2022-12-24

DECEMBER 24th
Poison’s epic ballad, “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” is the #1 song in the U.S. 1989
Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy” is the #1 album in the U.S. 1994
The Black Keys’ “Lonely Boy” begins an extended run at #1 on the Billboard Rock Songs chart.  2011
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Ian Fraser ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister, the lead vocalist, bassist and principal songwriter for Mötörhead, comes crashing into the world. 1945
Singer Mary Ramsey (10,000 Maniacs) is born. 1963
The Beatles play Christmas concerts at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. 1964
The Beatles get a gold record for their brilliant “Rubber Soul” album, one of the group’s best. 1965
Complaints about the volume lead Miami police to shut down a Manfred Mann & His Earth Band concert. A riot ensues with the band hiding in their dressing room. 1972
Doobie Brothers guitarist, Tom Johnston, is arrested in Visalia, California for marijuana possession. 1973
Nice Christmas present. Queen’s “A Night At The Opera” is the #1 album in the U.K. To celebrate (or jump on the bandwagon), BBC1-TV and Radio 1 simultaneously broadcast Queen’s show from London’s Hammersmith-Odeon Theatre. The concert marks the first live performance of “Bohemian Rhapsody.” 1975
Duran Duran’s “Union Of The Snake” peaks at #3 on the U.S. singles chart. 1983
The Gin Blossoms call it quits. The group reforms a few years later. 1997
U2’s Bono is appointed an honorary knight by Queen Elizabeth II. The British Embassy in Dublin, Ireland, says Bono is being recognized for “his services to the music industry and for his humanitarian work.” 2006
Linkin Park’s “Revolution: Live At Milton Keynes” DVD streams online for free for 24-hours via the media player on the band’s official website. “We wanted to give the fans something special for the holidays,” says frontman Chester Bennington. “By streaming it online, we can share that (special concert) experience with all of our fans around the world.” 2008
Bono and other musicians (not as famous) perform on Grafton Street in Dublin to raise money for the Simon Community who work toward homelessness prevention. They play Bob Dylan’s “Knocking On Heaven’s Door” and Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me.” 2009
Mothers Of Invention co-founder Ray Collins dies in Pomona, CA, after suffering a massive heart attack nearly a week earlier. The singer invited Frank Zappa to join the Soul Giants, the band that eventually became the Mothers Of Invention. 2012
Slipknot’s “The Negative One” nails the Best Riff Award in a readers’ poll conducted Total Guitar magazine. The track is from the group’s album “.5: The Gray Chapter.” 2014
The Beatles catalogue is available on streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Google Play, Tidal, Amazon Prime Music, and so on). “Come Together” is the most downloaded song. 2015
A Puddle Of Mudd Facebook post tells fans frontman Wes Scantlin is doing well in rehab.  Who knew? 2017
Reaching a younger audience.  “Rock The Rock” by Guns N’ Roses singer Axl Rose, premieres in the “New Looney Tunes” on the Boomerang streaming service.  In the episode, Rose performs with his band Steel Underpants as a giant asteroid is headed toward earth.  Rose plays “Rock The Rock” through “new speakers” that are loud enough to destroy the asteroid and save the planet.  Whew!  2018