April 22, 2024

This Day in History: 2024-03-12

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

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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

Roots,” the sixth studio album by Sepultura, arrives in the U.S.   It is the band’s last studio album to feature founding member and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Max Cavalera.  1996

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

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

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

Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he’s “pretty much done” with Black Country Communion because there’s “too much tension” when the group tours. 2013

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

Slash (Guns N’ Roses) announces the launch of BerserkerGang, a horror production company in partnership with genre professionals.  2023

Def Leppard drummer Rick Allen suffers a head injury after an unprovoked violent assault by a teenager at a South Florida hotel. Allen is there for a co-headline concert with Mötley Crüe.  The suspect is arrested, charged and released after posting bail.  2023

Lenny Kravitz, known for the hits “American Woman,” “Are You Gonna Go My Way” and “Fly Away” receives the 2 ,774th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – it’s in front of the historic Capitol Records Tower.  2024