2022-11-21

NOVEMBER 21st
David Bowie releases the dance-oriented “Golden Years.” 1975
Nickelback issue their seventh studio album, “Here And Now.” The self-produced follow-up to ‘08’s triple platinum album “Dark Horse” features “When We Stand Together” and “Bottoms Up.” 2011
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Guitarist and founding member of The Church, Peter Koppes, enters the world. 1955
Alex James (Blur) is born. The bassist hails from Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset, England (that’s a mouth-full). 1968
Marty Balin, one of Jefferson Airplane’s founders, rejoins the group for a concert at the Winterland in San Francisco. 1974
The Eagles’ drummer Don Henley runs afoul of the law when a sixteen-year old girl is treated at Henley’s home for drug intoxication. The law finds marijuana, cocaine and Quaaludes. Henley is charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. 1980
The David Bowie/Queen song “Under Pressure” tops the U.K. charts laying the groundwork for Vanilla Ice’s one shot at fame. 1981
Billy Idol’s remake of the Tommy James & The Shondells hit “Mony Mony” is the top song in the U.S. 1987
Mick Jagger marries Jerry Hall in Bali (or does he?). The couple already have a common-law marriage and two children – the result of having been together for ten years. Jagger later claims the ceremony wasn’t legal. A British court, unable to find documentation, agrees with him. 1990
An animated Aerosmith is the first Rock band to make a guest appearance on The Simpsons when they perform “Walk This Way” at Moe’s Tavern.  1991
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong takes it “on the cheek” when he is fined $141 for dropping his pants at a Milwaukee concert. 1995
Soundgarden’s “Alive In The Superunknown” is A&M Records’ first multi-media/enhanced album. 1995
“The Beatles Anthology I” sets first day sales records. 450,000 copies sold. 1995
Today reads like a casualty report… Fred Durst reportedly requires seven stitches on his chin after getting struck by an object thrown from the audience during a “Back 2 Basics” concert in New York. The Limp Bizkit frontman manages to finish the concert before seeking treatment. Also, Meat Loaf undergoes heart surgery in London. The 52-year-old singer collapsed during a London show four days earlier. 2003
KoЯn unfurl “Take A Look In The Mirror.” Their sixth studio album is the last to feature the group’s original lineup. 2003
A queen and her prince. Ozzy Osbourne sings for Queen Elizabeth II at Britain’s Royal Variety Performance. Ozzy was invited the previous year but had to miss the annual event due to other commitments. He cancels an L.A. appearance just to make the show. “I cannot turn down this incredible honor twice,” says the Prince of Darkness. He performs a cover of The Beatles’ “In My Life” backed by Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash. 2005
The soundtrack to the Cirque du Soleil troupe’s Beatles-themed Las Vegas production, “Love,” is released. Beatles’ producer George Martin and his son Giles compiled the soundtrack developing mash-ups of several songs. 2006
After disbanding and regrouping, Cold pulls the plug again. “We thank the Cold army for all their support and love throughout our span,” writes frontman Scooter Ward in an online post. “We were blessed to make music and let it be heard.” 2006
Red Hot Chili Peppers nab a pair of honors, for favorite Rock band and favorite alternative-music artist, at the American Music Awards in L.A. The Peppers accept their trophies via satellite from London. Nickelback win the favorite Rock album award for “All the Right Reasons.” 2006
Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger pleads guilty to drunken driving charges in a Surrey, Canada, court. Actually, it’s Kroeger’s lawyer operating on his client’s behalf, since the singer is not present. Kroeger faces the minimum penalty of a $600 fine and a one-year ban on driving. He was arrested in June ‘06. 2007
It’s announced that founding Danny E Street founding keyboardist Danny Federici, is undergoing treatment for melanoma and won’t be a part of Bruce Springsteen’s “Magic” tour. “Danny is one of the pillars of our sound and has played beside me as a great friend for more than 40 years,” writes Springsteen. Federici passes away six months later. 2007
System Of The Down’s Serj Tankian states  he’s donating proceeds from the song “Fears” to help support Amnesty International’s “Write-A-Thon” campaign, which asks people to send messages on behalf of political prisoners worldwide. “It has kept hope alive for all those unjustly incarcerated and has also kept extra judicial governments in check, including our own,” says Tankian. 2008
The guitar and case from Bo Diddley’s (‘28-‘08) last-ever stage show is auctioned for $60,000. 2009
Muse win the Alternative Rock Music – Favorite Artist honor at the American Music Awards. 2010
Occupy Musicians (Occupymusicians.com), an online resource for musicians who support the Occupy Wall Street movement and its affiliated protests, is launched. Among the first signers are Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Lou Reed. Organizers say the site will help coordinate performances at protest sites. 2011
AC/DC’s Brian Johnson and his Fifty Plus Racing team host “Endures for a Cure” Alzheimer’s Benefit in Chattanooga, TN. The team donates close to $100,000. AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young retired from the group after being diagnosed with dementia. 2014
Metallica visit London’s Maida Vale Studios to lay down their first ever BBC session. The heavy metal legends delivered a five-song in-studio performance; that includes “Atlas, Rise!” and “Hardwired,” for BBC Radio 1’s Rock Show With Daniel P. Carter.  2016
Metallica’s official website claims “Hardwired… To Self-Destruct,” is #1 in 57 countries, Top 3 in 75 countries and Top 5 in 105 countries. 2016
Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe heads for the Standing Rock Native American reservation to protest the planned Dakota Access Pipeline project. Protesters fear the oil pipeline will contaminate the local water source.  2016
Jack White (White Stripes) publishes a children’s book titled “We’re Going To Be Friends.”  The title was inspired by the White Stripes song of the same name. 2017
Bob Seger launches his farewell U.S. tour in Grand Rapids, MI, where it is ‘Bob Seger Day’ (Seger is from Detroit).  The trek is named “Travelin Man: The Final Tour” after the song from his ‘75 album, “Beautiful Loser.”  2018
Rage Against The Machine share a statement about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict on their Instagram. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in connection with two fatal shootings during a ’20 protest over the police killing of Africa-American Jacob Blake in Kenosha, WI.  “Kyle Rittenhouse armed himself and killed people who were fighting for racial justice. He claimed self-defense. Whiteness must cast itself as the victim in order to justify its violence against those resisting its oppression.” 2021
Machine Gun Kelly picks up the Favorite Rock Artist trophy at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.  “I read a headline that says the age of the Rock star is dead, but [it] looks pretty alive to me,” says Kelly.  2021