2022-12-29

DECEMBER 29th
Linkin Park’s “Waiting For The End” finally makes it to #1 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart after 16-weeks on the survey. The song, the second single off the group’s fourth album, “A Thousand Suns,” replaces the Black Keys’ “Tighten Up” at the top.  2010
The soundtrack to the Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” closes out the year at #1 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart.  It’s #8 on the Billboard 200.  2018
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
The Moody Blues’ Ray Thomas has a birthday. He’s born in Stourport-on-Severn, England. 1941
Rick Danko (The Band) is born in Blayney, Ontario.  1943
Cozy Powell is born. The drummer is int the Jeff Beck Group and Rainbow. 1947
Clowns of Death guitarist Bryan ‘Dexter’ Holland is born. He finds fame and fortune with The Offspring. 1966
Dave Mason announces he is leaving Traffic due to musical differences.  Months later he returns for a brief period bringing the song “Feelin’ Alright?” with him. 1967
Toad The Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips has a birthday. 1970
Folk singer Tim Hardin dies. He wrote “Reason To Believe” (recorded by Rod Stewart) and “Morning Dew” (recorded by the Jeff Beck Group”). 1980
Weezer start work on “Hash Pipe” for “The Green Album.” 2000
In Chicago, Creed singer Scott Stapp forgets song lyrics, takes a lengthy leave of absence in the middle of the show and lies down on the stage for part of the performance. “We hope that you can take some solace in the fact that you definitely experienced the most unique of all Creed shows,” writes the band’s manager by way of an apology. 2002
Linkin Park and the American Red Cross create Music For Relief to assist victims of the tsunamis that flooded southern Asia. “A lot more people are going to die from being homeless and the problems with the water and diseases,” says Linkin Park guitarist Brad Delson. The group donates $100,000 to the cause. 2004
Pearl Jam win a legal battle over the rights to the domain name pearljams.com. The band filed a complaint with the National Arbitration Forum saying the site’s domain holder, Vertical Axis Inc., was using it to link to commercial sites that were unrelated to Pearl Jam. 2005
Golden Age Of Grotesque Settlements? Antichrist Divorcee? Mechanical Proceedings? Marilyn Manson’s wife of one-year, burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese (Heather Sweet), files for divorce. Irreconcilable differences are cited as the reason along with Manson’s heavier than usual drinking. His reported dating of 19-year-old actress Evan Rachel Wood probably didn’t help either. “She loved him so much, but he has too many demons,” says one of Von Teese’s friends. The couple are also locked in a custody battle over their pets. 2006
Metric is named MySpace Music’s Triumph of the Year for their album “Fantasies” which was released on the group’s label, Metric Music International. The set, which peaked at #1 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, contains the hit “Help I’m Alive.” “All over the industry we found people who actually listen to music and who, even at this time of doubt, are willing to take a risk on a song like ‘Help I’m Alive’,” says frontwoman Emily Haines in a MySpace interview. MySpace Music also names Phoenix’s “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix” the Best Album of the Year. 2009
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) is sued for copyright infringement. Vedder recorded “Hard Sun” for the soundtrack of Sean Penn’s film “Into The Wild”. Composer Gordon Peterson claims Vedder’s lyric changes are “eroding the integrity of the composition.” 2009
After being awarded a similar honor by Billboard magazine just two weeks earlier, Pollstar, the concert tracking website, chimes in saying Bon Jovi had the #1 grossing tour of the year. They are followed by AC/DC, U2 and Metallica. “Artists worked fewer shows in a tough business climate,” says Pollstar’s editor Gary Bongiovanni. 2010
In an interview with Spinner magazine, Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins) claims that the major labels are out of touch with fans and are afraid to take a risk on quality music. “Something about the need for the major label system to corner the market has squeezed the excitement out of music,” says Corgan. 2010
Yoko Ono lights the Imagine Peace Tower on Viðey Island in Reykjavik, Iceland. The tower of light, an outdoor work of art, is a tribute to Ono’s late husband, John Lennon. Ono says it “emanates wisdom, healing and joy.” 2010
Michael Stipe makes his first post-R.E.M. solo appearance opening for Patti Smith at New York’s Webster Hall. Stipe sings and plays keyboards during his unannounced set. 2014
Vocalist Tony Harnell announces, via a social media post, that he has parted ways with Skid Row. Harnell was brought in earlier in the year to replace Johnny Solinger. 2015
A concert by Bobby Blotzer’s version of Ratt is canceled just hours before showtime after a Mt. Pleasant, MI venue receives a cease-and-desist letter from the drummer’s former bandmates. Blotzer is embroiled in a legal a dispute over the group’s name with singer Stephen Pearcy, guitarist Warren DeMartini and bassist Juan Croucier. 2016
The Dillinger Escape Plan play their final show before disbanding at New York City’s Terminal 5.  During their three-show stand original singer Dimitri Minakakis performs songs from the group’s debut record“Calculating Infinity.” 2017
Wixen Music Publishing, who represent Tom Petty, Neil Young and Steely Dan, among others, sues Spotify, the streaming music provider, for approximately $1.6 billion in damages.  The company is accused of playing tens of thousands of songs without licenses or compensation. 2017
The Hollywood Forever Cemetery sends a letter to Vicky Cornell, the widow of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell, stating that fans aren’t allowed to film their visits to Cornell’s grave. “We understand that some of Chris’s fans wish to video their visits at Hollywood Forever, but we’ve had confirmation that it’s against their policy,” reads a statement from Cornell’s management company.   2017
Ringo Starr (The Beatles) is slated for knighthood as part of Queen Elizabeth’s annual New Year’s Honours.  The drummer receives an MBE for his “services to music.”  2017