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CDJ Today: October 7 in Classic Rock

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John Mellencamp in 2007. Photo by Peter Rimar.

October 7, 1984 – Dee Snider is arrested after a concert in Amarillo, TX for using “profane and abusive” language.  According to Snider, a mom who had escorted her daughter to the show filed a complaint after Snider screamed, “Suck my mutha-f****n’ d**k!” at a concertgoer who was harassing him.  Snider would pay a whopping fine of $75.

October 7, 2004Mötley Crüe‘s Mick Mars, suffering from the chronic degenerative illness ankylosing spondylitis, undergoes hip surgery to ease the pain of the damaged joint.

October 7, 1982 – Led Zeppelin‘s Jimmy Page is given a 12-month conditional discharge after being found guilty of possessing cocaine.

October 7, 1967 – Cass Elliot from The Mamas And The Papas spends the night in a London jail after being stripsearched and questioned, then denied bail after she is charged with not paying a previous hotel bill and stealing towels at the Queen’s Gate Terrace.  After a trial at West London Magistrates Court, at which no evidence was offered for the prosecution, she was released without charge and left the courtroom munching on a hash cookie that she found in her purse.

October 7, 1976 – John Lennon is awarded his Green Card and permanent residency status in the U.S. after previous efforts by the government to deport him are overturned. At the time, his deportation was said to be politically motivated. Lennon friend Geraldo Riviera said, “There was a fear that John could imperil the political existence of Richard Nixon.”

October 7, 1977 – Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett announces he is leaving the group to start a solo career, after much of his songwriting contributions are ignored in favor of Phil Collins’ songs.

October 7, 1978 – Heart release their fourth studio album Dog & Butterfly.  It sells over 2 million copies in the U.S.

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Classic Rock Birthdays

October 7, 1953 – Tico Torres (born Hector Juan Samuel Torres), drums (Bon Jovi)
October 7, 1951 – John “Cougar” Mellencamp, vocals, guitar
October 7, 1949 – Dave Hope, bass (Kansas)
October 7, 1968 – Thom York, vocals, guitar, keyboards (Radiohead)
October 7, 1939 – Colin Cooper, vocals, harmonica (Climax Blues Band) (d. 2008)
October 7, 1945 – Kevin Godley, drums, vocals (10cc)
October 7, 1940 – Dino Valenti (born Chester William Powers, Jr.), guitar, vocals (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (d. 1994)

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