2022-12-11

DECEMBER 11th
Time magazine ranks Mastodon’s “Crack The Skye” as the third best album of the year. “Nods to European Folk, Free Jazz and Prog Rock… the ambition and tenacity of Mastodon’s music makes “Crack The Skye” sonically unforgettable,” writes Time. Brad Paisley’s “American Saturday Night” and Dirty Projectors’ “Bitte Orca,” are #1 and #2, respectively. 2009
Stone Sour’s “Say You’ll Haunt Me” recaptures #1 on the Rock Songs chart after losing the spot to the Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” a week earlier. 2010
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Mötley Crüe bassist and co-founder Nikki Sixx (Frank Carlton Serafino Feranna, Jr.) is born in San Jose, CA. 1958
Del Amitri’s Justin Currie is born in Glasgow. 1964
Rolling Stones begin filming “Rock And Roll Circus.” Planned as a TV special it features performances by the Stones, along with The Who, Eric Clapton and John Lennon, who sings “Yer Blues,” backed by Clapton, The Stones’s Keith Richard on bass and Jimi Hendrix Experience drummer Mitch Mitchell. The program never airs. 1968
Genesis make their U.S. debut in Waltham, MA (at Brandeis University). Frontman Peter Gabriel unleashes his theatrics on unsuspecting Americans. 1972
Ace Frehley is electrocuted after touching a short-circuit light during a Florida KISS concert. Carried from the stage, he returns several minutes later to finish the show. 1976
Paul McCartney performs “Let It Be” as part of the 100th anniversary of the Nobel Peace Prize celebrations in Oslo, Norway. 2001
Artworks created by 3 Doors Down’s Brad Arnold and his wife, Terika, are auctioned on eBay. Proceeds benefit the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Preservation Society. The organization assists injured and orphaned animals in Mississippi. 2004
Courtney Love (Hole) has two drug-possession cases and an assault charge dismissed by a Los Angeles Superior Court justice after successfully completing her court-mandated drug-rehab program. “Thank you for giving me (another) opportunity,” Love tells the judge. 2006
Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway tour tops Billboard’s Boxscore (an annual list of the highest-grossing tours). The trek earns $210.6 million. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band land at #2 ($205 million). 2008
3 Doors Down and Hinder appear in “teen service announcements” to promote Best Buy’s @15 platform for social change. “My advice to any teenager would be . . . aim for your future and start it now,” says 3DD singer Brad Arnold. 2008
Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo leaves an Albany, NY, hospital following a tour bus accident that left him with a punctured lung, lacerated spleen and broken ribs. In what looks to be a classic mess-up his management arranges for a bus to transport him back to LA. Actually, doctors order Cuomo not to get on an airplane for a month because the air pressure changes would be bad for healing his punctured lung. 2009
Marilyn Manson settles a $20 million lawsuit filed against him by former bandmate Stephen Bier. The keyboardist, also known as Pogo/Madonna Wayne Gacy, sued Manson for breach of contract, claiming he was deprived of his share of the band’s earnings due to Manson’s questionable acquisitions. The suit is settled for $175,000. “After being dismissed from the band, Bier could have focused on resurrecting or attempting to pursue a music career,” says Manson’s lawyer. “Instead, he devoted the last several years to complaining about Manson’s alleged spending habits and extravagant behavior to anyone who would listen.” 2009
Evanescence performs at the Nobel Peace Prize concert in Oslo, Norway. 2011
Kid Rock is on “CNN’s Heroes: An All-Star Tribute” recognizing everyday people changing the world. Playing a piano, Rock sings a special version of his single “Care.” 2011
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2013 is announced. Rush and Heart make the cut. Heart’s Ann Wilson offers an observation on why it took so long for the Hall to honor her band. “Some people have an idea of what the shape of Rock & Roll is supposed to look like,” says Wilson. “We’re not really it. Personally, that’s why I think it’s taken quite a while.” The formal induction comes in April, ‘13. 2012
The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger makes a guest appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman to deliver a Top 10 list based on “10 Things I, Mick Jagger, Have Learned After 50 Years In Rock N’ Roll.” At #1: “You start out playing Rock ‘n’ Roll so you can have sex and do drugs. But you end up doing drugs so you can still play Rock ‘n’ Roll and have sex.” 2012
Led Zeppelin officially release their first two albums, “I” and “II,” for streaming via Spotify. The legendary band had been a conspicuous hold out. The remaining Zep catalog follows. 2013
AC/DC score their 9th Top 10 album when “Rock Or Bust” debuts at #3 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The album sells 174,000 copies during its opening week to land behind Pentatonix (“That’s Christmas To Me”) and Taylor Swift (“1989”). 2014
Mötley Crüe’s Vince Neil and his Rockstar Investment Group, is sued for allegedly helping defrauded investors in the ill-fated Las Vegas Outlaws franchise (Arena Football League), that folded earlier in the year. 2015
Sixx: AM and former Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx marks his 58th birthday by quitting social media. “Goodbye Facebook… I wanna get back to what’s real,” posts Sixx, who had nearly one and a half million followers on Facebook and more than 700,000 on Twitter. 2016
“Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza” is out. The late Megadeth drummer was first heard on “Rust In Peace.” He died in ’16 of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. 2018
Metallica announces that their All Within My Hands Foundation (AWMH) has launched a major workforce education initiative that provides direct support to community colleges to enhance their career and technical education programs. $100,000 is designated to support more than 1,000 students training to enter the American workforce. 2018
At the end of their fall joint tour Five Finger Death Punch donate $30,000 to VETPAW (Veterans Empowered to Protect African Wildlife) while Breaking Benjamin sends $30,000 to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. VETPAW employs combat veterans to end illegal poaching of rhinos, elephants and other endangered species. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital battles childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Both groups combined donated over $250,000 to charities during the year. 2018
Vocalist Doro Pesch is featured in a PETA Germany ad campaign that takes a stance against cruelty to animals. “We have a special responsibility toward animals. That’s why I don’t eat meat and only wear faux leather,” Doro Pesch says. She also attributes her vegetarian lifestyle for her onstage stamina and “much clearer conscience.” 2018
Van Halen’s David Lee Roth says in a Vogue interview that P.T. Barnum was a bigger influence than Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant. Roth also discusses Ink The Original, his recently launched skin-care line specifically developed to preserve, protect, and highlight tattoos and keep them from fading. Roth got his first tattoo four decades earlier – a seahorse on his ankle. 2018
Expected to sell in the neighborhood of $19,000 to $23,000 at a London auction, K.K. Downing’s Flying V guitar goes for approximately $189,000. It was his main instrument on Judas Priest albums from ‘74 to ‘81. Downing bought the guitar in the mid-1970s. 2018
A Paul McCartney-played Yamaha BB-1200 bass guitar — used in his ‘70s group Wings — sells for $496,100 at auction organized by the charity Music Rising, to support live music in New Orleans. A custom Fender Stratocaster played by The Edge, a Music Rising co-founder, on U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” also goes for $496,100. 2021