This Day in History: 2023-03-03

“Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player,” Elton John’s sixth studio album, is #1 on the Billboard 200.  1973
Lead single “Crocodile Rock” is his first chart-topping single in both the U.S. and Canada.
“Master Of Puppets” is the third studio album by Metallica. It’s the group’s first record to be certified gold for sales of over 500,000 copies but their last to feature bassist Cliff Burton, who dies in a bus crash in Sweden while the group is touring to promote the album. 1986
U2’s ninth studio album, “Pop,” arrives. It goes to #1 in 35 countries, including the U.S. 1997
London born singer/guitarist Robyn Hitchcock has a birthday. 1953
Hooters guitarist John Lilley is born in West Chester, PA. 1954
In Ottawa, The Animals refuse to go on unless they are paid in advance. The concert is canceled. As a result, the audience riots resulting in several thousands of dollars-worth of damage. 1967
The Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart (vocals) and Ron Wood (bass), make their debut in London.  They are part of a package show with headliners Roy Orbison and The Small Faces. But after receiving poor notices, The Jeff Beck Group is asked to leave the tour. 1967
Van Halen launch their debut U.S. tour demanding that M&Ms be available backstage with the brown ones taken out. Probably for health reasons. It starts in Chicago. 1978
An Oakland Hell’s Angel testifies before the U.S. Senate that the motorcycle gang has a grudge against the Rolling Stones’ singer Mick Jagger stemming from ’69’s tragic Altamont concert. Apparently, there were two failed murder attempts. Seems the Angels can’t get any satisfaction either. 1983
“Black Velvet” (Alannah Myles) is #1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart.  1990
The B-52’s “Roam” peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Janet Jackson (“Escapade”), Roxette (“Dangerous”) and Paula Abdul (“Opposites Attract”), in that order. 1990
Sting holds his 3rd annual Rainforest benefit concert at New York’s Carnegie Hall. In addition to the ex-Police frontman, Don Henley, Bryan Adams and Tina Turner perform. 1993
“Rotten: No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs – The Authorized Autobiography, Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols” is out. “I have no time for lies and fantasy, and neither should you. Enjoy or die,” writes John Lydon, formerly known as Johnny Rotten. 1994
Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain is rushed to a Rome hospital after lapsing into a coma after overdosing on Rohypnol and champagne. 1994
REM’s drummer Bill Berry undergoes surgery for a brain aneurysm. The ailment forces him to leave the group. 1995
Avril Lavigne launches her first headlining trek. It’s called the “Try To Shut Me Up Tour.” 2003
Staind play the first of three concerts for U.S. military service members stationed in Germany during their European tour. The Mannheim concert is followed by shows in Franconia and Baumholder. 2006
Axl Rose files a counterclaim in Los Angeles against his former Guns N’ Roses bandmate Slash to reaffirm his control of the band’s copyrights. The singer contends that Slash and ex-GN’R bassist Duff McKagan have filed ‘baseless lawsuits’ against him. “Axl has a responsibility to protect the Guns N’ Roses legacy and expose the truth,” says Rose’s lawyer. 2006
The Black Crowes issue “Warpaint.” “It’s got all the roots,” says the band’s Chris Robinson of the album. “But it’s also got a psychedelic feel.” For further clarification, the group issues a statement that reads, “The album builds compellingly on the band’s trademark adventurous brew of Rock, Blues, Country, Soul and Gospel.” 2008
Kid Rock’s attorney enters a not-guilty plea in Georgia’s DeKalb County State Court regarding an ’07 fight Rock at an Atlanta Waffle House restaurant. Rock faces a misdemeanor battery charge after being arrested along with members of his entourage five months earlier. Rock claims he was provoked. 2008
More legal news. Scott Weiland exits a rehab facility after undergoing treatment for an undisclosed substance problem. The Velvet Revolver/Stone Temple Pilots singer faces a charge of driving under the influence of drugs. Two days later he pleads not guilty. 2008
England’s Liverpool Hope University announces a Master of Arts program focusing on The Beatles. Students complete four 12-week modules and write a dissertation in the postgraduate class titled The Beatles Music and Society. “Forty years on from their breakup, now is the right time and Liverpool is the right place to study The Beatles,” says Mike Brocken, a lecturer at the school. 2009
The Israeli boycott of Metallica ends peacefully when an agreement is reached to lower ticket prices. The controversy stemmed from fan complaints about the cost of admission for a concert at the Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv. 2010
The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) announce they have recruited Jane’s Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro to star their anti-fur Ink Not Mink ads. “Several years ago, I saw video footage of animals being skinned alive and screaming, and it honestly is the most horrific, inhumane thing I’ve ever seen,” says Navarro. 2010
Courtney Love settles a lawsuit filed her by clothing designer Dawn Simorangkir. The Hole frontwoman agrees to pay $430,000 to the designer for a series of attacks via Twitter. 2011
New Orleans based Better Than Ezra launches a Mardi Gras related three-day festival called Krewe of Rocckus. “This is our town, we are connected here,” says lead singer Kevin Griffin. 2011
Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler presents a new mobile phone app called Steven Tyler’s AppSoLewdly. Available exclusively at iTunes, the app allows fans access to uncensored content, including photos and videos made by Tyler. 2011
Twisted Sister honors a fallen police officer at a benefit show at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center in Poughkeepsie, NY. John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie police officer, was killed while on duty the previous month. “We tend to do our benefits based on the proximity of the person and the place, the conditions, the circumstances, as it relates to us,” explains guitarist Jay Jay French. All proceeds go to law enforcement support organizations. 2012
Guitarist Ronnie Montrose (Montrose) dies following a five-year battle with prostate cancer. He was 64 years old. 2012
Former Hatebreed drummer (’96-’97) Nicholas Papantoniou, a.k.a. Nickel P, is found guilty of felony murder, first-degree burglary and criminal possession of a firearm. 2016
Stone Sour singles “Bother” and “Through Glass” are certified platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America).  2017
After helping raise funds to keep the Heugh Battery Museum in England open by selling a specially designed T-shirt Sabaton attend a special ceremony with guitarist Chris Rörland, a Swedish army veteran who served in the A9 Artillery Regiment, firing the Ordnance Quick Firing 25-pounder gun. He is the first-ever non-British army veteran to fire the historic weapon. 2022
Maxx Rinkus, a sophomore at Clear Springs High School in League City, TX is the first recipient of the Neil Peart (Rush) Spirit of Drumming Scholarship endowed by Modern Drummer. Rinkus receives the award in a remote ceremony (due to COVID-19 precautions) that includes Peart’s widow, Carrie Nuttall-Peart.  2022