2022-10-20

ROCKTOBER 20th
 Nine Inch Nails debut album “Pretty Hate Machine” drops. Even though the set has “Head Like A Hole,” “Down In It” and “Terrible Lie,” it only gets to #75 on the Billboard 200. But it becomes one of the first independently released albums to attain platinum certification. 1989
AC/DC’s “Black Ice” sells 193,000 copies in its first day of release to top the Billboard 200 chart. The disc, exclusively available at Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and ACDC.com, is only the band’s second album to reach #1 in the U.S. ’82’s “For Those About To Rock We Salute You” was the first. 2008
Billboard Boxscore reports that Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime” worldwide reunion tour has grossed over $400 million since its launch in April ‘16.  2017
The lead single off Godsmack’s “When Legends Rise” album, “Bulletproof,” is certified as a platinum single for one million digital certified units.  2020
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A real heartbreaker. The son of an insurance salesman, Tom Petty, is born in Gainesville (gator country), FL. 1950
The Rolling Stones record the first Mick Jagger/Keith Richards composition, “That Girl Belongs To Yesterday.” The song is also given to American pop singer Gene Pitney who has a hit with it. 1963
The Who begin a six-night stand at NY’s Fillmore East. The shows are centered around Rock opera “Tommy.” 1969
The Rolling Stones score a #1 with the ballad “Angie” (from the “Goat’s Head Soup” album). Allegedly, the song is about Angela Bowie – David Bowie’s then-significant other. 1973
The Steve Miller Band uncork “The Joker” album. The record gets to #2. 1973
Led Zeppelin’s “The Song Remains The Same” premieres in London. It’s a combination of concert footage and fantasy sequences. 1976
Lynyrd Skynyrd members Ronnie Van Zant and Steve Gaines are killed when their charter plane crashes. Also killed are Gaines’ sister Cassie, who was a back-up singer, and the group’s manager Dean Kilpatrick. 1977
A little over a year after its release, Thin Lizzy’s album, “Jailbreak,” with “The Boys Are Back In Town,” goes gold. 1977
“Boy,” U2’s debut album, is released. It contains the U.K. hit single, “I Will Follow.” 1980
VH 1’s Concert For New York is held at Madison Square Garden. The show opens with David Bowie and closes with Paul McCartney performing “Let It Be” aided by an all-star cast that includes New York police, firefighters and rescue workers. More than $30 million is raised to help victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. 2001
The 15th Anniversary Bridge School Benefit at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, CA features founder Neil Young, Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam and Billy Idol. The event raises money for the Bay Area School for children with severe learning disabilities (which Young’s son attends). 2001
Rage Against the Machine, System Of A Down, U2 and the Clash are featured on VH1’s 25 Greatest Political Protest Songs. The special explores the role of politics in Rock music, with interviews and profiled songs. 2004
AC/DC’s “Black Ice,” with the single “Rock N’ Roll Train,” is issued. The album, AC/DC’s first studio effort in eight years, is initially available exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam’s Club stores. 2008
Stone Sour sit atop Billboard’s Rock Songs chart with “Say You’ll Haunt Me.” Neon Trees’ “Animal” sits at #2 while Kings Of Leon’s “Radioactive” holds the #3 spot. 2010
Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Foundation opens The JBJ Soul Kitchen, a “pay-what-you-can” restaurant in Red Bank, NJ. Specializing in healthy soul food dishes, there are no prices on its menu. Diners can either earn free meals by doing volunteer work in the community or pay a suggested donation. 2011
Fun has an eight-week run at #1 on the Rock Songs chart with “Some Nights.”  2012
Songs by Pearl Jam, Lamb Of God, Black Keys, the Killers, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance’s Gerard Way are on the soundtrack of the “Guitar Hero Live” video game. 2015
Avenged Sevenfold’s “The Stage” goes to #10 on Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs.  It’s the group’s first Top 10 song on the chart in nearly five years.  The track is also the band’s fourth #1 on Hard Rock Digital Song Sales.  2016
Ted Nugent says that “it’s sacrilege” that he has not been inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. The conservative musician has been eligible for the Hall as a solo artist since ‘00.  Nuge, known for controversial statements, says the Hall has passed him over because it’s managed by an “ultra-leftist, liberal CEO-driven gang who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the music.” He asks whether or not it is vulgar, dishonest, and obscene that Grandmaster Flash and ABBA are in the Hall of Fame but Ted ‘F*cking’ Nugent isn’t?” 2018