September 27, 2007 – Van Halen kick off their reunion tour with David Lee Roth and new bassist Wolfgang Van Halen at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena. It was their first tour with Roth in 23 years, and it grossed over $93 million for 74 dates.
September 27, 2004 – Producer Phil Spector is charged with the murder of 40-year-old actress Lana Clarkson. Spector remains free on $1 million bail. He is eventually found guilty of second-degree murder in 2009 and is now serving 19 years in prison, making him eligible for parole at age 88 in 2028.
Classic Rock Birthdays
September 27, 1947 – Meat Loaf (born Marvin Lee Aday), vocals
September 27, 1943 – Randy Bachman, guitar, vocals (Bachman-Turner Overdrive, The Guess Who)
September 27, 1964 – Stephan Jenkins, vocals (Third Eye Blind)
September 27, 1958 – Shaun Cassidy, vocals, guitar
September 27, 1943 – Steve Boone, vocals, bass (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
September 27, 1986 – Metallica bass player Cliff Burton is crushed to death after the band’s tour bus slides off the road between Stockholm and Copenhagen. Burton is thrown through the window of the bus, which falls on top of him, resulting in his death. He was 24. Burton co-wrote most of the songs on Ride The Lightning, plus “(Anesthesia) – Pulling Teeth” from Kill ‘Em All, and “Master of Puppets,” “Orion” and “Damage, Inc.” from Master of Puppets. In 2009, Burton was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with Metallica members James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett plus later bassists Jason Newsted and Robert Trujillo.
September 27, 1979 – Scottish guitarist Jimmy McCullouch dies of heart failure due to morphine and alcohol poisoning in Maida Vale, London. He was 26. He was best known for playing lead guitar and bass as a member of Paul McCartney‘s band Wings from 1974 to 1977. One of McCullouch’s first jobs was playing with Thunderclap Newman, and in 1969, when “Something in the Air” went to No.1 it made McCulloch the youngest guitarist to ever play on a UK No.1 single, at just sixteen years old.