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Riffs welcomes constant info on gigs, line-up changes and general band associated news.
(Please note that the further down the page, the older the News) 

Mick from Overdrive has contacted Riffs with the following info:
'Looks like The Royal in Stanley have gone to last Saturday of the month for bands. Just been in touch on FB so would advise any bands booked there to do the same. Heard a few stories so this might clear things up. New management there so would be good to keep this venue going.'


Riffs has just received an update to the Borderland gig on Sat Oct 13:
Please note admission to this event is by ADVANCE TICKETs ONLY. Anyone interested in booking tickets please contact David Snaith on 07789 774027 NO LATER than Weds 10th Oct. The venue has specified that no tickets can be available on the door. Many thanks for your understanding.

No doubt by now those Borderland guys will be saying: "where's our fuckin' advert you promised you lying Riffs shits?" And, y'know, I wouldn't blame them, but you gotta believe, ya just gotta believe that I am pretty busy and I do take my time over some ads to get it right (well, what I consider right anyway) and, after a few days, and with the picture Borderland supplied, the ad is now unveiled today -  ta-dah.......... [always have some rock blasting in my headphones when on my pootah, and just finishishing this ad for Borderland's charity gig while listening to . . . Bowie's 'Heroes' - now how apt is that?!!]. Here's the ad.....

Mind you, looking at that oh-so-sweet cutie in the pic, I just can't imagine her saying "fuckin'".
Although . . .



Riffs is just getting a sniff of a very interesting Queen tribute appearing at the Benedictine Social Club Cramlington on Friday 9th Nov.
They are going under the name Qween and include some very accomplished musicians.
Tickets not yet on sale but we understand them to be around the six pound mark.
More as we get it . . . tap, tap, tap, tap,.............


Funny ol' day. Feel pissed on these painkillers, can hardly type properly and am missing out gigs. Shit, roll on op. Anyway, time to embarrass those Borderland chaps cos have just typed in to October listings not one but TWO charity gigs they are undertaking that month. Well done guys - wish there was something we can give you - hey shit man there is - a boxed advert free of charge for one whole month for whatever gig you want is totally yours. That do ya?!! (hope so cos we have fuck all else).


And if ya wanna hear some Zep then Stormy Monday (pic) on the 20th and 28th at the Black Bull Morpeth and the Star Inn Newcastle respectively should do you proud.


Well, it's Zeptember and, along with Planet Rock, we are celebrating in the way which only we can: Every band that plays any Zep songs in their set will be allowed to have their gig listing highlighted in the special Zeptember colour (I know, we couldn't believe it ourselves!). But, as Riffs psychic abilities are absolute zero, you must let us know what Zep tracks you play and then we will highlight your gig............And you may have noticed that the month - Zeptember if we haven't already mentioned it - culminates in a mega double bill with AC/DC GB along with Dizzy Lizzy. Just a tenner at Shildon Civic Hall. And not sure why we mentioned that cos it's nothing to do with Zep. Could be these strong painkillers which have a weird side-effect of making one feel very very drunk.


Thanks to 'Gerry' who points out our pics on the Index page are of Rattlesnake Road and features a good pal of his playing Bass and singing. His name is Stu Burlison and he is currently playing bass with the fabulous George Shovlin’ and the Radars he is also bassist / vocalist in Skullduggery along with Fred Purvis. Stu is very well known and has also played with top bands Messenger, Brass Alley and Under the Radar.


Fans of AC/DC and Thin Lizzy are in line for a special night when two of the countries best tribute bands play at Shildon Civic Hall on Saturday 29th September.
AC/DC GB and DIZZY LIZZY will take to the stage to perform all the well known classic tracks these two great rock bands have recorded over the years.
DIZZY LIZZY, who hail from Birmingham, have been praised by none other than Phil Lynott's own mum, Philomena, saying “these boys are the closest tribute to playing my sons music!” Enough said!
From Rosalie and The Boys are Back in Town, to Waiting for an Alibi and Emmerald, DIZZY LIZZY bring the iconic twin guitar harmony sound of Thin Lizzy back to life and deliver a performance the great man himself would be proud of.
AC/DC GB, from the North East of England themselves, are highly regarded as one of the most authentic tributes to the legendary Aussie rockers “AC/DC” around. Years of dedication and their meticulous attention to detail have ensured their shows are as close to a real DC gig as it is possible to get.
From the rasping vocals of Jono, to the neck wringing, duck walking energy of Angus; the wall of Marshalls, to the replica cannons..........be prepared for an outstanding night of hard hitting rock!
Tickets £10 on the night.    Doors open 19:00hrs.        Show 19:45hrs



One day Music festival outside in the car park of The New Plough Dipton on Sunday 26th August from 1pm through until 9.30ish the line up as follows;

Scott Kiers 1.10pm to 2..00pm 50mins
Sofi Johnson                   2.05pm to 2.55pm 50mins
Blue Diamond Duo          3.05pm to 4.05pm 60 mins
Fire Lady Luck Band       4.25pm to 5.40pm 75mins
White Feathers duo        5.55pm to 6.55pm 60 mins
The Pretty Weeds Band  7.30pm to 8.50pm 80mins

Here is a link to the New Plough facebook page      https://www.facebook.com/TheNewPlough/


If you are planning on going to the Three Tuns in Gateshead this weekend - and shame on you if you are not! - then please double check our Listings page as there have been a couple of changes.
We are bang up to date as we get all our info straight from Paul Tuns so be assured what you see on our Listings page is defo what is on.


Great to hear from those solid rocksters featured on our Index page. By way of an update, the band is still going strong and coincidentally have just produced a short promo video filmed at ‘The Office’ now the Queen Vic.This is the link and Riffs urges you - and any other wannabee North-East Rock bands - to check them out on this stunning video - HERE
They are currently taking bookings for 2019, but people can see them over the next few weeks at the following venues:
Sunday 19th Aug - The Crook Hotel, (4pm)
Saturday 25th Aug - The Pelaw Inn
Sunday 26th Aug - The Mallard, Seaham (6pm)
Friday 31st Aug - The Penny Gill, Spennymoor
Saturday 1st September- The Mill House, Crook

Of course all of these dates are in Riffs Listings page.





NEWS JUST IN . . . Rising Sun in Crawcrook has been taken over and cancelled all bands,


Just heard that The Market Tavern in Chester le Street has cancelled all bands. Dave from Rockers FM tells us: 'I have received a text from the management of the Market Tavern in Chester le street that the new company no longer will have bands on. We were booked to play there this Friday so presumably all bands forthwith will receive the same message.  Cheers Dave'


I know only too well the lack of heavy Rock and Metal bands that play at the clubs - and often you have to suffer bingo between the bands - yes, believe it!!

So how cockahoop are we here at Riffs to be able to shout about a Heavy Metal and Rock gig at Hartlepool Supporters Club coming up Saturday Sep 16. It features heavier than hell tribute BLAKK SABBATH, supporting Newcastle-based RIFF RAFF.

A nice big stage - just gagging at the bit to hold up those Marshall stacks. And what an intro do Blakk Sabbath have!!!

The lads know how to tease and that long intro just shows how much thought these lads have put into their live show. Just check out this youtube video:

Tickets are just £8 / £10 available from ents24 (soz, but you'll need to pay that dreaded 'booking fee'!!)


Apparently the Fizzyfish review from way back has stirred up some great memories for many. Alan from the band got in touch with Riffs to tell us that although the exuberance and vitality for live gigs is still as powerful as ever there has, however, been a few changes to the band. I'll let Alan explain: 'We also have a new bassist, Tony Gardiner, a nice clean 30 year old from Stockton, he also teaches bass, is grade 8 qualified and plays Jazz, MU member and has even frequented the pit in musical theatre productions…. but when pushed into a large corner (he is very tall) spilled his guts and admitted he loves rock and metal and had previously played with the original Prog Metal band Tangent and covers band The Hunter. His first gig with us is at Josephs in Sunderland August 25th and we are confident he will help us pursue our touring of all the region’s best venues.'



Now it's those whacky Fizzyfish lads who gets the Riffs spotlight. Courtesy of Colin Smoult, this review is from 2006...


As Lenny from Tubesnake said "looks like it's gonna be a pretty decent event." Tickets £5 from the venue or the Tubesnake lads (also Tubesnake on Facebook). It's £6 on the door. And if you don't mind paying another pound then you can buy them online here:  https://stanleyevents.nutickets.com/brock


It’s All In The Name!
After many years, line ups and gigs, NE/DC are evolving! After working hard to establish themselves as one of the best tributes to the legendary AC/DC in their home area, the band have decided to re-brand themselves as AC/DC GB and find more gigs around the country, as well as still playing their regular haunts in the North East. The decision came after consulting with various promoters, venues and fans, who all agreed the “GB” logo gave the lads more potential to break into new areas in the tribute market. Rest assured, the musicianship and performance will still be of the highest standard, and the show will be greatly enhanced where the venue size allows! The guys would like to thank everyone who has loyally supported them as NE/DC, and hope to see you all again very soon as AC/DC GB! Check them out at www.acdcgb.co.uk, or on FB.


Not to be put off by the poor support of the Glaxo Club gig, those Borderland guys have arranged another charity gig, it's on Saturday 13th October at Rainton Meadows Arena Houghton Le Spring DH4 5PH. Fundraiser for the Chris Snaith Fund (for Brain Cancer Research).


More News just in . . . Not sure what is happending at The Royal in Stanley as some bookings seem still to be valid; best bet if you have a gig booked there to check it is still on.

News just in . . .  The Royal in Stanley has changed hands and all current bookings are off. No news as yet on whether the new owners will be continuing the gig nights. Thanks to Alan Fizzyfish for this info.


We regretfully have to report that the Borderland gig at Glaxo Club in Barnard Castle has had to be cancelled due to poor ticket sales. This gig was arranged to support those fearless North East Air Ambulance guys who not only save lives multiple times a week, but also risk their own. Borderland were quite prepared to give of their time and energy totally for free to support this worthwhile cause but, apparently, the great people of Barnard Castle and surrounding areas just don't feel the same. Don't know about you, but here at Riffs we're hanging our heads in shame..........


Hard-working Ray, who sorts out the bands for The Red Lion in Norton, Stockton-on-Tees, has been doing some extra sorting of late as they are moving their band nights from Monday to Thursday nights starting with DVD on August 2nd. Ray reckons he has contacted all the bands he needs to but .  .  . just in case, and of course, to let all the punters know . . . it's now Thursdays at the Red Lion, and not Mondays..................


Just heard from Paul Murdy who tells Riffs he has taken over the Masons Arms in Blyth. Apparently the booking 'diary' was less than useful and, apart from bands he has been able to contact, any other supposed bookings are no longer valid. So, if you had a gig booked - or would like a gig at The Masons Arms - then get in touch with Paul and he will do his best to accommodate. Paul can be contacted on Facebook 'murdy murdy'.



Nice to hear from those Grumpy lads who got such a kick out of reading Val's review of a gig of theirs from way back.

Still going strong, John pointed out that although Graeme has now left the band, his boots have been filled by John's son Liam who, at a mere 18, has "stepped up to the mark and is doing a fine job".

Another band that never seems to have a bad night.

[Oh, and we notice that on the review we spelt Graeme wrong (Graham). I do, at this very moment, have knife poised ready to remove my little finger . . .]

[jpic from when the Grumpies graced the Stormin' the Castle stage]




Local lads Big River have organised an all day Charity Event to raise funds and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK.

One of the Big River guys told Riffs: 'This is an event we are organising because Alan, our lead singer, was struck with the disease and had to have his prostate removed, so this lies really close to his heart. He was very lucky as he was diagnosed early but some men are not that fortunate.'

This is our justgiving page where readers can engage with Alan's story: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/big-river

We are hoping for good tickets sales. Tickets have now been released and can be bought here:
http://www.bigriver.fourfour.com/store or email Alan for a ticket: thompsonalan1952@yahoo.com.

It's at the Wheatsheaf in Durham Road, Birtley from noon until 11pm and there will be so much going on that Riffs pages are just not big enough to list them all!! There are some great raffle prizes on offer, one of which is a Cassidy electric guitar which has been given specifically for an exclusive online raffle only. Look at the top of the page; this is the link for that one: https://www.facebook.com/bigriveruk/

The legend that is Russ Tippins, humble as always, points out that he is, actually, not headlining, and hopes to be on about 7. More importantly, he told Riffs
"Really looking forward to playing this fest. Big River are sheer class and Alan personally asked me to be a part of it. Bring it on"

And if you are thinking 'hmmm, not sure whether to pop along to that one' can Riffs just list all the performers (not to mention all the behind-the-scenes peeps) who are giving of their time free of charge:
Lucy Upton
Dan Symmington
Peter Jameson
The Kingtones Duo
Dirt Monkey
Phil Sculthorpe
Russ Tippins
The Blarney Brothers
Lee Symons
Rebel Events
Big River

And we must mention again Big River who have managed to organise the whole kit and caboodle; many sleepless nights included, I suspect lads?!


Now it's the Grumpy Old Men's turn for our look back in time to 2008 when the band played their usual blistering set, this time at Gateshead's Three Tuns. Nice to see that a venue that was going so strong and had such a good reputation ten years ago, is not only going stronger than ever, but still holds the acolade of being on many bands' list of the place to play in the region. Mind you, same goes for The Grumpies - still rockin' our venues around the region with quality Rock classics.


Gotta give a mega shout out for those Borderland guys who, we have noticed, are doing another gig for charity - this time for the life-saving Great North Air Ambulance - and y'know that means co-ordinating the gear, getting it picked up and transported to the venue, setting it all up, soundchecking, making pleasantries with the staff who probably don't know or don't care who they are, then after the gig the guys strip down all their gear, pack it back into the van and drive home - at God knows what ungodly hour - and shall we tell you how much the lads get for this - eh? D'ywanna know? Sod all. Not a bean, zilchymundo. Nowt. But - they get something money just can't buy - the respect of Riffs (and hopefully a lot of you guys out there). So, Borderland, apologies if we have embarrassed you but when some bands grumble at how little they are getting paid it's great to know there are lads like yourselves willing to go that extra mile..............
Glaxo Club - Barnard Castle, DL12 8DT   Sat July 21
Contact Glaxo for tickets
(we think - still awaiting further info)


Seems to be a lot of apathy at the moment concerning live gigs - we hear very little from bands - hence we are re-visiting Riffs reviews from yesteryear. But the publicity is here if bands want it. Tell us why you're looking forward to a particular gig; tell us why Bongo Bill on drums is nervous about this gig; why Throaty the singer is wondering if his voice will hold out till the last song; why you turn down certain gigs but play others; what pubs have you always wanted to play but never had the chance.... the list is endless, but let us know, and get your name on our News page. Whip up some interest in your gigs for f*cks sake!!................ But until you do, here's another of Val's reviews from 2008, this one of the brilliant Damage Control...


An update on Tubesnake, as we recently highlighted Val's review of the band in 2008 at the Pemberton Arms. One of the few bands from way back when that are actually still gigging today (gotta be doing something right!). Val imparted some info that she gleaned from frontman Len that they have, indeed, left the 'funk' behind and also guitarist Tom. After seven years Martin Craggs replaced Tom, and the band has been gigging consistently for four years with Martin on lead guitar. Len also adds that they are 'still a tight unit and love the gigs still.' I think that loving gigging may be the secret to their success. Any band that plays on 'auto' - hey, you know who you are!! - can be sussed out by the audience in minutes, and the fact that the Tubesters are still rockin' our local gaffs proves just what Len said. And may I copy a snippet from Val's review: 'a band that is practically a north-east tradition'. There's only a handful of bands that you just know you're gonna have a good night with - and Tubesnake is one of them.

The Three Tuns in Gateshead are needing a band for this Saturday 7th July. Anyone interested please contact Paul on 07940715825 asap.


The all new Three Tuns Sheriff Hill BUSKERS kicked off Wednesday 4th July hosted each week by none other than RUSS TIPPINS.

Individuals, duos or full bands can play on the stage where we have a full back line and in house PA.

Russ will also welcome musicians or singers at all levels to join him on stage. All welcome.


Just heard that Dr Browns in Middlesbrough has cancelled all live bands for the rest of the year. Apparently the new tenants have not voiced any interest in live bands so, to not mess about the already booked bands, all live gigs have been stopped. Thanks to Norm Force for this info.


Local Rockers Tubesnake grace our Index page this time and we re-create Val's review of the band from 2008 at the Pemberton Arms . . .


The pics on the Index page, and the following review, are from when youngsters Razor Sharp did a double header with  Remedy back in 2008....(and after such a blistering gig, whatever happened to Razor Sharp?)


"We are organising a charity night in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, on Saturday 15 September. The venue is The Wheafsheaf, Birtley, County Durham.
The pub is hoping to have a marquee and hot food on as it is an all day event.
We have all of the bands and performers lined up be are missing the all important headlining band to play the event out from 10-11pm. PA and backline are supplied and we hope to feed the performers also. You would be giving your time FREE OF CHARGE...
Anyone interested can contact us by email, facebook or our website: bigriverneuk@gmail.com    www.bigriver.fourfour.com    facebook.com/bigriveruk"


Well, hello everybody peeps, have we got a treat for you. If you are into some original t-shirts and are embarrassed at the ones that say "I love AC/DC (or whatever)" then you will go ape-shit over what Bathroom Wall t-shirts have designed. And, we can speak as we find cos I have bought many of these over the years and they are not only spot-on quality but are generous in length (Val has just chipped in to say that makes such a dfference to her...). My faves: "Rosies - where the girls ain't exactly pretty, and they ain't exactly small", also: a picture of the building in New York that was used for the cover on Physical Graffiti, with just "St. Mark's Place, New York". Satisfyingly subtle. Brilliant; also a misty silhouette of Bon. And there's so many more - Motorhead, Lizzy, Ramones, Zep, Sabbath, the list is exhausting. Click on their logo and take a look. Oh, they also have a special offer where if you spend £20 you get a fiver off. Use code 'FIVER' when you check out. And it's free postage when you buy 4 shirts or more. If you're anything like me you fill your basket with such great designs - then wonder how the hell you are going to wear them all!!!!


Usually get a great response from our readers (even both of them sometimes) but surprised that not one person has emailed regarding our request to hear from someone at the Bullet gig at Newton Aycliffe back in 2008. So, either everyone was high and can't remember; everyone has long since died; everyone has now got Alzheimer's; no-one reads Riffs. Well, if it's the latter why am I wasting my time?!!! Answers on a postcard to . . .

Whoa, just thought of the most obvious explanation; no-one was there! It was a ploy by the Turbinia to trick me and Val into thinking the place was heaving by filling the venue with holograms..... Just knew the answer would come to me..........



Hello from Gateshead based Outlaw Country band The Loft Boys. This is our new promo video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c69BMzDe268) to support the launch of our new album: "Cowboy Blues From The Leam Lane Delta'. We are launching the album with a live set at The Schooner, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3AF, on Friday 6th July 2018 playing outdoors (weather permitting) between 7pm and 9pm.



We must mention that
Frankies Cafe are doing another gig for the `Daft As A Brush’ Charity on Friday 7th September at the Lancastrian Suite, Fed Brewery, in Dunston. More details nearer the time....


It's The Dusty Tools turn this time, pics on our Index page and here is the review from - again, we think - about 2008.


Sadly maddog music is closing down.Clearance bargains sale this Friday 22nd , Sat 23rd,  SUNDAY 24th , Monday 25th.
Open to sensible offers on great gear .Acoustic Guitars,Electric Guitars, Amps , Cases ,Gig bags. - 39 West Row, Stockton-On-Tees, TS18 1BN Tel: 01642 673383


Looks like the Masons Arms in Blyth has shut. According to its Facebook page it is 'closed until further notice'...


Well, this time it's
Bullet's turn to have their review on show - the only problem is Val, in her infinite wisdom, forgot to add the year to her review and we have only the 16th of December. We think it may be about ten years ago but not really sure, If you were there then give us a shout....


The superb
Mississippi Sheiks grace our Index page at the moment, and we attach our full review of their gig at the Lord Nelson in Stockton on Tees back in 2008....


We are proud to host pics of Vendetta on our index page and here is Riffs review from way back, at the Three Tuns in Gateshead...


To coincide with the index page pictures of
Alcatraz House Band at Houghton Buffs ten years ago, we include Val's review from the gig....


Friday 25th to Sunday 27th May was the Three Tuns, Sheriffs Hill, Gateshead, 8th Annual Kebab Festival. A mind boggling 12 different kebabs to choose from, served on fresh warm kurdish naans with fresh salad and lots of sauces. Great real ales and real ciders and a superb live music line up;
Friday 25th       1977
Saturday 26th  Beyond Blonde
Sunday 27th    Ska-Toons.
Gorgeous kebabs to stuff your face plus Punk, New Wave and Ska - it doesn't get much better than this!! too late - you missed it!!!!!!!!!!!!!


With the Doyle boys featured on our Index page, we had an email asking if we still had the interview from 'way back' that Val did. Well, we had a looksee and lo and behold we found it! From Feb 16, 2008. So, for your delectation, here it is;


Here is a slice of Hartlepool’s one and only punky power pop group DisGuise from 1977 with a song inspired by seeing The Rezillos at Middlesbrough Rock Garden. This recording is by the mk2 line-up in which Jimmy McKenna on bass/vocal and Peter Scott on guitar/vocals are joined by Newcastle’s John Miller on drums, and was recorded by Steve Thompson at Impulse Studios, Wallsend in January 1979.


Interesting feedback from a highly-respected North-East guy who books bands for venues - if you're a band and someone leaves you a message to get back to him, it may just be a good idea to do so. Apparently, many bands lose the chance of a gig cos they just don't bother to return his call. Go figure...




Just heard from Ray, late of The Red Lion in Norton, Stockton, just to clarify some points as there has been some ch..ch...ch...changes to what we said originally; Ray is likely to be seen in the Moorcock in Peterlee on Friday nights - for no better reason than it's a bloody good night there. Ian from the Moorcock is still booking the bands for that venue, so no sweat any band that has a gig there, there is NO changes there. Secondly, although Ray is leaving the Red Lion, he may still be booking bands for the new tenants cos, well basically, he's bloody good at it, so why wouldn't he?!! Hope that clears things up and for those who suspect that Riffs got it wrong originally - just how very dare you?!! You know we never make misteaks.


If you haven't yet got a ticket for the gig on 14th April to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the birth of FREE, featuring no less than four superb bands, then panic no longer, as there will now be entry on door - and still at the bargain price of just £20. This is an annual event and is always memorable, but this special 50th anniversary gig at Wallsend Memorial Hall will be one for the history books.



It takes some doing keeping everything up to date here at Riffs and we do our very best and we know that a lot of you appreciate it. BUT, we are getting a growing number of bands/venues changing their gigs once added and uploaded and not letting us know. This does no-one any favours - in fact it harms your venue, your gig and our reputation - and that, as they say 'boils our piss'. If you are down for playing a venue on a certain date and then it is cancelled (for whatever reason) then LET US KNOW. Do not wait for the replacement band to inform us  - because then, in effect, we have TWO bands down for playing the same venue on the same date. When this happens we used to show both bands, but we decided that was not helpful at all so now we show neither. Checking your gig listing helps but it's surprising how many bands/venues just don't bother. Riffs strives to be as accurate as humanly possible but if we have a query concerning a gig listing then I'm afraid we have no option but to ignore that listing. We'd rather not host it than to mislead our readers.
Not so long ago, Lara, from American Girl was messed about by various venues one apocalyptical weekend and had a string of alterations, amendments and cancellations and apologised profusely to Riffs for messing us about. As we said to Lara and we say to you: 'You never mess us about by letting us know, no matter how many times, of alterations. You only mess us about when you don't'.


The saying, 'Doesn't time fly by as you get older' really does seem to ring true for many of us and particularly when looking back to 50 years.
Some  news making the headlines in 1968: Martin Luther King was assassinated on 4th April 1968. London bridge was sold to the US for £1million on the 18th April 1968 and The Beatles set up their own record label in Abbey Road Studios.
Whilst only 6 miles away from The Beatles coming and goings, unannounced, on Friday 19th April 1968  at a pub in Battersea in a small corner of London, four young men had arranged to meet for a jam session, the names of those individuals;
Andy Fraser, Bass player (15years of age), Paul Kossoff,  Guitarist (17)  Paul Rodgers Vocalist and Simon Kirke Drummer (both 18). After a blistering evening of playing blues, they decided there and then to form a band and soon after settled on the name FREE. And by November 1968 they had recorded their first album: 'Tons of Sobs'. 
They went on to become one of the biggest-selling British blues rock groups; by the time the band split in 1973, they had sold more than 20 million albums and had played more than 700 arena and festival concerts. Their most famous song "All Right Now"  topped a 2010 online fan poll by UK radio station Planet Rock for the "Greatest Rock single". Rolling Stone has referred to the band as "British hard rock pioneers".The magazine ranked Rodgers No. 55 in its list of the "100 Greatest Singers of All Time", while Kossoff was ranked No. 51 in its list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".
Bill Flynn has been organising 'The Annual Free Convention' since 1986 which is a live music event honouring his heroes. 'Thirty two years ago it was impossible to find a Free tribute band' explained Bill. Since that first event Bill has seen a gradual rise in bands playing Free's music, and these days he is inundated with requests to play at the annual event; 'There is nothing quite like the atmosphere of  a Free Convention where both musicians and fans share an evening of such affection for the band's music' said Bill. Recent Highlights have seen original member Simon Kirke playing at the 2014 Convention and particularly poignantly for Bill was Andy Fraser who came in 2013 to play in the North East for the first time in 38 years, this turned out to be a  record attendance for any Free Convention and as a result many fans got their one and only chance to meet and see their hero up close. Sadly Andy passed away in 2015.
This year's show is being held at
Wallsend Memorial Hall on Saturday 14th April (doors open 6pm) and will feature 4 live bands. Bill explained: 'This year will be extra special as a very fine band is making the long and arduous journey from Japan specially to play the 'Tons of Sobs' album in its entirety'. - which to Bill's knowledge has never been attempted before in a live setting.
Bill is in contact with the surviving members of
Free; namely Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers and they regularly support the event with merchandise to help with a charity raffle and both have gone on record to thank Bill for his loyal support over so many years.
Tickets are available priced £20 directly from Bill and he can be contacted on 01282 868352 /07948 017380 or email freeconvention@aol.com.
Riffs would like to remind our very generous readers that not only is this an intimate evening soaking up an atmosphere of Free music and vibes - but Bill is, as always, donating all profits to The Northern Brainwave Appeal. So make an effort to creep along and listen to some songs of yesterday.....


Well, the 28th has come and gone and not one support band for Soulville at the Golden Fleece has come forward! I don't know; some bands just don't want publicity..so we'll hand over to someone who needs and deserves it - over to you Bill....



Apparently, some bads just don't like publicity! Local guys
Soulville are headlining an evening of music to raise badly-needed funds for cystic fibrosis [Wednesday 28th at The Golden Fleece in Silksworth] - but the support acts remain elusive. We raise our musical hats to all bands who give so freely of their time and skills to support charities so please - let us know who you are and you can have our heartfelt appreciation . . .



Bit of sad news concerning the Red Lion in Norton. They are one of the few (if the only) pubs that put on midweek gigs but, sadly, the tenancy is being taken over on the 16th of April and the new tenant is ceasing all live bands. So the last three gigs in April will be

Monday April .2nd....THE PHAT TYRTLES.

April ..9th....AUDIO SOULS.

Ray, from the Lion, is moving to The Moorcock in Peterlee and Riffs understand he may be arranging their Friday nights live gigs. It is interesting to note what Ray had to say about booking midweek bands: 'I'm sure if the bands of today halved their fee for Monday to Thursday gigs instead of saying "we never go out for less than £250" (because they have never done a midweek gig), then a few pub managers would give it a go. I tell them midweeks are different to weekend gigs, people come out to sit and listen to bands during the week, and the pubs don't get full like weekends are, but they don't seem to take it in.'
So, after 20 years at the Lion, Ray is shutting up shop. Our own rock legend Russ Tippins got one of his very first gigs twenty years ago at the Lion - from Ray's daughter who had just took over the venue.
I think pub landlords/owners/tenants are like car mechanics - when you find a good, fair and honest one you stick by them like glue. Riffs wishes Ray all the luck in the world at the Moorcock, and will always give him our full and continued support.


How chuffed is Riffs that an owner of one of the most popular and prestigious pubs in the North-East has responded to our article on how a new band goes about getting a gig. So we hand over the next few paragraphs to Paul Smith from The Three Tuns in Gateshead . . .

I read with interest the article on how to get a gig and I have to say the editor pretty much nails it for me. 
The truth is very simple, there are few pubs providing live music who have great crowds irrespective of which band is on. Speaking from The Tuns we are more or less guaranteed a good night with 10/12 bands that I know of. Another 15/20 will get us a crowd of between 40 and 60 every time and make the night worthwhile financially. 
I can think of no unknown covers band that has ever in my 16 years of putting on live music filled my room. In fact on the odd occasion I take a risk, I'm persuaded by friends or colleagues, or I'm in desperate need to cover a late cancellation it's invariably, inevitably almost a tiny crowd. 
This is not a reflection on our promotion or the band's appeal or professionalism it's simply that with so much live music to choose from the dwindling audience will not give us the benefit of the doubt preferring instead to go see Blue Diamond at The Fox or Russ Tippins at The Schooner or The Emerald Thieves at The Stone Trough, all within a mile and a half radius and I understand them entirely. 
It's the proverbial chicken and egg for new bands and venues alike but there are ways - as Riffs hints at - that can get our attention. 
From my perspective I'm not interested in Demo CDs or YouTube footage or the guitarist's CV. These things have zero impact for me but for what it's worth here is how to guarantee your band an opportunity to join our regular twice a year rota of quality local bands. 
I'm not trying to pick fights so any musician feeling hard done to reading this ought to understand that it's just my view, my experience and talking about one pub. 
1.. Be a tribute to a band that have a wide appeal but are not duplicated by lots of other local bands. Within the last two weeks I've booked a Rush Tribute at £600, a Dire Straits tribute from Newcastle who I've not seen on a cash guarantee plus 100% of the door fee and a Marillion tribute on a similar deal because I know my customers and others will support these shows. 
2..Like Riffs speculates below, I would indeed be swayed by an offer to play a show on a Thursday night, Sunday evening for a reduced fee or expenses plus door take if appropriate to see whether :
A) People would come along and 
B) whether the band had something unique that I felt I could sell to our audience for a weekend or 
C) the obvious is where a band can guarantee to get a new crowd into my room in the manner of a La Villa Strangiato or Skinny Molly who are just so good you can't ignore the opportunity or a band made up of locals playing their first gig who will bring friends and family to fill the place (it happens).
We have lots of festivals, celebrations, events at The Tuns like our Pie Festival weekend or St Patrick's Day or Halloween or too many others to mention. I'd love to hear from any new band wanting to come along and entertain us perhaps earlier in the evening before the main band when you'd play to a large enthusiastic crowd but you'd have to be prepared to take a more speculative approach to payment as I simply wouldn't pay £300 to a new band [to me] to play at 6pm. 
I've heard all the arguments a million times about how over worked and under paid musicians are but that's not the point this time. Nige is asking how do new bands get gigs and I'm more than happy to pass on what works for me. 
No offence meant to anyone at all.  

I was prompted to write this article after contact from a very reputable venue owner who, when contacted by bands wanting a gig, requested a demo of their material, and a list of gigs they had done, and also a list of gigs booked for the future. He said that, more often than not, he never heard from the band again.
Now, this puts me in mind of Zeppelin in their early days. We all know they must have had masses of potential and played bloody well, but as they were unknown they never rang up a venue out of the blue, asking for a gig and expecting payment. No - they, invariably, played for free. All over the place. And, as they were understandably brilliant, it was not long before venues were ringing them.
It seems to me that three things are paramount in getting a gig: 1, the venue needs to make a profit from the night. 2; the band needs to make a profit from the night. 3; the punters need to be kept happy.
So, it seems to me that everyone is on the same side - so what's going wrong?
If I was in a band and I was truly convinced we were amazing I would get in touch with this venue owner (preferably a face to face visit - at least show you are sincere), and explain that we were new, we thought we were good and we thought we would eventually pull in a lot of punters. But we realised that HE could not take us at face value. So, I would put it to him that we played for our expenses - obviously give him a rough figure of what that would be - so we wouldn't actually lose money on the gig. I would hope (forever the optimist I) that this would be acceptable and that, if he made oodles from the night he would be fair enough to share some of those oodles with the band. Also, if we were good, we would gladly take a further booking at the venue for a full fee. I am also presuming, by the way, that the band members behave properly and respectfuly at all times. Call me old school, but you are never, just never, going to get a repeat gig if any member of the band shows himself (or herself) to be an arse!! And, also a bit of respect for the band from the venue staff may not go amiss, too. (I well remember when Val ran a pub that she went out of her way to make sure the band for the night was welcomed, shown where everything was, offered a drink and told that any query they had they were to come to her immediately and it would be sorted. To me, this is quite obvious but so many bands complained to her they were virtually ignored when arriving at the majority of venues. Come on, if you have invited a band to play at your venue and you are going to pay them, you are going to get a helluva lot more from the band if they are happy and appreciated - yes?).
Call me naive, but why wouldn't this work? Answers on a postcard..............
no, seriously, we welcome feedback............

(all as supplied with no editing or corrections - and all pics supplied by Oby)
Jan 1996 started with  Sticky  fingers  at  the heaton  buffs (great  band ),,,  then with Alligators  at , Alexandria,,,,,,  Kings Head at Allendale .,,Swarland again ,,,Grindon Broadway on wednesday 24th for willie  Newton`s  farewell party b4  he  moved  to  Australia !  He  was  lead  guitarist  in Howard Bakers,  BBFaith ...wonder how  he  is  doing  now `...Did  Thornhill club  at  Stockton with Razzle ...meanwhile Big Brother,  and Alexanders  Palace .were  going  down  well in Newcastle ..Feb,,,was  down  at  Barnsley. with FM,,, at  Wath  and West  club ..then Shieldfield club .....Did  the  heaton buffs  with Crossroads ..at  last ... they  play  on  a BIG  stage !   End  of  Feb worked  with The  Force at Porters S/S....March  had  some  interesting  club  bands  doing  the `rounds`  Guns & Oatcakes ...New  Jersey....Deek  the Juice (wor  lass`s fav  band )....Steve Graham band ....Strongheart ....Grand  Slam ...The  Strand ..and  the Medicine band ...Also  worked  for   the `bikers` at 81 club in S/land most  Saturday  nights ..  The  Alligators  were  the  first  band  on.......`..April  and May..worked  with The Force at Pelaw Broadway   and Stanley Civic  Centre (live  recordings )  got  me name  on  the credits !!
July ,,did  Europa  Lodge with  the Animals 11....High Pit  club ...Haltwhistle W.M.C,,,and Belle  View ..with  the Force......
Slippery  Dick  were  playing  the 81club at Murton St ...August with Benwell  Floyd and  then Terry   Slesser  plus Graham Russell  also  the 81 club ..Dec was  busy  with various bands ,,Wallsend Companions  club  with benwell  floyd ..Sticky  Fingers  did a private  party at Newcastlle  Station  Hotel ,,,Steels  club with Big Brother ..At  the `Arts Centre ` in  the toon  with Sticky  fingers,,and  the usual Xmas  party  gigs  at  the Buffs,with Deek  the Juice..Alexanders Palace....Bon Geordie ,,,and  Steve Graham band ..finishing  up  with Erik  and  the vikings at  81 club ........97 started with a very  good  band at  the  Royal Archer  ,,Jesmond  ...called Nobody1s  Fool who ,,did  all  their  own material ..,,,Feb, with Stone  the Crows  at  the buffs,,Stanley Civic Centre with  the Force & Disregard ,,,,awsome ``....and  the`Sticky`s at 81 club ...
March,,,Strongheart at  the buffs..Wow !!  Steels  club with Powerage ......Then Whitelease club S/s   with Matt Vynal and  the decorators (honestly !)   ,,,,Trillians  with powerband Powerage ,,,, finishing up  at  the buffs with F.M for 2 nights !,,,Rest of  the year .all  over ,,including Beamish  Mary.....Ivy  Leaf...Maltby progeressive club,,, 81 club  with the Force ,,,Rocktop , Usher  Moor..Navy club Blackhall,,Cross  keys Barnsley ....Civic  hall  Stanley ,,,Loftus,,Scarbro.pavillion Vaults ..etc...Other great bands i  saw  during this  year were ,,,Grand Slam ,,,Whizzkid...The  Piggies,,,Hit  the Deck  ,,,Kleen sheet ,,,The  Boyz,,,Renegade ..up  next  1998 ....
(Pics from top: Nighthawks gig list; The Force, Rob Tunbull and band)

1994 and Animals  11 rehearsing   for  their  new  tour !   ...   meanwhile ,,, in  Jan`,,,did the Pheasant  with  Crossroads  ......Seaton  Carew  and H/pool  supporters with Nighthawks ,,,and  hollyhill  social  club  in G/heed with Powerage ..Feb...Feb  Nighthawks were  playing Parkers ..Stanley /Barmston W/ton ..Westerhope  Comrades / station  hotel W/bay ..  and Powerage did Parkers  . Stanley ..
So  ..from Jan 94 till  June 95 the  animals11,,,were  touring all  ower .,, but  ,,,coming  back  to  england to  play  as Alligators ...  including .. Bergan .Norway...(3 nights  in March )  then in June with  the Troggs ( Reg  Pressley)  as  supporting  band ..they  did ,,Leisure  Centre  .Mansfield ...Chesterfield ....Brentwood ,,,the Powerhouse in london ..The  Dome ..Doncaster..and in july ...Chatham and Hastings   also  with  the Troggs  in  support ..Went  down  to Scunthorpe with  Animals  11 at the Redburn  club ..  sold  lots  of  t.shirts !followed  by Ritz  ballroon at  Leeds..October  saw  the Animals at Colchester ..Norwich ,,Butlin`s  Bogner  Regis Ronnie Scotts in london ,b4 travelling  to denmark  for  a 6day  tour ..then holland for 7gigs...then Scotland  at  Bannockburn for  2 nights ...Then finally on  march 2nd  /3rd a working  trip   trip to  Dubai ....allreet  for  some !!!  Meanwhile  back  yem  ..worked with Big  Clocks / Crossroads/ Powerage /Barking  Billy and King Snakes ....Scandalous Batchelors /Cuban Eels /Lemon  / Sticky  fingers ..brilliant  band ...Brendon  Healey ...Jackson  at  the Alexandria ...Six  of  the best ,,,After midnight ..Fastbuck ..and ALLIGATORS   when they  were  not  `on  the road `..that  takes  us  up to  the end of 94,,,with ,  one  or  2  notible  exceptions in  between ...In March  did  trillians  with Powerage ,,which  was  `jam packed `..also Kings  Head  Stanley (again  , sold  out )   another  great `rocking night`  was Harveys  at  Stockton and Queen Vic S/shields  also  with  the ac/dc  band ...Went  to  see Bryan adams at Gates head  Stadium in july .. In  December ,the ANIMALS did the Pheasant and Park hotel  with Crossroads in  support ..///////    95 saw a couple  of `new  bands  hitting  the clubs`  Eye to  eye...The boys///and  McKenzie ..Unsung  Heroes...Big  Brother  to  name  5,,,In March  did The  Moathoos in  Wallsend with Animals for  2  nights  (Barclays  bank  do`.).....Ashington  central /Shotton  colliery and Haltwhistle club  with Powerage ,,,and  Crossroads plus Beggers  Banquet at  the Pheasant ..June 1st  with Sticky  fingers and later Nissan Sports  lounge ...then South Gosforth  club .July back  withAnimals at lots  of  clubs /pubs...inc,,Grand  Hotel ..Toll  bar / Maggy` bank...Parkers// Cellar  club  S/S//    Seahorse  at blyth ....etc  ...all the way to  December ///


Late change at the Red Lion in Norton this coming Monday (12th) when anybody expecting the Picaroons on one hand may be disappointed, but on the other may be rather elated as they are being replaced by our own legend that is Russ Tippins. Apparently the Picaroons are "not ready" for their gig at the Red Lion and, even though booked for over six months have only just let Raymond know, so he has had to rather urgently find a replacement. He told Riffs: 'It was rather annoying to be let down so late in the day; building up regular clientele to see good quality acts is not an overnight job, but thankfully my old mate Russ was available and agreed to do the gig. Whether he is belting out Rock classics or strumming away acoustically he always pulls in the crowds.'


Watching the News today it seems we're getting there - little by little. Riffs has always baulked at unfair 'booking fees' and any excuse to add more fees to a ticket, but it seems the Government is now cracking down and they reckon that, within 12 months, the price the ticket is advertised for should be the price you pay. No doubt, though, the ticket sellers will still find a way to add fees - but we have ourselves to blame a lot of the time.  Even in our own Listings there is a choice of getting the ticket direct from the venue - or going through an entertainment site for the same ticket and paying a booking fee. Just don't give your heard-earned to the company - go direct to the venue. Derrr.....

'Well, it's one louder, isn't it?'
And talking of Hartlepool Supporters Club; a cracker of a gig coming up on Saturday 10th when you can expect not only a reliably rockin' set from headliners The Russ Tippins Electric Band but also a very special one-off performance from This One Goes Up To Eleven. Aaron from the band told Riffs; 'Yeah a reunion gig. After a 3 year hiatus, the band are getting back together for a one-off gig in Hartlepool supporting the mighty Russ Tippins Electric Band! And we are delighted that the incredible Ian Halford will be joining us on drums. Tickets available from the promoter Thomas Alan Wormald. Excited? Just a bit!!! Road trip anyone?' Needless to say the lads are focused on a truly memorable performance as they will need to be on full throttle to have even a vestige of a chance to steal the limelight from Mr Tippins and co.!! (tickets are available £8, and feel free to turn up on the night but be expected to part with a still-acceptable tenner).

The Big River lads wish to apologise as, due to unforeseen circumstances, and illness, Big River Trio have had to cancell their show at Hartlepool Supporters Club on Sunday 4th March.

We are getting in cancellations due to the bad weather and mark the gigs on the Listings page as such as soon as we get the info so make sure you check - right up to the last few minutes - before you set off. And if in any doubt - RING THE VENUE.



(all as supplied with no editing or corrections - and all pics supplied by Oby)

So..in  july ,,,93,,,just got  back  from Cyprus  hols ` straight back  with `mans  music`    at  Castle  Farm tennis  club ,again ...stanley  Central .. The  Pheasnt N/sheilds ,,  then  an `all nighter  `  at Millfield Aerodrome ,,,In  August did  a `double  bill `  with Powerage  at  the heaton buffs ..brilliant !  On monday 23rd  Aug ,,,started  rehearsals at  the pheasant ..with  the  `Gators`  who  were preparing  to form Animals  11..tribute ... next  night played, same venue ...with  Crossroads  as support....Did  the Beamish  Mary (no place)  Heaton  buffs and  Benidictine social club Cramlington ...and  the ~animals were  going  down  well ...End  of  Aug  did Colne R@B festival .Lancashire ..with Jools  Holland ..my  old  mate ..Alvin  Lee,, and the Hamsters ...   Sept was with a few  different  bands ,,, Hartepool Belle  View with  F.M.   and  heaton  buffs ...High pit with Powerage ,,,Pheasant  with  the `Gators, and Nighhawks ...Also Pheasant ..
October the Park  Hotel did  a tribute  to  the Anmals .plus  Alive  and  Kicking ...Next  night at  the Mayfair  with Powerage (ac.dc)  Alexandra Ballroom Sland .with Nighhawks  and  the Big  clocks ,,sat 9th ...Westerhope  Comrades with Powerage ,,while  Six  of the best did  heaton buffs  Sat and Sun ..  Battle Hill  club  with Trevor  Sewell  (  where is  he  now?)   Sat  16th  Belle  View with  Gary  Witton  and  Messanger , and  back  in H/pool  the next  night  at United  supporters club  with Nighthawks ..End  of  Oct..doon Bogner  Regis  with  the Alligators ..November  was  busy ..Mayfair  again  ,,with The  Force  and  Powerage ,,the pheasant with  the last  appearance  of  the Nighhawks ...shame! ..Dunston Fed  breweries  with Big Ray ,,,and Slippery  dick ...really !!  Travellers  Rest Whickam  with  Powerage ......Hamburg for  2 days with alligators (7th /8th ).....  Mayfair  ,,,with  Alligators and my  old  marra  Brendon Healy ...Trillians  with Bad  Influence ..  Heaton Buffs  with powerage .to  finish  of  october , doon  at Belle  view  H/pool  with Nighhawks  (reformed )  and Mean Mr  Mustard .. Cold  december we travelled  up  to the `Dug  Out`` in Greenock Glasgow ..and  then  to  the G/head  leisure  Centre to  see 6 of thr best ,,,Did  the Pelaw Social Xmas  party for British Telecom ..then onto  the corner  house  . Heaton with Bad influence ..The  annual Xmas  party was  mega with The  Junco  partners ,,,Jan 94  saw  the Animals 11 were  `playing all over Europe ...Wil  list  gigs next ....
(pics, from top: Lemon, Powerage, Quebec)

In July 92 was  at the Park  hotel  with Mc callum ( wonder  what  he  is doing now ) meanwhile back  in sunderland Steels club , it  was  Davy Ditchburn`s last  gig  with Talisman ,,,Six  of  the best  were rocking the clubs ,as were Big Brother ...August  saw  us back  at the Moathouse with Bessie and  his  buckets .plus Crossroads,  an  excellent  `up  and coming  ` band from Tynemouth...  October saw the Alligators doing  a charity show  at  the Park  hotel with Steve Gibbons  band and  the moat  brothers .. then   did  the Harrogate Moat  house Hotel .(private  party)  stayed overnight ..  followed  by the Nissan sports  club // December was  busy ..The  Royal York  Hotel, Redcar ,,it  was the M/boro Poly students Xmas bash ..(literally )  ..then M/boro  town  hall supporting Dr  Feelgood ,,Sands  club W/bay ...Pelaw club ..Xmas  party  for British .Telecom ,,,,Newcastle  Poly for..Scottish/Newcastle breweries ball` ,,Heaton buffs . plus  Crossroads,,,and  last  one of  the  year ,,,Park  hotel with `Bessie` .....93  January ,, the gators  were in the  recording .studios....
Then  in April did  a private  wedding do up  at Bamburgh ,,the Moat  house in Wallsend next  with Crossroads ...and  again in May  with support Bessie  and  the buckets !  plus  Crossroads ...brilliant  neets`   Also  did Castle  farm tennis  club ,, (again  in july )June ..were at battle  Hill club (well named ) South  gosforth ...River Wear  club (still  there ?) then Ashington  Central where they  all  talk  funny !!!  ..Its  only a few  miles up north  of  the toon ,,but ye  cannot  understand  them ...!  pit  yackkers ! 
Also  in June supported  the Commitments  at  the Mayfair ..Went  to  Leeds Irish  Centre and  supported Paul Jones blues  band.
Then  Peterlee R&B  festival with Alvin  Lee plus  the Hamsters.next day....travelled  up  to Newland farm  in  Belford ....
(pics, from top: Dance Class, Geordie, Brian Johnson)

April 91 ..was up in Glasgow  to  see AC/DC  with Hylton ..and  back  stage  passes..
At  south Gosforth club  saw  Double Trouble (ex Jynx)  and Dougie  small..then the Gators  did `swaziland `  club  again , before doing  a show  at Jesmond lawn tennis  club   .cracking  neet ! followed by  the Coatham Bowl  ..Redcar...In July got  a
gig at Riverside in Newcastle , after being on the telly````  t.t.t.v. `  Northern Life .. (going  back  in time now)  Saw  Gary  Whittons  beer money (band ) at Blackhall Navy  club ....whatever happened to  Gary?     Then  the BIGGEEEE.!!!...Travelled down  to Donnington ..Monsters  of  rock  with Hylton Valentine @ Johnnas  brother ,..but had to detour to  a swish nottingham hotel  to  pick  up  wa tickets  and back stage  passes  which  Johnna  had left  us  in reception   Ac/Dc  headlined this  show  and it  was  awsome ...woora day..i  will never forget !
Other  notable club bands doing the rounds  were Tattood tears (ex babysitter) Shooting  party..Riff Raff..7 to midnight ..Legacy..
Saw Riff raff at the Fed  breweries ..very  good ... and F.M  who  are  still going now ..great rock  stuff!..((over  the` KILLS`  and  far  away).....End  of  October  went  to  see Bryan Adams at  whitley  bay  ice  rink ..the night after did Park  hotel  with after  Midnight   (tribute  to Free) In  November    worked  with Salamander Joe and Cairo  at newcastle  Irish club   ..then the  Moat house hotel 
with support ..The  Buffs  Xmas  extravaganza   was  with Talisman and Alligators...
1992,,,did some good  gigs  with  the Gators,,,,Porters  S/Shields ...Irish  centre Toon...Riverside ..for the pelaw  bikers,,Nissan Social  club ,,good night ...The  old Assembly  rooms in Newcastle ..Croft sports  and  social  club .. Belle View h/pool  with Talisman ,,,Mayfair...
Moat  house  with Bessie  and the Zinc  buckets .(..really  enjoyed these  lads)  Also  saw  the `Big  Clocks ` at  the Borough in S/land ,,
At the end  of  June Alligators got  a gig down  Scarboro ,,remember stopping  at a b@B  guest  house  just  outside the railway  station ..the  next  day We  set up  at the Mere social  club for  the miners  convention ...It  was 
hillarious !!  the smoke  machine  `jammed  ` on  stage ,  and half  the club  was covered  in smoke  ,,a quick dash  down  to  unplug the machine ,,but ,Scargill and the , miners all  thought it  was part  of  the act !  happy  days `` next  day  off to Harvey`s  wine  bar  at  darlington  followed by Mount Pleasant in  G/head ,,and Gosforth  and Coxlodge ...Not  coxlodge  and  Gosforth ...!!!  another  story !  `

    That `Young  farmers gig was amazing ...we  had  bailes  of  compacted straw for  the stage ,  and  generators for  the power ,,what  a brilliant  night ..right in  the middle of  Haltwhistle hills .. then it  was Houghton Le  Skerne Darlington ..one  of my  favourite clubs... .D,R,S,M   Darlington rolling  steel  mills... was  a good gig followed by another  in ~Darlo`  Cockerton band S.C   with Rudie West ...
Then  at  the  beginning  of July at Guidepost  club   Debbie anounced  she  was leaving the band to  go  solo  !!!  and  by  end  of  Sept did  the last  gig at Farringdon club S/land ...!!  Meanwhile, the Alligators (left) ...Robert and hylton valentine (below right)  were emerging ...the very  first  gig was at  Silkswoth club ..and  i  know  you `were  there` cos  it  was packed to  rafters `!!!   A brilliant blues  band had hit  the clubs ...(not  forgetting  all  the pub  gigs )  Rose  Inn .Wallsend ..Dun Cow (New York N/Shields)  High point Cullercoats..Beamish  Mary No Place..Corner  House  ..Heaton .The  Vic W/bay..Butlers bar in  the tooon  !   Sloans  wine  bar ..3mile Inn..Gosforth ..not  forgetting te Pheasant N/Shields ..a  great gig for  many  up  and coming  bands ...  The first  3gigs for  the ` gators were Percy  main club,,then  Heaton  buffs.then Steels S/land ..... the washington Whitehouse on  sat  night and  sunday morning !  We  did all  the popular clubs and in december ,,the Newcastle  Playhouse..followed  by  the `Crypt` at  Boro town hall . Thenup  to Alnwick Northumberland  Hall ..plus  xmas party time with After  midnight at Percy Main club .......Buffs  xmas do` was Talisman and Pirahna  bros (below left) ..always  a sell  oot!
In  91`   I  wonder how  many  bands  did  this gig ?   It  was  a tiny  club in Swarland near  Alnwick...but,, you never  find  it easily ..tucked  away amongst a forest ,,had  some excellent night`  s in there ...with `Smokey` !!   local  guy ...
Did the Park  hotel..Tynemouth ..  (with lots  of bands)  then Shieldfield club,,,which  is not  a club anymore.....Heaton Meadowfield (my local) and the Alletsa Ballroom ...no  not  for dancing !!....In Feb did Whitehoos  club Sat  neet  and  sunday morning  again... and Whitley  bay  residents  club.... In March Did Newcastle University students party ...It  was  an all nighter with champagne breakfast at 5am!  ...May, saw the Fish  Quay  festival  at  North sheilds with the Alligators ..Alive  and  kicking ..After Midnight and  Joe  Brown ..wonderful  enterrtainment ...must  have seen  YOU  THERE!!

Once again ,  i  want  to thank Nige` ,,for  printing  all these great memories and stories of my  life  on  the road with  some  of  the best bands ..that  never achieved stardom  ... You look  on  t.v now and  see all  these (c) rap posers..girl/boy bands all  miming ..and  all  the rubbish in  the charts !  sorry ..rant  over ...
In 1989 i  was  working  with Centrefold   pictured ....Did  some memorable shows plus  support ..the  likes  of  Bob Ritchie.. Al Meechie   3times.... ( where  are they now ? ) On  the 25th Jan we  all  helped in  a charity show at Forest  Hall  club  for  Danny..taxi  driver and  friend  who  died  in North  Shields ...bands  included 3D,,,Talisman ..Messanger and  Little Mo  ..Alot  of money  was  raised  for  Dannys widow ,,,and  a brilliant night  was  had  by all  ,,were  you  there ? In  March  Centrefold got  part  time resideny  in Zoots  Newcastle every  Friday , sometimes  Saturday..until  end of april ,,including one gig at  Zoots  felling ..Some  interesting `new` bands  were doing  the rounds inc`  Vancouver..The Action ..Twylight Zone ,,Mainstreet,,Invision ,,Playboys...Officers  Club..Boogyhoppers....Buster..New Invision ..Anthill  Mob ...,,,,,,,.In May Paul Defty (drummer) left  Centrefold...but not  b4 we  had  an interesting gig at Acklington Prison !!!!   No ..not  for the inmates ...but  the warders ,,,! A new  lineup in June saw  the new  drummer ,  and Peter Harrison join  the band ,,,and  first gig  was at  Victoria Park   .It  was a   red hot July and  we  did 20 gigs! In August we did Rosyth (H,M.S cochrane..lion  club) Edinburgh ...for  2nights ...Also Crimdon Dene clubhouse al  day ..September we  did Strangs riding  school (ponderosa)  at Washington ..Is  it  still  there ?...In oct..i  did 3 clubs  i  had never  done b4 !!!  the No1 Amalgamated club in Boro,,,Mardi  Gras..Darlington...and M/boro  buffs ...Also in November we did a great  show  for the Officers Mess 8thsignal regiment . at  Catterick Camp ..but ...in  the second  set ..there  was a bomb  scare ,,and we  were all  evacuated from  the camp , leaving  all  the gear !!...Went back  the next day  to  pick up ...then straight to the  Ivy Leaf  ...its a hell  of  a hump into the club!  December was very  busy ...including ....Cheers...old East end club s/land ...(still  there ?)  Catterick  camp  again at  Gazza  barracks (no  bomb scare)...I,C,I.  Wilton works private  party ...Pennywell with Perfect match and Bobby Knoxall  ...The  Heaton  Buffs  Xmas  party  was with Talisman and Prism ...  1990.....Saw Alibi,,,  with Alan roadhouse and  Dogg (ex Cirkus)   ...than it  was back  up to Scotland at Hellenburgh navel  base .Glasgow   and Heaton Buffs with Bob Ritchie   Charity  do` Other  notable shows were at Cleater Moor in Whitehaven ...Pegswood S,C ,,for footballers do....` and Chesters farm` reet  oot in the wllds !!!!...It  was for  the  young farmers.

1987 started  badly ..Idle  Hands  broke  up !   Then  Jynx came  along ,,,Dave  and Carol from ~Eshington ```..a  formidable duo with a great band behind  them ,thay got plenty of work  Ncle .Gateshead.S/land Hartlepool...Durham  and Darlington ..Then in March good news....Hands Down  were  hitting the road after  rehearsing at Campbells (freezer)  club in  Jarrow ..i  remember  it  was perishing  in there...memorable early  gig was  at  Thomas wilson  club g/head with Powerhouse  and Pirahnas ..Meanwhile ..Cirkus ..Becket / Talisman ..Six  of  the best   After  midnight .. were getting  plenty of  work ..  In  April I went  up  to  Kinloss and  Lossiemouth in  the wilds`  of  scotland with  Jynx...did  2  `officers mess `  gigs..We  were  supposed  to be supporting the Batchelors...but  all  the airmen came  to  see the band ...We  all  stayed on  camp ..had lots  of  excellent  food and  drink Next  day we  were dashing  down Early to Billingham  cons`  club for  the next gig !  Early June Jynx  were  in  the recording studio ...thats  when yet  another  new music  show  started up in  the t.t.t.v. studios ...It  was  ... ROXY    ..It  `ran` until April 88..with notable  groups  like Chris Rea...Ultravox...Echo  and  the bunnymen...The  Cure..Hew@Cry..Def Leppard...Wet wet wet ..Squeez/ House  Martins ..Steve Winwood Bryan Adams... ( see me picture  with Bryan in  the `last instalment `)......  TPau and  carol  Decker ...Brian Ferry ..Joe  Cocker ..Climey Fisher ..Stranglers..Billy  Ocean..Belinda  Carlisle .and ,,.Vanessa Paradis  she  was  gorgeous !   Meanwhile when  all  that was  going  on  new club ...bands were appearing  on the scene   remember these ?   French  Curves ,,.Yankee  rose.... Playboys....Miarage ...   Tony  Liddle  and  the Law.....(did some  shows  with Tony )  and Quebec...also  worked with these guys ...In December i  got  a call from Carol  Johnson{Johnna`s  ex wife) invited me to  a party at  their `swish` house oposite  the corner  house pub  in  heaton ...but  ,,there  was  no  beer !!  just  champagne !   ..This  was  after  we all went to  to the city  hall  to  see Shake  the Tree`(ex  jogging  waiters),,,who  she  was managing `...They  were  supposed  to  be  supporting Wet wet wet ...but they  got  held  up in London  after  doing `top  of the pops`   and  they  were fogbound ...Anyway  the band  went  on  and entertained all  the `teeny  boppers` and  their parents ..it  was  a good night ...Then  i  was down in Blackburn with Quebec...another  goodun `The  Heaton  buffs  had Talisman and the Pirahnas on  for  their annual  xmas  party ..
The begining of  88  saw Whitesnake  at  city hall ...awsome !..then in Feb..Quebec  split  up ..Got  called   up for `rent  a roadie ` to work  at the Mayfair in  the toon ..working  with  the  Cross....(Roger Taylor .Queen ) plus Ya ya supporting ...  what  a brilliant  voice  this  guy has ..and  he  playing  2 different drum  kits ....March saw Ac/dc doon  at Wembley with  Hylton Valentine and Johnna`s brother   backstage ,,got  some great  pics of  Angus  a nd  theboys` ,,but  they  were  all drinking  tea....! NO BOOZE  allowed on  tour ! Angus  said to me `there is  a baby`s  bath full of  ice  over  there` ...roll  ya  sleeves up  dip  both  hands in and  what ever  you bring  out ,ye  gotta drink ,,,,bottle  of  Jack  Daniels and  a can of lager ,,,happy  days ,,...Saw  Wishbone  Ash  at  Mayfair...wow ... ....In  April did  a gig with Jynx at  the newcastle Boat Club ,,right  on the Quayside ..dont  know if  its  still  there ,,but  had a brillnight In May South  Gosforth stopped the rock  bands on Tuesday nights ,,very sad ~     In May  `The  Magnificent Bimbo  Brothers  were `born` )  Ex  hands ,,,one of  the first  gigs was upstairs   at Co-op Rainbow rooms in the toon   ,,they  went  down  a storm`  I  always  remember  the night  we  done Peterlee  Labour club ,,Peter  was  singing  that  classic ,,dancing  in  the dark , by  springsteen , when one  of  my pyrotechnics set  fire to  my backdrops when  he  was  singing ``cant start  a fire ``..  hahahah  ...July saw  the bands  back  on  `Gossy  club` by public  demand ..And  in Sept..Peter  Harrison left the `bimbos `  after the Ryton  social  club!....Come  October . had  a spell  with `Mind  over  Matter`..while Caffrey Bros were  in red  nose studios Shieldfield ..then in November was  with Centrefold ..and  the brilliant  Debbie ...In dec...we did 22gigs  including Allenbrook army  barracks ,Thirsk ,,but  i still  got  to see Talisman and  the Amazing  squibs at  the buffs  xmas  party ...more  to follow from  89..

In  Jan 84.`  Geordie were playing the White  Swan down Billingham ..great  night `s...,and  the Junco partners  were doing  `rock  at the heaton  buffs`  ..Also  saw Lone  Wolf and  Arizona at  `the Swan`  in feb ..Hylton Valentine formed Brown Jack..which turned  into Byker `which  played  at Wallsend  Labour  club and R.A.F.A,  club ..Hartlepool ..In April Idle Hands were  formed .they  were  brilliant ! Also  ,  the  same month .  i  was  off to Paris with  B.B.Faith for  6days . played  in  a huge  football stadium with 5  other  bands ,all  from  Europe ...Back  home  i  was with Pauline  Gillan band (Ian Gillan`s sister) } at Middleton club At  M/boro ..also atS/s Legion ...
Then back  to  the  ~swan `  with Geordie and Black  Rose ..Meanwhile Alan Roadhouse  exCIrkus.. joined  `Harlequin` resident  band at Westerhope  club..And ...At  the R,A,F,A club Hartepool The  Shine` (Ex  Saigon ?) went  doon  a `storm` ..In  October the `Force` and  Idle hands  were getting  plenty  exposure ...It  was  another  sell  out showow at  the Mead` with the `faith  and  chubby`  !!
At  the start of 85 Hellsinki rocked  the Pheasant pub doon, Preston  Grange ,  North Shields...this  was to  be a great  venue for loads  of bands ,,  Saw the Groundhogs and Bombay  at  Newbottle club   ...did  a `fashion show  ``yes ,,,at  Seaham Hall ..,,,,Back  at  t.t.t.v. one  day  we  had  a long flat  loader  wagon with Rebel  Run playing  live out  side  the studios ,,trying  to  get  `noticed` by the `Tube ` 
In  June ,, Me  and Mr  Mo ,, the Flakes and Punishment  of  Luxury ..played Tiffany`s ...remember it  well ..Idle  hands did  the Washington Whitehoos with  Tramp and  Swank plus Bobby  Knoxall   ,,were  you  there?....In Sept the french band (B.Zadar)  we met  in Paris, supported B,B.Faith at Brandon club ..Also  in this  year  we had  Geordie Aid at  the Mayfair.
By the  end  of  85 B,B,Faiith  played  their  last  gig  at Ivy Leaf  club S/land ...then along  came  `Asleep  at  the wheel `  great  name for  a band ,,did  some good  shows  with  these  guys ...what  they doing  now ? ,,,,, December saw  the Razzamatz christmas party  at  t,t,t,v,  studios ,,,  with Phil Lynott...Roy  wood...Jenifer  Rush ..Kim  Wild,,John Parr,,Fergal  Sharkey,,,   and  then it  was  back to Idle Hands,,,, at Usworth and  district....Coatsworth  G/head ...Washington  white hoos /Thornley ...Newton  Aycliff  and  Hetton  b4  Xmas  ..
January  1986  started  great ...went to Playhouse in  Edinburgh.to  see AC/DC  with  Hylton Valentine and  Johnna `s  brother ...it  was  muckin  fagic!  ....In early Feb  did Beechwood  and Easterhouse  club Darlington...with  the `hands`,,,There  were lots of  north  east bands  appearing down here at  the time ..and  ,, if they  recall  beers/lager were 40p  a PINT....  unbelievable !!!   did  the Swan Billingham  with Powerhouse..and  got  lock  in at  birtley Rex club with  the Pirahna  Bros ....Saw Ronnie  James  Dio on  the Tube ..In  April  a new show  came  about  at t.t.t.v.  called TX45,,,,it  featured lots  of  local  talent ,,including Well  well  well ...Zoot  and  the roots..Flaming  Musolinis...my  old  friend Pauline  Gillan ,,Death  wish and  the Edge ,,,May  saw  a new Iveco truck  for  the `hands` loadsa  room  ...and on 28th  May ..Cirkus  were back on  the road ...first  2 gigs  were  Coatsworth and forest  Hall clubs ..Did Walker  social  club  with Talisman on  the Sunday morning and  then went to  downhill club  in  the afternoon !  hell  of  a place Dooonhill` the little kids  from  the estate used to  say ...```look  after ya van Mr.` for 50pence...We  used  to  say `nar ,,we  got  a big dog in  the back ..Kids  reply ..```Aye  . but  does  it  like  fire`  !!!  ye gotta  laugh !!!      In June/July  Razzamataz was  back in the studio `s with Midge Ure..Taxas..INXS...BAngles..Jim Diamond ..Dr  and  the medics...Steve  Harley ......End  of  July did Dryburn Hospital  with Rhythm Method ...lots  of nice  nurses ..then  following  day  (friday)did Steels club ...Saturday  with Talisman at Usworth  ...Sept  at  theMayfair N/cle saw  Mad Jacks  travelling  circus..747,,,Foxy ..Villa  Latina ,  Wallop  ,and  the Pirahna  Bros....   In  oct saw  that `fateful` ZZtop sham on  the  Tube special !  ...but ,we  also  had  `live  bands ` on  in December  with John Bon Jovie,,Suzie  Quatro Heaven  17 ..It  Bites ,,,etc...Doctor Feelgood..the  Blues  burglars,,and  After Midnight did Tiffany`s ...Got  tickets  for  the City Hall to  see `Chubby` ,,and  the Xmas party at  the buffs were Talisman and Pirahnas..brilliant ...

pic: Oby and Bryan Adams
Before  i  go  any  further ..i  just  want  to mention,,the reason i wanted Nige` , (and  its  thanks  to  him ..who put  all  this stuff  up  on  the `news page) `...was to leave  some kind  of  documented history of  what was  happening in  the social club/pub scene  back  in early 80`s........When ` i  peg it ` .( not  for  awhile  yet  i  hope )..wor  lass is  gonna  chuck  all  my Diaries`.band  posters ,  pictures , parafinaylia in  the bin..!!!  So... Who  remembers  all  these  bands from nearly  40yrs ago ???    In  March 1980..Chris Cool  band formed ,  and  were  an instant hit in  the  clubs ,  what  a great  singer , ..The  Pirahna Bros  , from Blyth  ..Showbiz  kids .Once  bitten (Ex  Tyson)..747   Ex  Goldie ...Dance  Class,,who  were  awsome ...The News,,Geordie ,  with  Rob turnbull replacing Johnna ,  who  joined  AC/DC///Rhamm ...In  82 ,,Armagedon and Davy  Ditchburn ..Baby sitter , from Teesside........Micky  Hutton joined  the King  Crabs .....
Howard Baker formed Blueprint !...In October  this  year Roy  `Chubby  Brown ` did my  `house  warming  party,,` worra  hoot !!  Also  saw Armageddon ,Dance  Class ..John Miles,, Eric  Burdon.. and  Johnna  at  the Heaton Buffe  Xmas  show ...Blueprint ..then became B.B Faith ..The  Caffrey Bros started  doing  the clubs ..and Raven made it  big doon  London .......In 83,,Paul  .  the original singer from Cirkus , joined  Easy  Touch .. while  The Toy  Dolls  (Olga) stormed the Shieldfield club   I  remember B.B .Faith  did  a gig at Murton Victoria club ( and in June 84)  ,,and  all the hells angels wanted them to  do  a show in S/land ..after  the gig ... we  found  our  selves in the  middle  of  a long street  of  terraced  houses..and some one  had  knocked  2  or   3houses  into  ONE !    Well.. the sun  was  coming up when  we  packed  the wagon to go  home ! great times ...and ,,there  was  not  a pick  of  botha !  Did  a show at  the Grey  Hen in s/shields with with Next ...and  the Crabs ...dont  know  what  happened  to  those  lads ,,,,or ,,even  these bands  which  you  will  all  have heard  of ....The  Business,,Black  Rose ...B.15,,,,Legend  ....Teaser....Slinky ...the Cast....French  Curves ,,,Digital  Dog...Boxer  ...Shanghai...E.S.P... Powerhouse ...23 Skidu..Rythm Sticks ....Becket..Rocky ....Cruella  de  Ville Mad  Jacks  travelling  circus etc  etc  ...About  this  time  there were  rumours  that Pete  Barclay was  gonna  join the Caffrey  Bros?.....I  put the `Faith`  on  the heaton meadowfield for  the Xmas  party with chubby brown ... charged  50p  for the  tickets , plus  pie  `n` peas ...Tickets  were always  sold  b4 they  were  printed ...  you could do  a lot  for 50p  in  thise days !!....more  to  follow ..

Fancy a `rocking  ` holiday  in  the sun in October? ...Why  dont  you e,mail  Cyprus  Rocks `  and  see if  you  can get  yourselves a gig  right on the beach in sunny  Cyprus ..We  witnessed  some  incredible tribute   bands .. including Ac/Dc   at  theyr very best .the Who .. Led Zepplin Deep purple etc  ..  Click  onto Cyprus Rocks , or  the  facebook  page ..See if  you  can get   the band  on  an unforgetable trip   ..its  mega ,,,,,good luck,,,,,,  Oby

''While  working  with Cirkus..  got  a great  job at  T.T.TV.    on  City  road ...I  thought i  was  made  for life ...I  had  the pleasure  of  seeing  some brilliant  pro` bands and  artists on  television ..(.and  i  saw many  `up  and coming new  local  bands that  were  `doing  the  rounds`)        Who  remembers Alright Now? ..it  was  the first of  some great  programmes for  well  known  pro` groups  who were  playing  live  in  the studios ...including  Rory  Gallager .Dr  Feelgood ...long before Robert  Kane from the Animals  joined  ...Saw  the  Tourists ...Squeez..Nick  Lowe... Mike  Oldfield..etc...that  was  in  1980....Then  in  81  Razzamataz  exploded  onto your  t.v. ..We  had  Kim Wild   .Elton John   Bad  Manners...Stu Copeland ..Toyah ..Stray cats..Kate  Bush..Kiki Dee...Gary  Newman  The  Shadows ,,,I  remember  in April  of  this  year i booked  Roy  Chubby  brown for  the club  bar one  friday  night ..It  was  a sell out ..He  did  a 2hour show ..well. the tears were  rolling  down our faces  laughing..Even  Cathy  Secker who  was the  contimuity anouncer was   there  on  her  break ...Roy  and  i  became very  good  friends ,,even had  him for  my  new house  `warming  party `   he  stole  the show ..He  used  to  ring  me  up  from Teeside ,  where  he lived and would  ask  me ..do you know  where Morpeth  Comrades / Ashington Central / and  other clubs up  north  were ..Yes  i  said...O.k i  will  pick  you up  at  the Tyne  Tunnel.
i  have pie  and  peas  suppers /strippers private  shows  to  do ...had  some  brilliant  nights  with  him ...sold  loads of  t.shirts,cassettes etc  at half  time ......
In Jan 82  Razz returned ..and  we had Depeche Mode /Haircut 100/Godley  and  Creme .Boomtown  Rats..ABC..Toyah...Phil Lynott/ John Sykes..A flock  of  seagulls... and more ,,,Then  we  had  the BIGGEE!   ..In  November     Tyne  Tees Tele ..produced the TUBE  LIVE`  on  friday nights  for  channel 4   ..Met  some real  supa stars `  on  this  show   the  tickets  to  get  in  were  like GOLD...!  Opened  up  with The  Jam.(.Toy  Dolls... Remember them ?)Sting  and  Pete  TownshendDuran  Duran ,,Simple  minds ..Robert  Palmer ..Robert  Plant ..Twisted  Sister..Blancmange ..U.2 ..Dance  Class ( brilliant  band ...after  the  show  they  performed at  Henderson Hall College ,,,we  `blagged  our  way  in ` showing  our  t.t.tv passes )  then next  up  were Pat  Benatar / Thin lizzy.
Paul Young .Madness..Eurythmics ...`In  november  83 Tube  returned with ,,ZZ TOP...this was  one  off special ...I  got  all  of  Idle  Hands in  for  this  one ..Me  and  Peter  Harrison  were  amazed  when we  noticed  they  were `Miming !!!!   bloody  disgrace ,,! Then  it was  up to R.E,M  ..Style  Council ...Pretenders ...Echo  and  the Bunnymen /Judas  Priest..The  alarm ..Sade  (who  tyne   tees discovered !) Thompson  twins ..Siouxsie`...Gary  Moore ..Big  Country ..China  crisis ,,Howard  Jones / Ultravox ..The  Cure / Joe  jackson Big  country ..UB40          ...Motorhead (Toooo  loud.. everyone had  cotton  wool  in  the lugs )  Tom  Robinson band ..Stranglers ..Toy  dolls  (again) ..Water  boys....Frankie goes  to  Hollywood ....this  band  went  down  to  the Quayside  after  the  show and  tried  to  get on  the Tuxedo Princess..( floating  nightclub)  The  bouncers  threw  them oot ...then  they  were then  called `Frankie  goes  to  gateshead ,and  got  beat  up `.........Clit  Pilchard ...Meatloaf..Bangles ...Bryan Adams was  brilliant ..they  were  on  tour  with  T.pau  at  the  time ,  and  Carol  Decker actually  took me  and   Bryans  pic ( 2nd  picture ) in  the dressing  room ..Met  Bryan again on tour  in Limassol . Cyprus in 2013    ...other  notable bands  on  the  Tube  were .  Chris  Rea ..Dead  or  alive ...Robert  Palmer  Level  42 ...Tom  Waites ..INXS...Ronnie  James  Dio ,,Jon Bon Jovie ...It  Bites ...All  of  who  SANG LIVE!!''

This week in . . .
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.

1975, Jackie Wilson had a heart attack while performing live on stage at the Latin Casino, New Jersey. Wilson collapsed into a coma suffering severe brain damage. Ironically, he was in the middle of singing one of his biggest hits, 'Lonely Teardrops' and was two words into the line, "....my heart is crying" when he collapsed to the stage, striking his head heavily. He remained semi-comatose for the nine years until his death in 1984, at the age of 49. Van Morrison wrote the song 'Jackie Wilson Said', covered by Dexy's Midnight Runners.

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.

1992, Two fans were stabbed and 20 arrests were made after trouble broke out at a Ozzy Osbourne gig in Oklahoma City. The sale of alcohol at the concert was blamed for the incident.

1999, Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman became the first major artist to release an album on his own personalised digital MP3 player. The matchbox-sized device with no moving parts was one of the smallest of its kind in the world and featured encryption software designed in the UK to prevent piracy.

2015, David Gilmour's fourth studio album Rattle That Lock went to No.1 on the UK 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.

Week commencing September 17 . . .
1968, Led Zeppelin 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, During a meeting in London between John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, Lennon announced he was leaving The Beatles.

1969, Blind Faith started a two-week run at No.1 on the UK 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, London on 7th Jun 1969.

1969, UK music paper Melody Maker readers poll results were published. Winners included Eric Clapton who won best musician, Bob Dylan best male singer and best album for 'Nashville Skyline'. Best group went to The Beatles, Best single went to Simon and Garfunkel for 'The Boxer' and Janis Joplin won Best female singer.

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.

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

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'.

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.

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 managers 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.

1971, The Who scored their first and only No.1 album with Who's Next, the bands sixth LP release, featuring 'Won't Get Fooled Again'. Cover artwork shows a photograph, taken at Easington Colliery, of the band apparently having just urinated on a large concrete piling. According to photographer Ethan Russell, most of the members were unable to urinate, so rainwater was tipped from an empty film canister to achieve the desired effect.

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.

Week commencing September 10 . . .
1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio to begin two days of recording. Things were not going well so, during a break, Richard and his producer Bumps Blackwell went to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of ‘Tutti Frutti.’ With only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, ‘a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.’

1968, Roy Orbison's house in Nashville burnt down, his two eldest sons both died in the blaze. Orbison was on tour in the UK at the time of the accident.

1968, The first episode of the comic strip 'The Archies' was aired on US TV. The recording group had contributions from Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others. Rock mogul, Don Kirshner (who also brought us The The Monkees) was put in charge of the studio group. The following year The Archies started a eight-week run at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Sugar Sugar,' becoming the longest running One Hit Wonder in the UK.

1971, During a US tour
Led Zeppelin appeared at Berkley Community Theatre, Berkley, California. Countless major acts have appeared here, including Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Van Morrison, The Kinks, Bruce Springsteen, Genesis, Elvis Costello, The Clash, Iggy Pop and David Bowie.

1974, Eric Clapton scored a US No.1 with his version of the Bob Marley song 'I Shot The Sheriff' which was first released in 1973 on The Wailers' album Burnin'. Clapton's version was included on his 1974 album 461 Ocean Boulevard.

1979, The film Quadrophenia was released. Based on The Who's 1973 rock opera the film featured Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.

1981, The Rolling Stones played a secret pre-tour warm-up show at the Sir Morgan's Cove club in Worcester, Massachusetts. Billed as Little Boy Blue & The Cockroaches, a local radio station announced that the Stones were in town, resulting in the club being besieged by over 4,000 fans attempted to get into the 350-person venue. Police were drafted in to control the crowds, which resulted in eleven fans being arrested.

1984, David Bowie won Video of the year for 'China Girl' at the first MTV Video awards. The song co-written by David Bowie and Iggy Pop during their years in Berlin, first appeared on Pop's album The Idiot released in 1977.

1997, Over 2000 fans watched Pete Townshend unveil a English Heritage Blue Plaque at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair London, to mark where Jimi Hendrix had lived in 1968-69. Hendrix was the first pop star to be awarded with the plaque.

2005, HMV stores in Canada removed Bob Dylan CDs from their shelves in protest at the singer's deal to only sell his new album in Starbucks after he signed an exclusive contract with the coffee giant. The chain has previously boycotted CDs by Alanis Morissette and The Rolling Stones to complain at exclusive deals.

2005, The newly refurbished Grateful Dead's original tour bus went on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. The 1965 Gillig bus, which Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Dead dubbed ‘Sugar Magnolia’, was used by the band on their frequent tours across the US between 1967 and 1985. The ceiling was lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who had visited the bus.

2008, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson was one of the pilots who flew specially chartered flights after 85,000 tourists were stranded in the US, the Caribbean, Africa and Europe after Britain's third-largest tour operator went into administration. The singer, who had worked for the airline Astraeus for nine years, took up flying during a low point in his solo career after he quit the band in 1993.

1960, A campaign was started in the UK to ban the American hit 'Tell Laura I Love Her' by Ray Peterson. The song was being denounced in the press as likely to inspire a teen-age "glorious death cult." The story told of a lovesick youngster who drives in a stock car race to win the hand of his sweetheart. He crashes and just before dying, groans out the words of the title.

1963, Graham Nash fell out of The Hollies van after a gig in Scotland. Nash checked to see if the door was locked, it wasn't and he fell out as it travelled at 40 m.p.h.

1964, During a UK tour two dozen rugby players were hired as 'a human crash barrier' at a Rolling Stones gig at the Liverpool Empire. The 'human chain' disappeared under a wave of 5,000 fans as the Stones took to the stage.

1969, The first day of the 3 day Rugby Bag Blues Festival in Warwickshire, with Pink Floyd, The Nice, Taste, Free, Third Ear Band, Ralph McTell, Roy Harper, King Crimson, The Strawbs, Edgar Broughton, Spirit of John Morgan and John Martyn, tickets from 12/6.

2015, Gary Richrath, lead guitarist and songwriter for REO Speedwagon died at the age of 65. Richrath recorded 12 albums with the band before leaving in 1989 and released his own solo album in 1992.

1968, Working at Abbey Road studios on The White Album, The Beatles recorded 'Helter Skelter'. John Lennon played bass and honked on a saxophone, roadie Mal Evans tried his best at playing trumpet. Paul McCartney recorded his lead vocal and George Harrison ran about the studio holding a flaming ashtray above his head.

1972, Slade were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Mama Weer All Crazee Now', the group's third UK No.1. Taken from their album 'Slayed?'

1977, David Bowie appeared on Marc Bolan's ITV show, Marc, singing ‘Heroes’ as well as a duet with Bolan, ‘Standing Next To You’, which was prematurely terminated when Bolan fell from the stage, much to Bowie’s amusement. After the show the pair recorded demos together which were never finished because Bolan was killed in a car crash a week later.

2008, A man was charged with assault after an attack on Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher during the band's set at the V Festival in Canada. Gallagher was admitted to hospital after a man ran on stage and pushed him over while he played guitar. Toronto police said Daniel Sullivan, 47, had been charged over the incident. A band statement said the guitarist "fell heavily on to his monitor speakers".

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1957, Reet Petite' by Jackie Wilson was released for the first time, it became a UK No. 1, 29 years later. During a 1975 benefit concert, Wilson collapsed on-stage from a heart attack and subsequently fell into a coma that persisted for nearly nine years until his death in 1984.

Led Zeppelin appeared at Raventlow Parken, Nykobing, Falster, Denmark supported by The Beatnicks and The Ladybirds (who were a all girl topless go-go dancing outfit). This was the group's third ever live gig.

1977, Guitarist Jimmy McCulloch left Wings to help re-form the Small Faces. McCulloch had played with Paul McCartney band on the Venus and Mars and Wings At the Speed of Sound albums, as well as on the Wings Over America tour. He died two years later at the age of 26. Drummer Joe English also left Wings at this time, joining Sea Level.

Led Zeppelin scored their eighth UK No.1 album when 'In Through The Out Door' went to the top of the charts for two weeks. The eighth studio album by Zeppelin, this was their final album of entirely new material.

1997, Derek Taylor, the for The Beatles, died aged 67. Taylor had been responsible for many of the legends surrounding their career and had also worked with The Beach Boys and The Byrds. In 1967 he helped organise the Monterey Pop Festival together with Lou Adler and John Philips. He helped launch the Beatles Anthology trilogy in the 90s.

1997, 29 years after the band first formed,
Led Zeppelin released 'Whole Lotta Love', their first ever single in the UK. The track recorded in 1969 and featured on the bands second album was issued to promote their re-issued back catalogue.

2002, Iron Maiden singer Bruce Dickinson started his new job as an airline pilot. The heavy metal singer qualified as a £35,000 - a year first officer with Gatwick based airline Astraeus who took holidaymakers to Portugal and Egypt.

Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant was guest of honour at the unveiling of a statue of 15th century rebel leader Owain Glyndwr at Pennal church, near Machynlleth in Wales. Plant, who owns a farmhouse in the area, had donated money towards a bronze sculpture of the Welsh prince.

2007, A commemorative plaque dedicated to Don Arden and the Small Faces was unveiled at 52–55 Carnaby Street, London, Arden's former offices. Arden achieved notoriety in Britain for his aggressive, sometimes illegal business tactics and looked after the careers of Small Faces, the Move, the Electric Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath. He was the father of Sharon Osbourne (and father-in-law of Ozzy Osbourne).

1970, Jimi Hendrix made his final live appearance when he appeared at the Isle Of Fehmarn in Germany. The guitarist died 12 days later on 18th Sept 1970 after choking on his own vomit.

1974, The 101 All Stars (featuring Joe Strummer), made their debut at The Telegraph, Brixton Hill, London.

1990, Tom Fogerty rhythm guitarist with Creedence Clearwater Revival died aged 49, due to complications from AIDS acquired during a blood transfusion. During 1969 CCR scored three US Top Ten albums and four Top 5 singles and after leaving CCR in 1971 Fogerty released several solo albums.

1994, English keyboard player Nicky Hopkins died aged 50, in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications from intestinal surgery. Was a highly respected session musician, worked with The Rolling Stones, Jeff Beck, The Beatles, The Who, The Kinks, Small Faces, Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Jerry Garcia Band. The Kinks song 'Session Man' from Face to Face is dedicated to (and features) Hopkins.

2008, US rock band Great White whose pyrotechnics sparked a fire that killed 100 people, agreed to pay $1m (£564,000) to survivors and victims' relatives. The blaze began at The Station nightclub in the US state of Rhode Island in 2003 when the band's tour manager shot off pyrotechnics at the start of the concert. More than 200 people were also injured in the blaze. One band member, guitarist Ty Longley, was killed in the fire. Tour manager Daniel Biechele pleaded guilty in 2006 to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter and was given parole in March after serving less than half of his four-year prison sentence.

1966, Donovan went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Sunshine Superman', a No.2 hit in the UK. The track featured then Yardbird and future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. The song was written for Donovan's future wife Linda Lawrence.

1970, Alan Wilson guitarist and songwriter with Canned Heat was found dead at fellow band-members Bob Hite's garden in Topanga Canyon, Los Angeles aged 27. With Canned Heat, Wilson performed at two prominent concerts of the 1960s era, The Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 and Woodstock in 1969. Canned Heat appeared in the film Woodstock, and the band's 'Going Up the Country,' which Wilson sang, has been referred to as the festival's unofficial theme song. Wilson also wrote 'On the Road Again,' arguably Canned Heat's second-most familiar song.

1970, Arthur Brown was arrested at the Palermo Pop '70 Festival in Italy, after he set fire to his helmet (during the performance of his hit 'Fire'), and stripped naked during his stage performance. The singer spent four days in solitary confinement before he was released.

1977, Studio engineer Keith Harwood was killed in a car crash shortly after he left a recording session with The Rolling Stones. Harwood was noted for his work at Olympic Studios with David Bowie (Diamond Dogs), and The Rolling Stones albums It's Only Rock 'n' Roll and Black And Blue. He also engineered a number of Led Zeppelin albums, including Houses Of The Holy, Physical Graffiti and Presence. The Rolling Stones dedicated their album Love You Live to the memory of Harwood.

1982, The three day US Festival in San Bernardino, California took place featuring, Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, The Police, The Cars, Talking Heads, The Kinks, Ramones, B52s, The English Beat, Gang Of Four, The Grateful Dead, Pat Benatar, Jackson Browne. Apple Computers founder Steven Wozniak bankrolled the festival.

2010, Mike Edwards, a founding member of ELO, was killed in a freak accident when a giant bale of hay tumbled down a hill and crashed into his van. The 62 year-old cellist died after the 600kg bale rolled down a steep field in Devon, smashed through a hedge and careered on to the road. Edwards played cello with ELO, the seven-piece band led by Jeff Lynne, from their first live gig in 1972 until he left in January 1975. He quit the band in 1975 to become a Buddhist, changing his name to Deva Pramada and making his living by teaching the cello.

2017, Walter Becker, co-founder and guitarist for the band Steely Dan died aged 67. Steely Dan - named after a sex toy in the book Naked Lunch by William Burroughs - released its first album Can't Buy a Thrill in 1972 and had the 1973 US No.11 single 'Reeling In The Years' and nine other US Top 30 hits. Steely Dan's 'Two Against Nature' won a Grammy in 2001 for Album of the year. Becker had produced records for Rickie Lee Jones, China Crisis and Michael Franks.

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1963, The girl trio Angels started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with ‘My Boyfriend’s Back’. The writers of the song Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein and Richard Gottehrer were a trio of Brooklyn songwriter/producers who went on to write the hits ‘Sorrow’ and had the 1965 US No.11 single as The Strangeloves with ‘I Want Candy’.

1963, The Ronettes first entered the US singles chart with 'Be My Baby' the girl group's only top 10 hit. Lead singer, Veronica Bennett who became Ronnie Spector, took producer and ex-husband Phil Spector to court in the late 1990s for unpaid royalties.

1968, The Move, The Pretty Things, The Crazy World Of Aurthur Brown, Orange Bicycle, Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention and Tyrannosaurus Rex all appeared at the first Isle Of Wight Festival held over two days. Tickets 25 shillings.

1968, Decca Records released what has been called The Rolling Stones most political song, 'Street Fighting Man', written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching No.48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.

1971, The Rolling Stones plus the father of Brian Jones filed a high court writ against ex managers Oldham and Easton. Claiming they made a secret deal with Decca Records in 1963 to deprive the group of royalties.

1974, Traffic made their last live performance at the annual Reading Festival. Other acts appearing included Alex Harvey, 10cc, Focus, Steve Harley and Procol Harum. £5.50 for a weekend ticket.

1986, After living together for 10 years Bob Geldof married TV presenter Paula Yates in Las Vegas with Duran Duran singer Simon Le Bon as the best man. Yates died of a drug overdose on 17th September 2000.

2004, Carl Wayne the singer with The Move died from cancer. They had the 1969 UK No.1 single 'Blackberry Way.' Wayne also worked with The Hollies.

2006, The Times ran a story on the demands of rock stars when on tour. Ozzy Osbourne insists on an eye, ear, nose and throat doctor at each venue. The Beach Boys require a licensed masseur, Meat Loaf a mask and one small tank of oxygen. David Bowie requests that the dressing room temperature is between 14c and 18c and Paul McCartney must have a large arrangement of white Casablanca lilies in his dressing room. Mick Jagger must have an onstage autocue with the lyrics to all the songs, it would also tell him the name of the city in which they were performing.

2007, Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk club CBGB died from complications arising from lung cancer at the age of 75. Kristal was credited with discovering Patti Smith and the Ramones and his club became a breeding ground for punk rock. The New York City venue, whose full title CBGB OMFUG stood for 'country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gourmandisers', was originally launched to showcase country music.

1976, The Clash, Buzzcocks and the Sex Pistols all appeared at a showcase event at The Screen On The Green, Islington. Organised by Malcolm Maclaren, this was notable for many reasons including, it was only The Clash's third gig and the first ever to be recorded, and is the earliest known (after the Manchester Free Trade Hall concert from April 1976) recorded performance and a rare recording of The Sex Pistols with Glen Matlock. The cinema is referenced throughout Adam and the Ants' song 'Fall in' - released as the b side to "Ant Music" in 1980.

1981, The two day Rock on the Tyne festival began in Gateshead featuring Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, U2, Rory Gallagher, Doll By Doll, Wang Chung, Becket, Dr Feelgood, The Gingers Nutters (featuring Ginger Baker), Trimmer and Jenkins and Lindisfarne.

2000, Slipknot caused chaos at this years Kerrang! Awards, after smashing glasses, setting fire to their table, throwing a monitor off the stage and destroying a microphone. The band picked up 3 awards including best single and best live act.

1967, British music entrepreneur and the manager of The Beatles, Brian Epstein was found dead, locked in a bedroom at his London home. A coroner's inquest concluded that Epstein died from an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitrol. He also managed several other artists including Gerry & The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Cilla Black and The Remo Four. The first contract between The Beatles and Epstein was auctioned in London in 2008, and was sold for £240,000.

1990, Stevie Ray Vaughan was killed when the helicopter he was flying in, hit a man-made ski slope while trying to navigate through dense fog. Vaughan had played a show at Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, Wisconsin with Robert Cray & His Memphis Horns, and Eric Clapton. Vaughan was informed by a member of Clapton's crew that three seats were open on a helicopter returning to Chicago with Clapton's crew, it turned out there was only one seat left; Vaughan requested it from his brother, who obliged. Three members of Eric Clapton's entourage were also killed.

2004, Winners at this years Kerrang! awards included The Darkness for best British band and best live band, best band on the planet award went to Metallica. Green Day were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame, Lostprophets won the best single for 'Last Train Home' and best album went to Muse for 'Absolution'.

2004, Green Day, The Darkness, The White Stripes, Morrissey, The Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Hives, 50 Cent (50 Cent was booed off stage after being greeted by a rain of bottles thrown at him and his G-Unit crew as they came onstage), The Streets, The Vines, Soulwax, Dogs Die In Hot Cars, The Offspring, Ash, Placebo and Lostprophets all appeared at this years UK Carling Weekend in Reading and Leeds.

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1965, Security guards at a Manchester TV studio hosed down 200 Rolling Stones fans after they broke down barriers while waiting for the band to arrive for a performance.

1970, Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground performed together for the last time at the New York Club 'Max's Kansas City'. Reed worked as a typist for his father for the next two years, at $40 per week.

1975, Joy Division singer Ian Curtis married Deborah Woodruff, whom he met while still at school, when he was 19 and she was 18. They remained married until his death when he hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, at the age of 23.

1980, The Heatwave Festival in Toronto, Canada took place with Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, The B-52s, The Pretenders, Rockpile and The Rumour. Tickets cost $30, with only 50,000 people attending the festival lost over $1 million.

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Week commencing August 6 . . .Week commencing August 6 . . .1968, After 58 episodes, the final Monkees TV show airs on NBC. Since the its initial run, almost every major cable network has aired re-runs of the show, including a popular stint on CBS from 1969-1972.

1972, David Bowie played the first of two nights at the Rainbow Theatre on his current 182-date Ziggy Stardust world tour.

1977, The Sex Pistols started an undercover UK tour as The Spots (an acronym for Sex Pistols on tour secretly).

2005, A life-size bronze statue designed by Paul Daly of Phil Lynott was unveiled on Harry Street in Dublin. The ceremony was attended by his former Thin Lizzy band members Gary Moore, Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham. Lynott who died in 1986 aged 36 had a string of hits including 'Whiskey in the Jar', 'The Boys are Back in Town', 'Jailbreak' and 'Waiting for an Alibi'.

1969, During a North American tour Led Zeppelin appeared at the Hemisfair Arena in San Antonio. Jethro Tull and Sweet Smoke were also on the bill. During the show Zeppelin received abuse from locals due to the length of their hair.

1969, Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur's 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. Attended by over 400,000 people, the event featured, Jimi Hendrix, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, The Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages.

1979, The futuristic satire film 'Americathon' premiered in Los Angeles featuring Meat Loaf. The soundtrack included songs by The Beach Boys, Nick Lowe and Elvis Costello.

2004, Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts was being treated for throat cancer after being diagnosed with the disease in June.

2007, Sixteen solo John Lennon albums were made available to download on iTunes for the first time. A deal was approved by the late Beatle's widow Yoko Ono following a lengthy legal battle between the band's label Apple Corps and Apple Inc, which owned Tunes.

2012, American musician Bob Birch died from an self-inflicted gunshot wound in his Los Angeles home, aged 56. Birch was badly injured in a car accident in 1995 and since then struggled with constant headaches, dizziness, vertigo, and severe pain throughout his body. He worked with Doobie Brothers, Bryan Adams, Lionel Richie, George Michael, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Phil Collins, Keith Emerson, Barry Manilow and Elton John.

1964, US singer Johnny Burnette was killed in a boating accident on Clear Lake California, aged 30. His unlit boat was struck by an unaware cabin cruiser, the impact threw him off the boat and he drowned. Burnette scored the 1961 US No.8 & UK No.3 single 'You're Sixteen'.

1965, Sonny & Cher started a three week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Got You Babe'. Sonny Bono is said to have been inspired to write the song to capitalize on the popularity of the term "babe," as heard in Bob Dylan's 'It Ain't Me Babe'.

1967, All UK offshore pirate radio stations were closed down when the marine broadcasting act came into force. Radio Caroline continued to broadcast until March 68.

1970, The first day of the three day UK Yorkshire Folk, Blues & Jazz Festival at Krumlin, Yorkshire took place featuring Atomic Rooster, Pink Floyd (who didn't appear after being fog bound at Paris Airport), The Kinks, Elton John, Mungo Jerry, Yes, Alan Price, Georgie Fame, Juicy Lucy, Pretty Things and The Groundhogs. Weekend tickets, £3.

1976, Funded by a £400 loan, 'So It Goes' by Nick Lowe became the first record released on Stiff Records. The label's marketing and advertising was often provocative and witty billing itself as "The World's Most Flexible Record Label". Other slogans were "We came. We saw. We left", and "If It Ain't Stiff, It Ain't Worth a Fuck".

1988, Lead singer, poet and frontman of Hawkwind Robert Calvert died of a heart attack. He was a member of Hawkwind from 1972-1979 during which time he co-wrote their hit single 'Silver Machine' and directed their Space Ritual Tour.

1988, Guitarist Roy Buchanan died after hanging himself with his own shirt in Fairfax County Adult Detention Center having been arrested for drunkenness. Buchanan released over 15 solo albums; Jeff Beck dedicated the song 'Cause We've Ended As Lovers' to Buchanan in 1975 on his Blow by Blow album.

2002, Dave Williams lead singer of US heavy rock band Drowning Pool was found dead on the band's tour bus during Ozzy Osbourne's Ozzfest tour in Manassas, Virginia. The autopsy concluded that he suffered from a form of heart disease. The bands debut album, Sinner, had sold over 1 million copies in the US since its release in June 2001.

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Week commencing July 30 . . .Week commencing July 30 . . .1959, Four members of The Platters were arrested after a gig in Cincinnati after being found with four 19 year old women (3 of them white), in various stages of undress. The scandal resulted in radio stations across the US removing Platters records from their playlists.

1963, The 100th edition of 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' was aired on TV, with Cliff Richard, The Shadows, The Searchers, Brian Poole and the Tremeloes, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas and Alma Cogan.

1963, Acker Bilk, Chris Barber, Ronnie Ross, Cyril Davies, Long John Baldry and The Rolling Stones all appeared at the third Richmond Jazz Festival held over two days in Richmond. A weekend ticket cost 20 shillings.

1969, During a North American tour, Led Zeppelin appeared at the San Diego Sports Arena. Jethro Tull were the support act.

2007, Anthony Wilson the music mogul behind some of Manchester's most successful bands died aged 57 after suffering from kidney cancer. The TV presenter and entrepreneur founded Factory Records, the label behind New Order and the Happy Mondays. He was also famous for setting up the Hacienda nightclub in Manchester.

The Beatles arrived in Jersey in the Channel Islands, where they spent the day go-carting and relaxing by the pool at The Revere Hotel before playing the first of four nights at the Springfield Ballroom. Some fans had found out where they were staying, but they were happy to chat and be photographed with them.

1964, Rod Stewart made his TV debut on 'The Beat Room' as a member of The Hoochie Coochie Men.

1965, Decca records released the Small Faces debut single 'Whatcha Gonna Do About It.' It peaked at No.14 on the UK chart.

1970, The 10th National Jazz, Blues and Pop four day Festival was held at Plumpton Racecourse in Sussex. Featuring, Family, Groundhogs, Cat Stevens, Deep Purple, Fat Mattress, Yes, Caravan, The Strawbs, Black Sabbath, Wild Angels, Wishbone Ash and Daddy Longlegs.

1970, Steppenwolf, Janis Joplin, Paul Simon, Poco and Johnny Winter all appeared at the Concert For Peace at New York's Shea Stadium. The concert date coincided with the 25th anniversary of dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.

1977, The Police appeared at The Red Cow, Hammersmith Road in London, admission was 60p.

1983, Avant-garde musician and former backing singer with David Bowie, Klaus Nomi, died at the age of 39 of Aids in New York City aged 38. Nomi was one of the first celebrities to contract AIDS.

2007, Marilyn Manson was being sued by a former band member who said he was owed $20m (£9.8m) in shared profits. Stephen Bier, who played keyboards under the stage name Madonna Wayne Gacy, claimed he was not paid properly over a period of almost two decades. In legal papers filed in Los Angeles, Bier claimed Manson falsely told him the band was not making much money and used band money to buy a $2m (£980,000) home and collect Nazi memorabilia, including coat hangers used by Adolf Hitler.

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1968, The two day Newport Pop Festival took place in Costa Mesa, California with Alice Cooper, Canned Heat, Chambers Brothers, Charles Lloyd Quartet, Country Joe and the Fish, Electric Flag, James Cotton Blues Band, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Sonny & Cher, Steppenwolf and Tiny Tim. Over 100,000 fans attended the festival.

2006, Arthur Lee, singer and guitarist of the influential 1960s band Love, died in Memphis at the age of 61 following a battle with acute myeloid leukaemia. He called himself the "first black hippie" and formed Love in Los Angeles in 1965. Best known for the critically revered 1967 album, 'Forever Changes.'

2002, After an absence of 37 years, Bob Dylan returned to the Newport Folk Festival (now known as the Apple and Eve Newport Folk Festival) where he performed a 2 hour show of 19 songs, wearing a false beard and a wig. Songs played included: Subterranean Homesick Blues, 'Desolation Row', 'Positively 4th Street', 'The Wicked Messenger', 'Like A Rolling Stone' and 'Mr. Tambourine Man'.

2015, Former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded not guilty to breaching the conditions of his current home detention by drinking alcohol. Rudd had been under house detention since being sentenced for drug possession and making threats to kill in July of this year. The 61-year-old could face further sanctions, including jail time, if the judge decided he did violate his conditions.

1965, During a UK tour, The Rolling Stones appeared at the London Palladium supported by The Walker Brothers, The Fourmost, Steampacket featuring Rod Stewart and Sugar Pie Desanto with The Shevelles.

1969, The three day US Atlantic City Pop Festival took place at the Atlantic City race track with B.B. King, Janis Joplin, Santana, Three Dog Night, Dr John, Procol Harum, Arthur Brown, Iron Butterfly, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Little Richard, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Jefferson Airplane, The Mothers Of Invention and Canned Heat. Joni Mitchell started to cry and ran off stage in the middle of her third song because the crowd was not paying attention to her performance.

1970, The film 'Performance' featuring Mick Jagger in his acting debut, had its UK premiere in London. The British crime drama film directed by Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg also featured James Fox.

1971, The Concert For Bangladesh organised by George Harrison to aid victims of famine and war in Bangladesh took place at New York's Madison Square Garden. Featuring Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Billy Preston, Eric Clapton, Ravi Shankar and members from Badfinger. Harrison had to shell out his own money to maintain the fund after legal problems froze all proceeds. The triple album release (the second in a row by Harrison), hit No.1 in the UK and No.2 in the US and received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year.

2000, AC/DC kicked off their 140 date Stiff Upper World Lip Tour at the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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1976, Bruce Springsteen sued his manager Mike Appel for fraud and breach of trust. The case dragged on for over a year, halting Springsteen's career. An out of court settlement was reached the following year.

2001, Leon Wilkeson bass player with Lynyrd Skynyrd was found dead in a hotel room in Florida aged 49. Skynyrd scored the 1974 US No. 8 single, 'Sweet Home Alabama' and the 1982 UK No.21 single 'Freebird'. Member of the Rossington-Collins Band.

1965, Dressed in Carnaby Street threads, the ever changing Bob Dylan plugged in for his headlining set backed by the Butterfield Blues Band at The Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island. Folk music ‘purists’ tried to boo him off the stage, while the rest of the audience gave him an enthusiastic response. It is usually said that the reason for the crowd's hostile reception was Dylan's 'abandoning' of the folk orthodoxy, or poor sound quality on the night (or a combination of the two).

1969, The Seattle Pop Festival took place at the Gold Creek Park, Woodinville, Washington. Acts who appeared over three days included Chuck Berry, Tim Buckley, The Byrds, Chicago Transit Authority, Albert Collins, Bo Diddley, The Doors, The Flock, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Guess Who, It's A Beautiful Day, Led Zeppelin, Santana, Spirit, Ten Years After, Ike & Tina Turner, Vanilla Fudge, Alice Cooper and The Youngbloods.

1980, AC/DC released their sixth internationally released studio album Back In Black, the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott who died on 19 February 1980 at the age of 33. The album has sold an estimated 49 million copies worldwide to date, making it the second highest-selling album of all time, and the best-selling hard rock or heavy metal album.

2003, Erik Braunn from American psychedelic rock band Iron Butterfly died of cardiac failure at the age of 52. Braunn was just 16 years old when he joined Iron Butterfly who had the 1968 US No.14 single 'In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida’. Suspicion also surrounds the bass player who was reported to be working on instant communication and whose car was found at the base of a cliff - officially it was 'suicide'.

1977, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was charged with assault after a concert at the Oakland Coliseum in California. Bonham and band manager Peter Grant had the help of their bodyguard in roughing up a security employee at the venue. After pleading guilty to misdemeanors, the accused settle out of court for two million dollars. The tour would eventually be cancelled after Robert Plant's son died a few days later.

1979, Keyboard player with The Grateful Dead Keith Godchaux died after being involved in a car accident aged 32. He co-wrote songs with Lowell George (of Little Feat) and was a member of The New Riders of the Purple Sage.

1994, The International Astronomical Union named an asteroid orbiting between Mars and Jupiter after Frank Zappa who had died the previous December.

1995, Two R.E.M. fans died at Dublin's Slane Castle gig, one drowned in the River Boyne and the other was allegedly pushed from a bridge.

1996, Rob Collins, keyboard player with The Charlatans died in a car crash, aged 29. Collins had been recording keyboard parts for the Charlatans 5th album ‘Tellin' Stories’ at a studio in Wales. An investigation into the accident showed that Collins had consumed a sizable amount of alcohol and was not wearing a seatbelt. He died from head injuries on the roadside shortly after the accident having been thrown through the windscreen.

2009, On the afternoon of tonight's concert at First Energy Park, Lakewood, New Jersey, Bob Dylan was picked up by a young policewoman who had been alerted of a man who was 'acting suspiciously'. The police officer drove up to Dylan, who was wearing a blue jacket, and asked him his name, but she did not recognise him. When he was unable to produce any identification, Dylan was driven to his hotel where staff were able to vouch for him. The incident happened when Dylan decided to go for a walk in the afternoon while on tour with Willie Nelson who were due to perform at the local baseball stadium with John Mellencamp.

Week commencing July 16 . . .
1967, Pink Floyd appeared at The Beach Ballroom, Aberdeen. The venue is home to one of Scotland's finest dance floors - famous for its bounce - which floats on fixed steel springs. During the 1960s The Beatles (in 1963), Small Faces and Cream all appeared at the Beach.

1973, David Bowie released the single 'Life On Mars', which peaked at No.3 on the chart. The track which was first released in 1971 on the album Hunky Dory, features guest piano work by Yes keyboardist Rick Wakeman. The line "Look at those cavemen go" is a reference to the song "Alley Oop," a one-off hit in 1960 for American doo-wop band The Hollywood Argyles.

1977, Stiff Records released 'My Aim Is True' the debut album from Elvis Costello. The musicians who were featured on the album were uncredited on the original release (due to contractual difficulties), although the backing band was made up of members of the band Clover.

2005, Founder member and singer with The Chi-lites, Eugene Record died of cancer. Had the 1972 US No.1 single 'Oh Girl' and 1972 UK No.3 single 'Have You Seen Her.' He also released three solo albums.

2015, New research found that a person's taste in music may offer insight into the way in which they think. A study found empathetic people preferred more mellow, low-energy music, while those who were "systemisers" - people who seeked to analyse patterns in the world enjoyed punk, heavy metal and more complex music overall. Researchers at Cambridge University, England had recruited 4,000 participants and put them through a series of different tests.

1963, Jan and Dean started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Surf City', written by The Beach Boys, Brian Wilson, with the Beach Boys on backing vocals. The single peaked at No.26.

1968, Cream started a four-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with 'Wheels Of Fire'. The double album which consisted of a studio and a live record reached No.3 in the United Kingdom.

1968, Jane Asher announced on the national British TV show, Dee Time, that her engagement to Paul McCartney was off. Paul reportedly was watching at a friend's home and was surprised by the news. She was said to have inspired many of McCartney's songs, such as 'All My Loving', 'And I Love Her', and 'We Can Work It Out'. Jane went on to have a career in films and television as well as becoming a successful author and business woman.

1976, Buzzcocks made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols and Slaughter & The Dogs at The Lesser Free Trade Hall, Manchester. In the audience was, Morrissey, Bernard Sumner, Peter Hook (soon to form Joy Division) and Mark E Smith (The Fall) and Mick Hucknall. Tickets cost £1.

1986, The film based on the life of Sex Pistols bassist, Sid Vicious, 'Sid And Nancy' premiered in London.

2008, John Lydon denied claims by Kele Okereke from Bloc Party that he was racially abused and attacked by a member of the Sex Pistols' entourage at a music festival in Barcelona. Okereke claimed he had been attacked by several men after approaching Lydon backstage at the Summercase festival. He said the 'unprovoked' attack left him with a split lip and bruises. Lydon said: ‘I feel very sorry for a man that needs to lie about what was a perfect evening.’

015, American country musician, songwriter and record producer Wayne Carson died at the age of 72 after suffering congestive heart failure. He co-wrote 'Always on My Mind' (a hit for Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson and others), 'The Letter' (recorded by The Box Tops, Joe Cocker and Leon Russell), and 'Soul Deep'.

2017, Linkin Park lead singer Chester Bennington died aged 41. His body was found at a private home, Bennington apparently hanged himself. The singer was said to be close to Soundgarden vocalist Chris Cornell, who took his own life in May of this year. Formed in 1996, Linkin Park had sold more than 70 million albums worldwide and won two Grammy Awards.

1959, Billie Holiday died in a New York City hospital from cirrhosis of the liver after years of alcohol abuse, aged 43. (While under arrest for heroin possession, with Police officers stationed at the door to her room.) In the final years of her life, she had been progressively swindled out of her earnings, and she died with $0.70 in the bank.

1965, King Records released 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' by James Brown, which went on to sell over 2 million copies and receive the Grammy Award for best Rhythm & Blues Recording. 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag' is considered seminal in the emergence of funk music as a distinct style.

1972, A bomb exploded under The Rolling Stones equipment van in Montreal, believed to be the work of French separatists. Angry fans rioted throwing bottles and rocks after 3,000 tickets for the show turned out to be fake.

1979, Gary Moore left Thin Lizzy, during a US tour and was replaced by ex Slick & Rich Kids guitarist Midge Ure.

1996, Chas Chandler died aged just 57 at Newcastle General Hospital, where he was undergoing tests related to an aortic aneurysm. He had been the bass player with The Animals and manager of Slade, Nick Drake and Jimi Hendrix.

1999, Kevin Wilkinson, drummer with Howard Jones hung himself at home aged 41. He had also worked with China Crisis, Holly and the Italians, Squeeze and The Waterboys.

2011, Bruce Springsteen made a surprise appearance at a tribute to Clarence Clemons at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park, N.J. The boss played a 45 minute set to an intimate crowd of 400. Clemons, who died on June 18th of this year, was a prominent member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, playing the tenor saxophone with him since 1971. Springsteen and Clemons had first met at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.

1966, Jack Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton formed Cream the three piece group only lasted 2 years, leaving behind some classic recordings including ‘Sunshine of Your Love,’ ‘Badge,’ ‘Strange Brew,’ and ‘White Room.’

1967, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, Judy Collins, Janis Ian, David Blue, Mike Settle, Tom Paxton and Eric Andersen all appeared at the Newport Folk Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

1981, US singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, who had success in the 70s with 'Taxi’, ‘W-O-L-D’ and a No. 1 ‘Cat’s In The Cradle’, was killed aged 38 suffering a cardiac arrest while driving on a New York expressway. His car was hit from behind by a tractor-trailer, causing the gas tank to explode.

1993, The first of the three day Phoenix festival in England started, featuring Sonic Youth, Faith No More, The Black Crowes, Julian Cope, Pop Will Eat Itself, Radiohead, Living Colour, Manic Street Preachers, Pulp, tickets £49.

2012, Jon Lord the former keyboard player with Deep Purple, died aged 71. Lord was a co-founder of Deep Purple in 1968 and co-wrote many of the group's songs including Smoke On The Water. He also played with bands including Whitesnake. He had been receiving treatment for pancreatic cancer since last August.

2014, Blues guitarist Johnny Winter died at the age of 70 in Zurich, just days after playing at the Lovely Days Festival in Austria. Winter, who was instantly recognisable by his long white hair, worked with some of the greatest bluesmen, producing several albums for his childhood hero Muddy Waters - with whom he won a number of Grammys.

Week commencing July 9 . . .
1958, The Quarrymen, featuring John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John "Duff" Lowe on piano and Colin Hanton on drums, recorded a vanity disc at a small studio in an electronics shop owned by a man named Percy Phillips. The band recorded 'That'll Be The Day' and 'In Spite Of Danger' in one take each. With the names of the tunes and the song's writers hand written on the label, each band member was to keep the 10-inch 78 rpm disc for a week before passing it on. Both recordings eventually ended up on Anthology 1.

1973, A drunk driver killed Clarence White of The Byrds while he was loading equipment after a gig in Palmdale, California. White joined The Byrds in 1968, after the group had recorded 'Mr. Tambourine Man,' 'Turn! Turn! Turn!' and 'Eight Miles High'.

1973, During a concert at the John Wayne Theatre in Hollywood, California, Phil Everly smashed his guitar and stormed of stage, Don finished the set by himself and announced that The Everly Brothers had split. This was the last that the duo performed together for nearly ten years.

1982, The movie premier for Pink Floyd's The Wall was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London. The film which centres around a confined rocker named Floyd "Pink" Pinkerton earned $22 million in its first year and won two British Academy Awards.

2006, Primal Scream singer Bobby Gillespie had his nose broken when he was attacked in a hotel bar in Madrid in Spain. The singer had to postpone a Top Of The Pops recording due to the injuries.

2015, Arthur Cave, the 15-year-old son of musician Nick Cave, died after a fall from a cliff in Brighton, Sussex

1963, The Rolling Stones played their first ever gig outside London when they appeared at The Alcove Club, Middlesbrough, Cleveland, supporting The Hollies.

1964, The Animals went to No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'The House Of The Rising Sun.' Recorded in one take, this was the first UK No.1 to have a playing time of more than four minutes.

1968, Black Sabbath played their first gig at a small backstreet Blues club in Birmingham.

1969, Over 100 US radio stations banned The Beatles new single 'The Balled Of John and Yoko' due to the line 'Christ, you know it ain't easy', calling it offensive.

2004, Arthur ‘Killer’ Kane, bass player with The New York Dolls, died aged 55 after checking himself in to a Los Angeles emergency room, complaining of fatigue. He was quickly diagnosed with leukaemia, and died within two hours. The influential American band formed in 1972 and made just two albums, the 1973 'New York Dolls' and 1974 'Too Much Too Soon'. His estranged wife wanted to honour her late husband's wishes and bury him next to former Dolls stars Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan in Mount St Mary's cemetery in Brooklyn, New York, but officials at the morgue refused to release his body for burial because his remains were so decomposed (his body had laid in a morgue for over a month).

1970, Three Dog Night started a two-week run at No.1 in the US with their version of the Randy Newman song 'Mama Told Me Not To Come', which was also a No.3 hit in the UK. The song was first covered by Eric Burdon on his first solo album in 1966 and gave Tom Jones & Stereophonics a No.4 hit on the UK Singles Chart in 2000.

1977, Tonight saw the opening night of a new punk venue, The Vortex Club, on Wardour Street, London with Siouxise, Adam And The Ants, The Slits and Sham 69.

1996, Jonathan Melvoin keyboard player with the Smashing Pumpkins died from a drug overdose in New York City aged 34. Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin who was with Melvoin tried but failed to revive him after Chamberlin was allegedly advised by 911 operators to put Melvoin's head in the shower. Sev
eral songs were inspired by his death, including Sarah McLachlan's hit single 'Angel.' He was the brother of Susannah and Wendy Melvoin of Prince and the Revolution. Melvoin had also been a member of The Dickies.

2002, The funeral of The Who's bass player John Entwistle took place at a church in The Cotswolds. More than 200 mourners filed into the 12th century church of St Edward in Stow-on-the-

2014, Producer and drummer Tommy Ramone (Thomas Erdelyi), from the influential punk rock band the Ramones, died aged 65 following unsuccessful treatment for bile duct cancer. He was the last surviving original member of the Ramones before his death. Erdelyi was also an assistant engineer for the production of the Jimi Hendrix album Band of Gypsys.

Week commencing July 2 . . .
1980, Led Zeppelin played their last-ever concert with drummer John Bonham when they appeared at Eissporthalle, West Berlin at the end of a European tour. The set included: 'Black Dog', 'The Rain Song', 'Hot Dog', 'All My Love', 'Trampled Under Foot', 'Since I’ve Been Loving You', 'Kashmir', 'Stairway To Heaven' and 'Rock And Roll'. They finished the show with a 17-minute version of 'Whole Lotta Love'.

2003, Darkness released their debut studio album Permission To Land which topped the UK chart for four weeks. Five singles were released from the album including ‘I Believe in a Thing Called Love’, the most successful, reaching No.2 on the UK Singles Chart. The band won three BRIT Awards in 2004 in response to the album, Best Group, Best Rock Group and Best Album. They also won two Kerrang! awards in 2004 for Best Live Act and Best British Band.

2005, Members of The Hollies asked High Court judge to jail one of their founder members claiming bass player Eric Haydock had flouted a court order made in 1998 not to play under their name. Haydock formed the group in Manchester, England in the early 1960’s with Allan Clarke and Graham Nash (who left in 1966). Haydock was working in a group calling itself Eric Haydock's Hollies.

2006, Syd Barrett died from complications arising from diabetes aged 60. The singer, songwriter, guitarist was one of the founding members of Pink Floyd, active as a rock musician for only about seven years before he went into seclusion. He joined Pink Floyd in 1965 but left three years later after one album. Barrett released two solo albums before going into self-imposed seclusion lasting more than thirty years, with his mental deterioration blamed on drugs.

1964, The Beatles film A Hard Day's Night premiered at The Pavilion in London. Filmed during the height of Beatlemania, and written by Alun Owen, the film was made in the style of a mockumentary, describing a couple of days in the lives of the group.

1967, Pink Floyd made their first appearance on Top Of The Pops to promote their new single 'See Emily Play'. A badly damaged home video recording recovered by the British Film Institute of this show was given a public screening in London on 9th January 2010 at an event called "Missing Believed Wiped" devoted to recovered TV shows. It was the first time any footage was seen of the performance since its original broadcast.

1968, Woburn Music Festival, Woburn Abbey, took place. A two-day affair featuring Donovan, Fleetwood Mac, Pentangle, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Alexis Korner, Family, Taste, Tim Rose, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Duster Bennett and Tyrannosaurus Rex, two-day tickets were priced at £2.

1973, Queen released their debut single 'Keep Yourself Alive'. The track didn't make the charts.

2003, Skip Battin bassist and songwriter with The Byrds died of complications from Alzheimer's disease (1965 US & UK No.1 single 'Mr Tambourine Man'). Also played with New Riders Of The Purple Sage and The Flying Burrito Brothers.

1958, The Everly Brothers held the UK No.1 position with 'All I Have To Do Is Dream.' The Duo's first No.1 single was recorded in just two takes and features Chet Atkins on guitar. The song was written by the husband and wife songwriting team Felice and Boudleaux Bryant.

1969, Janis Joplin, Led Zeppelin, Johnny Winter, Delaney and Bonnie, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Canned Heat, Joe Cocker, Blood Sweat & Tears, Chuck Berry, Spirit, Chicago and Paul Butterfield all appeared at the two-day Atlanta Pop Festival, Byron, Georgia.

1973, Slade drummer Don Powell was badly injured in a car crash in which his girlfriend was killed.

1974, Despite the fact that they have the No.4 song in the US with 'Rikki Don't Lose That Number' and a current Platinum album with Pretzel Logic, Steely Dan's Walter Becker and Donald Fagan play their final gig together in Santa Monica, California. They would not tour again for the next eighteen years.

1976, The Clash made their live debut supporting the Sex Pistols at the Black Swan, Sheffield.

1990, Paul Stanley from KISS sustained neck and back injuries when he was involved in a car crash in New Jersey.

2012, Bonhams of London announced that Freddie Mercury's black and white harlequin stage costume had sold for £22,500 at their Entertainment Memorabilia sale. The harlequin costume was one of Freddie’s most recognisable stage designs, which he wore at a number of high-profile concerts in the 1970s. Also a pair of Freddie’s ballet pumps exceeded the pre-sale estimate of £1,500 - 2,000, selling for £4,000 to an overseas internet bidder. Freddie had worn the white leather ballet shoes during Queen's legendary Hyde Park performance in 1976.

1967, A private party was held at the Speakeasy Club in London, for The Monkees. Guests included: John Lennon, George Harrison, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, Eric Clapton, Lulu and all the members from Manfred Mann, The Who and Procol Harum.

1969, Brian Jones drowned while under the influence of drugs and alcohol after taking a midnight swim in his pool, aged 27. His body was found at the bottom of the pool by his Swedish girlfriend Anna Wohlin. The coroner's report stated "Death by misadventure", and noted his liver and heart were heavily enlarged by drug and alcohol abuse. Jones was one of the founding members of The Rolling Stones and in the early 60s used the name "Elmo Lewis."

1971, American singer, songwriter and poet, Jim Morrison of The Doors was found dead in a bathtub in Paris, France, the cause of death was given as a heart attack. He co-wrote some of the group's biggest hits, including ‘Light My Fire’, ‘Love Me Two Times’, and ‘Love Her Madly.’ On the 25th anniversary of his death an estimated 15,000 fans gathered at Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris, France to pay their respects.

1975, Lead singer from Three Dog Night, Chuck Negron, was arrested at his Louisville hotel room on the opening night of the bands tour and charged with possession of cocaine.

1982, After a record breaking jump from No.33 on the UK singles charts, The Damned's guitarist Captain Sensible started a two week run at No.1 with his version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song 'Happy Talk' from the 1949 musical South Pacific.

2012, KISS announced that they were set to release a guitar size book containing unseen photographs from their 40-year career. The limited edition called Monster would have a $4,299 price tag and at 3 feet tall, 2.5 feet wide, was reported to be the largest music book ever published.

1969, Thunderclap Newman started a three week run at No.1 on the singles chart with the Pete Townshend produced track 'Something In The Air.' Featured on the soundtrack for the movie, 'The Magic Christian'. The single featured guitarist Jimmy McCulloch who went on to work with Wings.

1969, Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit The Jimi Hendrix Experience after completing the three-day Denver Pop Festival. Hendrix and drummer Mitch Mitchell would later team with bassist Billy Cox to form the short-lived Gypsy Sun and Rainbows, who played at the Woodstock Festival.

1971, Queen appeared at Surrey College. This was the group's first gig with the line-up of Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor and John Deacon.

1980, Bob Weir and Mickey Hart from The Grateful Dead were arrested on suspicion of starting a riot at the San Diego Sports Arena after they tried to interfere in a drugs bust.

1982, Nicky Headon of The Clash was remanded on bail, charged with stealing a bus stop worth £30 from London's' Fulham Road.

1991, Axl Rose caused a riot to break out during a Guns N' Roses gig after leaping into the crowd to remove a camera from a fan at the Riverpoint Amphitheatre, Maryland Heights. Over 50 people were injured and 15 fans were arrested.

2008, The gravestone of former Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis was stolen. Cheshire Police said his memorial stone was taken from where he is buried in Macclesfield Cemetery. Officers were appealing for anyone with information on its whereabouts, detectives said the stone, had the inscription ‘Ian Curtis 18 - 5 - 80’ and the words ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.

Week commencing June 25 . . .
1956, Elvis Presley appeared on NBC-TVs 'The Steve Allen Show' and performed 'Hound Dog', to a live Hound Dog. US TV critic John Crosby panned Elvis' performance, calling him an 'unspeakable, untalented and vulgar young entertainer.'

1969, John Lennon Yoko Ono and family were involved in a car accident in Golspie, Scotland. Both John and Yoko needed hospital treatment. Lennon later had the car crushed into a cube and exhibited it on his lawn at Tittenhurst Park.

1972, Slade were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Take Me Bak 'Ome', the group's second No.1. The song was produced by the bands manager Chas Chandler.

1973, Slade and The Sensational Alex Harvey Band appeared at Earl's Court London, tickets cost £1.00-£2.00. Special 'Slade' trains were running form Brighton, Bristol, Birmingham and Manchester to take fans to the show.

1975, 10cc were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'I'm Not In Love'. The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: "Be quiet, big boys don't cry...", which was spoken by Kathy Warren, the receptionist at Strawberry Studios, Stockport, where the band recorded the track.

1981, Rushton Moreve, bassist with Steppenwolf, was killed in motorcycle accident in Santa Barbara, California, aged 32. He co-wrote their hit 'Magic Carpet Ride' with lead singer John Kay; Steppenwolf also had the 1968 US No.2 single 'Born To Be Wild'. Moreve left the band in late 1968 when he refused to fly back to California at that time, fearing it would sink into the Pacific Ocean after an imminent earthquake.

1995, DJ Wolfman Jack died of a heart attack. He was the master of ceremonies for the rock 'n' roll generation of the '60s on radio, and later on television during the '70s.

2008, Whitesnake guitarist Mel Galley died at the age of 60 from cancer of the oesophagus. Galley also played with Trapeze, Glenn Hughes, Cozy Powell and the Blue Jays.

2013, Boston guitarist Tom Scholz was ordered to pay $132,000 in court fees to the Boston Herald after he unsuccessfully sued the newspaper. The Herald had suggested that Scholz was responsible for the 2007 suicide of Boston lead singer Brad Delp, but a Superior Court judge ruled that the paper could not be held liable for defaming Scholz because it's impossible to know what caused Delp to kill himself.

1966, The Beatles played the first of three concerts at the Nippon Budokan Hall, Japan. The concert was filmed with The Beatles wearing black suits. The following day's first performance was also filmed; with The Beatles wearing white suits. There was a strict police presence with 3,000 police observing each concert played in front of 10,000 fans.

1973, Slade were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Skweeze Me Pleeze Me', the group's fifth No.1 and second single to enter the chart at No.1.

1976, Stuart Goddard (Adam Ant), placed the following ad in the classified section of the Melody Maker, 'Beat on a bass, with the B-Sides.' Andy Warren answered the ad and the pair went on to form Adam and The Ants.

1978, United Artists released The Buzzcocks single 'Love You More', at 1 minute 29 seconds it was the second shortest single ever released. Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs 1960 hit 'Stay' was the shortest hit at one minute 28 seconds.

1979, Tubeway Army started a four-week run at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Are 'Friends' Electric'. The song by Gary Numan was the first electronic/synthesizer-based record to become a hit in the post-punk era.

2000, Eight men were trampled to death during Pearl Jam's performance at The Roskilde festival, near Copenhagen. Police said the victims had all slipped or fallen in the mud in front of the stage.

2004, Kinks founder member Dave Davies was left paralysed on the right-hand side of his body after suffering a stroke. The 57-year-old guitarist and brother of fellow Kinks star Ray Davies had been promoting his solo material when he collapsed.

1969, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, The Nice, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Ten Years After, Taste, The Liverpool Scene and Chicken Shack all appeared at The Bath Festival of Blues in England, with DJ John Peel. Tickets cost 18/6. The festival proved very popular, selling out all 30,000 tickets in the first week, surprising both the townsfolk and the promoters. The only major problem occurred when the Nice's use of bagpipers caused the stage to collapse.

1975, The Eagles started a five-week run at No.1 on the US album chart with their fourth studio album 'One Of These Nights'. The album which became their breakthrough album released three US Top 10 singles, 'Lyin' Eyes' (which won a Grammy), 'Take It To The Limit' and the title track.

1975, American singer songwriter Tim Buckley completed the last show of a tour in Dallas, Texas, playing to a sold-out crowd of 1,800 people. This was Buckley's last ever show, he died the following day of a heroin and morphine overdose aged 28.

2007, Benno Goldewijk, from Holland, and Spaniard Alfredo Pecina Matias were killed and two other men were injured during an accident dismantling the stage after a Rolling Stones concert in Madrid. Three of the workers fell 10m (33ft) from a metal structure and landed on a fourth. The Stones were currently on the European leg of their A Bigger Bang world tour.

1965, The Byrds went to No.1 on the US singles chart with their version of Bob Dylan's 'Mr Tambourine Man'. Only Roger McGuinn from the band played on the song, the drummer Hal Blaine who played on the track also played on 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'.

1972, During sessions at Olympic Studios, London, David Bowie recorded 'John, I'm Only Dancing', with Mick Ronson on lead guitar and Lou Reed on rhythm guitar. The track, which was released and became a hit single in the UK in September of this year, was not released in America, being judged too risqué by RCA Records. The original video directed by Mick Rock, featuring androgynous dancers from Lindsay Kemp's mime troupe, was banned by Top Of The Pops.

1974, Cher divorced Sonny Bono after 10 years of marriage. Four days later, Cher married guitarist Gregg Allman, the couple split 10 days after that, got back together and split again. They did stay married for three years, producing Elijah Blue Allman.

1977, Elvis Presley made his last ever live stage appearance when he appeared at the Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Presley would die less than two months later. The last two songs he performed were ‘Hurt’ and ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water.’ Before the show Elvis was presented with a plaque commemorating the 2 billionth record to come out of RCA’s pressing plant.

Week commencing June 18 . . .
1965, The Yardbirds appeared at The City Hall, Salisbury, admission 10 shillings.

1973, 10cc were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'Rubber Bullets', the first of three UK No.1's for the band (who also had a No.1 as Hotlegs).

1975, During his 'Welcome To My Nightmare' tour in Vancouver, Canada, Alice Cooper fell from the stage and broke six ribs.

2004, Bob Dylan was awarded an honorary degree by the University of St. Andrews Scotland's oldest University and made a "Doctor of Music."

2010, 62-year-old Gregg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Allman had begun a series of treatments for Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led doctors to recommend a transplant. In a statement to the press, Allman said "I changed my ways years ago, but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift."

2016, American bluegrass artist Ralph Stanley who was known for his distinctive singing and banjo playing, died aged 89. With his brother Carter, he helped popularise the bluegrass genre. Stanley won new fans when his work featured in the Coen brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?

1966, Reg Calvert, manager of The Fortunes, Screaming Lord Sutch and the owner of offshore pirate radio station Radio City was shot dead by business rival William Smedley during a confrontation. Smedley was the owner of pirate station Radio Caroline and was later cleared of the murder.

1966, After a North American tour The Rolling Stones sued 14 hotels over a booking ban in New York, claiming that the ban was violating civil rights laws.

1968, Pink Floyd played two shows in one day: the first at the Commemoration Ball, Balliol College, Oxford, and then at Middle Earth Club, Covent Garden, London. The club was notable for several drug raids by the police, during which underage revellers were arrested; on one occasion a machine called the 'Trip Machine' was dismantled and taken away by the police.

1972, The first Stonehenge Free Festival was held at Stonehenge, culminating on the summer solstice. Staged between 1972 and 1984, acts who have appeared include Hawkwind, Gong, Doctor and the Medics, Flux of Pink Indians, Buster Blood Vessel, Crass, Selector, Dexys Midnight Runners, Thompson Twins, The Raincoats, Amazulu, Wishbone Ash, Man, Benjamin Zephaniah, The Enid, Roy Harper, Jimmy Page, Ted Chippington, Zorch and Ozric Tentacles.

1975, Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore quit Deep Purple to form his own group Rainbow. The group went through many line-up changes (no shit!) with, Ronnie James Dio, Graham Bonnet, Cozy Powell, Roger Glover, and Doogie White all being members.

1979, Angus MacLise, Velvet Underground's first drummer died of tuberculosis aged 34. He quit the band in 1965.

1980, French police arrested all members of The Stranglers after a concert at Nice University for allegedly starting a riot.

1969, The first of a three day Festival in Newport, California, featured Ike And Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Byrds, The Rascals, Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Janis Joplin, Johnny Winter, Eric Burdon and Love. A three day ticket cost $15 (£8.80). Hendrix received $125,000 for his appearance, at the time it was the highest fee ever paid to a rock act for a single appearance.

1974, Van Morrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Tim Buckley, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band and The Doobie Brothers all appeared at Knebworth Park, Stevenage. A special PA system was used for the event, claiming to be the best ever for an outside show, weighing 12 tons and needing five technicians.

1998, Baddiel, Skinner & Lightning Seeds went to No.1 on the singles chart with 'Three Lions '98' released for the football World Cup 98. (Although the 'Lions' are, actually, leopards - but as Baddiel pointed out 'leopards doesn't scan').

2016, Lawyers for Led Zeppelin asked a judge to throw out a case accusing the band of stealing the riff for 'Stairway To Heaven'. Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and Warner Music argued that the claimants had failed to make their case after three days of testimony. The band were accused of basing Stairway on the 1968 Spirit song, Taurus.

1965, The Who, Solomon Burke, Zoot Money, Cliff Bennett & The Rebel Rousers, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Spencer Davis Group, Marianne Faithful, Long John Baldry, The Birds (featuring a young Ronnie Wood), Dave Witting and the Ray Martin Group all appeared at Uxbridge Blues Festival. Tickets cost from 7/6 to 10/6.

1965, The Four Tops went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'I Can't Help Myself'. Lead singer Levi Stubbs had not been satisfied with the recording session and was promised that he could do it again the following day, but no other session ever took place. The track that became a hit was just the second take of the song.

1973, Edgar Winter's US No.1 hit 'Frankenstein' was awarded a Gold record. Winter named the song because of how many cuts and patches were contained in the original studio tape.

1974, The Delinquents, a band featuring Mick Jones (later of The Clash) made their debut at the Students union bar, Queen Elizabeth College, Kensington.

2012, The former chief financial officer for Pearl Jam was charged with 33 counts of theft for allegedly stealing at least $380,000 from the Seattle band's management company. According to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Rickey Goodrich allegedly stole hundreds of thousands of dollars over the course of several years, spending the money on lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines.

2016, Artists including Taylor Swift, Maroon 5, Pearl Jam, U2 and Sir Paul McCartney called for online copyright laws to be reformed. More than 180 artists signed an open letter criticising the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). They claimed the law benefits companies that "exploit music for their financial enrichment", but not artists.

1948, Columbia Records started the first mass production of the 33-RPM long player. The new format could contain a maximum of 23 minutes of music per side versus the three minutes that could be squeezed on to a 78 RPM disc.

1977, Fleetwood Mac went to No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Dreams', the group's first and only US No.1, was also a No.24 in the UK. Stevie Nicks has stated she wrote the song at the Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, in about 10 minutes.

1977, Johnny Rotten and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols were stabbed and beaten when they were attacked in a car park outside a London pub. They objected to the Pistols' anti-monarchist song 'God Save the Queen'. The next day, another member of the Pistols, Paul Cook, was beaten by a gang armed with iron pipes.

1988, 'Doctorin' The Tardis' by The Timelords was at No.1 on the UK singles chart. The Timelords were Scottish duo Bill Drummond and Jimmy Cauty, who formed KLF. The song was a mash-up of the Doctor Who theme music, Gary Glitter's 'Rock and Roll (Part Two)' with sections from 'Blockbuster!' by Sweet.

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1954, Guitarist Danny Cedrone died following a freak accident; 10 days after he had recorded the lead guitar break on 'Rock Around the Clock' with Bill Haley and His Comets. Session player Cedrone was paid $21 for his work on the session, as at that time Haley chose not to hire a full-time guitarist for his group. He died of a broken neck after falling down a staircase.

1972, The Rolling Stones album Exile On Main Street started a four-week run at the top of the US charts. The double album, regularly regarded as one of the band's best, features Rocks Off, Rip This Joint, Happy and Tumbling Dice.

1976, Ian Dury played his last gig with Kilburn and the High Roads before starting his solo career. The show at The Assembly Hall, Walthamstow also had The Sex Pistols and The Stranglers on the bill.

1976, Blondie released their debut single 'X Offender'. Written by Gary Valentine and Debbie Harry, the title of the song was originally 'Sex Offender', written about an 18-year-old boy being arrested for having sex with his younger girlfriend. Debbie Harry changed the lyrics so that the song was about a prostitute being attracted to the police officer that had arrested her. Private Stock, the band’s label insisted that the single be changed to 'X Offender' because they were nervous about the original title.

1977, After Jimmy Helms pulled out of a gig at Shoreditch College, the members of the social committee decided to call upon famous local, Elton John who lived up the road and ask if he would perform. Elton did the gig for two bottles of wine.

1987, Florida real estate agent Vittoria Holman sued Motley Crue and their concert promoter for hearing loss allegedly incurred at a concert in December 1985. Holman and her daughter had front row seats less than 10 feet (3 metres) from the speakers. The case was settled out of court with the band's insurance company paying Holman over $30,000. (£18,200).

2008, Welsh singer Duffy's single Mercy was named song of the year at the Mojo magazine awards held in London. Best breakthrough act went to The Last Shadow Puppets - the side project of Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner. Other acts honoured at the reader-voted Mojo Honours included Led Zeppelin, Paul Weller, the Sex Pistols and Genesis. Ska band the Specials were welcomed into the Mojo Hall of Fame and former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty won the inspiration award for his contribution to rock music.

1969, During a short 5 date UK tour Led Zeppelin appeared at The Free Trade Hall, Manchester, supported by Blodwyn Pig and The Liverpool Scene. The flyer for the tour stated: 'Come & take off, levitate with the Led Zeppelin album'.

1977, The Sex Pistols held a party on a boat as it sailed down The River Thames in London. The Pistols performed 'Anarchy In The UK' outside The Houses Of Parliament resulting in members from the party being arrested when the boat docked later that day.

1989, Nirvana's debut album 'Bleach' was released in the US. The title for the album came from a poster 'Bleach Your Works' urging drug users to bleach their needles. Kurt Cobain claimed that most of the lyrics on the album were written the night before recording while he was feeling "pissed off", and that he did not regard them highly.

2016, Led Zeppelin's guitarist Jimmy Page denied stealing the riff to 'Stairway To Heaven' when he took the stand at a copyright trial in the US. The band were accused of lifting the opening guitar line from 'Taurus', a 1968 track by the band Spirit. Page testified that he had never heard the song until people started posting comparisons online a few years ago. Page admitted to owning several Spirit albums, but only remembered buying two of them, neither of which contained Taurus. Under questioning, he conceded that he did own a copy of the band's self-titled debut, on which the track appears, but could not recall how it came to be part of his collection.

1961, Patsy Cline was seriously injured in a car accident. During her two month hospital stay, her song "I Fall to Pieces" gave the singer her first Country No.1 and also became a huge country-pop crossover hit.

1964, Touring Australia The Beatles arrived in Melbourne and were greeted at the airport by over 5,000 fans. Another 20,000 fans lined the route from the airport to the hotel, army and navy units were brought in to help control the crowds, cars were crushed, hundreds of girls fainted and over 50 people were admitted to hospital with broken bones.

1964, The Manish Boys (featuring David Bowie) auditioned for the UK television talent show Opportunity Knocks.

1986, Three fans died during an Ozzy Osbourne gig at Long Beach Arena, California after falling from a balcony.

1989, Pete De Freitas drummer with Echo And The Bunnymen was killed at the age of 27 when his motorbike collided with a car.

1995, Irish guitarist Rory Gallagher died after a chest infection set in following a liver transplant. Had been a member of Taste before going solo, sold over 30m albums worldwide. Voted Melody Maker's Top Musician of the Year in 1972, auditioned for The Rolling Stones following the departure of Mick Taylor. Gallagher made his final performance on 10 January 1995 in the Netherlands.

2000, American pianist and session musician Paul Griffin died aged 62. He recorded with hundreds of musicians from the 1950s to the 1990s. Griffin worked with Bob Dylan, Steely Dan, Don McLean, the Isley Brothers, Van Morrison, The Shirelles and Dionne Warwick. He is best known for playing on the Bob Dylan albums Highway 61 Revisited, Blonde on Blonde and Steely Dan's Aja.

2007, Bob Dylan won Spain's Prince of Asturias Arts Award, one of the country's most prestigious honours. Jury chairman Jose Llado called Dylan a 'living legend of popular music and the guiding star of a generation that dreamed of changing the world'. Previous winners of the annual prize include US film-maker Woody Allen.

2016, Irish rock guitarist Henry McCullough died after never fully recovering from a severe heart attack he had suffered four years earlier. He recorded with Paul McCartney and Wings, featuring on the hit James Bond theme, 'Live and Let Die' and 'My Love', the solo which he made up on the spot in front of a live orchestra. He was also a member of Spooky Tooth and The Grease Band.

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1967, Procol Harum were at No.1 on the singles chart with 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' the group's only No.1. In 2004 the song was named the most played record of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded versions by other artists are known.

1970, Deep Purple had their van and equipment impounded by East German police while on an European tour, after mistakenly driving too close to the border.

1974, David Bowie started a four-week run at the top of the UK charts with his third No.1 album 'Diamond Dogs'. The cover art features Bowie as a striking half-man, half-dog grotesque painted by Belgian artist Guy Peellaert. It was controversial as the full painting clearly showed the hybrid's genitalia. Very few copies of this original cover made their way into circulation at the time of the album's release.

1989, At a Greenpeace Rainbow Warrior's press conference, vegetarian Chrissie Hynde claimed that she once firebombed a McDonalds restaurant. The following day a McDonalds in Milton Keynes was firebombed and Hynde was threatened with legal action.

2003, Led Zeppelin were at No.1 on the US album chart with their triple live album How The West Was Won, the band's seventh US No.1 album. The performances were from the band's 1972 tour of the United States, recorded at the LA Forum on 25 June 1972 and Long Beach Arena on 27 June 1972.

2008, Rolling Stone magazine published a list of the Top 50 guitar songs of all time. No.5 was 'Brown Sugar' by The Rolling Stones, No.4 , ‘You Really Got Me’ by The Kinks, No.3, ‘Crossroads’, by Cream, No.2 ‘Purple Haze’, by Jimi Hendrix and No.1 ‘Johnny B Goode’, Chuck Berry.

1964, During their first ever US tour The Rolling Stones were booed off stage at a gig in San Antonio, Texas. Some performing monkeys who had been the act on before the Stones were brought back on stage for another performance.

1969, British supergroup Blind Faith, featuring Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker, Rick Grech and Steve Winwood made their live debut at a free concert in London's Hyde Park. Their only album release provoked controversy because the cover featured a topless pubescent girl holding a silver space ship which some perceived as a phallic symbol. The US record company issued it with an alternative cover which showed a photograph of the band. Rumours about the girl's relationship to the band fuelled the controversy; among them were that she was a groupie kept as a slave by the band members.

1977, Led Zeppelin played the first of six sold out nights at Madison Square Garden, in New York City during their 11th and final North American tour. Playing a 3 hour set, tickets cost $8.50 - $10.50.

2007, The funeral of guitarist and singer Bo Diddley took place in Gainesville, Florida. Many in attendance chanted "Hey Bo Diddley" shortly after family members had passed by his coffin as a gospel band played Bo Diddley's music. At the service, they presented a floral tribute in form of his trademark square guitar.

2010, Former Stereophonics drummer and BBC Radio Wales presenter Stuart Cable was found dead at him home near Aberdare in Wales aged 40. His new band Killing for Company had been due to appear at the Download rock festival at Donington Park in a few days. Cable had also been presenting a Rock show on BBC Radio Wales.

2012, Bob Welch (centre on pic), an early member of Fleetwood Mac who enjoyed a successful solo career with hits such as 'Ebony Eyes,' was found dead after an apparent suicide at home in Nashville. He was 66. Police said Welch's body was found by his wife Wendy with a single gunshot wound to the chest, and he had left a suicide note. Welch was part of Fleetwood Mac in their early years from 1971 to 1974 and worked on such albums as Future Games and Bare Trees. A recovering alcoholic, apparently Welch had recently learnt that problems with his legs meant he would probably not walk again.

2015, Sir Elton John lost his cool during a performance at Gloucester's Kingsholm Stadium after he likened a steward to Hitler as she tried to stop crowds from surging forward during a gig. In an expletive-laden rant, John went on to say it was "not China" and he picked out a female steward, telling her: "You put a uniform on and you think you're Hitler - well you're not."

1965, The Rolling Stones released the single '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction' in the US, which went on to give the band their first No.1. In the UK (where it was released in August 1966), the song initially played only on pirate radio stations because its lyrics were considered too sexually suggestive.

1966, Roy Orbison's first wife, Claudette, was killed when a truck pulled out of a side road and collided with the motorbike that she and her husband were riding on in Gallatin, Texas, she was 25.

1970, Christie were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Yellow River'. Written by band leader Jeff Christie, the song was offered to The Tremeloes, who recorded it with the intention of releasing it as a single. However, they considered it too pop-orientated for their future direction, so producer Mike Smith took their vocals off the recording and replaced with those of Jeff Christie.

1970, Syd Barrett played his first gig since leaving Pink Floyd at the Extravaganza 70, at London's Olympia Hall, backed by a band that included his old friend Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. Barrett baffled the audience (and his musicians) when he abruptly took off his guitar during the fourth number and walked off stage.

1986, A&R man Dick Rowe died of diabetes. Rowe became famous for not signing The Beatles to Decca records and made the classic quote 'Nobody cares about guitar group's anymore.' He did however sign The Rolling Stones to Decca.

Week commencing May 28 . . .
1964, During a photo session, Ringo Starr was taken ill suffering from tonsillitis and pharyngitis, days before a world tour was about to start. After a last-minute phone call from George Martin, session drummer Jimmy Nichol rushed over to EMI Studios, where he and The Beatles ran through six songs from their tour repertoire in a quick rehearsal. Nichol replaced Ringo and became a Beatle for eleven days.

1967, The Doors 'Light My Fire' was released in the US, where it went on to be No.1 on the singles chart two months later. When The Doors were booked to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show they were asked to change the line "girl, we couldn't get much higher", as the sponsors were uncomfortable with the possible reference to drug-taking. The band agreed to do so, and did a rehearsal using the amended lyrics; however, during the live performance, lead singer Jim Morrison sang the original lyric, after which they were informed they would never appear on the Ed Sullivan show again.

1968, Valerie Solanas shot Andy Warhol and art critic and curator Mario Amaya at Warhol's studio in New York City. Solanas had been to see Warhol after asking for the return of a script which had apparently, been misplaced. Warhol was seriously wounded in the attack and barely survived.

1970, The Kinks Ray Davies was forced to make a 6,000 mile round trip from New York to London to record one word in a song. Davies had to change the word 'Coca- Cola' to 'Cherry Cola' on the bands forthcoming single 'Lola' due to an advertising ban at BBC Radio.

1970, Deep Purple released their fourth studio album 'Deep Purple In Rock'. This was the first album to feature the classic Mk II lineup of - Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

1983, US session drummer Jim Gordon murdered his mother by pounding her head with a hammer. A diagnosed schizophrenic, it was not until his trial in 1984 that he was properly diagnosed. Due to the fact that his attorney was unable to use the insanity defense, Gordon was sentenced to sixteen years-to-life in prison in 1984. A Grammy Award winner for co-writing Layla with Eric Clapton, Gordon worked with The Beach Boys, John Lennon, George Harrison Frank Zappa and many other artists.

2016, English folk musician and singer-songwriter Dave Swarbrick died aged 75. His work for the group Fairport Convention from 1969 has been credited with leading them to produce their seminal album Liege & Lief (1969) which initiated the electric folk movement.

1974, Bernadette Whelan a 14 year-old David Cassidy fan died of heart failure four days after attending a UK concert of his. Over 1,000 other fans had to be given first aid during the singers White City Stadium show.

1980, Carl Radle bass player with Derek and the Dominoes died of kidney failure aged 38. Also worked with Gary Lewis & the Playboys, George Harrison, Joe Cocker, Dave Mason & Delaney and Bonnie.

1987, David Bowie kicked off his 87-date Glass Spider world tour at the Feyenoord Stadium, Rotterdam, Holland. The tour's set, described at the time as "the largest touring set ever," was designed to look like a giant spider. It was 60 feet (18.3m) high, 64 feet (19.5m) wide and included giant vacuumed tube legs that were lit from the inside with 20,000' (6,096m) of color-changing lights. A single set took 43 trucks to move.

1996, Alan Whitaker from Penzance appeared on the UK TV quiz show Mastermind, his specialist subject being the Sex Pistols. He won a place in the semi-final of the show answering all but one of the 18 questions correctly.

2003, Record producer Mickie Most died aged 64. Member of The Most Brothers during late 50s, and Mickie Most and the Playboys, produced hits for The Animals, Hermans Hermits, Donovan, Kim Wilde, Lulu and Jeff Beck. Most ran his own record label RAK in the 1970s, having hits with Hot Chocolate, Suzi Quatro and Mud.

2007, A leaked copy of the new White Stripes album 'Icky Thump' was played completely on Chicago's radio station Q101-WKQX. Jack White personally called the US radio station from Spain, where he was touring, to voice his displeasure.

2009, Mick Jagger offered to buy an ice cream van but was turned down by its owner - who'd promised his daughter he would drive her to her wedding in it. Guiseppe Della Camera had spent ten years restoring the rusting van to perfection after he spotted it on a farm - being used as a chicken shed. The restoration was such a success Sir Mick offered to buy the vehicle when he saw it at a show on Wandsworth Common. Camera said, 'Jagger told me he'd really fallen in love with my van and asked me if I would consider selling it. I was stunned when he offered me £100,000'.

2009, Ozzy Osbourne was suing the band's guitarist Tony Iommi over royalty payments. The 60-year-old had accused Iommi of falsely claiming to have sole rights to the band's name which has cost him royalties from merchandise sales. Osbourne was seeking unspecified damages, lost profits and a declaration he is a half-owner of the trademark. Iommi claims Osbourne legally relinquished rights to the band's name in the 1980s. Osbourne said he believed all four original members of the band should share Black Sabbath's name equally.

2015, Jeremy Brown, guitarist for Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts, died of unknown causes at the age of 34. Brown began playing with the Stone Temple Pilots as singer in 2008.

1942, Bing Crosby recorded the Irving Berlin song 'White Christmas'. Crosby recorded the song with the John Scott Trotter Orchestra and the Ken Darby Singers in just 18 minutes. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the version sung by Bing Crosby is the best-selling single of all time, with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

1965, The Beach Boys started a two week run at No.1 on the US singles chart with 'Help Me Rhonda', the group's second US No.1. The recording session was interrupted by the Wilson brothers' drunken father, Murry, who arrived at the studio to criticize the Boys enthusiasm. The recording reel continued to record the confrontation, which still circulates among fans.

1967, The Move, Cream, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd, Zoot Money, Geno Washington and The Ram Jam Band all appeared at the Tulip Bulb Auction Hall in Spalding, Lincoln. Pink Floyd were only a support band and played in a corner of the shed with a white sheet behind them with the coloured oil shining onto it. Tickets cost £1. The poster advertising the show promised a 'Knockout Atmosphere'.

1969, Crosby, Stills & Nash released their self-titled debut on Atlantic Records label. It spawned two Top 40 hits: 'Marrakesh Express' and 'Suite: Judy Blue Eyes'.

1977, Manchester band Warsaw (later to become Joy Division) made their live debut supporting The Buzzcocks at The Electric Circus, Manchester.

1991, After just completing the recording of the 'Nevermind' album, Nirvana played a last-minute show at the Jabberjaw in Los Angeles. In the audience was Iggy Pop, Dave Grohl's girlfriend and L7 bassist Jennifer Finch who brought along her best friend Courtney Love.

1992, Concerned that some pupils were overly identifying with Freddie Mercury, the sacred heart School in Clifton New Jersey decided not to sing the Queen song 'We Are The Champions', at their Graduation Ceremony.

1997, Singer songwriter Jeff Buckley disappeared after talking a swim in the Mississippi River, his body was found on 4th June 1997 after being spotted by a passenger on a tourist riverboat.

1999, Skeletal remains were found by photographers looking for old car wrecks to shoot at the bottom of Decker Canyon near Malibu, California. Based on forensic evidence the remains were Philip Kramer former bassist with rock group Iron Butterfly, who had disappeared on his way home from work on February 12, 1995. His death was ruled as a probable suicide.

2010, Sabrosa Park (at the small town of Sabrosa, north of Portugal) was renamed B.B. King Park in honor of King and the free concert he had played before 20,000 people.

Week commencing May 21 . . .
1963, The album The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan was released by Columbia in the USA. Establishing Bob Dylan as a leader in the singer-songwriter genre and a supposed spokesman for the youth-orientated protest movement, it reached No.22 in the US charts and No.1 in the UK charts. The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan showcased Dylan's songwriting talent for the first time and propelled him to national and international fame.

1977, The Sex Pistols single 'God Save The Queen' was released in the UK. Banned by TV and radio, high street shops and pressing plant workers refused to handle the record. It sold 200,000 copies in one week and peaked at No.2 on the UK charts behind Rod Stewart's 'I Don't Want to Talk About It'. There have been persistent rumours that it was actually the biggest-selling single in the UK at the time, and the British Phonographic Industry conspired to keep it off the No.1 slot.

1990, The Stone Roses played at Spike Island, Widnes, Cheshire, to a capacity crowd of 30,000. The event, considered a failure at the time due to sound problems and bad organisation, has become legendary over the years as a "Woodstock for the baggy generation."

2010, Dozens of AC/DC fans needed treatment after complaining of burning eyes during a concert on the runway of Wels Airport, Wels, Austria. Around 150 fans had to be treated. Doctors found that the fans showed allergic reactions to bark mulch spread at the venue - the runway of Wels Airport, to avoid the soil getting too muddy after hours of massive rainfall.

1963, US blues guitarist and singer Elmore James died of a heart attack aged 45. James wrote 'Shake Your Money Maker', which was covered by Fleetwood Mac in 1968. Known as "The King of the Slide Guitar", James influenced Jimi Hendrix, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Keith Richards.

1970, Peter Green played his last gig with Fleetwood Mac when they appeared at the Bath Festival, Somerset.

1991, Founder member of The Byrds Gene Clark died of a heart attack aged 49. Wrote The Byrds hits 'I'll Feel a Whole Lot Better', and 'Eight Miles High', member of McGuinn, Clark and Hillman and solo.

1958, Jerry Lee Lewis arrived at London's Heathrow Airport to begin his first British tour, along with his new bride, 14 year old third cousin, Myra. Although advised not to mention it, Lewis answered all questions about his private life. The public's shock over Lewis' marriage marks the start of a controversy leading to his British tour being cancelled after just 3 of the scheduled 37 performances.

1968, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap were at No.1 on the UK singles chart with 'Young Girl.' The song which was about under-age sex, was the acts only No.1.

1991, Wil Sinnott from The Shamen drowned while swimming off the coast of La Gomera when he was pulled under by strong currents. The Shamen were in Tenerife filming a video for their new single 'Move Any Mountain.'

2004, Morrissey appeared at the M.E.N. arena Manchester, on his 45th birthday. It was Morrissey's return to his home city Manchester after an absence of 12 years and the 18,000 tickets sold out in only 90 minutes. During the set Morrissey performed five Smiths songs.

2011, Four dead dogs in 'sealed containers' were found in the Tennessee home of former KISS guitarist Vinnie Vincent during an investigation that led to his arrest on charges of assaulting his wife. Vincent, a member of Kiss from 1982 to 1984, was released after posting $10,000 bond after his arrest by the Rutherford County Sheriff's Department.

1955, Born on this day (Tuesday), Mary Black, Irish singer, songwriter, who has released over 12 solo albums. For a number of years, What Hi-Fi? magazine considered Black's voice to be so pure that it was used as an audiophile benchmark for comparing the sound quality of different high fidelity systems.

1967, Jimi Hendrix signed with Reprise Records on the US Warner Brothers label. They released the guitarist's albums Are You Experienced? Axis: Bold as Love and Electric Ladyland.

1970, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young released the protest single Ohio, written and composed by Neil Young in reaction to the Kent State shootings of May 4, 1970, when unarmed college students were shot by the Ohio National Guard. The guardsmen fired 67 rounds over a period of 13 seconds, killing four students and wounding nine others, one of whom suffered permanent paralysis.

1972, The Doors, Pink Floyd, The Faces, Family, Curved Air, Atomic Rooster, The Kinks, Rory Gallagher, Uriah Heep, Country Joe McDonald, Buddy Miles, Status Quo, Brinsley Schwarz, Spencer Davis, The Strawbs and Humble Pie all appeared at the 2nd British Rock Meeting, Insel Grun, Germersheim, West Germany. The festival was due to take place in Mannheim, West Germany, but after protests from the locals, the concert actually took place in nearby Germersheim.

1974, Two would-be concert promoters were arrested by police in America on fraud charges in connection with selling mail order tickets for a forthcoming Elten John show. (Elten with an E and not an O). Police took away over $12,000 in cheques.

1980, A thief brook into Electric Lady Studios in New York City, the recording studio built by Jimi Hendrix and stole five Hendrix gold records for the albums ‘Are You Experienced’’, ‘Axis: Bold as Love’, ‘Cry of Love’, ‘Rainbow Bridge’ and Live at Monterey.

1980, Joe Strummer of The Clash was arrested at a much-troubled gig in Hamburg, Germany, after smashing his guitar over the head of a member of the audience; he was released after an alcohol test proved negative.

2013, Trevor Bolder, the bassist in David Bowie's legendary 1970s backing band Spiders From Mars, died from cancer at the age of 62. Bolder appeared on the studio albums Hunky Dory (1971), The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars (1972), Aladdin Sane (1973), and Pin Ups (1973). He joined Uriah Heep in 1976, replacing John Wetton.

2015, Black Sabbath received a lifetime achievement prize at the Ivor Novello songwriting awards. Guitarist Tony Iommi picked up the trophy, confirming the heavy metal band would embark on their "final tour" next year. Ed Sheeran was named songwriter of the year, and Annie Lennox was awarded the fellowship of the British Society of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (Basca) - the society's highest honour.

Week commencing May 14 . . .
1966, During his 1966 world tour, Bob Dylan and Robbie Robertson from The Band were filmed singing several songs in a hotel room in Glasgow, the footage turning up in the film Eat The Document. The film was originally commissioned for the ABC television series Stage '66, but after Dylan edited the film himself ABC rejected it as 'incomprehensible for a mainstream audience'.

1967, Pink Floyd started recording their forthcoming single 'See Emily Play' at Sound Techniques Studios, Chelsea. Syd Barrett was inspired to write See Emily Play, by the ‘looning about’ of the early Pink Floyd fan Emily Young (who is now a renowned sculptor). Guitarist David Gilmour, playing gigs in France with his own band in that period, visited Floyd in the studio during a trip to London.

1968, The first Miami Pop event took place with an estimated 100,000 people attending the concert, which was promoted by Richard O'Barry & Michael Lang (later famous as the promoter of Woodstock). Bands featured at the festival included Steppenwolf, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, The Mothers of Invention, Blue Cheer, Chuck Berry, The Blues Image, Pacific Gas and Electric, Three Dog Night and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

1980, Joy Division singer and guitarist Ian Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his house in Macclesfield, at the age of 23. Curtis had the Iggy Pop album 'The Idiot', playing on his stereo and left a note that said, 'At this very moment, I wish I were dead. I just can't cope anymore.' Joy Division released the critically acclaimed debut album Unknown Pleasures in 1979, and recorded their follow-up 'Closer' in 1980.

2004, Clint Warwick the original bass player with The Moody Blues died from liver disease at the age of 63. Clint left the band in 1966 after playing on their only number one hit, 'Go Now'.