This Day in History: 2023-03-08

MARCH 8th
“Proud Mary” is Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first million selling single. 1969
Foreigner’s self-titled debut is out. The hits “Feels Like The First Time” and “Cold As Ice” make an immediate impact. 1977
“Superunknown,” Soundgarden’s critical and commercial breakthrough album, arrives.  It goes on to top the Billboard 200. 1994
Nine Inch Nails present their masterpiece “The Downward Spiral.”  The group’s sophomore full-length set goes on to sell four-million copies in North America and five million worldwide. 1994
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The Monkees’ singer, drummer and dominant personality, Mickey Dolenz, is born. 1945
Randy Meisner, The Eagles original bassist, has a birthday. 1946
Guitarist Mel Galley (Whitesnake) is born in Cannock, Staffordshire, England.  1948
Early Iron Maiden drummer (‘79 to ’82), Clive Burr, is born in London.  1957
The Beatles make their radio debut on the BBC performing covers of “Dream Baby,” “Please Mr. Postman” and “Memphis, Tennessee.” 1962
The first Fillmore East show. Big Brother & The Holding Company top the bill. 1968
Kick out the jams! Elektra Records signs Detroit’s MC5. 1969
The Small Faces (Itchycoo Park”) perform their final concert.  The Channel Island show follows guitarist/singer Steve Marriott’s announced departure to launch Humble Pie.  The remainder of the band (Kenney Jones, Ronnie Lane and Ian McLagan) continue as The Faces (“Stay With Me”) with the addition of Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood, both formerly of the Jeff Beck Group.  1969
Paul McCartney pleads guilty to growing marijuana on his Scottish farm. He claims a fan gave him the seeds and he didn’t know what they were. Right. Paul suffers a small fine and continues “farming.” 1973
The Grateful Dead’s Ron “Pigpen” McKernan dies from a stomach hemorrhage and liver failure in Corte Madera, CA. He was 27. 1973
Andy Ross is born in Worcester, MA. The OK Go guitarist, keyboardist and vocalist replaces Andy Duncan in ’05. 1979
Beck’s “Loser” is out. The song was written and recorded while Beck was visiting producer Carl Stephenson’s home. 1993
The end of the western civilization as we know it. “Bevis and Butthead” premiere on MTV. 1993
Oasis make their U.S. network T.V. debut on Late Night With David Letterman. 1995
“Secret Samadhi,” the fourth studio album by Live, is #1 on the Billboard 200 with debut week sales of 227,000 copies.  “Lakini’s Juice,” “Rattlesnake,” “Turn My Head” and “Freaks” are the primary tracks.  1997
The Wallflowers’ dramatic “One Headlight” tops the Modern Rock chart. 1997
Modest Mouse release “Float On,” the first single from “Good News For People Who Love Bad News.” It becomes the band’s first #1 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. 2004
Axis of Justice, co-founded by Audioslave’s Tom Morello, helps a Coalition of Immokalee Workers (C.I.W.) reach a settlement with Taco Bell. The coalition boycotted the fast-food chain over unfair working conditions. “By standing up and standing together, we can change the world,” says Morello. Most C.I.W. members are immigrants with low-wage jobs in Florida. 2005
Sammy Hagar’s Tahoe Wabo in Nevada is honored as one of the Top 100 bars and clubs in the United States by the editors of Nightclub & Bar magazine. 2006
At a time when pop singer Britney Spears is publicly melting down and bouncing in and out of rehab, Eddie Van Halen quietly announces that he’s checked in. “I have decided to enter a rehabilitation facility to work on myself, so that in the future I can deliver the 110% that I feel I owe (Van Halen’s fans),” the guitarist says in a statement. The stay in rehab causes Eddie to miss his group’s induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. 2007
James Hetfield’s stomach virus (which requires hospitalization) forces the cancellation of Metallica’s concert, just minutes before it is scheduled to start, in Stockholm, Sweden. “Trust me, none of you guys wanna hear me, Rob (Trujillo) or Kirk (Hammett) sing,” drummer Lars Ulrich tells the crowd after the cancellation is announced. Hetfield later claims the cause of the illness was “either a 24-hour virus or a bad oyster.” 2009
The late Keith Moon (The Who) is honored with a special plaque at the site of London’s Marquee Club, where the group cut its teeth. Surviving Who members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend attend the marker’s unveiling, which is sponsored by the U.K.’s Heritage Foundation. 2009
Seether’s “Country Song,” the first single from “Holding Onto Strings Better Left To Fray,” begins its’ journey to the top of the Billboard Active Rock Chart. 2011
Mike Starr, former bassist for Alice In Chains, is found dead by police in a Salt Lake City home. “There is nothing to indicate that this was foul play by another individual,” says a police representative. Three weeks earlier, the 44-year-old Starr was jailed after he was found in illegal possession of prescription drugs. 2011
David Bowie’s first album in 10 years, “The Next Day,” is released. 2013
The Journey documentary “Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey,” opens in U.S. theaters. The movie focuses on singer Arnel Pineda, and how he came to join the band. “I’m living a fairy tale . . . like a Cinderella story,” says Pineda. 2013
Jon Bon Jovi sings “Dead Or Alive,” with comedians serving as back-up singers, on Comedy Central’s Night of Too Many Stars. Hosted by Jon Stewart and taped at New York’s Beacon Theatre a week earlier (2/28), the event raises funds for autism education and support programs. 2015
Founding Eagles member Randy Meisner spends his 70th birthday (see above) in a psych ward for threatening suicide after his wife is killed when she accidently shoots herself. 2016
Producer Sir George Martin dies at the age of 90. Martin signed The Beatles and produced their albums. “If anyone earned the title of the fifth Beatle, it was George,” writes Paul McCartney. 2016
Pearl Jam donates 100% of T-shirt proceeds and 25% of all goods sold on the band’s official web site to the Planned Parenthood Federation Of America. 2017
At The Gates announce via Facebook that they have parted ways with founding guitarist Anders Bjorler who, along with the group, is credited with helping define Metalcore with ‘95’s “Slaughter Of The Soul.” 2017
Guns N’ Roses’ “Not In This Lifetime” trek receives Ticketmaster’s inaugural Touring Milestone Award, which was developed to recognize the top global tours as measured by the total number of tickets sold and fans reached. “Not In This Lifetime” began in ‘16 and concluded at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii in late ‘18 after 159 shows in 41 countries.  2019
Deftones part ways with their longtime bassist Sergio Vega. He joined the band in ’09, replacing Chi Cheng (who suffered career ending injuries in an auto collision).  2022
Econoline Crush guitarist David “Ziggy” Sigmund dies.  He first appeared on the band’s ‘97 album The Devil You Know” – which went platinum.  2022