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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 29th July):

Birth

1953. Geddy Lee (Rush) born Gary Lee Weinrib in Toronto, Canada.

On Stage

1996. The Pogues play their last ever gig in front of 300 mourning fans at The Dome in London. In deference to the occasion Shane MacGowan is poured onto the stage with the band that sacked him. He manages one song before stumbling off stage with the words, “Goodbye forever, thank Christ for that”.

In Custody

1973. Shortly before Led Zeppelin are due onstage at New York’s Madison Square Gardens, road manager Richard Coles discoveres that $ 180,000 is missing from their safety deposit box at the city’s Drake Hotel. After the gig, the band are taken to a party hosted by Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun where they are presented with gold discs for “Houses Of The Holy”. When they do get back to the hotel, manager Peter Grant is arrested for assaulting New York Daily News photographer Charles Ruppermann.

In Court

1986. Boy George appears at Marylebone Magistrates’ Court, charged with possessing an unspecified quantity of heroin. He’s fined £ 250. Mr. Geoffrey Neil, presiding, told him, “I think it’s right to say that you faced up to this charge manfully. It is quite clear that you started to attempt to act on this matter long before the police raid”.

During a live TV interview later in the day, George said, “I have had letters from kids that made me feel so ashamed. I don’t want to say I have an excuse, I don’t … I started taking it a long, long time ago, casually. One day you wake up and you realise it is a problem”. He told another television interviewer that he pleaded guilty so that police could convict the dealers that supplied him.

On Television

1977. The Midnight Special (NBC, U.S.A.) 210. Hosts: KC & The Sunshine Band. Guests: The Bay City Rollers, The Emotions, Peter McCann, Willie Nelson (Tribute) Flora Purim, Cat Stevens (music video). Here are KC & The Sunshine Band with “I’m Your Boogie Man”. 3m 58s.

Death

1988. Country session guitarist Pete Drake dies aged 55.

 

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From the Rockmine Almanac for today (Tuesday 8th July):

Birth

1961. Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode) born in Basildon, Essex.

On Tour

1999. Tonight’s Celine Dion concert at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium is slated in the press after it’s revealed that 12 children from the city who took part in the concert had to beg for free passes to the show.

Although it’s thought that the singer, who visited the children’s dressing room and signed autographs for them, knew nothing about it, the promoter insisted parents had to pay £ 35 each if they wanted to see the children on stage. Those who refused were only allowed to hear the performance.

In Custody

1986. Boy George‘s brother, Kevin O’Dowd, and pop singer Marilyn are arrested and charged after a series of morning raids by Paddington Green drugs squad officers. Kevin O’Dowd is charged, along with Anna Tinmaung, Steven Luben and Diane Fiener, with conspiring to supply Boy George with heroin. Marilyn is charged with unlawful possession of heroin.

Culture Club drummer, John Moss is arrested but released without charge after questioning. Another of George’s friends, the flamboyant nightclub owner, Phil Sallon, is also taken to Paddington Green but later released without charge. The whereabouts of Boy George are unknown. It’s thought he’s travelling to New York or is already there. The five who have been charged will appear in Marylebone Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

In Court

1974. Sonny & Cher‘s divorce wrangles, which are continuing in the courtroom and the full glare of the media, take a bizzare turn today. Sonny is recording in the studio in town when Cher moves back into the couple’s Holmby Hills mansion.

Sonny has already told the court that her return would interfere with his work and day to day living but this isn’t Cher coming back to share. She moves in with daughter Chastity, a secretary, a bodyguard and her new boyfriend, David Geffen. Sonny gives in and takes up residence at The Beverly Hills Hotel. As for the divorce? It won’t be finalised until June 26th next year!

On Television

1992. Late Night With David Letterman (CBS, U.S.A.) Show #1655. Musical guest: Lindsey Buckingham with “Countdown”.

Death

1991. Orchestra leader Geoff Love (Manuel And His Music Of The Mountains) dies aged 73.

 

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