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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 31st May):

Birth

1947. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) born in Redditch, England.

On Tour

2002. Garbage drummer Butch Vig is not behind his kit as the band take to the stage in San Diego. Accoring to the band’s website, he’s suffering from “an acute inner ear infection causing painful sensitivity to sound”. His palce is being taken for the next few dates by session drummer Matt Chamberlain, who has workwed with Fiona Apple and Tori Amos among others.

In Court

2000. Video director and songwriter, Rene Elizondo, files for divorce from Janet Jackson. The legal move shocked fans of the singer as no-one outside close family and friends knew she was married. The couple had managed to keep the secret for nine years following a private wedding service in their San Diego home in 1991 but had actually been living together for 14 years!

In a statement, Jackson said the secrecy had been to allow the couple to have “a family life”. Elizondo, who directed several of his wife’s promo videos and contributed to nearly 30 of her songs, is said to be contesting some parts of the couple’s pre-nuptial agreement

In Hospital

2000. Celine Dion‘s husband, Rene Angelil, announces that the singer has undergone two small operations in the last few days. The surgery, at a fertility clinic in New York, was to improve her chances of becoming pregnant. Angelil said his wife was not pregnant yet but they are hoping to hear otherwise by June 10th.

On Television

1967. The Mike Douglas Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 933. Guests include rock ‘n roll band Every Mother’s Son. Here they are with “Come On Down To My Boat”.

In Church

1991. Wet Wet Wet drummer Tom Cunningham, 26, marries Elaine Gallacher, 25, at St. Andrews Cathedral, Glasgow. Wedding day nerves got the better of Tommy as he dropped the ring on the floor of the cathedral before the couple exchanged vows. 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 30th May):

Birth

1955. Nicky “Topper” Headon (The Clash) born in Bromley, Kent.

Not On Tour

1997. Neil Young announces that he’s postponing his forthcoming five-week tour of Europe after injuring himself at home. The guitar legend had made himself a sandwich and was slicing it in half when he cut the top off a finger. Doctors have ordered him not to play for a month to allow the damaged digit to heal.

In Court

2000. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) is back in Malibu Superior Court for a release hearing following five days in the county jail for violating parole. Judge Lawrence Mira warned him that unless he sticks rigidly to his parole conditions he’ll go back to jail. Lee will return to court on September 5th for a progress report. Meanwhile, he’ll join the rest of the band in Amsterdam on June 4th at the start of their “Methods Of Mayhem” European tour which had been threatened by his imprisonment.

In Politics

1969. The Doors‘ movie, “Feast Of Friends” is screened as part of a benefit for Norman Mailer’s campaign for New York mayor. Jim Morrison also gives a reading of “An American Prayer” and later runs through some blues standards with Robbie Krieger.

On Television

1970. Beat Club (WDR, West Germany) 55: Black SabbathRare BirdJody GrindBlodwyn Pig,RenaissanceCanned Heat.

Death

1993. Jazz composer Sun Ra dies in Birmingham, Alabama, several months after being hospitalised with a stroke.

Babble

Despite promising a babble that included links to new and updated pages on Rockmine, I haven’t got them finished. The moment I do, I’ll be back with more details.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 29th May):

Birth

1949. Francis Rossi (Status Quo) born Francis Dominic Nicholas Michael Rossi in Forest Hill, London.

On Tour

1990. NWA appear at Birmingham’s Hummingbird Club with a strict warning that they’ll be arrested if the show gets out of hand. They drop the use of starting pistols (which its felt will cause panic if they’re fired) and cut the song “Fuck The Police” from the set. The situation’s been stirred up by local councillor Alan Blumenthal who tried to have Public Enemy’s show at the venue earlier in the year cancelled.

In Court

1969. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull (charged as Marianne Evelyn Dunbar) make a 20 second appearance at Marylebone Magistrate’s Court charged with possession of cannabis following their arrest yesterday. The couple are remanded on bail until June 23.

In Hospital

1965. Bob Dylan is discharged from St. Mary’s Hospital in London and returns to the city’s Savoy Hotel.

On Television

1968. The Mike Douglas Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) 1183. Guests are The Beach Boys. Here they are with “Never Learn Not To Love”.

Death

1997. Jeff Buckley drowns in the Mississippi river while swimming with a friend off Mud Island in Memphis, Tennessee.

Babble

I’m back up in Elgin today. I still think the idea of a rock memorabilia exhibition in the Two Red Shoes Ballroom is a great one but it seems it’s not to be. I can’t get my head around why the owners of the venue (now called Red Shoes Theatre) are totally upbeat and positive when I come to see them and seem to forget about the exhibition totally when I’ve gone. Very much a case of “out of sight, out of mind”. I realise they’re busy and may have genuine hassles with their insurers but I only get contacted after pestering them. It would have been so much easier if they’d never said they were interested.

I know I’m moaning about this but here’s a place that played host to The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd and many more and I’m not getting to play in it. One of the ideas I’d had for the private view was a couple of old style microphones on the stage and a drum kit with The Beatles logo. A couple of tight spotlights, some genuine 1963 live tapes and it could have been the perfect atmosphere. Oh well, such is life. I’m just going to have to get my memorabilia on-line instead.

With that in mind, I’ve decided to ditch the Garage sale using eBay. I just hadn’t had time. It takes so long to get anything listed, it drives me mad. The day before I went off on holiday to Egypt I sold two things but didn’t get them out until after I got back. eBay clearly states that you should allow 14 days but although I was within that time the guy who bought both items gave me two neutral feedbacks. Then I had one guy in Australia who paid UK signed for postage. I mailed him to say that I’d have to send it standard air mail and he gave me a negative feedback. Three items out of seven or eight in the last few months and suddenly I have a 62% satisfaction rating! And to make matters worse they’ve stopped the chance of sellers leaving neutral or negative feedback for buyers.

I am worried that if I start selling on Rockmine it might be seen as a signal that I’m becoming overly commercial. The bottom line is that Rockmine is a commercial archive. the web site has always been advert free and will remain that way. The free access element is as much a way of promoting the business aspect of Rockmine as anything.

So, although there are changes coming, I don’t think it will change the ethos behind the site. It’s been here since 1995 and I want to see it growing and flourishing. To that end, as well as getting a sales section up in the coming weeks, I’ll be adding an “Ask Rockmine” section. Anyone with a question can post it and pay a nominal sum to have it answered – as long as it’s a private individual. If I can’t answer the question, I’ll post it here and on Rockmine and see it other users can answer the question. If I don’t, needless to say, there will be no charge. If the question relates to a commercial project then the charge will be higher.

Okay, enough rant for today. I’ll be back tomorrow with news of a number of page revamps and other updates.

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Wednesday 28th May):

Birth

1910. Blues guitarist T-Bone Walker born Aaron Thibeaux Walker in Linden, Texas.

In Custody

1969. Mick Jagger and Marianne Faithfull are arrested at Mick’s house in Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London. The couple are taken to Chelsea police station where they are charged with possessing cannabis before being released on £ 50 bail each. They are due to appear in Marylebone Magistrate’s Court tomorrow.

In Court

1998. Journalist Belissa Cohen files a lawsuit against Courtney Love at Los Angeles County Superior Court. The suit follows an incident last month when Cohen tried to take a photograph of Love at a fashion show they were attending. Before she was able to snap her picture, Courtney is alleged to have grabbed Cohen’s hair, kneed her in the groin and hit her in the face.

It’s alleged that after the incident, Courtney said, “I just hit Belissa Cohen, and it felt so good”. The suit seeks undisclosed damages.

In Hospital

1971. David Bowie‘s wife Angie gives birth to a son, Duncan Zowie Haywood Bowie in Bromley hospital.

On Television

2004. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 19.4. Ash; P.J. Harvey; Kanye West; John Martyn; Amp Fiddler; Tinariwen. Here’s John Martyn with “Johnny Too Bad”.

Death

1981. Jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams (born Mary Elfrieda Scruggs) dies of cancer in Dyrham, North Carolina aged 71.

Babble

I was pleased to see just how many clips YouTube had of John Martyn – 375 in total. The man has always been one of our most gifted and underrated singer-songwriters but suffers from what seems to be a huge self-destruct streak. I often wonder how much he’s haunted by the spectre of Nick Drake with whom he shared a room at Cambridge.

John was Chris Blackwell’s first white signing to Island Records but somehow he was eclipsed by the tragedy of Drake’s death and subsequent elevation of Nick to folk deity. Life hasn’t been a bed of roses for John and the loss of a leg in recent years may well have destroyed lesser men but he is a giant in British music. If you don’t know about him, he need to!

Everyone who’s ever met John will have an anecdote about him but mine has a piece of video tape to go with it. John had been playing Edinburgh’s Usher Hall where he was one of the acts during an Ethiopia benefit. He was as they say, “tired and emotional” and decided that he’d like to join in with the final act. Closing the show were Jack Bruce, Rory Gallagher, Charlie Watts and Ian Stewart.

I was standing in Radio Clyde’s mobile recording studio outside listening to the live sound. All of a sudden, all we could hear was distortion on the guitar channel. It was John, he’d plugged himself in to Rory’s amp and was starting to join in. There was a monitor in the mobile and I could see John standing at the back of the stage. A moment later, the sound went dead and John was lying on the floor. Rory’s roadie had dealt with the sound problem with immediate force. I’m sure I can remember seeing John’s feet disappearing as someone dragged him out of view but my memory may not be accurate.

What I need to do is dig out the video and maybe even think about making it the 376th John Martyn clip on YouTube!

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 27th May):

Birth

1957. Siouxsie Sioux (Siouxsie And The Banshees) born Susan Dallion in London, England.

On Tour

1990. The Stone Roses play a mega-rave at Spike Island near Widnes for 30,000 fans. 400 people are treated on site for minor injuries, 27 are hospitalised and five are kept in overnight. One person dies from a heart attack. There are only four arrests – three for drugs and one for public order offences..

In Court

1997. Judge David Horowitz rules in favour of Pamela Anderson Lee, wife of Motley Crue‘s drummer Tommy, at the end of a trial brought against her by The Private Movie Company who had sued the star for $ 5 million claiming breach of contract. The suit alleged that Pamela had agreed to star in a Shoiwtime cable TV movie entitled, “Hello, She Lied”. The company also alleged that had the ex-Baywatch star gone ahead with the movie, the company would have made more than $ 5 million in overseas sales. As it was they just broke even on the project.

In Hospital

1969. Cilla Black gives herself an unusual 26th birthday present – a new nose. The new look smaller nose was constructed by plastic surgeons during an operation at Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, Sussex. The singer had complained last year of how large her nose looked every time she saw herself on television and decided to do something about it.

On Television

1972. Disco (ZDF, West Germany) 16. Tony Marshall – Komm, gib mir deine Hand; Hollies – The baby; New Seekers – Beg, steal or borrow; Su Kramer – Holy Moses; Heino – Carnavalin Rio; Uriah Heep – Wizard; Inga + Wolf – Gute Nacht, Freunde; Tony Christie – Don’t go down to Reno; Vicky Leandros – Apès toi, Dann kamst du; Chicory Tip – What’s your name?. Here are Uriah Heep!

Death

2001. Jazz writer, producer and publicist, Helen Oakley Dance (who worked with Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and many more) dies from complications following a heart attack, aged 88.

Babble.

The Rockmine update/upgrade continues. Today. I got the Legal Document Archive on-line. It’s a fascinating mixture of court papers covering criminal cases, debt, divorce and probate along with police files, coroner’s reports and even accident investigations. I’ve always been fascinated by legal documents and they’re often ignored.

I’ve sold stories to the national and international press that people just never saw buried in the dry and boring text. One was the K.G.B. plan to kill Elvis Presley which was in the 2,000 pages that the F.B.I. released. The other, was a “Complaint For Sexual Battery; Battery; Seduction; Willful Misconduct; Intentional Infliction Of Emotional Distress; Fraud And Negligence” brought by one J. Chandler against Michael Jackson. It was in the middle of a file of divorce papers relating to Michael’s marriage to Lisa Marie Presley.

Needless to say, my inventory is more than a little out of date, so there’s still more to add to it. As all the dates are really important and play a part in The Almanac, I’ve removed them along with the exact court or county cherk’s office the papers came from. It is meant to be a commercial resource after all.

Although today had been scheduled for sending out invites and press releases for my memorabilia exhibition at the Red Shoes Theatre in Elgin, I’m still no wiser as to whether the event is going ahead. It seems the theatre, once better known as the Two Red Shoes Ballroom, is unable to get insurance cover for anything hung on the walls of their cafe. I don’t think I’ve EVER been in a theatre that didn’t have some sort of exhibition going on and they must have insurance for it. What worries me most is that reference keeps being made to trying to get an extension to their public liability policy, which may well mean that’s the only insurance they have. I certainly hope that’s not the case.

One of the things I’d aimed to do to tie in with the exhibition was a list of all the gigs staged at the venue. It would be a quirky adjunct to The Almanac’s live listing which has all the dates for The Marquee, The Fillmores, The Cavern and many more. The adverts and pop columns in the local paper are fascinating and would make a great display in the theatre to celebrate its past. I’ve only had a couple of days in the local Heritage Centre but was stunned to find they had all the local papers on microfiche and real copies in storage that were available for photocopying. I’m going to book some more hard copies in the hope that I can get some time to finish this list, regardless of what happens to the exhibition.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Monday 26th May):

Birth

1959. Wayne Hussey (The Mission) born Jerry Lovelock in Bristol, England.

On Tour

1997. U2 have a few hours to kill before their PopMart show at Washington’s RFK Stadium, so they pop in to see President Bill Clinton. For more than an hour the band and Bill talked about the Northern Ireland peace talks, Bosnia and the imprisoned American Indian activist, Leonard Peltier. Unfortunately the President couldn’t make it to the gig as he was heading to Europe for a NATO meeting but daughter Chelsea and some friends stood in for him. The gig itself wasn’t without problems. The massive video screen and some of the lighting rig were damaged by severe thunderstorms the night before. The screen will be staying in D.C. for three days of repairs. Coincidentally, the gig was number 13 on the tour.

In Court

2000. Tommy Lee (Motley Crue) is sent to the county jail for five days after appearing in Malibu Superior Court for violating parole by drinking alcohol. Judge Lawrence Mira, presiding, also extended his parole until May 26th 2003 and reinstated random drug and alcohol testing. Lee will also have to enrole in alcoholics anonymous. That said, it could have been far worse. The judge had the option of jailing him for up to three years.

In Hospital

1965. Bob Dylan is admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital in London after spending several days confined to his bed at the city’s Savoy Hotel. He’s diagnosed as suffering from a viral infection that would respond more readily to treatment in hospital.

On Television

1965. Shindig (ABC, U.S.A.) – The Rolling Stones; Howlin’ Wolf; Sonny & Cher; Jackie DeShannon. Here are Brian Jones and Mick Jagger indtroducing Howlin’ Wolf and “How Many More Years”.

Death

1968. R&B artist Little Willie John (“Fever”, “Need Your Love So Bad”) dies in prison in Walla Walla, Washington. In 1966 he stabbed a railroad worker and was found guilty of manslaughter.

 

Babble

Before the weekend I’d been working on revamping the archive part of Rockmine. My intention had been to keep the free public archive material but get an up-to-date listing of what’s actually in the archive on-line. Needless to say, things are never as easy as they might seem. A list of the music papers in the archive seemed to be a manageable task and would take less than a day. How wrong could I be!

My OCD compulsion for listing everything meant I knew I had an inventory of papers but it was at least 6 months old and you wouldn’t believe how many piles of wood-pulp can accumulate in that time. Then, of course, came the realisation that there were dozens of titles not on the list. Despite that, I’ve decided to put the list up. Here’s the link for it.

At the same time, I’m slowly trying to roll out CSS over the site. On a lot of pages the HTML is fine and totally standard compliant but I’m not sure changing some layouts to CSS would be seen the same by all browsers. It’s a long project but I will get it done!   

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 25th May):

Birth

1943. Jessi Colter born Miriam Johnson in Phoenix, Arizona. Originally Colter worked under her real name. She took Jessi Colter as her stage name after her second marriage to Waylon Jennings (her first was to Duane Eddy). It was the name of her great-great-great uncle who was a member of Jesse James outlaw gang.

On Stage

1960. The Cavern Club stages its first beat night in a break from its regular jazz gigs. Until today, beat and before that, skiffle had only been seen in the club during lunchtime sessions. The opening beat combo was local band, Rory Storm And The Hurricanes featuring Ringo Starr on drums.

In Court

1937. Elvis Presley‘s father, Vernon, is sentenced to three years in Parchman Farm prison for forgery along with Gladys’ brother and another man. After the sentence farmer Orville Bean, who’d advanced Vernon $ 180 to build his house in 1934, called in his loan. Gladys and the three-year-old Elvis were forced out.

In Politics

2000. Sheryl Crow testifies to a House Of Representatives Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property. She was arguing on behalf of a number of recording stars (Fleetwood Mac, Don Henley and Billy Joel) who are all protesting an ammendment to the 1976 Copyright Act. The new act considers recordings to be “works for hire” and the property of the record company. This will scrap rights musicians have to the masters of their recordings after 35 years. Also on hand were Mary Chapin Carpenter , Deana Carter and Ronnie Spector. Don Henley, who was not present, was lambasted by committee chairman Howard Coble who said, “I hope you get Carpal Tunnel Syndrome from counting all the money you make compliments of the Copyright Act.

On Television

1995. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) 5.4. Paul Weller – “Woodcutter’s Son”; “You Do Something /to Me”; “Wings of Speed, Walk On Gilded Splinters”; Supergrass – “Alright”; “Caught by The Fuzz”; Baaba Maal – “African Woman”; “Sidiki”; The Vulgar Boatmen - “Wide Awake”; “Heartbeat”; Joan Armatrading – “Back On The Road”; “Merchant of Love”; Scott Walker – “Rosary”. Here’s the Mod Father with “Woodcutter’s Son”.

Death

1992. Khalil Rountree, tour manager for Boyz II Men is shot dead in a Chicago hotel where he and the band are staying while on tour with Hammer.

 

Babble
 
It’s been an interesting few days. I’ve been looking for places to stage a memorabilia exhibition and visiting a variety of possible venues. One, which tickled my fancy, was the Moray Arts Centre at the Findhorn Foundation. For a place well known for its weirdness I felt a bit disappointed. My first stop, the foundation’s cafe, was surprisingly middle-class with copies of all the establishment newspapers for the customers to peruse in an atmosphere more reminiscennt of chic Chelsea coffee house rather than radical counter-culture.

What surprised me most, however, was the fact that I was being stared at. A group of German tourists, possibly on a break during their guided tour, wouldn’t take their eyes off me. Here I was, in what I’d always considered to be the hippiest of all places in the U.K. and I’d become a temporary exhibit. To satisfy my curiosity, I have to admit I had a wander through the Scandinavian suburbia of the eco village that mixed converted sheds with vast and hugely expensive state of the art houses but I still couldn’t find anyone that looked like they belonged with the eco warriors. There was one guy with a neatly trimmed beard and short pony-tail who looked like a polytechnic professor on his day off and a delightful woman of early middle age in a perfect pastiche of carpet and curtains. Dressed totally in black with my grey, chest-long locks blowing in the breeze, I felt totally out of place.

Anyway, when I did eventually make it to the Moary Arts Centre, the first thing I saw were posters for an upcoming exhibition of John Byrne‘s paintings. John, who is a hugely talented playwright, is steeped in rock music. His seminal series for BBC in the 1980′s, Tutti Frutti, charted the highs and lows of a band struggling to break into the big time. He also had an alter-ego, Patrick, whose work adorned the covers of Stealers Wheel and Gerry Rafferty albums in the seventies.

It seemed totally sensible for me to ask if I could get a poster to put up here and on Rockmine to publicise the exhibition and to ask if I could get an invite for the private view, to review it. I was told that the posters were only for sale during the exhibition, if they had any left and as they clearly carried a copyright mark, could not be reproduced. There was me actively offering to help promote the event and I was getting that! As for an invite to the private view, they were for people who mattered. Needless to say, I walked out without even raising the issue of an exhibition.

I’m not sure what part the caravan park plays in the Findhorn community but as I drove out past the village shop I pondered what would’ve happened if Tommy’s Holiday Camp had been left for thirty-odd years. I may well go back; but I might wait till I’ve cut my hair and got a suit so I blend in a bit more.

They may not want me to publicise the exhibition but I can share some of Patrick’s work with you. Here’s the cover for Gerry Rafferty’s “Night Owl”, signed by the man himself.

 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Saturday 24th May):

Birth

1941. Bob Dylan born Robert Allen Zimmerman in Duluth, Minnesota.

On Stage

1957. John Lennon and his band, The Quarrymen, play their first live date on the back of a lorry at a street party in Liverpool’s Rose Street as part of Empire Day celebrations.

In Court

2000. Roberta Catherine Rasp (47) appears in Santa Monica Superior Court facing charges of stalking, making terrorist threats and extortion. The charges follow a criminal complaint filed by Jackson Brown who alleges that because of her stalking and harassment he fears for his safety and that of his family. Rasp pleaded innocent but as she was unable to raise $ 150,000 bail was remanded to jail. As the charges relate to felony offences, Rasp could face between 16 months and 3 years in prison on each of the five counts.

In Hospital

2002. Bono and U.S. Treasury Secretary Paul O’Neill visit the prenatal HIV clinic at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwaneth Hospital in South Africa. The two men are in the country on a fact-finding tour but hope the publicity they’re attracting will bring worldwide attention to the problem of AIDS in Africa.

On Television

2005. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS, U.S.A.) 89. Guests include: Alice Cooper.

Death

1974. Duke Ellington (born Edward Kennedy Ellington) dies of cancer in New York.

 

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Friday 23rd May):

Birth

1974. Jewel born Jewel Kilcher in Payson, Utah.

On Tour

1974. The Who play Portsmouth’s Guildhall. The gig is a “thank you” to all the Portsmouth Polytechnic students who acted as extras for the film, “Tommy”.

In Court

1997. Trauma Records files a $ 100 million lawsuit for damages in Los Angeles Superior Court against Interscope regarding No Doubt. The suit alleges negligent misrepresentation, termination of a contract and extortion. Interscope had signed No Doubt in the early ‘nineties and after two commercial flops, dumped the band on Trauma – a small indie label they distribute. When No Doubt hit the big time selling more than 7 million copies in the U.S. of the Trauma-Interscope labelled album, “Tragic Kingdom” – Interscope looked for a way to sideline Trauma. The lawsuit was instigated when Interscope threatened to cut off royalty payments and marketing fees if the band wasn’t returned to them.

In Hospital

1976. Midge Ure (Slik) is injured in a minor car accident in Glasgow. The windscreen of the car he’s travelling in shatters and he tears the tendons in his wrist as he raises his hand to shield his face. The band’s U.K. tour, due to start on June 1st is now being rescheduled.

On Television

1983. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) First show of season 2. Musical guest: Barry White. Here’s Letterman with Barry White and “Camping With Barry White”.

Death

1991. William Sinnott (The Shamen) drowns off the coast of Gomera in the Canary Islands.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 22nd May):

Birth

1924. Charles Aznavour born Shahnour Aznavurjan in Paris, France.

On Tour

1955. Tonight’s show by Fats Domino at Bridgeport, Connecticut is cancelled by local police worried about the rioting there’s been at rock and roll shows in the state.

In Court

1997. Video director Marty Callner files a lawsuit for nearly $ 500,000 against Aerosmith. Callner, who has directed 13 videos for the band, alleges that he was hired to do another and then sacked having worked on the project for a month and run up $ 150,000 in pre-production costs. The band’s manager, Wendy Layster says they didn’t like what they’d seen so far. Callner, however, counters with a claim that the band changed their concept without telling him.

In Hospital

2002. Alien Ant Farm‘s tour bus is involved in a crash during their tour of Spain. Singer Dryden Mitchell, guitarist Terry Corso, bassist Tye Zamora and drummer Mike Cosgrove along with six crew members are taken to hospital with injuries. The driver of the bus was unfortunately killed. The crash happened on a road near Navalmoral de la Mata, west of Madrid, when the bus hit a stationary truck.

On Television

2006. The Ellen DeGeneres Show (Syndicated, U.S.A.) Special. Guests include: The Pussycat Dolls with “Buttons”.

In Parliament

2002. Peter Bradley M.P. presents an early day motion to the House Of Commons to have parliament acknowledge Love‘s album, “Forver Changes” as the greatest rock album of all time. His motion, which was signed by 8 other M.P.s reads as follows:

“That this House pays tribute to the legendary Arthur Lee, also known as Arthurly, frontman and inspiration of Love, the world’s greatest rock band and creators of Forever Changes, the greatest album of all time; notes that following his release from jail he is currently touring Europe; and urges honourable and especially Right honourable Members to consider the potential benefit to their constituents if they were, with the indulgence of their whips, to lighten up and tune in to one of his forthcoming British gigs.”

Like most early day motions, this one was squeezed out of being debated by the pressure of other business.

 

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