Classic Rock Almanac August 12, 2017

ANNIVERSARIES

2010-Little Feat drummer Richie Hayward dies of liver cancer at 64.

1995-Jerry Garcia‘s fans, friends and relatives hold a memorial for the late Grateful Dead guitarist at the Polo Fields in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

1994-Woodstock ’94 begins in Saugerties, New York. First-day acts at the three-day 25th-anniversary festival include Blues Traveler, Candlebox, Collective Soul, Sheryl Crow, Del Amitri, Jackyl, James, Kings X, Live and The Violent Femmes.

1989-The Rolling Stones preview their Steel Wheels tour for 700 people at Toad’s Place in New Haven, Connecticut. For a three-dollar cover charge, the Stones play 11 songs in a 56-minute set. Daryl Hall and Joey Ramone are in the crowd. Outside, the marquee reads “Rock Dance Party With the Cruiser.”

1987-The Ramones‘ third drummer, Richie Ramone, quits one day after his 30th birthday. He’s replaced by Blondie‘s Clem Burke (A-K-A Elvis Ramone) for three shows, then by his Ramones predecessor, Marky Ramone, who rejoins for another decade.

1981-Bob Dylan releases Shot of Love, which contains the song “The Groom’s Still Waiting at the Altar.”

1980-On the day Karen Nielsen gives birth to future Cheap Trick drummer Daxx Nielsen, his father Rick Nielsen and bandmates Bun E. Carlos and Tom Petersson are in New York, recording tracks (that were ultimately not used) for John Lennon’s Double Fantasy album.

1967-Fleetwood Mac makes its live debut at the National Jazz & Blues Festival in Windsor, England. The electric blues band had been assembled by guitarist Peter Green and drummer Mick Fleetwood, both late of John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers.

1967-The Doors open for Simon & Garfunkel at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in New York–and get an icy reaction from a crowd mainly comprised of S-&-G fans. Jim Morrison and company cut their set to just a half-hour, opening with “Break on Through” and concluding with “The End.” After taking the stage, Paul Simon admonishes the audience, noting how tough it can be for a new band trying to break in. Ray Manzarek recalls the show as one of the lowest points of his career.

1964-The Beatles‘ first movie, A Hard Day’s Night, opens at 500 theaters around the U-S.

BIRTHDAYS

Mark Knopfler – 68 years old
He was the lead singer and songwriter of Dire Straits. The British band made its U.S. chart debut with 1979’s “Sultans of Swing.” He now works solo, but also made an album with Emmylou Harris. Born 1949.

 

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