2023-03-04

MARCH 4th
Kid Rock’s “First Kiss” sells 137,000 units in its debut week to land at #2 on the Billboard 200, just behind Big Sean’s “Dark Sky Paradise.” 2015
Beastie Boys’ “Licensed To Ill” is certified for selling 10-million copies by the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA). The trio’s debut album was released in ’86. 2015
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Yes bassist Chris Squire is born facing the south side of the sky. 1948
Bassist Jason Newsted as a birthday. The Battle Creek, MI, native is in Metallica from ’86 to ’01. 1963
The Beach Boys lift a Chuck Berry riff and turn it into “Surfin’ U.S.A.” With lead vocals by Mike Love the song climbs to #3 on the pop chart. 1963
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus right now.” That John Lennon quote, given during an interview for a London newspaper, results in Beatles’ records being banned and/or burned in the U.S. and South Africa. 1966
One time Courtney Love beau, but better known (or appreciated) as the singer for the Lemonheads, Evan Dando, enters the world. 1967
“She would never say where she came from.” The Rolling Stones hit #1 with “Ruby Tuesday.” But censorship efforts swirling around the classic “Let’s Spend The Night Together” (on the flip side) cause that song to stall at #55. 1967
Steve Winwood leaves the Spencer Davis Group to form Traffic. 1967
Janis Joplin is fined $200 for obscene language at a Tampa concert. 1970
Rolling Stones announce their move to France for tax reasons. 1971
Badfinger’s “Day After Day” goes gold.  1972
The Band’s Richard Manuel commits suicide by hanging. 1986
Pearl Jam win Best New Band and singer Eddie Vedder nabs Best New Male Singer at Rolling Stone‘s Music Awards. Meanwhile, the Red Hot Chili Peppers Flea (Michael Balzary) is voted Best Bassist in the Reader’s Picks. 1993
“Real Love,” The Beatles’ second single from the “Anthology” project, is released in the U.S. The song is a John Lennon demo finished by the surviving band members. Though the track doesn’t repeat the commercial success of “Free As A Bird” it does peak at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 selling 500,000 copies in its first three months.  1996
“Alice In Chains” is certified double platinum by the Record Industry of America. The band’s third album contains the track “Heaven Beside You.” 1997
Ataris release their major label debut “so long astoria.” 2003
3 Doors Down perform at the launch of the college sports network ESPNU in Stillwater, OK. The live telecast takes place at a pep rally hosted by Oklahoma State University prior to their basketball game against the University of Texas. 2005
Aerosmith bassist Tom Hamilton hosts Peace Games’ 2nd annual School House Rocks benefit in Boston. The bassist, a longtime supporter of Peace Games, a youth charity that promotes anti-violence, performs and donates a package of Aerosmith memorabilia for a silent auction held at the event. 2005
Louis Vuitton announces that Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards is the new public face of French luxury handbag and luggage fashion house. “Some journeys cannot be put into words. New York. 3 am. Blues in C,” reads the copy that accompanies a photo of Richards shot by Annie Leibovitz. Richards donates his modeling fee to Al Gore’s Climate Project. 2008
“Instamatic Karma: Photographs of John Lennon” is published. The volume is by Lennon’s “lost weekend” lover May Pang. “For years, only my closest friends got to see these photos — which were literally tucked away in a shoebox in my closet,” writes Pang in the book. Lennon’s “lost weekend” was a period in the ’70s when the ex-Beatle and Yoko Ono had split. They later reconciled. 2008
Rockabye Baby!, a company that produces mellow instrumental versions of popular Rock songs geared toward infants, releases an album of reworked AC/DC tunes. “Rockabye Baby!: Lullaby Renditions of AC/DC” features versions of “Highway To Hell” and “Back In Black.” 2008
Not Fade Away Gallery in New York unveils a display titled “The British Are Coming: The Beatles and the Rolling Stones 1964-66” featuring many previously unseen photos taken by Bob Bonis who served as tour manager for both groups. 2009
A video for President Obama’s United We Serve volunteer program featuring Jon Bon Jovi makes its debut at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. “We can tackle the tough challenges we face and build community through service and volunteering,” says Bon Jovi in the video, which is shown at concert venues throughout the United States. 2010
Radiohead guitarist Ed O’Brien writes an open letter to BBC Director General Mark Thompson in an effort to save BBC 6 which is focuses on independent music. The BBC is looking at eliminating several of its stations in a bid to cut spending within the corporation. 2010
Detroit members of the NAACP protest the organization’s plans to give their Great Expectations Award to Kid Rock. They claim Rock’s use of the Confederate flag in his shows does not fit with the organization’s mission. “It’s a slap in the face for anyone who fought for civil rights in this country,” says Adolph Mongo, head of Detroiters for Progress. 2011
Kings Of Leon perform “The Immortals” in a video which is shown in movie theaters (and later on TV) to promote the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on Turner Sports and CBS. “We are proud to be working with Kings Of Leon throughout the tournament and using their powerful song ‘The Immortals’ as a theme of our marketing campaign and coverage,” says Turner exec Christina Miller in a statement. 2011
In an interview with Al Jazeera, Roger Waters (ex-Pink Floyd) encourages fellow musicians to avoid playing shows in Israel. “I’m against Israel for exactly the same reasons that I was against South Africa: it’s a two-tiered racist system,” Waters says. 2011
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver) launches Meridian Rock, a money management company for Rock stars. The bassist, who took courses and schooled himself in money matters, has also written financial columns for the Seattle Weekly and Playboy.com. 2011
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
The Black Keys are inducted into the Firestone High School’s Hall of Fame.  Singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Pat Carney are both graduates of the Ohio school. “I haven’t been in here in 12 years,” remarks Carney, who graduated in ’98. A CBS television crew, working on a Black Keys documentary, is on hand to film the event. 2012
Coldplay performs at the first Secret Policeman’s Ball held in the U.S. Founded in ’76 to benefit the human rights group, Amnesty International, the show is at New York City’s Radio Music Hall. 2012
Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker states that guitarist Tom DeLonge’s “indefinite” departure from the group should just be definite. “I think the right thing for him to do would (be to) just man up and quit the band. I think that would give him some closure too.” The comment comes after a series of acrimonious statements between band members. 2015
Paramore and former bassist Jeremy Davis battle over his entitlement to a share of the band’s income.  The court is asked to decide whether Davis was a partner or an employee. Davis, in his suit against Varoom Whoa, the entity that owns Paramore, states he was a partner. He left Paramore in ’15. 2016
Bon Jovi “This House Is Not For Sale” once again tops the Billboard 200.  The return is entirely due to a deal that packages tickets to Bon Jovi’s tour with a free physical or digital copy of the album. 120,000 fans take advantage of the offer.  The album initially went to #1 when it was released 15-months earlier.  2018
Greta Van Fleet perform at the Elton John AIDS Foundation’s 26th annual Academy Awards Viewing Party in L.A. “We were speechless when Elton called us,” says the band’s guitarist Jake Kiszka. 2018
Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam) performs the late Tom Petty’s “Room At The Top” during the In Memoriam segment of the Academy Awards in Hollywood.  2018
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine makes a solo appearance… not to play but to pour À Tout Le Monde at World Of Beer Avion Park in Tampa. À Tout Le Monde is a collaboration between Mustaine and Unibroue brewmaster Jerry Vietz. 2019
“The Batman” is in theaters.  The Nirvana song “Something In The Way,” from the band’s ‘91 “Nevermind” album, is heard twice in the blockbuster film (as well as in trailers leading up to the film’s debut). As a result, the track goes to #2 on Rock Digital Song Sales chart.  2022