2022-11-16

NOVEMBER 16th
KoЯn release their fourth album, “Issues,” which sells 13-million copies worldwide. 1999
Kid Rock’s “Born Free” drops with guest performances by Martina McBride, Sheryl Crow, Bob Seger and Rapper T.I. Rock’s 8th studio album contains “Slow My Roll,” “God Bless Saturday,” “Rock On,” “Times Like These” and the title-track. 2010
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Bassist Gary “Mani” Mounfield (Stone Roses) is born in Manchester, England. 1962
Velvet Revolver guitarist Dave Kushner has a birthday. He’s from L.A. 1966
Logan Conrad Mader, record producer and former lead guitarist with Machine Head, enters the world. He’s from Montreal, Canada. 1970
“Led Zeppelin,” the group’s self-titled debut, goes gold. Released in ’69, the album is a Hard Rock classic. 1971
Interestingly, John Lennon is the last ex-Beatle to have a #1 single – “Whatever Gets You Thru The Night.” Elton John plays keyboards and adds backing vocals. 1974
What a rush. Prog Rock’s Rush is awarded three gold records. The Canadian group scores with “2112,” “All The World’s A Stage” and “A Farewell To Kings.” 1977
The movie “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” premieres. Based on The Beatles’ album of the same name, it’s a film so bad that it tanks the careers of just about everyone involved including Peter Frampton, the Bee Gees and Billy Preston. Only comic-actor George Burns has enough showbiz savvy to escape the wreckage unscathed. 1978
Queen plays New York’s Madison Square Garden. During the song “Fat Bottomed Girls” they have semi-nude female cyclists ride around the stage. 1978
The album “Abracadabra,” with the catchy (obnoxious) title track, goes platinum. Though it’s a huge seller, mercifully, it’s not the Steve Miller Band’s biggest album – “Fly Like An Eagle” still holds that honor. 1982
Starship begin a two-week run at the top of the singles chart with “We Built This City.”  1985
Former Clash drummer Topper Headon, a heroin addict, is jailed for 15 months for distributing heroin to a man who later dies.  He later gets clean. 1987
Dino Valente (Chester William Powers, Jr.) dies of a brain tumor in Santa Rosa, CA.  He’s known for being the founder and lead singer of Quicksilver Messenger Service.  1994
“One Hot Minute” (Red Hot Chili Peppers) is certified platinum by the record industry (RIAA). 1995
Joe C. (Joseph Calleja), the Rapper who appeared often with Kid Rock, dies in his sleep at age 26. Less than four-feet tall, Joe C. lived with celiac disease, an autoimmune aliment that causes stunting and dwarfism. 2000
Kid Rock is named the Best Pop/Rock Male Artist at the American Music Awards. 2003
The CBS special “I Walk the Line: A Night for Johnny Cash” airs. One of the highlights is Kid Rock and Jerry Lee Lewis (“bad boys” from different generations) performing “I Walk The Line.” 2005
Jimi Hendrix, The Who, Kinks, Pink Floyd, Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath are inducted into the U.K. Music Hall of Fame in London. Ozzy lightens the mood by mooning the audience while performing with Sabbath. “I thought they needed livening up a bit,” says the Prince of Darkness. 2005
Green Day partner with the environmental group Natural Resources Defense Council to launch “Move America Beyond Oil,” a campaign calling for clean, renewable energy. “People are sick of our oil addiction and feel like nobody is doing anything about it,” says guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong. “The solutions are there, the support is there, but the leadership is not. Our message is that it’s OK… to take on that responsibility.” 2006
The Official U.K. Charts Company declares Queen’s “Greatest Hits” the best-selling U.K. album of all time.  Sales are in excess of 5.4-million copies.  2006
Alice In Chains single, “Your Decision,” is released in the U.S. The dark power ballad referencing the band’s late frontman Lane Staley is the third single from “Black Gives Way To Blue.” The song goes #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs and the Hot Mainstream Rock charts. 2009
The Beatles’ thirteen original albums, the two-volume “Past Masters” compilation and the “1962-66” and “1967-70” collections are finally available from the iTunes’ store as albums or individual songs. 2010
Journey donates more than $350,000 to victims of a typhoon that struck the Philippines. The band also leads a U.S. appeal for more funds. Journey’s Arnel Pineda is from the Philippines. 2013
Following a “high energy bicycle accident” in New York’s Central Park, U2’s Bono is rushed to the hospital and undergoes five hours of surgery to repair facial and shoulder injuries. 2014
Metallica’s entire catalog returns to Napster seventeen years after the band filed a contentious lawsuit against the former peer-to-peer file-sharing network. 2016
Mötley Crüe’s farewell tour concert film DVD, “The End: Live In Los Angeles,” debuts at #1 on the Billboard Music Video Sales charts. The tour reported gross earnings of $86 million.  2016
Alabama physician Dr. Richard Snellgrove is indicted in connection with the overdose death of former 3 Doors Down guitarist Matt Roberts.  Snellgrove allegedly prescribed methadone, hydrocodone, loraxepam and fentanyl, for Roberts.  2016
Evanescence’s Amy Lee wins the Hollywood Music And Media Award for Best Original Song – Independent Film for “Speak To Me” from the movie “Voice From The Stone.”  2017
Quinn Allman, former guitarist for The Used sues the band over proceeds from past touring, album and merchandise sales.  Claiming he was fired in ‘15, Allman also seeks damages for late and irregular royalty payments.  2017
Elvis Presley is one of seven “distinguished individuals” to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, a prestigious civilian honor.  Presley is “an enduring American icon four decades after his death,” states a White House press release. 2018
Metallica through their non-profit foundation All Within My Hands donates $100,000 toward wildfire relief efforts in California.  The North Valley Community Foundation and the Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation receive $50,000 each to “provide services to victims at evacuation centers and other much needed relief.”  2018
On the day that Ghost play its first-ever headlining U.S. arena show (at the Forum in Inglewood, CA), folks in Midland, TX “pray” over Ghost’s upcoming concert at the city’s Wagner Noel Performing Arts Center. They “plead the blood of Christ” out of their concern that the Swedish Metal band is bringing dark spiritual influences into the area. 2018
“I bless the rains down in Africa.” News arrives that Toto’s “Africa” has crossed the one billion streams threshold on Spotify. The track is from the band’s ’82 “IV” album. 2021