2022-11-08

NOVEMBER 8th
Led Zeppelin issue “Untitled” (aka “Led Zeppelin IV”) arrives.  The album features “Stairway To Heaven,” “Black Dog” and “Rock N’ Roll.”  The four symbols on the album represent each band member.  1971
Queen’s third album “Sheer Heart Attack,” with “Killer Queen,” is out.  1974
Ace Of Spades,” the fourth studio album by Mötörhead, is released.  Containing the classic title track it’s the band’s debut U.S. set. 1980
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Bonnie Bramlett of Delaney & Bonnie fame is born. 1944
Electric Light Orchestra’s (E.L.O.) Roy Wood has a birthday. 1946
Something to talk about. Bonnie Raitt, the daughter of Broadway musical star John Raitt, is born in Burbank, CA. 1949
Cynthia Lennon is granted a divorce from John, who does not attend the proceedings. He is with the hospitalized Yoko Ono. She has a miscarriage later in the month. 1968
Jim Morrison (The Doors) records his poetry. In ’78, the surviving Doors compose music to go with the poetry and release the ill-advised “An American Prayer.” 1970
David Bowie makes his US television debut on CBS’ variety show Cher performing “Fame.”  1975
Laura Jane Grace. the founder, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist of Against Me! enters the world.  1980
The Police career retrospective “Every Breath You Take – The Singles” tops the U.K. album charts and nails the #7 spot in the U.S. 1986
Oasis is named the Best Act in the World at the Q Awards in London. Vocalist Liam Gallagher celebrates in fine fashion. He gets into a scuffle with a news photographer, argues publicly with his girlfriend then gets arrested on suspicion of possessing cocaine. Perhaps he should have stayed at home with a good book. 1996
The soundtrack for the movie, “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” drops with Offspring’s “D.U.I.” 1997
U2 release their single “Vertigo.” Though it only goes to #31 on the Billboard 100 the song does top the Alternative Airplay chart. 2004
The official four disc “Live 8” DVD is out. The Live 8 concerts were held around the globe earlier in the year to raise awareness of African poverty and AIDS. The set includes performances by Green Day, Linkin Park and Velvet Revolver, among others. 2005
Breaking Benjamin’s “Forget It” is featured on the “Smallville Volume 2: Metropolis Mix” soundtrack. The song originally appeared on the group’s ’04 release “We Are Not Alone.” The first collection from the WB teen drama came out in ’03. 2005
Limp Bizkit’s “Greatest Hitz” has a couple new songs as well as favorites, “Nookie” and “Break Stuff.”  2005
The Whisky-A-Go-Go, the legendary L.A. venue that was the launching pad for The Doors, among others, is designated a landmark by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. 2006
After getting bounced from NBC’s Tonight Show, Conan O’Brien returns on TBS. Jack White (White Stripes/Raconteurs) is an opening night guest. 2010
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band’s Wrecking Ball tour earns the Top Draw honor and Roger Waters’ The Wall Live tour nails the Top Tour award at the Billboard Touring Awards in NYC. The Top Draw award goes to the tour that sold the most tickets while the Top Tour category acknowledges the highest-grossing tour of the year. 2012
Green Day takes the Best Rock Band honor at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam. 2013
National Geographic announces that a species of frog that sounds like a bat has been named after Ozzy Osbourne. The frog, who resides in the Brazilian Amazon, is named Dendropsophus ozzyi by the scientists who discovered it. 2014
Stone Temple Pilots announce that vocalist Chester Bennington has left amicably. Bennington, who is also in Linkin Park, says the time commitments didn’t leave room for a personal life. “I got to create and perform with one of the greatest Rock bands of our generation, that had so much influence on me growing up,” states Bennington. 2015
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe is the victim of a gang attack in Dublin, Ireland. He sustains minor injuries when he’s assaulted hours before his band launches a tour of the British Isles with Megadeth. 2015
Tool’s Maynard James Keenan publishes his official biography “A Perfect Union Of Contrary Things.” Co-written by lifelong associate Sarah Jensen, the book “traces Keenan’s journey from his Midwest childhood to his years in the army to his time in art school, from his stint at a Boston pet shop to his place in the international spotlight, and his influence on contemporary music.” 2016
Pittsburgh native and Poison frontman Bret Michaels honors active-duty service members and veterans during the “Salute To Service” on Monday Night Football as the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Chicago Bears. “Salute To Service,” an annual NFL initiative, honors the nation’s service members, veterans, and their families. Michaels late father was a vet.  2021
“Led Zeppelin IV” receives a 24x multi-platinum (24 million units moved) award.  The album was released in ’71 (see above). 2021
A limited-edition Metallica 40th anniversary ring is available for $400. Made of silver and brass only 40 are produced. 2021