Classic Rock Almanac July 13, 2014

ANNIVERSARIES

2004-Elton John opens a five-night run at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.

2004-Rush drummer Neil Peart’s autobiography Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road is optioned for a film. Ghost Rider is the tale of Peart’s 55-thousand-mile journey on his motorcycle after his wife and daughter both died.

2000-Elton John performs in Liverpool for the first time since 1982. He dedicates his show to John Lennon and opens with his Lennon tribute “Empty Garden.”

1995-Geddy Lee of Rush sings “Oh Canada” before baseball’s All-Star Game at Baltimore’s Camden Yards.

1993-Rock The Vote president Patrick Lippert dies of AIDS. The organization’s annual MTV-sponsored awards show for music business activism, which takes place the evening before the Grammys, is named after Lippert.

1985-The Live Aid concerts, organized by Bob Geldof of The Boomtown Rats to help starving people in Africa, are held in Philadelphia and London. The day-long shows, which are televised around the world, feature dozens of top acts and are seen or heard by an estimated one-point-five-billion people.

1984-Eddie Van Halen plays guitar on “Beat It” at The Jacksons’ Victory tour show in Dallas.

1979-Pete Townshend plays a solo show at the Rainbow Theater in London. His set includes “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” “My Generation” and “Bargain.”

1974-Bruce Springsteen premieres the song “Jungleland” during the second of three nights at New York’s Bottom Line.

1974-Eric Clapton’s “I Shot the Sheriff” is released.

1973-Bob Dylan releases the Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid album.

1971George Harrison arrives in New York City to arrange the Concert for Bangladesh.

1968-Steppenwolf’s “Born to Be Wild” is released.

1967-The Doors perform at the Coliseum Arena in Oakland, California. The band–whose “Light My Fire” is a Top 10 hit that week–continue their California tour on the 14th at the State Fairgrounds Grandstand in Sacramento. They team up with Jefferson Airplane on the 15th at the Anaheim Convention Center and both play Devonshire Meadows Raceway in Northridge on the 16th as part of the Fantasy Faire and Magic Music Festival with Canned Heat, The Grass Roots and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

1957-Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up”–his seventh American chart-topper–becomes his first number-one in England.

BIRTHDAYS

Cameron Crowe-57 years old
Director-writer (Elizabethtown, Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire, We Bought a Zoo, Vanilla Sky, Fast Times at Ridgemont High). The onetime Rolling Stone reporter was, until 2010, married to Heart’s Nancy Wilson.  Born in 1957.

Mark “The Animal” Mendoza-58 years old
Twisted Sister/ex-Dictators bassist.  Born in 1956.

Roger McGuinn (James McGuinn III)-72 years old
His voice and 12-string electric guitar made The Byrds one of the 1960s’ most influential bands and led to their 1995 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame  induction. “Mister Tambourine Man” and “Turn Turn Turn” were number-one hits in 1965. He’s now a solo artist.  Born in 1942.

Stephen Joe Bladd-72 years old
The J. Geils Band drummer played on such hits as “Give It to Me,” “Centerfold” and “Freeze Frame.”  Born in 1942.

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