April 7, 1990 – Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee suffers a mild concussion after falling 20 feet from the scaffolding above his elevated drum kit. Tommy was descending as usual on a bungee rope but panicked when he thought his roadie wouldn’t pull the brake in time. He was turned upside down and smashed heads with a person in the audience, before he hit the ground head-first and blacked out. He was immediately rushed to the hospital in New Haven, CT.
April 7, 1988 – Alice Cooper nearly dies of asphyxiation at the Wembley Arena in London after a safety rope breaks during a concert stunt where Cooper pretends to hang himself during the show. An attentive roadie cuts him free and he continues the concert.
April 7, 1987 – Pastor Oral Roberts says that God will kill him if he doesn’t raise $1 million in donations; in response, Ozzy Osbourne sends him one dollar to use toward psychiatric treatment.
April 7, 1990 – Guns N’ Roses perform their last concert with the Appetite For Destruction lineup at Farm Aid IV in Indianapolis.
April 7, 2008 – Bob Dylan receives an honorary Pulitzer Prize for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture.” He’s the first rock musician to win the award.
April 7, 1987 – Whitesnake releases their self-titled CD which goes on to sell over 8 million copies in the U.S. alone.
Classic Rock Birthdays
April 7, 2013 – Andy Johns, the legendary producer and engineer, dies of complications from a stomach ulcer. He was 62. Johns worked on classic albums that have sold in excess of 160 millions copies by bands ranging from Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones to Van Halen and Cinderella.