2022-12-18

DECEMBER 18th
The Rolling Stones legendary guitarist, Keith Richards, is born in Dartford, Kent. 1943
“Tell Me I’m Pretty” is Cage The Elephant’s fourth album. Produced by Dan Auerbach (Black Keys), the set was recorded at Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. 2015
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The Animals’ bassist and one-time Jimi Hendrix manager, Chas Chandler, is born. 1938
The Cars left-handed lead guitarist, Elliot Easton, enters the world (via Brooklyn). 1953
The Beatles’ two-sided single, “We Can Work It Out”/”Day Tripper” hits the U.S. pop charts. It already sits atop the U.K chart. 1965
The New York Times estimates that the “youth audience” accounts for $750 million of the $1 billion a year music industry. 1969
John Lennon and Yoko Ono take out a full-page ad in The New York Times stating “War Is Over.” 1969
Creedence Clearwater Revival’s relatively weak “Pendulum” LP goes gold. 1970
It took nearly a decade but Bob Dylan’s second album, released in ’63, “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan,” goes gold. 1970
Limp Bizkit’s DJ Lethal (Leor Dimant) starts life in Riga, Latvia. 1972
Rod Stewart announces he’s leaving The Faces. Stewart pursues his solo career full-time and guitarist Ron Wood heads for The Stones. 1975
In an effort to maximize earnings, The Police play two London shows on a single night but at different venues – the Hammersmith Odeon appearance is followed by a set at the Hammersmith Palais (the theaters are near each other). 1979
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards marries model Patti Hansen in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Mick Jagger is the best man. 1983
The Smashing Pumpkins/Garbage tour ends at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, CA. It’s the last Garbage concert of the year (following more than 140 shows in less than 12 months). 1996
The Red Hot Chili Peppers publicist says that Dave Navarro is using hard drugs. The admission helps explain the guitarist’s recent strange behavior. 1997
Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello, System Of A Down vocalist Serj Tankian and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea are among the artists who perform at an Axis of Justice-organized benefit concert for striking California grocery-store workers in Hollywood, CA. 2003
3 Doors Down host a dinner and auction to raise money for their Better Life Foundation. The group also performs, along with Shinedown and Lynyrd Skynyrd, at the Biloxi, MS event. 2004
Radiohead’s Thom Yorke performs on the debut episode of the Internet TV show From The Basement. He plays the song “Videotape.” “It doesn’t sound like the version that we are working on now, which is even better,” says Yorke “(The Basement recordings) are sketches, obviously just me on the piano.” 2006
Eddie Money joins Hinder at an L.A. gig to perform his ’86 hit “Take Me Home Tonight.” Hinder recorded a cover with Money contributing vocals. “We all love it,” says Hinder guitarist Joe “Blower” Garvey. “I think we kinda put our own little touch on it.” 2006
Elton John attends the London premiere of the film “It’s A Boy Girl Thing.” John is the executive-producer. Sting and Sharon Osbourne, who is in the film, also are present. “I just helped get the music together and gave David (Furnish – John’s partner and the film’s producer) moral support,” says John. 2006
Bob Dylan’s “Modern Times” tops the 2006 Billboard Critics’ Choice poll. Bruce Springsteen’s “We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions” is #2 on the tally. The Billboard poll is tabulated using Top 10 lists compiled by 48 Billboard staff members and freelancers.  2006
Led Zeppelin, the Doors, the Grateful Dead and Carlos Santana (or at least their representatives) file a suit in U.S. District Court demanding Wolfgang’s Vault stop streaming footage of the group’s live shows taped during the ‘60s at the Fillmore auditoriums (in SF and NY). Wolfgang’s began streaming the videos the previous month. They also produced posters and T-shirts with the artist’s images. 2006
Shinedown announce that they have parted ways with lead guitarist Nick Perri and have named the band’s rhythm guitarist, Zach Myers, his replacement. “Zach is one of the most phenomenal guitarists I know,” says frontman Brent Smith in an online post. “This is a personal matter and has nothing to do with the band,” adds Perri, addressing his departure. 2008
Billboard magazine names the Rolling Stones the top touring act of the decade: 2000-2009. The group grossed $869 million from 264 shows before 8.2 million people. U2 made $822 million with 288 shows – all of which sold out. 2009
Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” retakes the #1 spot on the Rock Songs chart after losing it the week before to Stone Sour’s “Say You’ll Haunt Me.”  2010
“Dogs Eating Dogs” is the title of Blink-182’s EP. “‘Dogs Eating Dogs’ (is) nothing like ‘Neighborhoods’, but it’s also not just a return to the band’s early releases,” explains the band’s Tom DeLonge to Billboard. The album debuts at #23 on the Billboard 200 with first week sales of 57,000 copies. 2012
Caleb Shomo officially announces his departure from Attack! Attack!, as the band confirms Phil Druyor as their vocalist.  2012
Rush release an iBook to coincide with the re-release of their seminal “2112” album. The work features a 40-page comic book by story artist Tom Hodges (Star Wars – The Clone Wars, The Simpsons), unpublished pictures, black and white ink art and pencil sketches. 2012
Ted Nugent’s reality show, Gun Country, is canceled by the Discovery Channel following the mass shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, CT. The network also cancels another series, American Guns. 2012
US Weekly puts out their list of the Top 5 Albums and Top 5 singles of the year. Arcade Fire’s “Reflektor” is #3 while “Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires Of The City” sits at #2 behind Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.” On the singles side, Lorde’s “Royals” at #2 is the only Rock entry. “Blurred Lines,” Robin Thicke, tops that chart. 2013
Disgraced Lostprophets vocalist Ian Watkins is sentenced to 35 years in jail for 13 child sex offences. 2013
AC/DC sell out their Wembley Stadium concert moving 72,500 tickets in under 60 minutes. The show is more than six months away (7/4/15). 2014
Baroness release “Purple.” Joining John Baizley and Peter Adams are Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums). It is the first album released following the band’s involvement in the ‘12 bus accident that left nine people injured.  2015
Blast from the past. The Kinks’ Ray and Dave Davies perform together onstage for the first time in nearly 20 years at Dave’s concert at London’s Islington Assembly Hall. The brothers play the Kinks’ classic “You Really Got Me.” 2015
Slipknot’s Corey Taylor releases “Live In London,” an acoustic solo performance.  2017
Jeremy Spencer announces his exit from Five Finger Death Punch following a second back surgery. Having played drums since he was six years old, Spencer suffers major physical ailments. “As with professional athletes, when the body and mental state don’t achieve the standard required to meet the rigorous demands necessary to perform at a high level, the choice is clear,” writes Spencer in a statement.  2018
Rush vocalist/bassist Geddy Lee issues “Geddy Lee’s Big Book Of Beautiful Bass,” showcasing his collection of bass guitars and the stories behind them.  2018
Charli XCX pulls out of NBC’s Saturday Night Live because of COVID related staffing issues. “Due to the limited crew at tonight’s taping of SNL my musical performance will no longer be able to go ahead. I am devastated and heartbroken,” she writes on social media.  2021
Shadows Fall reunite to play a one-off show, following a six-year absence, at The Palladium in their native Worcester, MA. 2021
Alice Cooper serves as one of the Fiesta Bowl Parade’s grand marshals at the Desert Financial Fiesta Bowl Parade in Phoenix.  It’s the Fiesta Bowl’s 50th Anniversary. 2021