2022-12-07

DECEMBER 7th
Foreigner release their fifth studio album “Agent Provocateur.” Featuring the mega-hit ballad, “I Want To Know What Love Is,” the effort sells three million copies in the U.S.  1984
Rolling Stone magazine readers vote U2’s “No Line On The Horizon” the “most overlooked album” following the announcement of the ‘10 Album of the Year Grammy nominations the previous week. 2009
Kid Rock’s “Born Free” is Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s official campaign song. “I said he could use it and I would say the same for any other candidate. I have to have a little faith that every candidate feels like he or she can help this country,” writes Rock on his official website. “PS: Any candidate who makes ‘So Hott’ their theme song has a good chance of getting my vote.” 2011
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Tim Butler (Psychedelic Furs) begins his life. The bassist is born in Teddington, Middlesex, England. 1958
Bassist Bill Wyman auditions for the Rolling Stones. He is performing with the group a week later. 1962
“The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” does a story on the rising popularity of The Beatles in England. There’s footage of The Beatles performing and their fans’ reaction. It’s the group’s first appearance on U.S. network television. 1963
The Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson has a nervous breakdown on a flight from L.A. to Houston. The thought of flying to Houston will do that to you. Wilson, the group’s chief songwriter and arranger, quits touring to focus on songwriting (and taking vast quantities of drugs). 1964
The Apple Boutique, a retail store located in a building on the corner of Baker Street and Paddington Street in London, opens. The shop is one of the first business ventures by The Beatles ‘ fledgling Apple Corps. It closes less than a year later (7/31/68).  1967
Eric Burdon announces that Eric Burdon & The Animals are done but will fulfill remaining concert obligations. Burdon later moves to L.A. to pursue an acting career but ends up fronting War. 1968
Janis Joplin’s last “official” performance with Big Brother and the Holding Company is in Hawaii. 1968
Unable to get Fleetwood Mac together for touring, the group’s manager creates a bogus version and sends them out on the road. Legal proceedings ensue but the tour is cancelled because nobody cares. The whole business is a low point for the band but they see their fortunes drastically improve in just two years. 1973
“We’ll do everything we can to restrain their public behavior,” says EMI Records’ chairman Sir John Read of the Sex Pistols. He makes the statement at the company’s annual general meeting. 1976
Guitar shredder Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper and solo) is born. On her father’s side of the family, Strauss is related to Johann Sebastian Strauss, the Austrian Classical composer. 1986
Originally billed as Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie’s final performance with Fleetwood Mac, it isn’t. However, it is still an emotional show at L.A.’s Great Western Forum. 1990
Michael Jackson’s “Black Or White” tops the pop chart. Slash (Guns N’ Roses) plays the song’s turbulent (yet catchy) guitar intro. 1991
There are a lot of songs that stink but not too many named after a deodorant. Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” peaks at #7 on the U.K. singles chart. 1991
When it’s announced (or slips out) that Guns N’ Roses has recorded a tune, “Look At Your Game, Girl,” written by cult leader Charlie Manson for their upcoming “The Spaghetti Incident” album, a major controversy breaks out. The group announces they will keep the song on their covers album because the royalties will go to the son of one of Manson’s victims. 1993
Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee files a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court against her band’s former manager, Dennis Rider of Rider Management, for breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and sexual assault. Earlier, Rider filed a suit against Lee for unpaid commissions. 2005
A couple who witnessed the Damageplan show on 12/08/04 in Columbus, OH, where five people were shot and killed, including guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott, file a lawsuit against the club’s owners. The plaintiffs claim club security was inadequate and that they suffered severe and permanent emotional injuries from witnessing the shooting. 2006
Former Sublime bassist Eric Wilson and drummer Floyd “Bud” Gaugh file a trademark-infringement lawsuit against Southern California tribute band Sublime Remembered for allegedly claiming to include original Sublime members. “I’ve got two of their fliers and both of them actually said ‘featuring’ former members of the band,” says the attorney for Wilson and Gaugh, who also requested that the cover band remove any references to Sublime from its promotional campaigns. 2006
Guitars autographed by Slash (GN’R), Scott Weiland (STP), Dave Navarro (RHCP) and The Edge (U2) are among the items up for bid in the online Grammy Charity Holiday Auction. Proceeds go toward MusiCares and the Grammy Foundation. 2006
Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, Queen’s Brian May and David Bowie donate footwear to an online charity auction that benefits the Give Landmines the Boot campaign. Proceeds go toward the MAG organization, which works to clear land mines and unexploded bombs in war-torn countries. 2006
Paul McCartney and U2 are among more than 4,000 artists who sign a full-page ad in the Financial Times demanding “fair play for musicians” in the United Kingdom. Record companies and performers lobby the U.K. government for an extension of copyrights on sound recordings from 50 years to 95 years which is the copyright protection length offered in the United States. 2006
The Lunchbox Auction with personalized lunch boxes designed by David Bowie, Elton John and R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe takes place in New York. Proceeds raised benefit the Food Bank for New York City and the Lunchbox Fund Food Bank for New York and the Lunchbox Fund of South Africa. 2007
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler delivers an anti-drugs statement at the ninth annual Fort Lauderdale Harley-Davidson Bikers Bash. “I want to pass the message to kids that it is so easy to smoke a joint, quit school and get into trouble, but that leads to nowhere,” says Tyler. 2007
The Who’s Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are saluted at the 31st annual Kennedy Center Honors gala in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center’s chairman, Stephen A. Schwarzman, praises Daltrey and Townshend for transforming “the sights and sounds of Rock & Roll.” 2008
Wes Scantlin, frontman for Puddle Of Mudd, breaks his right foot after jumping off of a stool following a New York radio station interview. “I was kind of hoping it was more serious than it is,” jokes Scantlin. “So much for a sexy explanation of what happened.” 2009
The Beatles’ “Penny Lane,” the Box Tops’ “The Letter,” the Animals’ “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place” and Hank Williams’ “Lovesick Blues” are inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Hall, founded in ’73, honors recordings at least 25 years old that made a lasting impact on society and in the world of music. 2010
Ex-Judas Priest guitarist K. K. Downing announces the launch of his own fragrance line, Metal For Men. The product’s slogan is: “Be Metal. Be Men.” 2014
Thom Yorke (Radiohead) publishes a heartfelt note to Father Christmas, in celebration of National Letter Writing Day. He requests that no presents be given to “oil company executives and the politicians whose influence they buy.” 2015
Opeth celebrate their 25th anniversary by launching a beer with Leeds, U.K. based brewery Northern Monk Brew Co. “XXV Anniversary Imperial Stout” is a one-off brew. 2015
Kid Rock, a dedicated supporter of President Donald Trump during the election, sells a line of Trump-themed T-shirts. The first says that the “Red States’ that voted for Trump are ‘The United States of America’ while the Blue States that didn’t are ‘Dumbf*ckistan’.” 2016
Emerson, Lake & Palmer’s Greg Lake dies following a battle with cancer at age 69. 2016
Greta Van Fleet set a Canadian Airplay chart record for the most weeks at #1 in a calendar-year. The combination of 3 #1’s – “When The Curtain Falls,” “Highway Tune” and “Safari Song” – Greta Van Fleet held the top spot for a total of 27 weeks breaking a three-way tie between them, Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  2018
Kid Rock contributes over $80,000 to settle all of the holiday layaway accounts at a Nashville Walmart.  “Kudos to Kid Rock for making such a gesture in our community,” states store manager Tom Meyer.  Rock got the idea from actor Tyler Perry, who made a similar donation at two Georgia Walmart locations.  2018