2022-10-26

ROCKTOBER 26th
“Rattle And Hum,” the U2 documentary, has its world premiere in Dublin. 1988
“Life,” an autobiography by Rolling Stone guitarist Keith Richards, is in bookstores. It covers just about every aspect of the guitarist’s life in candid fashion.  2010
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Singer Natalie Merchant (10,000 Maniacs) begins her life in Jamestown, NY.  1963
The Beatles are awarded Members of the British Empire (MBE) for their contributions to the British economy. John Lennon later returns his in protest to Britain’s support of U.S. policy in Vietnam. 1965
Elton John concludes his West of the Rockies U.S. Tour at Dodger Stadium (L.A.). He’s the first performer to play the venue since The Beatles in ’66. Fittingly, he plays “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” 1975
The Police play their first U.S. show. It’s at Boston’s Rat Club. 1978
Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner suffers a brain hemorrhage during a recording session. Following a two-week hospital stay he’s back in action. 1980
“Freeze-Frame,” the 12th album by The J. Geils Band, is released. Containing the title track and “Centerfold,” it’s band’s only #1 album and their biggest seller. 1981
Queen and David Bowie release “Under Pressure.”  The song tops the U.K. singles chart but doesn’t crack the Top 20 in the U.S. 1981
Less than a month after joining, Bruce Dickinson makes his live debut with Iron Maiden in Bologna, Italy.  He replaces Paul Di’Anno.  1981
Pearl Jam sells nearly a million copies of their “Vs” album in the first week of its release. At the time it’s a sales record. 1992
A benefit album for Burmese humanitarian, Aung San Suu Kyi, with tracks from Pearl Jam, U2, R.E.M. and Tom Morello’s Nightwatchman, arrives. “For The Lady: Dedicated To Freeing Aung San Suu Kyi and the Courageous People of Burma” honors the pro-democracy leader and ’91 Nobel Peace Prize winner who has long been imprisoned by her homeland’s repressive government. 2004
Influential BBC DJ John Peel dies at age 65. His program, The John Peel Sessions, helped launch several bands. 2004
Pearl Jam singer Eddie Vedder appears with surfing legend Laird Hamilton on the season premiere of “Iconoclasts” on the Sundance Channel. The six-part program “features two leading innovators from different fields” discussing their creative interests. 2006
Audioslave’s Chris Cornell narrowly avoids disaster when the motorcycle he is riding is rear-ended by a truck in Los Angeles. According to a witness, Cornell is thrown 20 feet but suffers only cuts and bruises. The bike is destroyed. “Chris escaped with very little injury considering the severity of the accident,” says a representative.” 2006
A private bidder shells out $15 million for the rights to some of Jimi Hendrix’s best-known songs. The auction is organized by the estate of late Hendrix manager Michael Jeffrey. The Hendrix family contests the validity of the auction. In a prepared statement they say, “the assertion that the catalog is the property of (Jeffery’s estate) has never been upheld by any court.” 2006
The “definitive” AC/DC biography, “AC/DC Maximum Rock & Roll” by Murray Engleheart and Arnaud Durieux, is in Australian bookstores. The book is the result of 75 exclusive interviews with band members and associates, as well as extensive research. 2006
Songs by Nirvana, Foo Fighters and Linkin Park, among numerous others, are on Guitar Hero: World Tour. 2008
Wolfmother issue “Cosmic Egg,” the group’s second album but first with the revised line-up of Aidan Nemeth (guitar) Ian Peres (bass) and Dave Atkis (drums). “I did a yoga class and one of the poses we were doing was called ‘cosmic egg’, and I thought yeah, that’s it,” says frontman Andrew Stockwell. “It’s like the fetal pose.” 2009
He’s a bloody Neanderthal! London’s Daily Mail reports that scientists using state-of-the-art testing to analyze Ozzy Osbourne’s DNA determine that the singer is a descendant of a Neanderthal man. The results from a New Jersey lab also show that Ozzy is over six times more likely than the average person to become addicted to alcohol and 1.31 times more prone to becoming a cocaine addict. The DNA test was undertaken in an attempt to understand how Ozzy survived decades of alcohol and drug abuse as well as life-threatening accidents. 2010
The Black Keys issue “Lonely Boy,” the first single from their seventh album, “El Camino.” The song subsequently wins Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song trophies at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards. 2011
Alice Cooper urges governments to legalize hard drugs but believes that booze and tobacco should be outlawed. “You know, looking at statistics, I think drugs should be legal and alcohol and cigarettes should be illegal,” Cooper tells OK Magazine. “They kill more than drugs do.” Cooper, who battled alcohol-addiction during the ’70s, quit in ’83. 2011
No more doves or bats for that matter. Ozzy Osbourne announces he’s gone vegan – meaning no foods derived from animals. “I’m not saying I’m gonna do it forever,” says the former Black Sabbath singer. “I might go back, when my wife learns to cook. So that’ll be never!” 2011
Two Rolling Stones concerts in Newark sell out in one minute. The shows are part of the group’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Scalpers sell tickets to sold-out shows at a huge mark-up. A spokesperson for Ticketmaster insists that the brisk sellout was driven by simple demand. 2012
R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe observes the twentieth anniversary of his coming out with an article in the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper. The singer writes that he was happy to have found the strength to tell the world he was gay. 2014
“Oasis Supersonic,” a documentary chronicling the band’s career (and Noel and Liam Gallagher’s legendary battles), is in theaters for one-day only. “Oasis’ greatest strength was me and Liam,” Noel states.  “It’s also what drove the band into the ground in the end.” 2016
Kurt Cobain’s acrylic and mohair cardigan sweater, with a burn hole, that he wore during Nirvana’s MTV’ Unplugged In New York” live performance sells for $334,000 at Julien’s Auctions’ “Icons & Idols: Rock ‘N’ Roll.”  Only four years earlier the sweater was auctioned for $137,500.  2019
Brian Johnson, AC/DC’s vocalist, publishes his autobiography, “The Lives Of Brian.” Johnson joined AC/DC in ‘80 following the death of Bon Scott. His first album with the band was “Back In Black.”  2021
TikTok announces that Led Zeppelin is available to its community. The band also launches its own official TikTok account that features artwork, graphics and live performances.  2021