2022-10-29

ROCKTOBER 29th
“Radioactive,” by Imagine Dragons, is released.  Staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 87 weeks and peaking at #3, the song tops both the U.S. Hot Rock Songs and Rock Airplay charts on its way to becoming the most downloaded track in Rock history.  2012
Greta Van Fleet sit at #3 on the Billboard 200 with their debut album “Anthem Of The Peaceful Army” with 87,000 copies sold. 2018
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Denny Laine (Moody Blues & Wings) is born. He writes and sings one of Wings’ best songs “Time To Hide.” 1944
Peter Green (Peter Allen Greenbaum) is born in London. In addition to being a co-founder of Fleetwood Mac, the guitarist composed “Black Magic Woman” (a hit for Santana).  1946
Keyboardist Roger O’Donnell (The Cure) is born. 1955
Quiet Riot’s vocalist, Kevin DuBrow, let’s out his first wail (shortly after birth). 1955
The musical “Hair” makes its off-Broadway debut in New York. It’s billed as The Tribal Love-Rock Musical. 1967
A motorcycle accident in Macon, GA, takes the life of guitar great Duane Allman (Allman Brothers Band). 1971
The Sex Pistols are banned from Lancaster Polytechnic. Locals don’t want that “filth” in their town. 1976
At 491 weeks, Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” has the longest run of any recording on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart. It still has several more years on the survey. The previous record holder was “Johnny’s Greatest Hits” by Johnny Mathis. 1983
The Byrds make it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are known for “Turn! Turn! Turn!,” “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Eight Miles High.” 1990
“Having spent ten years in the filthiest business in the universe it’s a pleasure to announce the end of the Stone Roses,” says vocalist Ian Brown. 1996
Former Dead Kennedy frontman Jello Biafra is sued by his ex-bandmates claiming he diverted money owed to them.  Later, Biafra is ordered to pay more than $200,000 in damages.  1998
“Nirvana” (with the black cover and silver lettering), a de facto greatest hits record, is released. 2002
No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani launches her L.A.M.B. line filled with bikini tops and low slung pants. Basically, it’s the stuff she’s been wearing for years. 2003
Ray – The Life Of Ray Charles opens. The bio-pic stars Jamie Foxx as the immortal performer. 2004
U2 tops Billboard’s Modern Rock Tracks chart with “Vertigo.” It’s the band’s eighth #1. 2004
Wolfmother win Best Group, Best Rock Album and Best Breakthrough Album honors at the Australian Recording Industry Association Awards in Sydney. 2006
The Sundance Channel premieres “Runnin’ Down A Dream: Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers.” Director Peter Bogdanovich’s four-hour documentary has appearances by Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Jeff Lynne (E.L.O.) and the late George Harrison. 2007
Ironically, Queens Of The Stone Age’s small market tour wraps up in L.A. (not exactly the sticks). “I’m from a (small town) and I know what it’s like when somebody comes and plays your town that never does,” says frontman Josh Homme. 2007
Police nab 40 accused petty criminals in a sting operation that involves Ozzy Osbourne. Without Ozzy’s prior knowledge, police invite people with outstanding warrants to a fake pre-show party that promises free tickets to Ozzy’s Fargo,ND concert. “It’s insulting to me and to my audience,” says Osbourne. “It shows how lazy this particular sheriff is when it comes to doing his job.” 2007
U2’s Bono is a surprise speaker at a Starbucks leadership conference in New Orleans, as the coffee company announces a partnership with the singer’s (Red) campaign. A percentage of money raised by sales of select Starbucks drinks benefit the (Red)-supported Global Fund’s fight against AIDS in Africa. “This coffee will be beautiful because it’s going to chase away the ugliness of this tiny little virus, HIV,” says Bono. 2008
“Nowhere Boy,” a biographical film about John Lennon’s formative years in Liverpool, has its world premiere at the British Film Institute’s 53rd annual London Film Festival. 2009
“Bon Jovi’s Greatest Hits” tops Billboard’s Hard Rock Albums chart. The compilation, which contains “You Give Love A Bad Name” and “Wanted Dead Or Alive,” also peaks at #24 on the Billboard 200. 2010
John Lennon wins the Royal Mint’s public vote and is honored with his own “Great Briton” limited edition coin.” The massive proportion of the vote he received shows clearly just how much his untimely death still resonates with the nation,” says Dave Knight, director of commemorative coins at the Royal Mint.  2010
Keith Richards is implicated in the death of an expensive orchid. That’s right. The Rolling Stones guitarist is accused of killing a Phalaenopsis Amabilis. While promoting his book “Life” at the New York Public Library, Richards extinguishes his cigarette in the plant’s clay pot. Windows are opened to air out the previously smoke free room resulting in the withering of the rare plant. 2010
Tom Petty performs at the first fundraising concert for California State University Northridge’s public radio station, KCSN-FM. “Nothing scares corporate radio more than public radio,” Petty tells the audience. “We think people can understand a lot of different kinds of music.” The station lost its federal funding after failing to reach minimum audience and fundraising requirements. 2011
Stevie Wonder receives the Spirit of Hope Award at the 15th annual Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) in Greenwich, CT. The award is given to an individual who embodies the spirit of hope through perseverance and resolve. 2011
Green Day announce that they’ve canceled all dates for ’12 and postponed early ’13 shows as frontman Billie Joe Armstrong continues his stay in rehab. “Obviously, the timing for this isn’t ideal, but Billie Joe’s well-being is our main concern,” writes bassist Mike Dirnt in a statement. 2012
Protest The Hero issue “Volition,” their fourth album. They raised $200,000 in just a week via an Indiegogo campaign to fund recording sessions. “‘Volition’ contains a couple of blazin’ bangers we hope some or/most of you will enjoy,” says the group in a statement. 2013
Megadeth co-founder and bassist David Ellefson publishes his autobiography, My Life With Deth.” “My autobiography is not the usual tale of Rock n’ Roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people,” says Ellefson. 2013
Slipknot’s “.5: The Gray Chapter” tops both the U.S. and Canadian album charts. It’s the group’s first album since ’08’s “All Hope Is Gone” and their first since the death of founding bassist Paul Gray and the dismissal of drummer Joey Jordinson. 2014
A petition signed by The Beatles calling for the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger to star in the film “A Clockwork Orange” is auctioned in London. Despite the petition, which was signed in ’68, Jagger didn’t get the role of Alex in the ’71 film. 2015
Disturbed’s “Evolution,” is #4 on the Billboard 200 with over 71,000 fist week units sold. 2018
Former Molly Hatchet singer Jimmy Farrar dies at age 68. Farrar passes away due to complications from congestive heart, kidney and liver failure.  His vocals are heard “Beatin’ The Odds” (’80) and “Take No Prisoners (’81). 2018
The book “Nu Metal: A Definitive Guide” is out.  It focuses on the years ‘94 to ‘04 and revolves around KoЯn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Slipknot.  2021
In a radio interview Superjoint guitarist Jimmy Bower says that the band is “done” for good.  Members are now involved in other projects. Superjoint last released an album in ‘16.  2021