Welcome to another edition of Today in Boston ROCK, where I, Adam 12, spotlight Very Important Days In Rock History. May 25th is one.
May 25, 1948: Klaus Meine is born in Hanover, Germany. He’s been fronting Scorpions since 1969, which is an insane run. Let’s celebrate the legend with a performance of “Wind of Change” in Boston for the band’s 50th Anniversary Tour in 2015.
May 25, 1983: Dio releases their debut solo album Holy Diver. Post-Sabbath Ronnie James Dio, with Sabbath drummer Vinnie Appice, Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain, and a young Vivian Campbell on guitar. An instant classic. A metal masterpiece.
May 25, 1996: Bradley Nowell of Sublime dies of a heroin overdoes two months before the release of the band’s major-label debut. I wrote about the 25th anniversary of Nowell’s death last year.
May 25, 2003: Jane’s Addiction takes the stage at the WBCN River Rave in Mansfield as the “super-surprise special guest band.” They only played a half-dozen songs, but they tore the roof off the shed. I only wish I’d taken pictures or shot video, as there’s no evidence floating around the internet, sadly. So here’s the band on late night TV from that Strays era.
Today in Boston ROCK: May 19
May 19, 1945: Peter Dennis Blandford Townshend is born in West London. The Who has always been the sum of its parts, and Pete Townshend is arguable the biggest part of the whole. Fittingly, the band was at TD Garden just last night. So Pete got to wake up in Boston on his 77th birthday.
May 19, 1949: John Michael “Dusty” Hill is born in Dallas, TX. Had he not passed away last summer, Dusty Hill would have turned 73 today. The show must go on, however, and ZZ Top is still on the road, coming to town this summer.
May 19, 1951: Jeffrey Ross Hyman is born in Queens, NY. The man who would become Joey Ramone and front the Ramones for over two decades is the very definition of an icon. I was lucky enough to see him in the flesh for the band’s last-ever Boston show in 1996.
May 19, 1954: Phillip Hugh Norman Witschke Rudzevecuis is born in Melbourne. Phil Rudd has played drums for AC/DC over three stints since 1974. And his birthday gives us the perfect opportunity to revisit the band’s legendary 1978 Boston gig.