April 24, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-03-04

MARCH 4th

“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

“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

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

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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 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

“Welcome To The Circus” is #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock chart.  The track is from Five Finger Death Punch’s ninth studio album “AfterLife.” 2023