2022-10-16

ROCKTOBER 16th
The Jimi Hendrix Experience have the #1 album with “Electric Ladyland.”  1968
The album contains the definitive version of Bob Dylan’s “All Along The Watchtower.”  In addition, there’s “Crosstown Traffic,” Voodoo Chile” and “Burning The Midnight Lamp.”
“Hey Jealousy” is the Gin Blossoms first charting single. The track gets all the way to #25. 1993
Pop Evil’s “Survivor” is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Airplay chart – after sixteen weeks on the survey. 2021
The song is on the band’s sixth album “Versatile.”
“In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran” is published. Written by the group’s bassist, John Taylor, the book is “about the music, the parties, and the MTV videos that made millions swoon.” 2013
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Michael Balzary begins a journey that will lead to becoming Flea, bassist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He is born in Melbourne, Australia. 1962
Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s bassist C.F. Turner (Charles Frederick Turner) is born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 1943
Grateful Dead vocalist Bob Weir is born in San Francisco. He is one of the group’s founding members. 1947
Rainbow keyboardist (’75-’77) Tony Carey is born. 1953
Bob Mould (Husker Dü) has a birthday. 1960
Damn you Von Trapps! “The Sound Of Music” soundtrack keeps the Rolling Stones “Out Of Our Heads” from reaching the top spot on the U.K. album chart. 1965
Grace Slick performs for the first time as a member of Jefferson Airplane. She replaces Signe Anderson. 1966
Creedence Clearwater Revival officially announce they are disbanding. Rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty left the previous year. Frontman John Fogerty goes solo. 1972
John Mayer is born in Bridgeport, CT, while his parents are waiting on the world to change. 1977
“Smile Jamaica,” a benefit concert in London to aid Jamaica’s recovery from Hurricane Gilbert features U2, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) and Ziggy Marley. 1988
Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell is arrested for being under the influence of a controlled substance. He has syringes, white powder and crack pipes in his possession. 1991
Paul McCartney submits an application through his MPL Communications company requesting to have his name trademarked so he can profit from licensing his moniker on a variety of products. 2006
Hinder release “You Can’t Make This S**t Up.” This is a deluxe version of “Extreme Behavior” with concert performances, music videos and bonus tracks, including their cover of Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild.” 2007
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong says he’s hopeful that former V.P. Al Gore’s Nobel Peace Prize award will further the fight against global warming. “I think it’s great that this issue is finally getting the recognition it deserves,” says Armstrong. “I feel that Al Gore has been very influential in bringing this into the mainstream.” 2007
Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel perform at a New York fundraiser for Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama. At the event’s conclusion, Obama quips that he’d just told his wife, “Honey, the reason I’m running for president is I can’t be Bruce Springsteen. I can’t be Billy Joel.'” 2008
Flea celebrates his 50th birthday (see above) by throwing a Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in his backyard. The bash also serves as a fundraiser for the Silver Lake Conservatory, a music school in L.A. the bassist established ’01. “Unfortunately, the public school system has cut the funding to music programs, and there’s a big void, so we’re doing our best to fill it in our community,” says Flea. 2012
David Bowie is voted the best-dressed Briton in history in a poll conducted by BBC History Magazine. He garners nearly half of the 4,000 votes beating out the likes of Queen Elizabeth I; Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire; and Beau Brummell. 2013
Avenged Sevenfold launch their Deathbat game via Apple’s App Store and Google Play. The game is based on the band’s sixth album “Hail To The King.” 2014
Neil Young officially unveils the Ponoplayer, a high-tech music player, at Saleforce’s Dreamforce conference in San Francisco. “Technology is supposed to bring us a better life,” Young says. “And Pono is the exception that will bring us a better life.” 2014
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd) hosts the Music Heals benefit concert to raise money for the charity MusiCorps, a non-profit organization that supports injured soldiers and their families. 2015
Slayer launch 666 Red Ale with the Nils Oscar company in Sweden. It’s described as “a unique craft beer based on five different malts.” 2015
Five Finger Death Punch settle its lawsuit with the Prospect Park label and former manager Jeff Kwatinetz. The agreement allows the long-delayed release of a greatest hits album with two new songs. 2017
Tom Petty is laid to rest in a private ceremony in Pacific Palisades, two weeks following his passing. The service is at the Self-Realization Fellowship Lake Shrine, where Petty’s friend George Harrison (The Beatles) was laid to rest in ‘01. 2017
“Iron Maiden Album By Album” is out. Written by Martin Popoff, the book is features contributions from Marty Friedman (Megadeth), Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), among others. 2018
The fourth annual Women Who Rock benefit concert supported by Gibson Gives features special guest drummer Rick Allen (Def Leppard) and guitarist Orianthi (Alice Cooper). Women Who Rock helps educate, support and fund women-centric health research. 2021