2023-03-14

MARCH 14th
Green Day’s “Holiday” arrives.  The song subsequently tops the Hot Modern Rock and Hot Mainstream Rock charts.  2005
Marketing 101. A Black Sabbath compilation titled “Greatest Hits 1970-1978” is out a day after the band is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 2006
MORE TODAY IN ROCK…
One of Chicago’s founding members and their sax player, Walter Parazaider, is born in the Cubs hometown. 1945
When the singles market counted: Billboard reports The Beatles own sixty percent of it, thanks largely to Capitol Records flooding the U.S. market with numerous recordings. Fortunately, The Beatles survive the ‘fad’ stage. 1964
“Eight Miles High,” by The Byrds is released in the U.S. Influenced by Indian sitar virtuoso Ravi Shanker and Jazz great John Coltrane, the song is banned by several radio stations for allegedly “advocating the use of recreational drugs” (causing it to stall at #14 on the Billboard Hot 100). Considered by many to be “the first bona fide psychedelic Rock song,” it is later inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, an honor reserved for “recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance.” 1966
Metallica (James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, Ron McGovney and Dave Mustaine) make their live debut at Radio City in Anaheim, CA. 1982
Rainbow plays the final show of their Japan tour. It turns out to be the group’s swan song. Guitarist Ritchie Blackmore folds the band to rejoin Deep Purple.  Rainbow is later revived. 1984
Huey Lewis & The News, score a #1 hit with “Jacob’s Ladder.” 1987
Playing spring break in Daytona Beach doesn’t turn out too well for two members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Drummer Chad Smith and bassist Flea are arrested for sexually harassing a woman. They plead guilty, apologize and pay fines. 1990
John Mellencamp and Neil Young join Willie Nelson for Farm Aid V in Irving, TX. 1992
Bassist Robert Trujillo performs his last concert with Ozzy Osbourne at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas before moving on Metallica as Jason Newsted’s replacement.  2003
Thieves steal $325,000 worth of Elvis Presley’s jewelry and kitsch from the Elvis-A-Rama Museum in Las Vegas. Among the stolen items: a gold-plated handgun, a custom scarf, a bracelet and Presley’s Humes High School ring.  2004
Beautiful Day. On the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 20th anniversary, U2 perform “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” to mark their induction into the Hall. U2’s Bono famously states, “God makes music out of his mistakes. I know, I’m one of them.” U2 contends they aren’t done yet and don’t want the career retrospective entering the Hall brings. The Pretenders are also inducted. 2005
What’s ‘nude’ spelled backward? Try it and the following makes sense. U2’s Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson launch their clothing line named ‘Edun’. The business utilizes fair-labor factories in South America and Africa. Bono helps with marketing but steers clear of fashion design – for good reason. “I’m the man who brought you the mullet,” says the singer. 2005
Scott Stapp follows Kid Rock when he initiates a lawsuit in L.A. to block World Wide Red Light District from releasing or promoting a ’99 sex tape featuring the two musicians and four women. The former Creed singer claims the tapes were stolen and their release has caused emotional distress. Guess you pay for your sins. 2006
The Rolling Stones play their first-ever show at New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall. It’s a benefit for the Robin Hood Foundation which distributes funds to nonprofit charities. 2006
The video for “Hump de Bump,” from the Red Hot Chili Peppers “Stadium Arcadium” album, premieres on MTV. Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis asked friend Chris Rock to direct the clip. “Sure, as long as you guys agree to be the only white people in the video,” answered the comedian. 2007
The Who’s Pete Townshend gives the keynote address at the 2007 South X Southwest Music Conference in Austin, TX. During the speech he announces plans to launch a website for The Method project, a computer program that generates personalized music for users. 2007
Gibson Guitar announce a limited-edition replica of Jimmy Pages’s double-necked electric guitar, based on the ’71 Gibson EDS-1275 that features both a 12-string and a 6-string neck. The Led Zeppelin guitarist’s majestic double neck was a fixture of the band’s live shows. A run of 25 signed, ‘aged’ versions of the guitar retail for $33,500. A cheaper edition goes for $10,000 to $12,000. 2007
Alice Cooper is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during ceremonies in New York. “We have always been a Hard Rock band, we just wanted to decorate it a little bit differently,” says Cooper after performing “School’s Out” with a live boa constrictor around his neck. 2011
Blink 182 singer Mark Hoppus puts several items up for an online auction to aid victims of the earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan. “So sad for what’s happening in Japan. Gonna dig in the bins & find some old Blink 182 items to auction for the Red Cross,” he tweets. 2011
Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball” makes its debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. With first week sales of 196,000 units, the album beats out Adele’s “21.”  Springsteen is tied with Elvis Presley for the 3rd most #1 albums at 10. The Beatles hold the record with 19. 2012
So who’s singing now? Quiet Riot announce they have a new lead singer, Scott Vokoun. He’s the group’s third vocalist in a year and a half. Vokoun replaces Mark Huff who was fired. Between Huff and Vokoun, former Montrose vocalist Keith St. John filled in. 2012
Rush receives the Allan Waters Humanitarian Award at the Juno Awards. The honor recognizes outstanding Canadian artists whose contributions have positively enhanced the social fabric of Canada. 2015
Coldplay brave the rain for a five-track set on the Today Show. The quintet opens with “Hymn For The Weekend.” 2016
Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) is a featured speaker at the South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, TX. He discusses FairVote, a non-profit organization seeking to make democracy fair. 2017
David Bowie is honored with a full set of ten postage stamps from the Royal Mail (U.K.). The stamps commemorate six Bowie album covers as well as four of his tours. 2017
Invictus Strategies MD Corp., a recreational marijuana company in Canada, announces that KISS’ Gene Simmons, who is notoriously anti-drugs, has been recruited “to raise awareness of the company and eventually assist in brand strategy.”  “Gene Simmons is a branding and merchandising genius,” says Dan Kriznic, chairman and CEO of Invictus.  2018
Slipknot percussionist Chris Fehn files a lawsuit against his bandmates claiming that he hasn’t been properly compensated for his years of touring. He accuses band leaders Shawn Crahan and Corey Taylor of shady business dealings and seeks a full accounting of Slipknot’s companies and assets.  Taylor dismisses the suit in a tweet. 2019
Country legend Dolly Parton takes herself out of the running to be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame after being nominated for the first time. “Even though I am extremely flattered and grateful to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, I don’t feel that I have earned that right,” writes Dolly on social media. “So I must respectfully bow out.”  That is class.  She gets inducted anyway. 2022