Archive | June, 2012

Today in Rock and Roll History June 30

30 Jun

Among other events and things today, in 1966 the Beatles perform the first of five concerts at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Amateur recordings of the performance were made and became available as a bootleg album known as Three Nights in Tokyo. 

The Beatles performed an 11-song set, the same one used throughout their 1966 tour: Rock And Roll MusicShe’s A WomanIf I Needed SomeoneDay TripperBaby’s In BlackI Feel FineYesterdayI Wanna Be Your ManNowhere ManPaperback Writer and I’m Down.

Because of death threats to the Beatles at this time,there was heavy police presence at these shows. The Japanese took these threat seriously.The audiences were unusually quiet, and for the first time in years this allowed the group to really hear themselves while they were playing.

“For the first time in a long while the audience could hear. There was no loud screaming, which came as a surprise: the band suddenly realised they were out of tune and they had to get their act together. The second show was pretty good – they had got it together by then – but the first one, in the afternoon, was a bit of a shock.”   Neil Aspinall   Anthology
The June 30th performance.
In 1978 the Sex Pistols’ “My Way” is released.
In 1971 Paul Revere and the Raiders receive a gold record for their only #1 hit, “Indian Reservation”

June 29

29 Jun

Among other events and things today, in 1969 the original Jimi Hendrix Experience (with bassist Noel Redding and drummer Mitch Mitchell) perform their last concert together. The show at the Denver Pop Festival had problems with police firing tear gas into the audience as the Experience played “Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)”.The band escapes from the venue in the back of a rental truck. At the height of their popularity , they break up. Also in 1963, a  Lennon and and McCartney composition hits the U.S. charts for the first time. It’s Del Shannon’s cover of “From Me To You.” Earlier Shannon toured England with The Beatles.

The (almost) complete Denver show.

Del Shannon covering the Beatles.

Today in Rock and Roll

28 Jun

Among other events and things today, Jimi Hendrix performed a benefit concert for the Martin Luther King Memorial Fund.

Working on My New Website

27 Jun

I have deconstructed my website to reconstruct it. It will be done soon.At the same time I am deconstructing my music studio and life. They will both be reconstructed soon.