2022-04-27

APRIL 27th

 

“In His Own Write,” John Lennon’s collection of drawings, poetry and prose is published. 1964

 

 

John Mellencamp entertains wounded military personnel at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The performance is televised live on HDNet. “You can support the troops and not support the war,” says Mellencamp, a vocal critic of the Iraq invasion. 2007

 

Godsmack release “When Legends Rise.” The album features “Bulletproof,” the lead single, “Under Your Scars” and the title track.  It goes gold (500,000 units moved) three years later.  2018

 

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Badfinger guitarist Pete Ham is born. 1947
Singer Catherine Elizabeth ‘Kate’ Pierson, one of the founding members of the B-52s, is born in Weehawken, NJ. 1948
KISS guitarist Ace Frehley (Paul Daniel Frehley) is born in the Bronx. 1951
Joe Cocker makes his U.S. debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. 1969
Pink Floyd concludes a five-night engagement at the Los Angeles Sports Arena. In all, over 500 fans are arrested, mostly for marijuana possession. “They have a dope festival” says L.A. Police Chief Ed Davis. It’s called a Rock concert or something.” It begs the question: Is it possible to listen to Pink Floyd without drugs? 1975
Jim James (James Edward Olliges Jr.) guitarist/frontman for My Morning Jacket, is born in Louisville, KY.  1978
Ozzy Osbourne is fired from Black Sabbath and replaced by Ronnie James Dio.   Eventually, Ozzy returns and Dio goes solo.  1979
Patrick Stump (born Patrick Martin Stumph), lead singer/rhythm guitarist/songwriter for Fall Out Boy, is born in Glenview IL. 1984
Axl Rose marries Don Everly’s daughter Erin. As a general rule, the daughters of Rock n’ Roll stars should not marry Rock stars. It’s the ultimate in dysfunctional. The marriage lasts a wonderful 27 days. 1990
Motley Crue’s performance in Grand Rapids, MI, is filmed for a TV special and DVD. “This gives our fans a chance to see this f**king incredible show from the safety of their living rooms,” asserts the usually demur bassist Nikki Sixx. 2005
Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards falls out of a palm tree in Fiji, suffering a brain hemorrhage. Richards later undergoes cranial surgery.  2006
When pigs fly. A giant inflatable pig, covered with political slogans, that was part of Roger Waters’ (Pink Floyd) stage set during his performance at the Coachella Festival in Indio, CA, breaks free from its mooring. Festival organizers offer $10,000 cash and four lifetime passes to Coachella to whoever tracks down the dirigible. The pig crash-lands a few miles away and is found two days later. The two couples split the reward. 2008
Slash appears in a PSA style video calling attention to the crisis facing sharks. “Recent data shows that over 100 million sharks are being killed a year,” he states. “That’s three sharks every second. That’s unsustainable and it’s not cool. We need sharks to have a healthy ocean.” 2013
KISS frontman Paul Stanley’s autobiography Face The Music: A Life Exposed debuts at #2 (behind Flash Boys) on The New York Times print hardcover non-fiction Best Sellers list. 2014
Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), a huge wrestling fan, is named a Senior Producer, Creative and Talent Development for TNA Wrestling. Part of his job is to “develop characters and create story lines” for TNA’s flagship program Impact Wrestling. 2015