2022-10-19

ROCKTOBER 19th
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers release their breakthrough album “Damn The Torpedoes,” which sells two million copies in the U.S. 1979
Journey’s “Evolution” goes platinum.  1979
The band’s first album with drummer Steve Smith (replacing Aynsley Dunbar) contains their first Top 20 hit “Lovin’, Touchin’. Squeezin’
The set goes to #20 on the Billboard 200 eventually selling over 3-million copies in the U.S.
“Vs.,” Pearl Jam’s second studio album, arrives.  The band’s first collaboration with producer Brendon O’Brien, and their first album with drummer Dave Abbruzzese, occupies the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart for five weeks.  1993
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Doobie Brothers’ Patrick Simmons starts his life. 1945
Procol Harum’s Keith Reid is born.  He composed the lyrics for the band’s hit “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.”  1946
Elvis Presley gets his draft notice. His military service begins the following year.  1957
With duel guitarists Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page, the Yardbirds land in New York to begin their U.S. tour. After a couple shows Beck falls ill leaving Page as the sole guitarist. 1966
Hour Glass, with Duane and Gregg Allman (Allman Brothers Band), open for Eric Burdon & The Animals at San Francisco’s Fillmore West Auditorium. 1967
The Band’s “Stage Fright” album goes gold. 1970
Chevelle’s lead guitarist and vocalist, Pete Loeffler, is born in Grayslake, IL. 1976
Lynyrd Skynyrd’s original line-up play their last show together in Greenville, SC prior to the plane crash that kills vocalist Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and back-up singer Cassie Gaines. 1977
AC/DC begin their first U.K. tour since the death of singer Bon Scott. Brian Johnson, whose vocals had impressed Scott, is onboard. 1980
Still angry over the previous night’s less than stellar Guns N’ Roses performance in L.A., vocalist Axl Rose states “these will be the last Guns N’ Roses shows you’ll ever f***ing see” if band members don’t clean up their act.” 1989
Bonnie Raitt’s “Something To Talk About” peaks at #5 on the singles chart. 1991
Alice Cooper’s Glen Buxton dies from pneumonia at age 49. The guitarist co-wrote “School’s Out,” “Elected,” and “I’m Eighteen.”  1997
KoЯn release their “Greatest Hits – Volume One.” 2004
“Words & Music: John Mellencamp’s Greatest Hits” is out. The set covers Mellencamp’s career from ‘79 – ‘04. 2004
Following a DNA test, Bush’s Gavin Rossdale confirms that he is the father of 15-year-old British model Daisy Lowe. The admission is particularly difficult for Rossdale’s then-wife, Gwen Stefani, who is reportedly “devastated” by the news. 2004
Melissa Etheridge is home in California recovering from two operations to treat breast cancer. A tumor and lymph nodes were removed. 2004
Carlos Santana’s wife, Deborah, initiates divorce proceedings against the guitarist, citing irreconcilable differences. The couple, married for 34 years, have three children together. A representative for Carlos says the split is “a private matter.” 2007
Alice Cooper receives the Rock Immortal honor at the Scream Awards (Spike TV’s celebration of horror, sci-fi, comics and fantasy) in L.A. Also, Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards nabs the Best Cameo Award (for “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End”). 2007
New York’s Empire State Building is bathed in psychedelic lights to give it a tie-dye appearance in honor of the Grateful Dead. The light show precedes “The Grateful Dead: Now Playing” exhibit at the New York Historical Society. The display features “an array of original art and documents related to the band, its members, performances, and productions.” 2009
Just a day after Pearl Jam is nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, one-time Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese publicly asks the band to advocate for his inclusion in the ceremony. Abbruzzese, who was in the group from ’91 –’94, was left off the band member list.  2016
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil dodges jail time on a misdemeanor battery charge related to an incident where he allegedly assaulted an autograph seeker. Neil’s lawyers plead guilty to misdemeanor battery. Neil is ordered to pay $1,000 and spend 6-months on informal probation. He’s also ordered to undergo impulse control counseling. 2016
Mastodon and Mikkeller Brewing San Diego introduce ‘Sultan’s Curse’, an imperial stout named after a song on the band’s album “Emperor Of Sand.” It’s the group’s second beer.  ‘Mastodon Mother Puncher’, an IPA, was the first.  2017
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and tattoo artist/model Kat Von D co-launch the unisex Basket Case eyeliner.  “Basket Case” is the title of a Green Day song.  2017
Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea (Michael Balzary) marries fashion designer Melody Ehsani.  “My life has changed forever and I am eternally humble and grateful,” Flea says of his bride.  2019
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx gives the world his memoir “The First 21: How I Became Nikki Sixx.” The book details how Frank Feranna eventually became Sixx in the musician’s formative period — before his Rock star hedonism. 2021
“Metallica: The Black Album In Black & White,” an official coffee table book developed by Metallica and photographer Ross Halfin, arrives.  It’s a “celebration of one of the best-selling albums of all time, featuring classic and previously unpublished photographs.” 2021