2022-10-12

ROCKTOBER 12th
Fleetwood Mac’s platinum single “Tusk” is released. 1979
It’s the title track from the band’s twelfth album.
Nickelback score their first #1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with “All The Right Reasons.” It sells 317,000 copies during its first week of release. 2005
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The Smithereens Pat DiNizio is born. 1955
The film “Don’t Knock The Rock” opens in U.S. theaters. The film, basically an excuse to show performances by Little Richard, Bill Haley and others, ‘stars’ Jayne Mansfield. The teen audience goes crazy. 1956
Little Richard quits Rock n’ Roll to attend Oakwood College with the intention of becoming a minister. A near death experience on a plane while on tour (in Australia) convinces Richard to “do God’s work.” He denounces Rock n’ Roll but returns in a few years (after being ordained). 1957
Returning to music Little Richard headlines a show in Liverpool, England. One of the opening acts is the soon-to-be famous Beatles. Little Richard teaches Paul McCartney his scream. Whooooo. 1962
The Jimi Hendrix Experience with Jimi, Noel Redding (bass) and Mitch Mitchell (drums) forms in London. 1966
John Sebastain, leader of the Lovin’ Spoonful, leaves the group, long after their prime, for a solo career. 1968
’50s Rock N’ Roll great, Gene Vincent (“Be-Bop-A-Lula”), passes away. Vincent dies from a ruptured stomach ulcer while visiting his father in California and is interred in the Eternal Valley Memorial Park in Newhall. 1971
Elton John’s two record set “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” tops the album chart. 1973
Nancy Spungen, girlfriend of Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious, dies under mysterious circumstances at the Hotel Chelsea in New York. Spungen is found on the bathroom floor, dead from a single stab wound. Vicious gives the police a variety of stories ranging from he stabbed Spungen to she fell on the knife. He is arrested but dies from a heroin overdose while out on bail. 1978
New Found Glory’s lead vocalist, Jordan Isaak Pundik, has a birthday. 1979
“October” is U2’s sophomore set. The album gets mixed reviews and only limited radio play. 1981
The Rolling Stones’ “Rock and Roll Circus” is finally released. Filmed in ’68, the planned TV special never airs. Aside from the Stones, the show features The Who and a performance by John Lennon (with Eric Clapton, Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell and Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards playing bass). 1996
Guitarist Wes Borland leaves Limp Bizkit. 2001
John Mellencamp performs at the Milburn Elementary School gym in Baldwin, NY for Nickelodeon’s ‘Speak Up, Rock Out’ contest. The winner is seven-year-old third grader Anthony Viggiano who originates the phrase “I feel tomorrow holds out its hand to me.” 2004
U2’s Bono is in Chicago to promote the (RED) line of products that benefit the fight against AIDS in Africa. He and Oprah Winfrey go shopping at retailers participating in the initiative. The effort is supported by the GAP, Apple, Converse and others. 2006
Don’t lick it up. You splash it on. KISS bassist, Gene Simmons, begins a series of appearances to promote the group’s line of fragrances. Bet ‘Beth’ will like that. 2006
Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt are among the celebrity activists signing a letter asking Congress to make improvements to the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The document urges lawmakers to remove abstinence-until-marriage funding requirements that are included in the legislation. 2007
A few thousand Nickelback fans are on hand at the Los Angeles Forum to film a Citibank commercial. The ad features the Canadian group performing “Gotta Be Somebody” (a single from their sixth album, “Dark Horse”). 2008
Blue Cheer’s Dickie Peterson dies in Germany of liver cancer at the age 63. The band crashed into the Top 20 in ’68 with a brutal Heavy Metal remake of Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues.” 2009
Gene Simmons (KISS) speaks out against file sharing at the MIPCOM convention in Cannes, France. “The music industry was asleep at the wheel,” says Simmons. “And (they) didn’t have the balls to sue every fresh-faced, freckle-faced college kid who downloaded material. And so now we’re left with hundreds of thousands of people without jobs.” 2010
Jack White (White Stripes) and Kid Rock are among the performers paying tribute to Country legend Loretta Lynn on the 50th anniversary of her first performance at the Grand Ole Opry. White produced Lynn’s ’04 comeback album “Van Lear Rose.” 2010
Foo Fighters’ lawsuit against Lloyd’s Of London is dismissed. Several Foo Fighters shows were canceled during the band’s ‘15 world tour due to the Paris terrorist attacks and frontman Dave Grohl’s onstage accident which resulted in a broken leg. Lloyd’s Of London, along with several other insurance companies and the insurance broker, were accused of having “failed to pay amounts that even they appear to recognize are due and owing” on insurance claims the band made for the lost concerts. 2016
Guitarist Robby Krieger (The Doors) publishes his memoir, “Set The Night On Fire: Living, Dying, And Playing With The Doors.”  The story includes his first songwriting session with Jim Morrison –  not to mention everything that came after.  2021
Several people on Twitter revive sexual misconduct allegations made the previous year against A Day To Remember bassist Joshua Woodard.  The issue leads Woodard to step down so as not to drag the band through the controversary.  2021