2023-03-13

MARCH 13th
The Go-Go’s “Beauty And The Beat” is #1 on the Billboard Album Chart. It has a five-week run at the top selling over two-million copies. 1982
Nickelback’s “All The Right Reasons” is certified diamond by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for sales and streams of ten million units in the U.S. “We’re very thankful to have an album that so many people have appreciated,” says guitarist Ryan Peake in a statement. 2017
Greta Van Fleet’s “You’re The One” tops Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart. It’s the second single off the band’s first studio album “Anthem Of A Peaceful Army.”  2019
“You’re The One” is the band’s fourth #1 on the survey. “Highway Tune,” “Safari Song” and “When The Curtain Falls,” are the other three.
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
U2 may be an Irish band but bassist Adam Clayton is born on this day in Chinnor, Oxfordshire, England. 1960
“Eight Days A Week” (The Beatles) is the #1 song in the U.S. 1965
Melody Maker reports that Eric Clapton has left the Yardbirds. After Jimmy Page (future Led Zeppelin guitarist) passes on replacing Clapton, Jeff Beck signs on as the Yardbirds’ guitarist. 1965
Tailor and Cutter magazine publicly requests that the Rolling Stones wear ties. The Stones dismiss the suggestion continuing to flout their open collars. 1965
The original incarnation of The Byrds release their last Top 40 single. Their cover of Bob Dylan’s “My Back Pages” only gets to #30 on the Billboard 100. 1967
The Eagles begin recording their self-titled debut album at Olympic Studios in London. 1972
Disturbed’s David Michael Draiman is born in Brooklyn. 1973
Bob Seger is inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. 1988
Eric Clapton’s “Unplugged,” a live set recorded in front of an audience for the “MTV Unplugged” television series, is #1 on the Billboard 200. The album, featuring an acoustic version of “Layla,” sells 26-million copies worldwide.  1993
Duran Duran’s “Ordinary World” lands at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100. 1993
Here’s an unlikely combination. The Sex Pistols, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Blondie are inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. “Don’t accept the old order,” says the Pistols’ Johnny Rotten. “Get rid of it.” 2006
The Killers ask a U.S. District Court to toss out a $16-million breach-of-contract lawsuit filed by the group’s ex-manager Braden Merrick who contends he discovered the Killers and was fired after helping them make it big. The Killers accuse Merrick of being incompetent and dishonest. 2006
“Better,” a Guns ‘N’ Roses track from the long delayed “Chinese Democracy” album, gets posted then picked up by Rock radio. According the band, the song is an unfinished, unauthorized demo. The track was leaked from an ‘experimental edit’ for a Harley-Davidson commercial. 2007
“Live At Massey Hall,” an album documenting Neil Young’s ’71 solo concert in Toronto, is issued. “This is the album that should have come out between ‘After The Gold Rush’ and ‘Harvest’, says Young. 2007
Alice Cooper reunites with the other surviving founding members of his namesake group (Michael Bruce, Dennis Dunaway and Neal Smith – guitarist Glen Buxton passed away in ’97) on the opening day of Monster-Mania Con 12, a horror-film convention, in Cherry Hill, NJ. They don’t perform but they do sign autographs. 2009
System Of A Down drummer John Dolmayan buys a copy of Action Comics No. 1, the first comic book to feature the Superman character, for $317,200 at an Internet auction. Dolmayan, a longtime collector, also operates an online comic selling business. “This is one of the premier books you could collect,” says Dolmayan. “It’s considered the Holy Grail of comic books.” He purchases the rare 1938 magazine representing an unidentified client. 2009
Mix lingerie clad models with billionaire socialites and there’s bound to be trouble. A Guns N’ Roses VIP party in Sao Paulo, Brazil, turns nasty when the group doesn’t show for a performance. As event organizers break the news, patrons begin fighting and destroying the club. “The audience got angry and started to mount the stage, and fight and destroy everything,” an eyewitness tells the New York Post. “I guess the free drinks didn’t help.” Ya think? It may have been the best GN’R no show ever. 2010
A fight breaks out during a Van Halen concert in Manchester, NH. Singer David Lee Roth halts the band’s rendition of Roy Orbison’s “(Oh) Pretty Woman.” “What do you think this is, a f-ing mosh pit?,” Roth shouts at the fighters. “You’ve got all the best-looking women on the f-ing east coast here and all you can f-ing think of is f-ing fighting?” As security sorts out the mess, Roth instructs the band to “start it back at the top… let’s do the whole thing over again.” 2012
Jimi Hendrix scores his highest-charting album in 44-years (a mere 42-and-a-half years after his death). “People, Hell And Angels,” recorded between ’68 and ’70, sells 72,000 copies during its first week to debut at #2 (behind Country singer Luke Bryan) on the Billboard 200 chart. It’s the guitarist’s highest-charting album since “Electric Ladyland” went to #1 in ’68. 2013
Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, David Bowie’s “The Next Day” sells 56,000 copies during its first day in the U.K. to claim the top spot on the album chart. 2013
Guitarist Joe Bonamassa says he’s done with Black Country Communion because there’s “too much tension” when the group tours. 2013
A Jimi Hendrix stamp makes its debut at the South By Southwest (SXSW) music festival in Austin. The late guitarist’s stamp is part of the United States Postal Service’s U.S. Music Icons series. 2014
Aerosmith drummer Joey Kramer is a keynote speaker at the New England Food Show in Boston. Kramer launched his own 100% USDA Organic Certified coffee line, Rockin’ & Roastin’, in ’12. 2015
OK Go and the Go-Gos are on Jimmy Kimmel Live’s “Mash Up Mondays” for performance that mixes the former’s “Here It Goes Again” with the latter’s “Our Lips Are Sealed.” The so-called OK Go-Go’s alternate the verses of the two songs. 2017
Judas Priest’s world tour begins in Wilkes-Barre, PA. It’s the band’s first performance since guitarist Glenn Tipton announced that he was not touring due to his battle with Parkinson’s disease. He is replaced by “Firepower” album producer Andy Sneap.  It’s also the first time Priest play “Saints In Hell” live. The track is from the “Stained Class” album. 2018
Metallica’s Lars Ulrich is heard on the soundtrack of the film “Triple Frontier,” starring Ben Affleck.  In an Instagram post he states that his “thunderous drums” turned out “really f*ckin’ cool.”  2019