February 6, 2001 – Guitarist Don Felder is fired from The Eagles. He would later launch a $50 million lawsuit against drummer Don Henley and guitarist Glen Frey, alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract and fiduciary duty. Both parties settled out-of-court for an undisclosed amount. Folder is a co-writer along with Frey and Henley of “Hotel California” and many other Eagles songs.
February 6, 1990 – Billy Idol suffers a broken leg and wrist after running a stop sign and crashing his Harley-Davidson motorcycle into a car. As his accident left him unable to walk for a time, Idol’s role as Morrison’s drinking buddy, Cat, in the Oliver Stone movie was greatly reduced. Every time he appears in the film, he is either on crutches, sitting, or lying down.
February 6, 2005 – Paul McCartney performs a 12-minute set of Beatles classics (“Drive My Car,” “Get Back” and “Hey Jude” as well as his own “Live and Let Die” during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXIX.
Classic Rock Birthdays
February 6, 1962 – W. Axl Rose (born William Bruce Rose Jr.), vocals, piano (Guns N’ Roses)
February 6, 1950 – Punky Meadows (born Edwin Lionel Meadows), guitar, vocals (Angel)
February 6, 1945 – Bob Marley, vocals (Bob Marley and the Wailers) (d. 1981)
February 6, 1957 – Simon Phillips, drums (Toto, session drummer)
February 6, 2011 – Irish guitarist and singer Gary Moore (born Robert William Gary Moore), dies of a heart attack in Estepona, Spain. He was 58. At the time of his death, Moore’s blood alcohol content was .38% – anything above .40% is considered to be lethal. Moore had been a member of the original Skid Row, Thin Lizzy, and had released many solo records. More popular in Europe than in the U.S., Moore was an influence on a great number of guitarists, including Slash, Randy Rhoads, Zakk Wylde, John Sykes, Kirk Hammett, Brian May and Adrian Smith.
February 6, 1998 – Carl Wilson, lead guitarist and co-founder of The Beach Boys, dies after a long battle with lung cancer. He was 51. Carl also sang lead vocals on a few of the band’s songs, including “God Only Knows” and “Good Vibrations,” and sang backing vocals on many of his friends’ records including Chicago’s “Baby, What a Big Surprise” and “Wishing You Were Here,” Elton John’s “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” David Lee Roth’s cover of “California Girls,” and Warren Zevon’s “Desperados Under the Eaves.” In 1988, Carl was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of the Beach Boys.