2022-11-11

 

NOVEMBER 11th
KISS releases “Rock And Roll Over” which contains “Hard Luck Woman” and “Calling Dr. Love.” 1976
 The album goes platinum.
The Smashing Pumpkins’ double album, “Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness,” debuts at #1. 1995
Creed’s “With Arms Wide Open” tops the Billboard Hot 100. The song is from the group’s second album, “Human Clay.” 2000
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With the Berlin Wall (separating West and East Berlin) coming down just days earlier Melissa Etheridge and Joe Cocker are there to perform. 1989
Yardbirds rhythm guitarist and later bassist, Chris Dreja, is born. Jimmy Page asks Dreja to join what would become Led Zeppelin but he declines preferring a career as a photographer. His claim to fame is the back cover photo on the band’s self-titled debut. 1944
Guitarist Vince Martell (born Vincent Martemucci) has a birthday. He does a stint in the Navy before joining Vanilla Fudge. 1945
It a birthday for XTC’s Andy Partridge. A founding member, the Malta-born Partridge serves as the group’s guitarist and chief songwriter. 1953
Buddy Holly releases “Peggy Sue.” It’s got the widely imitated hic-cup vocals. 1957
The Velvet Underground make their debut at a high school dance in Summit, NJ.  1965
The Doors lead singer Jim Morrison is busted for causing trouble on a flight from L.A. to Phoenix. The charges are eventually dropped. 1969
Allman Brother’s bassist Barry Oakley is killed in a motorcycle accident only a few blocks from where Duane Allman’s fatal motorcycle accident occurred a year earlier. 1972
Despite Roger Waters effort to legally dissolve Pink Floyd, the remaining band members (David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright) issue a press release saying they plan to carry on. The court eventually allows them to do just that. 1986
“Wonderwall,” the majestic Oasis ballad, peaks at #2 on the U.K. singles chart. 1995
Metallica leads the “Million Decibel March” in Philly. The free concert also celebrates the upcoming release of the “Re-Load” album.  1997
Green Day’s in-store appearance at a New York Tower Records turns into a riot. First, Billie Joe Armstrong paints “Nimrod” (their album’s title) on the walls, incites the crowd to cut loose, body surfs the audience and moons people on the street. For some reason, Tower cancels the group’s planned post-concert appearance. 1997
“Holy Wood (In the Shadow Of The Valley Of Death)” is released.  Though the album eventually goes gold it is the least commercially successful of a trilogy of Manson albums that includes “Antichrist Superstar” and “Mechanical Animals.” One reason is that Manson suffers a severe backlash following the ’99 shooting at Columbine High School.  Manson is signaled out as a negative, warping influence on the shooters who killed 12 classmates, a teacher, and injured 21.  2000
John Mellencamp speaks to an Indiana University Rock music history class. He discusses songwriting, performing and MTV. 2003
Axl Rose (Guns N’ Roses) performs Paul McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” at the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research dinner in New York. Fox, who has Parkinson’s disease, had recently been embroiled in a stem-cell research controversy launched on right-wing radio. “I’m for stem-cell research, so I just thought it would be wrong not for me to come when I was asked,” says Rose. 2006
Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland is arrested for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol. Police say Weiland failed a sobriety test following a car crash in California and posted $40,000 bail after refusing to give a blood or urine sample. 2007
Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour receives an honorary doctorate from Anglia Ruskin University in England. The Doctor of Arts degree is bestowed for Gilmour’s “outstanding contribution to music as a writer, performer and innovator.” 2009
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood is divorced from his wife Jo after 24-years on the grounds of his admitted adultery (with Russian cocktail waitress Ekaterina Ivanova). 2009
Alice Cooper guitarist Dick Wagner returns to the stage to play his first Cooper show since suffering a heart attack and stroke five years earlier. He had to re-teach himself how to play guitar. “It was so terrible at first,” says Wagner. “It was a lot of work, a lot of stress, but I came through it with sheer determination and some brilliant doctors.” 2011
Jack White (White Stripes) and his record label, Third Man Records, launch the Great Third Man Turkey Drive, with proceeds going to the Nashville Rescue Mission, a non-profit organization that offers assistance to the homeless in Nashville. The goal is to provide 1,000 turkeys for the mission’s “massive” annual Thanksgiving banquet. Also, fans who donate a collection of canned goods and clothing items that total $25 to get the free Third Man album. 2013
Metallica, Black Keys, Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl perform at the Concert for Valor in Washington D.C. The Veterans Day event, organized by Starbucks and HBO, raises funds for veterans’ charities. 2014
Rock & Brews, a restaurant chain co-founded by KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, offers veterans, active military personnel and first responders a complimentary pulled pork sandwich with a choice of a side on Veterans Day in the U.S. 2015
Andy White, the Scotland-born session musician who played drums on The Beatles’ debut single “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You,” passes away in New Jersey after suffering a massive stroke. Worried that The Beatles ‘new’ drummer, Ringo Starr, might not be up to the job, producer George Martin hires White for the session. 2015
Former Mötörhead drummer Phil ‘Philthy Animal’ Taylor dies at the age of 61. Taylor was with the band from ‘75 to ‘84 and from ‘87 to ’92. Mötörhead’s Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister says he is “devastated.” 2015
The Black Crowes play their first reunion show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York City. Joining brothers Chris and Rich Robinson are guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, bassist Tim Lefebvre, keyboardist Joel Robinow and drummer Raj Ojha. The group perform songs from “Shake Your Money.” 2019
Starset’s single “My Demons,” off their ‘13 album “Transmissions,” is certified platinum (one million units sold) by the RIAA. 2021
Slipknot percussionist M. Shawn Crahan (a.k.a. Clown) undergoes surgery for a torn bicep tendon that occurred during the band’s Knotfest L.A. concert six days earlier. As a result, he misses the band’s “Welcome To Rockville” festival tour date in Daytona, FL. Crahan reports that “everything went great and I am recovering peacefully.”  2021
Rush drummer Neil Peart posthumously receives the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Indianapolis. Peart’s wife Carrie Nuttall and daughter Olivia accept the award on his behalf.  2021
Graeme Edge, co-founder and drummer of the Moody Blues (“Nights In White Satin,” “Tuesday Afternoon”), passes away at age 80.  2021