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Riffs welcomes constant info on gigs, line-up changes and general band associated news.
However, as local bands are not supplying us with enough information, we are now hosting more national news...........
(Please note that the further down the page, the older the News..................oh, and if you click pics you may probably get stuff - or not. Probably not. Cheers Ken!) 



Led Zeppelin recorded their debut album in London in a mere 30 hours and cost just £1,782.
The album went on to gross over £3.5 million - just short of 20,000 times more than invested.


Elton John made his first appearances on Top Of The Pops as a backing singer for Brotherhood of Man and Pickettywitch.


There are over 50 Pink Floyd tribute bands including: Think Floyd, Pink Voyd, Pink Noise, Macfloyd (Scottish band), Floydian Slip, Floydians, The Dark Side of the Wall, Bricks In The Wall and Which One's Pink.


Obviously a great fan of AC/DC and also of Halloween - this guy has created this effect purely due to his love of the band. HERE.

Rock legend K.K. Downing has launched a new range of fine fragrances, 'Metal for Men' and 'Metal pour Femme'. Signed by K.K. himself they are, apparently, available only from Planet Rock.


The Who
were the only band that asked to be paid in advance at the Woodstock festival - and refused to go on until they got their money.



In 1988, Nikolas Hartshorne booked Nirvana to play at the Central Tavern in Seattle, the band's third ever gig.

Six years later Hartshorne was the Medical Examiner at Kurt Cobain's death.






New to the music scene in the North East is Paragon, consisting of Jon Foottit ex Mai Rouge, Riot, Discovery, Armed and Ready and Trigger Taylor ex Discovery, Escape, Big Guns. Expect songs by artists such as Satriani, Ozzy, Gary Moore,Thin Lizzy, Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Velvet Revolver, Deep Purple, UFO, Foreigner, Scorpions etc
. Catch them this Friday (31st) at the Fox and Hounds in Kirk Merrington.




Johnny Rotten (A.K.A. John Lydon) once again struck fear into the hearts of live TV producers during a visit to Dick Clark‘s American Bandstand. The punk pioneer refused to mime during an appearance with his new band Public Image Ltd, and instead he sat on the floor of the studio, threw himself into the assembled audience and stuck his nose into the camera. At his instigation the crowd flooded the stage and the recording soon descended into chaos. Aptly named, Dick banned a possible appearance by The Ramones because of this incident.



Black Sabbath's guitarist, Tony Iommi, lost part of two fingers in an accident, and it seemed the band was over. However, he managed to continue playing using a device which made his two stump fingers "longer", and tuning the guitar three steps down in order to loosen the strings and bend them more easily. His first song with his new "style" was  "Iron Man".


SIMON KIRKE TO ATTEND FREE CONVENTION IN TYNEMOUTH
Great news for the Annual Free Convention taking place on November 8 at the Park Hotel in Tynemouth.
Simon Kirke is also the only drummer to have appeared alongside the late John Bonham in
Led Zeppelin's glory days when Bad Company were the first band to be signed to Zeppelin's own Swan Song record label. Bad Company were formed by Kirke and vocalist Paul Rodgers after the break-up of their seminal band Free.

Tickets are still available.

See our Gig Listings page for more details.



C Collective are a 4 piece (guitar/vox, keyboards, bass, drums) band from Gateshead. Starting out as an original song "collective",  their light-hearted cover set includes an eclectic repertoire of songs, played with the emphasis on energy, fun and audience participation. They play a mix of ska/reggae (Bob Marley, UB40, Bad Manners) dance/disco (The Prodigy, Daft Punk, Bee Gees) pop/rock (Human League, Blur, Primal Scream) classics (Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, The Doors), and strive to make their gigs enjoyable to all ages and tastes.
http://www.c-collective.co.uk
31 Oct : Kings Arms, Seaton Sluice
1 Nov : Rose n Crown, Winlaton
14 Nov : Mr Lynch, Jesmond
16 Nov : The Vigilant, South Shields
29 Nov : The Fellsider, Whickham
12 Dec : Three Mile Inn, Gosforth.



The fact that the Earth is round has always been thought so: "with extraordinary
few exceptions no educated person in the history of Western Civilization from the third century B.C. onward believed that the earth was flat". The flat-Earth myth has been popularized in histories by John William Draper, Andrew Dickson White, and Washington Irving.



Bernard William Jewry, famously known as Alvin Stardust died today (Thursday October 23).
The My Coo Ca Choo singer had recently been diagnosed with metastatic prostate cancer and died at his West Sussex home with his wife, Julie Paton, and family around him.
He was 72.


Fee Waybill of The Tubes broke a leg after falling from the stage at the Hammersmith Odeon, London in 1978 whilst wielding a chainsaw during the band's set. A chainsaw? Well serves him right. Priest frontman Rob Halford fell off a motorcycle he was riding onto the stage at the end of a show in Brazil in 1978.




Earlier this year, LED ZEPPELIN's recent live set, "Celebration Day", recorded during their 2007 London reunion concert, won the Grammy Award for "Best Rock Album" beating out releases from BLACK SABBATH, DAVID BOWIE, QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NEIL YOUNG with CRAZY HORSE and KINGS OF LEON.

At age 47, the Rolling Stones' bassist, Bill Wyman, began a relationship with 13-year old Mandy Smith, with her mother's blessing. Six years later they were married, but the marriage only lasted a year. Not long after, Bill's 30-year-old son Stephen married Mandy's mother, age 46. That made Stephen a stepfather to his former stepmother. If Bill and Mandy had remained married, Stephen would have been his father's father-in-law and his own grandpa.

Lynyrd Skynyrd
took their name from a high school teacher named Leonard Skinner who had suspended several students for having long hair.

Al Kooper, who played organ on Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone," had never played organ before the session. He had turned up to the studio hoping to play guitar and, finding an excellent guitarist (Mike Bloomfield) already on hand, sat down at the organ instead. After the first take the session producer told Dylan to lose the organ part; Dylan replied that he wanted it louder.


Angelina Jolies uncle, Chip Taylor, wrote the classic song "Wild Thing". Taylor used a lot of this money to gamble - for years he bet about $10,000 a day and was kicked out of every casino in Las Vegas for card counting. He also wrote "Angel Of The Morning"


Termites will eat wood two times faster when listening to heavy metal.



AC/DC
has released an official new publicity photo of the band and notably absent from it is drummer Phil Rudd, who was also a no-show at the group's recent video shoot on October 3 and October 4 for the two new singles, "Play Ball" and "Rock Or Bust". Rudd was replaced for the filming by drummer Bob Richards (who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith), with singer Brian Johnson reportedly telling fans at the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate due to an undisclosed "family emergency." Neither Rudd nor the band has issued any further comment on his absence from the shoot. Now the fact that he is missing from the first official band photo for its new album can only be cause for concern among fans already saddened by the departure of founding guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia.


Rod Stewart holds the record for the largest concert crowd ever.

Rod filled the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil with 3,500,000 people on Dec. 31st, 1994.












A spectacular Beer Festival has been organised for a full three days in Newton Aycliffe at the Turbinia. It runs from October 24th to 26th and features fifteen craft ales, two craft ciders from all over the UK - three of them brand new. On Friday night there is an Open Mic where absolutely everyone is welcome; Saturday evening the renowned Mugshot and on Sunday they host Thatchers Bush. Not only that but there is hot food available all day and every day. And Gary has made the whole event totally FREE.


A concert by The Who at The Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, during their 1979 North American tour turned to disaster when 11 members of the audience were trampled to death after a stampede to claim unreserved seats. Close to the time the Who were to take the stage, many eyewitnesses claimed that only one or two main entrance doors, from among a broad bank of doors, were opened to handle the massive crowd. When the doors were shut, people were smashed against each other and the building by the thousands of fans behind them who did not know the main entrance was closed. Crowd surges and human waves of pressure knocked people down.



Legendary rocker Sammy Hagar's (CHICKENFOOT, VAN HALEN, MONTROSE) acoustic version of the classic VAN HALEN song "Dreams" is taken from Hagar's first-ever acoustic album titled "Lite Roast" which is released today (October 14). Joining Sammy on the CD is Vic Johnson, longtime guitarist of WABORITAS, Hagar's backup band, on guitar and vocals.



North-East band Deep Purple in Rock
plan on doing a full Rainbow set from 2015. A spokesman for the band announced: 'We plan on doing a real mixture of stuff from the history of Rainbow - but this will not affect any of our Deep Purple shows as we plan to run them side by side.'


“Dancing With Myself” is a 300-plus-page tome, much of which functions as a cautionary tale on the hazards of extreme drug abuse. At 58, Billy Idol appears healthy, handsome and chipper. His shirt bears the logo for the Sex Pistols’ “Never Mind the Bollocks,” even if this version is affixed to a designer garment. The shirt functions as a billboard for Idol’s roots which burrow all the way back to the earliest days of punk. He first came to prominence in 1976 in the Brit-punk band Generation X. Their debut thrashed through jack-hammer anthems such as “Ready, Steady, Go” and “Wild Youth.” Gen X stood out from the punks of the day by their willingness to embrace melody, as well as through Idol’s pretty boy looks. While most such punk bands appealed to guys, Idol brought in the girls. “They called it ‘bird-pulling power,’” he laughs. Idol’s career took off in America, starting with the song “Dancing With Myself,” a pioneering mix of rock and dance music that broke out of the New York clubs. Just as
quickly, Idol descended into heroin addiction. “The entire ‘Rebel Yell’ tour is a blur,” he says. It seems Idol spent his most successful years in a haze. “If I’d been more in control maybe I would have doubled the amount of music” I put out, he now says. His first album in eight years comes later this month (Oct. 21), called “Kings and Queens of the Underground.” Though critics long ago slagged him as a cartoon punk, Idol still identifies with the movement’s original spirit. He says its DIY ethic led him to write the book without a ghostwriter. While nearing age 60 freaks him a bit, he says, “Hopefully I’ve lived an interesting life and can recount it for people. That alone can justify the age you’re at.”          The "Bromley Contingent,"
clockwise from upper left:
Simon Barker, Billy Idol, Steve Severin,
Debbie Juvenile and Siouxsie Sioux.

The night of Jimi Hendrix's first gig,
Jeff Beck was coming out of the club and outside he ran into Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. With a frightened expression he told them "I think we're in trouble here!".


The first CD that was pressed in the U.S. was Bruce Springsteen’s
Born in the USA.


Undoubtably the worst tragedy surrounding a rock concert happened in 2003 when 100 people died after pyrotechnics ignited a club during a gig by Great White in West Warwick, Rhode Island. Great White singer Ty Longley was also killed in the accident. Two brothers who owned the club were charged, along with the former tour manager, with involuntary manslaughter. Foam soundproofing material at the edge of the stage set alight and the blaze spread quickly in the one-storey wooden building as fans all tried to escape through the same exit. Great White began a tour in July 2003 to raise money for the survivors and families of victims.

Think you know the 'Number of the Beast''? A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616.

Elton John played the piano on the Hollies' "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother"

Def Leppard have sold more than 65 million albums worldwide, and have two albums with RIAA diamond certification, Pyromania and Hysteria. They are one of only five rock bands with two original studio albums selling over 10 million copies in the U.S. But as they never bothered to play 'Wasted' (the song that actually broke the band) at their Newcastle gig a few years ago they ain't gettin' their name emboldened, a pic or a link. Although I am tempted to put a link to that seminal track, oh what the fuck - here it is ....

Zep to unveil unheard
Stairway to Heaven in next reissues

Led Zeppelin
are planning to make you both sweat and groove all over again with the announcement of the second phase of their reissue programme, which includes a previously unheard version of Stairway to Heaven. Led Zeppelin IV and Houses of the Holy are to be reissued on 27 October, in the same formats as the first three: a single remastered CD, a deluxe edition with a second disc of unreleased versions, the same two options on vinyl and digital, or a super deluxe box containing both CDs, both vinyl albums and assorted other objects.What will excite fans most is the prospect of unheard takes on familiar songs, and though the tracklisting for the companion discs doesn't reveal any completely new material, it does hold out the prospect of a mix of Stairway to Heaven completed at Sunset Sound Studios in Los Angeles but never released here.
The finished version of 1971's fourth album, which also featured the much-sampled When the Levee Breaks as well as live staples Black Dog and Rock and Roll, is one of the best-selling albums ever, with 29m certified sales. It has gone platinum 23 times over in the US. Its successor, Houses of the Holy, was the first Zeppelin album to consist entirely of material written by the band and went platinum a mere 11 times in the US.

Jimmy Page is offering fans an intimate look into Led Zeppelin‘s most famous song, sharing memories and insights as a record spins in front of him. Chief among his points: The complex, episodic ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ was built to last.
“The idea of ‘Stairway,’” he says in a new BBC video, “was to have a piece of music, a composition, whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods. The whole subtlety and intensity of the overlay would actually accelerate as it went through every level — every emotional level, every musical level. And so it keeps opening up, as it continues through these patterns.”
That’s keyed, in part, by the late introduction of John Bonham‘s signature drums — a launching point as the track builds momentum. Page also notes John Paul Jones‘ idea to use a recorder early on, giving ‘Stairway’ a slightly medieval feel. As for his guitar contributions, Page compares the acoustic intro to a poor man’s Bach — and then takes listeners through his solo, beginning with its flashy moment of fanfare. Robert Plant‘s magisterial lyrics are given lengthy praise too, though those came much later.
“It was slightly strange to be doing this whole thing without a vocal,” Page admits, “because at the time, there weren’t any lyrics. The whole of the running order, from the beginning until the end, was mapped out. It was tricky. It was a tricky thing to do, because there are a lot of musical changes in it.”
‘Stairway to Heaven’ is set for reissue as part of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album on Oct. 28, along with ‘Houses of the Holy.’ Page oversaw the remastering and release of the group’s first three albums in June


Read More: Jimmy Page Talks About Making 'Stairway to Heaven' | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimmy-page-stairway-to-heaven/?trackback=tsmclip

Jimmy Page is offering fans an intimate look into Led Zeppelin‘s most famous song, sharing memories and insights as a record spins in front of him. Chief among his points: The complex, episodic ‘Stairway to Heaven‘ was built to last.

“The idea of ‘Stairway,’” he says in a new BBC video, “was to have a piece of music, a composition, whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods. The whole subtlety and intensity of the overlay would actually accelerate as it went through every level — every emotional level, every musical level. And so it keeps opening up, as it continues through these patterns.”



Read More: Jimmy Page Talks About Making 'Stairway to Heaven' | http://ultimateclassicrock.com/jimmy-page-stairway-to-heaven/?trackback=tsmclip

“The idea of ‘Stairway,’” he says in a new BBC video, “was to have a piece of music, a composition, whereby it would just keep unfolding into more layers and more moods. The whole subtlety and intensity of the overlay would actually accelerate as it went through every level — every emotional level, every musical level. And so it keeps opening up, as it continues through these patterns.”

That’s keyed, in part, by the late introduction of John Bonham‘s signature drums — a launching point as the track builds momentum. Page also notes John Paul Jones‘ idea to use a recorder early on, giving ‘Stairway’ a slightly medieval feel. As for his guitar contributions, Page compares the acoustic intro to a poor man’s Bach — and then takes listeners through his solo, beginning with its flashy moment of fanfare. Robert Plant‘s magisterial lyrics are given lengthy praise too, though those came much later.

“It was slightly strange to be doing this whole thing without a vocal,” Page admits, “because at the time, there weren’t any lyrics. The whole of the running order, from the beginning until the end, was mapped out. It was tricky. It was a tricky thing to do, because there are a lot of musical changes in it.”

‘Stairway to Heaven’ is set for reissue as part of Led Zeppelin’s fourth album on Oct. 28, along with ‘Houses of the Holy.’ Page oversaw the remastering and release of the group’s first three albums in June



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Bon Scott is getting the biopic treatment, whether the surviving members of AC/DC like it or not.

That’s what film producer Rob Liotti vows, anyway. Opening up about his struggle to film a tribute to the singer’s life and legacy, Liotti spent part of a recent interview explaining that recent unauthorized movies about Jimi Hendrix and Judas Priest have paved the way for his own passion project, tentatively titled ‘Bon Scott: The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorized.’

“The Hendrix and Priest films clear the way for this project — although I felt confident all along. We have a First Amendment right to tell this story, and we have the ability to utilize the Fair Use Doctrine in assisting us to do so. We’re trying to educate the public about this guy’s life and tribulations. What the hell is the problem with that?”

It’s a fair question, and one he’ll probably find himself posing repeatedly to AC/DC’s representatives; as Liotti noted, the group has gone out of its way to stonewall his efforts. “The band’s lawyers went so far as to forbid me from speaking to ‘current or former members.’ Come on — they’re reaching,” he sighed. “I talk to some of these people. There’s zero harm in that, let alone anything illegal.”

Arguably most frustrating for Liotti is that he’s simply trying to pay tribute. “With Malcolm Young’s departure in addition to Bon being deceased, the respect needs to flow both ways,” he argued. “I fully support their artistic efforts — I expect the same in return.”



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The man behind plans to make a Bon Scott biopic says recent legal decisions have cleared the way for his production to go ahead.
Producer Rob Liotti, who’ll also play the late AC/DC frontman, believes that no one can stop him telling his story, after courts backed the release of unofficial Jimi Hendrix movie All Is By My Side and Judas Priest film Dream Deceivers.
It follows attempts by AC/DC representatives to prevent the film being made. But High Voltage Productions will shortly start work on a cinematic trailer for their project, tentatively titled Bon Scott: The Legend Of AC/DC Unauthorised.
Liotti said: “The Hendrix and Priest films clear the way for this project – although I felt confident all along. We have a First Amendment right to tell this story, and we have the ability to utilise the Fair Use Doctrine in assisting us to do so.
“We’re trying to educate the public about this guy’s life and tribulations. What the hell is the problem with that?”
He adds: “The band’s lawyers went so far as to forbid me from speaking to ‘current or former members.’ Come on – they’re reaching. I talk to some of these people. There’s zero harm in that, let alone anything illegal.”
Liotti insists he means no harm to AC/DC’s reputation, adding: “With Malcolm Young’s departure in addition to Bon being deceased, the respect needs to flow both ways. I fully support their artistic efforts – I expect the same in return.”
Meanwhile, work continues on a statue of Scott, which is to be placed in his home town of Kirriemuir in Scotland. Campaign organisers are currently asking for opinions on the latest rough version of the sculpture.

Bon Scott is getting the biopic treatment, whether the surviving members of AC/DC like it or not.

That’s what film producer Rob Liotti vows, anyway. Opening up about his struggle to film a tribute to the singer’s life and legacy, Liotti spent part of a recent interview explaining that recent unauthorized movies about Jimi Hendrix and Judas Priest have paved the way for his own passion project, tentatively titled ‘Bon Scott: The Legend of AC/DC Unauthorized.’

“The Hendrix and Priest films clear the way for this project — although I felt confident all along. We have a First Amendment right to tell this story, and we have the ability to utilize the Fair Use Doctrine in assisting us to do so. We’re trying to educate the public about this guy’s life and tribulations. What the hell is the problem with that?”

It’s a fair question, and one he’ll probably find himself posing repeatedly to AC/DC’s representatives; as Liotti noted, the group has gone out of its way to stonewall his efforts. “The band’s lawyers went so far as to forbid me from speaking to ‘current or former members.’ Come on — they’re reaching,” he sighed. “I talk to some of these people. There’s zero harm in that, let alone anything illegal.”

Arguably most frustrating for Liotti is that he’s simply trying to pay tribute. “With Malcolm Young’s departure in addition to Bon being deceased, the respect needs to flow both ways,” he argued. “I fully support their artistic efforts — I expect the same in return.



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Ozzy Osbourne
is the latest musician to comment on U2's decision to team with Apple to put the Irish rock band's new album, "Songs Of Innocence", on every single iTunes account in the world for free regardless of whether it was wanted or not.

The BLACK SABBATH singer said: "I think it's good in one way, and bad in another. People got so pissed off with it, it was terrific. Trying to find out how to delete it off their fucking phones, or whatever. But U2 can afford to put an album out for free, whereas other bands can't, so it makes it difficult for up-and-coming bands. It's fucking selfish, really. They just got a zillion fucking sales from Apple, I suppose. Not everyone is U2, not everyone can get a fucking deal with Apple. There are a thousand bands out there today that aren't going to get heard by fucking anybody because they can't afford to do it."
33 million of the world's 500 million iTunes users have reportedly accessed the U2 album, but there have been complaints about it as well. Apple gave an online tutorial on how to remove it, while BUCKCHERRY guitarist Keith Nelson dissed the Irish supergroup for devaluing their own music.


AC/DC will release their new album "Rock Or Bust" on December 2. The 11-song collection is the band's first since 2008's "Black Ice" and it includes the song "Play Ball" which Riffs has a link to lower down. If you want a rare sneak preview of the track "Rock Or Bust" click the pic. The album features an inventive three-dimensional lenticular cover which gives the illusion of the band's iconic logo exploding as the packaging is moved in different directions (knew you'd be impressed).
"Rock Or Bust" track listing:
01. Rock Or Bust
02. Play Ball
03. Rock The Blues Away
04. Miss Adventure
05. Dogs Of War
06. Got Some Rock & Roll Thunder
07. Hard Times
08. Baptism By Fire
09. Rock The House
10. Sweet Candy
11. Emission Control

The passing of Ronnie Montrose hit hard, in particular the heavy music community, which banded together the original lineups of MONTROSE and GAMMA plus scores of other guests to pay homage to Mr. Bad Motor Scooter himself. On April 27, 2012 at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, Ronnie Montrose acolytes and friends held a tribute concert which saw the likes of Sammy Hagar, Neil Schon, Joe Satriani, one half of KISS, the members of TESLA, Eric Martin from MR. BIG and longtime Ronnie Montrose collaborators Ed Roth, Ricky Phillips and Denny Carmassi. "Concert for Ronnie Montrose" is a celebratory, sometimes spiritual journey through Ronnie's career spanning his work in the MONTROSE band, GAMMA, THE EDGAR WINTER BAND and his solo material.Check out the concert promo HERE - and click the pic for the man himself singing Bad Motor Scooter.


'Sgt. Pepper's' is the UK's biggest selling album ever!

In 1969, 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to avoid a possible 10-year prison sentence for possession of a single marijuana joint and was placed in a hospital for the criminally insane, where he was subjected to forced electro-shock therapy and Thorazine treatments. Mismanagement of his estate while he was hospitalized left him nearly penniless when he got out, and Erickson has spent much of the time since digging himself out of the hole. Renewed interest in his music in recent years has certainly helping his plight.

 


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As the core member of the 13th Floor Elevators and an undisputed pioneer of psychedelic rock, the ’60s were thrilling times for Roky Erickson. His band was riding high in their native Texas and beyond and the howling single ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ was his calling card, but Erickson’s ‘60s ended in the stuff of nightmares. Under sharp scrutiny by the authorities due to the band’s well-expounded fondness for psychedelic drugs, Erickson was found with a single joint on his person. Pleading not guilty by reason of insanity to avoid prison, he was sent to the Rusk State Hospital for the criminally insane, where he was ‘treated’ with electroconvulsive therapy and Thorazine treatment. Erickson pulled through his three and a half years at Rusk, and even put together a band while incarcerated. That band, The Missing Links, contained Roky plus two murderers and a rapist. Released from the institution in 1974, Roky found his legend had grown while he’d been away – not least because ‘You’re Gonna Miss Me’ was included on 1972’s Nuggets compilation. Erickson’s experiences in the hospital proved to be fertile inspiration for his music – on leaving, he formed the group Roky Erickson And The Aliens and began penning songs about zombies, demons, vampires, and – to counter the B-movie monsters, the real-life monsters of social injustice. Erickson and the Aliens set out honing a hard rock sound that placed the psychedelic garage blues of the Elevators firmly in the last decade. Click his pic for a live version of 'Cold Night for Alligators'. And if you like that, check out 'I Walked with a Zombie.' Cheers JP - you always had your finger right on the button.

In 1969, 13th Floor Elevators frontman Roky Erickson pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity to avoid a possible 10-year prison sentence for possession of a single marijuana joint and was placed in a hospital for the criminally insane, where he was subjected to forced electro-shock therapy and Thorazine treatments. Mismanagement of his estate while he was hospitalized left him nearly penniless when he got out, and Erickson has spent much of the time since digging himself out of the hole. Renewed interest in his music in recent years has certainly helping his plight.

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Neil Fallon of Maryland rockers Clutch recently had this to say concerning people filming live concerts on their phone: "First of all, do you really think those people are gonna spend much time watching those movies? They're not going to. They're gonna delete it when they run out of memory on their phone.
Music recorded is a static thing. Every time you listen to 'Four Sticks' by LED ZEPPELIN, it's gonna sound the same, but if you have the opportunity to see a band, that live experience — unless they use a lot of pre-recorded tracks — is gonna be a one-time event. And if you're spending your time [at the show holding up your phone and filming the concert], you're not participating in it. At least that's the way I feel. I kind of treat concerts the way I do a dinner — turn your phone off, you know. I don't so irritated from the perspective of the stage. I mean, if someone wants to do that, fine, but just me, personally, I remember concerts much better from the '80s and '90s than I do a lot of these ones that have been, kind of, with the phone. Like, 'Oh, I'm here.' 'I'm here too.' 'What are you doing?' 'The same thing you are.' Who gives a shit? [Laughs]"


Only 37 tickets left for Skinny Molly Saturday 18th October at the Three Tuns Gateshead.  Support from the fantastic Charlotte Yanni and sound by the equally fantastic gamb. See them singing Copperhead Road  - HERE

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd sat out the video shoot for the band's single, "Play Ball" from their new album "Rock Or Bust", on October 3 and October 4 in London. He was replaced during the filming by Bob Richards, who had previously played with SHOGUN and IRON MAIDEN guitarist Adrian Smith. AC/DC singer Brian Johnson reportedly told some of the fans attending the shoot that Rudd was unable to participate in the filming due to an undisclosed "family emergency" although this has not yet been corroborated by an official source. Rudd joined AC/DC in 1974. He had previously played with Angry Anderson in BUSTER BROWN and left that band to join the COLOURED BALLS with Lobby Loyde. To hear 'Play Ball' just click pic.


LOOKING FOR JOHNNY: THE LEGEND OF JOHNNY THUNDERS MOVIE TO BE RELEASED NEXT MONTH
When Johnny Thunders died in New Orleans on April 23rd 1991, he left behind a mystery. Though MTV and international broadsheets reported the guitarist's demise, for many in the mainstream, Thunders was perceived as an enigmatic outlaw. He was adored by a legion of devotees and cited as an influence by at least three successive generations of musicians. Thunders refused to play the corporate game and was both elevated and damned for it.
'Looking for Johnny' is the creation of the documentary maker, Danny Garcia ('The Rise & Fall of The Clash'). The young Spanish filmmaker was seized by a question that wouldn't let go – 'just who was Johnny Thunders?'. He spent 18 months travelling across the USA and Europe, filming interviews with fifty of the people who were closest to Johnny, building a compelling narrative drawn from first hand testimonies.
The film examines Johnny Thunders' life from the early 70s as a founding member of the influential New York Dolls, the birth of the punk scene with The Heartbreakers in both New York City and London, and later incarnations including Gang War and The Oddballs. It also explores Johnny's unique musical style, his personal battle with drugs and theories on the circumstances of his death in a New Orleans hotel in 1991 at age 38.
Interviewees include the New York Dolls' Sylvain Sylvain, Heartbreakers bandmates Walter Lure and Billy Rath - in a final appearance prior to his tragic death this August, Lenny Kaye, Bob Gruen, Terry Chimes, Alan Vega, Peter Perrett, Sami Yaffa, and three of Johnny's late managers: Marty Thau, Leee Black Childers and Malcolm McLaren, alongside many others.
View the film trailer HERE


Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals have been two of the top European rock gatherings for decades and you can bet there’s something special in store for the 30th anniversary of Rock Am Ring and the 20th anniversary of Rock Im Park. Organizers have just announced the first batch of bands that will play both festivals, with Foo Fighters, Slipknot and German punk legends Die Toten Hosen scheduled to headline the music weekend.

Foo Fighters will be promoting their ‘Sonic Highways’ album, while Slipknot will take the stage in support of ‘.5: The Gray Chapter.’ As for Die Toten Hosen, the German punk outfit has been rocking since the ’80s and they’ll bring a wealth of bombastic favorites to the stage as they continue to support 2012′s ‘Ballast der Republik.’

The 2015 Rock Am Ring in Mendig and Rock Im Park in Nurnberg will each take place June 5-7 and early indications are that this will be one rocking music weekend. The initial lineup of artists also includes Motorhead, Lamb of God, In Flames, Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, Skindred, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Donots, Trailer Park, Callejon, Turbostaat, Beatsteaks, Kraftklub and Broilers.



Read More: Foo Fighters + Slipknot to Headline 2015 Rock am Ring + Rock Im Park | http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-slipknot-germany-2015-rock-am-ring-rock-im-park-festivals/?trackback=tsmclip
A launch night for 'Celebrating Jon Lord' was held on Monday night at the plush Home House in Portman Square, London. Attendees included Deep Purple members Ian Paice, Roger Glover and Don Airey.
They were joined by many guests including AC/DC's Brian Johnson, Snakecharmer's Neil Murray and Micky Moody, conductor Paul Mann, Danny Bowes and Luke Morley from Thunder, Nick Fyffe from Temperance Movement, Murray Gould and Rosalie Cunningham from Purson.
'Celebrating Jon Lord' was an event held earlier this year at the Royal Albert Hall in which many guests paid tribute to the great keyboardist and composer, performing his works in an exhilarating show that featured Deep Purple, Glenn Hughes, Paul Weller, Rick Wakeman, Bruce Dickinson and many more.

Germany’s Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park festivals have been two of the top European rock gatherings for decades and you can bet there’s something special in store for the 30th anniversary of Rock Am Ring and the 20th anniversary of Rock Im Park. Organizers have just announced the first batch of bands that will play both festivals, with Foo Fighters, Slipknot and German punk legends Die Toten Hosen scheduled to headline the music weekend.

Foo Fighters will be promoting their ‘Sonic Highways’ album, while Slipknot will take the stage in support of ‘.5: The Gray Chapter.’ As for Die Toten Hosen, the German punk outfit has been rocking since the ’80s and they’ll bring a wealth of bombastic favorites to the stage as they continue to support 2012′s ‘Ballast der Republik.’

The 2015 Rock Am Ring in Mendig and Rock Im Park in Nurnberg will each take place June 5-7 and early indications are that this will be one rocking music weekend. The initial lineup of artists also includes Motorhead, Lamb of God, In Flames, Papa Roach, Asking Alexandria, Rise Against, Parkway Drive, Skindred, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls, Donots, Trailer Park, Callejon, Turbostaat, Beatsteaks, Kraftklub and Broilers



Read More: Foo Fighters + Slipknot to Headline 2015 Rock am Ring + Rock Im Park | http://loudwire.com/foo-fighters-slipknot-germany-2015-rock-am-ring-rock-im-park-festivals/?trackback=tsmclip

Riffs is providing a link to these two AC/DC videos for no other reason than they are both . . . er . . . just weird. One is Bon Scott pre-AC/DC seeming to have nothing at all to do on stage, in the '60s with The Valentines playing Build Me Up Buttercup. The next is Bon Scott on stage dressed as a schoolgirl recorded in 1975 singing Baby Please Don't Go....

Geoff Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy's concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980s 'Heaven and Hell', surprisingly reminiscent of the song 'Mainline Riders' by Nicholls' previous band, Quartz.
Geoff Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmcli
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band,

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Geoff Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Geoff Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip
Geoff Nicholls has contributed keyboards to Sabbath's albums since 1979, backing up Ozzy’s concert vocals, and allegedly the distinctive bass line of 1980’s ‘Heaven and Hell,’ reminiscent of the song ‘Mainline Riders,’ by Nicholls’ previous band, Quartz.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Black Sabbath | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-black-sabbath/?trackback=tsmclip

Jimmy Page reveals that former President George W. Bush wrote him and asked for permission to use their song title “Good Times, Bad Times” as the title for his upcoming autobiography. Page emailed him back with a five-word reply, “Nope, nope, and hell nope!”


The first annual MOTÖRHEAD's Motörboat sailed from Miami, visiting the ports of Key West, Florida and Cozumel just off Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula for the September 22-26 cruise on the Carnival Ecstasy. "The Loudest Boat In The World" featured MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, METAL ALLEGIANCE, TESTAMENT, DOWN, HIGH ON FIRE, KILL DEVIL HILL, ZAKK WYLDE, JIM BREUER BAND, DANKO JONES, FIREBALL MINISTRY, WILSON and CILVER, as well as a spoken-word performance by legendary heavy metal musician, author, and television personality Scott Ian. Watch DOWN live on the boat here.


Heavy metal legends Judas Priest kicked off their "Redeemer Of Souls" tour this week at the Main Street Armory in Rochester, New York. And we have a link to their classic 'Victim of Changes' from that concert in Rochester recorded on Wednesday night . . . here

Lemmy has often worked backstage, in the late '60s he road managed Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and also lugged gear for The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
When he couldn’t get out in front of a stage himself, Lemmy would work backstage, including late ‘60s stints road managing Emerson Lake & Palmer and lugging gear for the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Read More: 20 Facts You Probably Didn't Know About Motorhead | http://loudwire.com/20-facts-you-probably-didnt-know-about-motorhead/?trackback=tsmclip

MOTÖRHEAD will "probably" enter the studio in January to begin work on the follow-up to last year's "Aftershock" album for a tentative late 2015 release, the band's frontman, Lemmy Kilmister, has revealed.
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip
AC/DC have just announced that their new album will be titled ‘Rock or Bust,’ and arrive on Dec. 2. However, the news is bittersweet, as the legendary rockers have also revealed that ailing guitarist Malcolm Young will not be returning to the group in any capacity.

Read More: AC/DC Announce New Album + Malcolm Young Not Returning to Band | http://loudwire.com/acdc-new-album-rock-or-bust-malcolm-young-will-not-return/?trackback=tsmclip

In 1967 the BBC banned The Beatles 'I Am The Walrus' from any plays on radio and TV convinced the song contained a drug reference somewhere in the lyric!!

When Screamin' Jay Hawkins and his band recorded "I Put a Spell on You" (1956) all the musicians were intoxicated. The performance was mesmerizing, although Hawkins himself blacked out and was unable to remember the session.
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COLLISION release there debut 4 track EP
'Into The City' on 4/10/2104

You can get a copy at gigs or via facebook or just stop them in the street.

EP launch is at  THE CLEF AND CASK cramlington on 4th October.


After forty years of playing rhythm guitar for AC/DC, Malcolm Young has now stepped down permanently as he has been diagnosed with Dementia. The band will continue with Malcolm's nephew Stevie Young replacing him on guitar.


Before recording "That's All Right, Mama," Elvis auditioned to be a singer in a local band in Memphis and was told by the bandleader, "Stick to driving a truck because you'll never make it as a singer!"


Riffs hangs its head in shame today because we have only just learnt of the sad demise of Doc Neeson, the lead singer of the third greatest band to come out of Australia (and if you don't know who the other two are what the f**k are you doing readin' Riffs?). The Angels (originally Angel City) were from the same stable as AC/DC but were basically ignored by their record company because they straddled the thin line between Rock and Punk and so AC/DC were easier to market. They struggled every step of the way but turned out some great stuff. Their first three albums arguably the best (Face to Face, No Exit and Darkroom - you can get them off pirate bay). Here is a link to one of their tracks recorded live in Melbourne in 1988....here.
And here is a link to a piece on Doc and the band by The Guardian here








The Three Tuns Gateshead have misplaced their 2015 diary. Could anyone who has dates booked please text Paul 07940715824 to confirm. Sorry for the inconvenience.








I'm the owner of The George Stephenson Inn on great lime road.
I've got my 2015 diary open for bookings next year. The diary is filling up quite fast so anyone wanting to play in my pub next year can you get them to contact me asap.  Thanks very much!   Tiffany    milanotee@gmail.com   07732 175486


Wow! What a voice, the guy's still got it .... check out this track from Paul Rodgers' lastest album.  here


Can Riffs remind suppliers of gigs that we have on our Listings page, quite clearly: 'All gigs are free unless otherwise stated'. The more astute amongst you will have realised, therefore, that we need to know if there is a cover charge on the gig. We try to keep our information as accurate as possible and letting punters know whether it is a free gig or not is important. We also remind you that if we have a query regarding supplied gigs that this could delay the inclusion of your gigs or, if we are very busy and unable to highlight the query with you, deny the inclusion altogether..............





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Saturday, April 25, 2015, The Academy, Newcastle   £22.50







THIS WEEK IN . . .
1959, The Quarry Men decided to change their name to Johnny and the Moondogs. The band were in Liverpool auditioning for the Carrol Levis show. The Quarry Men featured John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.

1967, Iggy and the Stooges made their live debut when they played at a Halloween party in Michigan.

1970, Michelle Gilliam from The Mamas and the Papas married actor Dennis Hopper, the marriage lasted eight days

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

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

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


1946, Born on this day (Thursday), Chris Slade, drummer, who has worked with Manfred Mann's Earth Band, AC/DC, Gary Moore and The Firm.

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

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

1971, John Lennon and The Plastic Ono Band went to No.1 on the UK album chart with 'Imagine'. The album contained two tracks attacking Paul McCartney; 'How Do You Sleep' and 'Crippled Inside.'


1977, The Belgian travel service issued a summons against The Sex Pistols claiming the sleeve to the bands single 'Holidays In The Sun' infringed copyright of one of its brochures.

1983, Pink Floyd's 'Dark Side of the Moon' marked its 491st week on the Billboard album chart in the US, surpassing the previous record holder, 'Johnny's Greatest Hits' by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, 'Dark Side' had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

1996, Manchester band The Stone Roses split up. Singer Ian Brown said 'having spent the last ten years in the filthiest business in the universe, it's a pleasure to announce the end of The Stone Roses.'



2008, A statue honouring AC/DC's Bon Scott was unveiled at the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour in Western Australia. Although born in Scotland, Scott grew up in Fremantle after his family emigrated to Australia in 1952. Bon started out his newfound Australian life in Melbourne; his family lived in the suburb of Sunshine for 4 years before moving to Fremantle. Scott was born in 1946 died on 20th February 1980 and is buried in Fremantle cemetery.
And check out this video of AC/DC before Bon Scott - here!

1957, Born on this day, Stephen Morris, drums, Joy Division (1980 UK No.13 single 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'). New Order (1983 UK No.9 single 'Blue Monday'). The Other Two (1991 UK No.41 single 'Tasty Fish').

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

1977, American musician Roy Estrada known as a founding member of Little Feat and who also worked with Frank Zappa was convicted of sexual assault on a child. Estrada served six years in prison. In January 2012, he pleaded guilty to a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child which happened in March 2008. In the plea bargain agreement he was sentenced to 25 years in prison and is not eligible for parole.

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

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

1951, Born on this day, Ken Downing, guitar, Judas Priest (1980 UK No.12 single 'Living After Midnight', 1980 UK No.4 album 'British Steel').




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

1999, American singer, songwriter and actor Hoyt Axton died of a heart attack in Victor, Montana aged 61. He wrote songs for, Elvis Presley, Three Dog Night (1971 US No.1 Joy To The World), John Denver, Ringo Starr, Glen Campbell. His mother Mae Boren Axton wrote 'Heartbreak Hotel.'

2007, 1,730 guitarists played the immortal Bob Dylan classic 'Knocking On Heaven's Door' in a bid to break a record in the state of Meghalaya, North East India. The guitarists hoped their achievement would earn them a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. The current Guinness World Record was held by a guitar-ensemble from Kansas City in the US when 1,683 guitarists played Deep Purple's 'Smoke On The Water'.


LAST WEEK IN . . .

2004, John Peel died in Cuzco, Peru of a heart attack, aged 65. He was BBC’s longest-serving radio DJ and the first DJ to introduce The Ramones, Roxy Music, The Smiths, The Fall, Rod Stewart, Blur, the Sex Pistols, T. Rex and others to the masses. He founded Dandelion Records in 1969, which released records by Kevin Coyne, Bridget St John and Medicine Head. He was also known for his ‘Peel Sessions’, releases of live radio sessions. Peel was appointed an OBE in 1998. A music hero in every respect.

1985, Actor and singer Gary Holton died of a drug overdose. Member of The Heavy Metal Kids, and one half of the duo Casino Steel. Holton appeared in the film Quadrophenia and UK TV's Auf Wiedersehen Pet.

1997, After falling over on stage when reaching for a guitar pick, Johnny Cash announced during a gig in Michigan that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease.

2001, 13 law firms were still involved in claims to Grateful Dead's guitarist Jerry Garcia's $10m estate six years after his death. Former wives and girlfriends continued to fight on how to distribute his estate and annual royalties of $4.6m.



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

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

1936, Born on this day, Bill Wyman, bass, The Rolling Stones (1969 UK & US No.1 single 'Honky Tonk Women', and over 30 Top 40 UK & US singles and albums. Quit The Stones in 1993, 1981 UK solo No.14 'Je Suis Un Rock Star'). Now tours with his backing band, The Rhythm Kings, which has featured Albert Lee and Georgie Fame.

1946, Born on this day, Jerry Edmonton, Steppenwolf (1969 US No.2 & UK No.30 single 'Born To Be Wild'). Killed in a car crash on 28th November 1993.

1947, Born on this day, Edgar Broughton, vocals, guitar, Edgar Broughton Band (1970 UK No.39 single 'Out Demons Out').

1948, Born on this day, Dale Griffin, drums, Mott The Hoople (1972 UK No.3 & US No.37 single 'All The Young Dudes', also BBC radio producer).



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

1964, All four members of US band Buddy and the Kings were killed when they hired a Cesna Skyhawk to take them to a gig in Harris County. Piloted by the bands drummer Bill Daniels, the plane crashed nose first killing all on board. Singer with the group Harold Box had replaced Buddy Holly in The Crickets after his death in a plane crash. He sang lead vocals on 'Peggy Sue Got Married.'

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

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

1949, Born on this day, Michael Burston, Motorhead (1980 UK No.15 single 'Ace Of Spades').

1943, Born on this day, Greg Ridley, bass player, Spooky Tooth, Humble Pie (1969 UK No.4 single 'Natural Born Bugie'). Died on 19th November 2003.



1964, The Who, then known as The High Numbers, receive a letter from EMI Records, asking them for original material after their recent audition for the company.

1969, Led Zeppelin II was released on Atlantic Records in the UK. The Jimmy Page-produced album which was recorded over six months between four European and three American tours, peaked at No.1 in both the UK and US, going on to sell over 12 million copies in the US alone, (and spending 138 weeks on the UK chart). The album is now recognised by writers and music critics as one of the greatest and most influential rock albums ever recorded.

1986, Jane Dornacker was killed in a helicopter crash during a live traffic report for WNBC radio in New York. Listeners heard the terrified voice of Dornacker screaming "Hit the water, hit the water’ as the helicopter from which she and pilot Bill Pate were reporting, fell from the sky and crashed into the Hudson River. Dornacker had been a member of The Tubes and Leila And The Snakes.

1956, Born on this day, Stiv Bators, vocals, Dead Boys, Wanderers, Lords Of The New Church.



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


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

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

1947, Born on this day, Tetsu Yamauchi, bass player, Faces (1973 UK No.8 single 'Pool Hall Richard',) Free (1973 UK No.7 single 'Wishing Well').

1948, Born on this day, John 'Rabbit' Bundrick, Free (1973 UK No.7 single 'Wishing Well'). Back Street Crawler.


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

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

1997, American guitarist Glen Buxton died from pneumonia aged 49. Member of the Alice Cooper Band, he co-wrote their hits 'School's Out' and 'Elected.'

1960, Born on this day, Daniel Woodgate, drummer, Madness (1982 UK No.1 single 'House Of Fun & over 20 other UK Top 40 singles), also worked with Voice Of The Beehive, married Jane from the Mo dettes.




SATURDAY IN . . .

1956, 21-year-old Elvis Presley pulled into a Memphis gas station where he started to attract a small crowd of autograph seekers. After repeatedly asking Elvis to move on so he could resume normal business, station manager Ed Hopper slapped Presley on the head and found himself on the receiving end of a punch in the face from Elvis. Station employee Aubrey Brown tried to help his boss, but was no match for Presley. After police are called, Hopper and Brown were charged with assault and were fined $25 and $15 respectively.

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

1974, Al Green was taking a shower at his Memphis home when his ex-girlfriend Mary Woodson burst in and poured boiling hot grit over him. She then shot herself dead. Green suffered second degree burns.

1989, During a gig at The Los Angeles Coliseum, California (opening for the Rolling Stones), Guns N' Roses front man Axl Rose announced that this would be the last Guns N' Roses concert unless the band members "got their shit together." He was referring to their use of heroin. He later wrote a song about a heroin dealer, 'Mr. Brownstone.'

1949, Born on this day, Gary Richrath, REO Speedwagon (1981 US No.1 & UK No.7 single 'Keep On Loving You' and Riffs favourite 'Back on the Road Again').







FRIDAY IN . . .

1999, Thomas Durden died aged 79. Wrote the lyrics to 'Heartbreak Hotel' one of Elvis Presley's early hits. Durden had read a newspaper account of a man who had committed suicide, the man had left a note saying, ''I walk a lonely street,'' Durden used the phrase as the basis for 'Heartbreak Hotel.’

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

1995, During an interview with The Observer magazine Noel Gallagher from Oasis said he wished Damon Albarn and Alex Cox of Blur would die from AIDS. He later retracted his statement.

1947, Born on this day, David St Hubbins, vocals, Spinal Tap (1984 rock film 'This Is Spinal Tap').

1988 – Opel, a collection of previously unreleased material by Syd Barrett, is released in England.

1969 – The Kinks play their first concert in the U.S. in four years, supporting Spirit at New York’s Fillmore East. The American Federation of Musicians banned the group from playing there after a disastrous 1965 tour during which the band spent as much time fighting onstage as playing music.



THURSDAY IN . . .

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


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

2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. Blondie and Talking Heads also found fame after performing at the club which helped launch US punk music. The venue first opened in December 1973, its full name CBGB OMFUG standing for "country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers".

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



WEDNESDAY IN . . .
2013, Madonna was banned from a US cinema chain after being accused of texting during a film. Attending the New York Film Festival screening of 12 Years a Slave, the 55-year-old was reportedly asked to stop texting by an audience member. Tim League, CEO of the Alamo Drafthouse chain, tweeted: "Until she apologizes to movie fans, Madonna is banned from watching movies at Alamo."

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

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

1966, Pink Floyd (who were paid £15 for the gig), The Move, Denny Laine, Soft Machine, Yoko Ono and a West Indian steel band all appeared at the launch for the International Times (which became the first and longest running British hippy paper), at London's Roundhouse. Beatle Paul McCartney attended the event in Arabian dress. The flyers for the evening stated: 'Bring your own poison, bring flowers & gass (sic) filled balloons'. Admission was 10 shillings (50p) on the door.




TUESDAY IN . . .

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

1946, Born on this day, Dan McCafferty, Nazareth (1973 UK No.9 single 'Broken Down Angel' and the superb 'Bad Bad Boy').


1940 – Cliff Richard (Harry Rodger Webb) is born in Lucknow, India.


2003 – Montreal punk rock fans destroy cars and smash windows after Total Chaos and the Exploited cancel a show. Members of the Exploited were refused admission to Canada.


2003 – Ozzy Osbourne seeks treatment for Parkinson’s Disease-like tremors and postpones a fall European tour, The veteran rock artist says in a statement, “I have been in Boston for the last three weeks, having medical tests for a tremor which has become markedly worse over the last two years.”



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

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

2004, The US Internal Revenue Service charged 63-year-old Ronald Isley, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, with tax evasion for failing to report income from royalties and performances by the band between 1997 and 2002. He was later found guilty and sentenced to three years in prison.

1947, Born on this day, Sammy Hagar, Montrose, Van Halen, solo 1984 hit with 'I Can't Drive 55'. He founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand and restaurant chain, as well as Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.

1992 – The U.S. Supreme Court turns down a request to reinstate a lawsuit against Ozzy Osbourne charging him with encouraging two teens to commit suicide.

1990 – Great English band the Stone Roses discover their former record company is planning on suing them for libel after they decorate Silvertone’s Wolverhampton offices with flung paint. The group also dumped a bucket of white paint over label boss Gary Birch, his girlfriend, and their Mercedes.



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

1978, Whilst living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York City, Sex Pistol Sid Vicious called the police to say that someone had stabbed his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. He was arrested and charged with murder and placed in the detox unit of a New York prison. Vicious died of a heroin overdose before the case went to trial.



1985, Ricky Wilson of the B-52s died of complications from aids. The B-52s had the 1990 UK No.2 & US No.3 single 'Love Shack'.

1948, Born on this day, Rick Parfitt, vocals, guitar, Status Quo (did nothing of note after 1976s 'Blue for You').

In Oct 1994, on their Division Bell tour, Pink Floyd played the first of a 15-night run at Earls Court, London, England. Less than a minute after the band had started playing "Shine On You Crazy Diamond", a scaffolding stand holding 1200 fans, collapsed, throwing hundreds of people 20 feet to the ground. It took over an hour to free everyone from the twisted wreckage, ninety-six people were injured, with 36 needing hospital treatment. Six were detained overnight with back, neck and rib injuries.
That was not the end of the story, however. The re-scheduled concert had traumatised fans being sat in exactly the same seats they'd had on the first night - giving them even more cause for complaint as it was reported that Earls Court were not giving due attention to claims for compensation for damaged clothing, time off work and medical bills. One good thing about this re-scheduled show for those in block 9 was that they were all given special t-shirts to 'commemorate' the incident and were all invited backstage after the show to meet all the band. The last word went to Floyd guitarist David Gilmour, who announced on stage: "If I were you, I'd sue somebody. Er, not me though..."


1991 – Nirvana’s album, “Nevermind” hits No. 1 on the Chart Toppers Album chart, going gold. The same day, Nirvana plays “Saturday Night Live.”

1997 – John Denver, whose 1970s hits including “Rocky Mountain High” and “Take Me Home, Country Roads” gained him millions of fans worldwide, is killed when his experimental plane crashes into Monterey Bay in Northern California. He is 53.


SATURDAY IN . . .
1967, The Doors appeared at Danbury High School, Danbury, Connecticut. Before the group came on stage an announcer told the audience not to leave their seats during the performance or they would be escorted out of the venue. There was also a beauty pageant just prior to The Doors coming on stage.
Later that same year when Ed Sullivan‘s producers booked The Doors to play their summer number one “Light My Fire” on the iconic Sunday night program, they forbade lead singer Jim Morrison from uttering the line “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” because of its drug connotations. But as the live TVs rolled, Jim sang the song as written (causing a priceless smirk from guitarist Robby Krieger). Sure it’s not very outrageous now, but it was shocking enough for Ed to ban them from his show for the rest of their all-too-short career. When an infuriated producer informed the Doors that they’d been blacklisted, Jim retorted: "Hey, man. We just did the Sullivan show!"

2003, Mojo magazine readers voted the studio session for Elvis Presley's debut single 'That's All Right' the most pivotal moment in rock history. Bob Dylan's switch from acoustic to electric guitars in 1965 came second, and 'White Riot, the debut single by The Clash released in 1977 was voted third.

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

1999, Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee was released on $5000 bail after facing charges relating to a riot at a gig in North Carolina in 1997. Lee allegedly incited the crowd to attack a guard and had also poured a drink over his head.

2006 – Singer Justin Hawkins announces that he has left British band the Darkness to continue his drug rehabilitation.

1988 – Ringo Starr and his wife, Barbara Bach, enter a Tucson, Ariz., rehab center to be treated for alcoholism.

1969 – The No. 1 album in America today is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Green River.

1962 – Born on this day, Andy McCoy, Hanoi Rocks (1984 UK No.61 single ‘Up Around The Bend’).


1946 – Born on this day, Gary Mallaber, drums, Steve Miller Band (1974 US No.1 & 1990 UK No.1 single ‘The Joker’).

1955 – Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash kicked off an eleven date tour of the Southern US states in Abilene, Texas.

2010 – Metal Fanzine’s Ken Kitt has uploaded multi-camera video footage of ACCEPT’s October 8, 2010 concert at the Agora in Cleveland, Ohio. The show, which also included performances by KING’S X and Cleveland’s own SHOK PARIS, was professionally filmed and recorded for possible future release.



FRIDAY IN . . .

1973 – Rod Stewart & The Faces and Rory Gallagher appeared at San Diego Sports Arena, San Diego. California.

2007, Sting topped a list of the worst lyricists ever, for such alleged sins as name-dropping Russian novelist Vladimir Nabokov in the Police tune "Don't Stand So Close to Me," quoting a Volvo bumper sticker ("If You Love Someone Set Them Free"), and co-opting the works of Chaucer, St. Augustine and Shakespeare. The survey in Blender magazine placed Rush drummer Neil Peart at No. 2, Creed frontman Scott Stapp at No. 3 and Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher at No. 4 saying Gallagher "seemed incapable of following a metaphor through a single line, let alone a whole verse."

1970 – Black Sabbath were at No.1 on the UK chart with their second album ‘Paranoid.’ The album is now regarded as one of the classic Heavy Metal albums.

1997 Brian Connolly, lead singer (Sweet), dies of heart failure at 52.

1978, The second Stiff Records UK tour kicked off featuring; Wreckless Eric, Jona Lewie, Rachel Sweet, Lene Lovich and Micky Jupp. The UK tour was undertaken by train, and then continued on to the USA without Jupp, who was afraid of flying.

1952, Born on this day, Sharon Osbourne, wife of Ozzy and star of MTV The Osbournes TV Show.

1955, Born on this day, David Lee Roth, vocals, Van Halen (Hot for Teacher - bloody classic!!).  ['I don't feel dirty']



THURSDAY IN . . .
1971, The Who played a small, low-key show at the University of Surrey, Guildford, with guest John Sebastian joining in on harmonica on ‘Magic Bus’  the only outside musician ever to jam with The Who on stage. Backstage, the group celebrated John Entwistle’s 27th birthday - he was born in 1944.

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

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


1981, During a North American tour The Rolling Stones played the first of two nights at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California. Support act was Prince, who dressed in his controversial bikini briefs and trench coat ran off stage after 15 minutes due to the crowd booing and throwing beer cans at him.


WEDNESDAY IN . . .
1948, Johnny Ramone [Cummings], was born today in Long Island, New York, American rock guitarist with The Ramones.

2010 – Anti-Fan Offers Weezer $10 Million to Stop Making Music. A Weezer anti-fan has launched an online campaign to stop the band from releasing another album – and he’s hoping to raise $10 million to silence them. James Burns, from Seattle, Washington claims he was inspired by friends who are fans of the “Buddy Holly” rockers but disappointed by their recent musical offerings – which he claims have failed to live up to their hit 1996 album “Pinkerton”.

1977 – Jimmy Page plays down rumors of a Led Zeppelin split at the band’s Swan Song offices. He lashes out at the press which accused him of dabbling in black magic.

1980 – Bob Marley collapses onstage in Pittsburgh during his last concert. He’s flown to New York where he enters Sloan-Kettering Hospital. Marley dies from a brain tumor in May 1981 after spending time recovering at a German clinic.




TUESDAY IN . . .
2009, Monkees vocalist Davy Jones ruled out ever reuniting with his former band mates after launching a scathing attack on each of his old pals in The National Enquirer. "It's not a case of dollars and cents. It's a case of satisfying yourself. I don't have anything to prove. The Monkees proved it for me."

2004, 53 year old Motley Crue guitarist Mick Mars had a hip replacement operation in a LA hospital.

2005, Boy George was arrested in New York after Police found traces of drugs in his apartment. George had called the police after he thought somebody was breaking into his apartment. When police arrived and made a search they found traces of cocaine on a computer table.


MONDAY IN . . .

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

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


1945, Born on this day, Robin Shaw, The Flowerpot Men (1967 UK No.4 single 'Let's Go to Francisco').  


1951 – REO Speedwagon singer Kevin Cronin is born in Evanston, Ill. this day in rock history!

2003 – One-time Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth drops his lawsuit against the band. Roth was seeking over $200,000 in unpaid royalties.


SUNDAY IN . . .
1947 – Brian Johnson is born on This Day in Rock Music History! Brian (born 5 October 1947) is an English singer and lyricist who has been the lead singer for the rock band AC/DC since 1980, and before that was frontman for Northern band Geordie.


1965, Johnny Cash was arrested crossing the Mexican border into El Paso, Texas after customs officials found 100s of pills in his guitar case. He received a suspended jail sentence and a $1,000 fine.



1968 – Here’s a wild package tour for you: The Who, Small Faces, Joe Cocker and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown begin their tour of the British Isles in London.

1954 – Bob Geldof is born in Dublin, Ireland. The singer/songwriter becomes a member of the Boomtown Rats. He is nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for organizing Band Aid, a British superstar benefit group that raised money for famine relief.



1966, Having moved to and living in London, England, Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell and Noel Redding played together for the first time - The Jimi Hendrix Experience were formed.

1999, Roger Daltrey announced that The Who were reforming, making their first performance in Las Vegas on Oct 29th.
The show was also to be broadcast live on the Internet.







SATURDAY IN . . .
1980, Winners in the Melody Makers readers poll included: Kate Bush who won Best female singer, Peter Gabriel won Best male singer, Best guitarist went to Ritchie Blackmore, Phil Collins won Best drummer, Genesis won Band of the year, Best single went to Pink Floyd for ‘Another Brick in The Wall’, and Saxon won brightest hope.


1968, On the first night of a UK club tour Led Zeppelin (billed as The Yardbirds featuring Jimmy Page), appeared at the Mayfair Ballroom, Newcastle upon Tyne, supported by Terry Reid's Fantasia, tickets cost 10s6d.

2005, Mike Gibbins, drummer with Badfinger, died in his sleep at the age of 56. Badfinger had the 1970 UK No.4 & US No.7 single 'Come And Get It'.

1970, Janis Joplin, rock singer (Down on Me), dies of a drug overdose at 27.

FRIDAY IN . . .
1978 – The members of Aerosmith bailed thirty fans out of jail after they had been arrested for smoking pot during an Aerosmith concert at the Fort Wayne Coliseum.


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


2011, According to new scientific research, Queen's We Are The Champions was found to be the catchiest song ever written. Musicologist Dr Alisun Pawley from the University of London, England, conducted research into what makes a song memorable and compiled a list of the ten "catchiest" songs of all time. YMCA by the Village People, Sum 41's Fat Lip, and Europe's The Final Countdown were also in the list.



THURSDAY IN . . .
1967, All six members of The Grateful Dead were busted by California narcotics agents for possession of marijuana at the group's 710 Ashbury Street House in San Francisco, California.


1970, Pink Floyd released their fifth, and first UK No.1 album Atom Heart Mother in the UK. The original album cover shows a cow standing in a pasture with no text, nor any other clue as to what might be on the record. Storm Thorgerson, inspired by Andy Warhol's famous ‘cow wallpaper,’ has said that he simply drove out into a rural area near Potters Bar, England and photographed the first cow he saw. The cow's owner identified her name as ‘Lulubelle III’.


1983 –  By reaching No. 7 in US with ‘Metal Health’, Quiet Riot achieve most successful debut LP in heavy metal history to date on this day.



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


1947, Born on this day, Rob Davis, guitar, Mud (1974 UK No.1 single 'Tiger Feet' plus 14 other UK Top 40 singles). Co- wrote the 2001 UK No.1 hit for Kylie Minogue, 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head'.

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TUESDAY
This day in 1947 – Marc Bolan (Marc Feld)
of T. Rex is born in London

Marc Bolan (born Mark Feld; 30 September 1947 – 16 September 1977) was an English singer, songwriter and guitarist whose hit singles, fashion sensibilities and stage presence with T.Rex in the early 1970s helped cultivate the glam rock era and made him one of the most recognisable stars in British music of the time.
Bolan and his producer Tony Visconti sorted out the session for “Ride a White Swan” and the single changed Bolan’s career almost overnight. Recorded on 1 July 1970 and released later that year, making slow progress in the UK Top 40, it finally peaked in early 1971 at No.2. Bolan and Visconti largely (and, in many ways, unwittingly) invented the style that would become glam rock and helped restore a brash and exciting feel, when rock bands had grown increasingly self-important.
In 1974, Bolan played guitar for Ike and Tina Turner. He appeared on Nutbush City Limits, Sexy Ida (Part II), and Baby Get It On. Bolan died on 16 September 1977, two weeks before his 30th birthday. He was a passenger in a purple Mini 1275GT (registration FOX 661L) driven by Gloria Jones as they headed home from Mortons drinking club and restaurant in Berkeley Square. Jones lost control of the car and it struck a sycamore tree after failing to negotiate a small humpback bridge near Gipsy Lane on Queens Ride, Barnes, southwest London. Bolan died instantly, while Jones suffered a broken arm and broken jaw and spent a short time in hospital. Neither were wearing seat belts. Bolan’s home, which was less than a mile away at 142 Upper Richmond Road West in East Sheen, was immediately looted.

MONDAY
THIS DAY IN 2008
NEW YORK—In a stunning reversal of their long-stated reluctance to take it, members of heavy-metal band Twisted Sister announced Monday that, after 24 years of fervent refusal, they are now willing to take it. “I acknowledge that we promised not to take it anymore, but things change. The world is a different place today, and with that in mind, we would like to go on record as saying that, starting right now, we are going to take it,” read a statement released by the band’s lead singer, Dee Snider. “To clarify, we would still prefer not to take it, but as of now, taking it is an option that we would be open to. That is all.”



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Blitzallica Festival featuring Diamond Head, The Amorettes, Dumpy's Rusty Nuts, Old Corpse Road, Holosade, The Side Project and more.

Saturday 25th October 2014
Shildon Civic Hall, Shildon, DL4 1AH

doors open 4pm
till late.

Tickets available from the venue priced £20.00 per ticket.



In support of
the Great North Air Ambulance