Classic Rock Almanac July 17, 2016


2011-20 minutes into Cheap Trick‘s set at the Ottawa Bluesfest in Canada, a violent storm causes the stage to collapse. The band gets off the stage safely and no one is trapped underneath.

2009-Paul McCartney is the first artist to perform at Citi Field in New York, built on the site of Shea Stadium, where The Beatles first performed in 1965. Billy Joel, who closed Shea in 2008 with a guest appearance by McCartney, returns the favor, joining in for “I Saw Her Standing There.”

2006-Pink Floyd‘s original guitarist Syd Barrett is laid to rest in a private ceremony in his hometown of Cambridge, England. No Floyd members attend. Barrett had died ten days earlier.

1986-Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards signs a solo deal with Virgin Records.

1976-Heart‘s “Magic Man” single is released.

1976-The Beach Boys, with “Rock and Roll Music,” and The Beatles, thanks to the re-release of “Got to Get You Into My Life,” are together in the Top 10 for the first time since September 1966.

1974-The Moody Blues open their own studio, the first designed for quadraphonic recording, in London.

1971-Creedence Clearwater Revival perform at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York. Bo Diddley and Tower of Power are the opening acts.

1967-The Beatles‘ “All You Need Is Love” is released in the U-S, 10 days after going on sale in Britain.

1965-“Here Comes the Night,” by Them, the Belfast group led by Van Morrison, peaks at number-24 on the Billboard Hot 100.


P. J. Soles (Pamela Jane Hardon) – 61 years old
The actress who starred in The RamonesRock’N’Roll High School movie also appeared in the horror classics Carrie and Halloween. Her last name comes from her first marriage, to musician Steven Soles, who played bass in Bob Dylan‘s Rolling Thunder Revue. Born in 1955.

Chet McCracken – 64 years old
Ex-Doobie Brothers drummer. Born in 1952.

Geezer Butler (Terence Michael Joseph Butler) – 67 years old
Black Sabbath/Geezer/Heaven and Hell bassist. Born in 1949.

Ron Asheton – Died in 2009
The guitarist (and, for a while, bassist) of The Stooges and Iggy & the Stooges died of a heart attack at 60 in January 2009. He was found in bed at his Ann Arbor, Michigan home. Born in 1948.



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