Ringo rejoined The Beatles just in time for thier Melbourne, Australia show tonight in 1964, ending stand-in drummer Jimmie Nicol’s 8-show run as a Beatle. Ringo had his tonsils removed, and missed the first part of their trip down under. They saved some Vegemite for him.
The Doors played the first of three weeks at a hipster nightclub called “The Scene” in Hell’s Kitchen New York City tonight in 1967, the biggest draw in the history of the club. A big hang out for rock stars, in the audience that night was photographer and the future Mrs. McCartney Linda Eastman, and a band that had played there for the first time a week and a half before: The Jimi Hendrix Experience. Jimi would become a regular, often playing in late night jam sessions. Run by 23 year old Steve Paul who strictly controlled admission much the way Studio 54 did a decade later, the club closed in 1970 after Steve refused to pay the New York mafia protection money, according to the Velvet Underground’s Sterling Morrison (No relation to Jim).
Derek and the Dominoes played their first show ever tonight in 1970 at the Lyceum in London. They’d been billed as Eric Clapton and Friends, but had already decided to change their name…tentatively to Eric and the Dynamoes, but a member of the opening band had misheard Clapton’s first name as “Derek”, and apparently also the word “Dynamo”, and the new name stuck. Duane Allman had not yet been invited in, and this show marked Dave Mason’s only appearance with them.
Led Zeppelin played the last of six nights at Madison Square Garden tonight in 1977, on what would be their last North American tour. They would be at the Kingdome on July 17th. Video footage of that Seattle show, the only surviving from the 3 shows filmed, was used to promote the Led Zeppelin Remasters release in 1990, but the audio portion was lost and has never resurfaced.
‘Tis the season for honoring rock stars at Buckingham Palace, with the Queen makingthe Boomtown Rat’s Bob Geldof a Knight on this day in 1986 for his charitable work, and Mick Jagger became a “Sir” for “services to music” on this day in 2002, which pissed Keith Richards off to no end.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Zombies and Argent keyboard player Rod Argent is 67.
Yes and Plastic Ono Band drummer Alan White is 63. He married a Seattle girl over 20 years ago, and has lived in our area ever since, and regularly makes appearances at charitable events.
Chris DeGarmo is 49, a founding member and lead guitarist of Bellevue’s Queensryche. He quit in 1998 and is now a professional pilot.
Be safe, Crowski.