2022-10-31

 

ROCKTOBER 31st
The Rolling Stones earn a gold record for “It’s Only Rock N’ Roll,” their last album with guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in ’69. 1974
“Awake,” the second studio album by Godsmack, is released. The only Godsmack album to feature drummer Tommy Stewart, debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200, on its way to moving over 2-million copies in the U.S.  2000

 

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Argent’s Russ Ballard has a birthday.  He’s from Waltham Cross, U.K.  1945    
U2’s drummer Larry Mullen is born in Dublin, Ireland. 1961
Guitarist Johnny Marr (born John Martin Maher) has a birthday. He’s known for his work with The Smiths. 1963
Mikkey Dee (Micael Kiriakos Delaoglou), Mötörhead’s drummer (’92 –’15), is born.  1963
Ad-Rock (Adam Keefe Horowitz) of the Beastie Boys starts his life in NYC.  1966
The Stooges make their live debut as The Psychedelic Stooges in Ann Arbor, MI. 1967
My Chemical Romance’s guitarist, Frank Anthony Thomas Iero Jr., enters the world. 1981
Roger Waters goes to court in London to legally dissolve Pink Floyd and prevent his ex-bandmates from using the name. Despite Waters’ efforts, the remaining members continue as Pink Floyd. 1986
“Dude (Looks Like A Lady)” is Aerosmith’s first U.K. chart single. It lands at #45. 1987
Rumored that he will commit suicide on Halloween, Marilyn Manson survives the night. Of course, the talk helps spike sales of “Antichrist Superstar.” 1996
Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons of KISS serve as the grand marshals for New York’s Village Halloween Parade. They ride on a KISS float in full costume and makeup. 2006
Megadeth release their 12th studio album, “United Abominations.” “When you break it down, Megadeth is guitar, bass, drums and guitar solos,” explains frontman Dave Mustaine. “When it starts going in directions where there’s a little bit too much stuff going on that can’t be done onstage, it loses heaviness because that stuff probably shouldn’t be there anyway.” 2006
Marilyn Manson opens a Hollywood art gallery, Celebritarian Corporation Gallery of Fine Art. There are paintings of Edgar Allan Poe and even a nude Adolph Hitler. Somehow, that sounds appropriate. 2006
Ex-Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant’s collaboration with Bluegrass artist Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand,” sells 112,000 units in its first week of release to debut at #2 on the Billboard 200. Country singer Carrie Underwood’s “Carnival Ride” debuts in the top spot. Still, the #2 slot marks career highs for both Plant and Krauss as solo artists. 2007
Who else? Alice Cooper hosts “The Monstrous Munster Mash,” an eight-hour marathon of the ’60s sitcom on WGN America cable network. And at midnight, WGN premieres Alice Cooper’s “Along Came A Spider,” a 30-minute special featuring music videos and clips from the album of the same name. 2008
Marilyn Manson wins the Favorite Male Celebrity Who Dresses for Halloween Every Day category at the first annual Fright Night Awards. The awards are sponsored by Cancer Bites, a national blood cancer education and awareness campaign. 2012
Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) receives the King of Rock n’ Roll Award at the 2nd annual Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund Awards Gala in Hollywood. The guitarist is living with lymphoma. 2012
Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson publishes his autobiography, “What Does This Button Do?”  2017
Evanescence singer Amy Lee is awarded more than a million dollars to cover legal fees in connection with a lawsuit brought against her by her former management company.  Essentially, 110 Management Inc. sued Lee for unpaid commissions and fees, she won, and they got the bill.  2017
A Halloween treat. Slipknot premiere “All Out Life,” on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show. It’s the group’s first new music in four years.  Frontman Corey Taylor adds that the group is recording an album (“We Are Not Your Kind”).  “It’s going to be one of the darkest chapters in Slipknot’s history, it’s that good. 2018
Ghost return to Milwaukee to honor a fan who passed away after the band’s show earlier in the year. The May concert came to an abrupt and tragic end when Jeff Fortune collapsed at the venue and later died. The concert is only for those who attended the abbreviated show. 2018
PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) reveal that Mötley Crüe guitarist Nikki Sixx sent a letter to Texas A&M University (TAMU) requesting they stop breeding golden retrievers and other dogs for testing purposes.  The University counters saying the Food and Drug Administration “requires therapies be proven to be safe in animals before they can be tested in humans.” 2018
DC Shoes offer an official DC x Black Sabbath line of footwear and apparel based on the art for Sabbath’s classic 1971 album, “Master Of Reality.”  2021