2022-12-16

DECEMBER 16th
Four Creedence Clearwater Revival albums, “Bayou Country” (pictured) through “Cosmo’s Factory” (also pictured) and five singles (“Down On The Corner,” Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” “Travelin’ Band,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Up Around the Bend”) are certified gold. 1970
Atreyu Superhero DIPA with Orange Zest makes its debut at a tasting in Anaheim.  The beer was created in partnership with the band and Noble Ale Works.  It contains “soft notes of lychee, tropical fruit and butterfly kisses, while bright California navel oranges keep the party going.” 2018
“Mötörhead: Fast & Loose: Snapshots From The Graham Mitchell Archive, 1977-1982” arrives. Mitchell was Mötörhead’s tour manager in the late ‘70s to early ‘80s, and an avid photography enthusiast. “I somehow knew how important it all was,” Mitchell says. “I knew I needed to capture at least some of those moments. 2021
 
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The Hollies Tony Hicks has a birthday. 1943
Sharp dressed man. ZZ Top guitarist, Billy Gibbons, is born. Nicknamed Reverend Willie G, he’s the vocalist/guitarist for that ‘Little Ol’ band from Texas’. 1949
A New York Episcopal minister predicts that the whole “Elvis Presley craze” will pass. He calls Presley a “whirling dervish of sex.” Did Col. Parker pay him to say that? 1956
The Jimi Hendrix Experience release their debut single in the U.K. It’s a cover of the Leaves “Hey Joe.” 1966
Blind Melon’s Christopher Thorn (guitar, mandolin and harmonica) has a birthday. 1968
“Creedence Clearwater Revival,” the group’s self-titled debut album goes gold. It’s notable for extended versions of two covers, “Suzie Q” and “I Put A Spell On You.” 1968
“I will not be making anymore records with The Who,” writes guitarist Pete Townshend in a statement. “I will not perform live again anywhere in the world with The Who.” Of course, he later changes his mind leading to numerous “final” Who tours and such. 1983
Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne perform in Sioux City, ND, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the massacre at Wounded Knee. 1990
Blur play a fundraiser at England’s Colchester Sixth Form College. The school’s orchestra plays with the group on “Parklife” and other songs. The event raises about $5,000 for an orphanage in India. 1994
The “Cold Mountain” soundtrack is released. White Stripes’ Jack White contributes five songs including two new compositions. 2003
File this under “straight from Renee Zellweger’s diary or fell out of love with a girl.” The rumors are confirmed, White and actress Zellweger have ended their two-year romance. 2004
The results of a VH-1 poll asking “What music do you want for Christmas?” are out. Not surprisingly, Ray Charles, the recently deceased legend and subject of a popular bio-flick, tops the list with “Ray: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” The Beatles’ “The Capitol Albums Vol. 1: Box Set” is second. 2004
Paul McCartney comes in third, behind naturalist/TV presenter David Attenborough (1st) and The Smiths’ Morrissey, in a public poll to determine who is Britain’s greatest living icon. McCartney’s public divorce likely brought him down a peg or two. 2006
All American Rejects release their third studio album, “When The World Comes Down.” The album sells 112,000 copies in its first week to land at #15 on the Billboard 200.  2008
Elton John donates more than 1,000 concert tickets to the NHS Foundation Trust. The organization then sells the seats to University Hospitals Birmingham (England) staff at a steep discount as a ‘thank you’ for their contributions to health care. The sale raises more than $15,000 for the Trust’s charitable pursuits. 2008
Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi sues music promoters Live Nation for trademark infringement. He claims a subsidiary, Signatures Network Inc., is selling merchandise containing images of Sabbath, despite the expiration of a licensing agreement between the parties. 2008
Mike Portnoy confirms that he is no longer in Avenged Sevenfold. The drummer joined the band to fill in for Jimmy ‘The Rev’ Sullivan, who passed away unexpectedly in ‘09. “I had a great time with them (AX7) throughout 2010, but it was their choice to end the relationship at the end of 2010 as was always the initial plan,” writes Portney on his website. He left Dream Theater only months earlier to work full-time with AX7. 2010
Former Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan joins Axl Rose and the current edition of GN’R onstage in Seattle for a rendition of “You Could Be Mine,” a song written in part by both McKagan and Rose. McKagan’s band Loaded is the opening act. McKagan, who left GN’R in ’97, does a repeat appearance the following night in Vancouver. 2011
‘Tis the season. Sting is paid £1-million (approximately $1.5 million U.S.) to play a Christmas office party for Czech tycoon Petr Kellner’s finance firm PPF in Prague. 2011
Avenged Sevenfold launch an animated series based their album “Hail To The King.” The series supports the group’s video game “Hail To The King: Deathbat.” 2013
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell performs on CBS-TV’s The Late Show With David Letterman. “Cornell plays “Misery Chain”, which appears on “Music From And Inspired By 12 Years A Slave,” the pre-Civil War story of Solomon Northup. “I was moved by this film and the story in a way that transcends any film experience I have ever had,” says Cornell.” 2013
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially announce the class of ‘15: Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. 2014
Lynyrd Skynyrd and Fall Out Boy perform on the Season 7 finale of NBC’s The Voice. The eventual winner, Craig Wayne Boyd, teams with Skynyrd for “Sweet Home Alabama. 2014
Joe Strummer of The Clash is the inspiration for the name of a newly discovered snail, Alviniconcha strummeri. The golf ball-sized invertebrates have a “spikey shape that resembles the look of many classic Punks.” 2014
“(Presidential candidate) Donald Trump is the hellraiser America has needed for a very long time,” posts Ted Nugent on Facebook, well in advance of the ’16 election. “He and (Senator) Ted Cruz may be the only hope to end the criminal jihad on America by our own corrupt punkass government, media and bigBiz goons. Are there enough Americans smart enough to end the nightmare?” Meanwhile, Disturbed’s David Draiman says he supports Senator Bernie Sanders, but admits that the Democratic candidate needs ‘a miracle’ to win the White House. 2015
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine plays a selection of Christmas classics during an acoustic show titled “Thrashing Through The Snow.” The Boston concert benefits Music Drives Us, an organization that provides “grants to music programs designed to effect positive change for people of all ages.” 2016
Scientists name a plant is found only in a small area of Baja California, after the late Jimi Hendrix. Dudleya hendrixii is described as a thin, stalky plant less than a foot tall with succulent leaves and brilliant pinkish white flowers. 2016
San Francisco mayor London Breed proclaims “Metallica Day” in the city.  The Bay Area band is celebrating their 40th anniversary. 2021