2022-10-10

ROCKTOBER 10th
The Beach Boys signature song, the three-minute opus “Good Vibrations,” is released. A couple weeks later it’s #1. 1966
Journey’s “Infinity,” with “Lights” and “Wheel In The Sky,” turns platinum (one million sales). 1978
No Doubt release their extraordinarily popular (fifteen million in sales) “Tragic Kingdom” LP. 1995
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Perpetual party boy, the very hyper David “Diamond Dave” Lee Roth (Van Halen’s original vocalist) is born in Bloomington, IN. 1955
Eric Martin, vocals for Mr. Big, is born in Long Island, NY.  1960
Heavy Metal anyone? Black Sabbath’s sophomore album, “Paranoid,” with the title track and “War Pigs,” tops the U.K. chart. 1970
Singer Steve Perry joins Journey. He replaces Robert Fleischmann who was fired. Perry’s first performance with the band happens two-and-a-half weeks later. 1977
Fleetwood Mac Day in L.A. The group gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – outside Frederick’s of Hollywood. 1979
The Police’s “Ghost In The Machine” is the #1 album in the U.K. It has a three-week run at the top. 1981
Billy Joel issues “Songs In The Attic.” It’s the first digitally recorded live album and makes it to #8. 1981
Whitesnake’s signature song, “Here I Go Again,” tops the singles chart. 1987
The double album “Rattle And Hum” is U2’s sixth studio set. The album sells over one million copies in the U.S. 1988
“Insomniac,” the fourth studio album from Green Day, is released. The set becomes the group’s third-best selling album behind “Dookie” and “American Idiot” with sales of over 8 million copies worldwide. 1995
Only Guitar World magazine would come up with a list of the 100 worst guitar solos. The winner (?) is C.C. Deville for his work on Poison’s ’91 album “Swallow This… Live.” Congratulations. 2004
Evanescence’s “The Open Door,” sells 447,000 copies during its first week of release to grab the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart. 2006
Green Day are recognized by People for the American Way at their Spirit of Liberty Awards in L.A. “(Green Day’s) “American Idiot” has effectively raised social and political consciousness among audiences worldwide,” writes the PFAW in a prepared statement. 2006
Bruce Springsteen has the #1 album in the U.S. “Magic” sells 335,000 copies in its first week out. 2007
Radiohead’s seventh album, “In Rainbows,” is available for digital downloads on a pay-what-you-like basis. Over 60-percent of those who download the album worldwide pay absolutely nothing. 2007
The film “Body Of Lies” is in theaters with the song “Bird’s Eye” (during the closing credits), a collaboration between System Of A Down singer Serj Tankian and former Faith No More’s Mike Patton. 2008
Nine Inch Nails announce they will part ways with drummer Josh Freese following the completion of group’s North American “Lights In The Sky” tour. Freese, who had been with N.I.N. since ’05, leaves for personal reasons. 2008
“Check My Brain,” the second single from Alice In Chains’ “Black Gives Way To Blue,” is released. The song goes to #1 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. 2009
Kid Rock, a Detroit native, teams with the NFL’s Detroit Lions to donate 500 tickets to the National Guard and the Paralyzed Veterans Association for a game against the St. Louis Rams at Ford Field. 2010
Eddie Van Halen is named Guitar World’s Greatest Guitarist of All Time. A half-a-million votes were cast by readers. 2012
DJ Lethal announces that he has reunited with Limp Bizkit following a very public falling out with the band earlier in the year. “I had some problems,” says DJ Lethal. “Today is the day that I can finally be a man and step up and say ‘I’m sorry’.” 2012
Elton John loses a libel case against the London’s Guardian Times who linked the singer to a tax avoidance scheme in an article titled, “Screen Play: How Movie Millions Are Moved Offshore.” The paper printed a retraction but Elton was not satisfied and filed suit. 2012
“A Night With Janis Joplin” opens at the Lyceum Theatre on Broadway. Written and directed by Randy Johnson, the production stars Mary Bridget Davis as Joplin. 2013
Jan Kuehnemund, the guitarist and founder member of Vixen, dies after a long battle with cancer. 2013
Arch Enemy reunite with original members Johan Liiva (who left in ’00) and Christopher Amott (absent since ’12) during the group’s appearance at the Loud Park Festival in Saitama, Japan. 2015