Well happy April 30th to you! Much to discuss On This Day In Music, let's start with the birthdays!
April 30th, 1967, Dishwalla's original singer J.R. Richards was born in Santa Barbara, California. He left the band officially in 2008 after fronting and putting out a few albums with them. Their biggest hit, of course, was "Counting Blue Cars", which they played at the 1996 Billboard Music Awards!
Going forward a few years to 1971, we also have the birthday of Chris Henderson of Three Doors Down today! Chris has played guitar with the band since the beginning and has helped them write a ton of hits. They had a huge crowd watching their set at Rock Am Ring 2001 when they played "Kryptonite"!
One more April 30th birthday, Clark Vogeler of The Toadies is 45 today. He wasn't an original member but has been with the band since 1996. I think we can call him a full fledged Toadie.
Check out this private acoustic performance of "Possum Kingdom" from 2011 at the Whitewater Ampitheater in Texas.
That was a lot of birthdays! Now, some other April 30th news.
At around 3am on April 30th, 1976, a young Bruce Springsteen had an idea. He and Steven Van Zandt just played a show in Memphis and decided it would be a good idea to see Graceland that night. The Boss saw some lights on and scaled the fence in hopes of meeting The King. Instead he met The Security and was tossed to the curb.
I bet if Elvis was still alive, Bruce could probably just walk up to the front door at this point. From October 2009, watch Bruce bring The King on stage at The Spectrum in Philly!
And finally today, at Coachella on April 30th, 2008, Roger Waters was playing and a massive inflatable pig came undone from the cables and floated off in the sky.
The pig left the scene and immediately word was sent out that there would be a $10,000 reward for the return of the balloon. It was found a few miles away in the town of La Quinta by two families who split the reward money. They were also given four lifetime Coachella passes, which they also split.
That's a pricey pig!