2022-12-19

DECEMBER 19th
Bruce Springsteen returns to Saturday Night Live as the musical guest for the first time since ‘02. During his rendition of “Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town,” Springsteen is joined by Paul McCartney. 2015
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I’d love to change the world. Alvin Lee (Ten Years After) is born in Nottingham, England. 1944
James Stewart ‘Jimmy’ Bain, bassist for Rainbow, Dio and Last In Line, is born in Newtonmore, U.K. 1947
One for the money, two for the show. Carl Perkins records his lasting contribution to Rock ‘n’ Roll, “Blue Suede Shoes,” in Memphis. The idea for the song comes from Sun Records labelmate Johnny Cash. 1955
Santana play San Francisco’s Fillmore West for the first time. The group regularly appears at the venue. 1968
The Faces split becomes public and official as Rod Stewart bitterly complains that guitarist Ron Wood is permanently ‘on loan’ to the Rolling Stones. 1975
The Rolling Stones wrap up their U.S. tour with a televised closed-circuit concert broadcast throughout the country. 1981
The Byrds drummer Michael Clarke dies of liver failure (due to a long-term over-consumption of alcohol) at his home in Treasure Island, FL. 1993
Aerosmith conclude their U.S. tour at Boston’s Mama Kin Complex. It’s the first show at the 250-seat venue that’s co-owned by the group. If the name “Mama Kin” sounds familiar it’s because it’s also the title of a song on Aerosmith’s ’73 debut album. 1994
Peter Eckenrod is sentenced to 25 months in prison for pretending to be Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti. He pleads no contest to scheming to defraud and fraudulent use of a credit card. 2003
Bono is named one of Time magazine’s Persons of the Year, along with Microsoft founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda. The trio is recognized for their efforts to aid Africa in its fight against disease and destitution.” This can be a generation that can end extreme poverty,” says U2’s frontman, who claims he is “humbled” by the honor. 2005
The FBI release documents related to their investigation of John Lennon in the early ‘70s. The Nixon administration thought Lennon, an anti-war (Vietnam) advocate, was aiding left wing causes and therefore an undesirable alien. Unsuccessful deportation efforts ensued. While Lennon had contact with representatives from radical organizations the FBI could find no evidence that he was a member or financially supported these groups. 2006
As many as 30 concertgoers are treated for minor injuries received at a Music As A Weapon tour stop in Ashwaubenon, WI. Two fans are transported to a local hospital for treatment during the event headlined by Disturbed. Many mosh pit mavens suffer cuts, bruises or overheating. 2006
The Big House Foundation, an organization dedicated to establishing an Allman Brothers Band museum at the Macon, GA, residence (called the “Big House”) where the group rehearsed during its formative years, announce they have purchased the building and unveil design plans. 2007
Marilyn Manson initiates a countersuit against former bandmate Stephen Bier (aka Madonna Wayne Gacy) alleging that the keyboardist failed to fulfill his obligations in the group. Bier hit Manson with a breach-of-contract lawsuit the previous August. The action, filed in L.A., accuses Bier of turning up late for shows and promotional appearances, among other complaints. 2007
Christine Grahame, a member of Scotland’s parliament, files a parliamentary motion recognizing AC/DC’s achievements. Founding members Angus and Malcolm Young were born in Glasgow before the family moved to Australia in ‘63. Also, the late vocalist Bon Scott and his successor, Brian Johnson, are Scottish natives. 2008
Coldplay perform the first of two U.K. shows for the homeless charity Crisis. The so-called ‘Hidden Gigs’ take place in Liverpool and Newcastle. The shows draw attention to the “hidden problem of homelessness” and collect money (over £238,000) for the charity. “To have the backing of Coldplay brings something unique to Crisis this Christmas,” says Leslie Morphy, Chief Executive of Crisis. 2010
After the Black Crowes perform their last show of a six night-stand in San Francisco, they announce that they are going on an “indefinite hiatus.” 2010
Carlos Santana ties the knot with his drummer Cindy Blackman in a private ceremony at Maui’s Ritz Carlton. 2010
Internet rumors of Jon Bon Jovi’s death are greatly exaggerated. The bogus reports state that the singer suffered cardiac arrest. Turns out, Bon Jovi is alive and well. 2011
Tony Iommi, guitarist and founding member of Black Sabbath, joins The National Guitar Museum’s board of advisors. NGM is the first museum dedicated to the history, science, and cultural impact of the guitar. “There is so much more to the guitar than six strings and a slab of wood,” says Iommi. “Everything about it is fascinating, from how it is crafted to the legion of people who have played it.” 2012
Vampire Weekend’s “Modern Vampires Of The City” tops Rolling Stone magazine’s Albums of the Year list. 2013