2022-12-09

 

DECEMBER 9th
Billy Joel’s cataloging of 20th century touchstones, “We Didn’t Start The Fire,” is #1 in the U.S. 1989
Jim Morrison is posthumously pardoned for a ‘69 indecent exposure conviction in Florida. Outgoing Governor Charlie Crist leads the pardon effort, which the Clemency Board unanimously grants. The Doors frontman, a Florida native, was appealing the conviction when he was found dead in a Paris bathtub in ’71. 2010
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Jim Morrison is arrested on stage in New Haven after badmouthing the law. A backstage incident prior to The Doors concert (where Morrison is maced by a police officer) riles the singer. He is charged with breach of the peace and resisting arrest. 1967
Weezer guitarist Brian Bell starts his life in Kansas City, KS. 1968
Bob’s son, Jakob Dylan, has a birthday. The Wallflowers frontman is born in New York. 1970
Tre Cool (Frank Edwin Wright III) is born in Frankfurt, Germany. An early bandmate gives the drummer his moniker (which means “very cool” in French). Tre Cool joins Green Day in ’90. 1972
The Moody Blues top the U.S. album charts with “Seventh Sojourn.” 1972
Vocalist David Coverdale plays his first live show with Deep Purple, replacing Ian Gillian, at the KB Hallen in Copenhagen, Denmark. 1973
After clearing the shelves of unreleased material, The Who gets a gold record for “Odd and Sods.” 1974
After threatening to do it for years, bassist Bill Wyman quits the Rolling Stones. He turns out to be a relative short timer spending a mere thirty years in the band. 1992
George Harrison is the first recipient of Billboard magazine’s Century Award. Tom Petty handles the honors in Universal City. 1992
Country singer Travis Tritt’s video of the Eagles “Take It Easy” has appearances by Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit. This fuels all sorts of Eagles’ reunion rumors. But that doesn’t happen until the following year. 1993
Here’s one way to insure bad press. Following an Oasis show in Cardiff, Wales vocalist Liam Gallagher pours lager over the head of a reporter in a local hotel bar. Oddly, the reporter is in town to cover Gary Glitter and has nothing to do with Oasis. 1997
Offspring’s “Splinter” album arrives. Produced by Brendan O`Brien, the group’s 7th album features drummer Josh Freese. 2003
Owners of The Station in Rhode Island, Jeffrey and Michael Derderian, and Great White tour manager Dan Biechele are each charged with involuntary manslaughter. One-hundred people were killed in a fire at the club the previous February after Biechele lit the pyrotechnics that sparked the blaze. 2003
Alice In Chains’ guitarist Jerry Cantrell undergoes surgery at an L.A. orthopedic clinic to correct a problem that was causing acute pain in his left shoulder. “It’s tough not being able to play for a while but I’m really looking forward to… performing without being in constant pain,” says Cantrell. 2005
An acetate of the Velvet Underground’s first recording sells for $155,401 on e-Bay. The disc was purchased by a collector for 75-cents four years earlier.  This demo was rejected by Columbia Records with the Underground releasing their influential debut “The Velvet Underground & Nico” on Verve in March of ’67. 2006
The U.S. Military releases a list of songs they use to break down detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay (Cuba). “Enter Sandman” – Metallica, “Bodies” – Drowning Pool, “Born In The U.S.A.” –Bruce Springsteen and a double shot, “Shoot To Thrill”/Hell’s Bell’s” – AC/DC, top the list. Meanwhile, Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello backs the Reprieve organization’s Zero dB initiative protesting the use of music to torture political prisoners. 2008
Former Papa Roach drummer Dave Buckner files a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court. He seeks to dissolve the Papa Roach partnership and related corporations due to a breach of contract. Buckner claims that his relationship with his ex-bandmates has become “strained and antagonistic” since being fired from the group Christmas Eve, ’07. 2008
“The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” is in theatres. The soundtrack is by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. “We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and, in the process, made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music …,” writes Reznor. 2011
“Monuments To An Elegy” is out. The ninth album from the Smashing Pumpkins, which now consists of only founder Bily Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder, is another chapter in the band’s “Teargarden By Kaleidyscope” project. 2014
Sting (The Police) joins the cast of his struggling Broadway musical “The Last Ship.” His month-long run is an attempt to save the show from sinking. Showbiz pub Variety reports there were “no major car crashes” during Sting’s debut performance. 2014
Lamb Of God singer Randy Blythe has harsh words for Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump. “He could just be a clown,” states Blythe. “If he is the president, though, I am leaving America ’till he’s gone.” 2015
The European and Canadian legs of Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime” tour go on sale.  The trek sells more than a million tickets in 24 hours. 2016
The Killers roll out a Christmas charity album, “Don’t Waste Your Wishes.”  The release is in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of  (RED), a charity co-founded by Bono (U2) that works to eradicate AIDS in Africa.  2016
“Up All Night” tops the Billboard Adult Alternative Chart. It’s Beck’s third #1 on the chart in the last three years. “Dreams” (’15) and “Blue Moon” (’14) are the other two. 2017
Queens Of The Stone Age’s Josh Homme kicks a female photographer in the face at KROQ’s annual holiday concert in Inglewood, CA. The next day Homme apologizes saying it was ‘unintentional’. 2017
Def Leppard beat out Stevie Nicks, among others, to win the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Fan Vote with 547,647 votes.  Since the Fan Vote was created every winner has been inducted. Def Leppard has been eligible since ‘04.  2018