2022-12-14

DECEMBER 14th
The Beatles’ “I Want To Hold Your Hand” replaces “She Loves You” at #1 on the U.K. pop chart. It’s the first time in U.K. chart history an act follows itself at the top. 1963
Billboard names Daughtry’s self-titled debut the top-selling album of the year. Papa Roach’s “Forever” is the #1 single for the year on the Mainstream Rock chart. 2007
Seether’s “Country Song,” the lead single from the group’s fifth studio album “Holding Onto Strings Better Left to Fray,” is named Billboard’s Active Rock Song of the Year. 2011
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Bassist Cliff Williams (AC/DC) has a birthday. Though AC/DC hails from Australia, Williams is from Romford, Essex, England. 1949
Mike Scott, guitarist/singer with the Waterboys (“The Whole Of The Moon”), is born in Edinburgh, Scotland. 1958
Bill Wyman (bass) makes his live debut with the Rolling Stones at the Ricky Tick Club, Star and Garter Hotel in Windsor, UK.  1962
With the title track clocking in at 17:05, the Iron Butterfly’s “In-A-Gadda-Da Vida” goes gold. The album stays on the album chart for nearly three years. 1968
“Born To Boogie,” a film about Marc Bolan and T-Rex, makes its London debut. The film was produced and directed by Ringo Starr. 1972
At Yoko Ono’s request, several hundred thousand people around the world mourn her late husband, John Lennon, in silent prayer. Lennon was murdered in New York less than a week earlier. 1980
Nirvana unleash “Incesticide,” a collection of early material, live recordings, out-takes and BBC sessions. 1993
Paul McCartney, David Gilmour (Pink Floyd) and Ian Paice (Deep Purple) perform at Liverpool’s Cavern Club, The Beatles old stomping ground. The concert is broadcast on the Internet. 1999
Clint Lowery leaves Sevendust. Dropped by their label, the band is mired in disputes. Lowery returns four years later. 2004
A public memorial is held in Arlington, TX, for Damageplan guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott who was shot to death on-stage in Columbus, OH, on December 8th. Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell is among the performers. 2004
Dude looks like a baby. Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler becomes a grandfather when his daughter Liv (who is married to Royston Langdon) gives birth to a baby boy in New York. 2004
A shoulder injury forces Ozzy Osbourne to cancel an appearance at the Royal Variety Performance in London. The Prince of Darkness needs surgery to relieve discomfort from a metal plate that was inserted into his shoulder following an ATV accident. 2004
Hot legs. A lawsuit is filed in L.A. Superior Court claiming that a soccer ball kicked from the stage during an August 31st Rod Stewart concert at the Hollywood Bowl caused a concertgoer “personal injuries, physical disability and physical and emotional distress, pain and suffering.” Stewart, a one-time aspiring soccer player, ceased kicking soccer balls into the audience when similar suits mounted in the ‘80s. 2004
Former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace. Page is recognized for his charitable work with underprivileged Brazilian youth over the past decade. “I would never have expected to have an award for my humble efforts,” says the axeman. 2005
Lou Reed plays his ‘73 solo album “Berlin” live for the first time. A series of “theatrically realized” performances tell the story of a drug-addicted couple. The four-day engagement runs at New York’s St. Ann’s Warehouse. When it first appeared “Berlin” was dismissed as depressing. Now it’s considered a classic. 2006
Linkin Park’s Brad Delson stops by L.A’s Nightingale Middle School to deliver 36 electric guitars donated by Little Kids Rock, an organization that provides musical instruments and instruction to public-school students. 2006
Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records in 1947, dies at age 83 after injuries sustained in a fall while attending the Rolling Stones show six weeks earlier at New York’s Beacon Theatre. Atlantic Records and subsidiary label, ATCO, were instrumental in ushering in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. Their artists included Cream, Led Zeppelin and the Iron Butterfly. 2006
Billboard magazine says The Police’s reunion tour, which earned more than $210 million, is the highest-grossing tour of the year.  2007
An anti-meat video featuring Paul McCartney debuts. “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian,” McCartney intones during the graphic video. 2009
President Barack Obama appoints Jon Bon Jovi to the White House Council for Community Solutions. “All of us have a role to play in helping address some of our nation’s most serious problems,” says Bon Jovi. The Council was created in ’09 “to mobilize citizens, nonprofits, businesses and government to work more effectively together to solve specific community needs.” 2010
The Black Keys “El Camino” sells 206,000 copies in its first week to debut at #2 on the Billboard Album Chart (behind Michael Buble’s “Christmas”). It is a career best for the duo. 2011
A press release states the railway platform where Mick Jagger and Keith Richards met by accident will be marked with a blue plaque – a permanent sign that commemorates either a famous person or historical moment. The future Rolling Stones, who had gone to the same primary school, ran into each other at Dartford Station on 10/17/61. The encounter led to the formation of the Stones. 2013
Paramore announce that bassist Jeremy Davis has left the band in what his former colleagues call a “painful” split. Frontwoman Hayley Williams and guitarist Taylor York vow they’ll keep Paramore going. 2015
EyeHateGod’s Mike Williams undergoes successful liver-transplant surgery, less than a month after a crowdfunding effort raises nearly $70,000 for the operation. 2016
Liam Gallagher (former Oasis frontman) is the voice of “Sammy The Snowman” in a U.K. public service announcement produced by the Climate Coalition.  In the clip Sammy is melting in the wintertime due to rising global temperatures.  2017
Mark Lanegan’s memoir “Devil In A Coma” is out.  The book details the former Screaming Trees vocalist’s battle with COVID-19. 2021
Iced Earth guitarist Jon Schaffer is one of more than two dozen members of the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys who are sued by District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine in an effort to recover the millions of dollars the city spent to defend the U.S. Capitol during the 1/6/21 attack. Schaffer was arrested and faces criminal charges for his part in the attack to nullify the ’20 Presidential election.  2021