2022-12-15

DECEMBER 15th
ABBA (top) is in but KISS is still out. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announces that Genesis, The Stooges, The Hollies and ABBA will be inducted in ‘10. It’s hard to believe ABBA gets the nod at all, much less before KISS. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are also passed over. The Hall’s credibility takes a big hit. 2009
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One time film stunt man turned drummer, Dave Clark, is born in London. His Dave Clark Five (DC5) give The Beatles a run for their money in the mid-’60s before fading away.  1942
Carmine Appice is a born New Yorker. The drummer is best known for stints with Vanilla Fudge and Beck, Bogert & Appice. 1946
Bassist Paul Simonon (The Clash) enters the world. Appropriately for a Punk Rocker, he’s born in Brixton, London. 1955
Though it is still ’64, The Beatles issue “Beatles ’65.”  The album contains “She’s A Woman,” “I Feel Fine,” “No Reply” and “I’m A Loser” plus covers of two Carl Perkins songs – “Honey Don’t” and “Everybody’s Trying To Be My Baby” – and the Chuck Berry classic, “Rock And Roll Music.” 1964
“The Who Sell Out” is released. Passing itself off as a “concept album” it contains “I Can See For Miles,” the group’s best ‘60s song. 1967
The Beatles go gold with the “Magical Mystery Tour” album. The set contains “I Am The Walrus” and “Strawberry Fields Forever.” It is, in part, the soundtrack for The Beatles’ ill-conceived TV special, of the same name. 1967
Jefferson Airplane perform on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Singer Grace Slick appears in blackface and gives the Black power salute at the end of “Crown Of Creation.” 1968
Clint Lowery (Sevendust) enters the world. 1971
It’s got a good beat and I can dance to it. Aerosmith appear on American Bandstand to perform “Dream On.” 1973
The Who play a pair of concerts for fan club members. The shows are filmed with the footage being used in “The Kids Are Alright.” 1977
“Take The Long Way Home,” the last hit from Supertramp’s “Breakfast In America,” reaches #10. 1979
Pink Floyd tops the U.K. singles chart with “Another Brick In The Wall.” The single is also a U.S. success. 1979
All Time Low’s Alexander “Alex” Gaskarth is born in Essex, U.K. 1987
It’s Late Night With David Letterman. Dave’s guest, making her national TV debut, is Melissa Etheridge. 1989
A collection of Nirvana outtakes, demos, non-album singles and live sessions is released under the title “Insecticide.” 1992
Guitarist Joe Walsh (The Eagles) receives an honorary Doctorate of Music from Kent State University in recognition of his musical achievement and involvement in environmental and humanitarian causes. Walsh attended Kent State for six years during the 60’s, but didn’t graduate.  2001
Ronnie James Dio lays down vocals for Queensryche’s “Operation Mindcrime II.” He plays Dr. X in the sequel to the ’88 concept album, “Operation Mindcrime.” 2005
The Killers’ singer Brandon Flowers shares his Christmas story. He says he’s fortunate to still have two eyes, after a childhood incident involving a BB-gun one Christmas. “I was shooting at a picture (of Saddam Hussein) but it ricocheted off the shed and came back at me square in the head,” he recalls. “I almost lost my eye.” 2006
B.B. King receives the Medal of Freedom, from President George Bush, in recognition of his musical accomplishments. 2006
Alice Cooper participates in a dedication ceremony for The Rock, a music-themed youth center at Phoenix’s Grand Canyon University. The $7-million project is spearheaded by Cooper’s Christian nonprofit the Solid Rock Foundation. “I hope that in years to come, The Rock will be the first of many such teen centers in Arizona and around the country,” says Cooper. 2007
The soundtrack to the film “Nowhere Boy,” which chronicles John Lennon’s teen years, is issued. The two-disc collection features Jerry Lee Lewis, Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps, Big Mama Thornton, Little Richard and Elvis Presley. 2009
The vintage Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, once owned by Jimi Hendrix is up for auction at Bonhams Entertainment Memorabilia in London. The guitar was purchased by Hendrix in New York for about $25, and reportedly became his prime instrument during the recording of the final Experience album, ‘68’s “Electric Ladyland.” Hendrix gave the guitar away in ’70 and it was later used by David Bowie on his “Diamond Dogs” album. 2010
Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) and Atticus Ross are nominated for a Golden Globe. The pair created the score for the film “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.” “We spent the last year immersed in this project contributing to David Fincher’s vision and in awe of the talented group of people he assembled to make this film,” says Reznor. 2011
Stevie Wonder appears at 17th Annual House Full of Toys concert at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater. The event requests audience members bring a gift for a family in need. During the festivities Wonder asks for a moment of silence for the Sandy Hook Elementary students and adults killed the day before in Newtown, CT. “There have to be stronger and stricter gun laws,” says Wonder. 2012
Journey guitarist Neal Schon weds Michaela Salahi in San Francisco. The pay-per-view event is on TMZ. Seriously? 2013
Courtney Love (Hole), “My Story” is in bookstores. In the autobiography Courtney covers relationships with her late husband Kurt Cobain (Nirvana), as well as, Trent Reznor (Nine inch Nails) and Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins). 2013
KISS top the fan voting for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. They get 239,417 votes, or 17.22% of the more than 1.39 million cast. 2013
Every Time I Die’s Keith Buckley’s debut novel, “Scale,” is out. 2015
Not a surprise. The week following the death of Scott Weiland, eight slots on Billboard’s Top 10 Hard Rock Digital Songs are held by Weiland’s former bands, Stone Temple Pilots (six) and Velvet Revolver (two). STP’s “Plush” has 18,000 downloads to lead sales. 2015
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor plays an acoustic fundraising benefit set in Las Vegas for Star Treatments, a charity founded by Pop Evil’s Matt DiRito.  The effort covers transportation costs for children to their medical appointments using a limo or bus for a “Rock-star treatment.”  2018
Billboard reports that Bruce Springsteen has sold his entire music catalogue to Sony Music Entertainment for an estimated $500 million. It’s thought to be the largest transaction for an artist’s work in history.  Springsteen joins Bob Dylan, Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac) and Neil Young in having recently sold off all or part of their catalogues.  2021
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine unveils a signature Gibson USA Flying V EXP.  It’s the first guitar in Gibson’s Dave Mustaine Collection.  2021
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