2022-12-03

DECEMBER 3rd
The Beatles’ “Rubber Soul” is released in the U.K. This edition includes “Nowhere Man” which does not appear on the U.S. version. Also, the group undertakes their final U.K. tour. The first stop is Glasgow. 1965
Nickelback’s “Dark Horse” is the #2 album in the U.S. (behind Beyonce). The set sells 326,000 units during its first week of release. Checking in at #3 is Guns N’ Roses comeback album “Chinese Democracy.” 2008
Three Black Keys songs from their seventh studio album “El Camino” are certified platinum or multi-platinum by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA).  They are: “Lonely Boy” (double platinum – two million sales); “Gold On The Ceiling” (double platinum); and “Little Black Submarines” (platinum – one million sales).  “El Camino” dropped in ’11. 2021
 
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Ozzy Osbourne (born John Michael Osbourne in Aston, Birmingham, England) enters the world. The Dark Prince rolls through Black Sabbath and a successful solo career (becoming a package tour icon with Ozzfest) before playing a befuddled dad on MTV (The Osbournes). 1948
Jefferson Starship vocalist Mickey Thomas is born. 1949
One of the greatest albums ever recorded of girls screaming, “Got Live If You Want It,” is released. The Rolling Stones are also in there somewhere. 1965
Though The Monkees already have a popular T.V. series and hit records, they make their live debut in Honolulu. This is a major step for the pre-fab four. 1966
One of Paul Revere & The Raiders’ biggest hits “Good Thing” enters the pop charts. 1966
Cream get a gold record for their ’67 debut “Fresh Cream.” 1968
“Singer (program sponsor) Presents Elvis” airs on NBC. This soon becomes known as the “Comeback Special.” Presley appears in black leather and proves to the world that he’s still “got it.” 1968
“Led Zeppelin II” tops the U.S. album chart. It goes on to sell over eight million copies. 1969
French authorities confirm that they have issued arrest warrants for Rolling Stones’ guitarist Keith Richards and his girlfriend Anita Pallenberg for violating the country’s drug laws. Richards claims he first he learned of the charges when he read about them in the morning newspaper. 1972
On the Lake Geneva shoreline. The Montreux Casino in Switzerland, where Deep Purple is scheduled to record, burns down during a Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention concert. The incident is immortalized in Deep Purple’s “Smoke On The Water.” 1971
When pigs fly or going back to the farm. Having failed to get their forty-foot inflatable pig off the ground the day before, Pink Floyd’s photo shoot for the “Animals” album cover goes seriously awry when the pig, affectionately known as Algie, breaks from its moorings over London’s Battersea Power Station. Flights are cancelled at Heathrow Airport because the pig is an air traffic hazard. Algie eventually lands on a farm in Kent. 1976
Eleven people are killed trying to get to unreserved (festival) seating at The Who’s Riverfront Coliseum concert in Cincinnati, OH. 1979
“Show No Mercy,” Slayer’s debut album, is released. It goes on to be Metal Blade Records first major success.  1983
R.E.M.’s album “Document” cracks the U.S. Top 10. As a result, Rolling Stone magazine calls them “America’s Best Rock & Roll Band.” 1987
Will To Power’s medley of “Baby, I Love Your Way/Freebird” is the #1 song in the U.S. Frampton fans are relatively silent but Lynyrd Skynyrd fans get mighty riled about one of the all-time great Southern Rock songs getting a pop treatment. 1988
In an MTV Europe interview, Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger says bassist Bill Wyman has left the group. 1992
Limp Bizkit cancels the Southeast Asian leg of their tour for safety reasons. The U.S. State Department had warned of “increased security risks” in the region. 2003
Marilyn Manson and his longtime girlfriend, striptease artist Dita Von Teese (Heather Sweet), wed at a castle in Kilsheelan, Ireland. About 60 people attend the ceremony that is officiated by underground movie director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The bride and groom read self-penned vows. 2005
Janie’s got a line of credit. Aerosmith perform an acoustic set at New York’s Beacon Theatre as part of an exclusive concert series for users of Citi/Advantage credit cards. 2006
A version of “21 Guns,” featuring Green Day with the cast from “American Idiot,” debuts on Spinner.com. The track was recorded in an Oakland studio just days after the musical’s final performance at the Berkeley Rep in November. “They sung the hell out of it,” says Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong. “It’s great to have something out there for people to hear who didn’t get to see the show.” The song goes to radio the next day. 2009
Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood is arrested on suspicion of assault. “I can confirm that there was an incident… and that Ronnie Wood was arrested,” says a spokesperson for Wood. The victim of the suspected assault is Wood’s 21-year-old girlfriend Ekaterina Ivanova. Wood’s relationship with Ivanova ended his 24-year marriage to Jo Wood earlier in the year. Wood is released the following day. 2009
Nickelback are the first major contributors to the Obakki Foundation which helps orphaned children in Cameroon, Africa. The band donates $1 of every ticket sold during their previous summer tour for a total contribution of $500,000. “Through the ongoing support of our incredible fans, Nickelback has the opportunity to step up, contribute and make a difference,” says the band’s Ryan Peake, who founded the organization with his wife Treana. “I will personally be making the trip to Africa this weekend and I’m really looking forward to visiting the villages and communities to see where we can make the largest impact. 2009
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker settles a lawsuit over the ’08 South Carolina plane crash that killed four and left Barker seriously injured. The defendants – Clay Lacy Aviation, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Global Exec Aviation, Bombardier Inc. and others — reach an undisclosed agreement with Barker during a mediation session. 2009
Lamb Of Gpd’s Randy Blythe is indicted on manslaughter charges in the Czech Republic for the death of a fan who died two weeks after allegedly being injured at the band’s ‘10 concert in Prague. “Obviously, we intend to fight vigorously against these charges as we feel that in no way did Randy intend to cause bodily harm on the young fan who subsequently died from injuries sustained at the show,” says Larry Mazer, the band’s manager. Blythe is later acquitted. 2012
Mastodon launch their “Black Tongue Brew” beer. Named after a track on their fifth album “The Hunter,” the brew is described as a balance of “rumbling smoky notes and misbehaving punchy hops.” 2013
U2’s “The Joshua Tree, ”Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush,” George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Cosmo’s Factory” are among the album entrees into the ‘14 Grammy Hall Of Fame. 2013 album
The Faces keyboardist Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan passes away after suffering a stroke. He was 69. 2014
Former Stone Temple Pilots’ Scott Weiland dies in his sleep while on a tour stop in Bloomington, MN, with his band The Wildabouts. The troubled singer was 48. 2015
Jack White’s Third Man Records and Third Man Books announce a collaborative project with the Defender of the Water School in Standing Rock that will both publish activist students’ work as well as raise funds for the North Dakota school. The effort supports the protest of the Dakota Access (oil) Pipeline. 2016
Stevie Wonder gives a speech about human rights violations at the United Nations’ International Day of Persons with Disabilities. “Politicians must end hatred, bigotry of any kind,” states Wonder.  The musician, blind since birth, was appointed a U.N. Messenger of Peace from the United States in ‘09.  2016
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler receives the Humanitarian Award from the Hospitality Committee for United Nations Delegations at the Ambassadors’ Ball in New York. He’s honored for his philanthropy: Janie’s Fund. 2016
Don Henley, Timothy B. Schmidt and Joe Walsh, the surviving members of The Eagles, are among the honorees at the Kennedy Center Honors for influencing American culture.  2016
KoЯn and Hollywood Vampires perform at the 15th annual “Alice Cooper’s Christmas Pudding” at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix, AZ.  Proceeds benefit Cooper’s Solid Rock Teen Center. 2016
Former Machine Head guitarist Phil Demmel plays his first show with Slayer after band member Gary Holt left to be with his dying father. Demmel says that he is “beyond honored” to fill in for Holt for the remainder of Slayer’s European tour.  2018
The estate of Darrell ‘Dimebag’ Abbott wins a copyright suit in Florida filed by Buddy Webster (aka Buddy Blaze), an instrument designer. Blaze filed a lawsuit in ‘17 claiming that Dimebag’s “Dean From Hell” guitar. which was produced by Dean Guitars, was largely his design and he had not been compensated for any sales.  2018
Every Time I Die vocalist Keith Buckley announces that he is taking a break from the road to focus on his mental health. “Keith needs to take this time to rest… and we wish him a quick recovery,” responds the band in a statement while adding that they will play the final three tour shows without a vocalist. Buckley then implies that issues within the band contributed to his mental health challenges.  2021