2022-10-17

ROCKTOBER 17th
“The River” is the fifth studio effort by Bruce Springsteen. The double album is notable for the hit “Hungry Heart.” It sells over 5 million copies.  1980
“Chocolate Starfish And The Hot Dog Flavored Water,” the third studio album by Limp Bizkit, drops.  The set debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 moving 400,000 copies on the first day.  2000
Kid Rock’s “Rock N Roll Jesus” is #1 on the Billboard 200 chart. Selling in the neighborhood of 170,000 copies in its first week, it’s Rock’s first chart topping album. 2007
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“Jailhouse Rock” premieres at Loew’s State Theatre in Memphis where Elvis Presley once worked as an usher. The movie turns out to be one of his best. 1957
A chance meeting results in the formation of the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards run into each other at the Dartford Railroad Station in London. Though the pair had gone to the same primary school, they hadn’t crossed paths in years. A mutual love of the Blues leads to starting a band. 1961
The Rolling Stones release their second album, “12 X 5.”  The set contains “Time Is On My Side” and “It’s All Over Now” and sells over 500,000 copies in the U.S. 1964
The Zombies release their haunting “She’s Not There.” 1964
The Kinks run afoul of the American Federation of Musicians. The group’s reputation for boozing and fighting on stage causes the union to delay the required permits for The Kinks to tour the U.S. They finally get the permits. After all, they are creating the template for Oasis. 1969
Eric Clapton releases his version of J.J. Cale’s “After Midnight.” This uptempo electric rendition is a hit (#18 on the Billboard Hot 100). 1970
After the mega success of “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours” there wasn’t a record label in the world that was going to say ‘no’ to Fleetwood Mac. The “Tusk” album is released after $1 million is spent to record it. 1979
The film “Sid and Nancy,” a bio film of Sex Pistol Sid Vicious and his girlfriend Nancy Spungen, opens nationally. 1986
Future Green Day founders, Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt, give their first live performance as members of the band Sweet Children at Rod’s Hickory Pit in Vallejo, CA where Armstrong’s mother is working. 1987
Green Day’s single “Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life)” is released. The acoustic ballad sells over 2-million copies. 1997
Barenaked Ladies are on top of the Billboard Hot 100 with “One Week.” 1998
Stone Sour’s “Through Glass” is #1 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks. “None of us knew how big [the song] was gonna be,” says singer Corey Taylor. 2006
ZZ Top is presented the International Entertainment Buyers Association’s Living Legend Award at a gala banquet in Nashville. ZZ Top are recognized for their “hard-rocking power-trio approach to the Blues,” and “superior musicianship… attitude, style and some devilishly funny songs.” 2006
It’ll get nastier before it gets nicer. Court documents allegedly filed on behalf of Heather Mills McCartney claim that estranged husband Paul McCartney was physically and verbally abusive toward her, drank heavily and used illegal drugs during their marriage. Heather’s attorneys say she “stands by everything that has been filed at court.” 2006
U2’s Bono appears in a Dublin courtroom to testify against the band’s former stylist, whom they say has been selling memorabilia that belongs to the band. Lola Cashman, appealing a ’05 ruling stating that she must return to the group items she has tried to auction off (including the Stetson hat Bono wore on the cover of the “Rattle And Hum” album), claims they were given to her as gifts. Despite her assertion, U2 prevail. 2006
It’s an election year. Everclear’s “Jesus Was A Democrat” is available for free download. “I have been wanting to write this song for a long time, ever since the right wing in this country tried to make the word liberal a thing of shame,” says frontman Art Alexakis. “If this song offends you… then don’t listen to it.” 2008
Bono contributes a special op-ed piece to the New York Times about President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize. The U2 vocalist writes that Obama has attempted to change the direction and image of the U.S. abroad. “In my view… the administration’s approach to fighting nuclear proliferation and climate change, improving relations in the Middle East and, by the way, creating jobs and providing health care at home, are rebranding in action,” explains Bono. 2009
U2’s “Ordinary Love,” the first new cut from the band in three years, is featured in the trailer for the Nelson Mandela biopic, “Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.”  2013
Iron Maiden, having taken in more than $15 million in ticket sales from nine live shows, tops Billboard’s Hot Tours List for the third time in a year. The two-year Maiden England world tour nets more than $57 million from 54 concerts with a total attendance above 900,000. 2013
“Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways” debuts on HBO. The eight-episode series chronicles the recording of the band’s album “Sonic Highways” and the musical histories of each city visited. 2014
Neil Young and The Red Hot Chili Peppers perform a rare acoustic performance at the Silverlake Conservatory of Music to support the non-profit organization’s mission of offering students the opportunity to study music. 2015
Green Day’s “Radio Revolution” tops the Billboard 200 on first week sales of 95,000 units.  It’s the group’s 10th Top 10 album.  2016
Tragically Hip lead singer Gord Downie dies of brain cancer at age 53.  2017
The lawsuit against Ghost founder Tobias Forge brought by his former bandmates is dismissed forcing the ex-Ghost musicians to pay the frontman’s legal fees. They sued for roughly $22,000 in unpaid compensation arguing they had not received their rightful share of Ghost’s profits during their tenure.  2018
All That Remains’ founding member and guitarist Oli Herbert dies at his home at age 44. He drowned in a pond on his property in Connecticut with anti-depressants and a sleep aid in his system. Herbert joined All That Remains in ‘98 and appeared on nine studio albums, including 2018 release “Victim Of The New Disease.” 2018