2022-11-05

NOVEMBER 5th
“Woke up this morning got myself a beer.  The future’s uncertain and the end’s always near.” The Doors complete the recording of “Roadhouse Blues.”  The track kicks off the “Morrison Hotel/Hard Rock Café” album which arrives three months later.  The song, with the Lovin’ Spoonful’s John Sebastian on harmonica, becomes a concert favorite.  1969
Traffic earn a gold record for “When The Eagle Flies.” It is the group’s final gold album in the ’70s. 1974
It’s the band’s fourth consecutive studio album to reach the Billboard Top 10.
The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has a $51.1 million opening and nets $141 million worldwide in its debut weekend. Also, the companion soundtrack lands at #22 on the Billboard 200 with opening week sales of 24,000 equivalent album units. The soundtrack mixes classic live and studio tracks with previously unavailable Queen performances from “Live Aid.” 2018
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Legendary guitarist/bandleader, Ike Turner (of Ike & Tina fame), is born. 1931
One-time Byrds guitarist, Graham Parsons, enters the world. 1946
Canadian singer Bryan Adams has a birthday. 1959
Guitarist/vocalist David Bryson (Counting Crows) is born. 1961
Tesla bassist Brian Wheat is born.  1963
The Who’s classic, “My Generation,” is released in the U.K. The track is later listed 11th on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and 13th on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of Rock & Roll. 1965
The Monkees first hit, “Last Train To Clarksville,” is a chart-topper. The song charts before the “The Monkees” TV show premieres. 1966
Multi-instrumentalist Jon ‘Jonny’ Greenwood starts his life. He is the younger brother of fellow Radiohead member Colin Greenwood. 1971
“Madman Across The Water,” the fourth studio set by Elton John, is released.  The album, which contains the tracks “Tiny Dancer” and “Levon” goes gold three months later and eventually platinum (one million copies sold). 1971
Sequencing the pre-taped sections with the live parts proves difficult during The Who’s performance of Rock opera “Quadrophenia.” Pete Townshend storms off the Newcastle stage in disgust. He later returns but The Who perform other material from their extensive repertoire. 1973
Angela Nathalie Gossow, the former lead vocalist for Arch Enemy, is born in Cologne, Germany.  1974
Alt./Country singer-songwriter, Ryan Adams, is born in Jacksonville, NC. 1974
The Eagles release the laid-back hit, “Best Of My Love.” It becomes the band’s first #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  1974
Ozzy Osbourne quits Black Sabbath for the first time. He soon returns. 1977
Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl,” tops the U.K. chart. It’s Joel’s biggest U.K. seller to date. 1983
“Blind” is the title of Corrosion Of Conformity’s third studio album. It’s their first release with rhythm guitarist Pepper Keenan and their only recording with vocalist Karl Agell and bassist Phil Swisher. 1991
Garbage plays their first live show. It’s in Minneapolis, MN, at the 7th Street Entry. 1995
Van Halen announce that singer Gary Cherone is out. 1999
Evanescence’s lead guitarist and founding member Ben Moody leaves the group during their first world tour. 2003
Guitar innovator Link Wray dies at his home in Copenhagen, Denmark. Wray is best remembered for his ’58 instrumental hit “Rumble.” He got the distorted guitar sound by punching holes in his speaker with a pencil. 2005
Jimi Hendrix is inducted into Nashville’s Music City Walk of Fame. A commemorative star honoring the late guitarist unveiled. Hendrix began his professional music career in Nashville during the early ’60s following his discharge from the Army. 2007
Actor Michael J. Fox joins The Who onstage during “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Cure Parkinson’s” benefit concert. Fox, who has the disease, tells the crowd, “This is almost worth getting Parkinson’s for.” The event raises $4.3 million for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. 2008
Ozzy Osbourne is presented with the Legend of Live honor at the Billboard Touring Awards in New York. 2009
U2 play a free concert at the Brandenburg Gate to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the falling of the Berlin Wall. Part of the performance is transmitted to  Berlin’s O2 Arena for the MTV Europe Music Awards show where U2 picks up the Best Live Act award. 2009
Blur bassist Alex James is awarded an honorary Doctor of Arts degree at Bournemouth University’s International Center in his hometown of Bournemouth, U.K. 2010
A John Lennon tooth is auctioned in England for almost $32,000. The tooth was given to Lennon’s former housekeeper, Dot Jarlett, after it had been pulled. Lennon told Jarlett to give it to her daughter as a ‘souvenir’. A Canadian dentist has the highest bid. 2011
KISS begin their first-ever residency (19 nights) in Las Vegas at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. 2014
Ozzy Osbourne returns to San Antonio to apologize for urinating on the Alamo Cenotaph in ’82. “Certainly, as a city, we feel very, very good about his efforts to come to our great city and apologize for the actions of a not-so-sober person,” says District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino. The apology is filmed for Ozzy’s History Channel show.  2015
At Ozzfest Meets Knotfest (in Devore, CA) Marilyn Manson pulls out a fake rifle and points it at the audience drawing attention to the mass shootings that had taken place across the U.S. Manson calls it “an act of theater” and claims he meant no disrespect. 2017
Metallica, in collaboration with Nixon, present a series of watches based on images from the band’s career, including album covers and other artwork.   2018