2022-12-01

DECEMBER 1st
Pearl Jam’s classic album “Ten,” containing “Jeremy,” passes the 6-million sales mark. 1992
Creed’s power ballad “With Arms Wide Open,” off the band’s ‘99 album “Human Clay,” is certified a double platinum single by the RIAA for over two million certified digital units. 2021
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Doors drummer, John Densmore, is born. 1945
Blue Oyster Cult’s Eric Bloom has a birthday and begins the countdown to whether Godzilla or the Reaper gets him. 1951
If at first you don’t succeed…Aerosmith’s “Dream On” can only make it to #59 on the pop chart. When it’s re-released three years later it lands in the Top 10. 1973
The Sex Pistols on a British talk show. The presenter, Bill Grundy, taunts the band and Glenn Matlock lets the f-word fly. The Sex Pistols are banned as concert promoters cancel dates. For his part in all this, Grundy gets fired. 1976
Linkin Park lead guitarist, Brad Delson, is born in L.A. 1977
“Walking On The Moon,” is the #1 single in the U.K. The Police track was written by Sting. 1979
U2 perform outside of Ireland for the first time. They begin a series of London dates. 1979
Poison guitarist C.C. DeVille is arrested for public drunkenness in Louisville and spends six hours in jail. 1990
It’s World AIDS Day. Bidding begins on Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica signed guitars for the LIFEbeat organization’s “Bid 2 Beat AIDS” auction. 2005
After much haggling Pearl Jam play the first of two shows at Pacaembu stadium in Sao Paulo. Mayor Jose Serra had suspended the shows after complaints from nearby wealthy residents about the noise and mess. He later reverses his decision when the group complies with some ground rules. The shows mark Pearl Jam’s Brazilian debut. 2005
The White Stripes are the first group to perform on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. “We’ve never had a musical performance on the show before — not because we haven’t wanted one — but because we were holding out for a reunited Spandau Ballet,” host John Stewart jokes in a statement. “This will have to suffice.” 2005
“Memories Of John Lennon” is in bookstores. The 300-plus page book, compiled by Yoko, contains prose, poetry and drawings from Lennon’s friends, associates and admirers. 2005
Help! I need somebody. Paul McCartney admits he’s been seeing a psychiatrist to help him get through his divorce from second wife Heather Mills. (Yes, we know “Help!” was written predominately by John Lennon but it seems to work here.) 2006
Tool vocalist Maynard James Keenan says he doesn’t related to many of the group’s fans. “(You play) heavy music and your record company . . . immediately markets you to the obvious stinky kid with the dreadlocks and the B.O. and the urine on his shoes because he’s been sleeping in his own filth at a festival in the middle of the rain,” says Keenan. “Then you realize the only people showing up to your shows are those primates — these weird, cretin people.” 2006
A World AIDS Day benefit concert in Johannesburg, South Africa, features Peter Gabriel. 2007
U2, Elton John, the Police, Bob Dylan and R.E.M. contribute music to (RED)WIRE, a subscription-based music-download service launched in conjunction with U2 singer Bono’s Product Red initiative. Funds raised combat HIV and AIDS in Africa. 2008
The Bravery release “Stir The Blood.” “It’s a party album,” says frontman Sam Endicott “It’s uptempo, fun music, although it does have a range of things.” 2009
In recognition of World AIDS Day, Elton John is a guest editor for The Independent, a U.K. newspaper. “I’m pleased to get the chance to put the subject of AIDS at the top of the editorial agenda,” says Elton in a statement. Proceeds from the day’s circulation revenues benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Meanwhile, U2’s Bono says that the global recession is hampering efforts to combat AIDS. “In recessionary times, people have to tell their politicians this is important to them.” 2010
Sean Yseult’s “I’m In the Band: Backstage Notes from the Chick in White Zombie” is out in paperback. Yseult was White Zombie’s bassist. 2010
The Killers release a special holiday single titled “I Feel It in My Bones” to coincide with World AIDS Day. Proceeds from the track benefit the RED campaign. The Killers annually produce a holiday single for charity. 2012
Artist Martin Sharp, designer of the groundbreaking album covers for Cream’s “Disraeli Gears” and “Wheels Of Fire,” passes away from emphysema at his home in New South Wales, Australia. He also designed album covers and concert posters for Jimi Hendrix Bob Dylan and Donovan and co-wrote the lyrics to Cream’s “Tales Of Brave Ulysses.” He was 71. 2013
(RED) Letter Day. U2 Minus 1 (less Bono) perform in Times Square on World AIDS Day (RED) benefit. Because Bono is recuperating from a bicycle injury, Coldplay’s Chris Martin and Bruce Springsteen fill in. Former President Bill Clinton talks about the battle against AIDS and introduces the band. 2014
The Killers debut “Joel, The Lump of Cole,” their Jimmy Kimmel-assisted holiday single on Kimmel’s show, The track is the band’s ninth annual Christmas single for AIDS charity (RED). 2014
Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl is guest star on ABC’s “The Muppets.” Grohl appears as himself in the episode titled “Going, Going, Gonzo.” He performs “Learn To Fly” and challenges Animal to a drum-off. 2015
The first annual (RED) “Shopathon” is launched in honor of World AIDS Day and Giving Tuesday. “Justice often calls for the power of strange bedfellows, which is why (Shopathon) RED is where you’ll see everyone from Bill Gates to Snoop Dogg campaigning to get closer to finishing AIDS once and for all,” says U2’s Bono, who is also RED’s founder and CEO.  2015
Former Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland plays what turns out to be his last concert at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall with his solo band The Wildabouts. The singer dies two days later. 2015
Beastie Boys’ Ad-Rock designs a shoe, made in collaboration with L.A. vegan footwear company Keep, to help raise funds for Planned Parenthood. “I support a woman’s right to choose and feel that women should not be punished for making decisions about their own lives and bodies,” says Ad-Rock.  2016
U2’s 14th studio album, “Songs Of Experience,” arrives.  It sells 180,000 total copies in its first week of release becoming their 8th #1 on the Billboard 200.  U2 is the only act to score a chart-topping album in the 1980’s, 1990’s, 2000’s and 2010’s.  2017