Friday, July 15, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

lots to get to today, we get to look at some great new album cover art, Paul & Ringo squash the Olympic get together, brings us an exclusive video interview with the Quarrymen, another edition of Jon Scorfina's Last Collector Standing and of course, this date in music history and lots more!

But, first up is an amazing story, a simple photograph, that has made pop culture history:


Webcam in Abbey Road studios films The Beatles famous walk live

I guess if you are in the area (London that is), it is a unique opportunity to recreate one of the world's most recognized album covers, while your friends watch you do it at home. Apparently, a camera has been set up across from the iconic zebra crossing in Abbey Road, where The Beatles were photographed on the cover of their 1969 album Abbey Road.

Abbey Road studios, where the Beatles produced 90 per cent of their recordings, host a live stream of the crossing for visitors to share their experience in real time.

The crossing, which can be found in St. John's Wood, has snapped thousands of visitors and even couples on their wedding day.

If you are curious to watch in real time, (for some reason, i was), check it out HERE

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WARBRINGER Reveal New Album Cover

Los Angeles-based thrashers WARBRINGER will release their third album, 'Worlds Torn Asunder,' on September 27th via Century Media Records.

'Worlds Torn Asunder' was produced and mixed by the renowned Steve Evetts (SUICIDE SILENCE, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, SYMPHONY X), and features artwork by the talented Dan Seagrave, who designed Warbringer's previous album cover.


ICS VORTEX Reveal Cover Art

Norway's ICS VORTEX is releasing the extremely versatile "Storm Seeker" debut album on August 22nd, 2011 in Europe and August 23rd, 2011 in North America via Century Media Records. The atmospheric album's front cover artwork is stunning, to say the least....

ICS VORTEX "Storm Seeker" Track-Listing:

1. The Blackmobile
2. Odin's Tree
3. Skoal!
4. Dogsmacked
5. Aces
6. Windward
7. When Shuffled Off
8. Oil In Water
9. Storm Seeker
10. Flaskeskipper
11. The Sub Mariner


Textures Release New Album Artwork

Shown is the cover art for Textures’ have released the album cover art for their upcoming album, ‘Dualism.’ The artwork was designed by bassist Remko Tielemans and former frontman Eric Kalsbeek. The record is due out in Europe, South America, Australia and Asia on September 23 and in North America on September 27 via Nuclear Blast Records. The album was recorded at Split Second Sound Studio in Amsterdam and was produced by guitarist Jochem Jacobs.


1. Arms of the Sea
2. Black Horses Stampede
3. Reaching Home
4. Sanguine Draws the Oath
5. Consonant Hemispheres
6. Burning the Midnight Oil
7. Singularity
8. Minor Earth, Major Skies
9. Stoic Resignation
10. Foreclosure
11. Sketches from a Motionless Statue


my favorite album cover for today

EINHERJER: New Album Title, Artwork Unveiled

Eight years after the release of 'Blot,' legendary Viking metal act EINHERJER will issue its comeback album, "Nørrøn", on September 9 via Indie Recordings. The effort was recorded at Studio Borealis and was produced by EINHERJER's Frode Glesnes. Matt Hyde (SLAYER, MONSTER MAGNET) mixed the effort. The cover artwork was painted by Renathe H. Bryn.

Read more about the band at Blabbermouth


Rwake Reveal Cover Art For New Album

Here is the new album cover art for the upcoming Rwake album, 'Rest.' The follow up to 2007’s 'Voices Of Omens' was recorded at Engine Studios in Chicago, Illinois, with noted engineer Sanford Parker.

Rest will be released in North American on September 27 on CD, digital, as well as pressed on olive green and 180 gram black vinyl.


Glorior Belli Reveals New Album "The Southern Darkness" Artwork

Black metal act Glorior Belli signed to Metal Blade Records back in May for the release of their new album "The Great Southern Darkness." The band has released the album's cover artwork, as well.

'The Great Southern Darkness' is scheduled for release in Germany on August 23rd, 2011, and in the rest of Europe on August 26th, 2011.


SINNER Reveal Cover Art And Tracklist Of New Album

German rockers SINNER - featuring PRIMAL FEAR bassist / co-founder Mat Sinner - have unveiled the cover art of their new album, One Bullet Left.

The tracklist:

'The One You Left Behind'
'Back On Trail'
'Give & Take'
'One Bullet Left'
'10 2 Death'
'Atomic Playboys'
Suicide Mission'
'Wake Me When I'm Sober'
'Mind Over Matter'
'Mend To Be Broken'
'Rolling Away'


Death Metallers Morbus Chron Annouce Vinyl Release

Swedish death metallers Morbus Chron have announced a vinyl release of their album 'Sleepers in the Rift,' via Detest and Me Saco Un Ojo Records.

The vinyl version of the album will include an exclusive track, "Obscuritas',"and will be limited to a run of 1000 copies. There will also be 100 copies pressed on colored vinyl.


1. Through The Gaping Gate / Coughing In A Coffin
2. Creepy Creeping Creep
3. Hymns To A Stiff
4. Red Hook Horror
5. The Hallucinating Dead


6. Ways Of Torture
7. Obscuritas
8. Dead Body Pile Necrophile
9. Lidless Coffin
10. Deformation Of The Dark Matter


THE CHARIOT Posts Exclusive 'Long Live' LP Bonus Track on facebook

Atlanta, GA’s THE CHARIOT recently posted the new track ‘Music of a Grateful Heart’ on their official Facebook page. The track is cut from the new vinyl LP version of the band’s latest GOOD FIGHT MUSIC release, Long Live, set to release on August 2nd. The digital and physical CD version of Long Live was originally released on November 22nd, 2010 and is the band’s fourth full-length album to date.

The new 180 gram weight vinyl LP comes with exclusive silk-screened, hand-numbered jackets. Hot Topic will exclusively carry a white version of the vinyl with black spatters, numbered 1 through 1,000. The GOOD FIGHT store, the band (on tour), and your favorite local vinyl retailer will carry black with white spatters, numbered 1,001 through 2000. The vinyl will include a bonus track, ‘Music of a Grateful Heart’, previously available only on the limited edition 7-inch version.


Screaming Trees to release 'lost' album

American grunge band Screaming Trees are sceduled to release their 'lost' album 'Last Words: The Final Recordings', more than 11 years after it was recorded.

The legendary Seattle band, who were fronted by Isobel Campbell collaborator Mark Lanegan - pictured - made their last LP in late 1999 but were released from their label before they could put it out. Those final sessions were financed by the band and produced by drummer Barrett Martin. The studio tapes were never mixed or released and gathered dust for more than a decade.

Late last year Martin found the two-inch reels and had them restored and transferred to digital. The final Screaming Trees album is now set for release on August 2 as a digital download. A CD and vinyl version of the album will appear shortly after.

The tracklist:

'Ash Gray Sunday'
'Door Into Summer'
'Black Rose Way'
'Tomorrow Changes'
'Low Life'
'Anita Grey'
'Last Words'

============= has a revealing interview, and it's great to see the band active again!

Talk: An Interview with YES

Yes was formed in London in 1968, and was considered a musical phenomenon soon after. Yes' revolutionary combination of neoclassical suite structures, astonishing vocal harmonies, and electrifying musicianship, cemented their reign as the quintessential progressive rock band, of not only that era, but of all time.

It seems like everyone, from the age of five to sixty-five, says that Yes is their favorite band. Not surprising, as Yes' music has often been compared to works of art, whether it be a literary masterpiece or a painting. With their elaborate musical styling and complex layers of sound, their live performance is unsurpassed.

Earlier this week, Yes released their first album in over a decade, and are currently in the middle of a nationwide tour with Styx. Christopher Squire took some time from his non-stop schedule to speak with me about the evolution of Yes, what makes their shows stellar, and reuniting with Jon Anderson.

Continue reading on Talk: An Interview with YES


I know i post a lot of these lists, however, someone takes the time to create them we may as well look at them :O)  put together at  by Jason Roche

The Most Ridiculously Awesome/Awesomely Ridiculous Power Metal Album Covers

Get all the details at


TRAPPED UNDER ICE to Release New Album, ‘Big Kiss Goodnight’

Vinyl Version Via REAPER RECORDS

Hardcore genre dominators TRAPPED UNDER ICE and GOOD FIGHT MUSIC are pleased to announce the upcoming physical and digital release of the band’s new album, Big Kiss Goodnight. The album drops on October 11th, 2011 and boasts production credits from New Found Glory’s Chad Gilbert. REAPER RECORDS is partnering with GOOD FIGHT MUSIC on the launch and is scheduled to release a special vinyl version of the record.

The band plans to hit the road on a United States headline tour in the fall to support Big Kiss Goodnight. Stay tuned for upcoming details about tour dates.


man, as soon as i get some extra cash (that's a true oxymoron by the way), this is mine!

Metallica St. Anger Limited Edition Orange Vinyl

Originally, released in 2003, St. Anger is Metallica’s eighth studio album and first since 1997’s ReLoad. They may have a new outlook and a new bass player here, but one thing about Metallica will forever remain unchanged, they are still one of the biggest, greatest rock bands in the world.

The Bob Rock produced affair is heavy, it is intense, and it reaffirmed Metallica’s place at the top of Metal where they belong. As drummer Lars Ulrich put it, “If you’re looking for ballads on this record, you’ll be looking for a long, long time.”

Four 180g vinyl 45RPM discs pressed at Pallas and housed in four single-pocket Stoughton jackets with 4 panel folder in box.

Available for purchase from Because Sound Matters on July 14th at 1:00 PM PST.


I always find these auctions interesting, we'll soon see how much people will pay for pop culture memorabilia

The Haight-Ashbury Collection of Original Psychedelic Art at Heritage Auctions

DALLAS, TX.- The Haight-Ashbury Collection of original hand-crafted psychedelic art, original 1960s rock posters, including original work by the biggest names in the genre - artists Rick Griffin, Alton Kelley, Stanley Mouse, David Singer and Victor Moscoso, among the many - will be offered as part of Heritage Auctions July 29th Signature(r) Music & Entertainment Memorabilia Auction in Dallas. "This amazing collection originated years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area, and was assembled by a true patron of the arts," said Garry Shrum, Consignment Director for Music Memorabilia at Heritage. "With aspirations of becoming a poster artist himself, the collector did the next best thing to working for Bill Graham - he sought out the individual Fillmore poster artists themselves."

After befriending the artists, and buying items directly from them - and being a man of means - he was able to put together an enormous and impressive collection, and he didn't stop with Rock posters. He became friends with noted photographer Bob Seidemann, whose iconic photos of Janis Joplin and the Grateful Dead are included in this sale, and painter Mati Klarwein, who famously provided such wonderful graphics for album covers for the likes Miles Davis and Santana.

"Some of the material from this amazing collection will be offered in Heritage's Comics and Comic Art Auction in August," said Shrum, "but the bulk of the Rock-related material is going to be offered right here at the end of July. It's all direct from the Golden Gate City to collectors. Can't you just smell the incense?"

Highlights of the collection include:

Alton Kelley Winged Eyeball Original Poster Art: Oil on canvas, signed by Kelley. Some dings to the frame; otherwise, in Excellent condition, 30" x 40", framed to 42" x 52.5". Estimate: $20,000+.

Mati Klarwein Atomic Bomb Poster: A large psychedelic poster by the renowned artist, circa the 1960s. Well known for his surrealist paintings, Klarwein's works have been used on album covers for decades, including Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Carlos Santana's Abraxas, and Leonard Bernstein's Age of Anxiety. In Very Good+ condition, 50.5" x 35", framed to 55" x 39.5". Estimate: $20,000+.

Jim Fitzpatrick Girl With Wings Painting: Oil on canvas. In Excellent condition, framed to 21.5" x 21.5". Estimate: $10,000+.

Mati Klarwein Nosdaligalastalgia Painting: Oil on wood painting, signed by Klarwein. In Very Good condition, 17" x 23.25". Estimate: $10,000+.

Jerry Garcia Signed Compliments Poster and Triptych Poster: A 22.5" x 47.5" poster signed by both Garcia and artist Victor Moscoso, matted and framed to 29.5" x 55" and in Excellent condition. A version of this image was used as the cover for Garcia's 1974 LP, Compliments. Estimate: $8,000+.

Jerry Garcia 1974 Compliments Full-Figure Triptych Artwork: A triptych poster matted and framed to 39" x 22", in Very Good+ condition. A version of this image was used as the cover for Garcia's 1974 LP, Compliments. Estimate: $8,000+.

Jerry Garcia 1974 Compliments Half-Figure Triptych Artwork: In Excellent condition, 39" x 22", matted and framed to 31" x 47". A version of this image was used as the cover for Garcia's 1974 LP, Compliments. Estimate: $8,000+.

Jerry Garcia Original Album Cover Art for Garcia by Bob Seidemann (Warner Brothers, 1972): Bob Seidemann's controversial original mixed media production art for the cover of Jerry Garcia's first solo album, Garcia (1972). When originally released, the LP came with a "Garcia" sticker that covered up the breast in the lower right corner. A combination of photo collage and what appears to be white correction fluid separating the composition's two areas, the piece is the epitome of "one-of-a-kind." For Garcia fans, as well as Seidemann devotees, this artwork is a Deadhead's dream come true. Estimate: $2,500+.


love this column!

Last Collector Standing

Don Perry and Bonnie Spinola on the Thrill of the Hunt

By Jon Scorfina

Often, the most sincere record collectors have no professional associations with the music industry. Their collections stem from nothing but a love of music. We met this week's Last Collector Standing through Anna Zachritz of Euclid Records, who suggested two of the store's most dedicated regulars.

Take the time to read the rest at


Rolling Stones to Recreate Historic Hyde Park Gig?

Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood revealed he and the Stones plan a series of gigs to mark their 50th anniversary next year and hope to recreate their 1969 show at Hyde Park. He is meeting bandmate Keith Richards this week to begin discussions. "We'll try to recapture the old camaraderie," he said.

"I know Keith is fully supportive, as are the rest of the boys in the Stones. We'll see what we can do as a unit. Playing Hyde Park would be fabulous."


McCartney and Starr Say No Beatles Olympics Reunion

The surviving Beatles have put to rest the rumors of a possible 'reunion' at the London Olympics in 2012.

Previously, it had been reported by U.K. newspaper The Sun that festival organizers were hoping to get Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to perform together at the ceremonies, perhaps with members of the Harrison and Lennon families joining in to properly represent all four original Beatles.

Representatives for both McCartney and Starr have shot down those reports, with McCartney calling it “tabloid stuff.” A rep for Starr said “this is not true.”


wow, has it been that long ago? still one of my favorite LPs (at least in the top 50)

Boston’s Classic Self-Titled Album Marks 35th Anniversary

Released in August 8, 1976

Boston founder Tom Scholz will revisit the band’s classic 1976 self-titled debut album this weekend on the syndicated radio program In The Studio. Scholz sat down with program host Redbeard for a one-on-one interview to discuss the creation of the unique album. The guitarist and inventor spent seven years constructing ‘Boston’ his basement, spending a total of just $1,700 to record what remains, 35 years later, a groundbreaking release, both musically and from a technological standpoint. To date, the album has sold more than 17 million copies.

Scholz recalls his initial work with the late Brad Delp, saying: “He sang one track and I considered handcuffing myself to him at that point and throwing away the key, just to make sure that he’d be there for the next one.”

Archival interview audio from Delp reveals the humorous moment when he realized exactly how well the album had sold. “When I got home, I had an apartment. I called up our accountant and said, I’m thinking about maybe buying a house, can I do that? My accountant said, ‘How many?’”


British Compilation Focuses on the Career of Ronnie James Dio

It's been just over a year since the passing of hard rock great Ronnie James Dio, but his legacy will live on as Universal Music presents The Ronnie James Dio Story: Mightier Than The Sword, a 2CD collection celebrating over three decades of music from one of the greatest vocalists in the entire history of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal.

As lead vocalist to such Rock giants as Rainbow and Black Sabbath, as well as fronting his own eponymous band for nearly three decades, Dio created some of the genres most defining and respected works.

Read more at our friends at vintagevinyl

============= has a wonderful video interview and a look back into the Beatles' early days. amazing story and a part of rock and roll history:

The Gibson Video Interview: The Quarrymen

by Michael Wright

Before The Beatles, there was a band called The Quarrymen. The musical menagerie of John Lennon and his school friends was formed in 1956, inspired by the skiffle craze that was sweeping the country and the intoxicating allure of rock and roll.

Read the rest and watch the videos at


Breaking Benjamin to Issue Greatest Hits Collection This August

by Carlos Ramirez

Modern rock heroes Breaking Benjamin will be issuing a hits collection titled 'Shallow Bay: The Best of Breaking Benjamin' on August 16, 2011. The two-disc release will feature the band's chart-topping hits including 'Breath, 'So Cold,' 'Sooner or Later,' 'The Diary of Jane" and 'I Will Not Bow,' as well as an entire disc of rare recordings including never-before-released songs, live performances, rare acoustic recordings and remixes.



Hot Water Music readies first new release in seven years

Floridian punk rockers Hot Water Music last released music back in 2004. However, the group recently started writing again to spark some of that old post-hardcore magic. The resulting effort from their reconvening is a two-track single comprised of “The Fire, The Steel, The Tread” and “Adds Up To Nothing”.

Despite being an HWM release, the band have yet to actually enter the studio together, as both tracks were done in stages in Gainesville, FL and Grass Valley, CA respectively. As for why the band waited to drop new material after reuniting back in 2007, frontman Chuck Ragan said it all boiled down to “timing. We’ve wanted to get it together but have all been full steam ahead in our own directions that it’s taken this long to do it.”

The single will first be available digitally on August 2nd. Along with the standard vinyl treatment, HWM’s own webstore and labels Chunksaah and No Idea will offer special edition colored vinyl available on August 29th, with pre-sale kicking off August 15th. The band also have plans to record a full-length this winter, so stay tuned for more on that.


this is a must have for fans of ufo, and i certainly count myself as one of them (i grew up listening to Force It and Phenomenon!)

Five-CD UFO Anthology Box Be Issued

UFO: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979) collects studio works and unreleased gems.

In the early ‘70s, a British rock band by the name of UFO rose from obscurity to international stardom with fans all over the world. To commemorate the band’s great success, EMI plans the release of a five-CD, 81-track anthology compilation box set that covers their studio work in chronological order. The discs are dotted with single edits, B-sides, live tracks including a 45-minute live set from their first US show date, and a single remix. Most importantly, The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979) becomes a collector’s set. The band remained with Chrysalis for many more albums although their fame had dimmed quite a bit. To commemorate those later years, it is rumored that EMI will follow up this volume with a second one.

UFO: The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979) is scheduled for release in the UK on July 11, and the US on August 9.

The Chrysalis Years (1973-1979) tracklisting:

Disc 1:

Give Her The Gun (Single A-Side)
Sweet Little Thing (Single B-Side)
Oh My
Crystal Light
Doctor Doctor
Space Child
Rock Bottom
Too Young To Know
Time On My Hands
Built For Comfort
Lipstick Traces
Queen Of The Deep
Doctor Doctor (Single Edit) *
Bob Harris session (October 28th, 1974):
Rock Bottom
Time On My Hands
Give Her The Gun

Disc 2:

Oh My (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Doctor Doctor (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Built For Comfort (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Give Her The Gun (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Cold Turkey (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Space Child (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Rock Bottom (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Prince Kujuku (Electric Ballroom, Atlanta, GA (November 5th, 1974) (Previously Unreleased)
Let It Roll
Shoot Shoot
High Flyer
Love Lost Love
Out In The Street

Disc 3:

Mother Mary
Too Much Of Nothing
Dance Your Life Away
This Kid's (Including 'Between The Walls')
Natural Thing
I'm A Loser
Can You Roll Her
Reasons Love
Highway Lady
On With The Action
A Fool In Love
Martian Landscape
Too Hot To Handle
Just Another Suicide
Try Me
Lights Out

Disc 4:

Gettin' Ready
Alone Again Or
Electric Phase
Love To Love
Try Me (Single Remix) *:
Too Hot To Handle (John Peel session (June 27th, 1977)
Lights Out (John Peel session (June 27th, 1977)
Try Me (John Peel session (June 27th, 1977)
Only You Can Rock Me
Pack It Up (And Go)
Arbory Hill
Ain't No Baby
Lookin' Out For No 1
Hot 'N' Ready
You Don't Fool Me
Lookin' Out For No 1 (Reprise)
One More For The Rodeo
Born To Lose
Only You Can Rock Me (Single Version) *

Disc 5

Natural Thing
Out In The Street
Only You Can Rock Me
Doctor Doctor
Mother Mary
This Kid's
Love To Love
Lights Out
Rock Bottom
Too Hot To Handle
I'm A Loser
Let It Roll
Shoot Shoot
Doctor Doctor (Live Single Edit)
On With The Action (Live Single B-Side) *
* - Available on CD for the first time


and to top off our day in vinyl record news we have another product being made from old, worn out records:

Recycled Vinyl Record Guitar Picks (set of 6)

Set of six guitar picks made from recycled LPs.

Just because a vinyl record is too scratched to be played on a turntable, that doesn't mean it can't play anymore! Strum your guitar using our Recycled Vinyl Record Guitar Picks.

Each set of six guitar picks is created from discarded LPs that are cut and sanded smooth by hand in the USA. Thickness varies slightly from 1.25-1.55mm.

Buy yours at


and in music history for today, July 15th:

In 1952, 8 year old Gladys Knight won $2000 on a US television show called Ted Mack's Amateur Hour, where she sang a tune appropriately titled "Too Young". Knight would make her first record just 5 years later.

In 1958, John Lennon's mother, 44-year-old Julia Lennon, was struck and killed by a car driven by an off-duty policeman while she was crossing Menlove Avenue towards a bus stop. 24-year-old Constable Eric Clague was later acquitted of the offence by a jury who attributed Julia's demise to "death by mis-adventure." He was however suspended from duty and later resigned from the Liverpool Constabulary to take a job as postman. John, who was 17 at the time and living with his Aunt Mimi, was overcome by grief and would later say "I was in a blind rage for two years. I was either drunk or fighting."

In 1963, Elvis begins filming the movie Viva Las Vegas with Ann-Margaret. When the wedding scene was filmed, many tabloid magazines published still photos and suggested that Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret really had gotten married. Although critics bashed the film, it finished at number 11 on the list of the Top 20 Movie Box Office hits of 1964. The title track was released as a single, but could only climb to #29.

In 1964, after being recorded in just one take, The Animals' "House of the Rising Sun" entered the UK chart at #16. The next week, it was at #3 and seven days later it rose to number one. To promote the group in the US, disc jockeys were sent boxes of animal crackers wrapped with special promotional material.

In 1965, this weeks US Top three singles, #3 The Byrds, 'Mr Tambourine Man', #2 The Four Tops, 'I Can't Help Myself' and at #1 The Rolling Stones with '(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction.'

In 1967, The Doors and The Jefferson Airplane both played an afternoon and evening show to over 8,000 fans at Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California.

Creedence Clearwater Revival's debut album was released in 1968

In 1972, Elton John started a five week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with "Honky Chateau", his first US chart topper.

In 1973, the Edgar Winter Group, Sly & The Family Stone, Canned Heat, Lindisfarne and The Kinks all appear at The Great Western Express festival at White City, west London. With his wife having recently walked out of their marriage, taking their young children with her, Ray Davies of The Kinks announces from the stage that he is sick of the whole thing and is retiring. He then walks into a local hospital and collapses from an overdose of tranquillizers.

In 1976, Kenny Loggins and Jim Messina announce that they were dissolving their partnership after a six year run. The pair had cracked the Billboard Top 40 three times, including the #4 hit "Your Mama Don't Dance" in 1972. Loggins' solo career would bring 14 more US Top 40 hits.

In 1978, Bob Dylan performed before the largest open-air concert audience (for a single artist). About 200,000 fans turned out at Blackbushe Airport in England.

Also in 1978, the Rolling Stones started a two-week run at #1 on the US album chart with 'Some Girls', the group's seventh US No.1 album.

In 1986, Columbia Records dropped Johnny Cash after 28 years. Johnny signed with Polygram the next year.

In 1988, MTV bans Neil Young's video "This Note Is For You", which parodied corporate rock by showing a Michael Jackson look-alike whose hair catches fire. The ban would soon be lifted and the video was put into heavy rotation, resulting in it eventually winning the MTV Video Music Award for Best Video of the Year in 1989.

In 1989, Pink Floyd appeared in Canal di San Marco, Piazza San Marco, Venice, Italy on a floating stage. Over 200,000 people attended the gig (almost double the number authorities had planned for) causing damage to buildings and bridges. The cleaning of the area after the concert was said to be around £25,000 and the concert was broadcast live on TV to over 20 countries with an estimated audience of almost 100 million. Two Venice councillors were later ordered to stand trial for the costs incurred by the concert.

In 1997, Ary Groenhuijzen, keyboard player with US 50's group The Teddy Bears died. (1958 US No.1 single 'To Know Him, Is To Love Him').

In 1999, the Rolling Stones reported that they had an intake of over $337 million from the previous two years. The average nightly take on the 147 shows was over $2¼ million, as the band played to more than 5.6 million people, selling out all but 20 shows.

Also in 1999 - Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band opened their reunion tour.

In 2001, police ended an Insane Clown Posse show in Toledo, Ohio after over 100 fans went on the stage. Most of the bands equipment is destroyed in the melee. not sure if any clowns were hurt....

In 2000, Sad Cafe singer Paul Young died of a heart attack at his Manchester home aged 53. ‘Run Home Girl’ was a hit for Sad Cafe in the US, ‘Everyday Hurts’ was a UK No.3 hit in 1979. Joined Mike Rutherford and Paul Carrack in Mike and the Mechanics and had the hits ‘The Living Years’ and ‘Silent Running’.

In 2004, U2 called in police after thieves nicked a copy of the bands latest album ‘Vertigo’. The CD was stolen during a photo shoot with the band in the south of France.

In 2007, more than 10,000 people applied for a job with P Diddy after the rapper posted an advert on Youtube looking to find a new personal assistant. He warned applicants that the job would be far from easy and would involve everything from getting him ready for the red carpet to aiding in billion dollar deals to helping him jump out of planes in movies.

birthdays today include (among others) Peter Lewis (Moby Grape) (66), Linda Ronstadt (65), Joe Satriani (55), Artimus Pyle (Lynyrd Skynyrd) (63) and Millie Jackson (67)