2023-03-31

March 31st
“Human Touch” and “Lucky Town,” Bruce Springsteen’s 9th and 10th albums, respectively, are released simultaneously. Not a double album but two single albums. A creative spurt at the end of the “Human Touch” sessions produced “Lucky Town.” The single, “Human Touch” (backed by “Lucky Town’s” “Better Days”), peaks at #1 on the Album Rock Tracks chart. 1992
Red Hot Chili Peppers are honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame on Hollywood Boulevard, adjacent to Amoeba Records. 2022
“Stadium Arcadium” may represent the Peppers’ commercial peak but it’s “Blood Sugar Sex Magik,” that’s their undisputed crowning achievement. It’s over 70 minutes of Punk, Rock and Thrash that clearly illustrates the group’s vitality and power.
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Angus Young “moons” for the first time. The AC/DC guitarist is born in Glasgow, Scotland. 1955
The Soviet Culture newspaper in Moscow dismisses Rock n’ Roll as nothing more than a wayward capitalist venture designed to part the gullible masses from their hard-earned dollars. 1957
Chuck Berry releases one of the cornerstones of Rock n’ Roll, “Johnny B. Goode.” 1958
The Jimi Hendrix Experience embark on their debut U.K.     tour. During the London show Hendrix torches his guitar. Another first. 1967
Nirvana‘s Kurt Cobain walks out of the drug treatment Exodus Recovery Center in Marina del Rey and with him goes any chance of survival. Cobain entered the treatment center only three days earlier. He is dead (of a self-inflicted gunshot wound) a week later. 1994
Queensryche deliver its 11th studio set, “America Soldier,” a concept album looking at war from a frontline soldier’s perspective. 2009
Bruce Springsteen’s open letter against New Jersey Governor Chris Christie’s budget plan is printed in the Asbury Park Press. Springsteen states the governor’s policy favors the state’s most wealthy residents. 2011
No surprise here. John Bonham (Led Zeppelin) tops Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 100 Greatest Drummers Of All Time. 2016
Madame Tussauds London unveils its David Bowie figure in partnership with Bowie’s estate. Bowie is presented as his alter-ego Ziggy Stardust.  2022