca Records as 'The Who Sings My Generation' in April 1966, with a different cover and a slightly altered track listing. In 2003 it was named the second greatest guitar album of all time by Mojo magazine.

1966 - British act 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 UK & US 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. 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 sons forming a suicide pact and shooting themselves. The parents and their legal team alleged that a subliminal message of 'do it' had been included in the 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.

2001 - American session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. He was a member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, playing guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison's ‘Oh, Pretty Woman’, Marty Robbins' ‘El Paso’ and Loretta Lynn's ‘Coal Miner's Daughter’. During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J.J. Cale.

2008 - Composer, keyboardist and arranger Derek Wadsworth died in Oxfordshire. As a musician he worked with Georgie Fame, Alan Price, George Harrison, Mike Oldfield, Diana Ross, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Simply Red. Arranger for David Essex, Dusty Springfield, Nina Simone, Judy Garland, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Rod Stewart, Small Faces, The Rolling Stones and Manfred Mann.

2009 - Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood was arrested in Esher, Surrey on suspicion of assault, after a passer-by dialled 999 as a violent argument took place between Wood and his 21-year-old on-off girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. He was later cautioned by police.

Week Commencing November 25
1957 - Buddy Holly and the Crickets appeared on 'The Ed Sullivan Show', performing 'That'll Be The Day' and 'Peggy Sue'. Sam Cooke was also a guest on the same show performing 'You Send Me'.

1964 - The Who played the first of 22 consecutive Tuesday night gigs at The Marquee Club in London, the band were paid £50 for each gig. The Marquee Club saw the rise of some of the most important British artists in the 60s such as Jimi Hendrix, David Bowie, Cream, Manfred Mann, The Nice, Yes, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, King Crimson and many others who all appeared at the club.

1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their second studio album Axis: Bold as Love. Hendrix expressed dismay regarding the album cover art, which depicts him and the Experience as various forms of Vishnu, incorporating a painting of them by Roger Law, from a photo-portrait by Karl Ferris. Hendrix stated that the cover would have been more appropriate had it highlighted his American Indian heritage.

1987 - A Kentucky teacher lost her appeal in the US Supreme Court over her sacking after showing Pink Floyd's film The Wall to her class. The court decided that the film was not suitable for minors with its bad language and sexual content.


1993 - American rock singer-songwriter Ray Gillen died age 34 from an AIDS related disease in a New York Hospital. He was best known for his work with Badlands, in addition to his stint with Black Sabbath in the mid-1980s and recording most of the vocals on Phenomena's Dream Runner album.

2014 - Phil Rudd the drummer of AC/DC pleaded not guilty to charges of threatening to kill and possession of drugs. Rudd was excused from appearing in New Zealand's Tauranga District Court, with his lawyer entering his plea. The 60-year-old Australian-born musician was originally charged with attempting to procure the murder of two men.

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.

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 Starring Johnny Carson, 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.


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 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 US station CFOX.

2002 - High Court probate records showed that George Harrison left his fortune of £99m in a trust to his wife Olivia and his son Dhani, depriving the taxman of £40m. His English mansion near Henley-on-Thames was said to be worth £15m.

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. 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 to handle the band's income in 2011
without him .

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.

1962 - The Beatles recorded their first BBC radio session at the BBC Paris studio on Regent Street in London. They played 'Twist and Shout', 'Love Me Do' and 'P.S. I Love You', the tracks were aired on the BBC Light Program 'Talent Spot.'

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.

1981 - The British Phonographic industry placed advertisements in the press claiming that 'home taping was wiping out music'. The Boomtown Rats, 10cc, Elton John and Cliff Richard all backed the campaign.

1997 - A disturbed rock fan brought the funeral of INXS singer Michael Hutchence to a standstill when he tried to launch himself from a 20 ft high balcony with a cord around his neck. He was removed by police and taken away to a psychiatric unit.

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 No.1 single 'Foot Tapper' plus 28 other Top 40 singles. Left The Shadows in 1961 to work as a session drummer with Joe Meek. Also had the No.1 hit ‘Diamonds’ with Jet Harris.

1962 - The Beatles recorded their second single ‘Please Please Me’ in 18 takes and ‘Ask Me Why’ for the flip side at EMI studios London. When released in the US on the Vee-Jay label, the first pressings featured a typographical error: The band's name was spelled "The Beattles".


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 - 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.

1976 - The Sex Pistols released the single 'Anarchy In The UK'. Originally issued in a plain black sleeve, the single was the only Sex Pistols recording released by EMI, and reached No.38 on the Singles Chart before EMI dropped the group on 6 January 1977.

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".


1965 - Harrods department store in London was closed to the public so The Beatles could do their Christmas shopping in private.

1966 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience made their UK live debut at the Bag O'Nails Club, London, where they played using the club's DJ booth. Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend, The Beatles, Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, The Hollies and the Small Faces would all hang out at the club.

1972 - Chuck Berry was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'My Ding a-Ling', his only UK No.1. The song was originally recorded by Dave Bartholomew in 1952. Berry's version was from a concert recorded at the Locarno ballroom in Coventry, on 3 February 1972.

1974 - Singer, songwriter Nick Drake died in his sleep aged 26 of an overdose of tryptasol an anti-depressant drug. Drake signed to Island Records when he was twenty years old, recorded the classic 1972 album Pink Moon. In 2000, Volkswagen featured the title track from Pink Moon in a television advertisement, and within a month Drake had sold more records than he had in the previous thirty years.

1984 - The cream of the British pop world gathered at S.A.R.M. Studios, London to record the historic Do They Know It's Christmas? The single, which was written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure, featured Paul Young, Bono, Boy George, Sting and George Michael. It went on to sell over three million copies in the UK, becoming the bestselling record ever, and raised over £8 million worldwide.

1996 - A statue in Montreux, Switzerland by sculptor Irena Sedlecka was erected as a tribute to Freddie Mercury. Standing almost 10 feet (3 metres) high overlooking Lake Geneva it was unveiled by Freddie's father and Montserrat Caballé, with bandmates Brian May and Roger Taylor also in attendance.

2000 - A burglar broke into Alice Cooper's home and made off with over $6000 worth of clothes, shoes and cameras belonging to the singer's daughter. The good's were all lifted from Cooper's house in Paradise Valley, along with four of the star's gold discs.


2007 - Kevin Dubrow, the frontman with metal band Quiet Riot, was found dead in his Las Vegas home at the age of 52. Their 1983 release Metal Health was the first metal album to top the US charts. The band's biggest hit was 'Cum on Feel the Noize', a cover of the Slade song which they are said to have grudgingly recorded - in just one take.

2009 - Brian May joined Freddie Mercury's 87-year-old mother Jer Bulsara in Feltham town centre, at a ceremony to unveil a plaque to the late singer's memory. They were joined by over 2,000 fans from as far as Japan and Australia who descended on the Centre, in Feltham High Street. The plague reads: “Freddie Mercury - musician, singer and songwriter” along with the dates he lived in Feltham, between 1964 and 1968.

Week Commencing November 18
1965 - Marc Bolan appeared live on Five O'Clock Funfair, performing 'The Wizard'.

1967 - A 16 date package tour played its 7th night at the Sophia Gardens Pavilion, Cardiff. Featuring The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, The Move, The Nice, The Outer Limits, The Eire Apparent and Amen Corner, the entourage performed twice nightly. In 1974, Pink Floyd returned to the venue, which has since been demolished, to be replaced by the 'Really Welsh Pavilion'.

1975 - Queen started a nine-week run at No.1 on the singles chart with Bohemian Rhapsody. The promotional video that accompanied the song is generally acknowledged as being the first pop video and cost only £5,000 to produce. When the band wanted to release the single various record executives suggested to them that, at 5 minutes and 55 seconds, it was too long and would never be a hit.


1979 - Keith Richards' girlfriend Anita Pallenburg was cleared by a court of shooting a man found dead at her home. A 17-year-old, Scott Cantrell, had shot himself in the head with a gun owned by Keith Richards, while in Pallenberg's bed, at the South Salem, New York house shared by Richards and Pallenberg. Cantrell had been employed as a part-time groundskeeper at the estate and was involved in a sexual relationship with Pallenberg.

1994 - Tommy Boyce, singer, songwriter, committed suicide. 1968 US No. 8 single with Bobby Hart, 'I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite', also wrote 'Last Train To Clarksville', 'I'm Not Your Stepping Stone' and 'Scooby- Doo Where Are You.' Sold over 40m records.

2012 - According to a new list of the 200 rarest records published in Record Collector magazine, the original acetate of the pre-Beatles demo by the Quarrymen of 'That'll Be The Day' was worth £200,000. Several other Beatles records figured in the top 20. Low-numbered copies of The Beatles The White Album was said to be worth £7,000, though a copy of a mono White Album #0000005 sold for £19,201 in 2009.

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.

1968 - The Beatles double White Album was released. Featuring 'Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da', 'Dear Prudence', 'Helter Skelter', 'Blackbird' 'Back In The USSR' and George Harrison's 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps'. Priced at £3.13 shillings, it spent eight weeks as the No.1 album.

1975 - Scottish comedian Billy Connolly was at No.1 on the singles chart with a parody of the Tammy Wynette song D.I.V.O.R.C.E. Connolly's early career as a singer led to him forming a folk-pop duo called The Humblebums in the late 60s, with future star Gerry Rafferty.

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.

1994 - Pearl Jam released their third studio album Vitalogy, which was first released on vinyl and became the first vinyl album to appear on the chart since the domination of the compact disc format. They followed the release in other formats two weeks later, whereupon it became the second-fastest-selling CD in history, behind only the band's previous release Vs.

1997 - INXS singer Michael Hutchence was found dead in his hotel suite in Sydney. He was 37. Hutchence body was found at 11.50am naked behind the door to his room. He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door. It had been suggested that his death resulted from an act of auto eroticism, no forensic or other evidence to substantiate that suggestion was found.


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 unable to take part because he was suffering from severe tinnitus.

2004 - Ozzy Osbourne struggled with a burglar who escaped with jewellery worth about £2m from his Buckinghamshire mansion. Osbourne told reporters that he had the masked raider in a headlock as he tried to stop him. The burglar broke free and jumped 30 ft from a first floor window. A large amount of jewellery was stolen in the raid in which two burglars were involved.

2005 - A gig by former Stone Roses frontman 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 been open only a month. Organisers said it was simply a safety precaution after joists under the main dance floor came out of their springs.


1955 - Carl Perkins recorded 'Blue Suede Shoes' at Sun Studios in Memphis. The rock 'n' roll classic became a No.10 hit for Perkins in 1956, and has been covered by many acts including Elvis Presley and John Lennon.

1962 - The Beatles played gigs at three different venues. First they performed a lunchtime show at The Cavern Club, Liverpool, followed by an 85-mile drive to the Midlands, where they performed at Smethwick Baths Ballroom and then at the Adelphi Ballroom, West Bromwich in Staffordshire.

1964 - The Supremes became the first all girl group to have a No.1 single when 'Baby Love' went to the top of the charts. Written and produced by Motown's main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland, it was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to No.1 in the United States.

1965 - David Bowie and the Lower Third appeared at The Marquee Club, London.

1965 - The Kinks, The Who, Georgie Fame & The Blue Fames, The Hollies, Wilson Pickett and The Golden Apples Of The Sun all appeared at the Glad Rag Ball, Empire Pool, London, tickets 30 shillings.

1976 - Sounds made the Sex Pistols debut single 'Anarchy In The UK' its single of the week.

1983 - English musician and songwriter Tom Evans from Badfinger committed suicide by hanging himself in his back garden from a willow tree after arguments concerning royalties for 'Without You'. Family members said the singer/songwriter was never able to get over his former bandmate Pete Ham's suicide.

1994 - Crosby Stills & Nash member David Crosby had a successful liver transplant operation at Dumont-UCLA in Los Angeles. Crosby's liver was deteriorated from extensive alcohol and drug abuse, as well as hepatitis-C.


2003 - English bassist player Greg Ridley died from pneumonia. He was a member of the VIP's with Keith Emerson, Spooky Tooth, and Humble Pie who had the 1969 No.4 single 'Natural Born Boogie'. He formed Strange Brew with Clem Clempson and Cozy Powell.

2004 - Record producer Terry Melcher, who was behind hits by the Byrds, Ry Cooder and The Beach Boys, died aged 62 after a long battle with skin cancer. The son of actress Doris Day, he co-wrote ‘Kokomo’ for The Beach Boys, produced 'Mr Tambourine Man' for the Byrds, as well as hits for The Mamas & the Papas.

2012 - Two farmers were found not guilty of health and safety offences after a giant hay bale crushed former ELO cellist Mike Edwards to death. He was killed instantly when the 600kg bale rolled down a field and landed on his van near Totnes in Devon in September 2010. In March 2011 in Plymouth an inquest jury returned a verdict of accidental death on Mr Edwards.

2016 - A furious letter from John Lennon to Paul McCartney and his wife, Linda, written after The Beatles' break-up sold for nearly $30,000 (£24,200), to an anonymous collector in Dallas. In the two-page typed draft with handwritten notes, Lennon criticises the couple for their treatment of him and his wife, Yoko Ono. The attack is said to be in response to Linda's criticism of him not publicly announcing his departure from the band.


1956 - Fats Domino appeared on the 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.

1965 - Manfred Mann, The Yardbirds and Paul and Barry Ryan all appeared at the ABC Cinema, Stockton-on-Tees.

1970 - Led Zeppelin III was at No.1 on the UK & US album charts. The original cover and interior gatefold art consisted of a surreal collection of random images. Behind the front cover was a rotatable laminated card disc, covered with more images, including photos of the band members, which showed through holes in the cover. The distinctive cover was based on a suggestion of Jimmy Page's that it should resemble an old-fashioned gardening seed chart. Designed by Richard Drew aka Zacron, the sleeve photographs were taken by fellow Leeds Polytechnic lecturer Martin Salisbury.

1972 - Singer, songwriter Danny Whitten died of a drug overdose aged 29. He was a member of Neil Young's Crazy Horse and writer of 'I Don't Wanna Talk About It', covered by Rod Stewart, Rita Coolidge and Everything But The Girl. The Neil Young song ‘The Needle and the Damage Done’ was written about Whitten’s heroin use (before he died of an overdose).

1974 - Genesis released the double concept album The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway their sixth studio album and the last album by the group to feature the involvement of lead singer Peter Gabriel.


1976 - Richard Hell and the Voidoids made their debut at CBGBs 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.

2017 - Australian musician and songwriter Malcolm Young died age 64. Young was best known as a co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter for AC/DC. Except for a brief absence in 1988, he was with the band from its November 1973 beginning until retiring permanently in 2014. Young was born in 1953 in Glasgow before his family emigrated to Australia when he was 10. His family confirmed he was suffering from dementia in 2014.

Week Commencing November 11
1968 - Led Zeppelin played their first ever show in the North of England when they appeared at Manchester College of Science & Technology. Zeppelin were paid £225 for the gig.

1968 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience went to No.1 on the US album chart with their third and final studio album Electric Ladyland. The double album included ‘Crosstown Traffic,’ ‘Voodoo Chile’ and a version of Bob Dylan's ‘All Along the Watchtower’. Hendrix expressed displeasure and embarrassment with the "naked lady" cover which was banned by several record dealers as "pornographic", while others sold it with the gatefold cover turned inside out.

1971 - Frank Zappa appeared on this week's 'Old Grey Whistle Test', playing live and showing clips from his '200 Motels' film.

1976 - Beach Boy Brian Wilson gave his first formal interview for eight years on the 'Old Grey Whistle Test.'

1987 - Former Clash drummer Topper Headon was jailed for 15 months at Maidstone Crown Court, for supplying heroin to a man who later died.

1988 - Former Beach Boys manager Stephen Love was sentenced to five years probation for embezzling almost $1m from the group's accounts.

2006 - Queen's ‘Greatest Hits’ album was declared the Best Selling UK album of all time by The Official UK Charts Company. The chart which was made up of sales figures from the last fifty years showed their Greatest Hits compilation had sold 5,407,587 copies. The Beatles occupied second place with Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Heart’s Club Band.

1966 - The Doors officially signed with Elektra Records in a deal for the band to produce seven albums. The band also reluctantly agreed to release ‘Break On Through’ as their first single. The lyric "She gets high/she gets high/she gets high" was changed to ‘She gets/she gets/she gets" in order to secure radio play.

1969 - The Carpenters released their debut album, Offering (later re-named as Ticket To Ride) on A&M Records. It was a commercial failure and produced only one minor hit single, a ballad version of The Beatles song 'Ticket to Ride'.

1969 - Janis Joplin was arrested during a gig in Tampa, Florida, after badmouthing a policeman and using vulgar and indecent language. Joplin became upset after police moved into the hall forcing fans to move back to their seats. As the singer left the stage she confronted a detective calling him 'a son of a bitch' and told him she would kick his face in. She was released on $504 bail.

1980 - Blondie had their fifth No.1 single and third No.1 of this year with 'The Tide Is High' a song written by reggae star John Holt.

1992 - Ozzy Osbourne announced his retirement from touring after a gig in California, saying "Who wants to be touring at 46?"

2007 - Kenneth Donnell from Glasgow paid £83,000 for two tickets to see Led Zeppelin rehearse and perform at the O2 arena in London on the 10th December. Donnell bid for the tickets as part of an auction for the BBC's Children in Need.

1964 - Decca Records released The Rolling Stones' 'Little Red Rooster'. Written by Willie Dixon (as The Red Rooster), and previously recorded by Howlin’ Wolf and Sam Cooke, the single was recorded at Chess Studios in Chicago. The single was a No.1 hit and remains the only time a blues song has ever topped the UK pop chart.

1968 - Rolling Stone Brian Jones bought 'Cotchford Farm' in Sussex. The author AA Milne, who wrote Winnie The Pooh, had owned the house.

1968 - Hugo Montenegro was at No.1 in the singles chart with 'The Good The Bad And The Ugly', the soundtrack from a Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. The first instrumental No.1 since 1963.

1976 - Led Zeppelin scored their seventh No.1 with the film soundtrack double album The Song Remains The Same, peaking at No.2 on the US chart. The tracks were recorded at Madison Square Garden, New York City in 1973.

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.

1990 - Patricia Boughton filed a lawsuit against Rod Stewart claiming that a football he kicked into the crowd during a concert at Pine Knob Music Theatre had ruptured a tendon in her middle finger. And as a result the injury had made sex between her and her husband difficult.

1992 - Ronnie Bond drummer with The Troggs died. Scored the 1966 No.2 single 'Wild Thing' and 1966 No.1 ‘With A Girl Like You.’


2016 - Leon Russell died in Nashville, he was 74. He led Joe Cocker’s band Mad Dogs & Englishmen, and appeared at George Harrison’s 1971 Concert for Bangladesh. Many of his songs became hits for others, among them 'Superstar' (written with Bonnie Bramlett) for the Carpenters, 'Delta Lady' for Joe Cocker, and 'This Masquerade' for George Benson. More than 100 acts have recorded 'A Song for You,' which Russell said he wrote in 10 minutes.

1956 - Johnnie Ray was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Just Walking In The Rain.' It stayed at No.1 for seven weeks making it this years Christmas No.1. Written in 1952 by Johnny Bragg and Robert Riley, two prisoners at Tennessee State Prison in Nashville, after a comment made by Bragg as the pair crossed the courtyard while it was raining.

1965 - After changing his name from Toby Tyler to Marc Bolan, the future T. Rex star performed his first single 'The Wizard' on Ready Steady Go!

1965 - Velvet Underground made their live debut when the played at Summit High School, New Jersey, the band were paid $75 for the gig.

1966 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Corn Exchange, Bedford. The set list for these early Floyd shows included: 'Let's Roll Another One', 'Gimme A Break', 'Interstellar Overdrive', 'Astronomy Domine' and 'Stoned Alone'. 'Stoned Alone' was also known as 'I Get Stoned', and was possibly the first song Syd Barrett wrote for Pink Floyd.

1968 - Book and record chain WHSmiths refused to display The Jimi Hendrix Experience album 'Electric Ladyland' due to the naked girls featured on the sleeve. The album was then made available as two albums with changed artwork after the complaints.

1977 - The Sex Pistols went to No.1 on the album chart with their debut LP Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols. the group's only No.1 album. The album was met by a hail of establishment controversy upon its release. The first problems involved the allegedly 'obscene' name of the album, resulting in the prosecution of the manager of the Nottingham Virgin record shop for having displayed it in a window. More outrage was sparked by the lyrics of the songs 'God Save the Queen' and 'Anarchy in the UK.'

1990 - Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood broke both his legs after his car crashed on the M4 motorway near Marlborough, Wiltshire. Wood was trying to wave other cars past his when he was run over.

2001 - The three living former Beatles met for the last time at George Harrison's hotel in New York City for lunch. Harrison died two weeks later at a friend's home in Los Angeles on 29 November 2001, aged 58.

2002 - Die-hard Beatles fans were enraged after Paul McCartney altered the song writing credits on his 'Back In The US 2002' album, changing them to McCartney and Lennon from Lennon and McCartney.

2003 - American session drummer Tony Thompson died of cancer aged 48. He was most famous as the drummer with The Power Station along with Robert Palmer, and John Taylor and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran, and Chic, whose single 'Le Freak' hit No.7 in the UK. He also played on David Bowie's hit single 'Let's Dance'. Thompson also played drums with Led Zeppelin (along with Phil Collins) at Live Aid in 1985.

2004 - The funeral of iconic DJ John Peel took place at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. Pulp's Jarvis Cocker, Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey and The White Stripes were among mourners, while Sir Elton John left a wreath of yellow roses.

2008 - Mitch Mitchell, the British drummer with the Jimi Hendrix Experience was found dead in his US hotel room aged 61. As a teenager, he starred in a children's television programme, Jennings and Derbyshire, and starred in a leading role in the 1960 British film Bottoms Up with Jimmy Edwards. Mitchell had been working with Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames when in 1966 he was invited to audition for a new band being formed to back Jimi Hendrix. In December 1968, Mitchell played with the Dirty Macs, an all-star band assembled for The Rolling Stones 'Rock and Roll Circus' (with John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Keith Richards).


1965 - The final recording session for The Beatles Rubber Soul album took place, at Abbey Road, London. They needed three new songs to finish the album so an old song ‘Wait’ was pulled off the shelf and the group recorded two new songs from start to finish. Paul's ‘You Won't See Me’ and John's ‘Girl’, the basic tracks for both songs being completed in two takes. Rubber Soul was completed, and finished copies of the album were in the shops by December 3.

1971 - Top Of The Pops celebrated its 400th show. The chart show was presented by Tony Blackburn with guests Tom Jones, Dana, John Kongos, Cher, Slade, Cilla Black, The Piglets, Clodagh Rodgers and The Newbeats.

1972 - The Allman Brothers Band bass player Berry Oakley was killed when his motorcycle hit a bus at the same intersection as former band member Duane Allman, who had died a year earlier. Oakley was 24 years old.

1973 - Thirty US radio stations broadcasted a 'live' Mott The Hoople concert. In reality it was the band recorded in the studio with the applause dubbed in.

1978 - The Cars released 'My Best Friend's Girl', the first picture-disc single commercially available, which went on to be a No.3 hit.

1983 - Mick Jagger appeared on the The Tube to defend the video to The Rolling Stones latest single 'Undercover Of The Night' which had been banned by the Independent Broadcasting Authority. The Tube aired the video, minus the scene where Mick was shot through the head. The single peaked at No.8 on the chart

1989 - Chris Rea started a three-week run at No.1 on the album chart with 'The Road To Hell.' The iconic album cover features art by the English artist, Adrian Chesterman, who was also responsible for creating cover art for, amongst others, Motörhead for their 1979 'Bomber' album.


1990 - Ted Albert, the founder of Albert Productions, died from a heart attack aged 53. His Australian based company helped launch the careers of The Easybeats, John Paul Young, The Angels, Rose Tattoo and AC/DC. In recognition of his contribution to the music industry, the Australasian Performing Right Association established the annual "Ted Albert Award for Outstanding Services to Australian Music". [RIP the brilliant Doc Neeson from The Angels]

1990 - A 21 year-old AC/DC fan died after being attacked outside the Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey where the band were playing a gig that night.

2004 - Coldplay fan Sarah Sainsbury wrote to the band asking for their autographs so she could sell them to raise funds at her school charity. Coldplay sent her a triple platinum disc worth over £4,000.

2011 - The four original band members of Black Sabbath announced that they were reuniting and recording a new album followed by a world tour in 2012.

2015 - Phil Taylor better known as "Philthy Animal" Taylor and drummer with
Motörhead died aged 61. He was in the classic mark IV Motörhead line-up of Lemmy, Taylor, and Fast Eddie Clarke who recorded ten studio albums and the live album No Sleep 'til Hammersmith.

Week Commencing November 4
1967 - The Beatles filmed three promotional films for their new single ‘Hello Goodbye’ at the Saville Theatre in London. Each of the three film clips featured different costumes and Beatle antics. In the first film they wear their Sgt. Pepper uniforms, for the second The Beatles are wearing everyday clothes, the third film clip features shots from the first two films, plus additional shots of The Beatles (especially John) doing the twist. A Musician's Union ban on lip-sync broadcasts prevented the film being used on British television.

1975 - David Bowie was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Space Oddity' the track was first released in 1969 to tie in with the Apollo 11 moon landing. Rick Wakeman (former keyboard player with Yes) provided synthesizer backing. Bowie would later revisit his Major Tom character in the songs 'Ashes to Ashes', 'Hallo Spaceboy' and 'Blackstar'.

1979 - The Eagles went to No.40 on the singles chart with 'Heartache Tonight'.

1997 - American session guitarist Tommy Tedesco died of lung cancer aged 67. Described by "Guitar Player" magazine as the most recorded guitarist in history recording with The Beach Boys, Everly Brothers, The Supremes, The Monkees, The Association, Barbra Streisand, Elvis Presley, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Zappa, Sam Cooke, Cher, and Nancy and Frank Sinatra. And played on many TV themes including Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, M*A*S*H and Batman.

2014 - The Rolling Stones faced a battle to win a £7.9m insurance claim for concerts they postponed when Mick Jagger's girlfriend died. L'Wren Scott took her own life in March, prompting the Stones to postpone a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group had taken out a policy to be paid in the event shows were cancelled due to the death of family members or others, including Scott. But underwriters said Scott's death may not be covered by the policy. (wow, how unusual, an insurance company refusing to pay out).


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.

1997 - Paul Weller was arrested and spent the night in a French jail after smashing up his hotel room. His record company paid £4,000 to cover the damage; Weller was released the following day.

2015 - Scottish session drummer Andy White died aged 82. He was affectionately christened "the fifth Beatle" as 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.


1952 - The first ever pop chart was published by the New Musical Express after staff asked 53 record shops to divulge their sales returns. ‘Here In My Heart’ by Al Martino was the first No.1. The song stayed at No.1 for nine weeks.

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, The Fourth Album or Led Zeppelin IV 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. The 20th century urban tower block on the back of the full gatefold LP cover is Butterfield Court in Eves Hill, Dudley.


1999 - American jazz trumpet player and composer Lester Bowie died of liver cancer aged 58. He was a member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and co-founded the Art Ensemble of Chicago. In 1993, he played on the David Bowie album Black Tie White Noise, including the song ‘Looking for Lester’, which was named after him.

2008 - AC/DC started a run at No1 on the album chart with 'Black Ice' the band's fifteenth studio album and the second-best selling album of 2008. Black Ice went to No1 in 29 countries, including Australia, Canada and the US.


1951 - Frank Sinatra married his second wife actress Ava Gardner, the couple split up in 1953 and divorced in 1957. Sinatra was married three other times, to his first wife Nancy Barbato, to the actress Mia Farrow and finally to Barbara Marx, to whom he was married at his death.

1967 - Reg Dwight (Elton John) and his song writing partner Bernie Taupin signed to DJM publishing, their signatures had to be witnessed by their parents because they were both under 21 years of age. Taupin answered an advertisement for a lyric writer placed in the New Musical Express, the pair have since collaborated on over 30 albums.

1975 - A new world record was set for continuous guitar string plucking by Steve Anderson who played for 114 hours 17 minutes.

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.

2004 - Elton John turned the air blue live on BBC Radio 1 using the words; 'fucking', 'wank', and 'tits'. The singer was a guest on the Chris Moyles breakfast show.

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.

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 face 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.

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).


2017 - Finnish rock drummer Pentti (Whitey) Glan died of lung cancer at the age of 71. He is best known for his work with Alice Cooper and Lou Reed. He also appeared in the movie 'The Rose' as the drummer of The Rose Band.

1964 - During their first promotional visit to the UK, The Beach Boys appeared live on ITV's 'Ready Steady Go!' which ran from August 1963 until December 1966.

1967 - During a three hour session Bob Dylan recorded ‘All Along The Watchtower’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’ at Columbia Recording Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. The Jimi Hendrix Experience later recorded their version of ‘All Along the Watchtower' on January 21, 1968, at Olympic Studios in London after Hendrix had been given a tape of Dylan’s recording by publicist Michael Goldstein, who worked for Dylan’s manager Albert Grossman.

1968 - The Monkees' three quarter of a million dollar feature film, Head opened in New York City. Instead of being aimed at their target audience of teeny boppers, the film contained a dark theme about the manipulation of the group with walk-on appearances by inappropriate guests and scenes of Vietnam War atrocities. Reviews were harsh and the picture was a box office disaster.

1970 - Aerosmith performed their first ever gig when they played at Nipmuc Regional High School in Mendon, Massachusetts. Sometimes referred to as "The Bad Boys from Boston", Aerosmith became the best-selling American rock band of all time, having sold more than 150 million albums worldwide. They also hold the record for the most gold and multi-platinum albums by an American group.

1972 - During a UK tour, Billy Murcia of The New York Dolls died after choking on his coffee after an overdose of Mandrax. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 'New York Dolls' and 1974 'Too Much Too Soon'.

1973 - Michael Martin and Phil Kaufman were charged and fined $300 each for the theft of a coffin containing Gram Parsons body. The court heard that the two men were merely carrying out Parson's wishes to be cremated in the desert.


1975 - The Sex Pistols made their live debut at St Martin’s School Of Art in central London, supporting a band called Bazooka Joe, which included Stuart Goddard (the future Adam Ant). The Pistols’ performance lasts 20 minutes.

2003 - Metallica kicked off their 137-date Madly in Anger with the World Tour at Yoyogi Taiikukanin Tokyo, Japan. The Madly in Anger with the World tour was the fourth-highest grossing tour of 2004, reaping $60,500,000 in ticket sales.

2018 - English cellist Hugh McDowell died of cancer on aged 65. McDowell performed with the first live line-up of ELO in 1972 while only 19 years old. He also worked with Roy Wood in Wizzard.


1966 - The Monkees were at the top of the Billboard singles chart with ‘Last Train To Clarksville’, the group’s first No. 1. Bobby Hart who co-wrote the song got the idea for the lyrics when he turned on the radio and heard the end of The Beatles' 'Paperback Writer'. He thought Paul McCartney was singing "Take the last train", and decided to use the line when he found out McCartney was actually singing 'Paperback Writer'.

1977 - The manager of the Virgin record store in Nottingham was arrested for displaying a large poster advertising the new Sex Pistols album, 'Never Mind The Bollock's, Here's The Sex Pistols'. High street stores banned the album after police warned they could be fined under the 1898 indecent advertising act.

1982 - Channel 4 TVs The Tube had its first showing. Presented by Paula Yates and Jools Holland, the show featured The Jam and an interview with Mick Jagger. The first live act on the show was local band Toy Dolls. The show ran until 1987 and was named after the plexiglass tunnel which led down into Studio Five at Tyne Tees TV, the place where all the stars from the 80s subsequently appeared.

1989 - Former US Army Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler died at a Veterans Administration hospital in Nashville from complications brought on by an unexplained gun shot wound to the head, suffered 14 months earlier in Guatemala City. Sadler is best remembered for his hit 'The Ballad of the Green Berets', which stayed on top of the chart for five weeks in 1966. He was 49 years old at time of his death.

2003 - Bobby Hatfield of The Righteous Brothers was found dead in hotel room in Michigan 30 minutes before he was due on stage, aged 63. The autopsy report from the Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner gave the opinion that Hatfield suffered a sudden, unexpected death due to acute cocaine toxicity. The Righteous Brothers had the 1965 No.1 single 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', and the 1990 No.1 single 'Unchained Melody' first released in 1965.

2014 - The funeral for Jack Bruce was held in London, attended by Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and noted musicians Phil Manzanera, Gary Brooker, Vernon Reid and Nitin Sawhney among others. Dozens assembled at the Golders Green Crematorium paying a last tribute singing "Morning Has Broken", "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Theme for an Imaginary Western". The Scottish-born bass player and singer had died last month as a result of liver disease.

2017 - American singer Robert Knight died age 72. He is best known for the 1967 hit 'Everlasting Love'. The song was an even bigger hit the following year when a version by Love Affair reached No.1, preventing Knight's version from progressing further than No.40.


1967 - Pink Floyd made their US live debut when they appeared at the Winterland Auditorium, San Francisco. Floyd shared the bill with local group Big Brother & The Holding Company, featuring singer Janis Joplin and singer / songwriter Richie Havens.


1969 - Founder member of The Ink Spots, Ivory Watson died aged 60. The group who formed in the early 1930s in Indianapolis, had the 1939 US hit ‘If I Didn't Care’ (featured in the film The Shawshank Redemption), and ‘The Gypsy’ which was their biggest chart success, staying at the No.1 position for 13 weeks.

1971 - The Who opened up The Rainbow, Finsbury Park, London, appearing on the first of three nights.

1977 - The Last Waltz, the movie of The Band's final concert premiered in New York. The Martin Scorsese movie also featured Joni Mitchell, Dr John, Neil Young, Van Morrison, Neil Diamond, Eric Clapton.

1978 - Crosby Stills Nash & Young were sued by former bass player Greg Reeves for over a $1 million claiming he was owed from sales of their album 'Deja Vu'.

1991 - Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & The MGs, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, The Isley Brothers, Sam & Dave and The Yardbirds were all elected to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Week Commencing October 28
1957 - Sun Records released 'Great Balls Of Fire', by Jerry Lee Lewis. The single went on to sell over five million copies worldwide, and was a No.1 hit in the UK and No.2 in the US.

1964 - During a Rolling Stones North American tour a 17 year-old Rolling Stones fan fell from the balcony during a gig in Cleveland, Ohio. The Mayor of Ohio banned all future pop concerts, saying; "Such groups do not add to the community's culture or entertainment."

1973 - David Bowie scored his second No.1 album when 'Pinups' started a five-week run at the top of the charts. The set contained Bowie covering his favourite 60s songs; his version of The Mersey's 'Sorrow' made No.3 on the singles chart (first recorded by The McCoys in 1965).

1995 - Hootie and the Blowfish reached an out of court settlement with Bob Dylan for the group's unauthorized use of Dylan's lyrics in their song 'Only Want To Be With You'.

2002 - Lonnie Donegan died mid-way through a UK tour and shortly before he was due to perform at a memorial concert for George Harrison with The Rolling Stones. He was aged 71. Donegan who launched the skiffle craze in the UK had the 1959 hit ‘Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour’, the 1960 No.1 single 'My Old Man's A Dustman', 'Rock Island Line', plus over 30 other Top 40 singles.

1956 - Elvis Presley bought a new Harley Davidson motorbike and spent the day riding round Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.

1968 - George Harrison released his first solo album, 'Wonderwall Music' on the Apple label. The songs which were mostly Harrison instrumentals, featured Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees.


1970 - Matthews Southern Comfort were at No.1 on the singles chart with their version of the Joni Mitchell song 'Woodstock'. The group's only No.1 hit.

2004 - 61-year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance, when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with ‘I, Who Have Nothing’.

2016 - Bap Kennedy, singer, songwriter from Belfast, died in Belfast in hospice care from pancreatic and bowel cancer. He is noted for his collaborations with Steve Earle, Van Morrison, Shane MacGowan and Mark Knopfler, as well as for writing the song 'Moonlight Kiss' which was on the soundtrack for the film Serendipity. Kennedy was also in the rock band Energy Orchard.

1963 - Gerry And The Pacemakers were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'You'll Never Walk Alone.' The group's third and final No.1.

1964 - The Supremes started a four week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Baby Love', the group's second of five consecutive US No.1's. The group were formerly known as the five piece group The Primettes.

1969 - David Bowie appeared at a Halloween night at the General Gordon, Gravesend. The gig lasted about 15 minutes, after Bowie sang 'Space Oddity' to everyone’s delight and then dragged a stool on stage, along with a huge book. He then sat and read poems and was booed off stage.

1970 - Led Zeppelin started a four week run at No.1 on the US album chart with Led Zeppelin III the bands second US chart topper.


1974 - Led Zeppelin held the UK launch for their new record label Swan Song at Chislehurst Caves, Kent, on Halloween night. Drinks were served by nuns in suspenders, a naked woman lay in a coffin covered in jelly and naked male wrestlers cavorted in recesses of the caves. Label mates Bad Company, The Pretty Things and Maggie Bell also attended. The launch also tied in with the releases of The Pretty Things new album Silk Torpedo. The label was named after an unreleased Zeppelin instrumental track.

1986 - A new series of Channel 4's The Tube started with Jermaine Stewart, Troublefunk, Bob Geldof and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, plus Spandau Ballet who played live in the studio at Newcastle upon Tyne.

1986 - Roger Waters went to the high court to try and stop David Gilmour and Nick Mason from using the name 'Pink Floyd', for future touring and recording.

1989 - The very first MTV unplugged show was recorded in New York, featuring Squeeze, the program was aired on 26th Nov 1989.

1990 - DJ Roger Scott died of cancer aged 46. Scott was one of the most respected broadcasters in the UK, working on Capital Radio for 15 years and then Radio 1. Working as a presenter at the Montreal station 1470 CFOX, Scott sang on ‘Give Peace a Chance’, recorded by John Lennon and Yoko Ono during their "Bed-in" for peace at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, Canada.

1990 - During a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More's dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked, during Idol's set.

1996 - Slash announced he was no longer in Guns N' Roses. The guitarist said that Axl Rose and he had only been civil to each other on two occasions since 1994.

1967 - Tyrannosaurus Rex recorded a session for the Radio 1 'Top Gear' show, the first group to do so without a recording contract.


1970 - Hotlegs made their live debut supporting The Moody Blues at the Festival Hall, London. Their only hit 'Neanderthal Man' made No. 2 in July 1970. The members from the group went on to become 10cc.

1971 - John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the album chart with Imagine. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney, 'How Do You Sleep' and 'Crippled Inside.' Early editions of the LP included a postcard featuring a photo of Lennon holding a pig, in mockery of McCartney's similar pose with a sheep on the cover of Ram. The front cover photo was a Polaroid taken by Andy Warhol.

1978 - Blondie released the single 'Hanging on the Telephone', as the second single from the album Parallel Lines. Written by Jack Lee from US West Coast power pop trio The Nerves. The song gave Blondie their first UK Top 10 hit.

2004 - An arrest warrant was issued for Motley Crue singer Vince Neil after he allegedly knocked a soundman unconscious during a concert. Neil was said to have punched Michael Talbert in the face at Gilley's nightclub in Dallas after he asked the soundman for more volume on his guitar but attacked Talbert as he adjusted it, leaving him unconscious for 45 seconds.

2007 - Linda Stein, former co-manager of punk band the Ramones, was found beaten to death at her Manhattan apartment. Mrs Stein was the ex-wife of Seymour Stein, former president of Sire Records, which was the launching pad for the Ramones, Talking Heads and Madonna. Mrs Stein had become one of New York's leading estate agents, her clients included Sting and Billy Joel, long-time friend Sir Elton John told the New York Times he was "absolutely shocked and upset".

Week Commencing October 21
1957 - The Crickets started a three-week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day'. It was also a No.3 hit in the US where it went on to sell over a million. The song was inspired by a trip to the movies by Holly, Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis in June 1956. The John Wayne film The Searchers was playing and Wayne's frequently-used, world-weary catchphrase, "that'll be the day" inspired the young musicians.

1964 - 31 year old Salvatore Philip Bono married 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

1966 - The Four Tops were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Reach Out I'll Be There.' The group's only UK No.1.

1969 - Muddy Waters was seriously injured in a car crash in Champagne, Illinois. Three people were killed in the accident.

1980 - Mark Chapman bought a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use the gun to kill John Lennon outside his New York City apartment.

1980 - Former T. Rex member Steve Took choked to death on a cherry stone after some magic mushrooms he had eaten numbed all sensation in his throat - he was aged 31. Took was also a member of The Deviants with Pink Fairies members Twink and Mick Farren.

1984 - During a US tour The Grateful Dead allocated a specific recording area for fans to bootleg the show; tonight's gig was in Berkeley, California.

2009 - Eric Clapton pulled out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame concert in New York City after he underwent an operation to remove gallstones. His place at the Madison Square Garden gig was taken by Jeff Beck.

2013 - Velvet Underground frontman Lou Reed died at the age of 71. An admitted hard drinker and drug user for many years, he underwent a liver transplant in Cleveland in April 2013. Afterwards he claimed on his website to be 'bigger and stronger' than ever.

2016 - A letter John Lennon wrote to the Queen explaining why he was returning his MBE was found tucked in a record sleeve from a £10 car boot haul. The anonymous owner took the document to a valuation day at The Beatles Story in Liverpool and discovered it was worth about £60,000. Lennon had returned the MBE in protest at Britain's involvement in a civil war.


1958 - Bill Haley and his Comets played the first rock 'n' roll concert in Germany. Over 7,000 rock 'n' roll fans turned the show into a riot.

1968 - The two day San Francisco Pop Festival was held at Alameda County Fairgrounds. The Animals, Procol Harum, Iron Butterfly, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Creedence Clearwater Revival and Canned Heat all appeared.

1970 - A wake was held at the Lion's Share in San Anselmo, California to celebrate the life of Janis Joplin. The singer, who died of an accidental drugs overdose, left $2,500 in her will to throw a wake party in the event of her demise. The party was attended by her sister Laura and Joplin's close friends; Brownies laced with hashish were unknowingly passed around amongst the guests. Joplin was cremated in the Pierce Brothers Westwood Village Mortuary in Los Angeles; her ashes were scattered from a plane into the Pacific Ocean and along Stinson Beach.

1979 - AC/DC appeared at The Mayfair, Newcastle, supported by Def Leppard. The bands were booked to appear the night before but after a fire at the venue in the afternoon, the show was cancelled.

1984 - 19-year-old John D. McCollum killed himself with a .22 caliber handgun after spending the day listening to Ozzy Osbourne records. One year later, McCollum's parents took court action against Ozzy and CBS Records, alleging that the song "Suicide Solution" from the album Blizzard of Ozz contributed to their son's death. The case was eventually thrown out of court.

1991 - Legendary Rock concert promoter Bill Graham was killed when the Bell 206B JetRanger III helicopter he was riding in struck the top of a Pacific Gas and Electric transmission tower near Sears Point, northwest of Vallejo and exploded. The crash, which left the helicopter's wreckage dangling near the top of the towering structure, killed Graham, his girlfriend Melissa Gold and pilot Steve Kahn. Graham had founded the Fillmore theaters in San Francisco and New York and had played key roles in supporting such bands as The Who, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, The Band, Bob Dylan, The J. Geils Band, The Allman Brothers Band and The Rolling Stones.

2008 - AC/DC went to No.1 on the album chart with 'Black Ice' the Australian bands fifteenth studio album which went on to become a No.1 hit in 29 different countries and the second-best selling album of 2008.

1966 - Newsweek interviewed The Monkees. They are asked how the music is created. Singer Davy Jones tells them, "This isn't a rock 'n' roll group. This is an act."

1970 - Pink Floyd were at No.1 on the album chart with the 'Atom Heart Mother', the group's first No.1. The album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text nor any other clue as to what might be on the record.

2001 - Kim Gardner former bassist with Ashton Gardner & Dyke died of Cancer. Had the 1971 No.3 single 'The Resurrection Shuffle' and Gardner formed 60s band The Birds with guitarist Ronnie Wood.


2002 - American record producer Tom Dowd died of emphysema. He recorded albums by many artists including: Eric Clapton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Derek and the Dominos, Rod Stewart, Aretha Franklin, Cream, Lulu, Chicago, The Allman Brothers Band, The J. Geils Band, Meat Loaf, Sonny & Cher, The Rascals, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross, Kenny Loggins, Dusty Springfield, The Drifters and Otis Redding.

2004 - Queen became the first rock act to receive an official seal of approval in Iran. Western music was still strictly censored in the Islamic republic, where homosexuality is considered a crime, but an album of Queen's greatest hits was released this week in Iran. Freddie Mercury was proud of his Iranian ancestry, and illegal bootleg albums and singles had made Queen one of the most popular bands in Iran.

2013 - NME published their latest '500 Greatest Albums of All Time' list. The top 5 read: 1. The Smiths - 'The Queen Is Dead', 2. The Beatles - 'Revolver' 3. David Bowie - 'Hunky Dory', 4. The Strokes - 'Is This It' and at 5. The Velvet Underground & Nico - 'The Velvet Underground'.


1963 - Bob Dylan recorded 'The Times They Are A-Changin' at Columbia Recording Studios in New York City. Dylan wrote the song as a deliberate attempt to create an anthem of change for the time, influenced by Irish and Scottish ballads. In January 1984, a young Steve Jobs would recite the second verse of 'The Times They Are a-Changin' during his opening of the 1984 Annual Apple Shareholders Meeting, where he famously unveiled the Macintosh computer for the first time.

1963 - The Everly Brothers, Little Richard, Bo Diddley, Mickie Most, The Rolling Stones, Julie Grant and The Flintstones all appeared at Odeon Theatre, Nottingham.

1966 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded their first single 'Hey Joe', at De Lane Lea studios in London. The earliest known commercial recording of the song is the late-1965 by the Los Angeles garage band The Leaves.

1989 - Nirvana played their first ever European show when they appeared at Newcastle's Riverside Club. It was the first night of a 36 date European tour for the group who were sharing the bill with Tad.

2007 - British and Dutch police shut down a "widely-used" source of illegally-downloaded music after raids in Teesside and Amsterdam as part of an Interpol investigation into the members-only website OiNK. The UK-run site had leaked 60 major pre-release albums this year alone.

2014 - Alvin Stardust died after a short illness. His death came just weeks before he was due to release his first album after 30 years. He had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer. The UK singer first performed under the name of Shane Fenton.

2016 - English singer-songwriter and television personality Pete Burns died following a sudden cardiac arrest. He was a member of the Mystery Girls (with Pete Wylie and Julian Cope), and then Dead Or Alive who scored the 1985 UK No.1 single 'You Spin Me Round, Like A Record'.


1958 - Buddy Holly's last recording session took place at Pythian Temple Studios, New York City. The songs recorded included 'Raining In My Heart', 'Moondreams' and 'It Doesn't Matter Anymore' which became a No.1 hit.

1965 - Bill Black, Elvis Presley's bass player (1954-57), died four months after receiving surgery to remove a brain tumour, aged 39. With guitarist Scotty Moore, and Elvis Presley on rhythm guitar, Black played on ‘That's All Right (Mama)’, Heartbreak Hotel, ‘Baby Let's Play House’, ‘Mystery Train’, ‘Hound Dog’; ‘Jailhouse Rock’ in the late 1950s. Black, Scotty Moore and drummer D.J. Fontana toured extensively during Presley's early career. After leaving Presley Black formed Bill Black's Combo.

1965 - The Spencer Davis Group recorded 'Keep On Running' at Pye Studios in London. The track went on to top the chart next January.

1976 - Keith Moon played his last show with The Who at the end of a North American tour at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto. On September 7, 1978, Moon died of an overdose of a sedative Heminevrin, that had been prescribed to prevent seizures induced by alcohol withdrawal.


1978 - The Clash sacked manager Bernie Rhodes, saying the band and record company 'found him hard to deal with'. Melody Maker journalist Caroline Coon took his place.

1995 - Green Day singer Billie Joe was arrested and fined $141 after mooning at the audience during a gig in Milwaukee.

2006 - Legendary broadcaster John Peel left over £1.8m and over 25,000 vinyl records in his will. Peel died suddenly at the age of 65 from a heart attack in 2004.

2014 - Former Dr Feelgood guitarist Wilko Johnson said he has been "cured" of the terminal pancreatic cancer with which he was diagnosed in 2012. The 67-year-old was initially given 10 months to live after rejecting chemotherapy, but had radical surgery to remove the tumour earlier this year.


Week Commencing October 14
1966 - The Yardbirds arrived in New York for their first US tour with Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page on lead guitars. After two dates of the tour, Beck developed acute tonsillitis and quit the group. He would go on to form The Jeff Beck Group, that gave Rod Stewart his first major exposure.

1968 - On their farewell tour Cream appeared at The Forum in Los Angeles, California, where live recordings were made which were included on the 'Goodbye Cream' album which was released the following year.


1968 - 18 year old Peter Frampton met Steve Marriott at a Small Faces show in London. After striking up a friendship, the two started planning a new group which emerged as Humble Pie the following April.

1980 - AC/DC kicked off a 20-date UK tour at Bristol Colston Hall. The bands first gigs since the death of singer Bon Scott.

1997 - Original Alice Cooper band guitarist Glen Buxton died from pneumonia, aged 49. Born in Akron, Ohio, he attended High School in Phoenix, Arizona, where he met Dennis Dunaway and Vincent Furnier, later to call himself the titular Alice Cooper. Buxton co-wrote several classic Alice Cooper hits, including 'School's Out', 'I'm Eighteen' and 'Elected.'

2005 - A survey concluded that the average person spent around £21,000 on music during their lives, the figure included the amount spent on Hi-Fi equipment, concerts and CDs. Music enthusiasts were likely to spend more than double that, parting with just over £44,000, in a lifetime, according to the survey conducted by Prudential.

2014 - Raphael Ravenscroft who played the sax riff on the Gerry Rafferty hit 'Baker Street' died aged 60 of a suspected heart attack. He was paid only £27.50 for the 'Baker Street' session, and it has been reported that the cheque bounced and that it was kept on the wall of Ravenscroft's solicitors; by contrast the song is said to have earned Rafferty £80,000 a year in royalties.


1957 - Paul McCartney made his first appearance with The Quarry Men at New Clubmoor Hall, Norris Green, Liverpool. The line-up for The Quarry Men was John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eric Griffiths, Colin Hanton, and Len Garry. Paul played John some songs that he had composed which Lennon contributes, marking the birth of the Lennon and McCartney songwriting partnership.

1967 - The Bee Gees were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Massachusetts', the group's first of five No.1s. Engelbert Humperdink was at No.2 with ‘The Last Waltz’ and Traffic were at No.3 with ‘Hole In My Shoe.’

1964 - Manfred Mann started a run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Do Wah Diddy Diddy', possibly the first No.1 with a Nonsense Song Title. The song was first released by the US group The Exciters.

1995 - Sting's former accountant Keith Moore was sentenced to six years in jail after being found guilty of embezzling £6 million from the singer's 108 bank accounts.

2017 - Canadian rock musician Gord Downie died of glioblastoma aged 53. He was the lead singer and lyricist for the Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip as well as releasing six solo albums. The band's final concert was held at the Rogers K-Rock Centre in Kingston, Ontario, on August 20 2016 and was broadcast and streamed live by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation on television, radio and internet. It was viewed by an estimated 11.7 million people.

1961 - Decca records released 'Crazy' by Patsy Cline. The ballad, composed by Willie Nelson, gave Cline a No.2 country hit in 1962. Nelson originally wrote the song for country singer Billy Walker, but Walker turned it down. The song's eventual success helped launch Nelson as a performer as well as a songwriter. It spent 21 weeks on the chart for Cline, and eventually became one of her signature tunes.

1967 - Folk singer Joan Baez was arrested, along with 123 others, for blocking the entrance to an Armed Forces Induction Center in Oakland, California.

1969 - Record company executive and founder of the Chess record label Leonard Chess died of a heart attack aged 52. Home to John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley Little Walter, The Moonglows, The Flamingos, Jimmy Reed and Sonny Boy Williamson.

1972 - Creedence Clearwater Revival split up following the failure of their most recent album, 'Mardi Gras'. After limited success as a solo act and some legal hassles with Fantasy Records, John Fogarty would have two big hits in 1985, 'Center Field' and 'Rock and Roll Girls'. John's brother Tom Fogarty died in September, 1990 and the surviving members have been touring as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

1976 - One Hit Wonders Rick Dees and his Cast Of Idiots went to No.6 with 'Disco Duck (part one)'. Dees was a US TV and radio presenter. The vocals were actually voiced by Ken Pruitt.

2001 - Two security guards were sacked after refusing to allow Bob Dylan into his own concert. Dylan who had demanded that security on his 'Love and Theft' tour should be tighter than ever didn't have a pass when he arrived backstage.

2010 - Auburn University graduate student Justin Havird named a new species of fish, Lepidocephalichthys Zeppelini, because the fish's pectoral fin reminded him of the double-neck guitar used by Jimmy Page. 'I'm a big Led Zeppelin fan, and I was listening to them while I was working on the fish,' Havird said. 'The structure that makes this species unique just reminded me of the guitar that Jimmy Page played'.


2015 - Patti Smith was said to be moved to tears after a fan returned a bag of stolen goods to the singer, 36 years after they went missing. They included a shirt worn for a 1978 Rolling Stone cover shot and a bandana given to her by her late brother. The items went missing in June 1979 when a truck, which was carrying $40,000 in amplifiers, guitars and other musical equipment, was stolen from outside a hotel after Smith and her band played a show at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago.

1965 - Jimi Hendrix signed his first recording contract in the UK, where he would receive £1 and a 1% Royalty on all of his recordings.

1966 - Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine, Soft Machine, Yoko Ono and a West Indian steel band all appeared at the launch for the International Times (which became the first and longest running British hippy paper), at London's Roundhouse. Beatle Paul McCartney attended the event in Arabian dress. The flyers for the evening stated: 'Bring your own poison, bring flowers & gass (sic), filled balloons'. Admission was 10 shillings on the door.


1972 - Lieutenant Pigeon were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Mouldy Old Dough.' Keyboard player Rob Woodward had his mum play piano on the single, making them the only mother and son act to score a UK No.1. The song was recorded in the front room of their semi-detached house.

2003 - Mike Smith, the former lead singer of The Dave Clark Five suffered a fall at his home in Spain that left him paralyzed from the waist down. Smith died of pneumonia on February 28th, 2008, less than two weeks before the band was to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

2004 - Bill Eyden, the session drummer hired to play on Procol Harum's ’A Whiter Shade Of Pale’ died after a lengthy illness at the age of 74. Eyden also worked with Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames, Charlie Watts and was a member of the resident trio, led by Stan Tracey, at Ronnie Scott's club in London, until the late 60s.

1957 - Although it was banned by some radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, The Everly Brothers had a No.2 hit with 'Wake Up Little Susie').

1965 - The Rolling Stones, The Spencer Davis Group, Unit 4 Plus 2, The Checkmates, The Habit, The End and Charlie Dickins all appeared at The Odeon, Birmingham during a UK tour.

1967 - The second series of The Monkees TV show started on BBC tv in the UK. Plans for the shows to be screened in colour were dropped, so it was aired in black & white.

1971 - Music publishing firm, Arco Industries filed a $500,000 dollar lawsuit against Creedence Clearwater Revival singer John Fogerty, claiming that Fogerty's song Travelin' Band "contained substantial material copied from Little Richard's Good Golly, Miss Molly". The suit was eventually dropped.

1996 - 28 years after its creation, The Rolling Stones' Rock & Roll Circus was finally released. The 1968 event put together by The Stones comprised two concerts on a circus stage and included performaces by The Who, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull and Jethro Tull. John Lennon and Yoko Ono performed as part of a supergroup called The Dirty Mac, along with Eric Clapton, Mitch Mitchell and Keith Richards. It was originally planned to be aired on BBC tv.

2004 - Eric Clapton was suspended from driving in France after being caught speeding at 134mph in his Porsche 911 Turbo near Merceuil. He was given a 750 euro (£515) fine and his UK licence was confiscated. After paying his fine Clapton posed for photographs with French police and then left the scene in his Porsche - with his secretary behind the wheel.

2014 - Isaiah "Ikey" Owens the American keyboardist known for his work with The Mars Volta, Jack White and an array of bands from the Long Beach music scene died aged 39. Owens was found dead due to a heart attack in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico.

Week Commencing October 7
1962 - Don Everly collapsed during rehearsals on stage at the Prince of Wales Theatre in London on the eve of a 22 date Everly Brothers tour. He was flown back to the US for treatment and the tour continued with Phil Everly performing solo.

1965 - The Who recorded 'My Generation' at Pye studios, London. When released as a single it reached No.2 on the chart, held off the No.1 position by The Seekers 'The Carnival Is Over'. Roger Daltrey would later say that he stuttered the lyrics to try to fit them to the music. The BBC initially refused to play the song because it did not want to offend people who stutter.


1970 - Janis Joplin's ashes were scattered at Stinson Beach in Marin County, California. The singer had been found dead on the floor beside her bed at the Landmark Hotel in Hollywood California on 4th Oct. The official cause of death was an overdose of heroin, possibly combined with the effects of alcohol.

1979 - 'Reggatta De Blanc', the second album from The Police started a four-week run at No.1. The album, which features the band's first two No.1 hits, 'Message in a Bottle' and 'Walking on the Moon', cost only £6,000 to record.

2001 - Australian singer songwriter Peter Doyle died of throat cancer aged 52. Solo artist and a member of The New Seekers. Scored the hits, ‘What Have They Done To My Song Ma’, ‘Never Ending Song of Love’ and ‘I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing’ with The New Seekers.

2008 - In a video message on his website, Ringo Starr announced that he no longer has time to sign autographs and asked fans not to send him any mail at all. "No more fan mail and no objects to be signed. Nothing." After finishing a tour of the US and Canada, he was dividing his time between Los Angeles, the South of France and his home in Surrey.

2016 - Bob Dylan was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, becoming the first songwriter to win the prestigious award. The 75-year-old rock legend received the prize "for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition".

1955 - The Chrysler Corporation launched high fidelity record players for their 1956 line-up of cars. The unit measured about four inches high and less than a foot wide and was mounted under the instrument panel. The seven inch discs spun at 16 2/3 rpm and required almost three times the number of grooves per inch as an LP. The players were discontinued in 1961.

1957 - During an Australian tour, Little Richard publicly renounced rock 'n' roll and embraced God, telling a story of dreaming of his own damnation after praying to God when one of the engines on a plane he was on caught fire. The singer threw four diamond rings, valued at $8,000, into Sydney's Hunter River and soon after launched a Gospel career. Five years later, he would switch back to Rock.

1968 - Big Brother And The Holding Company went to No.1 on the US album chart with 'Cheap Thrills'. The cover, drawn by underground cartoonist Robert Crumb, replaced the band's original idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together. Crumb had originally intended his art to be the LP's back cover, but Joplin demanded that Columbia Records use it for the front cover. Initially the album title was to have been Sex, Dope and Cheap Thrills, but this didn't go down too well at Columbia Records.

1971 - Gene Vincent (Vincent Eugene Craddock), died from a perforated ulcer, aged 36. Had the 1956 No.16 single 'Be Bop A Lula'. Appeared in the film, The Girl Can't Help It with Jayne Mansfield. In 1960, while on tour in the UK, Vincent and songwriter Sharon Sheeley were seriously injured the car crash that killed Eddie Cochran.

1974 - Blondie appeared at CBGBs in New York City, under the name ‘Blondie’ for the first time. The name is derived from comments made by truck drivers who catcalled "Hey, Blondie" to Debbie Harry as they drove by.


1975 - Rod Stewart and the Faces made their final live appearance when they played at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.

1979 - Fleetwood Mac released their twelfth album Tusk, an experimental set of songs that cost the band over $1 million to record. The double album peaked at No.1
and achieved Platinum status.It achieved sales in excess of two million copies, spawning two Top Ten singles, 'Sara' and the title track.

1985 - Ricky Wilson of the B-52s died of complications from aids. The B-52s had the 1990 No.2 single 'Love Shack'.

1994 - Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London. Less than a minute after the band had started playing 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond', a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries. Pink Floyd sent a free T-shirt and a note of apology to all the fans who had been seated in the stand that collapsed. The show was immediately cancelled and re-scheduled.

2016 - David Bowie and Prince were both new entries in the latest list of top-earning dead celebrities compiled by Forbes. Prince's pre-tax income from 1 October 2015 to 1 October 2016 was estimated at £20.5m by the business magazine, putting him fifth in the list. Bowie, meanwhile, was ranked at 11th for an estimated income of £8.5m. Both, however, are dwarfed by Michael Jackson who topped the list once again with a record-breaking estimated income of £672.8m.

1961 - The Highwaymen were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Michael'. The Highwaymen were US college students who broke up when they graduated. The only band
to boast a sitting Federal Appeals Court judge, in the person of Steve Trott, in their line-up.


1976 - Pussycat started a four week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Mississippi' making them the first Dutch act to top the UK chart.

2005 - Freddie Mercury's 1974 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow was offered for auction on eBay by his sister, Kashmira Cooke, who had inherited the car from him. The luxury vehicle had not appeared in public since 2002, when it had been used to transport the Bulsara family to the premiere of the Queen stage musical We Will Rock You. It came with a box of Kleenex Mansize tissues left in the car by Freddie.

2009 - 54-year-old Jo Wood, wife of The Rolling Stones Ronnie Wood was granted a divorce after 24 years of marriage on the grounds of adultery. The couple split in 2008 after the guitarist, 64, began a relationship with a 20-year-old woman.


1964 - The Beach Boys recorded ‘Dance Dance Dance’, with Glen Campbell playing the lead guitar intro. It would go on to become their twelfth Top 40 hit.

1969 - For the first time in the history of the show, Top Of The Pops producers refused to air the No. 1 song, ‘Je T’aime... Moi Non Plus’, the erotic French language love song by Serge Gainsbourg and actress Jane Birkin. The song, an instrumental with the voices of Gainsbourg and Birkin apparently recorded in the act of love and superimposed over the top, caused such a stir that the original label, Fontana, dropped the record despite it being No. 2 on the charts. A small record company, Major Minor, bought the rights and saw the song climb to the top of the charts, the first French language song to ever do so.

1971 - The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’ ‘ the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday.

1971 - Rod Stewart was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Maggie May' (first released as a B side to 'Reason To Believe'). The first of six UK No.1s for Stewart, it spent five weeks at the top of the chart.

1976 - The Sex Pistols signed to EMI records for £40,000. The contract was terminated three months later with the label stopping production of the 'Anarchy In The UK' single and deleting it from its catalogue. EMI later issued a statement saying it felt unable to promote The Sex Pistols records in view of the adverse publicity generated over the last few months.


1976 - Dr Feelgood scored their only No.1 album when 'Stupidity' went to the top of the charts. It was the first ever live album to go to No.1 in the chart in its first week of release. Some of the album was recorded at The Kursaal in Southend-on-Sea.

1993 - Nirvana entered the US album chart at No.1 with 'In Utero', their third and final studio album. Kurt Cobain had originally wanted to name the album 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die.'

2007 - The Imagine Peace Tower was officially unveiled in Kollafjorour Bay near Reykjav’k, Iceland. The memorial to John Lennon from his widow, Yoko Ono, consists of a tall "tower of light", projected from a white stone monument that has the words "Imagine Peace" carved into it in 24 languages.

2008 - Paul McCartney (a vegetarian for 30 years), was said to be furious when he heard that a Liverpool branch of McDonald's restaurant displayed his picture, accusing them of using it to attract customers. Sir Paul was quoted as saying "What sort of morons do McDonald's think Beatles fans are?"

1965 - The Florescents supported by The Castiles, which featured a young singer called Bruce Springsteen appeared at the I.B. Club in Howell, New Jersey. This was The Castiles first publicly advertised nightclub appearance. Admission was $1.00.

1965 - During a UK tour The Rolling Stones appeared at The ABC, Stockton on Tees. Also on the bill: Spencer Davis Group, Unit Four + 2, The Checkmates, The End, and Charles Dickens and The Habits.

1966 - Cream drummer Ginger Baker collapsed during a gig at Sussex University, after playing a 20 minute drum solo. He later recovered in a local hospital.

1967 - Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Brown and John's Children all appeared at the Saville Theatre in London.

1969 - David Bowie played the first of a 10 date tour supporting Humble Pie at Coventry Theatre. Humble Pie were fronted by former Small Faces singer Steve Marriott and featuring Bowies old school friend Peter Frampton. Frampton’s father, Owen taught Art at Beckenham Technical School were Bowie was a pupil. Another of his pupils was George Underwood, who became a painter and designed three David Bowie album covers, Space Oddity, Hunky Dory and Ziggy Stardust.

1971 - Led Zeppelin II was enjoying its 100th week on the album charts. It was the band's first album to hit No.1 in the US, knocking The Beatles' Abbey Road twice from the top spot, where it remained for seven weeks. When first released the album had advance orders of 400,000 copies in the USA (the advertising campaign was built around the slogan Led Zeppelin II Now Flying).

1987 - The three members from ZZ Top made advance bookings for seats on the first passenger flight to the Moon. The boys are still waiting for confirmation of the trip.

1988 - Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of The Moon finally left Billboard's Hot 200 Album Chart after a record breaking 741 weeks.

Week Commencing September 30
1964 - The Beatles spent the afternoon recording 'Eight Days A Week' at Abbey Road studios in London. Late evening was spent at The Ad Lib Club, London, partying with The Ronettes and Mick Jagger.

1967 - Pink Floyd appeared at the Miss Teenage Brighton Contest, Top Rank Suite, Brighton, playing the musical interlude during the contest.

1967 - The Jimi Hendrix Experience recorded a session for radio show 'Top Gear.' Stevie Wonder who was also appearing on the show jammed with Hendrix.

1972 - During sessions at RCA Studios, New York City, David Bowie recorded 'The Jean Genie', which became the lead single from his 1973 album Aladdin Sane. The track spent 13 weeks in the charts, peaking at No.2, making it Bowie's biggest hit to date. The line "He's so simple minded, he can't drive his module" would later give the band Simple Minds their name.

1979 - Buzzcocks, supported by Joy Division appeared at the Odeon Theatre, Edinburgh, tickets £2.50.

2011 - Starship's 'We Built This City' was named 'the worst song of the 1980s in a poll by Rolling Stone magazine. 'The Final Countdown' by the Swedish band Europe came in second and 'Lady in Red' by Chris de Burgh was third. Also making the top five were Wham!'s 'Wake Me Up (Before You Go Go)' and 'The Safety Dance' by Men Without Hats.

1958 - Cliff Richard and The Shadows played their first gig together when they appeared at the Victoria Hall, Hanley.

1970 - Led Zeppelin III was released in the UK on Atlantic records. The album peaked at No.1 on both the UK and US charts. It has now been certified 6 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 6 million copies.

1973 - Elton John released his seventh studio album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road. Under the working titles of 'Vodka and Tonics', and 'Silent Movies, Talking Pictures', Bernie Taupin wrote the lyrics to the album in two and a half weeks, with John composing most of the music in three days while staying at the Pink Flamingo Hotel in Kingston, Jamaica. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road has now sold over 30 million copies worldwide and is his best-selling studio album.

1974 - Mike Oldfield's 'Tubular Bells' went to No.1 for the first time on the album chart 15 months after being released. It went on to sell over 10 million copies worldwide.


1980 - The NME had Joy Division's 'She's Lost Control' as single of the week. The song is about a girl who singer Ian Curtis worked with at a disability centre. One day she didn't come to the center and Ian later learned that she died from an epileptic seizure.

1992 - American singer Eddie Kendricks of The Temptations died aged 52 of lung cancer one year after having one lung removed. His was the lead voice on ‘The Way You Do The Things You Do’, ‘Get Ready’, and ‘Just My Imagination’. As a solo artist, Kendricks recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s, including the US No.1 single 'Keep On Truckin'.

2000 - Top Of The Pops issued a Top 40 chart based on singles that had spent the longest time on the chart. No.3 was 'My Way' by Frank Sinatra, No.2 'She Loves You', The Beatles and No.1 'Relax' by Frankie Goes To Hollywood who, incidentally, never actually played on the record.

1967 - American singer, songwriter Woody Guthrie died after suffering from Huntington's Chorea disease. Guthrie was a major influence on Bob Dylan and American folk music. The 70s film 'Bound For Glory' is based on his life. His best-known song is 'This Land Is Your Land', which is regularly sung in American schools.

1978 - The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they were arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at Fort Wayne Coliseum.

1991 - Texas governor Ann Richards proclaimed October 3 (Stevie Ray Vaughan's birthday), to be "Stevie Ray Vaughan Day". An annual motorcycle ride and concert in Central Texas benefits the Stevie Ray Vaughan Memorial Scholarship Fund.

2000 - The Cars singer and bass player Benjamin Orr died of cancer at home in Atlanta at the age of 53. Sang lead vocals on the bands hits ‘Just What I Needed’, ‘Let's Go’ and ‘Drive’.

2011 - According to new scientific research, Queen's 'We Are The Champions' was found to be the catchiest song ever written. Musicologist Dr Alisun Pawley from the University of London conducted research into what makes a song memorable and compiled a list of the ten "catchiest" songs of all time. During the research, they discovered that sing-along songs contained four key elements: long and detailed musical phrases, multiple pitch changes in a song's 'hook', male vocalists, and higher male voices making a noticeable vocal effort. Y.M.C.A. by the Village People, Sum 41's Fat Lip, and Europe's The Final Countdown were also in the list.

1965 - Bob Dylan appeared at Carnegie Hall in New York City. He introduced his new touring band on this tour, made up of guitarist Robbie Robertson, organist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manual and drummer Levon Helm. They will become known simply as The Band.

1966 - Jimi Hendrix appeared live for the first time in the UK when he jammed with Cream at their gig at London Polytechnic. Hendrix made his official UK live debut a month later on Friday 25 Nov 1966, when the Jimi Hendrix Experience appeared at the Bag O'Nails Club, London.

1967 - The first edition of Radio 1's 'Top Gear' was aired. Presented by John Peel and Pete Drummond, it featured The Move, Traffic, Pink Floyd, Tim Rose and Tomorrow featuring Keith West.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix was buried at The Greenwood Cemetery at the Dunlop Baptist Church, Seattle. Among the mourners; Miles Davis, Eric Burdon, Johnny Winter and members of Derek and the Dominoes.

1975 - 39 year old Al Jackson, drummer for Booker T. And The MGs, was shot and killed by a burglar at his home. His wife was questioned about the killing because she was arrested in July for shooting her husband in the chest during a domestic dispute. He wasn't badly hurt and the charges were dismissed when his wife claimed self-defense. Jackson had returned home to what police described as a botched robbery attempt. According to Jackson's wife, an intruder made her answer the door and then threw her husband to the floor demanding money. Jackson was forced to lie face down and then was shot in the back five times. The identity of the culprit remains a mystery. Booker T had backed such artists as Otis Redding, Al Green and Sam and Dave.

1981 - The Pretenders were forced to cancel the last leg of a US tour after drummer Martin Chambers put his hand through a windowpane, cutting tendons and arteries.

1983 - A David Bowie world convention was held at The Cunard Hotel in London. The event had the largest collection of Bowie merchandise ever assembled.


2004 - The Lord Mayor of Melbourne officially opened 'AC/DC Lane' after the veteran rockers. The Lord Mayor erected the sign to cheers and bagpipes playing the bands song 'It's A Long Way To The Top'. The City of Melbourne had extra copies of the sign made, in anticipation of fans stealing them.

2015 - An original tape of The Beatles performing at The Cavern Club in Liverpool in 1962 was found after 50 years languishing in a desk drawer. It featured the Fab Four playing 'Some Other Guy' in September 1962, four weeks before their debut single came out. It was recorded after the group were filmed for Granada TV's Know The North, but was never broadcast.

1965 - Donovan made his US television debut on Shindig! along with The Hollies, The Turtles and the Dave Clark Five.

1965 - The Rolling Stones performed at the Gaumont Theatre in Hanley, Staffordshire. Also on the bill were The Moody Blues, The Spencer Davis Group, The End and The Habits. Bill Wyman produced singles and the debut album for The End, on Decca Records.

1967 - The UK's first National pop radio station, BBC Radio 1 was launched in the to take over from the very successful pirate radio stations which had been forced off-air by the Government. Former pirate DJ Tony Blackburn, from Radio Caroline, was the first presenter on air, with The Move's Flowers In The Rain the first record to be played.

1974 - Police were called to a Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blue Oyster Cult concert after a fight broke out between two sound engineers. The Skynyrd roadie claimed that the sound had been deliberately turned off during the bands set.

2016 - A schoolboy from Philadelphia who skipped class to meet his musical hero handed his teacher an absence note with a difference. The typewritten note was signed by Bruce Springsteen. Fifth-grader Michael Fenerty met the star at a "meet-and-greet" in the Free Library of Philadelphia when Springsteen was in town signing copies of his new autobiography, Born to Run.

Week Commencing September 23 . . .
1960 - Ricky Valance was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Tell Laura I Love Her', making him the first Welsh singer to top the charts, and a One-hit Wonder.

1971 - On the last night of their first ever Japanese tour Led Zeppelin appeared at Osaka Festival Hall. Near the end of the set the group played a medley of songs during an extended version of 'Whole Lotta Love', including 'Let That Boy Boogie', 'I Gotta Know', 'Twist and Shout', 'Fortune Teller', 'Good Times Bad Times' and 'You Shook Me'.

1976 - Enjoying his own birthday celebrations singer Jerry Lee Lewis accidentally shot his bass player Norman Owens in the chest. Lewis had been blasting holes in an office door. Owens survived but sued his boss.

1979 - The Police had their first No.1 single with 'Message In A Bottle' the group's third Top 20 hit. The song was released as the first single from Reggatta de Blanc and also topped the charts in Ireland and reached No.5 in Australia. Despite its popularity in the UK, the single only reached No.74 in the United States.

2004 - Keith Moon's five-piece drum kit, custom-made for The Who drummer in 1968, sold for £120,000 pounds in London to an American collector, setting a world auction record for a set of drums.


2018 - American blues guitarist and singer-songwriter Otis Rush died from complications of a stroke aged 84. His distinctive guitar style featured a slow-burning sound and long bent notes. His first single, ‘I Can't Quit You Baby’, in 1956 reached No.6 on the Billboard R&B chart. Two of his other best-known songs, are ‘Double Trouble’ and ‘All Your Love (I Miss Loving).’

1972 - Rory Storm singer from 60s group Rory Storm and the Hurricanes died aged 32 after taking an overdose of sleeping pills in a suicide pact with his mother. Ringo Starr played drums with Storm before joining The Beatles.

1979 - Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullough died from a heroin overdose in his flat in Maida Vale, London, aged 26. Member of Stone The Crows, Thunderclap Newman and Wings (1974 to 1977). When 'Something in the Air' by Thunderclap Newman went to No.1 in 1969, it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a UK No.1 single, as he was was just sixteen years old at the time.

2008 - Pink Floyd's manager Bryan Morrison died after spending over two years in a coma. Morrison suffered severe brain injuries in a polo accident at the Royal Berkshire Polo Club, in 2006, and never recovered. He also managed The Pretty Things and was a music publisher for Syd Barrett, The Bee Gees, Elton John, The Jam, T-Rex and Wham!

2018 - American singer, songwriter Marty Balin died at the age of 76. He was best known as the founder and one of the lead singers of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship who had the 1967 US No.18 single 'White Rabbit'. Balin played with Jefferson Airplane at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and at the Woodstock Festival in 1969.
 


1937 - American blues singer Bessie Smith died aged 43 after being involved in a car accident while traveling along Route 61 outside Memphis, Tennessee. Her 1923 song ‘Downhearted Blues’ was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006.

1961 - The Greenbriar Boys started a two-week residency at Gerde's Folk Club in New York. The opening act was Bob Dylan.

1965 - At the end of a European tour Roger Daltry knocked out Keith Moon resulting in the singer being sacked from The Who. The band were playing two shows in one night in Denmark when an argument broke about between all four band members. Daltrey was reinstated the following day.

1967 - Pink Floyd played the first of three nights at the Fillmore in San Francisco, the groups first ever live dates in the US.

1981 - Bruce Dickinson joined Iron Maiden (Dickinson had been the vocalist with Samson).

1995 - AC/DC released Ballbreaker their 12th international studio album. The album which was produced by Rick Rubin, featured the return of former drummer Phil Rudd, who had been fired from the band in 1983 as a result of drinking and drug problems and a fight with founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young.

2003 - English singer, songwriter Robert Palmer died of a heart attack aged 54 in Paris France. He was a member of Vinegar Joe and Power Station (with Duran Duran members Andy Taylor and John Taylor with drummer and former Chic member Tony Thompson). As a solo artist had the 1986 US No.1 & UK No.5 single 'Addicted To Love' and the 1988 hit 'Simply Irresistible'.

1964 - The Temptations begin recording 'My Girl' which went on to be their first US number one and the first of fifteen US Top Ten hits.

1969 - John Lennon recorded the track 'Cold Turkey', with Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Klaus Voorman and Yoko. Lennon presented the song to Paul McCartney as a potential single by The Beatles, but was refused and released it as a Plastic Ono Band single with sole writing credits to him.

1972 - Black Sabbath released their fourth studio album, 'Black Sabbath Vol. 4'. The album which features a monochrome photograph of Ozzy Osbourne with hands raised, taken during a Black Sabbath concert was originally to be titled 'Snowblind', after one of several songs referring to the band's cocaine use.

1976 - Paul McCartney and Wings played a charity concert in St Marks Square, Venice to raise funds for the historic city. The night was a success but the weight of the equipment used by the group caused more damage to the square.

1980 - John Bonham, drummer with Led Zeppelin, died aged 32 after a heavy drinking session. ‘Bonzo’ was found dead at guitarists Jimmy Page's house of what was described as asphyxiation, after inhaling his own vomit after excessive vodka consumption (40 shots in 4 hours). During live sets his drum solo, ‘Moby Dick,’ would often last for half an hour and regularly featured his use of his bare hands. In 2007, Ludwig issued a limited edition drum kit in Bonham's memory.

1993 - Nirvana went to No.1 on the album chart with 'In Utero' the bands first No.1 album.


1999 - Stephen Canaday of The Ozark Mountain Daredevils was killed when the vintage WW II plane he was flying in, rolled, inverted and crashed into a tree. The pilot failed to maintain speed which resulted in a stall.

2000 - Ozzy Osbourne formally requested that Black Sabbath be removed from the nomination list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Calling the inclusion "meaningless", Osbourne went on to say "Let's face it. Black Sabbath have never been media darlings. We're a people's band and that suits us just fine."

2015 - David Gilmour's fourth studio album Rattle That Lock went to No.1 on the album chart. Gilmour had been writing the material for Rattle That Lock over the past five years, though he pointed out that one piano piece was recorded 18 years ago in his living room.

1961 - John Leyton was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Johnny Remember Me.' The singer's only No.1 and producer Joe Meek's first No.1 hit.

1962 - Elvis Presley received an invitation to appear at the Royal Variety Performance in the UK which is attended by members of the British Royal Family. Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker, graciously declined, citing motion picture commitments. The real reason was that Parker was an illegal Dutch immigrant living in the United States who feared he might not be allowed to return if he left the country.

1966 - Jimi Hendrix arrived in London with manager Chas chandler on a flight from New York City. With only the clothes he was wearing, Hendrix had sold his other belongings to pay a hotel bill in New York. One of the first things he did after arriving in England was to legally change his name from James to Jimi.

1988 - Bobby McFerrin started a two week run at No.2 on the singles chart with 'Don't Worry Be Happy', the first a-cappella record to be a hit. ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy was also included in the movie Cocktail. The song would go on to win Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

1988 - The Hollies were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother' after the song was used on a TV beer commercial, the song was originally a hit in 1969 and featured a young Elton John on piano.

1990 - AC/DC released 'The Razors Edge' their 11th internationally released studio album. The only studio album to feature drummer Chris Slade, it reached No.4 on the chart.

1997 - Barry Loukaitis was convicted of shooting and killing two pupils and a teacher at a school in Washington. His defence team claimed he had copied scenes from Pearl Jam's video 'Jeremy'.


2003 - Singer-songwriter Matthew Jay died aged 24 after falling from a seventh-storey window in London. Released the 2001 album 'Draw' and toured with The Doves, Stereophonics, Dido and Starsailor.

2004 - The Strat Pack: Live in Concert was held at Wembley Arena in London marking the 50th Anniversary of the Fender Stratocaster guitar. The concert featured Ronnie Wood, Joe Walsh, Gary Moore, Brian May, David Gilmour, Albert Lee, Andy Fairweather-Low, Hank Marvin and many more.

1957 - The Crickets went to No.1 on the singles chart with 'That'll Be The Day.' The title being taken from a phrase used by John Wayne in the film 'The Searchers.'

1965 - The Walker Brothers were at No.1 on the singles chart with the Burt Bacharach song, 'Make It Easy On Yourself', the trio's first of two No.1s.

1966 - The 'Rolling Stones 66' 12-date UK tour kicked off at the Royal Albert Hall London. Supported by Long John Baldry, Ike & Tina Turner and The Yardbirds (Jimmy Page was playing bass, with Jeff Beck on guitar). Michelangelo Antonioni attended this concert and asked The Yardbirds to appear in his forthcoming film Blow Up. Also both Keith Moon and John Entwistle from The Who were in the audience.

1967 - The Box Tops started a four week run at No.5 on the chart with 'The Letter'. The record went on to sell over four million copies and receive two Grammy nominations. It was also a Top Ten hit for Joe Cocker in 1970.

1974 - Robbie McIntosh founder member of the Average White Band died of a heroin overdose at a Hollywood party (after he inhaled a white powder thought to be cocaine but was actually pure heroin). AWB scored the No.1 single 'Pick up the Pieces' which was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1975.

1977 - David Bowie released 'Heroes' as a single. Co-written by Bowie and Brian Eno, the track features King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp and has gone on to become one of Bowie's signature songs.


1978 - 10cc had their third and final No.1 single with 'Dreadlock Holiday.' The lyrics, about a white man lost in Jamaica, were based on a true event that happened to Moody Blues vocalist Justin Hayward and Eric Stewart from 10cc in Barbados.

2009 - A Blue Plaque was unveiled on the building where Cargo Studios used to be on Kenion Street in Rochdale. The plaque was to recognise the part the building played in the British music scene between 1978 and 2000. In the early years as a home to Cargo Studios and Tractor Music then later Suite 16 Studios. Factory producer Martin Hannett spent a great deal of time in Cargo recording Joy Division, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Durutti Column, Section 25 and Nico amongst others.

Week Commencing September 16
1962 - The Springfields (Dusty Springfield her brother Tom and their friend, Tim Field) had 'Silver Threads and Golden Needles', enter the US Top 20 and became the first British vocal group to chart that high in America.

1964 - Herman's Hermits were at No.1 on the singles chart with the Carole King & Gerry Goffin song 'I'm Into Something Good', the group's only No.1.

1969 - The Band released their self-titled album, which peaked at No.9 on the US chart, and included the tracks; 'Rag Mama Rag', 'Up on Cripple Creek' and 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down'. In 2009, the album was preserved into the National Recording Registry because the album was ‘culturally, historically, or aesthetically important, and reflects life in the United States.’

1973 - The Rolling Stones scored their eighth No.1 album when 'Goats Head Soup' started a two-week run at the top of the charts. Also a US No.1.

1979 - Gary Numan had his second and final No.1 single with 'Cars'. Also on this day Gary Numan went to No.1 on the album chart with 'The Pleasure Principle.'

1992 - Def Leppard were forced to cancel two US shows after their sound-equipment truck was found abandoned after one of the bands drivers had attempted to rob a store. The driver was later charged of possessing drugs and criminal damage.

2005 - Jimmy Page was made an honorary citizen of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro for his work helping its street children. The Led Zeppelin guitarist had opened Casa Jimmy (Jimmy's House) in 1998 which had so far supported more than 300 children.


2018 - English musician and singer Chas Hodges died from pneumonia aged 74. Hodges had worked with British producer Joe Meek as a session musician, backing Jerry Lee Lewis and Gene Vincent. He later joined Heads Hands and Feet (with guitarist Albert Lee). With Chas & Dave he scored the 1982 No.2 single 'Ain't No Pleasing You'. He also played piano for the 1983 short-lived supergroup The Rockers, which featured Roy Wood, Phil Lynott and John Coghlan.
 


1968 - Deep Purple made it onto the singles chart with their debut single 'Hush', also a hit for Kula Shaker in 1997.

1970 - Freda Payne was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Band Of Gold', the singers only No.1 which spent six weeks at the top of the chart.

1971 - The first edition of  'The Old Grey Whistle Test' was aired. The show included film clips of Jimi Hendrix from Monterey Festival playing 'Wild Thing', Bob Dylan playing 'Maggies Farm', plus America and Lesley Duncan 'live' in the studio. The influential show went on to enjoy a run from 1971 to 1987. According to presenter Bob Harris, the programme derived its name from a Tin Pan Alley phrase from years before. When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys—doormen in grey suits. The songs they could remember and whistle, having heard it just once or twice, had passed the old grey whistle test.

1974 - Carl Douglas was at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Kung Fu Fighting.' The song was recorded in 10 minutes, had started out as a B-side and went on to sell over 10 million and made Douglas a One Hit Wonder.

1980 - During a North American tour, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in New York's Central Park. After hospital tests he was diagnosed as having cancer. Marley played his last ever concert two nights later at the Stanley Theater in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1981 - Adam And The Ants were at No.1 on the singles chart with their second chart topper 'Prince Charming'.

2011 - A contract revealing that The Beatles refused to perform in front of a segregated audience at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California on August 31st, 1965, sold for $23,033 at an auction in Los Angeles. In addition to the desegregation clause, the contract guaranteed the band $40,000 and at least 150 police officers to provide security at the show.

1968 - Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of The Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782, with most of the tracks being recorded 'live' in the studio with very few overdubs.

1969 - Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the chart with their self-titled debut album. The only release from the Eric Clapton, Steve Winwood, Ginger Baker & Rick Grech line-up also reached No.1 in the US. Their only UK gig was in Hyde Park on 7th June 1969.

1969 - During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.

1970 - Jim Morrison of The Doors was acquitted on charges of lewd and lascivious behavior, but was found guilty of exposing himself during a concert at The Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove a year and a half earlier. At his trial at the Dade County Courthouse in Miami, Judge Goodman sentenced Morrison to six months hard labor and a $500 (£270), fine for public exposure and sixty days hard labor for profanity. The sentence was appealed, but Morrison was never brought to trial, as he would die in Paris France on July 3, 1971.

1970 - The Rolling Stones live album 'Get Your Ya-Yas Out' started a two-week run at No.1 on the chart. Recorded at New York's Madison Sq Gardens on 27th & 28th Nov 1969, featuring 'Jumpin Jack Flash', 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'Midnight Rambler'.


1975 - Winners in this year’s Melody Makers Readers poll included Robert Plant who won Best singer, Joni Mitchell, Best female singer, Yes won Best band, Genesis won Best live act, Best single, ‘I’m Not In Love, by 10cc, Best album Led Zeppelin, and Brightest Hope went to Camel.

1975 - 'Fame' gave David Bowie his first No.1 in the US. The song was co-written with John Lennon. Lennon's voice is heard towards the ending of the song repeating the words: "Fame, Fame, Fame" from a fast track, through a regular track, to a slow track, before Bowie finished the lyrics.

1976 - AC/DC released their third studio album 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap'. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the United States, which means that it has sold at least 6 million copies, becoming the third highest sold album by AC/DC in the US after 'Highway To Hell' and 'Back In Black'.

1976 - The first of the two night 100 Club Punk Festival, Oxford St, featuring the Sex Pistols, The Clash, Subway Sect, Suzie (spelling on the poster), And The Banshees, The Buzzcocks, Vibrators and Stinky Toys. Admission £1.50.

1997 - Pearl Jam's 'Jeremy' video was cited as one of the reasons American teenager Barry Loukaitis had snapped into a violent rage that left three people dead. Defence attorneys took the unprecedented step of playing the video in a Washington court.

2012 - The former north London home of the original band members of Pink Floyd was bought by a Singaporean developer. Sham Masterman, who admitted not being a big fan of the rock band, bought the Highgate house and the one next door for £1.2m each. Roger Waters, Nick Mason, Richard Wright and Syd Barrett had all lived in the house in the 1960s. The previous owner, lighting technician Mike Leonard, was landlord and friend to the band and even inspired their earliest name, Leonard's Lodgers.

1957 - 16 year-old UK singer Cliff Richard, still known by his real name, Harry Webb, joined the Dick Teague Skiffle Group.

1960 - Former chicken plucker Chubby Checker went to No.14 in the singles chart with 'The Twist'. The Fat Boys made No.2 with it in 1988.

1960 - Hank Ballard and The Midnighters had the honour of being the first group to have three songs in the US Top 100 at the same time. ‘Finger Poppin’ Time,’ ‘Let’s Go Let’s Go Let’s Go’ and ‘The Twist’ all made the Top 30. Ballard refused to perform ‘The Twist’ on a highly rated US TV show, so Chubby Checker picked it up at the insistence of Dick Clark, and Checker’s version of the song was number 1 this week in 1960.

1964 - Oxfam printed half a million Christmas cards of a drawing by John Lennon called the Fat Budgie, which was taken from his book A Spaniard in the Works. All profits from the cards went to help raise money for charity. Oxfam re-printed the cards in 2007 as a limited edition card which again sold thousands.

1969 - Creedence Clearwater Revival scored their only No.1 single with 'Bad Moon Rising' a US No.2 hit. Also on this day the group started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Green River.'


1970 - The first Glastonbury Festival took place featuring Marc Bolan, Ian Anderson, Keith Christmas, Quintessence, Amazing Blondel and Sam Apple Pie.

1973 - Country rock singer, songwriter 26-year-old Gram Parsons formerly of The Byrds and The Flying Burrito Brothers, died under mysterious conditions in Joshua Tree, California. His death was attributed to heart failure but later was officially announced as a drug overdose. His coffin was stolen by two of his associates, manager Phil Kaufman and Michael Martin, a former roadie for The Byrds, and was taken to Cap Rock in the California desert, where it was set alight, in accordance to Parson's wishes. The two were later arrested by police.

1992 - The Shamen started a four-week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Ebeneezer Goode'. One of the most controversial chart toppers due to its perceived endorsement of recreational drug use. The song was initially banned by the BBC.

1993 - Pearl Jam released their second studio album Vs. The album set the record for the most copies of an album sold in its first week, a record it held for five years, despite the fact that the group declined to produce music videos for any of the album’s singles.

2005 - Research published by Guinness World Records showed that Status Quo have had more hit singles than any other band in UK chart history. The band had scored 61 chart successes, dating from ‘Pictures of Matchstick Men’ in 1968 to ‘You'll Come Around’ in 2004. Queen came second with 52 hits, with The Rolling Stones and UB40 with 51 hits each.

2008 - American drummer Earl Palmer died. Worked with The Beach Boys, Little Richard (‘Tutti Frutti’), Frank Sinatra, Ike And Tina Turner (‘River Deep, Mountain High’), The Monkees, Fats Domino (‘I'm Walkin’), Neil Young, Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, The Righteous Brothers (‘You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin’), Randy Newman, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, Tim Buckley, Little Feat and Elvis Costello.

2010 - John Lennon's son Julian told the press that he has ended his long-running feud with his half-brother Sean and his step-mother Yoko Ono, which started after the former Beatle was murdered in December, 1980. The trio battled in court for a share of the singer's estate, but Julian now said "Things are good between us. Whenever I'm in New York, we all get together."

1970 - Jimi Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot's Hospital in London at the age of 27 after choking on his own vomit. Hendrix left the message 'I need help bad man', on his manager's answer phone earlier that night. Rumors and conspiracy theories grew up around Hendrix’s death. Eric Burdon claimed Jimi had committed suicide, but that’s contradicted by reports that he was in a good frame of mind. In 2009, a former Animals roadie published a book claiming that Jimi’s manager had admitted to him that he arranged the murder of Hendrix, since the guitarist wanted out of his contract.

1981 - Gary Numan took off on a round the world trip in a single engine Cesna plane. The attempt ended after he was forced to land in India, where local police arrested him.

1991 - Rob Tyner lead singer with the American hard rock band MC5 died after he suffered a heart attack in the seat of his parked car in his hometown of Berkley, Michigan. MC5 (shortened from the Motor City Five), formed in Detroit, in 1965, they released their first album, ‘Kick Out the Jams’ in 1969.

2006 - Sir Cliff Richard unveiled a plaque to mark a tiny basement said to be the birthplace of British rock and roll, fifty years after the "2 is" coffee bar opened in London's Old Compton Street. The Tornados, Tommy Steele, The Shadows and Adam Faith were among stars who started out at the club.

2009 - Leonard Cohen collapsed on stage during a concert in Valencia in Spain and was taken to hospital. He was later discharged after doctors told him he had food poisoning. Cohen was in the middle of singing his song Bird On The Wire when he fainted, prompting the band to stop playing and rush to help him.

1931 - The first long-playing record, a 331/3 rpm recording, was demonstrated at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York by RCA-Victor. The venture was doomed to fail however, due to the high price of the record players which started around $95 (about $1140 in today's dollars) and wasn't revived until 1948.

1956 - The BBC announced the removal of Bill Haley and His Comets' ‘Rockin' Through The Rye’ from its playlist because they felt the song went against traditional British standards (and included the lyrics "All the lassies rock with me when rockin' through the rye"). The record, based on an 18th century Scottish Folk tune, was at No.5 on the charts.

1962 - The Beatles played the last of three Monday night gigs at The Queen's Hall, Widnes, Cheshire. Also on the bill, Billy Kramer and the Coasters, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes and Sonny Kaye and the Reds. Tickets cost 3/6.


1978 - The video for Queen's single 'Bicycle Race' was filmed at Wimbledon Stadium. It featured 65 naked female professional models racing around the stadium's track on bicycles, which had been hired for the day. The rental company was reported to have requested payment for all the saddles when they found out how their bikes had been used.

1996 - A bomb was found at a South London sorting office addressed to Icelandic singer Bjork. Police in Miami had alerted the post office after finding the body of Ricardo Lopez who had made a video of himself making the bomb and then killing himself.

2000 - Paula Yates was found dead in bed from a suspected drug overdose. Yates had presented The Tube during the 80s, married Bob Geldof and was the girlfriend of INXS singer Michael Hutchence.

2006 - American guitarist Al Casey died aged 69. Casey is noted for his work as a session musician and as a member of the Wrecking Crew and worked with The Beach Boys, Phil Spector, Elvis Presley, Glen Campbell, The Association, The Monkees, Johnny Cash, Simon & Garfunkel, 5th Dimension, Harry Nilsson, The Partridge Family, Frank Sinatra and Nancy Sinatra.

2011 - The estate of Jimi Hendrix gave the go-ahead for another round of archival releases nearly 41 years to the day after the singer's death. The four new products included an expanded version of his landmark Winterland concerts in 1968, a revamp of a 1972 live compilation, an upgraded DVD of his final UK festival gig, and a DVD reissue of some old talk-show appearances.

1966 - Member of Parliament Tom Drilberg asked Britain's House of Commons to officially "deplore" the action of a magistrate who'd earlier called The Rolling Stones "complete morons...who wear filthy clothes."

1967 - Jimi Hendrix's debut LP, Are You Experienced? entered the Billboard Hot 200 album chart where it stayed for 106 weeks, including 77 weeks in the Top 40. In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine ranked it No.15 on their 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and two years later it was selected for permanent preservation in the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in the United States.

1970 - Jimi Hendrix joined Eric Burdon on stage at Ronnie Scotts in London for what would become the guitarist's last ever public appearance.


1972 - Wishbone Ash, Family, Steppenwolf, John Kay Band, Slade, Uriah Heep, Roy Wood and Wizzard, Wild Angels, Glencoe, Sunshine and Cold Comfort Farm