From the Rockmine Almanac for today (23rd March):
1966. Marti Pellow (Wet Wet Wet) born Mark McLoughlin in Clydebank, Scotland.
1997. Marilyn Manson collapses onstage during a concert in Honolulu. Goldenvoice, the promoters issued the following statement, “The lead singer (Manson) obtained some type of injury while performing but we cannot specify if it was an accident or self inflicted”.
Some reports claim Manson was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery on a gashed artery while MTV go completely over the top and speculate that it was an onstage suicide attempt.
1998. At Leicester Magistrates Court, Mark Morrison is banned from driving for six months after being arrested while driving as an unsupervised learner. He is also fined £ 1,380 and ordered to pay £ 70 court costs.
Police had stopped the singer twice last year and booked him for driving without a licence or insurance. It wasn’t his first court appearance for this either. He’s already banned from driving and owes £ 350 in upaid fines for other motoring offences.
2001. Mike Saez, front man with Incantation is rushed to the emergency room after being stabbed while trying to break up a fight at New York’s Voodoo Lounge. Damage to his bicep and tendon means that the band will stop their “World Of Darkness” tour of the U.S.
It won’t be Saez’s only trip to the E.R. this month. He’ll be back in on March 27th with an inflamed pancreas and will need to be admitted for a three day stay in hospital.
1999. Later… With Jools Holland (BBC-2, U.K.) First show of series 13. Blur – “Tender”, “No Distance Left To Run”, “Bugman”; Wilco – “Can’t Stand It”, “I’m Always In Love”; Natacha Atlas – “Mahlabeya”, “One Brief Moment”; Van Morrison – “Back On Top”, “When The Leaves”, “Gloria”; Candi Statton – “Take My Hand Precious Lord”. Here’s Blur.
1995. Alan Barton, lead singer with Smokie, dies in a hospital in Colgne, Germany after suffering severe head injuries. He had been in a coma since the band’s tour bus overturned in an horrific crash.
Barton had been been lead singer with Smokie since 1986 when he replaced Chris Norman. Before that, he was best known as one half of the duo, Black Lace, whose anthemic party song “Agadoo” stayed 30 weeks on the U.K. singles chart and gave pop music a bad name.
Music Paper From Today
New Musical Express from 23rd March 1974, back in the days when papers could put the now disgraced Gary Glitter on their front pages. A copy taken from Rockmine’s almost complete run of U.K. music papers from the last 45 years.
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