From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Thursday 26th June):
1893. Bluesman Big Bill Broonzy born William Lee Conley Broonzy in Scott, Mississippi.
1977. Elvis Presley plays Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. Unbeknown to Elvis or his fans, it will be his last concert.
… and in 2002. Twenty-five years after the event, a memorial is unveiled on the site of Elvis Presley’s last concert. The 58 inch high granite block with brass plaque stands on the site of Market Square Arena in Indianapolis. The arena was demolished on July 8th 2001 and its site is currently being used as a car park. The memorial contains a time capsule holding a scarf, Elvis’ last tour schedule and various other items. It is to be opened in 100 years. An error in measuring the space available meant that the capsule could not be lodged in the monument last night. Instead, it had to be sent to a welder to be reduced in size before it could be fitted this morning. Taking part in the dedication was Al Dvorin who was Elvis’ stage announcer for many years. Prior to giving a brief speech, he offered up his trademark announcement given at the end of any concert, “Elvis has left the building”.
2001. Howie Epstein, bassist with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and his girlfriend, country singer Carlene Carter are arrested in Albuquerque, New Mexico by State Police. The cops pull the couple over for speeding on Interstate 25 but that’s just the start of their problems.
A check shows that the vehicle, a 2001 Jeep Grand Cherokee was reported stolen from a dealership on March 15 and whilst searching it, 2.9 grams of black tar heroin and “a large amount of drug paraphernalia” is found. Carter told arresting officers that the drugs and related items were hers and “for personal use”. The couple were booked into Bernalillo County Detention Center on felony charges but released the next day after posting a bail bond.
2002. Billy Joel checks out of a substance abuse clinic and psychiatric hospital in Connecticut after 10 days treatment for reported alcohol abuse. People magazine reported that Joel entered the clinic as his Father’s Day gift to his 16-year-old daughter, Alexa.
1998. Rockpalast (WDR, Germany) Hazeldine; Matthew Ryan (Köln, Stadtgarten). Here’s Matthew Ryan with “Irrelevant”.
1979. Vernon Presley, Elvis’s father, dies at a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, aged 63. He’d been suffering from heart problems and had been hospitalized three times in the last seven months.
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