October 18 : This Day in Music History Miscellaneous

This Day in Music History
October 18

1957 : Paul McCartney and John Lennon perform together for the first time after Paul joins John's band the Quarrymen. The show takes place at New Clubmoor Hall in their hometown of Liverpool, and Paul plays guitar.

1963 : Chuck Berry is released from prison after serving 19 months for a Mann Act violation (transporting a minor across state lines for immoral purposes).

1964 : The Animals begin their first UK tour as headliners, playing the ABC Club in Manchester, with supporting acts Carl Perkins, Gene Vincent, Nashville Teens and Tommy Tucker.

1966 : The Jimi Hendrix Experience plays their first major gig, supporting the French pop star Johnny Hallyday at the Olympia Theatre in Paris.

1968 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono are busted for marijuana possession in their apartment in London's Montague Square, a flat leased to them by Ringo and previously lived in by Jimi Hendrix. Having gotten wind of the bust ahead of time (and also having begun experimenting with heroin), John, Yoko, and John's friend Pete Shotton clean the place to within an inch of its life, but the police nevertheless claim to find approximately 230 grains of cannabis resin, enough to arrest the two. Later in the day, after paying a 150 pound fine, the pair are released, but not before Yoko begins to feel discomfort in her stomach, an ominous symptom of the miscarriage she will soon suffer.

1969 : A clearly ill Bill Haley plays the First Annual Rock and Roll Revival show at New York's Madison Square Garden and, at the end of his set, receives an eight-minute standing ovation.

1969 : Rod Stewart joins The Faces, formerly known as The Small Faces.

1969 : In Hawaii, Paul Kantner of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for possession of marijuana.

1974 : Al Green's "Grits Incident" : When a stewardess friend of Green's shows up to meet the singer, he ends up at his Memphis home with her and his companion, Mary Woodson. When Green takes a bath, Woodson pours a pot of boiling grits in the tub, burning him badly before going in the next room and killing herself with his gun. Green takes these disturbing events as a sign from God, and focuses his career on Gospel music and preaching.

1979 : Police break up a 15-man robbery ring set up in the parking lot of Madison Square Garden during an Earth, Wind & Fire concert there.

1989 : During a gig opening for The Rolling Stones in Los Angeles, Axl Rose of Guns N' Roses announces on stage: "Unless certain people in this band get their s--t together, these will be the last Guns N' Roses shows you'll f--king ever see. Cause I'm tired of too many people in this organization dancing with Mr. Brownstone." His bandmates promise to clean up after the incident.

1991 : Los Angeles declares it "Rocky Horror Picture Show Day" in honor of the 1975 cult classic musical.

1992 : Country music singer Lynn Anderson is released from jail in Nashville after serving a two-day contempt of court sentence for swearing at her former husband in front of their teenage children.

1997 : Hanson sings the national anthem at the opening game of the baseball World Series at Miami's Pro Player Stadium.

2000 : Rage Against The Machine lead singer Zack De La Rocha quits the politically-charged rock outfit. In a statement, he says, "I feel that it is now necessary to leave Rage because our decision-making process has completely failed. It is no longer meeting the aspirations of all four of us collectively as a band, and from my perspective, has undermined our artistic and political ideal."

2001 : Mexican singer Paulina Rubio, whose languishing career made a spectacular comeback with her 2000 release, Paulina, is the big winner at the third annual El Premio de la Gente Ritmo Latino Music Awards. Rubio wins for album of the year and best female artist of the year, while her hit "Y Yo Sigo Aqui" wins in the music video category.

2002 : Citing a contract all group members signed in 1963, the New York Court of Appeals overturns an earlier ruling that awarded three million dollars in unpaid royalties from Phil Spector to The Ronettes, ending a 15-year court battle for the group.

2005 : Charlie Daniels is honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Country Awards.

2011 : The Stone Roses officially announce they are to reunite after a fifteen year split. The band confirm three gigs at Heaton Park in Manchester on June 29th, 30th and July 1st 2012, and also claim a world tour and new album is in the works.

2011 : A Birmingham County Court declares four of the original members of UB40 bankrupt. Even after selling 70+ million records over their 33-year career, saxophone player Brian Travers, drummer Jimmy Brown, trumpeter Terence "Astro" Wilson and percussionist Norman Hassan fail to fight off bankruptcy proceedings over debts related to the band’s now defunct record label DEP International.

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