1945: Al Stewart
1946: Farrokh Bulsara a.k.a. Freddie Mercury
1946: Buddy Miles (Band of Gypsys)
1946: Loudon Wainwright III
1947: Mel Collins (King Crimson) Mel has also recorded or toured with Chris Squire, Uriah Heep, Alan Parsons Project, Alexis Korner, Alvin Lee, Bad Company, Snafu, Humble Pie, Phil Manzanera, Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Small Faces, Camel, Joan Armatrading, The Rolling Stones, Roger Chapman, Gerry Rafferty, The Byron Band, Marianne Faithfull, Caravan, Dire Straits, Tears for Fears, 10cc, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and many more!
1949: David “Clem” Clempson (Colosseum / Humble Pie / Rough Diamond)
1956: Roine Stolt (Kaipa / Transatlantic / The Flower Kings / Agents of Mercy / Anderson/Stolt / The Sea Within)
1968: Brad Wilk (Rage Against The Machine)
1969: Dweezil Zappa
Happy 50th Birthday to Dweezil Zappa, who is brilliantly keeping his father, Frank’s legacy alive. I saw his concert in Auckland in 2018 ~ it’s astounding how well Dweez plays the Zappa material live and is an exceptional guitarist!
1969: The Stooges made their New York debut at The Pavilion supporting MC5.
1976: Lynyrd Skynyrd guitarist Gary Rossington was seriously injured in a car crash in Florida.
1987: Ian Astbury of The Cult was arrested & jailed, after a riot at their show in Vancouver.
1990: B.B. King received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1990: Death of drummer, Charlie Charles of The Blockheads.
2017: Death of multi-instrumenalist musician, Holger Czukay of Can (aged 79).
2017: Death of singer, Rick Stevens of Tower of Power (aged 77).
Freddie would have been 73 today! Freddie Mercury of Queen, that is. As a musician / songwriter, he was fantastic… as a singer, easily amongst the best ever… as a showman, he was unsurpassable!