Today is the anniversary of one of the most unusual events in a most unusual decade. On May 26, 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono began their "Bed-In for Peace" at Montreal's Queen Elizabeth Hotel. It was the second of such boudoir-bound protests (or, if you prefer, media stunts); the couple folded the first into their Amsterdam honeymoon that March. John and Yoko's bed-ins failed to measurably increase the amount of world peace, but they did produce two wonderful songs in "The Ballad of John & Yoko" (the first) and "Give Peace a Chance," which the couple recorded in their Montreal suite with a choir including the Smothers Brothers and LSD guru Timothy Leary. (Hey, it was the '60s.) To mark the occasion, Rocks Off compiled a few other memorable musical moments that came to pass between the sheets. Sorry, no sex - that would be too easy.1. Keith Richards dreams of a hit:
In the wee hours of May 7, 1965, the Rolling Stones guitarist woke up in a Clearwater, Fla., motel room, played about 30 seconds of a riff that had been floating around his slumbering brain into a bedside tape recorder and fell back asleep with the tape still running. In the morning, Richards played it for Mick Jagger, who thought it sounded "country"; almost exactly two months later, "Satisfaction" hit No. 1 on theBillboard
Hot 100.2. Mike Myers and Madonna make out.
Look at the unit on that guy! Wayne playing "Truth or Dare" with the Queen of Babe-lonia has always been one of Rocks Off's favoriteSaturday Night Live
sketches - it's from the December 1, 1990 episode hosted by John Goodman that also featured Faith No More's Mike Patton climbing into a giant fan on the music stage-set during "Epic" - and we still crack up whenever Wayne says "Hey, was that Prince?"3. Neil Young coughs up three classics.
Rocks Off correspondent Classic Rock Bob reports that the new bookNeil Young: An Illustrated History
(which he'll review next week) repeats a story he's heard several times before: "Young was sick in bed with the flu and wrote 'Cinammon Girl,' 'Down By the River,' and 'Cowgirl in the Sand'
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." Those three songs form the core of Young's second album (and one of his absolute best),Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere
; "Cinnamon" and "River" are in the mix of songs on the solo tour that brings him to Jones Hall next Friday. Don't forget Rocks Off has a pair of tickets to the show we'll be giving away next week.