April 22, 2024

This Day in History: 2025-03-08

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

MORE TODAY IN ROCK…

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

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

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

“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

Eddie Van Halen quietly announces that he’s in rehab. “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

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

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

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

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

Five Finger Death Punch singer Ivan Moody celebrates his fifth year of sobriety.  He nearly died due to an alcohol-related seizure and went to rehab five times before it finally stuck.  2023

Dark Angel guitarist Jim Durkin passes away at aged 58. Durkin was one of the main songwriters on the band’s first three albums – “We Have Arrived” (‘85), “Darkness Descends” (’86) and “Leave Scars” (‘89).  2023

Singer-songwriter Eric Carmen dies at the age of 74. He’s known as the vocalist on The Raspberries “Go All The Way,” which peaked at #5 in the U.S., and the “Dirty Dancing” song “Hungry Eyes.”   2024