This Day in History: 2023-03-09


Queen’s epic album “A Night At The Opera” with hit “Bohemian Rhapsody” goes gold. 1976
U2’s fifth studio album, “The Joshua Tree,” is out. The set depicts the band’s love-hate relationship with the U.S. and is one of the greatest Rock albums of all time. 1987
The set contains “With Or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” and “Where The Streets Have No Name.”
Rival Sons score their first #1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs chart with “Do Your Worst.”  The song is from the band’s sixth studio album “Feral Roots.” 2019
John Cale (The Velvet Underground) begins his life in Garnant, U.K.  1942
Paul Revere & The Raiders’ lead singer and occasional sax player, Mark Lindsey, wails his way into the world. 1942
Procol Harum guitarist and solo performer Robin Trower is born. 1945
Bad Company (with former Free vocalist Paul Rogers) play their first show in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England. 1974
The Who’s Keith Moon collapses onstage at the beginning of a concert at the Boston Garden.  1976
Having left EMI Records only three months earlier, the Sex Pistols sign with A&M Records. Their advance is in excess of $250,000. Talk about trading up. 1977
Chad Gilbert, lead guitarist for New Found Glory, enters the world. 1981
REO Speedwagon’s “Can’t Fight This Feeling” goes to #1 on the Billboard 100 for a three-week run. 1985
Mother Love Bone (with future Pearl Jam members Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament) play their last show at The Central in Seattle. Lead singer Andrew Wood dies of a heroin overdose 10 days later.  1990
Showing there’s still some life left, Styx land at #5 on the pop chart with “Show Me The Way.” 1991
The next year, the Oasis ballad, “Wonderwall,” reaches #8 on the U.S. singles chart. 1996
Eric Singer replaces Peter Criss as the drummer for KISS. 2001
The White Stripes Jack White pleads guilty in a Wayne County, MI, court to assault and battery charges stemming from a 12/13/03 fight with the Von Bondies’ Jason Stollsteimer. White is ordered to pay $750 in fines and attend anger-management classes. A long-standing dispute over the level of White’s involvement in the Von Bondies debut album sparked the confrontation. 2004
Gibson Guitar announce a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Pages’s double-necked electric guitar, based on the ’71 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist’s majestic double neck was a fixture of the band’s live shows. A run of 25 signed, ‘aged’ versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000. 2007
Courtney Love (Hole) gets sued again for non-payment. This time it’s by a luxury rehab center, Brau Monde International, in Newport Beach, CA. Love checked in following a drug overdose at a Hollywood club in ’05. According to the center, Love has paid some, but not all, of her bill.  2007
KISS’ Gene Simmons and Tommy Thayer play for military personnel at Camp Pendleton in California. The set is filmed for an episode of A&E’s Gene Simmons Family Jewels. 2007
Boston singer, Brad Delp is found dead in his Atkinson, NH, home. Days later, Delp’s family reveals the cause of death was suicide. “He gave as long as he could, as best he could, and he was very tired,” reads a family statement. Police confirm that Delp died from carbon monoxide poisoning, and that he left notes for his fiancée and family members. Aerosmith’s Joe Perry says that Delp “was very down-to-earth and seemed like a great guy, without any of the ego baggage. He had one incredible, amazing set of pipes.” Delp was 55. 2007
The Allman Brothers Band take up their annual residency at New York’s Beacon theater – 10 shows in 13 days. The previous year’s stand was cancelled because Gregg Allman was undergoing treatment for hepatitis C. 2009
System Of A Down’s Serj Tankian, unfurls “Elect The Dead Symphony,” a live CD/DVD featuring a complete rendition of his ’07 solo set, “Elect The Dead,” backed by New Zealand’s Auckland Philharmonic Orchestra. 2010
“Valleys Of Neptune,” a 12-track collection of Jimi Hendrix’s previously unreleased or rarely heard tunes, including some of his last recording sessions, is issued. 2010
Pink Floyd sues EMI (their label) over iTunes sales of individual songs. The band’s ’99 contract states Floyd songs cannot be isolated and sold outside the context of their original albums. But on iTunes songs are offered as a la carte purchases. EMI argues that separating the songs only applies to their physical releases and predates digital music services like iTunes. 2010
Eric Clapton auctions more than 70 guitars in New York City to raise funds for the Crossroads Centre (Antigua), the drug and alcohol rehabilitation center he founded in ’98. It’s Clapton’s third guitar auction to benefit the center. 2011
The Eagles perform on mainland China for the first time when they appear at the Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena. 2011
The Rolling Stones Facebook page passes the 9-million mark and guitarist Keith Richards celebrates by posting a picture of himself holding a card saying “9,000,000 Stones Fans.” “Thanks to everyone of you Facebookers who like the Rolling Stones,” reads the post. “It’s only Rock and Roll but we love you!” 2012
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band perform a special concert at New York’s Apollo Theater to celebrate the tenth anniversary of satellite radio. The show airs live on Sirius XM’s all-Springsteen channel, E Street Radio. 2012
U2, earning $32 million in ‘11, places second behind Taylor Swift, on Billboard’s Top 40 Money Makers List. U2 is the only Rock act in the Top 5. 2012
Jerry Lee Lewis ties the knot for the seventh time when he weds Judith Brown in Natchez, MS. Brown was previously married to Lewis’ cousin Rusty, whose sister Myra Gale Brown married Lewis in ’57 when she was just thirteen. Lewis and Brown might want to skip the family reunion. 2012
Iron Maiden announces Trooper, a premium British beer. “I’m a lifelong fan of traditional English ale; I thought I’d died and gone to heaven when we were asked to create our own beer,” says frontman Bruce Dickenson of the handcrafted brew. 2013
Former KISS drummer Peter Criss is the American Cancer Society’s Humanitarian of the Year Award honoree. Having beaten cancer himself, Criss is an advocate of regular check-ups for men. 2013
Godsmack’s five-year-old cover of The Beatles’ “Come Together” is #1 on Billboard’s Hard Rock Digital Song Sales chart.  The song resurfaces when posted on a music website. 2017
Urban Outfitters announce an eight-piece Metallica branded collection consisting of five short-sleeve t-shirts, one long-sleeve t-shirt, a pullover hoodie and a beanie.  2017
The Love Rocks NYC! concert is at New York’s Beacon Theater.  Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Jackson Browne and Susan Tedeschi (Tedeschi Trucks Band), are among the performers.  The show supports the non-profit organization God’s Love We Deliver, which provides nutritious meals to those too sick to cook for themselves.  2017