Sex Pistols’ Johnny Rotten called the rock hall of fame a "piss stain" on this day in 2006

His statement was read at the band's induction ceremony.


Today in rock history: On this date in 2006, iconic, notorious and rabble-rousing punk-rock band Sex Pistols was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Miles Davis, Blondie and Black Sabbath. The band, naturally, declined an invitation to attend when frontman Johnny Rotten sent a fax calling the rock hall organization a “piss stain.” Jann Wenner — the now disgraced co-founder of of Rolling Stone — read the note out loud during the induction ceremony.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1977, Detroit proto-punk rock hero Iggy Pop kicked off a tour supporting his critically-adored solo album, The Idiot. The album sold relatively well, and a large part of the tour featured David Bowie (who helped Pop record the album) on keys. The opening act on the tour? Blondie.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1960, Adam Clayton, longtime bassist for U2, was born in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England. Clayton’s family moved to Dublin, Ireland when he was five years old, and that’s where he eventually co-founded one of the most popular bands in the world. He’s prominently featured on U2 fan favorites like “New Year’s Day,” “With or Without You” and “Vertigo” among many others.  The rock hall inductee has also collected over 20 Grammy awards and celebrates his 59th birthday today.


Today in rock history: On this date in 1976, R&B singer Johnnie Taylor, a longtime Stax Records signee, reignited his career when Columbia Records picked him up after Stax filed for bankruptcy. Taylor’s first single for his new label, the suggestive “Disco Lady,” topped Billboard’s pop charts and had a six-week stay at the top of the R&B chart as well. “Disco Lady” was also the first 45 RPM to ever go platinum. It was also the first no. 1 single to have the word “disco” in its title (although other disco songs had reached that pinnacle before).

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I was born on a Sunday Morning.I soon received The Gift of loving music.Through music, I Found A Reason for living.It was when I discovered rock and roll that I Was Beginning To See The Light.Because through music, I'm Set Free.It's always helped me keep my Head Held High.When I started dancing to that fine, fine...
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