2022-09-12

SEPTEMBER 12th
“Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd, arrives.  The group’s 7th studio album goes to #1 on the Billboard chart and sells over six million copies in the U.S.  1975
Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged” set enters the album chart. It contains an acoustic version of “Layla,” sells millions of copies and even wins a Grammy.  1992
Metallica release “Death Magnetic.”  The group’s ninth album is their first produced by Rick Rubin and first to feature bassist Robert Trujillo.  The album, which goes on to sell over 2 million copies, has tracks available for the Guitar Hero: World Tour video game.  2008
The Foo Fighters documentary series, “Sonic Highways,” wins a pair of Emmy Awards in L.A. They’re honored for Outstanding Sound Editing and Outstanding Sound Mixing. 2015
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Drummer Neil Peart (Rush) starts his life in Hagersville, Ontario. 1952
“The Monkees” TV show premieres. After passing on Steven Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash) and Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) the producers settle on Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, Mike Nesmith and Brit Davy Jones to be the mock-Beatles. It’s 30 minutes of “A Hard Day’s Night”-like antics each week. The show lasts a little over two years but manages to sell millions of records. 1966
Primus guitarist Larry LaLonde is born.  1968
Aerosmith’s self-titled debut album hits the gold record mark. 1975
Michael Paget, singer, songwriter and guitarist for Bullet For My Valentine, enters the world.  1978
Ex-Chevelle drummer Joseph ‘Joe’ Loeffler enters the world. 1980
Journey’s “Escape,” with “Don’t Stop Believin’,” and a couple major ballads, is the #1 album in the U.S. 1981
Aerosmith release their 10th studio album, “Pump.” Featuring “Love In An Elevator” and “Janie’s Got A Gun,” the set sells over seven million copies in the U.S. 1989
Soundgarden release their “Louder Than Love” LP. 1989
Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie announce that they’re leaving Fleetwood Mac. Nicks and guitarist/singer Lindsey Buckingham had ended their tumultuous romance years earlier and keyboardist McVie and bassist John McVie were now divorced.  Surprising Nicks and McVie stayed as long as they did. Of course, there were reunions. 1990
The Rick Rubin produced “One Hot Minute” is released.  The Red Hot Chili Peppers had to overcome guitarist John Frusciante’s departure and singer Anthony Kiedis’ relapse into drug addiction.   Guitarist Dave Navarro fills the void left by Frusciante.  1995
Concerts around the U.S. are cancelled in the wake of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in D.C. Shows from artists as diverse as Stevie Nicks and Crosby, Stills & Nash to Weezer and the Black Crowes are postponed. 2001
Johnny Cash dies of complications from diabetes. The 71 year-old singer/songwriter had an amazing career spanning six decades – even earning an MTV Video nomination (for “Hurt”) earlier in the year. 2003
Puddle Of Mudd perform for 1,500 U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq. 2004
Reality-TV supergroup Supernova has to find a new name. A San Diego judge grants the original Supernova, a SoCal punk band, its request for a preliminary injunction against the producers of CBS’ Rock Star: Supernova to stop the use of the name to identify the group with drummer Tommy Lee (Mötley Crüe), bassist Jason Newsted (Metallica), guitarist Gilby Clarke (ex-Guns N’ Runs) and the contest winning lead singer, Lukas Rossi. So what replacement name do they choose? Rock Star Supernova. That’s real creative. 2006
Jonathan Demme’s documentary “Neil Young Journeys” premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival. Demme uses concert footage from earlier in the year interspersed with brief scenes from a Young’s road trip through his native Ontario. 2011
The Foo Fighters appear at the iPhone 5 launch in San Francisco. “One of the incredible things about being here is that you’re meeting people who are shaping our future,” says frontman Dave Grohl. The iPhone 5 ships nine days later. 2012
Arcade Fire’s documentary, “The Reflektor Tapes,” premieres at the Toronto Film Festival. 2015
A Day To Remember land at #2 on the Billboard 200 with “Bad Vibrations.”  The album also debuts at #1 on their Top Album Sales Chart and tops Billboard’s Top Independent Album Chart, Top Rock Albums Chart and Hard Rock Albums Chart. 2016
“27: The Legend And Mythology Of The 27 Club” by KISS bassist Gene Simmons is out.  The book is “about all the sadness with these people who killed themselves at age 27” (Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison).  2018
Machine Gun Kelly (featuring Blackbear) garners the Best Alternative honor with “My Ex’s Best Friend” at the MTV Video Music Awards.  Also, the Foo Fighters receive the Global Icon Award and perform a medley of their songs. 2021