From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 6th May):
1942. Colin Earl (Mungo Jerry) born in London, England.
1966. The Who start an Irish tour which includes Dublin’s National Stadium. Republican groups warn the band they are liable to be blown up if they take the stage wearing their customary Union Jack jackets. Luckily the band have ordered new jackets in the green, gold and white of the Irish flag. Police take the threats seriously enough to guard the group onstage and off.
1997. A judge in Newark, New Jersey grants an injunction filed by a lawyer acting for Marilyn Manson, Ozzy Osbourne and the promoters of Ozzfest that should force the Meadowlands Arena to allow the sale of tickets for the upcoming festival. The arena had refused to sell tickets or allow the show to go ahead unless Marilyn Manson was removed from the bill. There has been no announcement as to when tickets will be made available but its thought that Meadowlands will appeal.
1993. The Newbury bi-election to the British parliament is held. One of the candidates, Colin Palmer, standing for the 21st Century Party has based his political beliefs on the work of Pink Floyd. He is not elected.
1979. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Rory Gallagher; Frankie Miller & Band (Maifestspiele Wiesbaden). Here’s Rory with “Last Of The Independents”, a brief taste of just how brilliant the man was. Watch out for the bottleneck playing near the end and his fingerwork during it. This is electric blues guitar at its very best!
1969. Don Drummond (The Skatalites) dies in Bellevue Asylum, Kingston, Jamaica.
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