This Day in Music History: April 21st

2005: Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson pled no contest to a single misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest without violence and was sentenced to 12 months probation plus court costs in a settlement agreement of the charges resulted in his run-in with Collier County sheriff’s deputies in Florida on December 31, 2003. 

2001: R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck was arrested at London’s Heathrow Airport after allegedly assaulting British Airways crewmembers while drunk during a flight from Seattle to London. Buck was later found innocent of all charges the following year.

1993: Former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman married for the third time, this time to girlfriend Suzanne Accosta in Vence, France. They’re still married to this day and they’ve had three children together.

1990: Kiss reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart for the second & final time with “Forever” which peaked at number eight & was written by Paul Stanley & Michael Bolton.

1990: Van Halen performed at the opening night of its Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Sammy Hagar would buy out his band-mates due to its initial financial failure, which then went on to become a huge success.

1980: Pete Townshend released his first solo album Empty Glass which went on to reach number five on the Billboard 200 Album Chart & sell one million copies in the U.S.

1978: Sandy Denny of the Fairport Convention & the only guest singer on a Led Zeppelin album when she co-sang on “Battle of Evermore” died of a cerebral hemorrhage after falling down stairs at a friends house. She was 31 years old.

1973: Alice Cooper reached number one on the Billboard 200 Album Chart for the first and only time with Billion Dollar Babies which spent one week on top.

1970: Elton John made his solo concert debut at London’s Roundhouse opening for T. Rex & Spooky Tooth.

Birthdays:
Iggy Pop-singer for The Stooges born in 1947

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