Classic Rock Almanac December 6, 2014


2009-Bruce Springsteen, movie maker Mel Brooks, jazz great Dave Brubeck and actor Robert De Niro are among those feted at the Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, DC.

2008-The Grammy Museum at L-A Live in downtown Los Angeles opens.

2007-Amy Winehouse is one of the top nominees for the 50th annual Grammy Awards. The troubled singer scores six nominations, including all four major categories — Album of the Year, Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best New Artist. Kanye West leads the pack with eight nods. Foo Fighters lead the rock nominees with five nods, including Record of the Year for “The Pretender” and Album of the Year for Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. Daughtry gets four. Paul McCartney receives three.

2004-Motley Crue announce their reunion tour with a press conference and performance at the Palladium in Hollywood, California.

2004-Rock and roll T-V icon Dick Clark suffers a stroke that forces him to miss his annual assignment hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve.

2002-Guns n’ Roses cancel a show in Philadelphia and another fan riot ensues. The rest of the tour is subsequently canceled.

1999-Metallica’s “Black Album” is certified 12-times platinum. …And Justice for All is certified seven-times platinum.

1999-Santana receives two American Music Awards nominations for Supernatural.

1999-Metallica gets a quadruple-platinum award for the Cliff ‘Em All video, a double-platinum plaque for the Cunning Stunts video and a 12-times-platinum certification for the Metallica album.

1994-The Beatles Live at the BBC is released by Capitol. The two-disc, 69-track collection contains radio performances of their early hits, plus covers of such American gems as “I’ve Got a Woman,” “Keep Your Hands Off My Baby, “Young Blood,” “Baby It’s You,” “Lucille” and “Memphis.”

1989-A concert by Asia is broadcast live from Tokyo’s Budokan Theater to a U-S audience estimated in excess of 20-million. Asia in Asia marks the debut of bassist and singer Greg Lake in the group, replacing John Wetton.

1988-Following a heart attack, 52-year-old Roy Orbison dies at Henderson Hospital, near Nashville.

1980-U-2 make their U-S debut at New York’s Ritz.

1979-AC/DC receive their first U-S gold album, for Highway to Hell.

1978-Sid Vicious gets into a fight with Patti Smith’s brother, Todd Smith, at a New York rock club. Vicious, who had been bailed out of Rikers Island after allegedly murdering Nancy Spungen, smashes a beer glass into Smith’s face.

1975-Paul Simon’s Still Crazy After All These Years hits number-one on Billboard‘s album chart.

1970-Gimme Shelter, the documentary of The Rolling Stones’ Altamont fiasco, has its U.S. premiere a year to the day after the concert.

1969-The ’60s unofficially end with a disastrous (and murderous) Rolling Stones concert in northern California. To cap off a U-S tour, The Stones do a free concert at Altamont Speedway in Livermore. Jefferson Airplane, Santana and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young are also on the bill. The show, attended by 300,000, is marred by violence and a fatal stabbing, all chronicled in the movie Gimme Shelter.

1968-The Rolling Stones’ Beggars Banquet album finally comes out in the U.K., five months after its initial announced release date. It hits U.S. stores the following day.

1965-Keith Moon of The Who takes ill and misses the first of a week’s worth of shows in England. Viv Prince, late of The Pretty Things, fills in.

1965-The Beatles release Rubber Soul. The U-S edition deletes four songs from the British version, including “Drive My Car” and “Norwegian Wood.”

1965-The Rolling Stones record “19th Nervous Breakdown,” “Mother’s Little Helper” and other tracks at RCA’s Hollywood studios.

1961-At their second meeting with Brian Epstein, The Beatles accept his offer to manage them, although no papers are signed.


Peter Buck-58 years old
Ex-R.E.M./Tired Pony/Minus 5/Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 guitarist.  Born in 1956.

Randy Rhoads-Died in 1982
The Ozzy Osbourne and ex-Quiet Riot guitarist died in an plane crash March 19th, 1982 at 25.  Born in 1956.

Kim Simmonds-67 years old
Solo/Savoy Brown singer-guitarist.  Born in 1947.

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