2022-11-19

NOVEMBER 19th
Bon Jovi’s “Bad Medicine” tops the pop chart. 1988
“Rebel Soul,” from Kid Rock, is out. His label, Top Dog/Atlantic Records says, “this album cements his place as the premier genre-hopping Rock and Roller of all time.” The set features the track, “Let’s Ride.” 2012
Though few openly admit liking the band, “The Best Of Nickelback-Volume I,” drops. 2013
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At the age of 14, Jerry Lee Lewis makes his debut playing “Drinking Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee” at the opening of a Ford dealership in Ferriday, LA. 1949
Matt Sorum is born. The drummer is known for his seven-year stint (’90-’97) with Guns N’ Roses. 1960
Plagued by PA problems during a London show, The Who’s Roger Daltrey storms off the stage. Immediately rumors get going that Daltrey will leave the group. Of course, he doesn’t. 1965
Tool’s Justin Chancellor begins his life in London.  1971
Van Morrison’s “Moondance” album goes gold six years after its release. It’s his first. 1976
Scott Weiland of The Stone Temple Pilots is arrested on one count of domestic battery after a fight with his wife over a prescription he was going to have filled.  Weiland has a history of drug abuse.  His wife is scared of what might happen if he took the pills.  2001
Stone Temple Pilots announced that they are splitting up.  In ’08, STP reforms with original vocalist Scott Weiland but fire him five years later.  2003
Producer/songwriter Terry Melcher dies. The son of actress Doris Day, he worked with The Byrds, Beach Boys and Paul Revere & The Raiders. In the late ‘60s, Melcher was allegedly the actual target when Charlie Manson’s followers killed Sharon Tate. Manson didn’t think Melcher gave his music a chance. 2004
Opening: Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda presents his first art exhibition at a Los Angeles gallery. The show, titled “Diamond Spades Hearts Clubs,” features paintings and other works. 2006
Desolation Row: The Bob Dylan-themed musical “The Times They Are A-Changin’” closes after just 28 performances at Broadway’s Brooks Atkinson Theatre. The production, created by choreographer Twyla Tharp, featured over two dozen Dylan songs. It was buried under negative reviews. 2006
The members of Red Hot Chili Peppers file a lawsuit against Showtime Networks for unfair competition and unjust enrichment over the TV show “Californication” – the same name as the band’s multi-platinum ’99 album. “‘Californication’ is the signature album, video and song of the band’s career,” says vocalist Anthony Kiedis. “For some TV show to come along and steal our identity is not right.” 2007
Queen guitarist Brian May is appointed chancellor of  Liverpool’s John Moores University in recognition of his contribution to the arts and promotion of science education. “This is a great honor and a great new challenge for me,” says May. 2007
Quiet Riot singer Kevin Dubrow dies from an accidental cocaine overdose.  His body is discovered six days later at his Las Vegas home.  2007
Elvis Costello urges fans not to buy his box set, “The Return Of The Spectacular Spinning Songbook,” because it is too expensive. “Unfortunately, we find ourselves unable to recommend this lovely item to you as the price appears to be either a misprint or a satire,” Costello writes on his website. The tracks were recorded over two nights at The Wiltern Theater in L.A. 2011
AC/DC release their entire catalog on iTunes. In less than a week, 696,000 individual songs are sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. 2012
Billy Joel is the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, presented by the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. “The great composer, George Gershwin, has been a personal inspiration to me throughout my career,” says Joel. 2014
Josh Homme, co-founder of Eagles Of Death Metal, seeks donations for his Sweet Stuff Foundation to help the families of victims killed in the 11/13/15 terrorist attacks in Paris. The Eagles Of Death Metal were performing at the Bataclan club where dozens of people were killed. Homme was not on tour with the group and was not in Paris at the time of the attack. 2015
Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” featured in a Geico (insurance) ad, accumulates 48,000 in digital sales and 9.5 million U.S. streams on its way to a four-week run atop Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Songs chart, marking the band’s first #1 on a Billboard chart. The song peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 in ‘87. 2015
The tour bus carrying L.A. Metalcore band The Ghost Inside is involved in a fatal crash with an 18-wheeler semi-truck. The driver of the 18-wheeler and the driver of the bus are killed. 2015
The Beastie Boys call on fans to join a “stand against hate messages” after swastikas and a “Go Trump” message are found graffiti in a Brooklyn park dedicated to the late Adam “MCA” Yauch. “Hate has no place in Brooklyn, NYC, or America,” the group tweets. A rally at Yauch Park, which was dedicated to the late Beastie Boys’ member in 13, is held the following day. 2016.
Spotify, the music streaming service, says Metallica is the most-streamed Heavy Metal band in the world with 7-million listeners a month. The band’s most popular song, “Enter Sandman,” has been streamed over 108-million times. 2016
Linkin Park wins the Favorite Artist – Alternative Rock trophy at American Music Awards in L.A. They dedicate the award to their late singer Chester Bennington. 2017
Who owns Ratt?  A federal court dismisses counterclaims by drummer Bobby Blotzer in a lawsuit related to the ownership and use of the Ratt trademark. A judgment is entered in favor of Ratt’s general partnership — which includes Ratt’s other original members Stephen Pearcy (vocals) and Juan Croucier (bass).  Blozter had been touring and selling merchandise under the Ratt moniker. 2018
Primary Wave Music announce a deal to acquire the music publishing catalog of Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro for approximately $30 million. The deal also encompasses master royalties on all albums he performed on with the band which include the songs “Africa,” “Rosanna” and “Hold The Line.”  2021
“Icons & Idols: Rock N’ Roll” auction in New York City sees Eric Clapton’s ’68 Martin D-45 acoustic guitar selling for $625,000; The Edge’s (U2) ‘76 Gibson Explorer electric guitar goes for $437,500; and a Fender Stratocaster Vintage ’57 reissue owned and stage played by David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) takes in $200,000.  2021