2022-11-04

NOVEMBER 4th
“Living In The U.S.A.” is #1 in the U.S. The Linda Ronstadt album holds the top spot for a week. 1978
Ronstadt’s ninth studio album contains a pair of covers – “Just One Look” and “Ooh Baby, Baby.” Both are hits for her.
Imagine Dragons are #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs airplay chart with “Thunder,” the second single from their “Evolve” album. It’s their 3rd chart topper – “Believer” and “Radioactive” are the other two.  2017
Aerosmith’s “Toys In The Attic” goes 9x platinum (9 million units moved).  Two singles from the album, “Sweet Emotion” and “Walk This Way” pass the 3x platinum and the platinum marks, respectively.  Also, the ’98 single “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” reaches 5x platinum.  2021
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Pretenders’ troubled guitarist James Honeyman-Scott is born. 1956
Jordan Rudess (Jordan Charles Rudes), keyboardist for Dream Theater is born in New York City.  1956
The Beatles perform for the Queen at a Royal Command Performance in London. This is the show where John Lennon asks the audience in the cheap seats to clap their hands and everybody else “just rattle your jewelry.” 1963
Wayne Richard Wells a.k.a. Wayne Static of Static X enters the world.  1965
The Doobie Brothers’ “Listen To The Music” just misses the Top 10 (#11) on the singles chart. 1972
Cedric Bixler-Zavala is born. The Mars Volta vocalist is from Redwood City, CA. 1974
Paul McCartney & Wings release their classic single “Junior’s Farm.” 1974
A bomb-threat is phoned-in during a Bruce Springsteen concert at New York’s Palladium Theatre. Springsteen jokes that the call was probably made by his former manager. There had been extensive legal proceedings between the two parties. 1976
The Band’s film, “Last Waltz,” premieres in New York. It’s a Martin Scorcese film. 1977
Former Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young bass player Greg Reeves sues the group for $1 million in unpaid royalties. 1978
The Talking Heads roll out their awesome remake of Al Green’s “Take Me To The River.” 1978
“Mob Rules,” Black Sabbath’s 10th studio album, drops. It is also the first Sabbath album to feature drummer Vinny Appice, who replaced original member Bill Ward. 1981
Jimi Hendrix and The Yardbirds are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame. 1991
Fred “Sonic” Smith dies of heart failure in Detroit at age 45. He was the guitarist and co-founder of the proto-Punk MC5.  1994
Melissa Etheridge and partner Julie Cypher are on the cover of “Newsweek.” It’s not for music, but to promote an article on gay parenting. 1996
Radiohead’s “OK Computer” is named Best Album at the 8th annual Q Awards in London. 1997
The Beach Boys long abandoned “Pet Sounds Sessions” is issued. The album was recorded in ’67 but not deemed ‘commercial enough’ so the project was shelved with some tracks appearing on “Smile.” The album’s initial rejection took an enormous toll on the already fragile Brian Wilson. 1997
The “Jagermeister Music Tour” featuring Disturbed gets rolling in Minneapolis. But there is something of a glitch. Frontman David Draiman finds it “ironic” that he has to abstain from drinking alcohol while his band headlines the booze sponsored trek. The singer suffers from acid reflux. 2005
Staind frontman Aaron Lewis plays a special benefit show at his old high school in Longmeadow, MA. Proceeds go to the facility’s creative arts department. “I’m honored to return to my alma mater to support its arts and music program,” says Lewis. “Music education in schools is a vitally important cause, and I am very happy to support it, especially in my hometown.” 2006
Barack Obama is elected President following a bitterly contested battle against Republican nominee, Senator John McCain. “I honestly thought I’d never live to see this day,” says guitarist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine), who, like Obama, is a half-Kenyan Harvard graduate from Illinois. 2008
Hinder issues their sophomore album “Take It To The Limit” on Election Day so that fans can “go vote and buy the record,” says drummer Cody Hanson. “Use Me” is the lead single. 2008
The soundtrack to the vampire flick “Twilight” is released containing “Go All The Way” written by Jane’s Addiction singer Perry Farrell.  2008
“The Clash By The Clash” is in bookstores. As the title implies, the book contains band interviews. 2008
A Los Angeles county judge rules that the former members of Sublime may not perform under that name. Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh appeared as Sublime at the Cypress Hill Smokeout Festival just 11 days earlier. The group was slapped with an injunction for illegal use of a trademark by the estate of deceased frontman Bradley Nowell. “Prior to his untimely passing, both Bud and Eric acknowledged that Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime,” a Nowell family representative posts on MySpace. 2009
Radiohead and MTV EXIT (End Exploitation and Trafficking) win the Asia-Pacific Child Rights Award for the band’s “All I Need” video. “(The song has) two parallel stories running, one of a little boy in the West and one of a little boy in a sweatshop in the East, and the boy (in the West) ends up buying the shoes from the sweatshop,” says Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. The award is granted annually to “best television program on children’s rights produced in the Asia-Pacific region.” 2009
U2 wins the Top Tour and Top Draw honors at the 2010 Billboard Touring Awards in New York. Rush earn the Legend of Live award in recognition of their contributions to live music and the touring business. The honors, given out for the best tours of the year, are determined by box office earnings. 2010
Metallica perform at the launch party for Activision’s video game Call of Duty: Black Ops at Hangar 8 of the Santa Monica airport. The event serves as a fundraiser for Activision’s Call of Duty Endowment, which helps soldiers who are transitioning back into civilian life. 2010
Janis Joplin is posthumously awarded the 2,510th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is directly in front of the entrance to Musician’s Institute. 2013
Opening act blues. Mötley Crüe is sued by The Raskins for mistreatment on the Crüe’s ’14 tour. The band paid for the privilege of being Crüe’s opening act but claim they suffered emotional distress, gross negligence, tortious interference, destruction of property, breach of contract, breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, and unjust enrichment. On one occasion, Mötley Crüe’s road crew allegedly ran on stage in monkey masks and sprayed The Raskins “with water guns filled with urine.” That alone is worth $30 million. 2016
Worst song ever?  According to the readers of the New York Post it’s Starship’s “We Built This City.”  The ’85 release went to #1.  2016
Former Black Crowes keyboardist Eddie Harsh dies at age 59. “Eddie was a brilliant musician, with a beautiful heart. We should remember Eddie for his music, his great sense of humor, and his positive outlook on life,” states the Crowes’ Rich Robinson.  2016
The two-day Ozzfest Meets Knotfest gets underway at the Glen Helen Amphitheater in San Bernardino, CA. Slipknot does not perform but frontman Corey Taylor’s other band, Stone Sour, headlines for the first time.  2017
More than 60 people are forcibly removed from A Perfect Circle’s show in Reading, PA after taking pictures during the band’s performance in violation of their strict “no photos” policy.  2017
Axl Rose, Guns N’ Roses frontman, wants everyone to know that when “Sweet Child O’ Mine” is played at President Trump’s rallies, he does not approve of this message. “Unfortunately, the Trump campaign is using loopholes in the various venues’ blanket performance licenses which were not intended for such craven political purposes, without the songwriters’ consent,” states Rose.  2018
Skillet go quadruple-platinum with “Monster” while “Hero” achieves triple-platinum status. Both tracks are from the band’s “Awake” (a double platinum) album.  2021