2023-03-05

MARCH 5th
Gregg Allman’s “Laid Back” goes gold. The album, released the previous year, contains “Midnight Rider.” 1974
“One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band,” debuts at #10 on the New York Times Best Sellers List. The oral history contains never-before-published interviews with band members. 2014
TODAY IN ROCK…
Ike Turner cuts “Rocket 88,” a song many consider the first Rock n’ Roll record. Three months later it tops the R&B chart. 1951
Alan Clark has a birthday. The Dire Straits keyboardist is from Great Lumley, Durham, England. He joins the group in ’77. 1952
Sgt. Elvis Presley leaves the Army after a two-year hitch. He gets discharged at Fort Dix, NJ. 1960
The Yardbirds begin recording their final album, “Little Games.” It’s future Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page’s only complete album with the band. 1966
Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist, John Anthony Frusciante, is born in Queens (but grows up in L.A.). He joins RHCP in ’89 replacing the deceased (heroin overdose) Hillel Slovak. 1970
Led Zeppelin give their inaugural public performance of “Stairway To Heaven” at Belfast’s Ulster Hall. According to bassist John Paul Jones the audience is unimpressed. 1971
C-H-U-M radio contest winners get to see the Rolling Stones in a Toronto nightclub. The show is a loss-leader for the Stones but some tracks recorded that night wind up on “Love You Live.” 1977
Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane is arrested for pointing a shotgun at police after they are summoned to her home at 3:30 am by an intoxicated caller.  After refusing to drop the firearm, Slick is wrestled to the ground by police and arrested.  200 hours of community service, mandatory Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and random drug and alcohol testing prompts Slick to quit drinking. 1994
“The Osbournes” debuts on MTV. Ozzy is on top again. 2002
The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With A Girl” debuts at #21 on the U.K. singles chart. 2002
Puddle Of Mudd’s Wes Scantlin says his arrest the previous month for disorderly conduct in Toledo, OH, was just a misunderstanding and claims all charges against him have been dropped. “I didn`t do anything violent,” explains the vocalist. 2004
All The News That Fits. Todd Harrell of 3 Doors Down is arrested in Moss Point, MS, after allegedly assaulting a newspaper carrier who accused him of stealing papers from a coin-operated vending machine. An attorney for Harrell contends that the bassist paid for the newspapers. Next time, just go online for the sports scores. 2004
A charity cover of “Across The Universe” marks the first time in nine years that a John Lennon/Paul McCartney song lands on the Billboard Hot 100 (#22). The Beatles originally recorded the song in ’69 for the World Wildlife Fund and it was later included on the “Let It Be” album. Bono (U2), Velvet Revolver and other artists performed the song at the Grammys to raise funds for Tsunami Aid. 2005
Elton John hosts an Academy Awards party to benefit his AIDs Foundation. The event raises $2.9 million. 2006
KoЯn’s “MTV Unplugged” album is released. The album debuts at #9 on the Billboard 200 with approximate first week sales of 51,000 copies. 2007
Deftones announce plans to donate royalties from their “Hole In The Earth” ringtone to Virgin Mobile’s RE*Generation, an advocacy group focused on at-risk and homeless teens. The initiative, which began in ’06, is a partnership with StandUp for Kids and YouthNoise nonprofit organizations. 2007
Just two days out of rehab, Scott Weiland enters a not guilty plea through his attorney to a charge that he was driving under the influence of drugs when he was arrested on a Los Angeles freeway on-ramp the previous November. The former Stone Temple Pilots singer remains free on $40,000 bail but faces up to one year in prison if convicted. 2008
Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix, entities who oversee the late Jimi Hendrix’s copyrights, are back in court yet again. They file a trademark-infringement lawsuit charging the Las Vegas-based HendrixLicensing.com with selling unauthorized Hendrix-branded merchandise. “Protection of my brother’s legacy and his unique gift is our family’s highest priority,” says the late guitarist’s stepsister and Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix. 2009
Over 100 tracks from Linkin Park’s “LP Archives: Official Tour Bootlegs” are available for download to Linkin Park Underground fan club members. “We originally decided that it would be cool to let our fans buy a recording of the show they just attended,” says drummer Rob Bourdon.” “Once we saw the positive response to that, we figured it would be even better to make all of the shows available to anyone who would like to download them.” 2010
Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe is acquitted of manslaughter charges by a Czech court. He was accused of pushing Daniel Nosek off the stage during a ’10 Lamb Of God show, leading to a head injury which later caused Nosek’s death. “I am a free man,” says Blythe, following the verdict. “Please remember the family of Daniel Nosek in your thoughts and prayers in this difficult time. I only wish for them peace.” 2013
Linkin Park begins selling a special bracelet with all of the proceeds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Sales go through the band’s non-profit foundation, Music for Relief. 2013
“A Prince Among Stones: That Business with the Rolling Stones and Other Adventures,” written by Prince Rupert Loewenstein, the band’s financial adviser from ’68-’07, arrives. The book illustrates how Loewenstein saved the band from financial ruin. However, it doesn’t sit well with the Stones’ Mick Jagger. “Call me old fashioned, but I don’t think your ex-bank manager should be discussing your financial dealings and personal information in public,” says the singer. 2013
Mötley Crüe partner with Global Merchandising Services and Epic Rights to develop and launch retail, licensing, and e-commerce programs for the band. “We’re excited to partner with such a legendary, iconic, gritty and influential part of L.A.’s music history to develop a global licensing program that truly captures the essence of Mötley Crüe,” reads a joint statement from the companies.  2019