2022-11-20

NOVEMBER 20th
Time magazine reviews The Doors’ sophomore effort “Strange Days” and goes off the deep end saying the group takes listeners “into symbolic realms of the unconscious – eerie night worlds filled with throbbing rhythms, shivery metallic tones, unsettling images.” Could the Elektra Records promo department have written it any better? 1967
Elton John’s “Crocodile Rock,” written by John and Bernie Taupin, is released in the U.S. It becomes Elton’s first U.S. #1. 1972
“For Those About To Rock (We Salute You”), AC/DC’s seventh internationally released studio album, arrives.  It becomes the band first North American #1. 1981
Kid Rock’s fifth album, “Cocky,” is out.  It goes on to sell over five-million copies in the U.S.  2001
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
J. D. Souther (John David Souther) is born.  His songs are recorded by The Eagles (“Best Of My Love,” New Kid In Town” and “Heartache Tonight”) and Linda Ronstadt (“Hasten Down The Wind”), among others. He scores his biggest hit as a performer in ’79 with the song “You’re Only Lonely.” 1945
It’s guitar great Duane Allman’s (Allman Brothers Band) birthday. 1946
Life’s been good to me so far. Joe Walsh begins life in Wichita, KS. The slightly off-kilter guitarist/vocalist does time with the James Gang, Barnstorm and even works as a solo, before finding steady employment with The Eagles (he joins in ‘76). 1947
The Daily Mirror, a British national daily tabloid, coins the term “Beatlemania!”  1963
Beastie Boys Mike D (Michael Diamond) is born. 1965
“I’d Love To Change The World,” from Ten Years After, barely dents the Top 40 but the parent album, “Space In Time”  goes platinum. 1971
Keith Moon collapses twice during The Who’s San Francisco show. Following the second breakdown, guitarist Pete Townshend asks if anyone in the audience can fill in for Moon. Nineteen-year-old Scott Halpin sits-in on drums for three songs. 1973
Oliver “Oli” Sykes, lead vocalist for Bring Me The Horizon, has a birthday. 1986
Rolling Stones sign with Virgin Records and set the record (since broken) for being the highest paid group at $45 million. 1991
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young is hospitalized at UCLA Medical Center after suffering liver failure.  He gets a liver transplant a few weeks later.  1994
The Beatles’ “Free As A Bird” is gets its first radio airplay. The song starts as a John Lennon demo with instrumentation added by the surviving Beatles. George Harrison has a copy and gives it to an Adelaide DJ who plays the song 24-hours before it’s officially released to radio. Harrison is in town for the Australian Grand Prix. 1995
Rage Against The Machine have the #1 album in the U.S. with “The Battle Of Los Angeles.”  1999
30 Seconds To Mars premiere their video for the single “From Yesterday” on MTV2. Filmed in the People’s Republic of China, the martial arts-themed clip is (to date) the only American Rock video shot in its entirety in the country. 30 Seconds To Mars’ Jared Leto directed. 2006
The three disc, “Live Earth — The Concerts For A Climate In Crisis,” is released. It has performances from the 7/7/07 international concert series to raise awareness about global warming. Foo Fighters, Linkin Park, Metallica and the Smashing Pumpkins are featured. 2007
A 10-foot guitar replica signed by Paul McCartney goes for more than $120,000 at the London GuitarTown benefit auction.  2007
KISS bassist-singer Gene Simmons gives the keynote address at the Billboard Touring Conference in New York. Simmons takes the opportunity to express some frustration that his band isn’t yet in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “I believe we have more gold records in America than any other group, but it’s OK.” 2008
Maroon 5 win the Favorite Pop-Rock Band award at the 39th annual American Music Awards in L.A. Christina Aguilera joins Maroon 5 for “Moves Like Jagger.” 2011
Rush are inducted into the Guitar Center’s RockWalk on Hollywood’s Sunset Boulevard. “It is an honor to have our names added to this illustrious list of great and highly talented musicians,” says frontman Geddy Lee. 2012
Hinder announce that Austin Winkler has officially left the band. This comes after the singer sat out a tour earlier in year for “personal reasons.” Saving Abel’s Jared Weeks fills-in. “We hold no animosity towards Austin, and wish him the best,” says Hinder drummer Cody Hanson. “It was the best thing for everyone involved and time for us to move on.” 2013
“Bohemian Rhapsody” is the second highest-grossing music biopic in the U.S. earning $127 million. The film, starring Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, follows Queen from their creation in ‘70 through to their legendary ‘85 Live Aid appearance.  “Straight Outta Compton” which hit theaters in ’15 depicting N.W.A. holds the top spot with $161 million in domestic theatrical revenue. 2018
The Beatles’ self-titled record, aka the “White Album,” returns to the Billboard 200 landing at #6 with opening week sales of 63,000 units – 50 years after its initial release.  The remixed album also contains demos and additional session recordings.  When it was released the “White Album” was #1 for nine weeks.   2018
Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody donates 50 sleeping bags for the homeless to Catholic Charities Of St. Paul and Minneapolis during a stop on the band’s co-headlining tour with Breaking Benjamin.  2018