This Day in History: 2023-03-04

MARCH 4th
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
“Christianity will go. It will vanish and shrink. We’re more popular than Jesus right now.” The John Lennon quote, published in 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
Rolling Stones announce their move to France for tax reasons. 1971
Badfinger’s “Day After Day” goes gold.  1972
The Band’s multi-instrumentalist Richard Manuel commits suicide by hanging. 1986
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
“Every Day Is Exactly The Same” is the third consecutive single from Nine Inch Nail’s “With Teeth” album to reach #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Chart. The other two are “The Hand That Feeds” and “Only.” 2006
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
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
Though it actually happened four-weeks earlier, My Chemical Romance finally gets around to announcing that drummer Bob Bryar has left the band. “This was a painful decision for all of us to make and was not taken lightly,” says a post on the band’s website. “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors and expect you (fans) all to do the same.” 2010
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.  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
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
Shinedown’s “How Did You Love” is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.  It’s the eleventh time they top the list. “How Did You Love” is the fourth single from the group’s fifth studio album, “Threat To Survival.” 2017
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
Ukrainian band Jinjer launches a donation campaign to benefit their home country which is being invaded by Russia.  The band also cancels their shows in North America due to the ongoing war. The band condemns the war stating that “NOTHING can justify the violence and death of innocents, and this is exactly what’s happening in our country right now.” 2022