2022-12-13

DECEMBER 13th
Badfinger release their third studio album “Straight Up” in the U.S The set includes the hit singles “Day After Day” and “Baby Blue.”  1971
Robin Trower’s “Long Misty Days” goes gold. It’s the fourth solo album by the former Procol Harum guitarist. 1976
Trower’s two previous albums (“Bridge Of Sighs” and “For Earth Below”) also went gold.
Aerosmith’s “Draw The Line” earns a platinum award (sales in excess of 1-million). 1977
A Maryland couple sues Wal-Mart for selling Evanescence’s “Anywhere But Home” CD/DVD without a parental advisory label. The song “Thoughtless” contains an explicit lyric. The suit charges the national retailer of deceiving its customers, after promoting a policy of selling only clean versions of albums. The suit requests that Wal-Mart either censor or remove the CD/DVD from its shelves. 2004
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Guitar wildman Ted Nugent (the ‘Motor City Madman’ or just ‘Nuge’) is born in Detroit. 1948
Doobie Brothers guitarist, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, enters the world. 1948
The Knack’s (“My Sharona”) lead guitarist, Berton Averre, has a birthday. 1954
While on tour, George Harrison stops by the White House to meet President Gerald Ford. 1974
Blink 182’s vocalist/guitarist, Tom DeLonge, makes his debut in Poway, CA. 1975
Foghat lumbers along unfurling their epic “Slow Ride.” 1975
The Chilean government (wisely) nixes plans for a Rolling Stones concert on Easter Island (yeah, the place with those “stone” faces). The idea was to fly and ferry 100,000 people to the island. That had disaster written all over it. 1975
Only three days after its release the live “Wings Over America” set goes gold. 1976
Evanescence’s leader and vocalist, Amy Lee, is born. 1981
The serious “The Way It Is” from Bruce Hornsby And The Range is #1 on the Billboard chart. But #2 is held by The Bangles’ goofy “Walk Like An Egyptian” and Huey Lewis & The News land at #3 with the comic “Hip To be Square.” 1986
A protest in front of a Guess? store over alleged use of sweatshop labor and union busting gets Rage Against The Machine’s guitarist Tom Morello arrested. He, and 32 others, block the entrance to a Santa Monica shopping mall and are issued citations. 1997
Zal Yanovsky, Lovin’ Spoonful guitarist, succumbs to cancer. 2002
White Stripes’ Jack White and Von Bondies lead singer Jason Stollsteimer get into a dust up shortly before midnight at Detroit’s Majestic Theatre Center. White is later charged with aggravated assault. 2003
3 Doors Down’s second annual benefit concert for their Better Life Foundation takes place in Mobile, AL. All proceeds from the sold-out event go to aid Hurricane Katrina victims along the Gulf Coast. 2005
Nine Inch Nails announce that they have replaced drummer Alex Carapetis with A Perfect Circle’s Josh Freese. He played two shows with N.I.N. two months earlier when former drummer Jerome Dillon suffered health/heart problems. 2005
Aerosmith announce they will appear in an ad campaign for Target, which is offering an exclusive expanded edition of the band’s live disc “Rockin’ the Joint.” Guitarist Joe Perry claims these ad deals are a great way to attract new fans. 2005
KISS release their “Rock The Nation Live!” DVD. The two-disc set has performances filmed in Washington, D.C. and Virginia Beach, during ’04’s R.T.N. tour. There’s also a Select-a-KISS feature, which allows viewers to watch video of individual bandmembers performing. “So if you happen to have the good taste to see me,” says singer-guitarist Paul Stanley, “you can watch pretty much solely that.” 2005
Billboard Magazine’s Boxscore states U2’s Vertigo tour is the top-grossing jaunt of the year taking in $260 million over the course of 90 shows, all of which were sold out. More than 3 million people saw the group live. 2005
Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” tops VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs of the ’90s special. 2007
Bon Jovi’s world trek is named the most successful tour of the year by Billboard magazine (beating U2). The band earned $146.5 million from their 69-show “Circle” tour which spanned North America, England, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.  2010
Dirty Deeds: My Life Inside/Outside of AC/DC,” written by former AC/DC bassist Mark Evans, is available. The book covers Evans’ three-year stint with the band until he was unceremonious fired in ‘77. 2011
Mick Jagger’s letters to his former lover Marsha Hunt are auctioned off for over $300,000 at Sotheby’s in London. Hunt inspired the Rolling Stones’ ‘71 hit “Brown Sugar” and she gave birth to Jagger’s first child (Karis Hunt Jagger). 2013
Foo Fighters perform their first concert in Mexico at Foro Sol in Mexico City. They use a video with former CHiPs actor Erik Estrada to promo the show. 2013
Coldplay’s seventh album, “A Head Full Of Dreams,” debuts at #2 on the Billboard 200 behind Adele’s “25.” 2015
According to Pollstar the Rolling Stones are the highest grossing touring act of the year taking in $115.5 million. It’s the Stones first tour since the passing of drummer Charlie Watts. 2021
Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich receives the HN Award from the Hede Nielsen Family Foundation. The award includes a cash prize of DKK 600,000, which he donates Danish charities.  2021
Brian “Head” Welch (KoЯn) partners with ethical social media app Pyvott to raise funds for the nonprofit Run Against Traffic, which supports aftercare initiatives for survivors of human trafficking.  2021
Evanescence postpones the remaining five shows on its U.S. tour with Halestorm due to multiple COVID-19 cases within the touring party. “We’ve done everything we could to try and make it work, but… it just wouldn’t be right to continue the show schedule as is,” says Evanescence frontwoman Amy Lee.  2021
Guitarist Chad Gilbert of New Found Glory undergoes surgery for pheochromocytoma, a rare type of tumor that develops in the adrenal glands on the top of the kidneys. The surgery is deemed a success.  2021