Today In Music, May 18th

From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Sunday 18th May):


1957. Michael Cretu (Enigma) born in Bucharest, Romania.

On Tour

1964. A full scale riot explodes when an estimated 4,000 fans, many with forged tickets, turn up for The Rolling Stones‘ appearance at Chantinghall Hotel in Hamilton, Scotland. More than 300 are treated by ambulancemen.

In Custody

2000. Movie director Guy Ritchie is arrested in the early hours of the morning. He’s alleged to have assaulted a 20-year-old man outside home he shares with his girlfriend, Madonna in the Kensington district of London. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said the victim, who suffered minor injuries, was believed to be an over eager fan of Madonna. It’s not thought that the singer, who is 5 months preganant with the couple’s child, was involved.

In Hospital

1992. Charlie Watts slips on a polished floor at home and fractures his left elbow. As a result, the German leg of The Rolling Stones European tour is cancelled.

On Television

2002 Rockpalast WDR Germany Neil Young; Jamiroquai; Natalie Merchant; Gomez; Jan Josef Liefers; Muse; Tocotronic; Starsailor; Element Of Crime; Sportfreunde Stiller; Wilco; Readymade; Doves; Mull Historical Society (Rock Am Ring, Nürburgring). Here’s the godfather of grunge, Neil Young, with a blistering version of “All Along The Watchtower”.


1980. Ian Curtis (Joy Division) hangs himself at his home in Macclesfield, England aged 23.


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