This Day in History: 2023-03-12

MARCH 12th
Van Halen is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  2007
But Van Halen has more issues, anger and angst than a divorce support group.  Singer David Lee Roth won’t share the stage with his replacement, Sammy Hagar, who also left on a sour note. And bassist Michael Anthony was booted after a quarter century with the band. In the end, neither guitarist Eddie Van Halen (who’s in rehab – again), his drummer brother Alex nor Roth attend the ceremony.
The sophomore effort from The Pretty Reckless, “Going To Hell” drops. The album debuts at #5 on the Billboard 200 becoming the band’s first Top-10 album. 2014
Little Feat keyboardist Bill Payne enters the world. 1949
Steve Harris is born in London. He works as an architectural draftsman but quits his day job after launching Iron Maiden in ’75. The bassist also serves as the group’s principal composer and lyricist. 1956
George and Patti Harrison are busted at their south London home on charges of cannabis resin possession. In a suspicious coincidence, this occurs as Paul McCartney marries Linda Eastman. 1969
John Lennon and singer Harry Nilsson raise a raucous during a Smothers Brothers’ concert at L.A.’s Troubadour Club. They get tossed out making headlines. This period becomes known as Lennon’s “Lost Weekend.” 1974
Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” peaks at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. It’s Seger’s first song to chart in the Top 10. 1977
Attorneys for KoЯn send a cease-and-desist demand to a Michigan high school assistant principal who suspended a student for wearing a KoЯn T-shirt.  The assistant principal says KoЯn’s music is “indecent, vulgar, obscene and intends to be insulting.” In response a local radio station gives away hundreds of free KoЯn T-shirts contributed by the band.  1998
The Chinese Ministry of Culture bans four Rolling Stones’ songs prior to the group’s first tour of the mainland. The songs, banned for sexual references and/or inter-racial coupling, are “Brown Sugar,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Beast Of Burden” and “Let’s Spend The Night Together.” So “Bitch” is OK? 2003
Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament finishes a six-day ascent to the summit of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro — Africa’s highest peak. It’s part of the Climb for the Children initiative, which raises funds for the Save the Children youth-assistance organization. 2004
R.E.M. and Patti Smith are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pearl Jam’s Vedder joins R.E.M. for a rendition of the group’s “Man On The Moon.” “There are things I feel deeply about inside that (R.E.M.’s) Michael Stipe put in there himself,” says Vedder. 2007
“Halloween,” the Rob Zombie-directed remake of the horror classic, wins Best Film in the sixth annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.  2008
Smashing Pumpkins Billy Corgan has harsh words for ‘posers’ in the music industry. During a SXSW interview, Corgan claims up-and-coming musicians “have grown up thinking that being famous is the goal, not to be respected – not to be dangerous. I was part of a generation that changed the world, and it was taken over by posers.” 2012
Doobie Brothers drummer Michael Hossack dies at his home in Dubois, WY after a battle with cancer. “Mike has always been a part of my musical life and the life of the Doobie Brothers,” says vocalist/guitarist Tom Johnston. Hossack was 65. 2012
Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he’s “pretty much done” with Black Country Communion because there’s “too much tension” when the group tours. 2013
KISS bassist Gene Simmons guest stars as himself in an episode of the CBS series, CSI (Crime Scene Investigation). 2014
Original Y&T rhythm guitarist Joey Alves dies at age 63 due to ulcerative colitis and other complications.  2017
Iron Maiden announce the settlement of a lawsuit over the ’82 track “Hallowed Be Thy Name.” The suit claimed the song reproduced major parts of “Life’s Shadow” (recorded by Beckett, an English Hard Rock band, in ’74). “Due to escalating legal fees and the potential huge costs of a court case it was pragmatic to reluctantly settle this action,” reads Iron Maiden’s statement.  Iron Maiden had removed “Hallowed Be Thy Name” from their set list due to the lawsuit.  2018
To promote its “Impera’ album Ghost sponsor a NASCAR. “Papa 4,” wrapped in “Impera” colors and driven by Bailey Currey, makes its debut at the United Rentals 200 in Phoenix.  The car finishes 20th. 2022