April 24, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-03-01

MARCH 1st

Pink Floyd release their 8th studio album “The Dark Side Of The Moon” in the US. It remains on the Billboard album chart for a record 741 weeks (from ‘73 to ’88). 1973

Soundgarden earn a pair of trophies for “Black Hole Sun” (Best Hard Rock Performance) and “Spoonman” (Best Metal Performance) at the 37th annual Grammy Awards in L.A. 1995

“Rope,” the lead single from the Foo Fighters’ seventh album “Wasting Light,” is released. The song tops the Billboard Rock Songs chart a week later. 2011

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The Who’s singer, Roger Daltrey, is born. 1944

Mike D’Abo, lead vocalist for Manfred Mann, is born in Betchworth, Surrey. 1944

The Doors’ infamous Miami Concert. Singer Jim Morrison is later arrested for profanity and lewd behavior. He is convicted but the case is on appeal when Morrison permanently eludes the law (by dying). 1969

The Eagles score a #1 hit with “Best Of My Love.” 1975

Stevie Wonder repeats his Grammy domination (he was the big winner the previous year as well). Among his awards is the Album of the Year trophy for “Fullfillingness’ First Finale” (containing “Living For The City”). And oh, by the way, the Best New Artist honor goes to Marvin Hamlisch (“The Entertainer”) who beats out Bad Company. Apparently, no one under 80 was allowed to vote that year. 1975

MTV launches its catchy “I Want My MTV” campaign. The effort puts pressure on cable systems to offer the channel. Pete Townshend (The Who), Mick Jagger (Rolling Stones) and David Bowie verbalized the incessant demand. 1982

“The Doors,” an Oliver Stone film, is released.  1991

Nirvana’s last show is in Munich, Germany. 1994

Aerosmith’s “Livin’ On The Edge” wins Best Rock Song at the 36th annual Grammy Awards in New York. Ozzy Osbourne nails the Best Metal Performance honor for “I Don’t Want To Change The World.” 1994

Bruce Springsteen opens the 37th Grammy Awards show with “The Streets Of Philadelphia” (which wins Song Of The Year). Sheryl Crow picks up Record of the Year for “All I Wanna Do.” Also, the trophy for Best Rock Performance-Female goes to Melissa Etheridge. “Come To My Window” is the song. 1995

Bill Berry, R.E.M.’s drummer, has to leave the stage during a concert in Switzerland after suffering a brain aneurysm. 1995

Carlos Santana and his wife Deborah are honored for their work with the Milagro Foundation during a Beverly Hills, CA, charity gig. The organization raises money to benefit underprivileged children around the world. 2006

30 Seconds To Mars singer Jared Leto suffers a broken nose during the El Paso, TX, show on the Taste of Chaos tour. The incident occurs when Leto runs into the crowd and smacks into onrushing fans. He’s able to complete the concert. 2007

“That’s it. With equal parts regret and relief, the Jane’s Addiction experiment is at an end.” With those words, bassist Eric Avery announces his departure from the band via Twitter. He had rejoined the “Nothing’s Shocking” era lineup in ’08 after a 17-year hiatus. 2010

The spacesuit worn by Ozzy Osbourne in the Best Buy Super Bowl commercial is sold to raise money for Sharon Osbourne’s Colon Cancer Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. That sad news is that Osborne’s suit goes for $2,550 while the very same suit worn by pop-star Justin Bieber, who also appeared in the commercial, sells for $5,800. 2011

Morrissey, a vegetarian (think The Smiths’ “Meat Is Murder”), tries to give a meat-free concert at L.A.’s Staples Center. McDonald’s outlets in the facility are closed but only the backstage area is meat free. A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales goes to PETA. 2013

Train pulls out of a headlining gig at the Boy Scouts National Jamboree to protest the organization’s ban on gay scouts and gay scout leaders. “When we booked this show for the Boy Scouts of America we were not aware of any policy barring openly gay people from participation within the organization,” says Train in a statement. “Train strongly opposes any kind of policy that questions the equality of any American citizen.” 2013

The music video for Dragonforce’s “Through The Fire And Flames” passes the 100-million views mark on YouTube. The lead track from ‘06’s “Inhuman Rampage” album is the band’s first music video to cross the 100-million threshold.  2019

Bring Me The Horizon cancels nine shows in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine days earlier. In addition, one concert in Kyiv (Ukraine) and one in Minsk (Belarus) are dropped. “In solidarity with Ukraine and to stand against the atrocities being committed by Russian leadership, we must cancel our forthcoming dates,” writes the band in a statement. 2022

Bad Wolves play their first show with singer Daniel “DL” Laskiewicz at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA as the supporting act for Papa Roach. Laskiewicz collaborated with Bad Wolves on their ‘19 studio album “N.A.T.I.O.N.” and replaced the band’s original vocalist Tommy Vext. 2022

Testament officially confirm that drummer Dave Lombardo has rejoined the band following the departure of Gene Hoglan. Lombardo’s first stint with the band was very brief (1998-1999) but he performed on ‘99’s “The Gathering,” an album many consider to be among Testament’s best.  2022

Shinedown announces that they will donate $1 for every ticket sold for “The Revolutions Live U.S.” tour to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). Shinedown is a long-time mental health advocate.  2023

Mercyful Fate bassist Becky Baldwin takes to social media to say she is battling prosopagnosia, a condition where the brain can’t recognize faces or facial expressions making it hard to recognize familiar faces, despite having normal vision. She joined Mercyful Fate the previous January.  2024