Rock N’ Roll Diary: December 31
Happy birthday to Andy Summers of the Police! The guitar was not his first instrument. What did he start out on?
Here’s the rest of today’s Rock N’ Roll Diary!
- Happy birthday: Police guitarist Andy Summers, Kinks bassist Peter Quaife, Patti Smith, Burton Cummings of The Guess Who, and Tom Hamilton of Aerosmith.
- 1963: The Kinks make their live debut at the Lotus House in London.
- 1969: Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsies play the Fillmore East in New York where the live album “A Band of Gypsies” is recorded.
- 1974: Mick Fleetwood telephones Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks and invites them to join Fleetwood Mac. Of course they accept, and the rest is classic rock history.
- 1976: The Cars make their live debut at a New Year’s Eve party at Pease Air Force Base in southern New Hampshire.
- 1978: The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco goes out with a bang with performances by The Grateful Dead and The Blues Brothers.
- 1985: Rick Nelson’s tour plane catches fire and crashes. Eight people, including his fiancée and band members, are all killed.
- 1985: At Don Henley’s New Year’s Eve party, Gary Hart and Donna Rice meet for the first time.
- 1996: Paul McCartney receives his knighthood from the Queen.
- 2000: Sammy Hagar and Ted Nugent perform together at a New Year’s Eve show in Detroit.
- 2000: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson is arrested after a fight with police at a hotel in Naples, Florida.
From the WZLX ticket stash…It’s a plethora of Aerosmith shows – they played the Boston garden in 1989 as part of a three night stand, and again in 1993 and then at the Fleet Center in 1997.