Animator George Dunning’s film based on The Beatles Yellow Submarine premiered in London tonight in 1968. The band was less than enthusastic about the project, still smarting from the poor reception of their self-produced Magical Mystery Tour film, but were contractually obligated to appear in it. They do, but only in the songs and a short live-action cameo at the end. The speaking parts were all done by voice actors, including Lance Percival, who did the voices of Paul and Ringo in the Beatles ABC Saturday morning cartoon. Yellow Submarine was fully restored and rereleased on DVD and BluRay last month.
John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on the BBC talk show Parkinson tonight in 1971 so a pissed-off John could chew out the British tabloid press for saying that Yoko had broken up The Beatles and that she was “ugly”.
Ugliness at the Rolling Stones show in Montreal tonight in 1972: A bomb exploded under one the band’s equipment trucks, believed to have been placed by French Canadian secessionists, and after it was discovered that 3000 fans had been sold fake tickets, they rioted with bottles and rocks.
Guns N Roses played the last show of their Use Your Illusion tour in front of 80,000 in Buenos Aires tonight in 1993. Toward the end of the show, a Domino’s Pizza delivery guy shows up on stage who turns out to be legendary British drummer Cozy Powell who joins Matt Sorum on the rest of the set.
Rock and Roll Birthdays
Spencer Davis Group namesake Spencer Davis is 73.
German electronic music band Kraftwerk’s Wolfgang Flür is 64. He “played” the electronic drums.
Iggy And The Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton would be 63, he died in 2009 but not before making an appearance with the reunited Stooges at Bumbershoot in 2008.
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler is 63. He named the band, wrote many of their best songs, was one of the first bass players to use a wah pedal and those heavy drop-tunings so common in hard rock today.
Mick Tucker, drummer and vocalist for The Sweet would be 65, he died at 54.