2022-09-20

SEPTEMBER 20th
“The Game” tops the U.S. chart. The Queen album, featuring “Another One Bites The Dust,” has a five-week run at #1. 1980
Pearl Jam issue “Backspacer.” “(‘Backspacer’) feels good – really strong and uptempo, stuff we can sink our teeth into,” says vocalist Eddie Vedder. “It was all based on this brand-new idea to us of ‘let’s write the songs before we record them’.” 2009
The band’s ninth album tops the Billboard 200.

 

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Extreme’s Nuno Bettencourt enters the world. 1966
Ben Shepherd (Hunter Benedict Shepherd) is born. He achieves fame and fortune (hopefully) as Soundgarden’s bassist. 1968
Blind Faith (with Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood) is #1 on the LP chart. 1969
The Doors Jim Morrison is found guilty of indecent exposure and profanity. The charges stemmed from a ’69 Miami concert at the Dinner Key Auditorium. The conviction is appealed but Morrison goes to the great beyond before there’s a re-trial. 1970
Peter Frampton quits Humble Pie for a mega, if short-lived, solo career. 1971
The police find cannabis growing on Paul McCartney’s farm. 1972
We’re comin’ to your town. Grand Funk Railroad own the #1 spot on the pop chart with “American Band.” 1973
“Fame” is David Bowie’s first U.S. #1. Backing vocals were provided by John Lennon. That might have helped. 1975
The Who’s “Who Are You” gets the gold record certification. 1978
Lifehouse drummer Rick Woolstenhulme has a birthday. 1979
“Blizzard Of Ozz,” Ozzy Osbourne’s solo debut album (after being sacked from Black Sabbath) is released in the U.K. The set features “Crazy Train” and “Suicide Solution,” which was written in part by Ozzy’s bass player, Bob Daisley, as a comment on the singer’s alcohol and drug abuse. 1980
“I Love Rock and Roll” by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts goes gold. 1982
A benefit concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall raises money for Multiple Sclerosis research. The Faces bass player Ronnie Laine suffers from MS. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page and Steve Winwood perform. 1983
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers’ “Southern Accents” album goes platinum. 1985
“Stuck With You” (Huey Lewis & The News) reaches #1 for a three week stay. 1986T
“Have A Nice Day” is the ninth studio effort by Bon Jovi. The album debuts at #1 in 15 countries but only makes it to #2 during its first week on the U.S. survey. 2005
Disturbed unleash their third studio album, “Ten Thousand Fists.” “It seems to fuse the brutality and darkness of “The Sickness” with the melodic nature and complexity of “Believe,” says vocalist David Draiman. 2005
Guitarist Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) is honored for his charity work with underprivileged young people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Page helps support Casa Jimmy, a shelter for orphans, teenage mothers and other poverty-stricken young people that is administered by the Task Brazil organization. 2005
Ex-Pink Floyd leader Roger Waters and Jon Bon Jovi perform at a gala celebrating the 10th anniversary of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation in New York. Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, are honored for their support of the organization that provides instruments and music-education services to children. 2007
The Rolling Stones play their first concert since the passing of drummer Charlie Watts the previous month at age 80. Mick Jagger pays tribute to Watts. The show is at a private party hosted by New England Patriots (NFL) owner Robert Kraft at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.  2021