This Day in History: 2023-03-11

MARCH 11th
Neil Young’s fourth solo album “Harvest” tops both the U.S. and U.K. charts. Backing vocals on “Heart Of Gold” and “Old Man,” are provided by Linda Ronstadt. 1972
Conservative talk show host Glenn Beck singles out Bruce Springsteen’s “Born In The USA” as a perfect example of the progressive politics he says are destroying the country. On his radio show Beck reads the lyrics to the ’84 hit about the down and out experiences of a Vietnam era vet concluding that it’s time to “wake up out of the propaganda.” 2010“Us And The Night” is 3 Doors Down’s sixth full-length album.  2016
It goes to #2 on Billboard’s Top Rock Albums chart. Produced by Matt Wallace, the set was recorded in Nashville.
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Mark Stein, keyboardist/vocalist for Vanilla Fudge, enters the world.  1947
Golden Earring guitarist George Kooymans is born. 1948
Pantera/Damageplan drummer Vinnie Paul (Vincent Paul Abbott) is born in Abilene, TX.  1964
“More Of The Monkees” keeps the Rolling Stones “Between The Buttons” out of the top spot on the U.S.  album chart. The record spends four-weeks parked at #2. 1967
Crosby, Stills & Nash win the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Chicago and Led Zeppelin (what?) 1970
Jim Morrison (The Doors) arrives in Paris to ditch his Rock star persona and write poetry.  He checks into the Hôtel George V with his girlfriend Pamela Courson. Morrison dies in Paris less than four months later.  1971
Elvis Costello’s debut single “Less Than Zero” is released on Stiff Records. 1977
The Talkin Heads land on the U.S. singles chart for the first time – but just barely. “Psycho Killer” reaches #92. 1978
The young and the hopeless. Identical twins, Joel (vocals) and Benji (guitar) Madden, of Good Charlotte, are born in Waldorf, MD. Benji is five minutes older than his brother. 1979
Paul McCartney is knighted by the Queen Elizabeth. And he still has his MBE too. 1997
Slipknot/Stone Sour singer Corey Taylor marries Scarlett Stone in Des Moines, Iowa, in front of a small gathering of friends and family. The couple has a son named Griffin who was born in ’02. 2004
Heaven & Hell, essentially the early-’80s Black Sabbath line-up (with Ronnie James Dio), begin their world tour with a Canadian trek that starts in Vancouver. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to get back in front of fans and perform these songs again,” says Dio. 2007
Waffling. Kid Rock does a meet-and-greet at a Waffle House restaurant outside of Atlanta to raise money for the Nicholas House, a local homeless shelter. Rock faces misdemeanor charges resulting from an altercation months earlier at another Waffle House restaurant in Atlanta. “We just thought after that unfortunate incident we’d try to do something silly but something more positive,” explains Rock. 2008
All That Remains play a Tokyo show before 150 people. The small turn out is due to a massively destructive earthquake and tsunami earlier in the day. The quake interferes with train schedules which results in the small turn out. “The people that came to the show were really, really, really happy that we played for them,” says the band’s Phil Labonte. “They expected the show to be canceled and were glad it wasn’t.” 2011
Former Iron Maiden vocalist Paul Andrews (Paul Di’Anno) is jailed after being convicted of fraud. Having claimed that he suffered severe nerve damage to his back that prevented him from working, he was spotted in an ’06 YouTube video jumping around on stage. 2011
The anti-gay group Westboro Baptist Church protests a Kansas City Radiohead show. Picketers slam the British rockers with homophobic slurs. The Westboro website states that “(Radiohead are) freak monkey’s (sic) with mediocre tunes keeps you busy and focused by lightness. It changes nothing, God is undoing and digging up and throwing down this nation.” Happy thoughts to you too. 2012
Aerosmith is featured on CBS’ 60 Minutes. After admitting he can be cruel at times, frontman Steven Tyler goes on to add, “I’m going to be big-headed right now, okay? I think my perfectionism and my busting everyone’s chops is what got this band to where it is today. In the end, I get a really good song and, in the end, I get the hits. Yeah, I’m that good.” 2012
The inaugural edition of the U.S. iTunes Music Festival begins in Austin as a part of SXSW. The five-day event features Imagine Dragons and Coldplay. 2014
Slipknot guitarist Mick Thomson is hospitalized after being stabbed in the head during a knife fight with his bother Andrew outside of the guitarist’s Clive, IA home. Both are intoxicated but suffer non-life-threatening wounds. The siblings are charged with assault. 2015
Killswitch Engage’s seventh album, “Incarnate,” is out. “The definition of incarnate is ‘in the flesh’. And this record is who we are right now,” says frontman Jesse Leach. The album debuts at #6 on the Billboard 200, becoming the band’s highest charting effort.  2016
Suffering from heart disease and depression associated with alcohol, Keith Emerson, keyboardist/vocalist for Emerson, Lake & Palmer, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head at age 71.  2016
Metallica is named the “Rock Artist Of The Year” at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in L.A.  Coincidence or not, iHeartRadio (owner of more than 800 radio stations) declares bankruptcy days later. 2018
Protesting the protesters. Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe organizes a counter-protest against the Westboro Baptist Church in Richmond, VA. The Church condemns Danica Roem (Blythe’s friend), the first transgender person to be elected to a U.S. state legislature.  2019.
Premium network EPIX presents “Punk,” a four-part docuseries that aims to be the quintessential story of Punk. Iggy Pop (The Stooges), Johnny Rotten (Sex Pistols), Marky Ramone (Ramones) Wayne Kramer (MC5) are among those heard or seen in the series.  2019
Disturbed’s David Draiman publicly criticizes Florida’s so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which seeks to ban discussion of gender and sexuality issues with younger students. “This is f*cking ridiculous,” states Draiman.   Avenged Sevenfold’s M Shadows chimes in tweeting: “As a parent of a 7 and 9-year-old they have asked about sex and used the word ‘gay’ in derogatory fashion. Kids are aware at this age so I feel the quicker we explain and show empathy for all people the better… including in school.” The “Parental Rights In Education” bill passed in the Florida Senate with a 22-17 vote. 2022
Sheryl Crow attends the world premiere of Showtime’s documentary, “Sheryl,” at the SXSW Conference and Festival in Austin. The film covers Crow’s “musical career battling sexism, depression, perfectionism, cancer, and the price of fame.” 2022