This Day in History: 2023-03-10

MARCH 10th
Though released the previous September, Soundgarden’s debut “Louder Than Love” finally lands on the U.S. album chart anchoring the #108 spot. Still, the band’s sophomore set is its first album to make the Billboard 200.  1990
AC/DC is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  2003
“Thank God for the power chord,” Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler exclaims during his AC/DC induction speech.
Billy Joel inducts John Mellencamp into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in New York. “I was fortunate enough to write a couple of songs that connected with people,” says the heartland singer. “People thought the songs were about them, and I want to thank those people.” 2008
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
Dean Torrence, of Jan & Dean fame, begins his life in L.A. – not Surf City. 1940
Boston’s mastermind, guitarist (and electronics engineer) Tom Scholz, is born in Toledo, OH. 1947
Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament has a birthday. He’s one of the band’s founding members (along with Stone Gossard and Mike McCready). 1963
Pink Floyd release their first single, “Arnold Layne.” The song cracks the U.K. Top 20. 1967
Cream plays San Francisco’s Winterland Ballroom. During the show they uncork Robert Johnson’s Blues classic “Crossroads.” This version lands on the group’s studio/live “Wheels Of Fire” album. With vocals and guitar by Eric Clapton it is one of his signature songs. 1968
Having inked a deal with A&M Records the day before, the Sex Pistol re-enact the signing in front of Buckingham Palace. Of course, the press is invited. Blood is spilled, a woman is assaulted and damage is done. A&M cancels the deal six days later. 1977
Breaking Benjamin’s Burnley has a birthday. The vocalist-guitarist is from Wilkes-Barre, PA. He teaches himself how to play guitar by listening to Nirvana’s “Nevermind” album. 1978
Vocalist Ian Gillan leaves Black Sabbath to participate in a Deep Purple reunion. 1984
AC/DC (see above), The Clash, Elvis Costello & The Attractions and The Police are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2003
Danny Joe Brown, lead singer of Molly Hatchet, dies at age 53 of complications from diabetes. He joined Molly Hatchet in ’75.  2005
The documentary “Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey” receives its U.S. premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Tracing the evolution or devolution of Heavy Metal, the film has appearances by KoЯn, Slipknot, Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper. 2006
Filter reunites with former bassist-turned-army sergeant Frank Cavanagh in Kuwait during the group’s set at the Operation MySpace concert. Cavanagh, who parted ways with Filter in ’02, performed “Hey Man, Nice Shot” with his ex-bandmates. “To be able to join Richard (Patrick) and my former band for the first time in nearly six years is a huge honor,” claims Cavanagh. 2008
Got The Life: My Journey Of Addiction, Faith, Recovery and KoЯn” is available. Written by bassist Reginald ‘Fieldy’ Arvizu, the book delves into the “extreme highs and drug/booze-fueled lows” of the Nu-Metal act.  There are also details about the musician’s path to finding God. 2009
Metallica fans, unable to get tickets, riot outside Bogota’s Simon Bolivar Park in Colombia during the band’s concert. Police trucks and tanks are deployed as the crowd attempts to illegally enter the venue, resulting in nearly 160 arrests. 2010
“OK GO announce that they have split from EMI by ‘mutual agreement’ and have formed Paracadute Recordings to promote their album, “Of The Blue Colour Of The Sky.” “We’d like to thank the people who have worked so hard on our behalf,” says OK Go singer Damian Kulash in a statement. “And we’d like to thank our fans for making this choice an easy one for us.” 2010
Neal Horsley is arrested for making terrorist threats against Elton John, insisting that the performer “must die.” “What Elton John has done is desecrated the image of the Lord Jesus Christ, blasphemed the Lord Jesus Christ,” says Horsley in a video clip. This is in reaction to a story in Parade magazine where John said he believed Jesus was a “compassionate, super-intelligent gay man who understood human problems.” 2010
Lawyers for Phil Spector appeal his ’09 murder conviction claiming he didn’t get a fair trial. The legendary producer (The Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison) was sentenced to prison for 19-years to life for shooting actress Lana Clarkson at his California mansion in ’03. The appeal is rejected. 2010
Alice Cooper, Jackson Browne and Crosby & Nash perform at the Tucson Convention Center. The fundraiser benefits the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona, which manages the Fund for Civility, Respect, and Understanding and supports the victims of the 1/8/11 shooting in Tucson that left six dead and seriously injured Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. The goal is to promote civility in public debate and raise awareness for mental illness. 2011
Slipknot announce that founding member, Donnie Steele, will be the band’s bassist on their summer tour, replacing the late Paul Gray. Steele left in ’95, only one year after Slipknot’s formation. Gray passed away from a drug overdose in May ’10. 2011
Green Day give their first concert since frontman Billie Joe Armstrong’s 9/22/12 onstage meltdown during the iHeart Radio Music Festival and subsequent stint in rehab. “We want to thank everyone for hanging in with us for the last few months,” reads a band statement following the Pomona (CA) show. 2013
Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith and former Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash perform at the John Varvatos 10th Annual Stuart House Benefit, to raise money for the Santa Monica rape treatment center. 2013
Singer Vince Neil cuts short a Mötley Crüe show in Sydney, Australia and is rushed to the hospital where he undergoes surgery to remove kidney stones. 2013
The guitar that John Lennon used to write The Beatles’ “Paperback Writer” is sold to Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay for $530,000. “John Lennon’s guitars are as special as it gets,” says Irsay. 2015
Boston founder Tom Scholz receives a special “Certificate of Recognition” from his band’s namesake city. “In honor of your 70th birthday and in appreciation of your service as an engineer, musician and philanthropist, we thank you for being a dedicated resident of the City of Boston,” reads Boston mayor Marty Walsh’s proclamation. 2017
Bon Jovi “This House Is Not For Sale” once again tops the Billboard 200.  The return is entirely due to a deal that packages tickets to Bon Jovi’s tour with a free physical or digital copy of the album. 120,000 fans take advantage of the offer.  The album initially went to #1 when it was released 15-months earlier.  2018
The anti-Trump protest song “Can’t Deny Me,” the first original Pearl Jam song since ’13, goes to Ten Club members (the group’s fan club) and premieres on Sirius XM’s Pearl Jam Radio.   2018