Classic Rock Almanac July 2, 2016


2005-Live 8 takes place in London, Rome, Berlin, Tokyo, Philadelphia and Barrie, Canada. The largest global concert event in history attracts approximately two-million people to see performances by U2, Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Elton John, Sting, Brian Wilson, Roxy Music, R.E.M., The Who, Green Day and many more.

2004-David Crosby pleads guilty to a gun possession charge in New York. He is fined $5,000 and given a conditional discharge — meaning he’ll spend time in jail if he gets arrested again.

2002-Sharon Osbourne reveals she’s been diagnosed with “a treatable form of cancer,” which is later confirmed to be colon cancer. As a result, the first two dates of Ozzfest are postponed.

1991-Guns n’ Roses singer W. Axl Rose provokes a riot during a concert outside of St. Louis when he jumps off stage to attack a fan who is videotaping the concert. Sixty people are hurt.

1991-Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers release their eighth studio album, Into the Great Wide Open. Like Petty’s previous album, his solo debut Full Moon Fever, he co-produces it with Jeff Lynne and Mike Campbell.

1981-Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band play the first-ever concert at the 21,000-seat Brendan Byrne Arena in New Jersey.

1976-Brian Wilson joins The Beach Boys onstage for the first time in 12 years, playing piano and singing “In My Room.” The next night’s show at the Oakland (California) Coliseum is taped for an NBC special that airs in August.

1969-Bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell quit The Jimi Hendrix Experience.

966-The Beach Boys‘ acclaimed but commercially disappointing Pet Sounds spends its only week in the Top 10 of Billboard‘s album chart.

1961-The Beatles leave Germany and return to Liverpool. Bassist Stu Sutcliffe elects to stay in Hamburg to study at the State College of Art.

1956-Elvis Presley records “Hound Dog,” “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Anyway You Want Me” in New York.


Roy Bittan – 67 years old
E Street Band keyboardist.  Born in 1949.

Murry Wilson – Died in 1973
Born in Kansas, the domineering, abusive father of Beach Boys Brian, Carl and Dennis Wilson (and uncle of Mike Love) managed the band in its early years and made a terrible deal to sell their publishing. A frustrated songwriter, he tried to compete with Brian by producing a sound-alike group. But The Sunrays never cracked the Top 30, while The Beach Boys continued on to a Hall of Fame career. When he died of a heart attack in 1973, The Beach Boys called him “a hard oyster-shell of a man, aggressively masking a pushover softness.”  Born in 1917.


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