Jimi’s Last Show, Roger Waters’ Birthday: This Day In Classic Rock [Video]

Jimmy Page was in a recording studio today in 1966, working with Rolling Stone Brian Jones on the soundtrack to A Degree of Murder, a film that starred his girlfriend (later Mrs. Keith Richards), the shagadelic Anita Pallenberg.

The Beatles were at Abbey Road studios today in 1968, working on George Harrison’s While My Guitar Gently Weeps. George recorded his lead vocal, and his good friend Eric Clapton stopped by to lay down a guitar solo. Initially a bit bit sheepish about bringing Clapton in, George later said it had a positive effect on the band: “It made them try a bit harder, they were all on their best behaviour.”


Jimi Hendrix played his last live show tonight in 1970 at the Isle of Fehmarn Festival in Germany. Jimi was originally scheduled to play the night before, but bailed due to torrential rain and the risk of electrocution, and was booed by some of the crowd when he finally appeared. Bass player Billy Cox was feeling paranoid following a bad acid trip and left for home in Memphis after the show, while Jimi went to London where he would die 12 days later. A British music tabloid had reported that Jimi had planned to join Emerson, Lake, and Palmer.

It was today in 1989 that the Pittsburgh Steelers were not allowed to practice on their own field at Three Rivers Stadium because The Rolling Stones had booked it and were rehearsing.  The Steelers would hold a grudge until 2006 when they ruined the band’s appearance at Super Bowl XL by paying off the referees.

Creedence Clearwater Revival guitarist Tom Fogerty died today in 1990 from complications of AIDS, which he acquired in a blood transfusion. He was only 49.

L.A. buttrock band Great White were in court today in 2008, where they were ordered to pay 1 million dollars to survivors and victim’s relatives in the disaster at The Station nightclub in Rhode Island three years earlier. The band’s tour manager responsible for the arena sized pyrotechnic display in a small nightclub that killed 100 people (including guitarist Ty Longley) and injured over 200 had earlier been sentenced to 4 years in prison. He served less than half of it before being paroled.

Rock and Roll Birthdays

Pink Floyd’s bass player and songwriter Roger Waters is 69.

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