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This Day in Music History: May 12th

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2008: Neil Young had a spider named after him. Biologist Jason Bond discovered a new species of trapdoor spider the previous year in Alabama and named it Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi due to being a fan of Young’s music & track record on sociopolitics.

2000: Thieves stole the gates to Liverpool, England’s Strawberry Fields, the landmark later immortalized in The Beatles’ song. A scrap dealer later returned the gates to the police.

1995: Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose filed a restraining order against Karen McNeil in Los Angeles Superior Court. McNeil was charged with trespassing at his Malibu home two weeks earlier on April 27th.

1981: Van Halen kicked off their tour in support of Fair Warning at the Halifax Metro Centre in Halifax, NS.

1973: Led Zeppelin reached the top of the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the third time with Houses of the Holy which spent two weeks on top.

1971: The Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger married his first wife Bianca De Macias in a Catholic ceremony in Saint-Tropez, France. The couple would divorce in 1978.

1967: Pink Floyd performed at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, which is one of their first concerts to experiment with quadraphonic sound. They compose a song for the Games of May event, which would later become “See Emily Play”.

1967: The Jimi Hendrix Experience released their debut album Are You Experienced in the U.K. The album would be released in the U.S. in September of the same year.


1963: Bob Dylan walked off The Ed Sullivan Show when CBS refuses to let him perform “Talking John Birch Paranoid Blues”.


Birthdays:
Ian Dury born in 1942
Ian McLagan-keyboardist for The Faces born in 1946
Steve Winwood-vocalist for the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic & Blind Faith born in 1948
Billy Squier born in 1950

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