2023-03-01

MARCH 1st
Pink Floyd release their 8th studio album “The Dark Side Of The Moon” in the US. It remains on the Billboard album chart for a record 741 weeks (from ‘73 to ’88). 1973
Soundgarden earn a pair of trophies for “Black Hole Sun” (Best Hard Rock Performance) and “Spoonman” (Best Metal Performance) at the 37th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. 1995
“Rope,” the lead single from the Foo Fighters’ seventh album “Wasting Light,” is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later. 2011
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The Who’s singer, Roger Daltrey, is born. 1944
Mike D’Abo, lead vocalist for Manfred Mann, is born in Betchworth, Surrey. 1944
Already operating a recording studio Sam Phillips starts Sun Records. The label launches the careers of Elvis Presley, Jerry Lew Lewis, Johnny Cash and Carl Perkins. 1952
Chuck Berry’s classic” “School Days” is released. 1957
The Everly Brother cut “Bye Bye Love” in Nashville. 1957
Gene Clark announces he’s left The Byrds. A fear of flying is given as the reason. An inability to handle touring and the accompanying lifestyle appear more likely causes. 1966
In Ottawa, The Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars-worth of damage. 1967
The Doors’ infamous Miami Concert. Singer Jim Morrison is later arrested for profanity and lewd behavior. He is convicted but the case is on appeal when Morrison permanently eludes the law. 1969
New York’s Joffrey Ballet performs “Deuce Coupe Ballet” consisting entirely of Beach Boys music. Good Vibrations? 1973
The Eagles score a #1 hit with “Best Of My Love.” 1975
Stevie Wonder repeats his Grammy domination (he was the big winner the previous year as well). Among his awards is the Album of the Year trophy for “Fullfillingness’ First Finale” (containing “Living For The City”). And oh, by the way, the Best New Artist honor goes to Marvin Hamlisch (“The Entertainer”) who beats out Bad Company. Apparently, no one under 80 was allowed to vote that year. 1975
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band gets a gold record for their cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Blinded By The Light.” It topped the chart the previous February. 1977
MTV launches its catchy “I Want My MTV” campaign. The effort puts pressure on cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend (The Who), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) and David Bowie verbalized the incessant demand. 1982
“The Doors,” an Oliver Stone film, is released. Despite being a high-profile effort it barely breaks even. 1991
Nirvana’s last show is in Munich, Germany. 1994
Soul Asylum’s “Runaway Train” wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne nails the Best Metal Performance honor for “I Don’t Want To Change The World.” 1994
Bruce Springsteen opens the 37th Grammy Awards show with “The Streets Of Philadelphia” (which wins Song Of The Year). Sheryl Crow picks up Record of the Year for “All I Wanna Do.” Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female goes to Melissa Etheridge. “Come To My Window” is the song. 1995
Bill Berry, R.E.M.’s drummer, has to leave the stage during a concert in Switzerland after suffering a brain aneurysm. 1995
Good Charlotte’s Benji and Joel Madden debut their MTV show “All Things Rock.” 2002
A British judge finds that Linkin Park cannot file lawsuits against people selling unauthorized posters of the band. The group had wanted to copyright its name to terminate the sale of bootleg merchandise. 2005
Also in Britain, Purple Haze Records is prohibited from selling a bootleg ’69 Jimi Hendrix Experience concert. Purple Haze claims they purchased the rights from another company, who apparently didn’t own the rights either. 2005
Slipknot percussionist Clown (Shawn Crahan or No. 6) skips the band’s appearance NBC’s Late Night With Conan O’Brien because his wife, who reportedly has Crohn’s disease, is sick. Slipknot perform “Before I Forget” and dedicate the song to Crahan and his family.  2005
A limited-edition line of teas featuring original artwork from late Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia are sold by the Republic of Tea company. A portion of the proceeds from J. Garcia Artisan Teas benefit DrawBridge, a nonprofit arts organization for homeless youths. 2006
Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world. 2006
30 Seconds To Mars singer Jared Leto suffers a broken nose during the El Paso, TX, show on the Taste of Chaos tour. The incident occurs when Leto runs into the crowd and smacks into onrushing fans. He’s able to complete the concert. 2007
It’s heroes and villains at the NME Awards. Artic Monkeys nab Best Album for “Whatever You Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” during ceremonies at Hammersmith Palais. My Chemical Romance win Best International Group. Also, My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way is the Hero of the Year while George W. Bush gets tagged as Villain of the Year (beating out Tony Blair and even Pete Doherty of The Libertines). 2007
“Rock To The Top: What I Learned About Success From the World’s Greatest Rock Stars” is wherever books are sold. Written by Rock radio personality Dayna Steele, the book has her reminiscences of interactions with Bruce Springsteen, U2’s Bono and Ozzy Osbourne, among others. The foreword is by KISS’ Gene Simmons. 2008
U2 tops the 2009 Billboard Money Makers list earning more than $108 million. Bruce Springsteen is second with a mere $57 million. 2010
“That’s it. With equal parts regret and relief, the Jane’s Addiction experiment is at an end.” With those words, bassist Eric Avery announces his departure from the band via Twitter. He had rejoined the “Nothing’s Shocking” era lineup in ’08 after a 17-year hiatus. 2010
Beady Eye, led by former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, release their debut album “Different Gear, Still Speeding” in the U.S. “I think we’re gonna be f*****g big, man,” Gallagher tells the New Musical Express. Doesn’t happen. 2011
The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne’s Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. That sad news is that Osborne’s suit goes for $2,550 while the very same suit worn by pop-star Justin Bieber, who also appeared in the commercial, sells for $5,800. 2011
Morrissey, a vegetarian (think The Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder”), tries to give a meat-free concert at L.A.’s Staples Center. McDonald’s outlets in the facility are closed but only the backstage area is meat free. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to PETA. 2013
Train pulls out of a headlining gig at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree to protest the organization’s ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. “When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization,” says Train in a statement. “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen.” 2013
“Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements,” an in-depth authorized biography arrives from Da Capo Press. The book tracks the Minnesota band’s founding, their fiery onstage demise in ’91, solo careers and a shaky reunion. 2016
The music video for Dragonforce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” passes the 100-million views mark on YouTube. The lead track from ‘06’s “Inhuman Rampage” album is the band’s first music video to cross the 100-million threshold.  2019
Bring Me The Horizon cancels nine shows in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine days earlier. In addition, one concert in Kyiv (Ukraine) and one in Minsk (Belarus) are dropped. “In solidarity with Ukraine and to stand against the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership, we must cancel our forthcoming dates,” writes the band in a statement. 2022
Bad Wolves play their first show with singer Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA as the supporting act for Papa Roach. Laskiewicz collaborated with Bad Wolves on their ‘19 studio album “N.A.T.I.O.N.” and replaced the band’s original vocalist Tommy Vext. 2022
Testament officially confirm that drummer Dave Lombardo has rejoined the band following the departure of Gene Hoglan. Lombardo’s first stint with the band was very brief (1998-1999) but he performed on ‘99’s “The Gathering,” an album many consider to be among Testament’s best.  2022